Oak Leaf Church http://oakleafchurch.com Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:03:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Say Yes! http://oakleafchurch.com/say-yes/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:24:50 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=9073 Read More]]> This past Sunday, we launched oakleafchurch.com/sayyes as a way to be proactive about addressing needs within our church and our community. We are asking everyone to “say yes” and help us fulfill our mission to prove God’s love.

While some parts of the Bible might be confusing, some are absolutely crystal clear. For example, did you know there are more than 300 verses in the Bible on helping others? Over 3,000 times there is some kind of reference to the helpless and destitute. It is one of the most covered subject in the Bible.

There is zero confusion about God’s compassion for his creation, especially for those that can not help themselves. The vehicle God often uses to meet those needs is us. We can not deny it. We can not escape it. And we most assuredly can not ignore it. Read Peter’s words to Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 4:10-11

Peter is telling his readers that everyone has a unique gift, skill, resource, talent, passion, strength, that has been given by God to be used for God. When we utilize what God has given to us to give back to others, we prove his love and bring him glory. When we serve one another because we know it is serving God, we prove his love and bring him glory. When we leverage all we have to steward the grace of God, we prove his love and bring him glory (Matt 25:40). This is called putting your “yes” on the table. Peter is saying, “say yes.”

Every single disciple of Jesus should be saying “yes” to something. They should be using their time, talent, and treasure as a means to share the gospel and grow the kingdom of God. Every. Single. One. Unfortunately, we know that is not true. We know there are some who expect others to do it, some who don’t think they can do it, and even others who flatly refuse to do it.

As a church, we strive to equip disciples to prove God’s love by using their time, talents, and treasures as a means of sharing the gospel and growing the Kingdom of God. We weekly respond to God’s love together in worship, have several options to explore God’s love together in groups, and create regular opportunities to display God’s love through action in the community.

We will never stop pushing Oak Leaf Church to be different, to be better, to be more. It is our mission to prove God’s love. We can not do that solely from a comfy seat. We will can not do that in only one hour a week. We can not do that with a handful of feet (Rom 10:15). That is why we created more intentional groups. That is why we are opening The Oak House. That is why we look for opportunities to serve the community.

The more we prove God’s love, the more people see how real and relevant it truly is and are changed by his love forever. The more people that are changed by his love, the more opportunities to prove his love. It is a never ending mission. As we fulfill our mission we grow as a church; a body of believers. As we grow, we have new and increasing needs right along the new and increasing opportunities.

My prayer is that as we communicate needs in our church and our community, you will ask yourself if there is an opportunity for you to use your gifts to serve and help us fulfill our mission. Let’s commit to prove God’s love. Let’s all do something. Let’s all say yes!

Go to oakleafchurch.com/sayyes and discover what you can say “yes” to today.

Man Day: Top Golf http://oakleafchurch.com/man-day-top-golf/ Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:12:06 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=9060 Read More]]> Men. Softball was not soft. Someone needs to do something about that name…or demand a law that allows a day or two of paid playternity leave.

Nevertheless, we have found the ultimate activity to balance the hardness that was bestowed upon us in our last outing.

Top Golf

If you’ve never been, it’s like darts but with golf balls.  You do even need to know how to play golf to play.

Invite a friend and plan to join us October 14th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Top Golf in Alpharetta. We will be renting a few booths and sharing a few appetizers and maybe giving away some prizes to the top golfer (pun intended).

The only thing you need to do is RSVP with this short form and bring $5 for the membership fee if you are not already a member.

Groups – Fall 2017 http://oakleafchurch.com/2017-groups/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:46:17 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=9027 Read More]]>  

Groups are an important part of our DNA because we believe life happens in circles more than it does rows. We hope you will join a group listed below and begin exploring God’s love with others which will lead us all to better prove God’s love.

We are doing groups a little differently this semester which is why there was no Group Connect and seemingly less groups to choose from. If there is something specific you are looking for that is not listed here, email info@oakleafchurch.com.

To choose a Group, select the name of the Group Leader and email them directly to let them know you are planning to attend.

Stewardship: Learning To Control Your Money and Prepare For Your Future.
Chris Keith
Wednesday at 6:30-8:00 PM
Begins August 30th and ends October 11th (6 weeks)
Meets in the Auditorium at Oak Leaf Church
Anyone is welcome.
No childcare provided.

Bible Basics: A Cover to Cover Overview of the Importance of the Bible
Will Goodwin
Sunday at 6:00-7:30 PM
Begins September 3 and ends October 18 (6 weeks)
Meets in Roller Coaster room at Oak Leaf Church (enter down the alley)
Anyone is welcome
No childcare provided

Mark: A Study of the Earliest Gospel
Will Goodwin
Tuesday at 6:30-7:30 AM
Begins September 5 and ends December 12 (not meeting 9/19 or 11/21)
Meets at the Chick-Fil-A by Target (off I-575 exit 19)
Men only
No childcare provided

Eternity (Francis Chan)
Jamie Goodwin
Tuesday at 6:15-8:15 PM
Begins September 5 and ends September 26
Meets at the Auditorium at Oak Leaf Church
High School girls only
No childcare provided
Discerning The Voice of God (Priscille Shirer)
Laura Horne
Thursday at 6:30-8:00 PM
Begins September 7 and ends Nov 2 (not meeting 9/21 or 10/12)
Meets in the Auditorium at Oak Leaf Church
Women only
No childcare provided1 Peter: A Study of Peter’s First Epistle
Jesse Horne
Wednesday at 7:00-8:15 PM
Begins September 13 and ends October 11
Meets at the Oak House Coffeebar
Men only
No childcare provided

Cry Out http://oakleafchurch.com/cry-out/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:57:10 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8986 Read More]]> We are about to embark on a journey as a church to learn to worship better. You may be thinking, “It’s going to take a miracle to get me to sing better.” This is not talking about singing – that is just one tool in our spiritual toolbox. This is about perspective and choices and opportunities and accountability and experiencing God to the fullest. We are going to  learn how to worship the way God desires and deserves to be worshipped.

To understand worship we first have to understand prayer. Prayer is the foundation of healthy, biblical worship. Prayer may be the most powerful and underutilized tool in our spiritual toolbox. We have talked about prayer before, but we have to do better than a 30-day challenge. We have to make it an integral part of our DNA. If it is not important to us, we can’t expect it to be important to anyone else.

The challenge this time is to create two habits. The first is letting prayer needs known to church leaders and people you know will actually pray for you. The second is writing down pr journalling prayers to keep track of what you are praying for and when and how God answers them. If we can do this as individuals and as a church, it is an absolute certainty we will begin to experience and worship God in ways we never have before.

It’s time to go deeper. It’s time to let go, give up, lean in, and cry out!

Watch messages in the series here.

Time Does Not Delay http://oakleafchurch.com/time-does-not-delay/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:06:57 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8984 Read More]]> Have you ever arrived at a deadline or point time and looked back and wondered why you didn’t do what you could’ve done before you got there? Benjamin Franklin knew what he was talking about when he said, “you may delay, but time will not.” Of the many times I have faced this truth, one of the most humbling was this past summer when my 6’1” fourteen year-old son asked me to help him learn how to dunk a basketball.

Before I go any further, I do not know how to dunk a basketball. If we ever have the pleasure of meeting, you might immediately assume by my appearance alone, and be absolutely correct, I have no businesses trying to teach someone to dunk a basketball. But he is my son and there is the internet. So we watched countless YouTube videos, read even more articles, and eventually came up with a plan we thought would work.

It had three phases that would last 60 days. I was trying to be motivating when I told him everyday for a week that those 60 days were coming whether we trained or not. Why did I only tell that for a week? Because that is how long it took me to realize no matter how many videos I had watched or articles I had read, I was not cut out to teach someone to dunk a basketball. When I lost interest, so did he. The 60 days came and went. No baskets were stuffed.

As I reflected on where it all went wrong, I thought about the book of Jonah from the Bible. The author of that book makes Jonah out to be an absolute fool. Jonah rebels against God, half-heartedly obeys, and then pouts about not getting his way. The author does not want the reader to look at Jonah in a positive light. That begs that question, who was the author?

Traditionally speaking, it was Jonah. Why would Jonah make himself look so bad? Because he wanted whoever would listen to avoid the mistakes he finally realized he made. It is as if Jonah was saying, “pray for strength to do today what one day you’ll wish you did.” That has become my prayer. I hope it becomes yours as well.

Students Moving http://oakleafchurch.com/students-moving/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:48:16 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8930 Read More]]> It’s time for Oak Leaf Students to move!

Are you ready?

We have seen so many amazing changes with Oak Leaf Students and one of those changes is growth! We have outgrown our current space on Sunday mornings and need to make a change. We also need more time for worship, prayer, teaching, games, and small groups.

So, middle school and high school students will be moving their service time from Sunday morning to Sunday evening starting September 3rd. We will meet in the auditorium at Oak Leaf Church from 5:30-7:00pm.

Bring your Bible, some friends, and get ready for an awesome time together!

Ladies Night Out http://oakleafchurch.com/ladies-night-out-september-8th/ Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:59:42 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8839 Read More]]> We are looking forward to shaking things up a bit and getting to know each other in homes throughout Canton and Jasper. We normally come together at Oak Leaf for these evenings but really want to get a chance to get to know each other in a smaller and more intentional way. It will be a night of fun, encouragement, and prayer.

Please invite a friend. There maybe someone you know that has been a little intimidated to come to an in church women’s gathering or just prefers smaller groups, this is the perfect time for her to join you for something a little smaller.
So, mark your calendars for September 8th at 6:30 p.m. and we will email you with more info and directions to your LNO home for the evening!

We would love for you to bring a fun mug to swap (new or in your cabinet now) and an appetizer or dessert if possible!
If you have any questions at all please email carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

Please RSVP here.

Man Day: Softball http://oakleafchurch.com/man-day-softball/ Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:09:13 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8818 Read More]]> Remember that time when it rained and flooded all the ball fields and we had to cancel our softball game? Well…it is time cash in that raincheck!

That’s right.


Like a real man…who needs the ball thrown underhanded.

August 26th 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. 


Newcomer Dinner http://oakleafchurch.com/newcomer-dinner/ Wed, 26 Jul 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 Newcomer Dinner on August 27th from 6:00-7:30 P.M. at O’Charley’s off Riverstone ParkwayWill 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.

Dinner is on us, but we can not provide childcare at the restaurant.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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.

2017 Egg Fest http://oakleafchurch.com/2017-egg-fest/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:09:25 +0000 http://oakleafchurch.com/?p=8758 Read More]]> 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).


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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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.

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).

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.

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!

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.

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.