Fall 2017 Bible Studies

Friday Mornings –

Finding I AM

How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart by Lysa Terkeurst

What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is like never before.

  • Find freedom in difficult circumstances by learning how to shift from “slave mentality” to “set free mentality”
  • Discover how Jesus is the key to satisfaction by learning the crucial significance behind each of His I AM statements
  • Trade feelings of emptiness for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is
  • Grow in biblical literacy with this exploration of the Gospel of John

Fridays at 9:30am in the Chapel. Childcare. Books $15. Study starts September 8.

Tuesday Evenings

Women of the Bible

Come Tuesdays at 6pm starting September 12, 2017. Leader will be Angi Wiggins and Co-Leader will be Sherry Barnett.  Each Tuesday evening will include Fellowship, Prayer, and Reading the stories of the Women of the Bible straight out of the Bible (chronologically starting with Eve.) Please order your workbook online. See below for book cover.

 

 

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Women’s Summer Study and Upcoming Showers

For Women – Summer Study

The Women’s Ministry will be offering “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit: 5 Habits from the Book of Ruth” by Nicki Koziarz a 6 week Bible Study DVD series on Fridays at 9:30am in the chapel starting June 16. Workbook – $13 (now available). Sign up in the church office or just come to the study.

Shower/Wedding Invitations

Bridal Shower Invitation – Ladies, you are invited to join us for a potluck bridal shower celebrating Jesica Mendez on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at noon in the chapel. Bring your favorite food to share (with the recipe). Jesica is registered at myregistry.com and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Please RSVP to 822-1353

Wedding Invitation – Ralph & Debi Mendez request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Jesica Hope to Ethan Eugene Thompson on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11:30am at Country Oaks Baptist Church. Reception to follow. Please RSVP no later than August 1, 2017 to Debi Mendez at 822-1353 or jcdallstar@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Prayer Time Fridays

PRAYER TIME  – MAY 5 & MAY 12

FRIDAY, MAY 5TH – PRAYER FOR OUR NATION & OUR COMMYNITY

Ezekiel 22:30 “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall, so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them.”

We have a nation in turmoil, a nation where hate, riots and confusion reign. What are we to do? Ring our hands? Move to Canada? Ignore everything and never watch the news?

As always God has a prescription: 2 Chronicles 7:14

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

May 4th is the National Day of Prayer so we will dedicate ourselves on Friday, May 5th to worship, pray for our nation, pray for our national and local leaders, and pray for our community. You will have a guided time of prayer, do not feel intimidated or unqualified. Remember we are here to learn together, to grow together, and to prayer together.

I am also asking those of you who are physically able to fast. Ezra says in Chapter 8, “I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God”. In Ezra 10, Ezra fasts again because he mourns over the unfaithfulness of the exiles. Let us mourn over the sin of our nation as we seek God’s face.

Joel 1:14 – Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.” “Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, instead, tear your hearts. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you.” Joel 2:12,13

FRIDAY. MAY 12 – PRAYER FOR OUR FAMILIES, LOVED ONES, UNSAVED

We will again fast, pray and worship. We will pray for our husbands, our marriages, our children, our loved ones saved and unsaved, and our unsaved neighbors and friends. You will be given a guide that will help you as you pray so don’t stay away because this is new to you… step out in faith. God is not as concerned with your words as with your heart and we will help you with the words so that you can grow in your prayer life.

2 Cor. 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

“..Be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Eph 6:18

“Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”. Luke 18:1

Let us be women of God who stand in the gap for our families, our friends, our world.

Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation”. Psalm 5:3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us have hands lifted to God in prayer for our country, our loved ones and the unsaved.

Beach Retreat 2017

Women’s Beach Retreat Waiting List

We are still taking names for our Waiting List for the Women’s Beach Retreat (September 29-October 1). Ladies on the waiting list will be notified if we have any cancellations. Please sign up before 8/1/17.

When: Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Saylor’s Sandcastle north of Ventura @ Faria Beach

Signup Information

Sign-ups for the Women’s Ministry Annual Beach Retreat will be Sunday morning, April 23rd in the Chapel between first and second service and after second service. Signups taken on a first come basis.

  • Be ready for April 23! Pick up an application in advance and fill it in. Applications available in the Worship Center or church office.
  • ‹A $60 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of sign-up.       No exceptions. Total retreat cost is $160. $100 balance due by September 1. Each retreat attender is also expected to help make ONE MEAL. You will need to contribute both time & money.
  • ‹ Please note on your application if you are willing to sleep on a couch or floor mattress to make room for more women to attend.
  • ‹ Due to rising costs, we have a limited number of scholarships available this year. If you need a scholarship, please fill in the scholarship portion of the retreat application. You will still need to make a $60 deposit to hold your spot. Your $60 will be refunded if a scholarship is unavailable.
  • ‹ Coupons to make payments on your balance will be available.
  • ‹ After Sunday, April 23, 2017, registrations will be taken in the church office. After all openings are filled, a waiting list will be established. All vacancies will be filled through the waiting list. Historically, we have been able to allow everyone on the waiting list to attend the retreat. (If there is a committed, significant number of sign-ups beyond our capacity, other possibilities will be investigated to include more participants.)
  • ‹ The Beach Retreat is open to women (18 and up) who are members or regular attenders of Country Oaks Baptist Church. We value each woman who wants to attend this event and are doing everything we can to include as many women as possible.
  • ‹After the openings are filled, anyone on the waiting list who is unable to attend because no opening become available, their deposit will be refunded.
  • If you are unable to attend and another person fills your spot, a request can be made to the board to return your deposit or you may donate your deposit to the scholarship fund.

 

2017 Friday Morning Bible Study

Our Current Bible Studyredeemed

The moment you accept Jesus as the Lord over your life, you are redeemed. As the redeemed, we experience a lifelong journey of being transformed into HIs image. As redeemed women, we grow in the grace of Christ, and He calls us to extend grace to others.

In this 7-session Bible study (we’ll be taking 2 weeks on each lesson), Angela Thomas-Pharr explores the practical side of redemption, inviting us to lean upon Jesus for our real help and hope.

Features:
·      “40 Days of Prayer” section to help women practically apply the concept of ongoing redemption to their lives

Benefits:
·      Desire to fully live the life of the redeemed
·      Welcome change as God slowly transforms you into His image
·      Increase your passion for God’s Word
·      Apply redemption to your life in practical ways
·      Learn alongside other women and support each other through prayer and small group community
·      Learn to lean upon Jesus for your real help and hope

Video titles and run times:

  • Session 1: Redeemed from Sashes and Chains (20:10)
  • Session 2: Redeemed for a Life with God (28:35)
  • Session 3: Redeemed for the Praise of His Glory (36:55)
  • Session 4: Redeemed for Grace (38:10)
  • Session 5: Redeemed for Freedom (32:00)
  • Session 6: Redeemed for Joy (42:00)
  • Session 7: Redeemed for Love (30:20)

Author:

Angela Thomas-Pharr is a Bible teacher, national speaker, and best-selling author of books and Bible studies that include Stronger and Brave. As a mother of four, her determination to know God on an intimate level and her dedication to studying the Bible have taught her many truths—some discovered through tears and some in times of joy. Angela has the uncanny ability to be transparent, make readers laugh, and whisper to them about their most personal fears and heartfelt dreams. Visit her at http://www.angelathomas.com

Redeemed Study is Fridays at 9:30am in the Chapel. Childcare. Starts January 13, 2017.  There is no Winter Wednesday evening study.