"The Promise Land – In the Steps of Jesus" begins this weekend. I am so excited about opening this new series. Part of my message was taped in the Holy Land last week and I think it will be incredibly inspirational and encouraging to hear how His work 2000 years ago on the hillsides of the Sea of Galilee still applies to us today. I look forward to seeing you this weekend. Easter at Oasis and our message "Rise" is just a month away. Our teams are preparing what I believe might be our greatest Easter yet. Easter is not just our week to celebrate the Lord's resurrection, but it is the MOST LIKELY week for 40% of un-churched people to attend church if they are invited. This year, our goal is to reach 4,000 people at Easter. With our attendance averaging 10%+ more than last year, it's very achievable since we had 3,500 last year. This is a day we look forward to inviting family and friends that won't come any other weekend. Please make sure you take the Easter invite cards and give them out to anyone you meet or have in your "sphere of influence". This will be a life-changing weekend. In order to have adequate parking, seating and KidsWorld space, we are asking as many of our regular Oasis'ers as possible to attend one of our Easter Services on Good Friday, Easter EVE Saturday or the additional service we are adding on Sunday. Here are the 7 opportunities to attend Easter weekend: Thursday, March 29 - 7P (ONE Student Service) Good Friday, March 30 - 7P* (Family Fun time after service) Saturday, March 31 - 6P (Family Fun time after service) Easter Sunday, April 1 - 9A, 10:15A*, 11:45A*, 1P and 3P En Español * Indicates NEW service time. I just have to share what an incredible season it's been not only in our Community Groups but especially in one of our newest groups. Financial Peace University is a 9-week course where families learn budgeting, money management and stewardship of the resources God has given us. This semester under the direction of our Stewardship Director, Mr. Rick Napier, along with a team of volunteers, we have seen the largest group ever attending. What I especially love is not only are men leading out but half of the class attendance is men. In a society where men seem to be absent in spiritual and family-life, God has blessed us with some of the most amazing men. I am blessed to see what God is doing in this area. If you would like to be part of our next FPU class just write it on your Connect Card this weekend or go online at www.VisitOasis.org/Community and get more info on our ongoing FPU classes. Discover Track starts tomorrow, Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5. If you are new to Oasis or have never been through this very informative discussion of who we are, where we have been, what we believe and where we are headed, you are encouraged to be here. We've made it so easy for you, it's after any of our services this weekend! Check it out! Please remember that on Saturday, March 10 during our Saturday night worship, we will be voting on new Church Council members. Come out on Saturday night at 6pm to meet these men and women who have accepted the roles of leadership and servanthood. I have some other phenomenal news to share in our Missions area but I'll wait till next week since this letter has gotten to be so long. God bless you and I look forward to seeing you this weekend. Guy Melton Senior and Founding Pastor Oasis Church of South Florida PS. Along with our growth in attendance this year, we have also seen a growth in the discipleship growth of our Oasis'ers lives in stewardship. Our tithes and offerings are 10% higher this year than last in this first part of the year. I am thankful since our ministry in the community constantly increases and our outreach is greater than ever. Thanks to the many of you who give the Lord's tithes and your offerings through Oasis Church and for those who have begun to give back to the Lord this past year. It is because of you we are able to continue to impact lives for eternity. If you would prefer to give ONLINE instead of the envelope in the service you can give online 24/7 RIGHT HERE. IT TOOK ME ABOUT 1 MINUTE TODAY.