Oak Leaf Church http://oakleafchurch.com Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:57:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 School Supply Drive http://oakleafchurch.com/school-supply-drive-3/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:17:33 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8815 Read More]]> As this school year is wrapping up, we are already gearing up for the next school year. From June 4th to July 25th, we will be collecting school supplies to help some our county’s most disadvantaged schools. Use the list below to know what to throw in your cart the next time you go shopping.

  • Glue (stick or liquid)
  • Crayons (8, 16, or 24 count)
  • Pencils (#2 with Erasers)
  • Rectangular Pink Erasers
  • Pencil Top Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Colored Markers
  • Composition Book
  • Spiral Notebook
  • 3 Prong Plastic Pocket Folders

Thank you for helping us help those in need.

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Ladies Night Out – July 14th http://oakleafchurch.com/ladies-night-out-july-14th/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:30:34 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8823 Read More]]> We can’t wait to be together Friday evening July 14th beginning at 6:30. We are honored that our very own Donna Beers is going to share her story and how God has used her multiple cancer battles for Him. You will surely be encouraged to hear her perspective and her heart as she is walking through this battle again in this season. She believes The Lord wants her to share her story as a way to encourage and draw others to Him. You will be deeply encouraged by her heart and where her eyes are fixed.

We will also have the opportunity to pray for and encourage those we know walking through similar journeys as we join together for a very special night of worship and testimony.

If possible, we would love for you to bring a favorite summer dish to share.

Please RSVP here. 

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Summer Studies http://oakleafchurch.com/8803-2/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:54:51 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8803 Read More]]> With the spring semester coming to a close, it is time to launch our Summer Studies. There are three to choose from this year.

Armor of God (women only)
Thursdays at 6:30 PM beginning on June 1 (7 weeks)
Led by Laura Horne and meets at Oak Leaf Church
No childcare.

Hebrews (men only)
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM beginning June 21 (8 weeks)
Led by Jesse Horne and meets at Oak Leaf Church
No childcare.

How to Study the Bible
Sunday nights at 6:00 PM beginning July 9 (4 weeks)
Led by Will Goodwin and meets at Oak Leaf Church
No childcare.

If you would like to join a Summer Study, please register here.

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Man Day: Softball http://oakleafchurch.com/man-day-softball/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:09:13 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8818 Read More]]> It’s time for another Man Day. This time around, we are going to play… softball!

That’s right.

Softball.

Like a real man.

June 24th at 10:00 AM. We will begin with devotion, play ball, then eat lunch.

Bring your gloves and your ball caps and your Big League Chew and let’s see who still has it.

Fill out this form to let us know you are coming. 

 

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Adventure Week 2017 http://oakleafchurch.com/adventure-week-2017/ Wed, 10 May 2017 08:18:30 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8785 Read More]]> Come join us for a week of fun and learning that we are uniquely and wonderfully made by God for a purpose. Adventure Week 2017 “GADGETS AND GIZMOS” will be June 26th-30th, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Oak Leaf Church.  We will do games, crafts, mission projects, and have time each day in our small groups learning about our purpose as a child of God.

Register your children ages 4 through rising 5th graders here.

If you would like to volunteer, fill out the form and let us know how you are interested in helping.  We need lots of people to make this week extra amazing!

Contact Christine Lawley at christine@oakleafchurch.com with any questions!

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2017 Summer Camp(ing) http://oakleafchurch.com/2017-summer-camping/ Fri, 05 May 2017 10:02:58 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8809 Read More]]> It is that time again! Back by popular demand is our super amazing Oak Leaf Student Summer Camp with even more fun and more excitement than ever before. The week of June 5-9, we are headed back to Carter’s Lake and you do not want to miss it.

How can you be a part of this incredible adventure? Have your parents fill out this registration form, get your camping gear in order, and show up to one of the best times of your life.

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New Series: Love Does http://oakleafchurch.com/new-series-love-does/ Mon, 01 May 2017 03:03:25 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8791 Read More]]> Jesus, as the perfect example, teaches us to love even those difficult to love. At the same time, Jesus said “no” quite often to those that demanded his attention and time. Balancing grace and boundaries is not an easy task. During this series we will look at scripture to better understand how to find and maintain that balance in our marriages, as parents, with loved ones, and even strangers.

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Newcomer Dinner http://oakleafchurch.com/newcomer-dinner/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:46:49 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8594 Read More]]> 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 May 7th from 6:00-7:30 P.M. Will would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have about the church, our beliefs, and just about anything else. He’s a pretty open book.

Childcare is provided.

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

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Ways to help for Shower of Blessings http://oakleafchurch.com/ways-to-help-for-shower-of-blessings/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:43:47 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8418 Read More]]> Our Community Baby Shower will be coming up May 12th.

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. 

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 http://oakleafchurch.com/shower-of-blessingsladies-night-out/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:40:40 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8415 Read More]]> Our next Ladies Night Out (May 12th 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.

Here is a list of 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.

To learn more about how you can be involved, give, and help with this shower please click here.

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. You can RSVP here. 

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Bold http://oakleafchurch.com/bold Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:50:22 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8682 Read More]]> For the most up to date information, go to oakleafchurch.com/bold

As we begin a new year, it is time to prepare for what God has in store. The best is yet to come and we will lay out our future plans during this series.

The book of Nehemiah tells the story of one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. We will be going through some of the book of Nehemiah and seeing how what he went through corresponds well with what we are about to go through.

This is one of those message series where you will not want to miss a single week. Come early. Bring a friend. And let’s prepare to be bold.

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Man Day: Shooting Competition http://oakleafchurch.com/manday/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:38:05 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8765 Read More]]> Can you hear it?

It’s the call of the wild knocking on your heart again.

It’s the smell of meat wafting from the grill on a brisk April morning.

Yes, men can hear the smell of meat through the space-time continuum.

On April 29th, we are gathering again.

We will meet at Blue Moose Farms at 11:00 AM. Fellowship and devotion until 12:15. The best BBQ you’ve ever had at 12:30. Competition begins at 1:15.

Although being a man doing manly things is reward enough, there will be awards for the winners of the rifle, pistol, and skeet shooting competition.

Let us know you are coming by howling at the moon at night.

Actually, don’t do that. You might get arrested (crazy world). Just fill out this form.

Bring your best shot and we will take care of the rest.

See you there.

 

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Family Dedication – March 26 http://oakleafchurch.com/family-dedication-march-26/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:21:14 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8743 Read More]]> On March 26th, we will be hosting our next Family Dedication. We do this a few times a year to allow parents an opportunity to make known to their commitment to raise their children in accordance to God’s Word while also calling on the rest of the church for prayer for and encouragement. If you would like to be a part of the next Family Dedication or would like more information, please contact christine@oakleafchurch.com.

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2017 Egg Fest http://oakleafchurch.com/2017-egg-fest/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:09:25 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8758 One of our core values is to display God’s love through action. What better way than to be around thousands of people we might never otherwise meet. Join us as we prove God’s love to our community in this unique way.

Find out more and sign-up to volunteer at cantoneggfest.com.

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Resurrection Sunday (Easter) http://oakleafchurch.com/resurrection-sunday-easter/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:58:06 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8374 Read More]]> April 16th is Resurrection Sunday (Easter) and the day we celebrate Jesus proving He was God and everything He said and did could and should be trusted. Because this is one of the most celebrated Sundays of the year, we are going to have three services – 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00.

There is no greater Sunday to invite someone to church. 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 would love for them to come to church 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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Surrender – Ladies Retreat http://oakleafchurch.com/surrender-ladies-retreat/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:53:59 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8728 Read More]]> Ladies…..Pack your bags and join us March 17-19th for a weekend in the mountains with some great friends as we gather for our first Oak Leaf Ladies Retreat! 

We can not wait to see what The Lord is going to do! We are looking forward to unpacking what it looks like to surrender fully and let go of things we may be holding onto. Gina Clarkin will be sharing her sweet story of surrender with us Friday evening. Saturday we will welcome a special guest Dawn Mooring who will lead us into looking more completely at surrendering all we have to The One who gave us life.

The first session will begin at 7:30 P.M., March 17th and conclude with an early breakfast on March 19th so we can get back and worship together at Oak Leaf Church! Since this is our first retreat, we are aren’t going far (Big Canoe) so that we can keep the cost as low as possible and include as many as possible.

The cost includes lodging, session materials, two breakfasts, dinner, and an Oak Leaf Ladies teeshirt. We will have a break for lunch and free time to go explore the area.

Please RSVP here by March 3rd. You will receive an email with directions and further retreat details on March 5th!

If you have any questions at all please email carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

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Kids Night Out & Man Day 2-for-1 Event http://oakleafchurch.com/kids-night-out-man-day-2-for-1-event/ Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:13:06 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8676 Read More]]> Kids Night Out and Man Day is a 2-for-1 event on February 10th from 6:00-8:30.

A 2-for-1 event?  How does that even work?

Like this.

Kids Night Out is a giant two and a half hour long party for your kids on February 10th from 6:00-8:30 PM. There will be pizza, games, movies, snacks, and certified, background-checked, adult childcare workers making sure everyone is safe and having a good time. All you have to do to participate is RSVP with this form and then drop your kids off after 6:00.

Men, our next event is simple: take your spouse on a date on February 10 from 6:00-8:30 PM. Why such a specific date and time? Because at that same day and time there is this thing called Kids Night Out where Oak Leaf Church is offering to watch your kids for free. Why wouldn’t we take advantage of that? And so close to Valentines day? It’s a win-win. Let us know you’re down to be a man by RSVPing here.

We will watch your kids regardless of whether or not you have a spouse or want to on a date. Maybe you just need a break or want to go shopping or take a nap. Doesn’t matter to us. RSVP and drop your kids off and let us give you the break you deserve.

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Ladies Night Out – January 20th http://oakleafchurch.com/ladies-night-out-jan-20/ Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:22:32 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8667 Read More]]> We can’t wait to be together Friday evening January 20th 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 friend and a favorite appetizer or soup.

Please go here to read more and to RSVP.

If you have any questions please email Carrie at carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

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Group Connect http://oakleafchurch.com/groupconnect/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:45:08 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8551 Read More]]> Life happens in circles, not rows. That is why one of our core values is to Explore God’s Love With Others. Group Connect is one of the best next steps to make that happen.

Group Connect is designed to make it easy to get to know the people who will be leading groups, find a group that fits your stage or life, and meet others who may be attending the groups you are interested in.

There is no pressure to choose a group. You might not be ready or there might not be one that meets your needs. That is okay. In fact, if you came just for the free dinner and childcare and made it a date night, that would be fine too.

Group Connect is January 29th at 6:00 PM. RSVP here to let us know you’re coming. 

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

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Special Service Times http://oakleafchurch.com/special-service-times/ Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:12:56 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8659 Read More]]> Since Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Sunday this year, we wanted to give you a heads up on some changes we’ve made to our service times at the end of the year.

On Christmas Day, we will have one service at 5:00 PM.

On New Year’s Day, we will have one service at 11:00 AM.

It may be crowded, but we are confident we can fit everyone in. We are making some special arrangements to make sure there is plenty of room for everyone. (HINT…we might be taking down a wall).

 

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The Gifts of the Father (Part 3) http://oakleafchurch.com/the-gifts-of-the-father-part-3/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:53:25 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8665 Read More]]> In the popular parable known as the Prodigal Son, the father gives his lost son several gifts when he returns home. In previous posts I mentioned the gifts of the father’s running to meet him and the “best robe” as it was called. Another significant gift is the ring. This was the father’s way of saying, “we are family and there is nothing you have to do to earn that.”

When the youngest son told his father he wanted his inheritance and was leaving to do his own thing, he was essentially saying he didn’t want to be a part of the family any longer or at a minimum he didn’t want a relationship with the Father. When the father put a ring on the younger son’s finger, it was a way for the father to clearly say he still wanted a relationship with him.

In the Bible, there is a story in Genesis 41 where Pharaoh, the highest ruler in Egypt, takes off the signet ring from his hand and puts it on the hand of Joseph, the guy known for his “techinicolor dream coat.” By giving Jospeh that ring, he was letting everyone in Egypt know that his relationship with the Pharaoh was of the highest order and gave him the authority to speak for the Pharaoh. That is like what the father was saying to his son when he gave him the ring.

Even more than that, the ring was probably an family identifier. In other words, it was proof he not only spoke for the family, but was actually a part of the family. This parallels what God said about his relationship with the people of Israel with “I make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you” (Haggai 2:23, ESV). Paul, one of the great disciples of Jesus, also carried this theme of adoption into his letters to the early churches when he spoke about becoming sons of God and thus heirs to his inheritance (Galatians 4:1-7).

It is pretty amazing to think that no matter who we are or what we have done, the creator of the universe wants to have a relationship with us and give us all he has to offer. He is simply waiting for us to come home and accept the free gift he has proven he is more than willing and ready to give. Are you ready to go home?

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2016 Christmas Offering http://oakleafchurch.com/2016-christmas-offering/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:42 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8656 Read More]]> With the new year just around the corner, we can look back and see how 2016 was, by far, our best year yet. More growth, more outreach, more opportunities to prove God’s love than ever before. I can not wait to share with you some the exciting things we have in store for 2017. God is doing some amazing work at Oak Leaf Church.

Every year we ask you to prayerfully consider giving above and beyond to our annual Christmas Offering. It is not a plea for money, but rather a prayer for God to use those that call Oak Leaf Church home to do more with us together than any one of us could do alone.

Our goal this year is $25,000. Meeting this goal will help us take care of some families in and outside of our church in need, bless local organizations we partner with that do so much during the holiday season, and prepare for what is sure to be our biggest year yet in 2017.

Please prayerfully consider contributing to this year’s Christmas Offering. We will be taking the offering on December 18th and you can give that Sunday or any Sunday leading up to it by marking your donation as Christmas Offering. You can also donate by using our app, or online at oakleafchurch.com/give and choosing Christmas Offering.

As we continue to grow, we hope and pray you will continue to support us as we get ready to head into the next chapter of our journey to Prove God’s Love.

If you have any questions, feel free to email info@oakleafchurch.com at any time.

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New Series: The Story of All Stories http://oakleafchurch.com/new-series-the-story-of-all-stories/ Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:20:53 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8662 Read More]]> The story of Christmas is one for the ages. Even for those who don’t believe, the themes of light, family, generosity, and hope are universally shared. But it is so much more than just a story. And it is one that was foretold long before there was a baby in a manger.

Join us as we look at Isaiah 9 and the prophecy that foretold a baby that would be born to save the world and bring peace to the world.

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The Gifts of the Father (Part 2) http://oakleafchurch.com/the-gifts-of-the-father-part-2/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:06:17 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8647 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/eveeve/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:47:21 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=7281 Read More]]> 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.

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The Gifts of the Father (Part 1) http://oakleafchurch.com/the-gifts-of-the-father-part-1/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:03:13 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8644 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/big-give-food-drive/ Sat, 12 Nov 2016 13:42:40 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=779 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/winter-celebration/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:21:13 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8621 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/8640-2/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:39:21 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8640 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/new-series-tension-of-grace/ Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:08:04 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8633 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/ladies-night-out-november-11th/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:20:28 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8610 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/the-politics-of-jesus/ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:47:24 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8612 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/man-day-frisbees-food/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:35:16 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8604 Read More]]>  

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 http://oakleafchurch.com/baptism-0ct-2/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:13:40 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8409 Read More]]> 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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We Need Your Help! http://oakleafchurch.com/we-need-your-help/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:40:19 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8586 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/ladies-smaller-groups/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:38:32 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8580 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/ladies-night-out-2/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:57:09 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8574 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/discover-oak-leaf-june-12/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:07:42 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=7626 Read More]]> 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 http://oakleafchurch.com/new-series-no-matter-what/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:23:54 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8571 Read More]]> 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.

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Hope Found In Broken Pots http://oakleafchurch.com/8589-2/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:43:05 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8589 Read More]]> 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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