This blog is my own – I’m not speaking for New Oaks Church when I share blogged opinions. But since it is my privilege to serve as one of New Oaks’ pastors, people sometimes pop up here who are curious about it. Here’s just a little.
Our Mission and Values
Seems to us that Jesus Christ is about extending relationships: from God to us, from us to us (as I come to understand myself through God’s eyes), and from us to others – those who know him well, only a little, or not at all. We keep calling ourselves back to growing relationships in what we do, how we interact, and how we give and spend.
Authenticity in that mission, for us, comprises four values – you see them on the tree. Pursuing the mission needs to be beautiful, and we hope to keep it that way.
Those happiest here are people who assume they will find God changing them into someone they like more and more, and who expect their church to be an aid to that process.
We gather to worship on Sundays at 10:30. Same purpose as above: Growing relationships with God, self, and others.
Many of us gather in small groups at different times through the week. Same purpose as above.
And children and their parents gather on most Wednesday nights at 6:30 for Creation Station. Guess what its purpose might be.
If our purpose seems like it might be useful to you, too, you are so welcome at our gatherings.
We do not dress up – for the gospel is for people who have no dress up clothes at least as much as it is for those who do.
In addition, there are many Mexican and Guatemalan families in our town, some of whom wonder if they are welcome at Washington’s mostly-white churches. My answer is Estan Uds. en su iglesia aqui.
New Oaks’ building is located at 1506 N. 5th Avenue in Washington, IA, USA. Follow 4th Avenue north about 1 mile from Iowa Highway 92. Turn right at E. 15th. You’ll see it. Click here for a map. Washington is about 35 minutes south of the Iowa City area’s Interstate 80/380 interchange.
Is it part of a denomination?
New Oaks’ full name is Washington New Oaks Church of the Nazarene. The Church of the Nazarene is an international body that seeks to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world. More details on the COTN worldwide are available at http://www.nazarene.org.
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