Welcome Kent and Jenni Wagner to the church in Oswego.
Today the congregation gathered to discuss and vote on the confirmation of Kent Wagner as the new Senior minister at Oswego Christian Church. After the vote and a short meeting of the search team a call was sent to Kent to ask if he would consider coming to Oswego. Kent was happy and excited and said yes.
The elders have a regular scheduled meeting this coming Tuesday. Hopes are to set up a transition plan to assist Kent in moving to town. Hopefully everything can come together before school starts.
To the members of the search team a heartfelt thank you goes out from the elders. It was a awesome journey and everyone on the team was a valuable member in the work we did.
Elders of Oswego Christian Church.
Send Kent a hello on Face Book https://www.facebook.com/kentolla
Sunday was an awesome day at Oswego Christian Church! After services a new Senior minister was confirmed by the congregation. Kent Wagner, his wife Jenni and their four children have accepted the call to Oswego. A transition plan to help them move to Oswego is being developed and it is hoped they will be in their new home before school starts. We are all very excited for this new road we will be traveling!
Sunday was also the day that we moved back to the sanctuary for our worship services. After several months of extensive remodeling, the new look is amazing! New paint, carpet, blinds, decor and upholstery is in place and the stage was extended by 48 inches. We'd love to have you come and enjoy our new environment with us. Worship begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning preceded by bible classes at 9:00.
Kenny Gott presented the message in church on Sunday. The message "Reach Out and Touch Someone" was based on several scriptures including John 3:16-18. Kenny's main point was that since God reached out to us, we should also reach out to others and be ambassadors for Christ.
Guest speakers will continue until our new minister arrives.
Last week 7th and 8th graders spent an exciting week at Hidden Haven church camp. Several decisions for Christ were made including plans for missionary work, becoming a youth minister, and a baptism. This week 5th and 6th graders are at camp and next week will be the high school camp.
The senior's covered dish lunch will be next Thursday, July 24 at 11:30. If you are around 60 join us for great fellowship and food.
Wednesday Connection continues every Wednesday evening beginning with a free meal at 6:00. A short worship service, message and youth groups follow the meal. It is free for all and everyone is welcome to join us.
The Kick-off party for Oswego Christian Church's 2014 Vacation Bible School will be at the Oswego City Pool on August 3 at 7:00 PM. Ice cream and cookies will be served. Gospel City-Super Hero Jesus is the theme for VBS this year and will be August 4-8 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Call the church office to preregister your kids. It promises to be a week of fun, music, games and growth in Jesus.
Members need to be watching for the VBS supply and food signup sheets that will be going around for various needs. Thanks to all in advance for their generosity.
Kent Wagner shared with the congregation Sunday July 6. If you missed the message or would like to share it please use the player or link below.
Download link is: http://oswegochristian.net/images/stories/audio/20140706-kentwagner.mp3
The search team as a broad based representation of the congregation has reviewed the qualifications and background of Kent. The team has researched and confirmed his references.
The group has also spent several hours in discussion with Kent via telephone, face to face as individuals and as a group. During these discussions we have discussed his faith, doctrine and vision for the work in God's Kingdom. We find that all these attributes align with the groups understanding of the work and mission of Oswego Christian Church.
The search team would like to recommend him as the next minister of Oswego Christian Church.>>
From Melinda in Africa - titled " In Arabic"
Let me tell you about one of my favorite shops. On rare occasion you can find a cold Coke Zero there, so I check in from time to time, just in case. The shop is owned by a Northerner friend, and so various refugee youths from up north help him to run the place.
Last week I stopped in to say hi and tell them that I’d be on a road trip for a few weeks. (And nope, no Coke Zeros!) My friend Asfar, one of my favorite refugee fellows who helps with the shop, asked me why I was traveling. I suddenly realized this guy didn’t even what I’m doing in this country. So, I pulled out of my bag the portion of Genesis, Bidaaya, that we recently printed to show him the type of work we do.
Knowing that Asfar was, in fact, judging a book by its cover, I grabbed it back and said –Listen! And I opened up to Genesis 1:1 and read, “Fii bidaaya, Alaah kaligu samawaat wa dunia de....”
The shop became still and a man drew up beside me to look over my shoulder. A girl to my left turned her head to listen. People were captivated and amazed! They could understand these words I was reading! I finished reading the section, and looked triumphantly up at Asafar, who was looking back at me with disbelief on his face.
– Oh, it is in Arabic!
Mark your calendars for Oswego Christian Church Vacation Bible School. "League of Extraordinary Believers" will be held the first week of August this year. It will begin with a kickoff party at the Oswego Pool on Sunday August 3 at 7:00 pm. VBS will be held in the evenings. Call the church to enroll.
Ron Morse, with North Burma Christian Mission, was the guest speaker last Sunday. Ron and his wife Pat are involved in many aspects of the mission. He is a teacher, preacher, evangelist and translator of Christian literature material needs, such as commentaries and other Bible helps for the churches. He is involved in setting up self-help/self-supporting youth hostel programs, Bible schools, evangelistic outreach centers and village relocation sites in Thailand and Burma.
Frontline from Ozark Christian College will be plead worship at 10:00 this Sunday, June 8. Matt Stafford will be preaching. The worship service is open to all and a love offering will be received to help with their expenses.
Hidden Haven Camp will be June 15-17 for 3rd and 4th grades. There will be a camp fundraiser Sunday, June 15. The kids will be fixing lunch after church. Those kids who help will receive assistance towards their camp fees.
A2J, Addicted to Jesus, teen group has a new service team. They are willing to help with small projects around your house. Call Jake Moore, youth minister for more information.
Hope to see you Wednesday night for a free meal and youth groups. Included are a short worship time and devotion.
Ron shared how God used a Tiger to help a Widow and her daughter. Listen to his message.>>
Dear Friends in Christ, May 5th 2014 Click the photo to download latest newsletter
Hello once more. Even as we had planned, at the end of April, Pat, Justin and I boarded the flight from Chiang Mai, Thailand to head to the US. The actual 18-hour flight in fact took 30 hours with layovers, but we arrived intact! For a brief rundown of events and updates for April, please see the attached letter! Thank you for taking time to do this. (This cover letter is attached also).
We had a few days to recover from jetlag, and to get our feet on the ground here in Tulsa, before attending the Big Event for Sarah on the ORU campus on May 3. 760 students graduated from 6 different departments (colleges). We discovered Sarah had averaged a 3.8 GPA, qualifying her for a summa cum laude honor category! Way to go, Sarah! We were very proud of here. We were also thrilled to have Jason, our oldest son, fly in from OH to join us for his sister’s graduation.
Sunday May 4th promises to be another exciting Sunday at Oswego Christian Church. We will start the day with a "Welcome Class" at 9:00. If you are a new Christian, new to OCC, or would like to know more about us and what we believe, this class is for you. Following the services there will be an All-Church Picnic on the west lawn. There will be a covered dish picnic and hot dog eating contest along with games for all. The baking contest is a chance to bring a baked good that you have baked with your children or reminds you of your mom or grandma. There will also be a Car Show, a fun time to look at and admire those cars. All our friends and family are invited to enjoy fellowship and celebrate with our moms. Rain will move us to the gym and cancel the Car Show.
This Saturday the A2J youth (Addicted to Jesus-formerly ReNew Youth) will host a rummage sale at 506 Wisconsin. There will be electronics, furniture, exercise equipment and lots of miscellaneous. Donations are welcome. (No clothing, please). The Youth group plans a trip to Worlds of Fun on May 27. Contact youth minister, Jake Moore, for more information.
Other upcoming events include the Kiamichi Men's Clinic May 6-8, OHS Baccalaureate at the 1st Baptist Church at 7:00 on May 7, and, of course, our weekly Wednesday Connection Fellowship Meal, Praise and Worship, which is open to the entire community beginning at 6:00.
Isn’t it a joy to experience new things? It’s also so much fun to watch others experience new things, as well. I especially love to see people coming to grips with the idea of just how much Jesus really loves them. It’s incredible, isn’t it?
February 1st was one of my happiest days in recent memory. On this day, organizational leadership gave me the green light to go back in-country. I was walking on air! Quickly I made travel arrangements and flew back on the 4th of February.
Going back in was like diving into a wonderful, refreshing lake, and then remembering that the lake is bottomless and there is a serious undertow. So I started doggy-paddling. Ever since I’ve gotten back each day has been a bustle of greeting people, sorting out business from the previous couple of months, re-establishing relationships, planning future projects, and getting re-accustomed to the random, unpredictable events that constitute normal life here.
I got back at the height of dry season, so it took me five full days before I could make it through the day without turning into a puddle of inertia by 2pm. It is still fantastically hot, but I’ve adjusted. We are all looking forward to the rains that will begin this month!
My good friend and neighbor Rejoice* was heavy with child when I left the country. I told her to wait until I returned before having the baby. We both laughed, but little did we know the birth would be more delayed than we both expected!
When I was in Uganda, I would periodically call Rejoice’s husband to check in. I’d say, “Is the baby born yet?” And he would reply in Arabic, “Lisa!” (Not yet!) This routine went on for weeks, until I was becoming concerned for the baby’s health. Finally, I called him and he was happy to tell me that the baby girl had been born on January 22. Despite my recommendation that they name her Lisa, my friends gave their baby a name which means “she laughs” in the father’s language.
Many pleasant hours are spent at Rejoice’s house, holding little “Lisa”, as we jokingly call her.
But things aren’t all fun and joking around here. Armed conflict is still happening in our country, although, praise God, it hasn’t touched our state. Reading the news accounts of what atrocities are being committed up north makes me feel angry and sad and helpless. Only God can change people’s hearts from stone to flesh so they stop committing these unconscionable acts. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit can peace be instilled and this new nation be rebuilt.
Currently I am putting my head together with the Bishop’s wife, planning a workshop for women. We envision women from all area tribes coming together to record their stories, and hopefully the product of this workshop will be a small book of stories that can remind the people of this nation that, regardless of tribe, we are all children of the living God. May it be a tool God can use to bring peace and healing to individuals and this country.
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