When we think of the 10 Commandments, often thoughts come to mind of Charlton Heston movies, court cases over religious displays in public spaces, or ancient rules that all begin with, “Thou shalt not . . .”
The 10 Commandments are actually ancient wisdom that is relevant for today. They’re not a cause for arguments, but a way of peace. The 10 Commandments are more than a foundation for a good movie, but a foundation for a good life. Live the 10! Starting in September.
Our spiritual formation emphasis during the Live the 10 series is the Responsibility Living Stone. Resources are available in the following areas to help you work towards obtaining the Responsibility Stone:
- Set and work toward achieving a long-term life goal
- Take responsibility for your spiritual health
- Take responsibility for your physical health
- Take responsibility for your emotional health
But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)
Church is about relationships, with God and each other.
Come by to enrich both on Sunday, July 31, 2016.
Worship begins at 10 a.m., with ice cream and conversation to follow.
Make the most of your summer schedule by improving in your spiritual disciplines. To work on obtaining the Disciplines Living Stone:
- Develop a practice in the discipline of prayer
- Develop a practice in the discipline of scriptures
- Develop a practice in the disciplines of community
- Attempt two spiritual disciplines that you have not tried previously
Resources to assist you are available in the church office.
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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.