Camp Outs & Reconstruction
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Camp Outs & Reconstruction

This was a fun weekend for the Oak Life family as a group of us gathered along the Russian River for our annual camp out.  Special thanks to all the folks who helped make it happen!  Then on Sunday morning we started a new conversation called Why Christian? that aims to explore what it means to reconstruct a redeeming faith from a religion that has often times been problematic.  As we considered some of the ways Christianity has missed the mark, we were also invited to hold fast to God's life giving presence even still.   If you missed Sunday head over to our youtube page where we post a video of most week's convos within a few days!   Over the coming weeks we'll be hearing from various people in the community as they share what their faith means to them and asking questions about Christ, church, spiritual practices, and more.  This week we'll be asking the question Why Jesus and also hearing an update from the finance team.  As always, there's lots of other stuff going on in and through Oak Life- be sure to read below!

Things Going on In and Through Oak Life:


Childcare Every Week (We need you!): We're super excited to announce that we've started to offer childcare every Sunday during the sermon portion of our services for children 9 months - 4ish years of age.  As we continue to form this space we'll need more volunteers and support- If you'd like to learn more email our Childcare Director, Andi:

Newcomers Dessert: Wednesday October 16th, 7pm at Adam's place (near the New Parkway).  If you're newish to Oak Life and would like to learn more about our story and how to connect, we'd like to invite you to a special dessert.  RSVP required, so please email back to let us know you're coming!

Oak Life Art Night: On Wednesday October 23rd at 7pm we're hosting a special pop up gathering to celebrate the creativity of our community!  It'll be at Chapter 510 on Telegraph.  We're looking for artists of any kind to share- email back if you'd like more info!

Fall Life Groups Starting / Looking for Life Group Hosts!  Oak Life runs two main "sessions" of life groups, one in the Fall and one in the Winter/Spring. Our Fall session will be starting at the end of September or early October click here for a list of groups and signups.  We're also looking for more hosts - if you'd like to learn about starting a group for the Fall, let us know! You can also click here for an intro into what hosting a group might look like.

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.

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  If you'd like to view a recent budget report prepared by the finance team, click here.  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 Update: 
Oaklife's Community Justice Team has now chosen to focus on the issue of homelessness and housing in Oakland! As the first step in taking action, the team is engaging in research around 4 areas: 1. Individual testimony from those facing the problem directly, 2. City government actions and policies that impact housing and the unsheltered, 3. Non-profits who are engaged in services and advocacy for those struggling with housing 4. Academic research on causes of the housing problem in the U.S. and approaches taken in other parts of the globe to resolve it.

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 month we gave $406 to Garfield Elementary to support their work investing in the youth of Oakland.  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