Thursday Memo

Hi Five Oakers, Snowshoeing in Afton day after Christmas. Picture by Lynne Williams.

There are a few things I want to share with you today:

1// Incredible Christmas services. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that made it special.

2// About 7 people noted first-time decisions to follow, 12 marked they were renewing their relationship with Christ and about 10 requested more information on beginning a personal relationship with Christ!

3// Here is a selection of the comments from the Communication Cards:

  • Thank you for a wonderful message – it hit my heart. Just what I needed. Thank you! Merry Christmas!
  • Henry, is it possibly time to cut your toenails? Love all of the Christmas carols! Awesome celebration of Christ’s birth. [Good idea!]
  • Thanks for a wonderful message today!  So touching!
  • Thank you, Pastor Henry, for providing such meaningful sermons for us! Merry Christmas!
  • Appreciated all the Christmas songs.
  • Thank you for this Christmas service.
  • Loved the opening Christmas music set and the video!  Beautiful, absolutely beautiful Christmas message.  So simple, so powerful, so well-constructed and clear.  Praise God.  Loved your family stories, too, and Judy’s story underscored it all.  Thanks for calling people to Jesus.
  • Powerful message, beautiful service. Great job everyone. Thanks to all who volunteered and helped in any way with the Christmas services.
  • Wonderful Christmas service.
  • I liked Pastor Henry’s preaching. Merry Christmas!
  • Thank you for the message. Thank you for the invitation! I have family members with me, who don’t have a relationship with Christ yet!
  • I am just thankful!
  • Praise God!
  • Thank you staff and volunteers for facilitating a wonderful Christmas service. I feel blessed.


  • All glory to God!
  • God’s blessings to all of the staff and Five Oaks this holiday season.
  • Thank you Heavenly Father! Thank you Five Oaks staff and volunteers!
  • Pastor Henry, you made things very clear and real.  And I love the worship music here.
  • Thanks for a great Christmas sermon.
  • I am so thankful for Jesus and His awesome sacrifices!
  • Wonderful alter call with piano!  Moving – piercing!  Never is a better way for believers to prepare for communion.  Love Christmas in my church.

5// Some helpful links as you enter the new year next week:

  • Get more out of the Bible for the rest of your life by completing "The Story of God." Register here.

4// "Religious people find God useful. Christians find God beautiful.” (Tim Keller) Come worship our beautiful God this weekend. Join us as we conclude the Exodus series.

Blessings, Pastor Henry