From Pastor Jim, april 18


This Sunday, April 22, our Personnel Committee will be hosting a reception between and after our worship services thanking David Wooten for his years serving Oak View as our Minister of Worship and Communications. David has given his heart to his ministry here, and we thank for God him and the blessing that Regina, Josiah, Cadence, and Levi have been to our church. Please plan to come and express your appreciation personally.


You’ll recall in May of 2017 we surveyed the congregation about the worship styles in our church. What we found was that a significant number of you would be more likely to bring guests to our church if we offered both a modern and classic service. In addition, we believe unchurched people in our community would also respond more positively to coming if they had an option of a classic or modern service.

After much prayer and discussion, we feel that this fall would be the right time to offer a classic and a new modern service option. The purpose of this change is give us ways to better reach our community – the 250,000 souls who live within a mile of our church – with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We believe this is only one of many new initiatives as a part of our VISION 2020 that will help us fulfill our mission to “connect people to the life-changing love of Christ.”

The classic service will in many ways be similar to what we currently offer. We’ll still feature the choir but will focus on singing the classic hymns in worship.

This change will require many of our Bible Fellowships to move hours and/or move location. I want to thank our BF leaders in advance for their positive response to the challenge of change. We hope to also be adding many new groups in the fall as a part of launching these new services.

I’m excited about the fall and can’t wait to see what God is going to do in the days ahead. Your prayers for all these plans will be greatly appreciated.

I’m praying for you,

Pastor Jim