Campouts & Good Parties: Oak Life Updates
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Campouts & Good Parties

This was another memorable week for the Oak Life community as some of us headed up to the Russian River for our annual camping trip.  Being together in creation is such a gift, thanks to everyone who helped make it happen (Leslie and Brenda!).  Then on Sunday morning we continued  our "Storyteller" conversation as we wrestled with the two versions of the Parable of the Feast found in Matthew 22 and Luke 14.  During our exploration of these two stories we were encouraged to consider the ways we might live lives that reflect the inclusive kingdom party found in Luke's gospel and in contrast resist the "unjust parties" of our world as described in Matthew's version.  Like most weeks our gathering was live streamed on facebook, so you can check it out by clicking here if you missed it.  It's so awesome to watch the many ways Oak Life's roots and branches continue to grow! Next up in our series will be the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price and it should be another thought-provoking and challenging convo!

As always there are lots of things going on beyond Sundays in the life of our community, be sure to read below!

Things Going on In and Through Oak Life:


 Oak Life Friends-giving!  We're hosting a potluck style Friends-giving on Sunday November 18th at Chapter 510 from 6-9pm.  Come hang out and bring something to share!  Please let us know what you plan on bringing by filling out this perfect potluck form.

Got a Prayer request? Every week, the Oak Life Prayer team spends time praying for Oak Life. If you'd like to have us pray for you during the week, please submit your prayer request here, . Feel free to include your Name and contact info if you'd also like one of us to reach out personally to you. For those who would like to know more info or to join the prayer team, contact  Also, the prayer team meets every 4th Monday at 7pm.

Perspectives on the Bible and LGBT+ passages workshop: Sunday, November 11 / 12:45pm - 4pm.  As a church Oak Life strives to be both an inclusive space where each of our stories matter and a community that values the Bible deeply.  For many these two ideas have not always worked out in practice, especially regarding issues of sexual orientation and the Bible.  This workshop is led by Ed Ness and will look at what the Bible actually says about these topics.  If you'd like to attend please RSVP by emailing us back so that we can know what to prepare.   Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  

Volunteering at Oak Life:  Pretty much everything that happens in Oak Life is a result of folks from the community participating in making us what we are.  We're currently in need of some more volunteers in areas like music, coffee, set up, and media.  If you're rooted at Oak Life we hope you'll commit to volunteer on one of these teams at least once every other month or so.  If you'd like to volunteer or get more info email Greg:

Childcare:  Oak Life is stoked that we now have the resources to have childcare!  As we continue to grow, we currently have childcare every 3rd Sunday of the month during the sermon portion of our gathering.  Kids are welcome in service every other week. 

Life Groups: Fall groups are meeting at various times/locations.  To learn more click here

Generosity Towards Oak Life: Oak Life's roots and branches depend on the generosity of it's community members.  If you'd like to practice financial generosity towards Oak Life, which pays for our rent, staff, and ministry expenses- you can do so online through our website here.   There are options to give on a one-time, monthly or periodic basis.   If you have any questions regarding financial stuff at Oak Life you can send an email to the team:

Facebook Group:  Got a prayer request or community event you'd like to share?  Join our Facebook Group to keep the conversation going.  Also, most Sunday's we live stream part of the service!


Operation Cranberry Sauce:  On November 17th, Oak Life will be joining CrossWinds Church and others in an area wide distribution of Thanksgiving meals to the community.  We'll need volunteers to pass out the meals from 9-11am.  If you're interested in supporting, just email us back.  Also, we're looking for some one to drive a truck and pick up the meals from Livermore day of, if you can help let us know!

Myanmar Trip: Oak Life has been blessed to have many friends and partnerships with local communities in Myanmar.  In past years we've sent medical teams, donated computers to local schools, and supported various ministries.  This January a few folks will be going to visit and bring supplies on behalf of Bridges Myanmar.  If you'd like to learn more or join the group email Cory:

Third Sunday Giving Update:  Once a month we give away our entire offering to a local group or cause and it's been super encouraging to see the ways we've been able to join in good work in our community. This month we heard Women's Cancer Research Center we were able to raise $323 to support their work.  If you'd like to watch a thank you from some of our third Sunday partners click here.

Homeless Community Support: Oak Life is connected to a local camp community and we're always looking for donations to bring our friends.  Current needs include: bottle waters, clipper/bart cards, packs of socks, cold meds, and gift cards.  If you'd like to donate, just bring something in on a Sunday and we'll deliver it that week.

Social Justice Team: We‘re steadily building momentum on our first project! (details to come) We‘ve also been developing relationships with other social-minded organizations including, OCO, LavaMae, and The Interfaith Council of Alameda. Our current focus is around how we can work toward impacting the housing crisis in our community. If you'd like more info you can contact Greg who will be helping to facilitate:

Other Stuff?  Got ideas for other ways we can serve our community?  Want to start a new group?  Interested in organizing a hike our outing? Oak Life is a community led church- so let's make it happen.  Just shoot us back an email.

That's all for now!

Grace and Peace, 

Chris Scott

Oak Life Church
Sundays 10AM at The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St, Oakland, 94612
Twitter / Instagram: @oaklifechurch

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472 24th St. Oakland, 94612