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October 20 Minute Message
Oct 20, 2016

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It’s beginning to happen all around us – just open your eyes to the beauty. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

For those who have never lived in southern Indiana, they may not quite understand the thrill. The calendar verifies the season but we Hoosiers recognize it more from its color and feel than its date. Even now, the hills and hollows are taking on a different hue. The blooms of summer have given way to a whole new pallet of colors. Every tree takes center stage and every leaf becomes a flower for a few moments in time. The air feels crisper, fresher; the sunlight a bit brighter. To drive through the woods and forests is to visit nature’s museum of art.

Legendary Hoosier journalist William Herschell wrote the poem that not only made him famous nearly a century ago, but is also inscribed on a bronze plaque in the rotunda of our state capitol. It’s simply entitled, “Ain’t God Good to Indiana.” I wholeheartedly agree – and God’s handiwork in nature is never more clearly seen than in the beauty of autumn. If he can paint the world with a dying leaf, imagine what God can do in your life!

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Season of Caring
Oct 18, 2016

Season of Caring

October 22 thru December 10

CareFest is now in its 12th year and we are looking forward to another great ‘season of serving’ our community. Since 2006 over 3800 volunteers have served at more than 50 different local schools and agencies during this one day event. Great friendships have developed between these agencies and our CareFest volunteers and we value this opportunity to serve our community.

This fall CareFest 2016 will be expanded to a Season of Caring with an expanded time window from October 22 through December 10. Our goal is to recruit for some projects with fixed dates that can be accomplished by teams of 10 to 50 volunteers. We will also list many agencies and contact info for our Life Groups to contact and work out the details. There are over 100 Life Groups that we are asking to form service teams and find compatible projects to complete during the “Season of Caring”.

Choose your project:

1. Middle Way House
Paint 3 apartments
28-30 Volunteers- October 29
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2. Hannah Center
Build platform beds, install sensor lights; repair minor damage; lay laminate flooring
10-15 Volunteers - October 29
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3. University Elementary
Weed & mulch courtyard gardesn(3) Remove 3 dead bushes in Secret Garden; lay compost for new vegetable bed; weed & mulch south-facing garden outside of 1st-2nd grade rooms 20 Volunteers - Date to be determined

4. Habitat for Humanity
Clean-up, painting; new carpet installation, power washing, etc. to prepare house to be sold
25-30 Volunteers - November 5
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5. Bloomington Parks & Rec
Clear plots & put gardens to bed for winter. Clear plant material & hardware items from gardens & organize for storage. Cover crops and/or mulch to prepare plots for winter
10-25 Volunteers - October 29
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6. Banneker Community Center
Facility painting; cleaning of preschool toys & equipment; re-upholstery of chairs; building of student cubbies; bulletin board decorating; organizing and cleaning of kitchen cabinets
12-20 Volunteers - November 5
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Pick up a “Season of Caring” flyer with all the projects in the Welcome Center or check our website
More projects will be added soon. Contact Connie Phares  or Norma Landgraff

Additional projects you can choose from:

Where: The Warehouse, 1525 S Rogers St
Contact: Nick Pridemore, 812-333-3951
Project: Remove Sand from Sand Volleyball Pit
When: Early December

Where: Monroe County United Ministries
Contact: Steve Thomas, 812-339-3429 ext 24 or
Project: Work in the food pantry while IU students are busy with final exams; Also donate food basket for holidays; wrap presents
When: December 12 through December 16

Where: Crestmont Boys/Girls Club
Contact: Israel Shasanmi, 812-336-6501 or
Project: Mentor Passport to Manhood members aged 6-12
When: Ongoing

Where: Monroe County Public Library
Contact: Sue Sater, 812-349-3050 or
Project: Clean children’s toys & books; straighten & clean shelves; light cleaning of materials; indoor/outdoor landscape & cleanup
When: Call to get details

Where: The Warehouse
Contact: Nick Pridemore, 812-333-3951
Project: Set up Golf Net & Batting Cages
When: Call to get details

Where: The Warehouse
Contact: Nick Pridemore, 812-333-3951
Project: Seal area in back of Warehouse
When: Call to get details

Where: The Warehouse
Contact: Nick Pridemore, 812-333-3951
Project: Install wall in upstairs event room to separate YFC office & Warehouse Event Room
When: Call to get details

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Kurdistan Christian Assistance
Oct 16, 2016

Sherwood Oaks is collecting financial donations through December to assist Christian families in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq who have been displaced by the ISIS invasion.

These brothers and sisters were suddenly forced from their properties by ISIS, leaving their houses and all possessions behind. They have relocated in temporary camps for Internally Displaced People from the Plains of Nineveh. They are thankful to be alive, but struggling to survive.

We have been asked by the Kurdistan Ministry of Christian Affairs to help 125,000 Christian families with the purchase of generators, fuel, cooling units, Quonset huts to use as school rooms and medical clinics, as well as long-term medications for diabetes and hypertension.

What a great alternative Christmas gift from your family that will make a difference in the lives of many who are suffering.

Please check at the kiosk in the foyer for a brochure and giving form to designate your donations. You can also give online at the link below, select 'Kurdistan' in the pull down box.  
The goal is $30,000. We will keep you informed on our progress!

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October 13 Minute Message
Oct 13, 2016

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You’ve heard this before, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”  Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message. 

As autumn progresses, I miss the sounds of songbirds around our home and none sings more boldly than the mockingbird.  This rather drab looking, gray-colored bird can easily be dismissed as uninteresting until he opens his mouth to sing. The song of the mockingbird is actually a medley of calls from many other birds. Each imitation is repeated two or three times before another song is initiated. It’s common for a mockingbird to know 30 to 40 different calls, but some have been known to learn 200 songs and sounds.  And he doesn’t just zero in on the songs of other birds, the mockingbird can imitate insect and amphibian sounds, the cry of a child and even the occasional mechanical noise.

God teaches an important lesson in the song of the mockingbird.  Some imitation is beauty; some is just noise.  Be careful who and what you imitate.  The apostle John wrote, “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.”  So when you hear the mockingbird sing, remember, it’s not about flattery but goodness that makes imitation valuable. 

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Child Advocacy Workshop
Oct 12, 2016

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Men's Workshop with Dr. John Trent
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

It’s time to “re-calibrate” both as a leader and follower of Christ. Join us on October 22, 8:30am as Dr. John Trent shares a biblical principle for ...

Couples Workshop with Dr. John Trent
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Married Life Team at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, invites you and your spouse to join us on October 22 at 10:30am as Dr. John Trent shares a biblical principle for ...

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