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It has been wisely said, “A good laugh is sunshine in a house.” Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
The capacity to laugh is a wonderful gift from God and distinguishes us from the rest of his creation. It’s not just some frivolous exercise, it really is beneficial. Research indicates that laughter releases endorphins (which provide a sense of well-being) and also reduces cortisol, the hormone most associated with stress.
Long before such research, the book of Proverbs promoted the same truth, “A cheerful heart is good medicine…” Unfortunately, we often overlook the second part of that verse, “…but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” As the years come and go, the disappointments and hardships of life take their toll. If we aren’t careful they will crush the spirit and drive the laughter out of our hearts. It’s been estimated that children laugh more than 300 times a day while the average adult laughs less than 20. Michael Pritchard wrote, “You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”
So go ahead – laugh. Tell a joke. Watch a hilarious show. Spend time around funny people. Add a little sunshine to your house. It’s God’s prescription for good medicine.
The Christmas season will be here before we know it. Here is what is happening at Sherwood Oaks!
We are raising funds to help displaced Christians in Iraq this holiday season. Get more information here.
byTavi Fashion Show
December 9 | 6:00pm | Pourhouse
Join our Student Ministry at the Pourhouse for a byTavi fashion show. byTavi helps rescue women from trafficking in Cambodia.
It’s a Wonderful Life
December 1-3 | 7:00pm | Worship Center
December 4 | 3:00pm | Worship Center
The Sherwood Oaks Choir is teaming up with the Monroe County Civic Theater to present It’s a Wonderful Life this Christmas season! Tickets available in the Bookstore.
Ladies’ Christmas Breakfast
December 3 | 9:00am | Fellowship Hall
Join guest speaker Claudia Mitchell as we discover why it really is a Wonderful Life at our annual Christmas Brekfast. Tickets are $11 and available in the Bookstore.
Family eXperience (FX)
December 4 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Gym
Check out what our elementary Sherwood Kids! programming is like during our FX service. Worship as a family as we gear up for the Christmas season.
December 11 | 9:30am & 11:00am | Worship Center
Our Wednesday night choirs have been hard at work on their Children’s Musical this year. Join us for this special morning in the Worship Center.
December 14 | 6:30pm | Worship Center
Join IU Jacobs School of Music students for our annual harp concert. Childcare for kids ages 2 and under.
Parents’ Night Out
December 16 | 5:30pm | Fellowship Hall
Get your last-minute Christmas shopping done or just spend time relaxing during a busy holiday season. Register at socc.org/kids/pno.
Bloomington West Christmas
December 18 | 6:00pm | 5227 W Airport Rd
Old Time Christmas candlelight service featuring special music and other Christmas moments.
December 24 | 3:00pm, 4:30pm & 6:00pm | Bloomington East
December 24 | 10:00pm | Bedford
Join us as we wrap up our look at Advent and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Childcare provided for kids ages 2 and under.
December 25 | 9:30am | Bloomington East
December 25 | 10:00am | Bloomington West
Our Christmas Day service at Bloomington East will be identical to the Christmas Eve services. At Bloomington West, join us for a morning of carols and celebration.
* Please note Christmas Eve & Christmas Day services will be identical at Bloomington East.
The Sherwood Oaks offices will be closed December 23, 26, 30 and January 3. Our holiday hours are 9:00am–3:00pm December 27-29.
Every November our congregation hosts a traditional Thanksgiving meal for international students and families living in Bloomington. We Americans often forget that this cherished holiday is unique to our country and those who visit our shores want to share in the turkey, dressing, cranberry and pumpkin pie experience. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
While the traditional Thanksgiving spread is wonderful, I want our guests to know there is so much more to this holiday than just food. Tom Olson, writing in Now magazine, related that as the Pilgrims discussed their hardships in the new land one of their number suggested they set aside a special day for fasting and prayer. Most agreed. One man, however, did not. It was his conviction that they had spent too much time seeing their situation as a problem not a blessing. The land was abundant and best of all they had found freedom. It was time for thanksgiving not regret – the rest, of course, is history.
As you gather with family and friends this week make sure your celebration is about more than what you see on the table. God has blessed us with abundance and spiritual freedom – it is a time for Thanksgiving!
Do you ever feel like your efforts go unnoticed? You work just as hard as the next guy, but he gets all the credit. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
Does the name William Dawes sound familiar in your study of American history? Probably not, but it should. He was responsible for warning the patriots of the arriving British forces on that famous April evening in 1775. He had seen the signal in Boston’s Christ Church steeple – remember the code, one if by land and two if by sea? Two lanterns hung briefly in the belfry; the British were coming across the water. At 9:30 that evening, Dawes mounted his horse and left Boston to warn the countryside. His partner didn’t leave Boston for another 30 minutes. After midnight both were captured by a British patrol, but Dawes managed to escape. His partner was eventually released but had to walk back to Boston. The name we all remember is that of the partner – Paul Revere, but William Dawes was equally important in spreading the news.
So don’t get discouraged when the world doesn’t see your effort and hard work. Do your best regardless because God always notices!