We've told you a little bit about the possibility of a new Sherwood Oaks location in Lawrence County over the past few months. You might be asking why we would make the leap and what's next for Sherwood Oaks. Watch this quick video and plan to join us Sunday, May 1 at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall for an informational meeting about this opportunity:
For a time when our girls were young they enjoyed having a pair of zebra finches and a white parakeet named Snowflake. From canaries to cockatoos, many people enjoy birds for pets, but I have never personally known anyone who had a pet vulture. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
Commonly referred to as a buzzard, the vulture’s role is indispensable in keeping this world beautiful. Due to its ugly appearance, the vulture may not be endearing, but God designed it with unique capabilities for our benefit. Possessing incredible eyesight, an extraordinary sense of smell and one of the strongest digestive acids in the world, the vulture devours the dead of this planet. What a nasty place this would be without these winged scavengers. The vulture is not only a gift to nature, it teaches us an important life lesson. Outward appearance is no indication of a person’s worth. In a culture so enamored with looks, it’s vital to remember that inner beauty is far more valuable. Be appreciative of what others do to make this world a better place. So the next time you see a vulture soaring on the thermals, just remember to strive for inner beauty as you live out God’s unique role for you!
On Sunday (April 17), Tom talked a little bit about the New South Entrance that we are hoping to begin constructing in the next few months. Miss the video? Watch it now:
What is the official name for the building project?
New South Entrance
Why are we doing this project now?
It is important that we take forward steps in ensuring the safety of our kids and students. This project allows us to fix a part of the building without heat or air conditioning, and allows us to create a more secure Shewood Kids area. Once this construction project is completed, we will be able to completely lock down and secure the kids areas during the week and on Sundays.
What entrances will be affected?
Doors 13-14 and 15 will all be eliminated and combined into one entrance. During construction, these entrances will be unusable and blocked off by construction fence. The stairway across from the chapel will also be eliminated.
How will I get to the education building during construction?
You will be able to enter the education building through doors 8 (near the gym), 11 (far entrance on the education building) or 12(directly into the gym). To enter the children’s area, you will use door 17 (near the playground).
What is happening at Door 20?
At the end of the project, the stairs at Door 20 will be eliminated, the concrete wall removed, and a bigger, more welcome space will be created.
Are we going back into debt to do this project?
Absolutely not! When we became debt-free in 2015, we committed to remaining a debt-free congregation. This project will be funded by a generous gift as well as support from the congregation!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. - Romans 15:13
With the business that we battle during this day and age, it is easy to get lost in the amount of stuff there is to do. When this happens it is easy to lose your joy and peace. We get both of these things directly from God. When I feel like I am starting to lose my joy, I force myself to stop, take a breath, and pray for God to relieve my stress so that I may be more focused and, more importantly, not lose the joy that I receive from Him. So take rest in knowing that God can provide you with hope and joy. All you need to do is take a step back and ask.
- John Kerr, Deacon, South Union Christian Church
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