A Special Business Meeting will be held in January to vote on the Pastoral Staff addition and Elder Nomination (see below). Date TBA
Rules from the Current Bylaws: To call a candidate to a position on the pastoral staff, the Elders shall present the candidate to the congregation for evaluation and consideration. Upon adequate consideration by the congregation, the Elders will poll the church membership by ballot at a special business meeting in January as input into the final decision.
For 30 days the Board of Elders shall make known to the congregation the names of the pastoral candidate. Should any member of COBC have reason based on fact as to why a candidate should not be appointed, the member should discuss the matter with the candidate according to Matthew 18:15-20.
After prayerful consideration the Board of Elders shall make known to the congregation for 30 days the men they recommend for elder vacancies. Should any member of the congregation have reason based on fact as to why a candidate should not be appointed, the member should discuss the matter with the appointee, according to Matthew 18:15-20.
The Annual Business Meeting was Sunday, December 17 at 1:00pm
Church Bylaws Change
Rules from the Current Bylaws: Amendments (to the church bylaws) must be presented to the members of the church at least 30 days prior to any official vote on the matter. The presentation may be through bulletin inserts, electronic media, pulpit announcements, or any similar form of communication with the church membership.
To be Added to Section 7: Membership
“All pastors, elders, and deacons will be members in good standing, without exceptions. Other key leadership positions in the church will also be held by members in good standing, especially when the sphere of influence includes access to sensitive information, teaching doctrine, and/or supervising other members of the church. In some cases, it may be necessary for a thoroughly vetted non-member to serve the church at the discretion of the elder board.”
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1pm – Go grab some lunch and then return to the Grove at 1:00pm for COBC’s Pre-AnnualBusiness Meeting. The pastors and elders will present information on where the church is headed for the year ahead. Preliminary budgets will be available.
The Dress a Girl Around the World Ministry is a group of ladies from COBC and the community, that meet once a month and sew dresses for God’s precious girls that live in poverty around the world. We believe each girl should have a new dress that gives them dignity, respect, hope and shows they are loved by God. We also have a wonderful time of fellowship and fun.
We will teach anyone how to sew a dress. We have sewn over 900 dresses that have been taken to 24 countries around the world, by people going on a short term mission trips. Our goals are to always glorify God. Continue to sew hundreds of beautiful dresses and encourage other ladies to join us in serving others.
We meet the second Thursday of the month at Country Oaks Baptist Church at 4-8pm, share a potluck dinner and sew. For more information contact Margo Amero at 661-619-1493.
Our 2018 Dress A Girl Around the World Sew Days are:
All sewing days meet from 4-8pm in Country Oaks Baptist Church’s Chapel. Margo Amero will teach participants how to make the simple pillowcase dresses. Please RSVP to Margo at 661.619.1493 or email@example.com if you would like to come or want more information. Thanks.
Supplies (Bring what you have, buy some new, or just come and sew!):
Equipment: Sewing machine and sewing supplies, extension cords, irons, ironing boards, cutting mats, rotary cutters, scissors, pins, etc.
For the Dresses: 1 yard pieces of 100% cotton fabric OR 3/4 yard and 1/4 yard for trim OR a bright colorful pillowcase (you can also bring contrast fabrics for pockets, trim, lace, ribbon if you want to embellish your dress), 1″ Double Fold Bias Tape (Quilting Binding), Elastic 1/2 inch. Margo has the labels for the dresses. Patterns are also available for download and printing from the website.
Hope you all can come and join in the fun.
Dress a Dude ministry (based in Santa Cruz, CA) was started because we wanted the BOYS in third world countries to feel the love of Jesus, and to know they are valued and important as well as the girls who receive a dress. We make shorts in all different sizes for the boys. If you don’t sew but would like to help, we need tee shirts so the boys will receive a complete outfit.
DONATIONS NEEDED: If anyone would like to be part of this wonderful ministry you can donate a colorful tee shirt, just drop it off to COBC.
Join us at our monthly meetings as we make shorts and dresses and enjoy fellowship, fun and blessings in serving others.
In 2016 we celebrated our Dress a Girl around the World one year anniversary sewing at COBC with a special dinner, games and prizes. We have sewed over 650 dresses that have gone to 13 countries around the world. Hallelujah!
Discipleship is the lifeblood of the church. A Christian is a disciple of Jesus Christ who is teaching others to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Discipleship can happen anywhere and everywhere people are growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus; in order to be conformed into the image of the Lord Jesus. But we recognize that sometimes it helps to have a special place to meet that is private, clean, comfortable, and equipped with helpful resources. So, we are pleased to announce that Country Oaks now has just a place.
We have converted the old church library into a beautiful meeting room for discipleship. It is located across the hall from the church office. Just look for the door with 3 frosted windows. (The theology books from the old library have been moved next door into the Theological Library. This room may be used to study theology and biblical commentaries, but the books may not be taken home.)
Any church member can request a reservation to use the room for the purpose of discipleship. Though it looks a lot like a living room or a bookstore, it is not a place to hang out for casual conversation. This is a room designed for discipleship or counseling. Sometimes the Lord arranges for us to have an unscheduled opportunity for discipleship. If you need a private place to counsel someone during church hours, just check with the church office and see if the room is available. We would also like to keep the room available on AWANA nights or Sunday mornings for emergency counseling situations.
We have stocked the room with some of our favorite books used for specific discipleship topics such as marriage, parenting, trusting God, enduring suffering, etc. Often times when you meet for discipleship, a specific topic comes to the surface and it is helpful to have a good book at your fingertips to give to your disciplee. We recommend you “assign” a couple chapters out of the book and schedule another meeting in a week or two to discuss the reading. There are also discipleship videos which can be viewed in the room. We have installed a DVD player and TV so that the videos do not have to be taken home. We have also provided a Keurig machine so you can offer your disciplee a cup of coffee or tea. A “chalk board” and notepads are also available for teaching and note-taking.
The Discipleship Place is not a library (though one wall is reserved as a library for Heritage Oak School). A “House Copy” of each discipleship book may be read in the room, but only purchased books may leave the room. Each book costs $10, which is below retail price. We are not running a bookstore, so we ask that you not stock up on discounted books for personal reading or gifts. The books are provided so that you can give your disciplee an immediate resource. Videos are not for purchase and must remain in the discipleship room.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (HCSB)
Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among
you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you, and to regard them very
highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
Pastor Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people. It is typically scheduled in October, but can be held at any time that is convenient for the church and the community. It is also important to remember that appreciation, affirmation and prayer support of our spiritual leaders is appropriate throughout the entire year.
You can drop off cards, letters, or gifts for your pastors to the church office or to the bright blue box in the church foyer on Sunday mornings. Show your love to Senior Pastor Brent Whitney, Associate Pastor Nathan Hiner, and Craig Bauer, Business Operations Manager.
For 20 ways to Encourage your Pastor, click this link to Family Life.
Open registration for all families wishing to enroll their child in AWANA begins on August 21. If you would like to Volunteer to help (which allows more children to attend AWANA), please fill in a Children’s Ministry Volunteer Form found in the church office. Questions? Talk to Pastor Nathan at 822-1379.
AWANA at Country Oaks is a Bible-centered ministry geared towards youth from preschool through high school.
AWANA’s goal is to reach out to children, teenagers, and their families with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. (To learn about the prayer, vision, mission and values of AWANA visit www.awana.org)
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15
All Clubs (preschool through 12th grade) meet on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (September through April) at Country Oaks Baptist Church – 20915 Schout Road in Tehachapi, California. Check in begins at 5:45pm. Please make every effort to ensure your child is on time!
For more information on our different clubs check out our AWANA Clubs page. To download all the registration forms for all the clubs, please click: Welcome/Info Letter and All Club Registration Forms and AWANA Calendar 2017
Registration and materials fees includes preliminary club booklet and curriculum book for the club year. Uniforms, additional handbooks and replacement for lost items will have additional charges.
Cubbies, Sparks and T&T – You have two payment options when paying for each of your children’s registration and materials fees:
Uniforms: Cubbies/Sparks/T&T: $15
Additional/Replacement Books: $10 each
Grand Prix Cars $5 per kit (optional)
Payment for Trek/Journey – Registration and materials fees for TREK and Journey includes uniform t-shirt and curriculum book for the entire club year. One time payment – Registration $15 and Materials Fee $10 = $25
***COBC is committed to helping those who may need financial assistance. Please speak to Pastor Nathan and/or the Club Secretary for details***
Though club night is very exciting for the kids, and often the highlight of their week, we recognize that most of the spiritual instruction is going to happen as parents help their kids memorize the verses at home and explain the meaning of each verse. Our “AWANA at Home” program helps parents learn how to bring the three key elements of AWANA into your home: Scripture memory, Bible teaching, and game time.
Download the AWANA Calendar (link at top of page) – The AWANA Calendar shows the nights we meet, the nights when there is no club meeting and the Club Night Themes.
An AWANA meeting consists of five (5) main parts. (Please note that each of these elements has different names in each of the different Clubs.)
Each month, leaders from each of our clubs nominate the Clubber of the Month from their club. Clubbers are selected based on completion of handbook sections, attitude, display of good sportsmanship & teamwork on the game square as well as the fruits of the Spirit.
AWANA is an international, Bible – centered children’s and youth ministry providing local churches with weekly clubs, programs, and training for students in pre-school through high school. Their goal is to equip churches to reach kids, and their families, with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. The acronym AWANA comes from the first letters of Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15.
AWANA began in 1950 as a youth program at the North Side Gospel Center in Chicago, Illinois. Lance Latham, the church pastor, worked with Art Rorheim to develop a program that would appeal to young people, reach them with the gospel and train them in the Lord’s work. Other churches heard about the success of the AWANA program and asked if they could use it. By 1960, AWANA had registered 900 churches to start AWANA.
Today, more than 12,000 U.S. churches run AWANA. There are clubs in all 50 states. AWANA can also be found in over 3,300 churches in 109 other countries and 6 continents. To view the AWANA International Doctrinal Statement visit www.awana.org