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October 17, 2021

Covid Masking & Distancing Update

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21 Days of Prayer

Join us over the next 21 days, from October 11-31, as we pray God's vision for Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. If you would like to join us in praying, text "prayer21" to 812.324.8644. Text message Scripture verses and prompts will be texted each morning! 

Afghan Resettlement Relief

    Approximately 6,000 Afghan refugees have taken refuge at nearby Camp Atterbury awaiting resettlement. Many of those who are there have specific needs. Sherwood Oaks East, West and Bedford campuses have a unique opportunity to meet their needs. Throughout October 17, we are collecting donations. Specifically, we are looking for:

    • New men's and women's unbranded, modest, clothing.
    • New children's clothing, baby and newborn clothes and socks.
    • Powdered baby formula, wipes and diaper cream. 
    • New socks, shoes and slide-on sandals for all ages (no flip flops please)

    Bring your donations of new items to Sherwood Oaks East and place them in the bins at doors 2, 4 and 5. Donations brought to Sherwood Oaks West and Bedford will be collected in the worship center. If you have any questions, contact Brad Pontius at . Any organization or business seeking to make a large donation should contact IDHS at , Team Rubicon and/or American Red Cross

    Help the Hannah Center - A Volunteer Opportunity 

    Help Hannah Center fulfill their mission to meet the emotional, spiritual and practical needs of women and families experiencing crisis pregnancy and early parenting challenges. Planned activities involve yard work, maintenance, and some additional tasks. Bring a bottle of water and some work gloves. If you have questions, contact Brian Oeding at or by phone at 812.929.3287.

    Israel Trip Postponed - Openings

    This fall's planned trip to Israel has been postponed to March 28-April 9, 2022. Registration is open and we have approximately 20 spots open. For more information, contact Brad Pontius at .  

    Operation Christmas Child

    Pack a shoebox to change a life this Christmas season! Operation Christmas Child week is November 15-22nd. Short term volunteers are needed for two-hour periods. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Penny Mole at . We will be offering a drive-by drop off location this year for shoe boxes to maintain safety protocols. 

    Thanksgiving Hospitality

    Would you be willing to host additional people for Thanksgiving? Host two international students for Thanksgiving and help them experience both the culture of an American tradition and the hospitality of a Christian home. To sign up, contact Elan at 812.327.9587 or .

    Coffee and Campfire

    Ladies, join us on October 27th at 6pm for a fun evening of fellowship! Bring a friend and meet us at the fire pit area at our east campus, as we share a sweet treat from The Cup of Joy coffee truck. Questions? Email .

    Exploring Sherwood Oaks

    Come and explore how to experience the joy of connecting with Christ and His church. Beginning Sunday, October 24th, in the Fireside Room, from 11am until Noon, we will begin a 3-week study into Sherwood Oaks Partnership (membership). We are better together, partnering with Christ and fellow believers to become people helping people grow generations of Christ-led influencers. Email questions to Melissa at .

    Register HERE 

    Our Hope Has Come - Women's Advent Bible Study - East Campus

    Join us for this special Advent season women's Bible study leading up to Christmas! Jesus entered our world as a baby with minimal fanfare but with mountains of hope! Our Hope has indeed come, at just the right time! Join us for five weeks starting on Wednesday, November 10 at 6pm. If you have questions, email

    Register HERE

    Student Ministries Events in October

    The month of October is a great time to get connected in one of our student ministries: college, Catalyst (high school) or the Middle (middle school). We have some great events coming up for students of all ages: 

    • College Ministry Putt Putt event in Ellettsville on October 17. 
    • The Middle Fall Festival on October 22. 
    • Catalyst - The 6 in Disguise - on October 31. 
    • College Ministry Volunteer opportunity - childcare on November 6th. Contact Ben at for details. 
    • Middle Mayhem - November 12 - 7-9pm.

    For more information, visit our college and young adults or student ministry websites

    Trunk or Treat

    Sherwood Oaks is hosting our annual Trunk or Treat event in the upper parking lot on Friday night October 29 from 6-7p. Set up for trunks will begin at 5:30p. We are looking for folks to decorate cars and participate in the fun. If you don't have time to decorate or dress up, just join us for the event! For more information, visit our website. If you would like to bring a car or pass out candy, click the link below to register. 

    Register Here 

    Yarns of Prayer

    Can you knit or crochet? Our group could use your help. Yarns of Prayer is a ministry that creates and prays over prayer shawls and lap robes that are given to cancer patients or those with life changing struggles. Yarns of Prayer meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30p in the Fireside Room at the east campus. Our next meeting is October 11 at 6:30p. If you have any questions about this group, email

    Ready shoes!

    In the months of September and October, we will be collecting new shoes in all child sizes to donate to children in our community. New shoes can be brought to the Sherwood Oaks West worship center during Sunday services and placed in a bin. If you have questions, please contact Nate May at .  

    Our Hope Has Come - Women's Advent Bible Study - Bedford Campus

    Join us for this special Women's Bible study leading up to Christmas through the Advent season. Starting on Wednesday, November 10 at 6pm, we'll look at how Jesus entered our world at just the right time with minimal fanfare and mountains of hope. If you have questions, please email .

    Register HERE 

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    10/10/21 Offering: $74,792.03

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