Last year we reached our goal! This was possible because of your kind generosity!
This year we are collecting Walmart gift cards, cash and checks to help purchase bicycles as awards for students who have perfect attendance at Fairview Elementary School. Our goal is $1,000 by May 1. Make checks payable to Sherwood Oaks with “Fairview Bikes” in memo. Checks and cash can be left at the kiosk in the foyer, put in the offering marked for bikes, or left at the Receptionist’s desk at Door 3 from 8:00am-4:30pm.
Thanks for making an impact on our community!
This experience brought together individuals, as well as two couples from southern Indiana who are considering foster care, are currently fostering children or have adopted children. Participants came from different walks of life, have children from infant to adult, and have experienced the power of God's love as he works within our families.
We received encouragement and instruction from researchers and therapists who practice Truth Based Relational Intervention strategies to help parents effectively connect with and raise up children who have come from hard places (i.e., abuse, neglect, etc.). It can be so easy to see a child act out or respond in a way that is inappropriate and draw the conclusion that he is expressing willful disobedience. We learned through this training to consider a different perspective: the child is living in survival mode, responding the only way he knows how. This shift allows you to see the hurt and the need being expressed that your love, God's love through you, can offer the child alternatives.
Please pray for our ministry and for God's direction as we seek outreach opportunities such as this simulcast to support families.
On Target – Adoption & Foster Care
Sunday's sermon at Bloomington East referenced several books written from people who started out as skeptics and ended up believing in God. Here is a list of just a few we talked about!
Pick up any of these books and explore their faith journey! And, watch John Tweedie's testimony of how he found his way back to God below:
Genevieve Hernandez stood with the rest of her fifth-grade class along the Massachusetts shoreline as they tossed their message laden bottles into the ocean. The waves on that stormy November afternoon quickly washed most bottles back on shore. Hernandez was convinced her green Sprite bottle, stuck in the seaweed, was going nowhere, but it did. Two years later a 26-year old African man in Morocco found the bottle and responded with a letter of his own. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
It is amazing to think that a small plastic bottle could travel 3,500 miles and then be found. Though the message was not life changing, it did connect two people who were worlds apart.
Some messages, however, are life changing so when God decided to send us his message of hope and forgiveness, he did not put it in an empty bottle and randomly set it afloat. He sent his Son on an incredible journey that ended not on the shores of Africa, but at an empty tomb just outside of Jerusalem. Easter is worth celebrating because it is the thrilling culmination of a journey that connects two who were worlds apart – us and God!
Join us Friday, April 14 for devotions in the chapel at Bloomington East.
Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing. Lk. 23:34
Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise. Lk. 23:43
Woman, here is your son. Jn. 19:26-7
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Mk. 15:34
3:30pm—Erick Gutierrez with translation by Stephen Figert
I thirst. Jn. 19:28.
It is finished. Jn 19:30
Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit. Lk. 23:46