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3 BIG Things for this Week: August 16

Each week we will share the NEXT step that Pastor Mike will present to our congregation, a Group CHALLENGE, and a BEST practice for groups. **BONUS** a special word from Pastor Mike video.

  • NEXT Step: Join a group – we all need a pattern to follow.
  • Group CHALLENGE: Are you and your group serving the community? See the following for a great opportunity from our local missions team:

As a church we are gathering names of people who have been on the frontlines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Will you help us form this list by passing on the names of those within your group (or even your sphere of influence even if unchurched) who fit this category, e.g. medical (doctors, nurses, any office or hospital worker), food service, front line (grocery, mail, etc.), teachers (admin, support staff, custodial staff), etc. We’d like to partner with you to provide them a gift basket or blessing box kind of outreach. Please send names to [email protected]

  • BEST Practice: Going in service to the nations is core to being a disciple. Have someone in your group share about a mission trip experience and what God did in their life through it. Then, lead the group in prayer about how you all can participate, go, or send/sponsor someone to the nations. Also, check out missions at Brentwood Baptist.

Celebration, Communication, Community

By Sarah Becky Spain, active member of the Oasis LIFE Group, a women’s group that meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and is led by Sarah Samuel.

The Oasis Class bulletin board is a way to celebrate, communicate, and share life within our class community. Practically speaking, it’s a space where we can purposefully and effectively share things of value with our group.
We want group members to be informed about key parts of our group, even if we can’t spend a lot of class time talking about them. We’ve chosen to include highlights from our weekly emails, sign-ups for upcoming group events, photos from past events, and announcements about our monthly Oasis Gives Back campaign. We have a section of the board devoted to our class missionaries, which includes a picture and short bio, as well as prayer points. We’ve also chosen to add favorite verses on note cards and a few book recommendations from group leaders. We’re able to communicate a lot of important class information without words, which allows more class time for studying the Word.
We’ve found that our board is a great way to build community within the group. We can see everything that’s going on and coming up. We are reminded to pray for our missionaries in the world when we see their bios and pictures. We love looking at our class pictures and celebrating all the blessings we collectively share. It also speaks volumes about our group with first-time visitors and future Oasis members.
It was a team effort to decorate the board and now we have one person designated to manage the postings. The entire project was the brainchild of Karen Clark, one of our faithful members and the driving force behind many of our wonderful group activities. It really takes amazing people like Karen to make things like this happen.
Our class board has created a welcoming presence in our room which perfectly reflects the intentional heart of our leader, Sarah Samuel. As a class, we echo the words of Jesus in saying “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” and “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (Matthew 11:28-30, John 10:10). We hope that everyone who visits room 2000 will be enriched and challenged by the study of the Word, as well as encouraged by what God has planned for our impact in His Kingdom.