Showing posts from March, 2012

Time to Invite- for Easter Sunday!

one of my professors as i pursued my doctorate at wesley theological seminary in washington, d.c. was dr. lovett weems, director of the lewis center for church leadership. he recently shared this post on inviting friends and colleagues for worship. as we approach easter sunday, april 8, please begin to pray for persons to invite to worship with you. the oak lawn church is such a vital, unique place that we have an incredible opportunity to share God's story with others!   - pastor frank

In the last year, several friends who live in different parts of the country have returned to church after a number of years of inactivity. This is encouraging and counter to the national trend since 2002 of fewer people attending church. There are two striking characteristics among these church returners.

None returned to a church of their former denomination.

All returned because they were invited by a friend.

Inviting friends to church or even a church-related activity is much less common and co…

Join Us This Easter at Oak Lawn!

Welcome to the Oak Lawn Church! We are very proud to be a diverse congregation, where everyone is affirmed as a child of God. If you are looking for a church home, we'd love for you to join us this Easter Day, Sunday April 8.

We are very excited about Easter Day worship at Oak Lawn this year. We will offer three Easter worship experiences. The first, at 7:00 a.m., will be an informal sunrise  service. The others, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m., will be traditional services. A breakfast will be shared at 10:00 a.m., as well as story time for the children at 10:30. We surround Easter with fun, community oriented activities as well. The Blessing of Animals celebrates the beauty of God's creation and honors our animal friends. Easter Eggstravanganza is a day of fun activities for children and families. The Sunday after Easter is "Sneaker Sunday," outdoor worship followed by a picnic. Please join us this year for a wonderful Oak Lawn Easter!

The Blessing of Animals, Saturday March 3…