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Letter from Our Pastor

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A Letter from our Our Pastor

I shared in a recent message that change is hard because of momentum. Momentum is the energy that is already taking us in a certain direction. The wonderful thing with change when experienced in a Jesus-focused ministry is that momentum should carry us through the change. The reason being is we are headed in the direction of becoming more like Christ.

The change of leadership shouldn’t stop our momentum, it should help us to continue because our focus wasn’t on a staff member or other leader but it is to be on our pursuing Jesus. Zech served our young people in the church of Fair Oaks well and we are thankful to have had him in our midst. Now we can continue on in the direction Zech was heading - the direction of Jesus. 

I have been speaking with possible Youth Pastor candidates. Please join me in prayer as we seek out the person God has chosen to become our next Youth Pastor.

To keep the momentum going in our youth group during this transition, let me share some of what will be taking place in the near future. The last youth event for the summer will be on Thursday, July 25th. We will be having a pool party at the Gruenholz’ home starting at 6pm and ending at 8:30 pm. This will be for both Jr. and Sr. High students. Please let the church office know if you plan on attending.

To help in our communication, we have set up a new email address: youthministry@fairoaks.org. We will be sending out updates to students and parents from this address. If you have any questions, you can reach us there or contact the church office. 

We know that fall is right around the corner and things do get busy, so it is best to be prepared. You will notice that youth group is moving back to Wednesday evenings.

Beginning August 28th, Youth Group will be meeting Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the facilities will be closed by 9p.m. (Please mark your calendars.)

Another change we are making is that we will be meeting in the rooms above the church offices (rooms 210-213). This will assist in safety, parking and overall ministry enhancement. One exciting change that will be taking place is our Jr. High and Sr. High will be having separate youth activities. Jr. High and Sr. High will be meeting on the same night at the same time - but separately. This is to better equip and serve our young people. 

The Spiritual focus will be in grounding our young people in their personal relations with our God. We will focus on 6 priorities in our faith journey: Prayer - Relationships - God’s Word - Vision - Love - Christ. These areas will be tackled and developed in our small group communities each Wednesday. We will have a fall and spring retreat to help bring our experiences with Christ to deeper levels.

Fun is a vital part of growing in Christ. Our times together will be mixed with some hair-brained events and just plain silliness. So keep your minds at ease that we are not going to sing the Hallelujah Chorus each night. Yes, we will be having opportunity to cut loose as young people enjoy.

The momentum of God working in our young people is great and we want to be sure we keep it going. We have a great team of volunteer leaders who are very excited to step into the gap until our new Youth Pastor is found and keep things moving after they are in place. Please continue to pray for them and our young people. God is currently at work in hearts and we know He has great plans for this ministry.

In His Grace,

Tom Olson

Lead Pastor