A well known mega church pastor in the United States is credited with an often-quoted axiom in ministry leadership circles: "The local church is the hope of the world." Now, you might say, "Wait a minute! Isn't Jesus the hope of the world?!?" Of course he is. But for 2,000 years the Church has been God's chosen vessel and means of continuing the work of Jesus Christ, of being responsible for sharing the best news of all about God's saving, restorative, justice-centered work in this world and beyond.
I believe every bit of that, and I'm more excited than ever to share with you all in the grace-filled work of Jesus in Parker County, TX. When we commit together to being the hands and feet of Jesus, to turning the whole of our lives over to him, we take part in God's ongoing work to change the world, to bring salvation and true wholeness to the people in our community.
As this Fall season approaches, I want both to encourage and to challenge each of you. I want to encourage you to remember daily God's work in your heart, to live a life centered on the hope we find in Jesus Christ. I also want to challenge you to commit to an ever-deepening present and future faithfulness in joining in the work that God is doing in and through The Oaks. When we commit together to offer our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness to the work of Christ, God uses that commitment to do exceedingly above what we could ever expect to do on our own. God wants to do in and through YOU something so great that you can't even begin to imagine it!
As a member of our church recently told me, "I believe God wants this church here." I do, too. Now let's join together in trusting God to work in AND through us to accomplish this mission! Let us offer peace to the afflicted. Let us offer food to the hungry. Let us invite someone to worship with us. Let us offer Christ to our neighbors as if he's all we have. Will you join us?
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Jon Reeves
This August, join us on Sundays at 10a at Mary Martin Elementary for our new message series on creating margin in our busy lives. We will be examining the biblical concept of margins: our need for and difficulty with them…and the practical steps that we can take to “grow” our margins – making time/room/space for God, each other, and ourselves.
“Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. Today we use margin just to get by. This book is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God’s purpose” (From Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson).
Are you interested in Baptism at The Oaks? We'll celebrate the end of a great summer season with Baptism Sunday on August 19 @10am @Mary Martin Elem. If you are interested or have questions, contact our pastor, Rev. Jon Reeves.
This August, our OaksKIDS will lead the church in mission by gathering recess sports equipment (footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, jump ropes, etc.) for donation to area classrooms. We'll have a drop zone for any donations in our Sunday morning worship space, so bring your donations with you on Sundays in August! If you have questions, contact our AMAZING OaksKIDS staff,Kim Brown and Tina Biffle.
Come out to the park with the family on Sunday, Aug 12, @6pm to hang out, have fun, and share God's love with others by giving away bubble wands. Invite a friend or three--we have plenty of bubbles!
In preparation for Fall, our OaksKIDS and Student Ministry are looking for adult volunteers to help lead our younger generation in following and falling in love with Jesus. To participate, every volunteer must complete our background safety check and training. For info on this process, please contact our church's Ministry Safe Administrator, Director of Student Ministry Rylee White.
Student Ministry (Grades 6-12) meets Wednesdays at 6p at 2911 Inspiration Drive in Hudson Oaks. Contact Rylee for more info!