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Hope Has Come!

Hope has truly come to life at Oasis Church this Christmas in 2013. All I can say is WOW! I get emotional when I think about all the great people that I have met and all the stories that I have heard from our Christmas at the Oasis experience this year. This face says it all…




When one allows God to use them as a Face of Hope, in return you get the privilege to see the face you brought hope to. This picture captures the joy, peace, expectation, hope, that I had the privilege to witness in the faces of all those who experienced Christmas at Oasis Church. So many nights you can see some heavy faces walk in through our beautiful Red-Wall entrance. God only knows the burdens they were carrying as they walked through but you can see warmth restored in the color of their skin, a gleaming smile, even a pep in their step as they left the church. Something happened behind the Big Red-Wall. Something turned that frown upside down. (Lionel’s Playworld/Old School talk- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdg4mLErl8I).


I can tell you what that something was “HOPE”. In the midst of a very busy world you would be surprised what a couple of Christmas Trees and some lights can do. Ok, maybe more than a couple of Christmas trees, 546 to be exact, but who’s counting? YEAH  BAAABY!! Guinness record! I digress, my apology…


How beautiful it is to pause from the hustle and bustle of life and take in the gorgeous wall of lights flickering to the beat of Christmas Tunes. How sweet (no pun intended) is it to eat some delicious S’mores along with a cup of hot cocoa as you watch people Ice Skate in the cool 80-degree weather of South Florida! Seriously, not even Amtrak has anything on the Oasis locomotive that transported many parents and children throughout the beautifully lit grounds. Oasis gave a NEW meaning to “All Aboard!”




Matthew 5:14 (NIV) says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."


I believe, that is the something that impacted all those that came through the Big Red-Wall. Our Oasis Staff and amazing Volunteers allowed themselves to be a bright light that would not stand to be hidden. Every bulb lit, every tree straightened, every cup of cocoa made, every train ride given was one more reason given to the community that God is the light of this world and that through Him alone is where we find our Hope. Just as the Savior of the World, Emmanuel came wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, so can the Hope that Christ brings be conveyed through beautiful flickering lights. How blessed I am to be part of a church that is no afraid to let their lights shine. The coolest part of all this is that we are just getting started!


2014 is going to be a great year! There are so many great things coming down the pipeline at Oasis church. Just think about the thousands of people that came through the Big Red-Wall. We will hopefully get to see many of them come through the Oasis doors on the weekends and that excites me greatly.


Here are some things you don’t want to miss in 2014 at Oasis Church:


NEW Series: We kickoff “RAZE” on the weekend of January 11th and 12th. This is going to be a great series as we take a journey on tearing down all the walls that held us back in 2013. The walls built by our fears, doubts, insecurities, past hurts. We will learn the importance of rebuilding hope, confidence, and determination in our Minds, Bodies and Souls.


Oasis Groups: Oasis groups kicks off again on January 8th. We always talk about life is better as a shared experience and being part of an Oasis Group is where that can happen. Don’t miss your opportunity to join a group. For more information contact us at groups@visitoasis.org.


ONE Student Ministry: I am so excited about the One Student Ministry kicking off January 9th at our Pembroke Pines Campus and February 4th at our North Miami Campus. Don’t miss out on getting your Middle School or High School student plugged in. For more information contact us at one@visitoasis.org.


Discover Oasis: If you have not participated in our Discover Oasis Experience you have to sign up today. If you’ve wanted to learn more about Oasis, its Vision and how to become a member, this experience is for you. The next Discover Flight takes off Saturday January 18th. Book your flight today at discover@visitoasis.org.


Oasis I love you and 2013 has been an amazing year. Be Joyful. Be expectant. Walk confidently in the Hope you have in Christ.

I pray this blessing over you:

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

"May the Lord bless you?and keep you;

May the Lord make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you;

May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”


God bless you,

Ricky Garcia


REMINDER:

YEAR-END CONTRIBUTIONS:  Please remember that the IRS requires that any donations to be credited to the year 2013 must be turned into the Church Office no later than December 31. If you mail the gift to the church the postmark date must be December 31 or before. ?Any stock donations must be received either at the church or transferred to our brokerage account by December 31. Thank you for your cooperation and generosity.

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