Dear Extended Oasis Family and friends;
Seasons Represent Change: You don’t have seasons without change. That is the cycle of life. I love the various seasons and the change they bring. I know we don't have them much in South Florida…wait…we don’t really have them at all. But we do celebrate them and we either go out of town or buy decorations to recreate them. Ha!
Just last Saturday I woke up feeling like it was fall. I told my wife, Tonia, that I felt like it was Fall that morning. Her comment was: “Step outside! LOL” I did and I realized “it ain’t Fall ya'll". Seasons bring with them change as well as newness. The old season is past with its beauty, difficulties and its wonderful memories. We cherish seasons past with pictures and memories. We look forward to Seasons to come for what God has in-store for us.
For the last month, our Oasis Church staff have been discussing in meetings our next Season. "Fall Launch" - which I know if you are a parent you are not happy reading this since that means back to school and all that brings. Or maybe you are crazy excited that the kids are going back to school - I know I was a parent of 3 sons.
Fall Launch is only less than a month away and we are "Crazy Excited" about this year. Fall leads to Christmas and then to our New Year. This year, our "Summer of Missions" will just continue right into the Fall season and culminate with “A Christmas of Missions". God has led us to continue the emphasis of our "Value of Missions" throughout the rest of the year. After-all, Jesus came on mission and His whole 33 years were on mission for you and me.
We will have a very different Christmas Season this year. It will be one of not bringing 50,000 people to our property to come and see the lights but to take His Love, His story, The Light and the Story of Christmas outside our four corners and into our communities of Pembroke Pines and North Miami. I am so excited that we will highlight what Christmas is all about in a very tangible way to our community and those outside our four walls.
As we gear up for our next season, I want to celebrate what God is doing right now in this Season of Missions.
Worship Night last Friday was beyond words. It was a packed auditorium with 100's just worshiping God through songs of praise. It was amazing! Thank you Pastor Ricky and all our Creative and Worship teams for giving so unselfishly to make this night happen.
Lessons from My Toybox launched last week. An overview of the Book of Hebrews. Pastor Joe - our Student Pastor -brought the first message and as I mentioned in the services, it was one of the top five messages I have heard from our pulpit in the last 24 years. It was amazing! You can watch it here or share it with someone. Just go online now.
This weekend, I will be bringing the second message in this series from Hebrews 4-5 - “Simon Says”. I hope you will be here. We are going to have some fun and also get some rich food from these passages of Scripture. Don’t miss this weekend!
Detroit Missions Trip - Next week, 25 of us will be meeting in Detroit to partner up with Pastor Darryl Gaddy and other pastors for a time of serving. Legacy Ministries led by our own Ricky and Lily Garcia will be leading a "Tiaras Ball' for the inner city young ladies and will also have a leadership seminar for local inner city pastors called "Activate". Along with these events we will work on the new Mission House our partners bought and other neighborhood missions. If you missed getting in on this trip, you don’t want to miss out on the next one. These are life changing trips. If you are giving to "Love Cities, Love Pastors" outreach offering then you are the ones that make these trips and partnerships possible. Thank you for your sacrifice and generosity.
There is so much more to share about this special Season of Missions and the New Season coming but I just don’t have the room here and only the most hard core Oasis'ers have even read this far down.
I love you guys and look forward to seeing you this weekend!
P.S. Thanks again for being so faithful in your giving back to God this Summer. Because of your giving we continue to have record summer offerings and are able to continue the missions emphasis into the Fall and Christmas. Your giving is changing lives! You can always give online 24/7 here or when you come to worship this weekend. Thanks again!