Creating Space: Oak Life Updates
 
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Creating Space & Lent

This Sunday we started a new conversation called "Creating Space" with the hopes of engaging the season of Lent as a community by reflecting on the themes of spaciousness and simplicity.  As we began our journey we considered Jesus' time in the dessert and were invited to find ways to fast, or go without, as a way of leaning into this season.  Over the coming weeks we'll be exploring how we might "create space" in various areas of our lives including our finances, our digital lives, our physical health, and more.   If you missed this past week's service and would like to check it out, it was live streamed on facebook hereThis coming Sunday Greg will be leading our conversation by exploring how we might have a more spacious and connected relationship to our physical bodies.  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:

ROOTS:

Newcomers Dessert: This Wednesday March 13th 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 (location TBD).  RSVP required, so please email back to let us know you're coming!

Lent/Ash Wednesday Introduction: We've posted a brief introduction to Ash Wednesday and Lent on the Oak Life Blog that includes a few ideas for how to engage this season of the church calendar.   

Lent Worship/Prayer/Communion Gathering: As part of our Lenten journey, we'll be hosting an special time of worship, prayer, and communion on Wednesday March 27th at 7pm at Chapter 510. 

Life Groups:  Oak Life runs two main "sessions" of life groups, one in the Fall and one in the Winter/Spring. Click here to see what groups are running for the Spring session or to sign up. 


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,  http://bit.ly/oaklifeprayers . 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 monica.a.tzeng@gmail.com. 

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: finance-team@oaklifechurch.com

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!


BRANCHES:

Volunteer with Sacred Roots this Saturday: Sacred Roots, one of our 3rd Sunday orgs is looking for folks to volunteer with a few projects this Saturday from 10-12 noon. If you can support or would like more info email Sadie, sgaff25277@gmail.com  This is a great way to show some love to a great cause!

Community Justice Team: This team is re-starting and will be having their first meeting on March 23rd from 1-3pm (note the date change from 3/16).  Anyone is welcome to join as they discuss next steps and continue to cultivate Oak Life's heart for peace and justice.  If you'd like to attend or have questions email Darren: dfnewell693@gmail.com

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 heard from we donated ($984.16) to Bread for Ed as they provide food for the many students in Oakland who will be affected by the upcoming strike.  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
www.oaklifechurch.com
Sundays 10AM at The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St, Oakland, 94612
Twitter / Instagram: @oaklifechurch

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Sundays 10AM at The New Parkway Theater
472 24th St. Oakland, 94612