Merry and Melancholy: How to Find Joy After Loss

By , Contributing Writer| December 22nd, 2018|

I remember it snowing on Christmas Eve exactly three times in my life. The first time was when I was a small child. I remember riding in our station wagon to my grandparents’ house and seeing snow on the ground outside the window. I was sitting behind Daddy (because it was my turn, not my [...]

Three Simple Ways to Spread the Love This Christmas

By , Copy Editor| December 20th, 2018|

As the season of Advent comes to an end, it is time to take a deep breath and experience the joy of Christmas, a joy for all. One way to experience joy is to spread the love this Christmas. As we show love to others, our hearts will be filled with joy. Even though you [...]

What You Should Know About Christmas Lights and Advent

By , Copy Editor| December 7th, 2018|

According to the Today show, putting up Christmas decorations can make you happier. When we see Christmas trees and lights go up, there is a boost in our mood, making us more likely to experience joy and peace throughout the holiday season. A Brief History of Christmas Lights Christmas lights began as flickering candles on [...]

Experiencing Transformation at ToyZone

By , Contributing Writer| December 5th, 2018|

In May of 2014, my family and I arrived in Plano. In December, my children received an invitation to shop at ToyZone at Chase Oaks Family Center, where we could shop at a very discounted cost. I had no idea what to expect, but I went anyway. I was amazed at what I found at [...]

Discovering the True Spirit of Advent

By , Weekend Experience Pastor| November 30th, 2018|

I love Christmas! I love the decorations, parties, and presents. I love the songs, classic Christmas movies, and the family gatherings on Christmas Eve. Mostly, I love to cherish the miracle of God becoming human in the baby Jesus. Yet, I must confess, often the busyness of the Christmas season has made it hard for [...]

Everything You Need to Know About the Advent Wreath

By , Contributing Writer| November 29th, 2018|

The turkey is cooked. The pie tins are empty. It’s official: Christmas season is upon us. Whatever you believe about the correct time to start listening to Christmas music, the fact is that for the next month, Grandma’s gettin’ run over by a reindeer on a loop, 24/7. Put out the lights, trim the tree, [...]

What Is Advent?

By , Contributing Writer| November 27th, 2018|

What Is Advent? Most of us who grew up in today’s churches may not be familiar with Advent. Advent is from the Latin word coming. It is the period observed in Christian churches leading up to Christmas. It includes the four preceding Sundays to Christmas. This year it will begin on Sunday, December 2, and [...]

Finding Joy in the Little Things This Season

By , Contributing Writer| November 21st, 2018|

Confession time: I can be a little competitive and not always about the obvious things. Sitting on my friend’s living room floor, I stared down at my latest challenge, the blank strip of paper in front of me. My LifeGroup leader was handing one to each person in the room. “I tried this a few [...]

How We Can Celebrate 2gether This Christmas

By , Copy Editor| November 18th, 2018|

When you start seeing people carry their red Starbucks cup and hearing Christmas music on the radio, you know the Christmas season is here. At Chase Oaks Church, you know it is Christmastime when our trees go up. On our trees, you will not find traditional ornaments. You will find paper ornaments with a list [...]

Rose LifeGroup Outreach Event Extends Invitation to All

By , Contributing Writer| January 14th, 2018|

At the outset of our planning, it became quickly apparent that our outreach event needed the full support and cooperation of our entire LifeGroup. So, as we began, we simply brainstormed ideas to answer the basic questions: why, what, when, where, who, and how. The "why" was relatively simple—we wanted to follow the directives of [...]