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 & air conditioner COMPLETED
- elevator maintenance
- 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
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.
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.
In addition to Sunday services at 10 am, there will be two special Christmas services this year.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
10 am to 1 pm
Celebration Service and Lunch hosted by Eternal Life Hmong Baptist Church
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Candlelight Christmas Service hosted by Oakdale Wesleyan Church
All are invited to attend either or all of our services.
Sometimes, rightly or wrongly, we put important things off for another time. Some things are certainly worth waiting for, and some good things we don’t have to wait for. Every year we wait to open Christmas presents, but there is a gift we can have right now. What are you waiting for?
Join us this Advent Season, beginning Sunday, November 29, 2015.
A gift will be given away each Sunday!
Our spiritual formation emphasis during this series is the Faith Living Stone. 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. If you have already placed your faith in Jesus for salvation, this is a good time invite someone else to faith as you obtain the Evangelism Living Stone.
On Sunday, November 22, 2015 we will have our 2nd Multi-Ethnic Thanksgiving Worship Service and Fellowship Potluck.
Oakdale Wesleyan Church and Eternal Life Hmong Baptist Church will have a combined service using both music teams, and hearing testimonies from all!
Worship Service will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Potluck Fellowship will begin at approximately noon.
Table service and drink will provided. Please bring a favorite holiday dish to share, and invite your family and friends!
Did you know? Between our preaching and teaching (Sunday school, Bible study, and discipleship) we are working toward covering all of the Scripture (both books of the Bible and topics). If you’ve missed something, you can catch up in the Teaching Archive.
In addition, we have two ongoing teaching series that get added to each year: John Wesley for Today to connect us with our Wesleyan-Methodist heritage, and iFocus to remind us of our vision as purpose as part of Christ’s Church in Oakdale.
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