Reach our hands in fellowship... and service... and prayer...

God is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” –Ephesians 4:11-16 (NLT)

God is doing something in Hot Springs that is more beautiful and inspiring than words can describe.  Under His direction, the whole body is working together to re-present Jesus to our community, while becoming stronger as each part does its own special work!  By the “whole body” I’m talking about something seemingly unheard of: Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Nazarenes, and Catholics working together with the Church of Christ and the Church of God!  Instead of falling apart because of the ways we are different, the body of Christ is standing together because of WHO we have in common! In the coming days, we have an amazing opportunity before us.   I want to share two of these with you.

SHAREFEST 2010 takes place on Saturday, November 6.  Using the Hot Springs High School facility as a command center, followers of Jesus from all over the city will gather to worship in Word and song.  Then we will go out into the community and serve in a plethora of projects designed to bring hope, and the love of Jesus, to our city!  That evening, we will gather again at the High School for a time of sharing what we experienced God doing that day.  In the coming days, we will be choosing the project(s) we will be taking on that day as a congregation.  Also, we will be taking a special offering on Sunday, September 19, which will be used to help financially underwrite and organize the SHAREFEST 2010 event.  More info can be found on the event website:
The 21st Annual GARLAND COUNTY LEADERSHIP PRAYER BREAKFAST takes place on Tuesday, October 5.  This event takes place at Hot Springs Convention Center in Horner Hall, beginning at 6:20 AM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to join in prayer with, and for, public servants and elected officials representing the city of Hot Springs, Garland County, and the State of Arkansas.  This year’s Keynote Speaker is Ken Hatfield.  We are planning to sponsor the event with our presence.  Table Host cost is $150 per table of 8.  Anyone interested in representing Oaklawn must sign up and pay $19 no later than Sunday, September 19. Checks may be made to Oaklawn church of God and we will write one check from the church.  More info can be found on the event website:
Excited to reach our hands in fellowship to every Blood-washed one!


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