Oakwood Heights Community Church| Staten Island, NY
MESSAGE FROM REV. NANCY HAZZARD
December 1, 2020
As we move through the season of gratitude and towards the season of Advent waiting and hope, it seems we need our faith and each other more than ever. Please take extra special care of yourselves in the midst of all we are collectively and individually going through. Just as Mary and Elizabeth were encouragement to each other in a time of uncertainty, so we can be for each other—all the while paying attention to how the Holy Spirit is moving among us, illuminating ideas, beckoning us to share our stories, kindling joy and hope.
‘Tis the season to believe like never before, dear sisters and brothers. How is God calling you to claim your gifts and share them with a world that so desperately needs the hope, love, peace and joy that Jesus offers?
Remember that our good and gracious God loves each of us beyond measure and has a special plan for our lives. As one of our sisters coined in a recent Women of the Bible Study virtual gathering, it is helpful and life-giving sometimes to just “be stiller” and listen for God’s voice. Isn’t that a beautiful image? For as we quiet ourselves, we create space within to hear the Holy Spirit whisper these empowering words: You are my beloved son and daughter, in whom I am well pleased, gifted and called for just such a time as this.
May this be a season of self-care and reflection and one of courage and holy boldness.
Stay safe and healthy.
In Christ’s hope, love, peace and joy,
Rev. Nancy Hazzard
PAST INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGES 2018:
Last Sunday, we had the distinct honor of having a guest speaker appear at Oakwood for our No-Shush Sunday Service, this past Sunday, October 16th. Everyone can attend any of our services; but we wanted to create an additional and brief time of worship specifically designed to embrace those who are noise sensitive and their busy care takers. Our guest speaker is one of our faithful attendees whose been coming since this service began. Actually, the guest speaker, Cristofer, had an interpreter, his mother Lenore Puleo.
Cristofer is a very gifted young man and his parents, Frank and Lenore, wanted to bless us with Cristofer's own words. Cristofer's speech, deeply touched everyone in attendance. We would like to share his inspirational message with you. Please click on this link to read Cristofer's Sermon.
After the sermon, Cristofer's and his parents, provided a wonderful brunch for all the attendees. The OHCC would like to thank Cristofer, Lenore, Frank, and their lovely supportive circle of friends and family who attended the event and joined us in worship and comraderie. God's messengers are everywhere and we are very blessed to have them be a part of our church family.
Our No-Sush Services are the third Sunday of every month from 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM