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June 23 Minute Message
Jun 23, 2016

It has been wisely said, “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”  Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

Unfortunately, we often reverse those two relational principles.  Frequently we attack others with our critical attitudes and unfair judgments.  Somehow we’ve reasoned that if we can out think, outwit, and out maneuver the other person we will succeed.  That philosophy may work on the battlefield or in setting a mouse trap, but it won’t work in building relationships on a daily basis.  Use your heart when working with others.  Proverbs 11:17 states, “Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.” 

On the other hand, when it comes to ourselves, we tend to be rather gracious.  We’re tempted to be sensitive and subjective when it comes to judging our own character.  Why is it that we always give ourselves the benefit of the doubt?   Use your brain not your emotions in self-examination.  Take an honest look inside; don’t sugarcoat what you see.  Life is much better when you use your head and heart properly.  If you want to build lasting relationships, be honest with yourself and compassionate with others.  

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Student Ministry Volunteer Spotlight!
Jun 23, 2016

Let's meet Anna McCoy! Anna volunteers with our 6-8 grade students in the middle jr. high ministry.


How did you get involved with the middle Jr. High ministry at Sherwood Oaks?
I got involved as soon as I graduated from the Jr. High area. It had a great affect on me so I wanted to make sure it was the same for everyone else.
What is your leadership role at Fuse, Core Groups, etc?
I was a small group leader, camp chaperone, occasionally led lessons.
How would someone describe you?
I think people see me as an outgoing individual who is willing to step up and lead.
How would you describe yourself at the age of 14?
I remember being pretty timid and reserved and scared of adults.
What might someone be surprised to know about you? 
I have an extreme fear of sharks and will not go into the ocean...ever.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to be outdoors. Whether it be doing something active or laying in a hammock, I'm all about it.
What has surprised you most about working with 6-8 grade students?
I love to see all their varying personalities. I think middle school is a time when people start to differentiate themselves and be more comfortable in their own skin. Its really fun to see the big transition that happens between 6th and 8th grade.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The best piece of advice I have received is probably to lead by example. I have learned a lot through it.

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Bedford Updates
Jun 20, 2016

I continue to be encouraged by the response we are getting and the progress we are making with Sherwood Oaks Bedford. With two gatherings under our belt and one more in July, we’re making good progress to be ready by August. We take possession of the building on July 11 and our team will start making the space look and feel like Sherwood Oaks. Our tech team has been tweaking some of the technology and we’ve had some great interviews with potential children’s ministry coordinators.

To a large degree, the ministry of Community Baptist will continue through Sherwood Oaks. Hoosier Hills Food Bank operates a monthly food distribution at our Bedford facility and that will continue to be a vital support to our community. In addition, the conversations happening now include using the facility for mom-to-mom ministries, student sports activities, student and adult tutoring and even a preschool. Of course, all these are just ideas that are floating around, but they demonstrate the passion and creativity already being experienced as we move closer to our start date.

Because of the various aspects of the work that will be happening in July, we are only going to meet on July 30. However, during that time our various ministry teams will be meeting with their ministry leads and getting mentally and spiritually ready for August.

Recently I ran across this passage from Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV)

As Sherwood Oaks embraces the new things that God is doing, pray that he would go before us, clearing a pathway through hearts that are as crowded and dense as those wilderness forests cleared by our early frontier ancestors, and that he would bring fresh and pure water right into the middle of the most desolate and forsaken situations.

It’s exciting and scary at the same time to be at the front end of a new thing, but pray that we would have hearts and eyes to see clearly where he is leading us.

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Global Leadership Summit 2016
Jun 19, 2016

Everybody wins when a leader gets better.

Join us for the 2016 Global Leadership Summit August 11 & 12 right here at Sherwood Oaks.

For a limited time, you can attend the GLS for a discounted rate of just $69 if you're a member of the Sherwood Oaks family.

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Men's Golf Retreat
Jun 17, 2016

Join in a men's golf weekend at Bright Leaf Golf Resort in Harrodsburg, KY, Sept 22-24, 2016.

This is a great weekend of competition, fun and friendship.The total cost is $317/person and includes 2 nights, 3 days green fees, three 18 hole cart fees, $18 food allowance, par 3, golf towel.  

Check in time is after 12:00pm on Thursday.  If you want, play a foursome 18 hole round, game of your choice or on your own.  The group will meet up after 7:30pm that evening to setup the rest of the rounds for the weekend. Two rounds will be played Friday with OUTRAGEOUSLY fun games. Saturday morning we will check out and then play another 18 holes before heading home.

Contact Joe Ward for more info or to register. 

Upcoming Events

Fireworks, Food & Fun
Sunday, July 03, 2016, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Make plans now to join us for food, music, games and fireworks July 3 here at Sherwood Oaks. More details soon, but save the date and the time: 7:00pm-10:00pm (Fireworks ...

Third Sunday of the month, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Looking for a way to connect at Sherwood Oaks? Come learn about studies & classes, activity groups & life groups. You'll have a chance to join in a new or existing ...

2016 Construction

We're making some improvements to the Bloomington East campus, parking lot and classrooms.

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