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Ways to Give
Apr 18, 2017
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Financial support of the ministries at Oakwood Church enables us to continue our mission of discipling people to reach the Lake Country and the world for Christ. For your convenience, we provide several different ways for you to give.

Weekly offering – donations are accepted during our Sunday morning worship services. Checks can be made payable to "Oakwood Church."

Giving Statements are sent quarterly to provide information for tax purposes. The Financial Secretary is the only person who has access to contribution records. It is the policy of our pastors and elders to receive no reporting of individual giving. We respect giving as a personal response to God’s blessing and the individual’s commitment to God. We also recognize that the joy and challenge of giving is a process developed through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Electronic Funds Transfer – those desiring to have their funds electronically deposited to the church account each month can do so by completing a simple Authorization for Direct Payment form. Amounts can be designated for the general, benevolent, missions or building funds.

Online Bill Pay – Using the bill pay service through your bank. Please put your name in the memo line.

Oakwood Church Perpetual Fund - Looking ahead to the long-term support of Oakwood Church ministries, Oakwood has put in place a mechanism for receiving funds whose principal will not be spent and only the earnings will be used to perpetually insure Oakwood's continued mission. While these gifts are often thought of as endowments or large gifts, the fund will also be able to accept small amounts in honor of individuals as well. For more information click here.

Planned Giving for Oakwood Church What are planned gifts? Planned gifts are a variety of charitable giving methods that allow you to express your personal values by integrating your charitable, family and financial goals. Making a planned charitable gift usually requires the assistance of a knowledgeable advisor such as an attorney, financial planner or CPA to help structure the gift.Planned gifts can be made with cash, but many planned gifts are made by donating assets such as stocks, real estate, art pieces or business interests – the possibilities are endless. Planned gifts can provide valuable tax benefits and/or lifetime income for you and your spouse or other loved ones. The most frequently-made planned gifts are bequests to Oakwood, made through your will. Other popular planned gifts include charitable trusts and charitable gift annuities.Why should I make a planned gift? Many people want to make charitable gifts, but need to do so in a way that helps meet their other personal, family or financial needs. Planned gifts give you options for making your charitable gifts in ways that may allow you to:

  • Make a larger charitable gift than you thought possible
  • Increase your current income
  • Plan for the financial needs of a spouse or loved one
  • Provide inheritances for your heirs at a reduced tax cost
  • Reduce your income tax and/or avoid capital gains tax
  • Diversify your investment portfolio
  • Receive income from your personal residence or farm
  • Plan for the transfer of your business
  • Leave a charitable legacy for future generations

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RightNow Media
Apr 17, 2017
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Oakwood is always looking for ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. RightNow Media gives you access to an online library of over 2,000 videos with speakers like Francis Chan, Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Margaret Feinberg and Jennie Allen, popular Christian children’s shows and ministry training programs – at no charge to you.

RightNow Media is available to anyone at Oakwood Church regardless of membership. If you would like to use this powerful technology tool,  us with the subject line RightNow Media and we'll send you an invite with login information in a few days.

If you have already signed up for RightNow Media, please go directly to Right Now Media and login.

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What We Believe
Apr 17, 2017
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Oakwood is an Evangelical Free Church. The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:

God
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

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How to Pray for Adoption and Foster Care Families
Mar 20, 2017
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As Oakwood families are called to serve "the least of these" by adopting or fostering children, they desperately need prayer support. All children who have been separated from their birth parents have experienced some kind of trauma and/or loss. Our families are oftentimes stretched like never before as they adjust to a new child in their home and attempt to give that child the physical, emotional and spiritual care they need to heal.

Here are some specific ways you can pray for Oakwood's adoptive and foster families:

  • Pray that the Lord would encourage their hearts with His presence and love. And, that they would be reminded that their calling has come from the Lord and He will not fail them.(Matthew 25:35-40; Psalm 136)
  • Pray that they would have wisdom and discernment as they care for their children's needs, large and small. (James 1:5)
  • Pray for physical, emotional and spiritual healing for foster and adoptive children. Pray that their salvation and redemption would be found in Jesus! (Romans 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Pray that family, friends and the Oakwood community would come alongside these families in their journey, providing practical support and Biblical encouragement. (Galatians 6:2; Philippians 2:3-4)

 

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In-Home Small Group FAQ's
Jan 04, 2017
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What is an In-Home Small Group?
An in-home small group is a group of people committed to meeting on a regular basis in a home (or homes) sharing lives, studying and applying God’s Word and supporting each other. It is led by a facilitator/leader who shepherds group members, the groups range from approximately 6 -18 people. Commonly, groups meet during the program year (September – May) for about 1 ½ hours. Unlike Oakwood’s On-site Small Groups (on Wednesday nights) that meet together for a trimester at a time, our in-home groups generally stay together for significantly longer.
 
All groups are encouraged to serve together some time during the year, as well as “play” together several times a year. Groups commonly take the summer off, or significantly change the format during that time.

 
Why does Oakwood have In-Home Small Groups?
We believe that spiritual growth happens best in community. Our primary “space” in which we experience biblical community, transformation and disciplemaking is within a small group. (Actually, we have small groups at Oakwood starting in preschool all the way up to adults.) Our in-home small groups offer a valuable opportunity for “doing life together” in authentic ways that:

  •  Foster transformation and dependence on Jesus,
  • Build a sense of “we” and biblical connectedness,
  • Create avenues for accountability, encouragement and spiritual risk-taking,
  • Model Christ’s plan for His followers.

The bottom line is that small groups are about transformation. 
in community. on mission.

When and How Often Do They Meet?
In-home groups meet on various weeknights, depending upon the group. Commonly, they start around 7:00 and run until 8:30 pm. The details vary by group: some eat a meal together first, some have desserts, some begin earlier. Most of our groups meet twice a month; some get together weekly.
 
What’s Required of Me When I Join an In-Home Small Group?
The most important requirement you choose to meet is that of prioritized commitment and consistent attendance. Of course, we recognize that illness, work or school conflicts, and vacations may prevent your attending on a given week, but it’s critical that group members understand and regard time together with their group a priority. We stress this level of commitment from the outset simply to avoid misunderstandings, and to ensure relational bonding.
 
Each fall and the periodically the rest of the year, in-home small groups will take a moment to review Oakwood’s Small Group Covenant, which includes attending regularly and willingly sharing your life with the group, as you’re able.
 

What Will We Study?
In-home small groups choose their studies based on the type of group they are (foundational, creating a disciplemaker lifestyle, challenge-focused), where individuals in the group are currently experiencing growth or need further establishing or equipping, and what Oakwood has recommended for that particular year. We often utilize studies made available through RightNow Media or “Taking It Home” sermon notes/questions that follow up and apply the previous Sunday’s sermon. The goal is growing in Christlikeness and following Him more wholeheartedly…experiencing inflow so that you can overflow.
 
Is There a Financial Cost?
Some groups may choose to purchase study books that maximizes their learning and application of the scriptural principles or content they’re studying. Any financial hardship this might cause can be discussed confidentially with either the in-home small group leader or the Small Groups Coordinator at Oakwood.
 
What About Child Care?
Each In-Home Small Group is responsible for determining its own arrangements regarding child care. Most groups with children either hire sitters and share the cost, or each family arranges for their own care in their own home.
 
If child care is an issue for you, consider joining an on-site small group during Wednesday Night Community. We have on-site programming for all ages from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., preceded by our Café that serves dinner each Wednesday starting at 5:30.

 
How Do I Join A Group?
We’d suggest that you start by looking at “open” groups that meet on an evening of the week that is consistently free for you (see chart below). Next, consider if having a common “season of life” will be helpful to you in connecting. Please know that general “season of life” terms are used simply to help you select a potential group, not to create a barrier. Our groups are not rigidly confined to those seasons of life.
 
Once you’ve found a possibility or two, please email the contact(s) indicating your interest and requesting more information. 

Any questions? Please contact us and we will happily help!
 
Why Are Some Groups “At Capacity”?
There are several reasons why a group may currently be at capacity, a decision made by the group itself. Practical issues such as the following generally come into play in the decision: the size of the group fills the meeting spaces in their homes; the group has reached a maximum number of members the leader(s) can effectively shepherd; group members are working through some personal sensitive issues together. We always offer at least one “always open” small group to ensure there’s a place for everyone.
 

What’s the Leader’s Role?
In-home small group leaders pray for their group members; oversee the study choices of their group; receive ongoing training; create a healthy, relational environment; model loving God, living His Word and loving others; encourage spiritual transformation; coordinate group decision making. The way in which they do this varies according to personality and makeup of the group. Some groups share facilitating the study conversation, many choose studies altogether, some rotate homes for meeting places, for example.
 
What If an In-Home Small Group Doesn’t Work for My Schedule?
If your schedule doesn’t allow you to make the kind of commitment necessary to join an In-Home Small Group, consider either attending an on-site small group that meets new each trimester on Wednesdays, or a men’s  or women’s small group, some of which meet early morning or during the daytime.

 
Leader (s) Season of Life Meets Contact
Kari and Josh Davison Parents of young/elementary  Sunday pm
 2x/month
Scott Ellis/Taylor Schultz Young adult  Sunday pm
 2x/month
Shana Hammond Mixed Tuesday pm
4x/month
Carol and Terry LaCasse All Friday pm
2x/month
Janna and Stuart Mason Mostly empty nest and parents of high school kids Tuesday pm
2x/month

Mike and Jenny Wagner
Empty Nest Thursday pm
Weekly
 
 
 

 

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