Resistance is (not) Futile

“Prepare to be assimilated. …Resistance is futile.” 

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Recognize that line?

You’ll be tested this weekend in the sermon. Don't worry, it will be a multiple choice test.

Resistance to assimilation into the larger society is a major theme in the Bible.

But resistance is tricky, difficult, and often costly because God doesn’t call his people to stick to themselves and forget about everyone else.

In the Old Testament, Daniel is the archetype of resistance while living in exile, far from the Promised Land.

But Esther is another story. She is living in exile in Persia and has clearly adopted Persian standards. She is , practically speaking, assimilated. But God uses her to save his people and she is changed in the process.

The story of Esther is the story of how we find their way back to God in spite of all the ways we compromise our faith in ways we should not compromise.

Join us this weekend as we launch our new Esther series. Invite a friend or family member.

This is Us

We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.

So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?

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Do you like our Five Oaks Facebook posts? Yvonne Boyes is our social media volunteer. She helps create content for our Facebook page, along with the staff social media team. Yvonne loves this role because she likes to be able to help steer folks in their “daily scroll” to focus on their faith journey or on events in and around Five Oaks and our community. Yvonne runs her own in-home organizing business, so this “behind-the-scenes” serve role allows her to have an impact at Five Oaks that works around her busy schedule. Yvonne is an empty-nester with two grown sons. She loves reading and bird watching in her spare time. Yvonne, we thank you for your creative spin with Facebook, for keeping us aware of great events in our community, and for offering us content that nudges us to pray for all of our neighbors! You are a blessing.