Fishing Derby – Saturday, April 26

Family Fishing Derby – hosted by the Men’s Ministry

Saturday April 26, 2014 @ Brite Lake @ 8:00AM

Kids! It’s fishing time again – April 26 @ Brite Lake, 4-26-14, 8:00am, far end Pavilion number 3. Lunch and fellowship. No license required for 15 years old and below.Please bring fishing gear if you have it.  If not, gear will be available. Prizes for first fish caught; largest fish caught and most fish caught. Contact Dave Smith for further info as needed 661-332-3850

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Pastor Andy Steps Down as Senior Pastor

Here is a copy of what Pastor Andy read during both services on Sunday, April 6, 2014
Pastoral Role Change
Dear brothers and sisters in The Lord,    

As you all know, Parkinsons is a degenerative disease that gradually robs a person of movement, flexibility, and balance. It is a progressive disease that causes slowness of movement both physically and mentally. Aside from these difficulties there is also the gradual loss of the ability to multi-task. Handling more than one thing at a time creates stress and somewhat of a mental overload because the brain is not able to process information as efficiently due to a significant and progressive loss of vital neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine. What was once easy to process and integrate becomes more difficult, frustrating, and stressful. Things that were once simple and easy to do become more complex and daunting.

The role of senior pastor requires being a global thinker as information of all kinds comes from every direction. The tasks of

  • shepherding,managing, listening, counseling, communicating, advising, modeling, mediating, delegating,recruiting, strategizing, planning, organizing, inspiring, leading, correcting, rebuking, comforting, arbitrating, helping, consoling, encouraging, training,teaching, mentoring, visiting, discipling, scrutinizing, balancing, studying,adjudicating, researching, memorizing, corresponding, preaching, evangelizing, baptizing, officiating,

are growing more difficult to do adequately. The legitimate, reasonable and biblical expectations that a pastor should be

  • hospitable, available, personable, relational, responsible, teachable, approachable, thoughtful,dependable, reliable, predictable, sensible, humble, capable, amiable,competent, efficient, accountable, persevering, imperturbable, gracious, judicious, loving, dauntless, etc.

are harder to fulfill with the progression of Parkinson’s.

Some may infer that my stepping down as Senior Pastor is due to depression, self-pity, and just an overall attitude that “the cup is half empty.” While I am certainly capable of being guilty of such an attitude or outlook, I assure you that my attitude is not the problem in my case, but rather ability is the issue.

My cup is not half empty, but my tank is! I am physically fatigued more quickly with each passing year, yet it’s not the physical fatigue that hinders me nearly as much as the mental fatigue. The cumulative stress that would otherwise be endurable, almost paralyzes me and I’m rendered ineffective.

Yet, I am able to do many of the tasks that are expected. I would still like to

  • counsel, teach, encourage, consult, advise, preach when needed, oversee smaller projects and ministry needs. Head up short-term ministry opportunities such as marriage retreats, training leaders, launching new ministries to quickly hand-off to competent and capable members of the church, advise the elder board, deacon board, and ministry leaders that might need theological guidance, be a non-voting member of ad-hoc committees that the elders task with specific, short-range goals and objectives. I would like to try to write a book or two, devotional materials, and perhaps even produce bible study curriculum, 20 minute audio Bible lessons on each book of the New Testament, including several Old Testament books. I would like the opportunities to speak at retreats, Bible conferences, and possibly even do some teaching at a Christian college, university, or seminary.

The key to all of these possible ministry opportunities is to make sure I’m not doing so many simultaneously that I am, once again, experiencing paralyzing mental fatigue. Therefore pacing will be critical in the planning and implementation of such opportunities.

With all of these considerations in mind, I would like to assume the title of Pastor Emeritus. Being a non-ruling pastor I will not be on the elder board any longer and will be only an ex-officio (non-voting) member of boards to which I am appointed by the elders. In light of my decision to step down from the title and role of the Senior Pastor, it is natural and appropriate to designate Pastor Brent Whitney as interim Senior Pastor until such time that he or another candidate is officially called by God, the elders, and the majority of the members of COBC. The elders will explain more fully what the process will be as stipulated by the Constitution and By-Laws of COBC. (*see below)

I have the utmost confidence that Brent is fully capable and competent to step into the role of Interim Senior Pastor and, if The Lord should desire, Brent will be more than competent and capable to assume the office Senior Pastor. Brent has my enthusiastic and confident support. In the years I have served alongside him I have observed he has a thorough knowledge of God’s Word and he has an unwavering commitment to teach, defend, and obey the Scriptures.

Finally, Amy, Kate, Annie, Molly and I want to thank you, the Church, for your love, support, generosity, prayers, friendship, and fellowship over the last 23 years. You all, in your desire to be obedient to God, have made my assignment to “Shepherd the flock” a much easier and more delightful experience and privilege than most Pastors will ever enjoy. We’ve had a fulfilling and rewarding relationship with you and look forward to deepening those relationships in a new role as Pastor Emeritus.

In Christ’s love,

K. Andrew Walker

 

*Country Oaks Baptist Church Constitution and Bylaws -Section 5
2. When there is a vacancy in the position of Senior Pastor, the Elders shall immediately appoint a Pulpit Council consisting of at least two Elders, one Deacon, and two members of the congregation in good standing.  The Council shall interview candidates and make recommendation to the Board of Elders. They in turn shall present the candidate to the congregation for evaluation and consideration. The Board of Elders will upon adequate consideration by the congregation poll the church membership by ballots as input into the final decision to call a candidate as Pastor. A two-thirds majority is necessary to proceed in the selection process.

 

LOL – Laugh Out Loud at the Couples Getaway

Country Oaks Couples Getaway

July 18-20, 2014

LOL – Laugh Out Loud

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

Getaway Registration Form Getaway Information Sheet

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Sign up Today for the Couples Getaway!

Recover – Reconnect  – Recharge

The Getaway is at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Valencia - 24500 Town Center Drive  Valencia, California, USA 91355 *(more info below)

Total Cost $349 – (Scholarships may be available) Make a deposit of $49 to hold your spot and then three easy payments of $100 each.

Our Payment Coupon Booklet will help you make your three $100 payments due May 4, June 1, and July 6.

Information Packets with Registration Forms and Payment Books are now available! Getaway Registration Form Getaway Information Sheet

 Space:  Limited to 20 couples

Cost includes: 2 night hotel stay, breakfast together on Saturday morning, teaching times, Sunday morning continental breakfast and worship, some snacks and surprises.

 On your own: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch.

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Here’s the 411 on our getaway weekend….

Recover – Reconnect  – Recharge

Couples, you are invited to a life changing adventure this summer. We just couldn’t offer this in a church setting. We want to help you escape the busy-ness of life and experience the tranquility of a romantic getaway with your spouse. Strengthen your marriage through undistracted time together, Bible teaching, worship, great food, and a whole lot of free time. Your marriage will never be the same.  Friday night the fun begins at 7:00pm with a little “get to know ya,” followed by our first session.  Saturday morning we’ll all have breakfast together and then hold  Session 2 . Around 12:30pm we’ll be dismissed for free time. You can spend your time alone as a couple, get reacquainted with some old friends or you can choose to make some new ones. It’s up to you!¨ Sunday morning continental breakfast will be available at 8:30am followed by Session 3. We’ll then have the privilege of  worshiping together. ¨ Sessions will include practical lessons for everyday life.

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*Accommodations: The Hyatt Regency Valencia @24500 Town Center Drive – Valencia, California, USA 91355 is 97 miles away from Tehachapi via the 14 freeway. It takes a little over an hour to get there.  If you like, you can park your car at the Hyatt Regency Valencia and easily stay put all weekend. Enjoy some fellowship around the pool or in one of the Hyatt Regency’s beautiful gardens. If you are more adventurous—unique shopping, coffee shops, over 50 eateries and lots of things to see and do are within a few minutes. For those of you who golf as a couple, there are 4 golf courses within 15 minutes of the hotel. July weather in Valencia is 90ish with an afternoon breeze. Here’s a link to the hotel we will be staying at, the Hyatt Regency Valencia. If you like, you can park your car and easily stay put all weekend. Enjoy some fellowship around the pool or in one the Hyatt Regency’s beautiful gardens. If you are more adventurous, unique shopping, coffee shops, over 50 eateries and lots of things to see and do are within a few minutes of our wonderful accommodations. For those of you who golf as a couple, there are 4 golf courses within 15 minutes of the hotel. July weather in Valencia is 90, with an afternoon breeze. I promise you’ll not be bored!

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National Day of Prayer 2014 in Tehachapi, California

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 1, 2014.

This year’s theme is: One Voice United in Prayer

AMERICANS are called TO UNITE AND PRAY ON THURSDAY, MAY 1st  FOR THE 63rd ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Tehachapi will be celebrating with the following events:

  • 28th Annual Prayer Breakfast @ 6:45 am – St. Malachy’s McMullan Hall – 407 East E Street – Tehachapi, CA  93561. The Knights of Columbus will be serving breakfast. Guest Speaker: Russell O’Quinn – Internationally known Test Pilot and Aircraft Designer.  Tickets available at The Apple Shed, Witt’s,  Bank of the Sierra or from any Kiwanis Member for only $8.  Tickets the day of at the door will be $10.  Contact Don Bowman 822-5516 or donbowman@att.net.
  • Noon Prayer Rally @ City Hall
  • Community Church Service @ 7:00 pm – Grace Fellowship – Guest Speaker David Whitlock

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Women’s Spring Tea at Country Oaks

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Spring Women’s Tea

Cultivating Inner Beauty 1 Peter 3:3-4

Saturday May 3rd 11 am – 1:30 pm

All Country Oaks Baptist Church

Women Are Invited to…

Come and Enjoy

 Beautifully Decorated Tables, Wisdom from 1st Peter

 A Fun Fashion show, Delicious food

Table prizes and drawings

Sign up to be a table host or to buy a ticket today

On Sundays after service or in the church office

  Tickets $12.00 each

Proceeds benefit HOS School

Click here for more information on Women’s Ministry at COBC

Vacation Bible School at COBC – July 14-18, 2014

Vacation Bible School at Country Oaks Baptist Church will be July 14-18, 2014 and we will be using Answers in Genesis International Spy Academy.

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This is what the kids will be covering VBS Week.

Title Bible Content Apologetics Scripture Verse
Day 1 Uncovering
Counterfeits
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:20–39 ) False views of God bombard our kids daily. Agents will discover how to identify the true God of the Bible from counterfeit religions. Isaiah 45:5
Day 2 Finding
Fingerprints
Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13–17 ) All other counterfeit religions deny that Jesus is God. Agents will find that Jesus is truly God, a member of the Trinity. Matthew 28:19
Day 3 Cracking
Codes
Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3) All-powerful. Un-changing. Perfect. All-knowing. Agents will crack codes to learn more about the Great I AM! Exodus 3:14
Day 4 Collecting
Clues
Gospel Presentation (Genesis 1–3; Gospels) Can we actually have fellowship with God? Agents will collect clues to reveal the only way to the one true God is through His Son Jesus. John 3:16
Day 5 Hot on the
Trail
The Greatest Commandment (Mark 12:28–34 ) The one true God loves and cares for us unendingly. Agents will discover that God wants us to love Him and to share His love with others. Mark 12:30

Adult Bible Fellowships

Adult Bible Fellowships on Sunday Mornings

Coming in May 2014 -

In May, all the ABF’s will begin a study of James and  1 2 3 John starting May 4. We will be using Scripture Press’ Disciples Bible Study Series.

Getting involved in an ABF will give you the opportunity to know others and will give others a chance to get to know you as you study God’s Word together.

Why should I get involved?

Country Oaks has become a large church and it is too easy to get “lost in the crowd.” Getting involved in a smaller group, like a Sunday morning Adult Bible Fellowship or a weekly Community Group or Bible Study will give you the opportunity to get to know others and will give others a chance to get to know you! You’ll be studying God’s Word as you develop meaningful relationships with others.

How do I choose the Sunday Morning Group that’s right for me?

It’s easy! Find the group where you feel you’ll best fit in for now. Currently our classes are based on age, but we are growing. We’ll be adding new groups that will be formed to meet the needs of Country Oaks’ people.

When and Where Do the Sunday Morning Fellowship Groups meet ?

Currently we meet Sunday mornings during each worship service. We gather out back, behind the main building in the 200 and 300 Building. There, we’ll enjoy an hour of God’s Word, fellowship, food and coffee together.

9:00am – 10:15am

20′s and 30′s (Room 202)

30ish and Up (Room 302)

55 and Beyond (Room 301)

and All Children’s Sunday Schools & Junior High & High School Groups

10:30am -12:15pm

All Ages – All Stages ABF (Room 301)

Seeds of Faith for kids

Please join us!