The Kingdom is: Oak Life Updates
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The Kingdom is...

This Summer Oak Life is wrestling with some of the words connected to faith traditions in a series called Big Words: revisiting and re-imagining the vocabulary of faith.  On Sunday Greg led us in a reflection around one of the most common things Jesus taught about, the Kingdom.  As we explored the meaning of this teaching and a few different "case-studies" of people who seemed to connect to the Kingdom, we were challenged to become people who seek the Kingdom in our lives and world. If you missed Sunday you can check it out on our youtube page here.  This week was also another Day of Service and so few Oak Life folks headed over to support our local community by volunteering at Garfield Elementary.  It's always encouraging to see the many ways the Oak Life family goes deep together and extends it's branches out.  This coming Sunday in our Big Words conversation we'll be engaging a complicated but important topic, God's gender, as we revisit and re-imagine what it means that God is often called Father. It should be a thought-provoking, and even redemptive topic and we hope you can join.  As always there are lots of things going on beyond Sundays in the life of our community, be sure to check it all out!
Things Going on In and Through Oak Life:


Oak Life Campout October 4-6!  Come join us for Oak Life's Annual Camping Trip! We're camping at Casini Ranch in Duncans Mills, CA Fri - Sun (Oct 4 - 6). The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, September 4. RSVP here. The form will ask some basic questions and provide a confirmation email that should answer any remaining questions you have. After we receive all RSVPs we will send out an email letting you know your final cost. The deadline for payment is Friday, September 20. For more information you can email Leslie at

Oak Life Service/Videos: Over the coming weeks we'll be switching our facebook stream to a youtube channel.  Bear with us as we work through the technical issues.  On our new chanell we'll post Sunday conversations, songs that we sing, and also a brand new "Roots & Branches" discussion/show.   If you'd like to check out our beta youtube page, click here.

Summer Book Group: Join us as we read Learning to Speak God from Scratch!  This book is a great supplement to our Sunday topics and we will be meeting up after church on August 25th (note date change) to discuss in person (location TBD) . In the mean time we've created a facebook group to post questions, prompts, etc  You can join by clicking here.

Counseling Recommendations Requested!  We're hoping to build a resource list of counselors/therapists in the area.  If you have any info on recommendations (potentially including pricing), please email ups back!

Spiritual Formation Group:  Gina is leading a monthly 6 session group in some of the contemplative practices around being with God, others, and ourselves.  The next meeting is Saturday July 27th from 1-4.  Folks are welcome to jump in at any point.  For more info email

Childcare at Oak Life: 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 for kids 9months - 4ish years of age during the sermon portion of our gathering (hopefully every Sunday in the future as we can afford it!).   Kids are welcome in service every other week. 

Life Groups:  Oak Life runs two main "sessions" of life groups, one in the Fall and one in the Winter/Spring. Currently our Winter/Spring sessions are coming to a close and groups will be taking a break for the Summer.  If you'd like to learn about starting a group for the Fall, let us know!  In the mean time Kevin is starting a guys breakfast group ( ) and Andi is starting a ladies group ( feel free to reach out to them for more info.

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.  If you'd like to check out the places to volunteer 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!


Community Justice Team Updates & Survey: We want to hear from you, please fill out this survey! The Community Justice Team at Oak Life just held an info session to share some of their progress.  If you'd like to learn more about what they are up to click here.  Also, this is an open team that meets about every 2 weeks- if you'd like to join one of their meetings or learn more, email Darren at

Oakland Pride Planning: We'll be hosting a booth at Oakland Pride on 9/8 after church.  If you'd like to learn more or connect with the team email

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. Over the past 12 months Oak Life has given away almost $8,000!!! This weekend was also a third Sunday so we gave our entire offering away ($418) to Artogether in support of their important work with local refugees and immigrants through art, education, and more.  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.

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
337 17th st #102, Oakland, 94612
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Sundays 10AM at The New Parkway Theater
337 17th st #102. Oakland, 94612