"I Have No Need of You"

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - Third Sunday after the Epiphany

In this world of division, we often struggle with recognizing our connections to one another. People become commodities and we decide who is worthy and who is not. But hasn’t God prescribed a better way? Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell talks about Oakhurst Baptist Church “Doing Relationship Differently” in 2019 and reminds us, “The biggest affront to hierarchy is authentic relationship and the acknowledgment that I am who I am only when you are who you are.”

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"An Impossible Calling?"

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - Racial Justice Sunday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached that the strong person is the person who can "cut off the chain of hate...and inject within the very structure of the universe that strong and powerful element of love."  In Jesus’ words, “Love your enemies.”  The body of Christ is called to continue to expand our hearts wider and wider to embrace the brokenness of this world and commit to its total transformation.  Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West challenges us with doing just that.

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"Without a Star to Guide"

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - Epiphany Sunday

As a new year dawns, it is natural for us to consider our various paths...those we have taken, those we have not, and those still left before us. How have those paths spoken to us? How have we responded? What now? Interweaving Jan Richardson's words from her poem "Blessing of the Magi," with her own reflections on the wise men and the journeys of some wise people, Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West considers the journeys we all face as we travel our various roads. Click to listen.

"Blessing of the Magi" appears in Jan Richardson's new book Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons.

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"Let Us Begin"

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

Today, Joseph is depicted in nativity scenes all over the world as a proud, new father watching over his family. But those scenes don't show the agonizing choices that brought him to that point. When God imagines more for us than we do for ourselves and the world doesn't agree or approve, how are we to respond? Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell considers the unpopularity of divine imagination. Click to watch.

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"Beyond Our Imagining"

December 2, 2018 - First Sunday of Advent

Like many of us, Zechariah had the rest of his life sketched out right down to his retirement plan. But God had other ideas. While our imaginations may be limited, God's is not. Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West follows God's imaginative plan for Zechariah and his family. What does this say about us? About the church? About what we are to do in the world and with our lives?  Click to watch.

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"Provisions and Priorities"

Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 27th Sunday after Pentecost

In this season, we often think about the "things" for which we are thankful, and then spend much of our time focusing on or worrying about those we do not have. There are certain provisions we need, but what priority is driving that need? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West ponders these and other questions.  Click to watch.

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"Trough Times"

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 26th Sunday after Pentecost

The trough of the wave is the lowest point, where the horizon disappears. It can seem disorienting, empty, and without direction. It can seem as though nothing is happening...or will ever happen. And yet, the crest of another wave comes again. We too find ourselves in periods of waiting and stagnation, times that seem disorienting or empty, times when we cannot see horizon. What do we do in those trough times before the crest comes again? What does Jesus say when the world seems to be in disorienting chaos? Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell explores these questions.  Click to watch.

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"When Privilege Meets Gospel"

Sunday, October 21 - 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked the nation, "Where do we go from here?"  Still 51 years later, both his question and his words seem eerily accurate.  Where do we go when systemic racism, white privilege, and hatred of the other are so prevalent?  Where did Jesus go?  What about Paul and Barnabas?  Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West addresses what the good news of Jesus has to say to the privilege that is attacking so many.

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"Written on Our Hearts"

Sunday, September 23 - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 How can God’s promises speak to us as we face what often feels like our own lives are in ruins? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West helps us explore what God has to say to God’s people in times of disaster and destruction.  Click to watch.


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"What's Love Got to Do with It?"

Sunday, September 2 - Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Found within our holy scriptures is Song of Songs, a sensual, earthy, and playful love poem between two people. What is it doing in the bible? Could it be that against millennia of religious tradition, we discover that God delights in human sexuality, in our physical bodies, and in all aspects of our human relationships? Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West asks "What's love got to do with it?" and Lynn Farmer reads an original poem.  Click to watch.

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Meeting Times


  • Church School 9:30 a.m.
  • Worship (Dec. 2 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019) 10:50 a.m.
  • Youth Group 5:30 p.m.
    Youth Room

Fourth Sundays

  • Dinner 5:30 p.m.
    Fellowship Hall
  • Youth Group 6:30 p.m.
  • Committees 6:30 p.m.