The Gifts of the Father (Part 2)

Long before becoming a parent, I developed a fear of my children one day rebelling and rejecting everything they were taught…by becoming New Orleans Saints fans (Go Falcons! #riseup). All joking aside, parents have the incredible responsibility of balancing between too much sheltering and too much freedom. In the end, no matter the outcome, where there is grace and forgiveness, there is always hope.

There is a famous teaching known as “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” that offers a reminder of that truth. The younger son demands his inheritance, leaves home, loses everything, hits rock bottom, and returns hoping he can become one of his father’s hired hands. His father sees him coming home and runs to welcome him back with open arms. Before his son can finish his apology, the father showers his youngest son with gifts that show incredible grace and forgiveness.

One of the gifts is described as “the best robe.” This detail is significant in a couple of ways. First, the robe was used to cover up the dirty, smelly rags worn by the younger son who just moments earlier in the story was herding pigs. Whether it was the father’s personal garment or simply made of the finest linen, it immediately gave the son an identity of honor. That is incredible grace.

The second way the robe-gift was significant was because of its intrinsic value. In the greek, “forgive” comes from a combination of two words – Hiémi meaning “to send” and apo meaning “from.” In other words, forgiveness, to be real, means someone has to give up something. Despite having squandered his inheritance and not being owed a penny more from his father, the gift of a valuable robe was a way for the father to say, “I still have more to give.” That is incredible forgiveness. 

A first century audience would have been shocked a wealthy patriarch would so recklessly abandon cultural norms to save his son from shame they would believe he obviously deserved. Thankfully for him, his father believed in second chances. Thankfully for us, our heavenly Father does too. We should follow his example of grace and forgiveness.

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2016 A Rockin’ Christmas Eve Eve

Get ready to rock the night away!

Join us December 23rd at either 5:00, 6:30, or 8:00 PM for a jam-packed hour-long Christmas show that will have you celebrating the most exciting time of the year.

This family-friendly concert will feature some of the most fabulously fun Christmas songs as well as some faithful favorites performed by some of the most talented singers and musicians in Cherokee County. There will also be a few suprise visits from some pretty famous people that neither you nor your kids will want to miss (wink wink).

We are offering this show for FREE as a Christmas gift for our community. Bring your whole family. Invite your neighbors. Invite your friends. BUT space is limited so reserve your tickets* now before they run out at christmaseveeve.com!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email or call us anytime.

*Children four and under do not need a ticket.

The Gifts of the Father (Part 1)

In his book The Cross and the Prodigal, Kenneth Bailey references a tradition carried out in ancient Palestine whenever a family member who leaves the community, wastes their inheritance among outsiders (Gentiles), and dares to come home. It was called the kezazah ceremony. The patriarch leaders of the community would bring a large pot and smash it in front of the wayward relative to represent the broken relationship and either send him on his way never to return or, if the offense was bad enough, stone him to death.

Knowing about the kezazah ceremony brings new light to one of the most famous teachings of Jesus, the Parable of the Prodigal Son. If you are familiar with the story, you’ll remember the youngest of two sons tells his father he doesn’t want to remain at home, demands his inheritance, and then wastes it extravagantly (thus the term “prodigal”) until he had nothing left. When he hits rock bottom, he realizes everything he was hoping to find on his own was what he abandoned when he left home. So he practices a speech hoping it will convince his father to not go through with the kezazah ceremony and maybe even allow him to finish out his days on earth as one of his servants.

The great twist is what the father does instead. “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20b, ESV). Men were not supposed to run. Ever. Servants? Sure. Mothers? Maybe, if she was going to greet her son and kiss her before the men in town performed the kezazah ceremony. Bailey describes how shameful it would have been for a patriarch, a wealthy community leader, to hike up his tunic, expose his legs, and run towards the disgraced individual.

Jesus’s version of the story, with the Jewish father running to meet his lost Jewish son who is still covered in the muck and mire from sleeping with pigs, would have shocked the audience. But it would help drive home the point Jesus wanted the audience to get. The father in this parable is a picture of God the Father, who, while we were stilled covered in muck and mire, came to us and proved his love on the cross (Romans 5:8). The father in the parable ran out to meet his son before anyone else could grab a giant pot and perform a kezazah ceremony. In fact, by hugging and kissing his boy, it would have shown anyone ready to cast shame and ridicule on his child, was going to have to cast it on him first.

What a beautiful picture of the kind of love God has for us. How great it is to know is more about grace and mercy than he is about cultural norms. If it ever feels like you are alone or unwanted, remember God has already shown and proven how much he wants to have a relationship with you. The question now is what kind of relationship do you want to have with him?

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Big Give – Canton Food Drive

We have a special opportunity to be holiday helpers at Canton Elementary by  collecting canned veggies, canned tomatoes, beans (bags/cans), cereal, rice, instant potatoes, evaporated milk/dry milk, pancake mix, canned tuna, canned chicken, applesauce, tortillas, cornmeal, peanut butter, and jelly for families that could use some extra help in this season.

Collection barrels are at Oak Leaf Central and the coffee bar through December 4th.

 

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Winter Celebration

Christmas time is one our favorite times of the year. We love all of the parties, good food, and great times with family and friends. And since one of our core values is Respond to God’s Love Together, we want to come together by throwing a special Christmas party just for you:

Winter Celebration on December 4th at 6:00 PM.

We are providing all of the turkey, ham, and drinks, but are asking everyone who is coming to bring either a side dish or a dessert. This is a perfect time to make that favorite holiday dish you are dying to share.

To make it even more fun, we are going to do a white elephant gift exchange. That means you need to find a hand-me-down or re-gift or cheap something to wrap up and put under the tree. We will all draw numbers and there is no telling what you will go home with.

If you are planning on coming, please RSVP HERE.

This is also a great opportunity to bring a friend you have been trying to get to come to church. They may not be ready for Sunday morning, but it is hard to pass up free food and fun gifts.

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Man Day: Christmas Cook-Out

Men.

That’s right, I’m talking specifically to the gender God gave a natural hair-sweater too just in case we lost our actual sweater while hunting Sasquatch in winter.

It is time to gather.

December 10th at 6:00 PM is our Christmas Cook-Out. We will meet at the elder Goodwin’s house to hang out, have fun, and grill meat.

By the way, this is a BYOM gathering. We will provide drinks and sides, but you need to provide some kind of meat either already prepared or ready to be grilled. You don’t need to feed every man there, haha…LOL…that’s impossible, just bring something for yourself or something you want share.

If you need directions, just follow the scent of steak over charcoal (or fill out the RSVP form here).

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New Series: Tension of Grace

One of the most popular stories Jesus ever told is also one of the most misunderstood. The story of the prodigal son is really more about the prodigal grace of the father. During this series, we are going to look deeply at this parable to see how the tension of grace should lead us live and love more like the father.

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Ladies Night Out – November 11th

We can’t wait to be together for our last Ladies Night Out of 2016 on November 11th at 6:30 P.M.

We will have a fall tea and share blessings, goals, and stories of His faithfulness together.

Rachel McHugh will be sharing her sweet story with us. Please sign up online or at Oak Leaf Central. If you have questions about this night, please email carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

Please sign up here!

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The Politics of Jesus

It’s election season and this presidential race might has everyone on edge. Partisan opinions on race, immigration, quality of life, security, the economy, gender equality, welfare entitlements and everything in between flood our news and social media feeds. The tension is real and only escalating.

As Christians, we are supposed to follow Jesus. But was Jesus political? What side would he take? Would he be a Republican or a Democrat; Green Party or Libertarian? What if he was none or all of the above?

On October 9th and 16th, we are going to examine the historical context surrounding Jesus’s time on earth as well as his ministry and message to help shine some light and hopefully perspective on how Jesus would vote.

Just in case you’re wondering, we are not, nor will we ever endorse a candidate of any party. This is not meant to encourage you to vote one way or the other. We are doing this to look at the cultural divide in our time and learn from Jesus as he dealt with the cultural divide in his.

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Man Day: Frisbees & Food

 

Do you like food?

Of course you do. We could end this conversation right there with enough reason to show up at Man Day October 8 at 9:00 AM. But because can, let’s keep going.

Do you love frisbees?

Of course you do. When was the last time you saw a frisbee and didn’t instantly want to pick it up and hurl it threw the air? Frisbees bring out so many animal instincts – throwing, chasing, catching, running, competing, etc.

So what is this Man Day thing?

A whole bunch of men from all over the community will gather at Etowah Park in Canton, Ga at 9:00 AM to play some ultimate frisbee and then eat lunch together on the amphitheater stage.

Food is on us. Come out. Bring a friend. Men only.

Let’s have some fun.

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Baptism – October 2nd

On October 2nd, we will be celebrating with those who have decided to follow Jesus as they publicly declare their faith through baptism. This will take place during both services.

What is baptism? It is a symbolic way to let family and friends know the love of God has changed you and you are ready to live your life like Jesus. If you or anyone you know wants to be baptized or would simply like more information about baptism, please fill out this form. If you have questions, you can email carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

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Newcomers Dinner

If you have been coming to Oak Leaf Church in the past six months we would be honored if you would join us for our newcomers dinner on October 9th from 6:00-7:00 P.M. Will would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have about the church, beliefs, and more.

Childcare is provided.

Please RSVP here or at Oak Leaf Central. If you have any questions please email carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

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We Need Your Help!

With several little projects that keep being put off and loads of junk that needs to be purged, we thought it would be fun to try and get a whole bunch of people together to knock it all out at once. It’s like spring cleaning, but in the fall, and with lots of people helping.

If you can give even an hour on Saturday, September 10, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, we could sure use the help. We’ve got a long list of stuff that needs to be moved, hung, trashed, painted, fixed, cleaned, and otherwise made right again.

Come out, hang out, and help us knock some projects out.

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Ladies SmallER Groups

Hey Ladies! We know that life is BUSY and there are seasons where it is hard to connect with other women in a weekly group or you are in a couples group and miss the connection with a small group of ladies. We wanted to be able to connect women together in groups of 3-4 that are geographically close that could meet 1-2 times a month depending on your group.

These smaller groups will decide what they want to do together….whether it is focuses on accountability, prayer, or reading a book together…..the main focus is to be connected with other women that can pray and encourage you during this season. (There is one group that is geared specifically for new or expectant moms that RoseAnne has a desire to lead at Oak Leaf.)

If you are interested in being a part of one of these smallER groups please email carrie@oakleafchurch.com and we will do our best to get you connected with one of these groups!

We know life is hard and schedules are crazy but we want to do our best to connect you with other women who have the desire to follow Jesus with all their hearts and be able to encourage one another along the way.

You are so loved!

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Ladies Night Out

We can’t wait to be together Friday evening September 9th beginning at 6:30. It will be a sweet night as we look at what it looks like to have our yes on the table and celebrate the places God has called us to when we surrender to His ways.

We will worship together and hear the stories of women who have said yes in faith knowing God would lead them and go before them in the journey. This night will highlight missions in a beautiful way as Suzanne will share her story of life on the mission field overseas.

We would love for you to bring a friend and favorite appetizer or snack food to share. Please sign up here!

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Discover Oak Leaf

Would you like to learn more about Oak Leaf Church? Do you have questions but are not sure where to go for answers? Are you ready to become a partner? Discover Oak Leaf is for you!

This session is designed to help us get to know each other better and look at ways we can prove God’s love together. You will hear from the Elders about who we are and why we do what we do as well as provide an opportunity for you to get answers to any questions you may have.

Discover Oak Leaf is held every second Sunday of the month at 9:45 AM (during the first service). This way, we can provide childcare and be done in plenty of time to make the 11:00 service. We will also provide breakfast items just in case you had to rush out the door and forgot the pop tarts in the toaster.

If you would like to attend, please let us know you are coming by filling out this short form. If you have questions, feel free to email carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

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New Series: No Matter What

If you spend much time watching the news, reading social media, following politics, or simply living life, you’ll find plenty of circumstances that could rob your joy and bring you down. However, the story of Jesus and the hope we have in the cross should keep us rejoicing no matter the situation. Does it?

Paul, hearing the Christians in Philippi were going through some hard times, writes a letter to encourage them to keep rejoicing while doing their part to help spread the good news of Jesus. Since he wrote the letter while sick, bruised, battered, and imprisoned in chains, his message of “joy…no matter what” came through loud and clear.

During our new series aptly titled, No Matter What, we will walk through Philippians and study the many wonderful lessons and reminders Paul gave us in his letter. Considering much of the division and negativity we currently sense in our nation, this could be one of the most aptly timed series we have ever done.

Hope Found In Broken Pots

The Japanese have an art form that is quite unique. It is called kintsugi which means “joined with gold.” They take broken pottery and repair it using a lacquer that has been mixed with gold, silver, or platinum dust. The end result is a pot or vase or jar with metallic veins replacing would-be cracks with a bright, contrasting glue holding the pieces together. What was once worthless, throw away trash is now an incredibly valuable and beautiful keepsake.
Philosophically speaking, the Japanese regard the breakage and the repair as an indispensable part of the object’s history and worth instead of something that should bring shame or be hidden. Apply those ideas to oneself or one’s marriage or any kind of once-thriving-now-deteriorated relationship and there are several clear, applicable principles to bring hope back into the equation.
The first principle is the recognition of brokenness. It is difficult, if not almost impossible, to grow stronger and healthier without first realizing something is wrong. This is why the first step in AA and just about every other credible recovery program is admitting there is a problem. Honesty is the beginning of healing.
Next comes relying on help. If a vase could make itself, it wouldn’t need a potter. If it could fix itself, it wouldn’t need glue. Allowing someone or something to offer guidance and assistance makes finding the right path easier and much more sustainable. Be it a close friend, a counselor, the Bible, or a smartphone app, relying on help helps.
One more principle to draw from a completed kintsugi repair is the realized value. Scars are stories. There is value and purpose in every life that has the breath and heartbeat to tell those stories. When those stories are heard, others who haven’t yet experienced similar wounds can know scars are proof of worth.
This is why I am a Christian. Recognizing I am broken helps me understand the power of Jesus’s life, sacrifice, and resurrection. He is my helper and his example and word keeps me on the only sustainable path. My value and worth is found by my faith in him, which makes these words that much more powerful.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. – Titus 2:11-14
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Group Connect – 08/21/2016

We are very excited to be hosting Group Connect on August 21st at 6 PM. Life is to be lived out in community and this is a great place to find it. We have a variety of groups on different evenings in hopes that you can find one that will work with your schedule. This is the best way for people to connect and do life together.

This evening is all about checking out our groups for this semester, mingle with potential group members, and hopefully find the group that will work best for you.

Snacks, desserts, and childcare will be provided for the evening. Please take time to RSVP today.

If you can not make it to Group Connect but would like to be in a group or learn more about the groups we have, please email tim@oakleafchurch.com.

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Life App for July

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Kids will continue to learn all about Faith during the month of July.

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Kids Moving Up

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Promotion Sunday will be Sunday, July 24th.  Students will be so excited as many of them will be promoted to a new class based on the grade they are going into with the new school year.  Those children going into Middle School will be joining our Oak Leaf Students that Sunday as well.

There will be extra volunteers to make sure the transition is smooth for all.

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School Supply Drive

We are currently collecting school supplies for ACE Academy and Hasty Elementary School. The list below is what we are collecting through the end of July in order to donate to these schools for the upcoming school year. Thank you in advance for praying, donating, and proving His love in this way.

Crayons (8, 16, or 24 per box)

Erasers (pencil top and rectangular)

Glue (glue sticks and bottle)

Markers (basic colors in packs of ten)

Paper (wide-ruled spiral notebooks and notebook paper)

Pencils (#2 and colored packages of 12)

Rulers (wooden or plastic)

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We Need Volunteers!

When the owner/operators of all the Chick-fil-as in Cherokee County asked us if we would help them with an event to benefit the Cherokee County Special Olympics and the Cherokee County Education Foundation, we gave them an emphatic yes. We love it when we’re blessed with opportunities like this to prove God’s love. 

On August 6th, there will be over 1000 people right down the street outside our front door gearing up for the second Chick-Fil-A Connect Race Series in Canton, Ga. What a fantastic opportunity to display God’s love with action for the people in our community.

What do they need from us? 50 volunteers.

That’s it. 50 people willing to get up early and serve those who have come out to the race. Yes, it is early. Volunteers need to be there at 6:00 AM to help setup and prepare for registration which begins at 7:00. The actual race begins at 8:00.

Don’t think about how early it is on a Saturday. Think about how throughout the event, you will have the opportunity to build relationships and prove God’s love with participants and their families while serving in a vital role.

Plus, you will get a free t-shirt and the whole thing is done by 11:00.

This is our next Big Give so let’s prove God’s love in a huge way. Sign up to serve our city HERE.

Questions/Answers:

1. Will there be childcare?

Yes. Childcare will be available in the Oak Leaf Kids building. Please email christine@oakleafchurch.com to let her know how many kids you need childcare for.

2. Can I volunteer and run in the race?

Yes, you just need to mention that on the registration form under “special concerns” so they know. You will just need to register to run in the race (it is a fundraiser as well). You will be done by 8:00 to run. Most likely, you will help most with setup/tear down.  

3. Can I volunteer later that 6 AM?

Yes, you just need to mention that on the registration form under “special concerns” so they know that you will be arriving later than 6 AM.  These people will mostly be helping clean and pack up everything or cheering the racers on. 

4. Where do I check in to volunteer?

All volunteers need to go to the gazebo in Cannon Park. There will be a registration tent. 

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LADIES NIGHT OUT – JULY 15th

We can’t wait to be together Friday evening July 15th beginning at 6:30. We are going to do a fun craft, eat some great food, hear a story of the faithfulness of Our Father, worship together, and meet some new friends.

We would love for you to bring a favorite appetizer or snack food to share as well. As a Ladies Ministry we are also collecting school supplies for ACE Academy and Hasty Elementary (Crayons (8, 16, or 24 per box), Erasers (pencil top and rectangular), Glue (glue sticks and bottle), Markers (basic colors in packs of ten), Paper (wide-ruled spiral notebooks and notebook paper), Pencils (#2 and colored packages of 12), Rulers (wooden or plastic)). 

RSVP here or at Oak Leaf Central.

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Caveman Brunch

Has caveman and brunch ever gone together? No. Until now. That’s what men do. We take the impossible and make it reality. We take something that shouldn’t work and we fix it so it does. That’s what caveman brunch is, a potluck style gathering for men.

When is the Caveman Brunch? The 16th day of month of July in the year of our Lord 2016. 11:30 AM until we feel like being done. Let us know if you plan to attend by CLICKING HERE. We will need time to prepare your presence.

Why the Caveman Brunch? Simply, it’s bunch of guys being guys around a bunch of other guys with some breakfast and/or lunch food items thrown in. A special guest will share his testimony and then we are going to shoot stuff and play games.

What should I bring to the Caveman Brunch? A food item preferably made with bacon, butter, and other delicious ingredients. It should make Paula Deen blush. We kindly ask you leave the hipster granola, Napa Valley inspired light fare at home.

Where is the Caveman Brunch? It’s at Blue Moose Farms (a.k.a. Gilbert Simpson’s house in Jasper). Most men will just follow their instincts and the smell of bacon. If you need directions, just ask and someone will point towards the general vicinity for you.

Who can come? Men. If that is still confusing, you should probably not attend. If you are a man, you are welcome. If you are a real man, you’ll bring other men with you. Everyone knows men travel with a posse or in packs like wild timberwolves.

Bring your artillery, ammo, and appetite and get ready to have a good time.

 

 

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ConGRADulations!

Every year we want to honor and celebrate our graduating Seniors at Oak Leaf Church. They work very hard throughout their high school careers to get to this wonderful moment in their lives and we, as a church, want to congratulate them on a job well-done. This year we are celebrating with the families of Ethan Lara and Katelyn Quinones.

Ethan is the son of Johnny and Niki Lara and will be graduating from Excel Christian Academy in Cartersville. He is graduating with honors, and also being recognized for community service, National Beta Club Society, performing arts, National Spanish Honors Society, the Etowah Foundation for Academic Excellence, and an AJC cup winner. Ethan will be attending The University of Tennessee, and majoring in materials science & engineering. Ethan has served at Oak Leaf for many years with production. We are thankful for his service.

Katelyn is the daughter of Yamil and Sylvia Quinones and will be graduating from Creekview High School in Canton. She is graduating with academic honors, along with honors from the National Honor Art Society, National Thespian, and the Spanish Honor Society. In the fall, Katelyn will be attending Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island with a Presidential scholarship. She has volunteered faithfully at Oak Leaf Church since the beginning and is a much-loved teacher in the Ferris Wheel class.

As a church, let’s commit to pray for Ethan and Katelyn as they step into the next chapter of their lives, and for their parents as they send out their children into the world to do great things for Christ.

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Summer Celebration

Attention everyone! We love you and want to celebrate you on Friday, July 1st!

Come early for ultimate frisbee in the yard – but the festivities begin at 6 pm and go through the fireworks.

It is a day of old fashioned fun, tug-of-war championships, corn hole, the best bbq the south has to offer, all topped off with the best private fireworks display you could imagine.  Sign up at Oak Leaf Central, or sign up here. You do NOT want to miss this!

The festivities will be at the Simpson’s house in Jasper. We would love for you to bring a side or dessert to share with the rest of us. We will provide the BBQ, chips, and drinks.

I know – I know – it’s the 1st of July.  But – technically, it’s Summer Celebration… and it falls so closely to the 4th of July, that it gives us the perfect excuse to fire off some fireworks!

We had so much fun last year and we hope to see everyone there this year!

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Walk This Way!

Grab your gear, check your GPS and get ready to Walk This Way!

SIGN UP FOR A FANTASTIC WEEK OF FUN AND LEARNING ABOUT JESUS!

Ages 3-rising 6th graders

Monday- Friday June 20-24  9 a.m. – noon    +    a Worship Party Friday 24th at 6:30 p.m.

We still need volunteers  (including youth aged Junior Volunteers). To sign up CLICK HERE.

Space is limited – so reserve a spot for your children today. To Pre-register CLICK HERE.

 

THEME: Walk This Way

This summer take your kids on a journey to learn how to . . .

• Listen to God

• Talk to God

• And even share their faith

We will hit the road with Paul and ask the same questions he asked while making some incredible discoveries along the way. Grab your gear, check your GPS and get ready to Walk This Way!

 

Why is Adventure Week so important to us?

  • Connecting kids.
  • Having FUN to gain more influence in children’s lives. We will spend this week laughing with them!
  • ADVENTURE WEEK will give us another way to partner with parents. We believe that parents are the primary influence in a child’s life.
  • We want this to be an on-ramp  to reach those who are far from God or who may never have set foot in a church. We hope this helps us win the hearts of families to see their lives changed forever!
  • At the end of the day, our goal is to connect kids into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, to lead them to a better future, and equip them to PROVE GOD’s LOVE.
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2016 Family Olympics

If you didn’t participate in Family Olympics last year – you may have missed the greatest family event we had!

Synchronize your calendars for April 30th from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. Location: Bridgemill Athletic fields.

It is an afternoon filled with competitive games and fun for the whole family.
Start forming your teams of 5-10 members… ( with kids in as many age brackets you can manage ) and brainstorming your team uniforms.
Bring your sunscreen, a side dish for lunch, and get ready to keep up!
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Ways to help for Shower of Blessings

Our Community Baby Shower will be coming up May 13th.

Here are ways you can get involved:

1. If you know of a new or expectant mom that could use some extra help, encouragement and support, please let us know the best way we can contact them and let them know about this special event.

2. Donate baby items. This very special event would not be possible without all of you.

Items needed: DIAPERS, wipes, pacifiers, socks, baby shampoo, baby oil, baby lotion, baby blankets and towels, burp cloths, onesies, baby essential sets, Target/Walmart $25 dollar gift card.

3. Donate gently used items that will be set up so the Moms can take if needed. We will set up a table and let the moms pick from these items as they wish.

4. Email billie@oakleafchurch.com to be on the email list to help plan and put together the community baby shower.

5. Pray for this evening….the moms that we get to love on and walk through this next chapter of life with as well as our special speaker, Brittany Price.

Even if you cannot help out, we would love for you to attend our Community Baby Shower, as we celebrate these new moms and babies.

If you have any questions you can email Billie at billie@oakleafchurch.com, see her on Sunday at the coffee bar or text her @ 678-230-0116.

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Shower of Blessings/Ladies Night Out

Our next Ladies Night Out (May 13th at 6:30 PM) will look a little different as we celebrate and honor some very special expectant moms by hosting a community baby shower. We have the unique opportunity to display God’s love together through providing a baby shower for women that could use a little extra love, encouragement, and support. Our heart is that these sweet ladies know that there is a group of women that want to pray and support them in this next chapter of life.
We have the honor of welcoming Britney Price who will be sharing the journey The Lord has placed her on after loosing her sweet husband Patrick. Her story alone will leave you more in awe of The Savior as you hear her speak about what she has walked through during this very hard season.
We intentionally want those being honored to leave with a group of women that are going to pray and be their support system in the season ahead. We look forward to how this evening will be used in the hearts and lives of each one of us this evening. RSVP here. 

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The Getaway 2016

We are excited to be going on our first family getaway April 3-6 to Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. It will be a fantastic time to connect with your family and others at Oak Leaf Church.

There are a ton of outdoor activities, and we will have a meeting space with card games, board games, movies, etc. The getaway wouldn’t be complete without some family worship as well.

We do need a potential headcount as soon as possible. To keep costs as low as possible, meals are not provided in this cost. Black Mountain is the town two minutes from the conference center where there are many great, affordable meal options. Please rsvp here.

If you have any questions, please email chris@oakleafchurch.com.

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Bottom Line in Kids

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PARENT’S CUE FOLLOW UP:

MEAL TIME 

Ask a kid: How have your friends or family worked together to help someone in need?

Ask a parent: When have you been a part of something big because of cooperation? How did it make you feel?

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Amazing Grace 3/11/2016

Mark you calendars for Friday, March 11th at 6:30 for our LNO – Amazing Grace. Rian Davis will be sharing her story and how He lavished His grace upon her life and led her to Himself. We will have fun, worship together, and meet new friends.

Bring your favorite appetizer to share!

We will be highlighting and sharing about a sweet opportunity to host a community baby shower in May. We will be collecting baby item stables (diapers, wipes, baby wash, etc.) this night to prepare for the shower.

RSVP here!

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Ladies Painting Night

We will be using our creative gifts (or get help from our friendly neighbor) to paint together Friday, February 26th from 7 – 9 pm at Oak Leaf. The cost is $31.80 per person and you pay that evening with either cash or credit card. Corkscrews and Canvas will be our artist directing us through painting our picture.

If you have never done this before, don’t worry, it is a lot of fun and we will have a great time of fellowship. To make the night more fun, you can bring a finger food or dessert. Of course, the coffee bar will be open and we will have water. Hope y’all can join us.

Childcare will be provided (small babysitter donation suggested). 

Please take a moment and RSVP here. 

The picture above is what we will be painting. 

Summing the Psalms – Week 6

We are seen as faithful and blameless if we trust the One who was first faithful and blameless. Psalm 18:20-27

God’s way is perfect. His word is flawless. Blessed are those who don’t take that truth for granted. Psalm 18:28-33

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Resurrection Sunday (Easter)

Despite the name it is more commonly known by, this particular Sunday is the day we celebrate Jesus proving He was God and everything He said and did could and should be trusted. March 27th is Resurrection Sunday.

As we get ready for one of the most exciting Sundays of the year, we recognize we need to make more room to welcome more people. That is why we are going to have three services on Resurrection Sunday. 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30.

Three services means there is something for everyone.

  • 8:30 is for those that like to get up early to attend a sunrise service, but it is not so early the nocturnal animals are still roaming about.
  • 10:00 is for those that know Cracker Barrel is going to be even more of a mad house than it usually is and have already made lunch plans to show off their new Easter clothes.
  • 11:30 is for those that love to sleep-in, but also know how great Resurrection Sunday is gong to be.

There is no greater Sunday to invite someone to church with you. On this particular Sunday, most people are already planning to go to church somewhere. It might as well be with you. Of course, they will not know you’d love for them to come to church with you unless you tell them.

So tell them, and let’s see what God does on this special day in the hearts of all those that worship with us on Resurrection Sunday at Oak Leaf Church.

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Egg Fest 2016

It is time for our first Big Give, and this year, we are making it bigger than ever.

Egg Fest is March 19th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Egg Fest is an event that purposes to bring families together in support of our community. There will be live performances all day, our popular indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt, an inflatable fun-zone, pictures with live animals, vendors, food trucks, an eating contest, and much, much more with all proceeds going to benefit the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. It is going to be an amazing day.

To make it all happen, we need your help. There are two ways you can get involved, and we hope you can do both.

  1. Volunteer. We need as many volunteers as we can get to help pull all of this off. From security to egg hunt operation to candy redemption to registration to everything else, we have a role for everyone.
  2. Donate Candy. We need loads and loads of individually wrapped non-chocolate candies. There will be large black barrels near the coffee bar to begin collecting candy for Egg Fest on Sunday morning.

To volunteer, feel out the registration form HERE.

If you would simply like to attend with your family, cantoneggfest.com.

If you have questions or need more information, email info@oakleafchurch.com.

Egg Fest is going to be amazing. We can’t wait to see the impact as we seek to prove God’s love to all those involved.

Summing the Psalms – Week 5

The good God provides while being by our side is more than can be described. Psalm 16:7-11

If you do what is right or are repentant when you don’t, be confident God will protect you from the lies of your foes. Psalm 17:1-9

Self-gratification is a dangerous game that appears to reward but ultimately destroys. Psalm 17:10-15

The power of prayer is unmatched by any other practice. Psalm 8:1-6

Even if you can’t see it, when God fights for you, He brings the full force of his faculty. Psalm 18:7-19