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Folks, I'm not going to lie. It was GREAT sitting on a beach in South Texas last week. Don't get me wrong. I missed each of you dearly...but that beach sure was awesome! My family experienced a much-needed time of relaxing and refueling before the fall hits.

But the joy of the week off turned to sadness over the weekend when I returned home and checked on the news. We live in divided times, to be sure, but there is no excuse in defending ideas and actions that cause harm to others. So while the time away was refreshing, the return home reminds me that our work as the Body of Christ in this world is never over. May we be people of grace, and may we find strength in God as we live into the promise made in our Christian baptism to fight the power of evil at work in the world. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to find a way to express kindness this week. Pray for an opportunity to show mercy. Offer a loving word to someone who is fundamentally different than you. Pray for your enemies. And may we all reach to touch the afflicted and marginalized in the powerful name of Christ. Amen.

I want to make you aware of a local need. Center of Hope Parker County is facing a food shortage in their pantry. If you've ever been over to CoH, you know they provide a great service in feeding the hungry and needy in our community. Each time I have visited in the past, their pantry shelves have been full to the brim due to the generosity of folks and businesses who give regularly. This summer has been a time of great need, however, and so the shelves are nearly bare. Here's where you come in. If you can, please bring non-perishable food items with you to church this week (or next). Bring them to worship, Men's Breakfast, Pastor's Bible Study, Youth Group, Women's Dinner on Thursday night, etc. CoH blesses countless people in Parker County, and we want to support them in this holy work. Thanks for being Christ's hands and feet!

Rev. Jon and Amber Reeves
Church, you did it! We put out a call for 30 backpacks for foster children in Parker County, and you responded by expressing God's love through giving! Pictured above is Myra McClacherty of Child Protective Services Parker County with the gifts you provided. We pray that God blesses each of these backpacks as they make their way to the backs of some great kiddos! 

Sometimes it feels like you can't do a lot to change the tide in this world, but just remember that every little act of kindness and mercy in Christ's name--no matter how small--creates huge ripples!
Join The Oaks this Sunday for the 3rd installment of our WisDUMB series. We meet at 10am at Mary Martin Elementary (719 N Oakridge). See you there!
Hey everyone! To celebrate the new school year, we're having a Back-To-School Bounce House & BBQ Bash on SUNDAY, AUG 27, at 11:00a--yes, immediately following worship! This is a party for anyone who wants to come. We'll provide the brisket. But we're asking folks to provide some drinks and side items to round out the meal. Look for signups beginning this Sunday at church. Contact Stacey or Kim with questions.
Students 6th-12th Grades:

You have a place at The Oaks Students! We meet on Wednesday nights 6-8pm at 2911 Inspiration Drive in Hudson Oaks. Tonight (Aug 16) we are meeting at 6:00 and leaving to take a trip to Mountasia. 

Mark your calendar for Sept 9th, when we will join with other youth groups at UNITE, an all-day (8a-5p) worship and fun event at Glenlake Camp down in Glen Rose.

For info, contact our Student Ministry Director, Rylee White.
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