Next Oasis@Midweek tomorrow!
Our popular children's ministry event Oasis@Midweek happens tomorrow night. Kids JK to grade 6 are invited to join us from 6:30pm to 8pm for an Oasis Camp themed evening of music, games, life lesson and this time a fun craft. O@M is not just for those who went to camp but for all who would like to remember how MONUMENTAL God is and celebrate his awesomeness.
Operation Christmas Child Boxes come back Sunday
Just a reminder, the Operation Christmas Child boxes need to come back on Sunday. We will be praying over them as well. While this may seem like a small, and perhaps less significant, ministry opportunity it has great value and incredible impact. I met someone recently who received a box in a refugee camp years ago and is now a believer. Many will be going to Ukraine as well and in hearing from those involved in ministry in that war-torn country they see it as an important opportunity for encouragement and to share the love of Jesus. This is giving the gift of hope!
Thought for the day: God’s power will protect us.
Speaking of hope, we all need it. When you lose hope its pretty hard to carry on. I’d thought that after the restrictions and fear of Covid there would be more optimism but many still are struggling and find things hopeless. If this is you, may I suggest a shift in focus.
People often ask me, especially when things are unsettled like they are right now, what I think is going to happen in the days ahead. I think back to March and April of 2020 and honestly, I thought I had it figured out. But then reality set in and I had to admit I had no clue. That can lead to a lot of discouragement and distraction. It can also lead to a loss of hope. Yes, during that time, and with many things going on right now, it can cause a struggle. During that time for me I really had to press in to God.
Here’s now how I approach this: no matter what lies ahead, you can always count on God to help. How do I know? Peter writes in his first letter to the early church: “Through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see” Here’s the key: By HIS power and through OUR faith, we can always have hope since God is not only working out his purposes and plans but he’s also protecting us as we go through all of this.
Sometimes we all feel helpless and powerless, it even happens to pastors. But when God is in your life, he has mighty power to help you. His power is bigger than anything you will face and that gives me a lot of hope. I ‘hope’ it does for you too!
In His grip,