Our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will look a little different this year. In years past we have done service around the church, this is not an option for this year. So instead, we will be creating Hygiene Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Every kit will need one light weight bath-sized towel, one adult toothbrush in packaging, one sturdy comb (packaging removed), 2 bars of soap, and one metal nail clipper (packaging removed). All of the products will be wrapped inside of the towel. You can make as many or as little kits as you want. I just ask that they are returned to the church by January 24th. If you are interested in doing the kits, please let me know so I can send you all the instructions.
- January: 3-No Youth Group
- 10-Bible Study at 6:30
- 17-No Youth Group
- 18-Work on Hygiene Kits
- 24-Catch up Meeting at 6:30
- 31-Game Night at 6:30
Remember that Oasis is open to anyone in 9th to 12th grade. If you have never joined us, it is not too late!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for everyone who helped make the ABC’s of Advent a great success!! Especially to everyone who made the videos; Andy, Charlotte, Julia, Kylie, Gavin, Jack, Liam, Henry, Emma, Chase, Carter, Teddy, Aiden, Miles, Nora, Patrick, Avery, Evan, Easton, Sophia, Timmy, Tommy, Benny, Danny and Alianna. They all turned out amazing!
Since the ABC’s of Advent turned out so well! We will be doing the ABC’s of Lent. They will start on Ash Wednesday and end on Easter. This one will be a little different, there will be an opportunity for prayer to do with your family after you receive the daily letter.
If your child is interested in Virtual Sunday School, it is still not too late!! You can join every once in a while. We meet every Sunday at 9:30 via Zoom and it lasts about 15 minutes. I know that your children are tired of the internet by Sunday morning, so I try to keep it short. But after they are done with the virtual part, they can go have a discussion with their parents to better understand the story they just heard. If you have any questions or if your child wants to join us, please let me know by emailing me at LCOSJaime@gmail.com.
God Calls Samuel
On January 17th, the Sunday School class will be learning about the story of God calling Samuel. You can find this story in 1 Samuel 3:1-20. To start off we must recognize that Samuel was about 12 years old when God came to him, so if it was current times, he would be in about 6th grade. Samuel lived and took care of a blind Priest named Eli, Eli would teach Samuel about God. One night while Samuel and Eli were sleeping, Samuel heard hisname called out, he thought it was Eli.SoSamuel went to Eli and asked him what he wanted, Eli said he did not call him and to go back to bed. This happened 2 more times during the night and when it happened the third time, Eli realized that it was God calling out to Samuel. So he told Samuel that the next time that he heard someone call out to him again to say, “God, I hear you and I will do whatever you want.” When God called out to Samuel the next time, he did what Eli said and God told Samuel many things.
There are many times that God is calling us and we either ignore God or just do not hear Him calling out to us. During the months of January and February, I am going to challenge you to listen for God. This may mean to take 10 to 15 minutes a day to be in deep prayer to actively listen to God. In this time of prayer, you do not have to have a certain prayer. When I do my daily deep prayer, I just have a conversation with God. I talk to God like I am talking to a friend. One thing we can take away from this story is it does not matter your age, God can be calling out to you at any age. Take Samuel he was just 12 years old! After he heard from God he knew he wanted to serve God. God guides us on how to be a Christian and how we can help our family and community. I hope that over the next few months and for times to come that you can hear God calling out to you.
Please join us for a daily prayer during our ABC’s of Lent. The videos will start going out on Ash Wednesday, if you are interested in joining us for this great series, please let me know by February 15th. I look forward to sharing this series with the congregation like we did for the ABC’s of Ad-vent. I hope you had a great holiday season! Here is a picture of Joseph in his Christmas outfit!
Miss you all!