So Naaman went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:14)
Many of us are aware of the great services provided by First Care Pregnancy Center, providing free: pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parent and pregnancy education, social services, and baby supplies.
One item that is always in short supply is baby wipes. As the biblical story of Naaman tells us, skin like a little child is a precious gift, so in 2016 from Mother’s Day (May 8) to Father’s Day (June 19) we will collect baby wipes for our local First Care Center in the Sun Ray shopping center and keep that skin clean!
Be part of Naaman’s Gift! Donations of baby wipes or money can be dropped off at Oakdale Wesleyan Church
or you can use the Give link at the top menu and choose “New Life Family Services/First Care” as your designation.
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Share with us the opportunity to hear terrific speakers at Oakdale Wesleyan Church as they share about their and our missionary and community service work.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
- Dinner at 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
- Worship Service at 10 a.m.
God wants us to grow to maturity and health in all aspects of our lives. Our emotional health is as important as our physical and spiritual well-being. Even our health care systems have come to realize the importance of mental health, so we should not neglect this in the Church. Together we examine the life of King David in 2 Samuel as our example of emotional health as defined by Peter Scazzero in The Emotionally Healthy Church. This series begins in April 2016.
Our spiritual formation emphasis during the Emotional Health series is the Emotions Living Stone. Tools are available in the following areas to help you work towards obtaining the Emotions Stone:
- Knowing yourself in terms of personality/temperament and sexuality
- Knowing God and allowing Him to heal your hurts
- Knowing your world and learning to handle stress and conflict
- Small groups working through The Emotionally Healthy Church
The Sinners in the Hand of a Forgiving God series will look at how Jesus treats both sin and sinners. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through April. We invite everyone to begin Lent reflection and preparation on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, with services available at noon and 7 p.m.
Our spiritual formation emphasis through this year’s Lent and Easter seasons is the Knowledge Living Stone. Knowledge items, detailed in the Living Stones Handbook, are taught in Sunday School and mid-week Bible Study, so this is a good time to get involved in a group.
Pastor Paul on the day his daughter was born being visited by friend and congregant Kevin.
Pastor Paul is featured in the article “Unplanned Pregnancies; Being a Church that Cares, Not Condemns” put out by Transform Minnesota for Sanctity of Human Life Month. Pastor Paul has volunteered at New Life Family Services’ First Care Pregnancy Center in St. Paul for over two years, and Oakdale Wesleyan Church has partnered with NLFS for many years beyond that. Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 17, 2016.
We believe The Church is made of people, not buildings, but people being humans, need a shelter that is both a conducive place to assemble in the presence of God and a hub from which we can serve and make disciples in our community. Last year we paid off (two years early) the loan for upgrading the parking lot, and that puts us in a good position to begin addressing the other capital needs. The trustees have put together a maintenance schedule which includes the following items:
- parsonage and church roof replacement
church heating system COMPLETED
church air conditioner COMPLETED
- elevator maintenance IN PROGRESS
- exterior lighting
- tree trimming power lines to parsonage
- basement water issue
- back door replacement
- parking lot sealing
Repairing the facility is not only good stewardship of what God has provided for us, but also an investment in the people who do and will come here to seek God. As God’s people it is our responsibility to keep His house in good repair and provide financial support, affirming our faith in God’s provision.
The LORD said, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:1, 2, & 8
Are you looking for something fun to do this month with the entire family?
Join us Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7 p.m. for the Laugh for Life Comedy Night!
The featured comedian is Brad Stine. Brad is the most media covered Christian comedian in the country. He has been featured in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Unicyclist, Dustin Kelm, will kick off the evening as the opening act. Dustin is a world champion and three-time national unicycling champion.
Premium Seating: $20/ticket
Reserved Seating: $10/ticket
Groups of 10 or more: $8/ticket
TO BUY TICKETS:
Phone (800) 965-9324
Online (Purchase tickets online today and print them at home instantly.)
More information at: www.nlfs.org/laugh-for-life
In January 2016 we are returning to the book of Acts to learn from the example of the early church, seeing how they reached up to God in prayer, reached out to others in service, and reached across social and cultural boundaries with the Good News of salvation in Jesus. Join us Sundays beginning at 10 am.
During the Reach sermon series our spiritual formation emphasis are the Evangelism and Faith Living Stones.
To work towards obtaining the Evangelism Stone:
- Know a method for sharing the Good News of Salvation in Jesus
- Share your testimony and/or the Good News of salvation in Jesus to a non-Christian
- Give toward Faith Promise for Missions or support a missionary
- Make plans to go on or support a short-term mission project
To obtain the Faith Stone: Confess Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead for the forgiveness of your sins so that you may live as a new creation.