Open Table: A Life-Changing Experience

By , | August 14th, 2018|

Richard’s Table Richard was homeless and living on the streets of Dallas. He was an army veteran and a felon. But there was a lot more to his resumé. In his 50s, tall, strong, and still healthy despite life on the street, Richard was also intelligent with a big heart. God found him in prison, [...]

Navigating the Path of Foster Parenting

By , Copy Editor| July 28th, 2018|

With nearly 400,000 children in our foster care system, there is a great need for foster parents who are willing to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing environment for children from broken homes. According to the Human Rights Campaign, children placed in foster care have experienced various issues such as the death of a parent/legal [...]

Five Ways to Support Teachers

By , Copy Editor| July 19th, 2018|

The U.S. Department of Education conducted research on teacher turnover rate and teacher satisfaction. They found nearly 50% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years, and only 44% of teachers are very satisfied with their job. Oftentimes, studies cite low salaries and an overwhelming workload as reasons for a low satisfaction [...]

How to Make a Difference 2gether for Kids

By , Copy Editor| July 5th, 2018|

Although it is the middle of summer break, Chase Oaks is ready to come 2gether for Kids to meet the needs of struggling families this school year. Most of us who have kids will wait for the anticipated tax-free weekend to buy backpacks and school supplies. It is also when teachers will take advantage of [...]

Four Budget-Friendly Summer Activities for Your Kids

By , Contributing Writer| July 1st, 2018|

When I meet someone new and they ask me what me what I do, I typically respond, “I’m a stay-at-home mom who doesn’t stay home.” I’m not the type of mom who can stay home for days at a time. Usually, I try to leave the house to do something every day, or I start [...]

Loving My Neighborhood

By , Contributing Writer| June 27th, 2018|

What Is Love? When we think of ways to impact our neighborhood, we should think about how to love our neighbors. But what is love? How do you define love? Is it a feeling? An emotional response to a given stimulus? When your mouth is full of your favorite dessert, it is dripping down your [...]

Four Firework Displays to Celebrate the Fourth of July

By , Copy Editor| June 24th, 2018|

Every Fourth of July, there are spectacular firework displays throughout the surrounding communities. Oftentimes, there will be special celebrations and events that take place prior to the firework show in the evening. Fourth of July events and firework displays are great opportunities for you to invite your neighbors! Bring extra blankets and chairs and invite [...]

Neighboring in the Summer: Shade or Shine

By , External Ministries Pastor| June 20th, 2018|

At Chase Oaks Church, we’ve talked a lot about the art of neighboring--basically, being a good neighbor. The kind of neighbor that everyone in the neighborhood knows is friendly, caring, and hospitable. The ones that seem to always be the instigators of neighborhood gatherings whether around special holidays or random events. The neighbor everyone knows [...]

How to Be an Advocate in Our Community

By , Copy Editor| May 30th, 2018|

What is an advocate? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an advocate is “one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group.” Lately, we have seen a lot of advocates in the media. For example, many female celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Ashley Judd, and Reese Witherspoon have been outspoken about sexual harassment [...]

The Impact of Making a Difference 2gether

By , Copy Editor| May 24th, 2018|

Making a Difference 2gether In April, Chase Oakers and the surrounding communities made an impact through Make a Difference 2gether. Throughout the month, volunteers completed various service projects to help people in need and to beautify our local schools, people donated bags of groceries to fill the needs of our local food pantries, and Chase [...]