College & Young Adults

Being in Bloomington, we naturally love our college students and young adults and think they are a great addition to the Sherwood Oaks family. Whether you are a freshman away from home for the first time, an international student, a recent graduate ready to start a career, or a young adult already in the workforce, Bloomington is a great place to live, study and work. To learn more about our opportunities choose from the list below or contact Jeremy Earle or Elizabeth Moore.

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byTavi Fashion Show
Nov 11, 2016
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byTavi Fashion Show

Tavi is a woman who lived in a culture where it was common practice to traffic children in order to make ends meet. Desperate to make sure this would never happen, she arrived at Center for Global Impact (CGI) after her husband passed away and she was left to care for her two children and a relative alone. She requested a sewing machine and seamstress training of the CGI. Three short years later, it went from her sewing pillowcases to thirty other women sewing a variety of many other products. They work with a designer and learned how to take a mere sketch and make it a reality.

The byTavi line consists of high-quality, unique, and boutique-style clothing and purses created by a team of seamstresses in Cambodia. In exchange, these women receive consistent employment and a wage by which they can live off in a poverty-stricken town. If this was not enough of a compelling reason to buy their products, each seamstress stiches their own name onto the product which gives the buyer a chance to pray for the woman and it also adds a special meaningfulness to each product.  

Through this inspiring company, we are so pleased to invite girls from junior high up to college and their mothers to a byTavi fashion show! Girls of these ages will model these one-of-a-kind products in a fun environment. This event will give you a great opportunity to support this wonderful company and purchase special gifts for yourself as well as others. The proceeds will go to these women to continue providing them a steady job and means to provide for their family. It will take place at the Pourhouse Café on December 9th from 6-8 pm. We will serve lemonade and cookies to enjoy during the show. We feel so blessed to be able to be a part of such a wonderful company and are so excited to invite you. Even if you are unable to make the event, we ask you to pray for these women in Cambodia and learn more about byTavi at their website at http://bytavi.com/.

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Five Studies for College Roommates
Oct 12, 2016
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Now that we are a couple months into the first semester, you may be looking for a way to really connect with your roommate and to further your relationship with them and God. Here are five studies that we found that could change your relationship with both.

True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who've faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God.

Francis Chan unpacks the dense truth contained in the book of James in front of the iconic backdrop of San Francisco, the city where he lives and ministers. Through 12 sessions, Francis works through James verse-by-verse, challenging followers of Christ to move beyond a private, intellectual knowledge of God and His Word, to a vibrant faith that impacts every square inch of life.  

The Thinking Series is a 5-part resource that tackles the top five questions university students are asking today. This study can be used in various settings including small groups, churches, and coffee shops. Andy Steiger will help you understand how these five questions are interconnected, build on one another, and clearly explain the Gospel.

It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts—it's falling in love with God.

The Crazy Love Study Resource helps you and your small group to dive deeper into God's love. A companion to the best-selling Crazy Love book by Francis Chan, this 10-week study follows a day-in-the-life of Francis in the form of ten, 10-minute segments that correspond to each chapter of Crazy Love.  These thought-provoking teachings are designed spark discussion, interaction, and practical application of the Crazy Love message with small groups, churches, youth groups, and individuals.  

Chances are, we've all been there. Stuck in a job...day after day...asking "What is the purpose of my life? Is this all there is?"

In "Passion + Purpose," we discover that God has uniquely gifted us with a passion. Though each of our passions are different, each of them have been specifically fitted for us by God. Among us all are incredible business people, artists, athletes, scientists, moms, dads, chefs, accountants...the list is endless! There is something specific in each of us that makes us come alive. That's our passion. Then, accompanying every passion, there is a purpose. God's purpose is to make Jesus famous. So, whatever we do or wherever we go, we find that God is inviting us to leverage our passions for one greater purpose. It's then that our passion and our purpose collide in the beautiful story of God.

 Have you ever looked back over a situation or relationship in your life and wondered how it became so messy or difficult? In the series, Five Lies That Ruin Relationships, we'll define five of the most common lies that have the potential to ruin relationships with those we love. We'll also uncover the source of quarreling, how our works wound, and how not to make decisions. And together, we'll ask and answer the question: do wrong beliefs produce wrong behavior? We will discover that when we confront the lies we believe, there is power in knowing and applying God's truth to our relationships.

To access these studies plus hundreds more for free, click here

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CYA 2017 Mission Trips
Sep 30, 2016
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Mission trip opportunities
Every year we get to serve and learn alongside our amazing ministry partners around the world.  Consider joining one of these teams this school year:

Haitian Christian Outreach || Haiti                                                March 11-18; Cost: $2,000

Agua Viva Children’s Home  || Chimaltenango, Guatemala:         May 6-13;  Cost: $1,350

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CYA Volunteer Spotlight!
Jun 24, 2016
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Let's meet Omoarukhe Iruoje! Omoarukhe works with college and young adults in the CYA Ministry.

How did you get involved with the College and Young Adult Ministry at Sherwood Oaks?
Through personal interest in impacting the lives of College and young adults (partly due to the role I occupy as a Campus Minister at IU Campus) and subsequent discussions with the Minister and Coordinator of this group, Jeremy Earl.
 
 
What is your leadership role in the CYA Ministry?
A Co-facilitator for its weekly discussion times. I sit at tables, make connections, encourage participation, help to guide discussions and build community.
 
 
How would you describe the "college age" version of yourself?
A passionate and growing believer who was challenged by other exemplary college students to start a meaningful spiritual life-time journey and relationship with Jesus Christ within my first year of College.
 
 
What do you like to do in your spare time or what is a surprising fact about you?
* Interacting and networking with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
* Travelling
* I am a band member with a local group in town call Afro Hoosiers International and am also a band member of the SOCC Worship team.
* I am passionate about green-habits, green technologies and collaborations that involve green initiatives.
* I've had a number of commissions to paint in the past and still do when I can
 
 
What has surprised you most about working with college students and young adults?
The passion some have to serve in their local community and outside.
On the other hand the ignorance with which some mix a God directed life with circular life.
 
 
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The way you make your bed is that way you will lay on it. In other words the foundations you lay for yourself early in life determines how good or productive you will have it in life.

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CYA Volunteer Spotlight!
Jun 24, 2016
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Let's meet Brian Miller! Brian volunteers with the College and Young Adult Ministry.

How did you get involved with the College and Young Adult Ministry at Sherwood Oaks?
I spent time with Jeremy on mission trip to Mexico. Jeremy and I hit it off and when he found out that I was a professor at IU he invited me to work him in the College and Young Adult Ministry.
 
 
What is your leadership role in the CYA Ministry?
Table leader and occasional teacher.
 
 
How would you describe the "college age" version of yourself?
Same but in much better shape.
 
 
What do you like to do in your spare time or what is a surprising fact about you?
I enjoy spending time with my teenage kids and as time permits training for triathlons.
 
 
What has surprised you most about working with college students and young adults?
I am constantly encouraged about how friendly and open to discussing tough issues the members of our class are each week.
 
 
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
The best things in life aren't things.

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College/Young Adult Ministry Staff

Jeremy Earle

Director of Student Ministries and College Ministeroffice: 812.334.0206, x224

Elizabeth Moore

Student & Married Life Ministries Assistantoffice: 812.334.0206, x218

Cheryl Clark

Student Ministries Assistantoffice: 812.334.0206 x203

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