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Women's Inspire Conference 2020
Jan 22, 2020

"One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see! " John 9:25, NIV  

God’s Word proclaims a love that heals and moves us from darkness to light, and the miracle of God’s empowering grace in our lives. He can transform every life and every circumstance to a vision of beauty. Together, we declare, “Now I See.”  

Oakwood women will join others from our community at the Inspire Womens Conference on Saturday hosted by Elmbrook Church.  

Friday, March 6 
6:30-9:00 p.m. 
Oakwood Church|3041 Oakwood Rd, Hartland, WI

a night of fellowship and fun! Well have time to interact with each other and reflect on how God can transform our faith from dull gray to vivid color. Please bring a plated dessert to share. 

Saturday, March 7 
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (optional early workshop at 7:15 a.m.)
Elmbrook Church|777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 

 a day to learn and grow! Well attend the Inspire Conference as a group, with a spot for Oakwood women to sit together and eat lunch together. Custom Oakwood T-shirts available too! More info for the conference can be found at elmbrook.org/inspire 

Saturday, post-conference  
4-6 p.m. 

 a catered dinner on-site just for Oakwood women! Well have a chance to unpack and share insights from the conference with each other. (Bonus: You dont have to go home and cook!)  

Register for any and all of the following: 

Step 1: Register for Oakwood events/T-shirt (Use green button below)

Friday evening FREE 
Saturday post-conference meal $15 

 *registration for Friday and Saturday nights must be received by Monday, March 2* 

 Custom Oakwood T-shirt $12 
(60% cotton/40% polyester, unisex fit, short sleeve, charcoal gray)

Click HERE for a larger image of T-shirt.

 *T shirt ordering deadline Sunday, February 17* 


 Step 2: Register for the Inspire Conference 

 Inspire Conference $40/Students (ages 13-23) $25 

 Tickets to the Inspire Conference on Saturday must be purchased separately through the conference website at elmbrook.org/inspire. Oakwood Church is not selling any tickets directly! 

BUY TICKETS AT elmbrook.org/inspire

 **Note that this event is likely to sell out as the date nears. Please do not delay your registration! **



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Middle School: Week of January 20, 2020
Jan 21, 2020

I hope you're getting back into a regular routine since the holidays. My wife and I are still trying to get a regular week figured out, but we'll get there!
This Wednesday we're going to be looking at some ways to get to know others better. We'll be practicing and discussing how to have deeper conversations with others by asking good follow up questions. We're practicing this skill to help us be loving to others through our conversations together! 
And on Sunday we'll be continuing CBE! We're in Isaiah this week reading through chapters 6 and 53. We'll be discussing the awesome things we read, the questions we have, and how we could love God and others better through the Scripture we're reading. Be sure to have your student dive into these chapters over the week and ask them about what they heard in small group after Sunday!
There's a Mission Trip meeting for parents and students on Sunday this week! We'll be in the Middle School Room from 11:45 - 12:45 to go over all the details of the trip and have plenty of time to answer any questions you may have about the trip. We'll see you there!
And on February 2nd we'll be at the Kitchener home to watch the Super Bowl! No cost for the game, but bring a snack or drink to share with those who show up. Feel free to have your student show up late or leave early as necessary. Register HERE so we know how many students to plan for.
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High School: Week of January 20, 2020
Jan 21, 2020



Relationships matter! For the month of January we will follow up with the theme of relationships from Districts Youth Conference. Students have been challenged to take a next steps in their relationship with God and others, we’ve discussed what it means to be authentic and we will wrap up the month considering how to deal with relational conflict.

Small groups have kicked off and are taking part in a 4 week Community Bible Experience (CBE) hybrid. We’ll read together, actively engage the story of Scripture and discuss how it applies to life today. Students are encouraged to complete the daily readings, but the book is not necessary to participate in small group. This week we are in the book of Micah!
Upcoming Event:

WHO: High School girls and leaders

WHAT: Pasta Bar, Games, a Craft and an Ice Cream Sundae Bar

WHEN: Saturday, February 8 from 6-9pm

WHERE: Oakwood Church | High School Room


Advent Conspiracy - Cement Mixer
Our final giving Sunday, January 19th, brought our total to $3151.25!  Thank you to those who generously gave to this Advent Conspiracy project!


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Preschool & Elementary School: Week of January 20, 2020
Jan 21, 2020


Words—meaningful words—are my primary love language. Kind words can lift my heart just like a gift and unkind words can cut like a knife.

Whether "Words" is your love language or not, each of us is impacted by words, and our words impact others—for good or bad. 

Check out this article from one parent about the power of first words. I hope it encourages you to start your family conversations with powerful, positive words. 


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22nd-  Here’s what we’re learning 

ELEMENTARY: Our Bible Treasure Hunt continues this week as we learn to read and follow God’s map for our lives. (Psalms 119:9-11) 

PRESCHOOL: (3 years old through Kindergarten) This week we’ll learn how God took care of a woman and her son who were poor. God knew everything about them, and He sent Elijah to help. God knows all about us, too. He is going to take care of us, too, no matter what happens! (I Kings 17) 


Here’s what we’ll be talking about on SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th-

Elementary—God is Sovereign
II Samuel 2, 5-7 (King David) 

Sovereign. That’s a big word. The dictionary says it means “independent” or “in complete control.” So, when we talk about God being sovereign, we mean that He is not dependent on anyone else—what they think or say or do—God is in complete control of everything. 

Last week we learned about David—how God gave him the victory over Goliath. God had other plans for David, too. In II Samuel, we see how God made David King of Israel. 

David loved God so much he wanted to build a house for Him to live in, instead of the tabernacle tent. God loved what David wanted to do however, God didn’t allow David to build a house for him. Instead, God said David’s son would build that house, and God told David that the promised Rescuer would be part of his family! (II Samuel 7:12-16). How awesome is that?! 

God always knows what is best for us. We may not understand, but God is sovereign and we can trust that He will work all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28)

At Home Weekly: TRUStory 

January Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:29


Preschool—God is Worthy of Worship, Pt 1

Our God is such a great God. Because He’s so amazing, we can worship Him! People in the Bible worshipped God. In fact, the whole book of Psalms is full of worship and praise for God. Did you know there isn’t just one way to worship God? There are actually many ways to worship God! We can worship God by singing, dancing, praying, or even creating something beautiful for Him. Whatever way we choose to tell or show God how great He is and how we appreciate what He has done is worshipping Him. God loves it when we worship Him, because that’s what He created us to do.

At Home Weekly: TRUWonder 

January Bible Verse: Isaiah 30:21


2 Year Olds–Jesus is God
(Matthew 8/Mark 4; Calming the Storm)
Foundational Truth: God Loves Me 

The storm was raging. The waves swept over the boat. The disciples were afraid. Then, with three words from Jesus, “Quiet! Be still!” the storm stopped. “What kind of man is this?” the disciples asked. Jesus was more than just a special man. Jesus was more than just a teacher. Jesus can control the storm. Jesus can save the world. Why? Jesus is God!

Jesus says we should become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven (Mark 10:15). Children don’t have to be convinced of something. Their faith is pure and simple, not complicated. When they hear this story, they don’t question how Jesus calmed the storm. They know. Jesus is God, that’s how! 

Encourage your kids in their precious faith! Help them see God’s power in and over creation. Help them to know that Jesus is with them during the storm (whatever that “storm” might be). Jesus will always be with them and take care of them. Why? Jesus is God and He loves them! It’s that simple. 

At Home Weekly TRUBlessings 



Our offerings this past Sunday came to $19.23, bringing our total to $54.57. 

We have two mission goals for our offerings:

  • Purchase musical instruments to be used in Myanmar where Margaret & Bernie Fiedler will be going in February to lead a Kids Worship Seminar with local ministries. Cost $300.
  • Purchase a sewing machine for the ladies in Kinshasa, Congo. Cost $110.


Winter/Spring Calendar: 


God bless your week~ 

Becci Terrill
Children’s Ministries Director
262-844-3201 (cell)
262-367-1212 (office)


Energizing the Next Generation to Love God,
Love Others and Make Disciples





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Preschool & Elementary School: Week of January 13, 2020
Jan 14, 2020


We have fun, interactive programs designed for your preschooler & elementary student every Wednesday from 6:30-8pm. 

This semester, elementary kids will be going on a Bible Treasure Hunt—exploring God’s Word for treasure to guide our lives. This week we’ll see what God wants us to treasure in Matthew 6. 

Preschoolers (3 years old through Kindergarten) will be continuing their journey through the Old Testament. This week we’ll learn how God used birds to feed Elijah. So cool! 


Has you child expressed an interest in being baptized? There’s still time to join us for BASICS this Sunday, January 19th! We’ll set you up to talk through salvation and baptism with your child so you can decide if they are ready for this next step in their faith journey. Register HERE

If you feel your child is ready for baptism, please arrange for a time to meet with me prior to our next baptism. We’ll go through the Baptism book together and I’ll listen to your child’s faith story. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our next believer’s baptism is Sunday, January 26th, and we strongly encourage every child to attend BASICS prior to being baptized. 


Here’s what we’ll be talking about on Sunday, January 19— 

Elementary—God is Victorious
I Samuel 16-17 (David & Goliath) 

After God gave the people of Israel the Promised Land, and victory over their enemies, they decided they wanted to have a king to lead them—like the other nations. 

This displeased God. God had led His people through others speaking on his behalf. God had fought their battles. God had given them victory. By asking for a king, the Israelites showed a disregard for God and all that He had done for them. 

God let the people have a king. Saul didn’t love God as he should. God chose a new king—David—and even though he was just a shepherd boy, God’s Spirit came powerfully upon him. David trusted God to give him victory in a fight when everyone else was afraid. David knew God is victorious.

At Home Weekly TRUStory 

January Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:29


Preschool—God is Help
I Samuel 7 (Ebenezer) 

The Israelites were God’s special people. God took very good care of them. But when things were going really well for the Israelites, they forgot all about God. One day, the prophet Samuel was talking to the people. He told the Israelites they needed to remember the one true God and worship Him. The people did what Samuel said! When they gathered together to say they had been wrong and now decided to worship God, their enemies, the Philistines, came to attack them. God helped the Israelites! He sent loud thunder that confused the Philistines so the Israelites could chase them away. After that, Samuel set up a special rock and called it Ebenezer, which means “stone of help.” The Israelites could always look at the rock and remember how God helped them.

At Home Weekly TRUWonder

January Bible Verse: Isaiah 30:21


2 Year Olds–Jesus is God
(Matthew 8/Mark 4; Calming the Storm)  
Foundational Truth: God Loves Me 

Safety is important to children. Feeling safe allows them to relax and enjoy the environment they are in and the people they are with. That’s one reason it’s so hard for little ones to leave their parents! Children feel safest with their moms and dads—as God planned. 

In our story, Jesus’ friends were in a boat on a lake in a terrible storm. They were SCARED! Although they loved and followed Jesus, they still didn’t realize that He was God’s Son. He created the world and had power over all things—including the storm! 

Jesus calmed the storm on the lake, and the fears in their hearts. He showed them that He is God and that they would always be safe with Him. Let’s help our children understand that they will always be safe with Jesus as their friend. He is the one person they can always count on because He is God. 

At Home Weekly TRUBlessings



Our offerings this past Sunday came to $17.35, bringing our total to $35.34. 

We’ve had two suggestions for how to use our offerings next:

  • Purchase musical instruments to be used in Myanmar where Margaret & Bernie Fiedler will be going in February to lead a Kids Worship Seminar with local ministries. Cost $300.
  • Purchase a sewing machine for the ladies in Kinshasa, Congo. Cost $110.


Out of the Office

I’m out of the office this week attending a children’s pastors conference. If you need assistance with anything while I’m away, please contact Carrie Ziebell in the church office—262-367-1212 or .

 Winter/Spring Calendar:

God bless your week~ 

Becci Terrill
Children’s Ministries Director
262-844-3201 (cell)
262-367-1212 (office)


Energizing the Next Generation to Love God,
Love Others and Make Disciples





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