Oaks Church

      Our tall white steeple and red doors call out to the community that all are welcome to come and feel the love of Christ and the love of our church family. Our worship services are on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. For our youth, we have #OAKZ. Our mission statements are Extending God’s Call – Empowering God’s People – Easing Human Need. We are located at 1576 Chantilly Lane, and our telephone number is 713-682-2556.

       On Sunday, July 13th, the kids of Oaks Presbyterian church will be leading the church service. They will be presenting three skits based on what they learned at Oaks Intergenerational Fun Day on July 2nd. The three skits will cover the story of Esther, the parable of the mustard seed, and the feeding of the 5000. There will also be fun things for the congregation to do as well during the service at 10:30.

       For the month of July the people of OPC has taken on a special mission. We are collecting funds to help send a child to Camp Cho-Yeh in Livingston, TX. The theme of our Intergenerational Fun Day was Imagination and Wonder. Wonder is an amazing gift we are given and what better way to foster its growth than in a child. Each summer Camp Cho-Yeh has 20% of its campers attend on scholarship. We would like to help send a child to this wonderful camp.

       New Volunteer Training for the BAK-PAK Critters Reading Program is on July 22nd, 29th, and August 5th from 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. in Payne Hall. We need volunteers to help with the screening and paperwork. Children and adults are welcome to come and help. Call Mary Kegarise at 832-326-4112 if you can help. If you and your dog would like to be trained for this wonderful program, please look under Ministries – BAK-PAK in our website for further details.



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Bell choir practice is on Wednesdays from 5:45 - 6:45 pm. However, we are taking the summer off.

Adult choir practice is on Wednesdays from 7 - 8 pm. We are not meeting in July.

JULY 2014

NOELIE’S NOTION
“DO YOU DELIGHT IN THE BRIDE OF CHRIST?”

       As I wrote in the January newsletter, Noelie’s Notion for 2014 is focusing on our spiritual health. Each month I will be using one of the questions posed by Donald S. Whitney in his book Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health. Our question for July focuses on our relationship with the church, the bride of Christ. According to Whitney, one of the best tests of whether we belong to Christ is whether we delight in His delight, namely, the people who compromise His church. In one sense he is asking if we delight in the church as a whole, not in each Christian in particular. Therefore, do you delight in the church, that is, in the gathering of believers, their corporate experiences and labor? Psalm 122:1 says, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Do you feel this way?

       Whitney writes, “Something is amiss when a person participates in the life of a church only because of the forces of ‘ought.’ Parental training, family expectations, long-term habits, the heavy weight of conscience, and a sense of duty are not the overriding compulsions of the Christlike as they arise on the Lord’s Day to gather with God’s own. That is not to say that rightly motivated worshipers have none of the other influences, for some of them are healthy. But the primary motivation for growing Christians is ‘want,’ not ‘ought.’ Any true delight is always a willing delight not a reluctant one.”

       In his book The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith, Timothy Keller writes, “We live in a culture in which the interests and desires of the individual take precedence over those of the family, group, or community. As a result, a high percentage of people want to achieve spiritual growth without losing their independence to a church or to any organized institution. This is often the meaning behind the common protestations ‘I am spiritual, but not religious’ and ‘I like Jesus, but not Christianity.’ Many people who are spiritually searching have had bad experiences with churches. So they want nothing further to do with them. Yet staying away from them simply because (the church is filled with hypocrites) is just another form of self-righteousness. If you want to get to know Jesus better, you will never be able to do that by yourself. You must be deeply involved in the church, in Christian community, with strong relationships of love and accountability. Only if you are part of a community of believers seeking to resemble, serve, and love Jesus will you ever get to know him and grow into his likeness.” After all, Jesus was all about community.
       Psalm 149:4 says, “The Lord takes pleasure in His people.” Do you? See you in church!!

Something to think about and pray about.
In God’s love and joy,
Pastor Noelie

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