Back to Church Sunday!

Hey Oceanhills Community! 

Wow! What a tremendous Sunday we had together at Church on the Beach this past week!  It is always a joy to see God moving and transforming people's hearts as 8 more people took another step of faith and got baptized. We have one more Baptism service on September 23rdMaybe God is calling you to jump in and take your next step? Let me encourage you with this verse today:
 
Romans 12:1-2 "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out."
 
Now is the time to fix your attention on God! Don't just jump into a crazy busy season without thinking through what God wants you to prioritize in your life this fall. Kids are back in school, new rhythms are being created, activities and sports will start up, people will want more of you and your time. The temptation is to fill it up, get crazy busy and jump into survival mode again. You've been there, I've been there, let's not go back there. It's essential we learn to say "no" to some good things so we can say "yes" to the best things.
 
We want to encourage you to say YES to loving God and loving others this fall. That is where the good life is really found. It is not found in striving for more stuff, more cheers, more pleasure, more accomplishments. It is found in connecting deeply to God and peopleTake your everyday, ordinary life and place it before God as an offering!

I love this encouragement in Scripture to center our everyday life around God and His purposes. He has a better story for you as you seek Him this fall! We'd love for you to prayerfully consider inviting someone to come back to church this Sunday. Take a moment and ask God to put someone on your heart that may need the encouragement. Here are some simple ways to connect more deeply to God and others at Oceanhills right now:
 
WAYS TO CONNECT
 
Back to Church Sunday THIS SUNDAY August 26th:  We have a fantastic morning planned as we begin our Fall Series on "The Good Life". Don't miss it! 10am at the Marjorie Luke Theater. 
 
Man Up BBQ August 26th Goleta Beach 5-7pm: Come out to gather around a grill, meet some new guys and connect with friends. Details HERE.
 
First Step Newcomer Gathering September 9th: after church at noon. Meet our Pastors over a backyard lunch for those who are newer to Oceanhills. “Newer” meaning anyone who has started to coming to our church within the year. Email kathy@oceanhills.org

Outdoor Worship Night September 7th: Experience God under the stars as we sing, pray and connect with God through music and community - Details HERE.
 
Community Groups: All kinds of weekly groups begin September 16th from sermon-based groups, to life stage groups, activity groups and more. 
Email jono@oceanhills.org
 
Local Missions: Jump into our Alameda Park Meal Sharing Ministry or our Franklin Reading Program this Fall and make a difference in our community.
Sign up HERE

Women's Retreat: We have sold out our 55 spots already for Mount Hermon Women's Retreat, but there is still space to sign up through Mount Hermon directly. Email kathy@oceanhills.org for more info.

Sign up to serve: Make our church better by investing one hour a month! We have a spot for everyone to pitch in and help make mobile church happen on Sundays. It really does take a whole village! One hour, once a month is all we ask.
Email hello@oceanhills.org
 
In it together, 
Pastor Jono Shaffer

Julie Lisea