Two Weeks in… & Loving It!
Hey Oasis Families!
Before I give you a status update on Oasis events and integrating new freshmen, I just want to say thank you to everyone at Canyon Springs for the incredible reception my family has been given. Honestly, Paige and I have been so overwhelmed by the love and acceptance we’ve felt in such a short time. We feel incredibly blessed and are thanking God everyday for the gift of being a part of this church body.
The blessing of Canyon Springs has meant even more, as this last week in our family has been a really challenging one. For brevity’s sake, I’ll spare you most of the details, but here are a few of the highlights: Friday my dad was hospitalized with what turned out to be kidney failure (not COVID related). We weren’t sure he would pull through but was released this week and is expected to make a full recovery. The day after he was released, and after a separate family COVID scare, my 7 year old broke his arm playing in the neighborhood only an hour before what was supposed to be first Oasis leaders meeting.
I share that with you not for your pity; I share it with you for two reasons: First, we’re called to do life together, and it’s only appropriate that I model that by sharing the challenges that I’m facing—just as I would hope you would do the same with me and the Oasis team—so that we can be lifting each other up and praying for one another. Secondly, the rescheduling of our volunteer meeting has set back some planning for how we’re moving forward with Oasis. I’m as anxious as anyone to begin communicating plans and making things happen, but we need to do it the right way, and that includes getting our team together first to gather their input and strengthen our plans as united team.
Integrating New Freshmen
In particular, I recognize that our new freshmen have been left in limbo. Know that they have not been forgotten. One of our top priorities to discuss with our leadership team is to finalize plans to welcome them into Oasis. We will communicate those plans with you ASAP. We’re really excited to get them plugged in. We just want to make sure we do it well and do it safely before we pull the trigger.
Speaking of safety, we are keeping a close eye on the COVID situation in our area. Multiple individuals connected to Canyon Springs have now tested positive, including at least one student. In fact, those positive tests results necessitated the cancellation of the senior trip planned for graduates. This is one reason it is so vital that our team discusses our plans fully and completely: With deaths beginning to rise and case numbers breaking records almost every day, there is too much at stake if we botch this.
Feedback is Welcome
Last but not least, know that I’m grateful for the families who have already reached out and introduced themselves, and I would love any feedback you have for me. I’d love to hear about your families, about your comfort level with in person events, about things you hope we preserve in the Oasis culture and calendar, and things that we can improve upon. Feel free to email me to set up a time to talk. I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, I hope to see you at our in-person worship service this Sunday, now at 8:30 am at Alliant University. Free pre-registration is required, so sign up today!
High School Pastor