Oconee Presbyterian Church
06-30-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 10 of 14, High Fivin the Children

06-30-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 10 of 14, High Fivin the Children

June 30, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Rindy Trouteaud. Why did Jesus have such an affinity for the youngest, and what did he mean by his lessons about children? Rindy invites us to include the children in all we do, and to let them lead us toward the kingdom.

Rev. Rindy Trouteaud preaching Mark 9 and 10.

06-23-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 9 of 14, Vacation Bible Adventure

06-23-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 9 of 14, Vacation Bible Adventure

June 23, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome our own Rev. Christin Norman, the Director of Children's Ministries. Christian along with many of the youth and children of the church will read and preach from this week's Vacation Bible Adventure lessons. May the whole congregation share in the abundant learnings of our youngest ones.

 

06-16-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 8 of 14, May I Speak to Wisdom

06-16-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 8 of 14, May I Speak to Wisdom

June 16, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Craig Topple. Craig imagines with us how to hear and speak Wisdom all around us, and is preaching from Proverbs 8 and John 16. 

06-09-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 7 of 14, Montreat HS Youth Sunday

06-09-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 7 of 14, Montreat HS Youth Sunday

June 9, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome home our High Schoolers from Montreat Youth Conference (montreat.org). Different youth read and preach from Scriptures, and reflect on the theme of the week "Let Love Lead"

Andrew Stansell reading Jonah 4, and John 21 - Clay Baer preaching

Peyton Ward reading Luke 19 - Peyton Ward and Joel Loftin preaching

Tommy Sims reading Luke 15 -  John Sims preaching

Caroline McArthur and Mattie Scaffe preaching from Revelation 21 and 22

06-02-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 6 of 14, New Heavens and a New Earth

06-02-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 6 of 14, New Heavens and a New Earth

June 2, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Will Norman, the Presbyterian Campus Minister at the University of Georgia. Will helps us imagine the ways Jesus is Lord, Jesus is RISEN can and hopefully does impact our daily lives. He wonders where the oppression and struggle of our world is today, and imagines we are being called to help bring in a new heaven and new earth with Christ. Can we act with hope even when we don't have optimism?

Rev. Will Norman preaching Isaiah 65 and Revelation 21.

05-26-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 5 of 14, No Greater Love

05-26-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 5 of 14, No Greater Love

May 26, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This Memorial Day weekend, we welcome Rev. Joan Stevens. Joan helps us imagine what it means to abide in Christ, be pruned, and bear fruit.

Rev. Joan Stevens preaching John 15

05-19-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 4 of 14, First Things Last Things All Things

05-19-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 4 of 14, First Things Last Things All Things

May 19, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Hilary Shuford, the Presbytery Executive for Northeast Georgia Presbytery. Hilary invites us to find the Word of God alive and around us always, in all things. As we read and study the word, we begin to notice it in ourselves, and each other. Rev. Hilary Shuford preaching John 13 and Revelation 21

05-12-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 3 of 14, Are You My Mother

05-12-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 3 of 14, Are You My Mother

May 12, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome our own Director of Children's Ministries, Rev. Christin Norman. Listen as she guides us into seeing the motherly images of God, and reminds us of the fierce mama bear who is always with us and always protecting us. Rev. Christin Norman preaching Hosea 11

05-05-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 2 of 14, A Light in the Darkness

05-05-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 2 of 14, A Light in the Darkness

May 5, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a well-earned three-month sabbatical, from May through July. Meanwhile, this summer, we welcome guests to lead and preach.

This week, we welcome Rev. Joan Stevens, preaching Isaiah 42 and Luke 4, calling us to be the light of Christ and to continue Christ's mission into the world.

04-28-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 1 of 14, We Are The Church

04-28-19, Pastor Sabbatical, Week 1 of 14, We Are The Church

April 28, 2019

Our pastor, Rev. Joel Tolbert, is away for a week of vacation, and then a well-earned three-month sabbatical. Meanwhile, this summer, guests will be leading and preaching.

This week, we welcome Rev. Dr. Glenn Doak, retired pastor of First Presbyterian Athens. Not only is Glenn a guest preacher this summer, but he is also moderating the meetings of our Session. He reminds us how, why, and when pastors do sabbaticals, and what can happen to them and to the church during a time of sabbatical. Rev. Dr. Glenn Doak preaching Revelation 1.