What’s coming up? Mark your calendars!
Please make plans to attend our VBS Planning meeting if you would like to participate in ANY WAY!
3/19-VBS Planning Meeting, 7pm
3/29-Kid's Choir Easter Presentation (during evening worship)
4/1-No Wednesday Night activities
4/2-Maundy Thursday Service
4/5-Easter...no children's activities
5/1-The Promise @ Glen Rose
***VBS will be the 3rd week in July! We are still determining if we will run it Sunday through Thursday (12th-16th) or Monday through Friday (13th-17th)
OCBC Children’s Ministry (Nursery-6th grade) and their families are invited to attend “The Promise” together on May 1st!
· $20 per person, child or adult (We must purchase 15 tickets to qualify for this group rate.)
· Admission is free for children under 3 as long as the child is in a parent’s lap.
· OCBC Children’s Ministry will pay for ½ of admission price for each member child, 3 yrs through 6th grade.
· You must pay for your ticket in the Oak Crest office by March 29th
· Children in Kindergarten-6th grade may attend without a parent. Please make arrangements with Stephenie.
· PLEASE DO NOT LET FINANCES HINDER YOU FROM ATTENDING. Talk with Stephenie about financial assistance.
The Promise in Glen Rose
The Promise is a one-of-a-kind musical production performed annually at the Texas Amphitheater in Glen Rose, Texas. It combines a 150-person cast and crew, live animals, historically accurate costumes, and breath-taking lights, sound and special effects, all of which tell the story of the life of Jesus Christ in modern family-friendly fashion.
· Pre show entertainment begins at 7:15 p.m., and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.
· Seating at the Texas Amphitheatre is stadium style seating for optimal viewing of our stage!
· Wide stairs with railings, and ramps for wheelchairs and scooters make for easy accessibility to all handicapped seating areas.
· Spring evenings can be cool, please come prepared.
· No video taping, flash photography, or cameras with lighted viewfinders are permitted.
· No outside food or beverage are allowed. Concessions are available.
· There are no cash refunds for cancelled performances. If your performance is cancelled due to weather, patrons must keep their original ticket stub from that evening’s performance to exchange at the box office for replacement tickets. If tickets are held at will call, you may call the box office at 254-897-3926 to reschedule your reservation.
· There is a $5.00 per car parking fee at the Texas Amphitheatre.
PowerPlus Preteen Camp 2015
“BE WHAT U WANT 2 C” 1 Tim. 4:12
Session 1: June 21-24 (SUN-WED)
Completed 3rd grade-Completed 6th grade
Camp Cost: $205 per student/sponsor ($105 deposit)
Early Registration Cost: $190 per student/sponsor ($90 deposit)
Deposit due in Oak Crest office by April 27th.
Early Registration ends May 22nd.
Remainder of camp cost must be paid in full by June 3rd.
KID’S CHOIR, Wednesdays @ 7pm
Please be there tonight! We only have a few practices left before our presentation on March 29th!
CHILDREN IN ACTION/MISSION FRIENDS, Sunday’s @ 6 pm
In March, children will discover how the Lord called the prophet Isaiah. They will learn how missionaries are answering God’s call to go and share His love in Toronto, Canada. Children will promote the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® and the Week of Prayer for missions.
THIS WEEK: We will be going door-to-door handing out info about Oak Crest just like the missionaries we are studying. Please send a bottle of water with your child.
Unit Title: Toward Jerusalem
Key Passage: Luke 18:31
Session Title: The Widow’s Gift
Bible Passage: Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4
Big Picture Question: Why did the widow give all she had? The widow loved God more than money.
Christ Connection: Jesus said that the widow had made a big sacrifice to help those in need. Jesus would soon make a big sacrifice Himself, but He was going give something much more important than money. He was going to give His own life to help those in need—all of us who need a Savior.
This week’s Bible story comes from Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4, and it focuses on the widow’s gift. While Jesus was in Jerusalem in the days leading up to the Passover, He often taught in the temple complex. The scribes and Pharisees questioned Jesus in hopes of tricking Him into saying something that would provoke the Romans against Him (Luke 20:20) or would make Him seem like a blasphemer. But all their questions simply proved that Jesus, the Son of God, had a wisdom and authority that could only come from God. (Matthew 22:46; Mark 12:34)
After warning the people against the scribes, Jesus sat down where He could watch people give their offerings. The treasury of the temple was located in the women’s court. Thirteen trumpet-shaped receptacles were set up to receive donations, purification offerings, and the half-shekel tax. Jesus watched as the wealthy put large sums of money in the offering boxes. Then a poor widow put in two small copper coins.
Jesus summoned His disciples and remarked, “I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury” (Mark 12:43). Undoubtedly the disciples were astonished. The widow had given the smallest amount of currency in Jesus’ time. Hadn’t Jesus noticed all the others giving more?
The widow was desperately poor. Jesus mentioned that she had given everything she had to live on. The woman, who should have been a recipient of charity, instead gave to God, trusting Him to take care of her needs. The wealthy people, however, had given out of their surplus. They gave a lot of money, but it did not really “cost” them much.
Jesus gave up everything He had in heaven to come to earth and save us from our sins. Jesus even gave up His own life, dying on the cross in our place. When Christians know and love Jesus, we can serve Him as the Lord of our lives. Out of love for Jesus, we offer everything we have. God takes care of His children and rewards those who seek Him. (Matt. 6:31-33; Mark 10:29-31; Heb. 11:6)
Continue the conversation with the following activity, also found in the Family Journal Page:
Ask each family member to go get the best gift she has been given recently. Guide each family member to show and tell about her gift, explaining why it is her favorite. Remind kids that everything we have is a gift from God. Read Mark 12:41-44. Discuss ways you can serve Jesus with what you have, no matter how much or little.
In Christ, Stephenie