Live Oak Family,
As 2016 starts, the Elders and I want to keep you all up to date on several important decisions, changes, and steps forward we’re taking in the new year. While this isn’t a comprehensive list, it is a short list of signifiant movement that we want you to know about. During the sermon series, “If We Build It,” which kicks off this Sunday, we’ll talk more about many of these changes and a few others.
After 6+ years of serving with us, Melody Keane is stepping out of the bookkeeper position for the church. She and here husband Bob aren’t going anywhere, and she will continue to help in the area of finances as a volunteer. Here tireless dedication to many “behind the scenes” ministries has been invaluable and she will be missed greatly!
We are excited to announce the hiring of Shiela Livesay as our new bookkeeper and administrative assistant. Sheila, John, and Danielle have been involved at Live Oak for several years. While her role will primarily focus on bookkeeping and donations, she will also serve as a database specialist and overall administrative assistant. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team!
Jamie Haight has served as our volunteer communications director for a few years now and she continues to improve our weekly communications and online presence. In addition to her current role, Jamie will also serve as a personal assistant to Pastor Michael, helping him with many of his administrative responsibilities. Live Oak is fortunate to have her as a part of the team.
The 2016 budget will be prepared during the first quarter of 2016. While it is our practice to have the budget in place by the end of the calendar year, this year we are postponing the process in order to give us one full year under our new property expenses. We’ll keep everyone posted once the budget is in place.
A few months ago Scott Beebe informed the Elders of his need to step off of the Eldership. As he and Ashley continue to build a new business, My Business on Purpose, from the ground up, Scott felt that he needed to spend as much time with his family and his new work and did not want to “short change” Live Oak. He will continue to lead his Community Group and serve as part of the Sunday morning teaching team with Pastor Michael. The Elders have prayerfully begun the process of seeking another Elder to add to the leadership of the church.
As 2016 begins many people have begun to ask, “What’s going on with our new property?” While you will hear more about his in the coming weeks during the “If We Build It” series, here is a quick update. Last fall the Elders met with a design/build firm to begin the very first steps of a new building process. This spring we will meet with a few different capital campaign ministries with the intent of launching a campaign later this year. As you can image, all of this will take a significant financial investment, so we continue to ask for your prayers and your financial support. More details to come on all of this soon!
IF WE BUILD IT:
Let me say a quick word about the sermon series that kicks off on Sunday. “If We Build It” is NOT a series about a building, though we will talk about it. It is a 4 week look at our core values and how building them into our lives and our church can literally change everything. It is an exciting thought that if we allow God to build us up in the image of his Son, and if our church continues to follow a path of obedience, our potential is limitless! I hope you’ll make every effort to join us for the next 4 Sundays.
As always, the Elders are available for any questions, comments, or suggestions. You can get a hold of any of us through the emails:
May God bless you and your family in 2016, and may he bless Live Oak in unimaginable ways!
Live Oak Elders