O.A.S.I.S.

One Awesome Savior Inspiring Students

O.A.S.I.S. is a youth group for students in Preschool through 6th grade. (5th and 6th grade students are given the option to attend OASIS or Jr. High Youth or both, whatever works best for their family.) The group meets one Wednesday a month from 6:00-7:15 pm with a meal being served beforehand starting at 5:30 pm. The meal will be in the church multi-purpose room and opening for the evening in the sanctuary. Each monthly event will involve a devotion, songs, craft, games, and other various activities.

Keep up to date with what’s going on at OASIS with our blog below. Scroll down to learn more about special OASIS activities.

OASIS Blog

Inspired to Learn

O.A.S.I.S. stands for One Awesome Savior Inspiring Students.
Throughout this school year, we will explore the ways our Savior, Jesus Christ, inspires us.
 
Our topic for September is Inspired to Learn.  
 
WHAT DID JESUS DO?
 At the age of 12, Mary and Joseph found the boy Jesus in the temple reading and talking about the Scriptures with the Bible teachers.
 
Read about it in Luke 2:41-52.
 
WHAT ARE WE INSPIRED TO DO?
 We can be Inspired to read and learn God’s Word from the Bible.  There are numerous benefits to memorizing Scripture.
 
1.  It keeps God’s Word fresh in our lives and ready to revive us.
2.  Provides a basis for focusing on God’s Word.
3.  Provides opportunities for families to discuss how a verse applies in their daily lives.
4.  Enables us to cheer and encourage others with God’s Word.
5.  Training the brain to memorize various things has life long benefits.  Using Scripture as the basis of that training has eternal benefits.
 
Here are 52 Kid Friendly Verses for families to memorize together.
 
Here is an easy to use Scripture memorization program for families.  It is simple to set up and can be practiced in a 5-10 minute time frame each day at meal time or before bed.  
 
We encourage your family to be INSPIRED TO LEARN God’s Word together!


June 18

Join us this month for a picnic and a sneak peak of what’s coming up for VBS this summer!

We’ll have our OASIS Points party and lots of fun!

See you soon!



May 21

Keep earning those OASIS Points, bring your May Birthday Coins, and your quarters to save with the KIDS Stamp Program.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (K-6)

God wants us to care for others.

A Jewish man travels alone along a dangerous road, where robbers beat him and take his possessions. Two religious leaders pass him by without helping. A Samaritan, a member of a group despised by Jews, ignores their differences and takes care of him. (Luke 10:25-37)

Food and Water (Preschool)

God takes care of us.

Children will experience and understand that God loves us and takes care of us.



April 23

Keep bringing your OASIS Points sheets, Birthday Coins, and quarters for the KIDS Stamp Program.

The Parable of the Sower (K-6)

God wants us to grow the seeds of faith planted in us.

A farmer throws seed into different sorts of soil. The seeds fare differently depending on the soil. (Mark 4:1-20)

Growing Little Learners (Preschool)

Jesus teaches us.

Children will learn that because Jesus loves us, Jesus teaches us and wants us to learn what God is like. 



March

OASIS will not meet in March.

Please join us for a mid-week Lenten service on Wednesday evenings as we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. A light meal is available before the service.

We will meet next on Wednesday, April 23.



February 19

Welcome back! Keep earning those OASIS Points, remember your Birthday Coins, and your quarters for the KIDS Stamp Program.

The Parable of the Rich Farmer (K-6)

God wants us to live for what matters most.

A hard-working and responsible farmer amasses wealth. He has so much he needs bigger barns. Finally with his wealth managed well he can relax and enjoy. But he dies before being able to enjoy his wealth. (Luke 12:13-21)

No More Sin! (Preschool)

Jesus died for our sins.

Children will realize that when Jesus died, he took away all the bad things we’ve done.



January 15

Let’s keep earning those OASIS Points, bringing our Birthday Coins, and quarters for the KIDS Stamp Program.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (K-6)

God wants us to show mercy to others.

Jesus tells about a king who forgives an enormous debt of a servant. That servant then goes to another servant and demands payment of a small debt. Unable to pay the second servant begs for mercy. The first has the second thrown in jail. When the king finds out he orders the first jailed until he pays his entire debt. (Matthew 18:21-35)

Looking Down on Forgiveness (Preschool)

God forgives us.

Children will hear about how forgiving God is toward us and how they can be forgiving with others.



Advent Activities

Thriving Family magazine is a free publication from Focus on the Family. They offer a fun Advent Calendar full of family activities to help us remember the reason for the Christmas season. Below you can find a link to a PDF of the calendar as well as a link to the magazine’s website and the form to order your family a FREE subscription to the magazine.

Advent Calendar

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Advent to Epiphany Nativity

  • Place Mary and Joseph a distance away from the stable.
  • Place the shepherds in a field away from the stable.
  • Place the Wise Men in a location east of the stable.
  • Move Mary and Joseph closer to the stable each day until they make their final arrival on Christmas Eve.
  • On Christmas, gather together as a family to read the Christmas story and place the Baby Jesus in the manger and have the shepherds come to visit.
  • Have the Wise Men then begin their travel to the stable, reaching the stable on January 6th – the day of Epiphany.


December

OASIS will not meet this month.

Please join us for one of our mid-week Advent services, to celebrate the season of Christmas, held on Wednesday evenings.

We will meet again on Wednesday, January 15.

See you in 2014!



November 13

Keep working toward the Palm Club with your OASIS Points, bring your savings for the KIDS Stamp Program, and share your Birthday Coins as we collect money for water filters for those with contaminated water around the world.

The Parable of the Vineyard Laborers (K-6)

God is fair and gracious to everyone. 

A vineyard owner pays all workers the same wages, regardless of the hours worked, incurring the resentment of those who worked the longest. (Matthew 20:1-15)

The Greatest Gift (Preschool)

Jesus came to earth as a baby.

Children will discover that Jesus is God’s Son and that he came to earth because he loves us. (Luke 2:1-20)




Special Activities

Memory Masters

For each of three Bible verses memorize students will earn a leaf to put onto their tree in the “Hallway Oasis”. Parents can also learn the verses and earn additional leaves for the tree.

Birthday Coins

Students have the opportunity at the meeting of their birthday month to give a coin for each year old they are (or however many they choose to give.) The money collected will go to provide water filters for people around the world to ensure safe drinking water. You can learn more about the Lutheran World Relief water programs, here. $35 will provide an emergency water filter and $150 will provide a gravity-fed water filter. Our goal for the year is to raise $70 through “birthday coins” to give two emergency water filters.

K.I.D.S. Stamp Program

stamp kid imageThe K.I.D.S. (Kids Into Discipleship and Stewardship) Stamp Program provides a fun and exciting way to build God’s kingdom through lessons in sharing. saving, and spending. K.I.D.S. is a service of theLutheran Church Extension Fund. Students receive a stamp book that they are able to fill with stamps that they purchase for either one dollar or twenty-five cents. When they fill their book they mail it to LCEF and a savings account is opened for them. Children can continue to fill additional stamp books to send in and can also send in additional funds to be saved. A five minute video explaining more details about K.I.D.S. can be found here.

Children can purchase stamps to place in their stamp book during meal time at our monthly O.A.S.I.S. meetings.