The Weekly (04.20.18)

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The Weekly (04.20.18)

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For our Compassion issue of the weekly, here are several opportunities for you to get involved with some of our compassion partners!  #radicallifechange, #recklessgenerosity


Kairos Prison Ministry 

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Have you baked your cookies yet?  Don't forget to bring them to church this Sunday!  It's not too late to sign up to pray for a specific timeframe next weekend, or make a financial donation.  See Bob Keane for more information.


Ladies Mission Trip

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Ladies, are you interested in a Fall missions trip?  Do you like to cook and serve others?  This trip is for you!  Bethany Hewitt will be leading 4 -5 ladies on our (probably) last trip to the Black Forest Region of Germany, October 20th - 29th.  The trip is estimated to be under $2000/person.  If you are interested, please contact Bethany at bethany@southerngraces.com or Sheila Livesay at sheila@liveoakcc.com for an application.  You can also see one of them to pick up an application on Sunday.  


Breakfast at the High Schools

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It's almost the end of the school year!  One of our favorite compassion team events that we do is to provide breakfast to the faculty and staff at both Bluffton High School and May River High School.  This year we will be serving on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th.  We need people to provide breakfast items, casseroles, fruit, yogurt, juice, etc.  And we also need people to serve.  If you are interested please let Christy Long know at clong@hargray.com.  This is a great community service project for your house church!


Boys and Girls Club Clean Up Day

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On Friday, June 1st, from 9:00- 12:00, we will be cleaning up the Bluffton Boys and Girls club to help them get ready for Summer Camp!  This is a great community service projects for families.  All ages are welcomed.  This year we there may even be some construction type projects to be done.  So, if you like bringing your own tools and working with your hands, please sign up to help!  Be sure to register so we know how many people to expect!



Guest Lunch

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If you are new to Live Oak, join us this Sunday for our Guest Lunch.  It's a chance for you to meet and hang out with some of the leadership over a meal and get to know us a little better.  No strings attached, it's just lunch!

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The Weekly (04.13.18)Stu

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Student Ministry

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Spring Break will be drawing to an end for most local students, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Ministry Center, we will have a packing party to box up all the donated shoes from Live Oak’s Easter shoe drive and prep them to be shipped to Soles 4 Souls.  If you have shoes (in any condition) lying around your house that you’d like to donate, bring them with you and we’ll add them to the count.  Soles 4 Souls will repurpose them to benefit someone around the world in need of dependable footwear.

At 5:15, we will load up and drive to Get Air Trampoline Park in Savannah for an hour of jump time.  If you have been to Get Air before and have your own "jump socks” please bring them so that we will not have to purchase more. We will return to the Live Oak Ministry Center at 8:00 p.m. 

Cost is $10/person (bring it with you that night)


Green Bags

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Be sure to return your green bags this Sunday filled with tuna, spaghetti sauce or rice!  Bluffton Self Help needs help filling their pantry shelves!  #recklessgenerosity


Ladies Mission Trip 

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Ladies, are you interested in a Fall missions trip?  Do you like to cook and serve others?  This trip is for you!  Bethany Hewitt will be leading 4 -5 ladies on our (probably) last trip to the Black Forest Region of Germany, October 20th - 29th.  The trip is estimated to be under $2000/person.  If you are interested, please contact Bethany at bethany@southerngraces.com or Sheila Livesay at sheila@liveoakcc.com for an application.  You can also see one of them to pick up an application on Sunday.  


Guest Lunch

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New to Live Oak?  Want to get to know us a little better?  Like a free lunch?  This event has YOUR name on it!  Join some of the leadership on Sunday, April 22nd, at 1:00 at the Ministry Center for lunch!  No strings attached, just lunch.  Families are welcomed!  You can register here.


Kairos Prison Ministry

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Cookies are needed for Kairos!  Our team is headed behind the fences once again to Ridgeland Correctional Institution April 26-29th.  You can help them out by baking cookies, praying, or making a financial donation.  The Kairos cookie recipe can be found here.  Cookies need to be delivered on Sunday April 22nd.  If you have questions about Kairos or other ways you can help, contact Bob Keane at keaner49@gmail.com.


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The Weekly (04.06.18)

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The Weekly (04.06.18)

New Sermon Series

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Join us this Sunday as Pastor Michael starts a new series, At The Movies!  Come and hear what spiritual truths can be found in Wonder Woman, Wonder, The Greatest Showman, and Jumanji!  This is a great series to invite a friend to join us.


New Month, New Cause #givemeals

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This April, every 2 Facebook check-ins, reviews, or Instagram location tags at Live Oak will provide a meal to a child in need! We’re working with Causely and feedOne to make it happen. You can add #givemeals when you post to promote the cause. For more information about this month’s charity, check out feedone.com


Ladies Mission Trip

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Ladies, are you interested in a Fall missions trip?  Do you like to cook and serve others?  This trip is for you!  Bethany Hewitt will be leading 4 -5 ladies on our (probably) last trip to the Black Forest Region of Germany, October 20th - 29th.  The trip is estimated to be under $2000/person.  If you are interested, please contact Bethany at bethany@southerngraces.com or Sheila Livesay at sheila@liveoakcc.com for an application.  You can also see one of them to pick up an application on Sunday.  


Engagement Pathway

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If you are new to Live Oak, our Engagement Pathway is the best way for you to learn about us and get connected!  Our next Pathway kicks off on Sunday, April 22nd, with a free guest lunch at the Ministry Center!  This no strings attached lunch is simply an opportunity for you to get to know some of our leadership over a meal.

The next step is Baptism.  On Sunday, April 29th, the baptistery will be set up to baptize anyone ready to own YOUR faith!  Let us celebrate this step with you.

The last step is a opportunity for you to own the mission at Live Oak and become a member.  Launch class is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00pm at the Ministry Center.

You can find out more about each of these events and register here!


Green Bag Sunday

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Grab a bag on your way out this Sunday and fill it with tuna, spaghetti sauce, or rice this week!  All of these items are needed on the shelves of Bluffton Self Help this month. 


Kairos Prison Ministry

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Cookies are needed for Kairos!  Our team is headed behind the fences once again to Ridgeland Correctional Institution April 26-29th.  You can help them out by baking cookies, praying, or making a financial donation.  The Kairos cookie recipe can be found here.  Cookies need to be delivered on Sunday April 22nd.  If you have questions about Kairos or other ways you can help, contact Bob Keane at keaner49@gmail.com.


 

 

 

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The Weekly (03.30.18)

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Easter Weekend

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Join us this weekend to celebrate the Resurrection!  Service times are Saturday, March 31st, at 5:00 & 7:00pm, and Sunday, April 1st, at 9:00 & 10:45am.  Be sure to invite a friend to join you at one of the services.  Also if you can help volunteer this weekend, please let us know.


Barefoot Weekend

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It's Barefoot Weekend at Live Oak this Saturday and Sunday.  Be sure to bring in shoes (any type, any condition) to donate to Soles4Souls.  Our goal this year is 1000 pairs!  Trucks will be in front of both doors, just drop your shoes off prior to going into the building.  And if you want to donate the shoes off your feet that's cool too, because after all it is Barefoot Weekend!


Financial Peace University

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Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck?  Is debt just normal to you?  Do you want to learn to live like nobody else?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, Financial Peace University is for you!  Come learn to take control of your money.  Did you even know that was possible?!  It is!  This class will start you on the steps to financial freedom!  Classes start Saturday, April 7th, at 9:00am, at the Ministry Center.  There will also be an identical class starting on Wednesday, April 11th, at 6:30pm, the Ministry Center.  This gives you two opportunities to attend.  Cost is $109/family or individual and scholarships are available.  For more information or to register, click the button below!


Engagement Pathway

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If you are new to Live Oak and want to get connected, Our Engagement Pathway is THE place to start.  On Sunday, April 22nd, at 1:00pm, at the Ministry Center, we will have our Guest Lunch.  This is a FREE, no strings attached lunch!  The purpose of the lunch is for you to get to know some of our leadership in a relaxed setting over a meal.  It also gives us a chance to get to know your story as well!

The next step is Baptism Sunday.  If you are ready to take this step in your faith we would LOVE to celebrate with you!  Baptism Sunday is April 29th, after each service.  If you or your kids are interested in being baptized, please let us know so one of our pastors can meet with you to address any questions you may have.

The last step on the pathway is our Launch Class.  Pastor Michael leads this class discussing our history, beliefs, mission, values, and vision.  In addition you learn how to connect by serving, attending a Bible study, or joining a small group.  This class is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00pm, at the Ministry Center.

More information on the Engagement Pathway can be found on our website.  You can also register for any or all of the steps here.


Packing Party/Get Air (Student Ministry)

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Date: Sunday, April 15th
Time: 4:30-8:00 pm

Spring Break will be drawing to an end for most local students, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Ministry Center, we will have a packing party to box up all the donated shoes from Live Oak’s Easter shoe drive and prep them to be shipped to Soles 4 Souls. If you have shoes (in any condition) lying around your house that you’d like to donate, bring them with you and we’ll add them to the count. Soles 4 Souls will repurpose them to benefit someone around the world in need of dependable footwear. 

At 5:15, we will load up and drive to Get Air Trampoline Park in Savannah for an hour of jump time. If you have been to Get Air before and have your own "jump socks” please bring them so that we will not have to purchase more. We will return to the Live Oak Ministry Center at 8:00 p.m. 

Cost - $10/person (bring it with you that night)


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The Weekly (03.23.18)

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Sacred Spaces

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Join us Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week for prayer and worship leading up to Easter Sunday!


Easter 2018

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Be sure to pick up some Easter invitations this Sunday so you can invite your friends and neighbors to church next wekeend!  Easter services will be Saturday, March 31 at 5:00 & 7:00pm and Sunday April 1 at 9:00 & 10:45am.  Child care will be available at all services.  


Soles4Souls

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Easter Sunday is also known as Barefoot Sunday at Live Oak!  It's the day that we collect shoes for Soles4Souls.  We will take any type of shoe in any condition!  We do ask that you tie, buckle or rubber band shoes together!  It makes our job so much easier!!  Our goal this year is 1,000  pairs of shoes!  It's a great way to start your spring cleaning!!  You can also ask your neighbors for shoe donations.


Financial Peace University

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Make 2018 the year you take control of your money!  Put it to work for you!  Financial Peace University starts, Saturday, April 7th at 9:00am, at the Ministry Center.  Classes will be held on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings (starting April 11th at 6:30pm) for nine weeks.  If you can't come on Saturday, come Wednesday, and vice versa!  Each week you will learn a new baby step to help get you out of debt and start taking control of your finances!  The cost is $109 per family or individual.  Scholarships are available, please contact the office if you need assistance.


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April 26-29th is the Spring Kairos walk at Ridgeland Correctional Institution.  Help our team by providing cookies, prayer, and/or financial assistance.  For more information you can contact Bob Keane.


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Kairos

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On Thursday, April 26th, several of our men will enter the gates of Ridgeland Correctional Institution for a Kairos weekend.  The mission of Kairos is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus to those incarcerated.  We can help the team going in several ways.  One of the easiest and most appreciated is by baking cookies!  Check with Bob Keane for the recipe or click here.  Cookies need to be brought to church on Sunday, April 22nd.  You can also sign up for the prayer chain.  Every hour of the weekend there will be somebody praying for the inmates as well as the Kairos volunteers.  The men make a paper chain and show it to the inmates to demonstrate how many people are praying for them.  And lastly, as you can imagine, each weekend costs between $3,000 - $5,000!  So you can also make financial donations through Bob or here.  

I was in prison and you came to visit me ... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:36, 40


Young Life Family Camp

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You’re invited to HHI/ Bluffton Young Life Family Camp April 27-29, 2018. Imagine spending the weekend with your family, away from the busyness of life, at Young Life’s Windy Gap camp nestled in the mountains just outside of Asheville, NC.  You and your family are in for a treat! Windy Gap has so much to offer. You can play some Frisbee golf, jump in the massive hot tub, hit the wiffle ball field, or just enjoy a weekend in the mountains. For some relaxation, you might just enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs soaking in the view. Whatever you choose to do, it is sure to be an adventure and one of the best weekends of the year!  You can access a registration form below.  Cost is $125 per adult, $75 for ages 3-11, and free for under 3.  Register soon as spaces go quickly!


Sacred Spaces

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Join us at the Ministry Center March 27-29 for prayer and worship leading up to Easter.


Easter 2018

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Be sure to stop by the Connection Cafe this Sunday to pick up some invitations for Easter.  Invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to a great service!  Easter services will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 5:00 & 7:00pm and Sunday, April 1 at 9:00 & 10:45am.  Child care will be available at all of the services.  


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The Weekly (03.09.18)

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Daylight Savings Time

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Don't forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour on Saturday night!


Green Bag Sunday

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Be sure to bring in reusable grocery bags for Bluffton Self Help this Sunday.  Let's help them make the transition from plastic to reusable a little easier for the clients!


Student Ministry

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Part service project, part competitive adventure race, with a healthy sprinkling of St. Patrick’s Day FUN and LAUGHTER! Join Live Oak Students on March 17th for a 12 hour blitz we’re calling simply “12 ’til 12.” We will start at the Live Oak Ministry Center at noon and end up at Station 300 for Galactic Bowling. Where we go in between will remain an intriguing mystery. But rest assured, we will do more good and have more fun than should be humanly possible in a matter of 12 hours. You just don’t want to miss this event, so sign up today! 

Cost is $20/person.


Sacred Spaces

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Holy Week at Live Oak will begin with Sacred Spaces.  The themes for the 3 days are:  Recognizing Your Need for God, Seeing Yourself as Worthy, and Cost - Paid.  Come and spend  3 evenings leading up to Easter in prayer and worship.  


Financial Peace University

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Learn God's ways of handling money with Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University! This 9 week study is a fun, interactive avalanche of information and inspiration to get you on the path to financial freedom!

The cost is $109 per family or individual. Classes start Saturday, April 7th at 9:00am or Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm. Classes run about 90 minutes each week. If you can't make Saturday you can come on Wednesday evening or vice versa.

Financial aid is available, contact the office to apply.


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The Weekly (03.02.18)

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Family Chat

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Did you know that every week Pastor Eric creates a Family Chat on our app that you can use to engage your kids regarding the sermon as well as the lessons they had in Kid's Ministry?  The goal of this tool is to help faith conversations become a more natural part of your family times.  Hopefully you are all using this already!  If not check it out and keep the conversation going on Sunday afternoons.  If you are using the tool, let Pastor Eric know what you think about it or if you have a great story to share about your experience send him at email at Eric@liveoakcc.com.


Green Bag Sunday

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This month we are collecting cloth, reusable grocery bags.  While this may seem strange, it is a definite need at Bluffton Self Help.  Recently Beaufort County announced that plastic bags will be banned.  While that is probably a good idea, it truly impacts food banks in the county.  Effective April 1, BSH will no longer use plastic bags.  Clients will be given cloth bags to reuse.  So let's help them get this initiative started this month!


Student Ministry

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Part service project, part competitive adventure race, with a healthy sprinkling of St. Patrick’s Day FUN and LAUGHTER!   Join Live Oak Students on March 17th for a 12 hour blitz we’re calling simply “12 ’til 12.”  We will start at the Live Oak Ministry Center and end up at Station 300 for Galactic Bowling.  Where we go in between will remain an intriguing mystery.  But rest assured, we will do more good and have more fun than should be humanly possible in a matter of 12 hours.  You just don’t want to miss this event, so sign up today!  Cost: $20/per person.

Please note the 30 Hour Famine has been cancelled.  If you already registered and want to attend this new event, contact Pastor Eric at Eric@liveoakcc.com.  The cost is the same.


Sacred Spaces

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Holy Week at Live Oak will begin with Sacred Spaces.  The themes for the 3 days are:  Recognizing Your Need for God, Seeing Yourself as Worthy, and Cost - Paid.  Come and spend the  3 evenings leading up to Easter in prayer and worship.  


Soles 4 Souls

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Speaking of Easter, every Easter Live Oak collects shoes for Soles 4 Souls!  Last year we collected a little over 800 pairs.  We can do better than that this year!  Start collecting now and ask your neighbors if they would like to donate.  We take shoes in any condition, new to completely worn out and everything in between! 

Every day children are prevented from attending school, adults are unable to work. Walking becomes unbearable. A new pair of shoes provides relief in many developing nations around the globe, in times of disaster, and helps bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada.

In many developing nations, walking is the primary mode of transportation. Every day millions are exposed to unsanitary conditions that lead to diseases such as hookworm, threadworm, “jiggers” and podoconiosis. These diseases may lead to sickness, even death. They also keep children out of school leaving them without an education and continuing the cycle of poverty.

With your help, we can provide a life-changing solution: a good pair of shoes.


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The Weekly (02.23.18)

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Krispy Kreme

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Stop by the table this Sunday to order a dozen (or two) Krispy Kreme doughnuts from our students!  They are using this a fundraiser for Snowbird Camp this summer!  Help them out.  Doughnuts are $8/dozen and will be delivered next Sunday.  


30 Hour Famine

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The 30 Hour Famine is an event open to any middle and high school students. This year students and leaders will be focusing on the issue of local food insecurity. Many in Beaufort Co, do not know where their next meal will come from. For 30 hours, we will intentionally give up things we daily take for granted, specifically food and comfortable shelter, for the purpose of learning more about God’s heart for the chronically hungry through games, service projects, worship and bible study. Students will spend the night in their very own Cardboard Condo. This is a BYOC event (Bring Your Own Cardboard). Students will attend the 10:45 service at Live Oak Christian Church and then break their fast together over lunch.

Cost is $20 per person.

Meet at the Rotary Club Building at Oscar Frazier Park.


Meal Ministry

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Do you love to cook?  Is that one of your gifts you would be willing to share with others?  Our meal ministry is for you!  Whenever we have a need for meals, we send out an email through Take Them a Meal for folks to sign up to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who need help with meals. If you are interested contact Christy Long at clong@hargray.com or Jamie Haight at jamie@liveoakcc.com and let us know!  We will glad to add you to our list.

Or maybe you have surgery scheduled, are ill, or just had a baby and you could use some help with meals.  Please let us know and we will get meals delivered to you!  Again contact Christy or Jamie.


Financial Peace University

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Learn God's ways of handling money with Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University! This 9 week study is a fun, interactive avalanche of information and inspiration to get you on the path to financial freedom! Learn to live and give like nobody else!

The cost is $109 per family or individual. Classes start Saturday, April 7th at 9:00am or Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm. Classes run about 90 minutes each week. If you can't make Saturday you can come on Wednesday evening or vice versa.

Financial aid is available, contact the office to apply.


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The Weekly (02.16.18)

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Compassion

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One of our Core Values at Live Oak is #recklessgenerosity.  We believe we are called to be compassionate, giving people.  Our compassion team works with different organizations to help us accomplish this goal.  We invite you to be recklessly generous in your giving as well, whether it is time, talents, or treasures.  If you are giving, your hands and hearts are open to receive!  Below is some information on 3 of our local compassion partners.


Family Promise of Beaufort County

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Family Promise of Beaufort County, one of 200+ affiliates in 43 states, opened its doors in 2008 and still remains the only sheltering program in the county that serves homeless families with children.  We were founded on the belief that one homeless child is too many, yet, as determined by the McKinney-Vento Act roster for the Beaufort County School District, there are over 730 homeless children in our county.  Additionally, 61% of the children attending public schools in our county participate in the free/reduced cost lunch program.  Family Promise serves 4 families or 14 individuals at a time.  We do not provide a handout or a temporary fix, but work to determine the underlying cause of their homelessness and then equip them with the skills and resources needed to maintain lasting independence.  Many are the result of generational poverty and cyclical homelessness.  Our goal is to help them break the cycle by providing comprehensive case management and assistance in securing employment, medical care, childcare, school placement, and ultimately affordable housing.

The way that Live Oak serves Family Promise is by partnering with Low Country Presbyterian Church is Bluffton.  Two to Four times a year, the families that Family Promise are currently housing stay at Low Country Presbyterian church.  Live Oak helps provide dinners and also provides volunteers to spend the night at the church.  This is one of the easiest ways to serve a Live Oak!  If you cook, it's just fixing a meal for a few extra people.  If you love people, volunteer to spend the night.  You have a bed and a private area, as well as access to a private bathroom and shower.  Judy Frost is our contact for Family Promise.  She would love to get you connected!

For more information check out Family Promise's website.


Bluffton Self Help

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Bluffton Self Help exists in order to help our neighbors in need of food, clothing, educational and financial assistance, and to provide programs that promote self-worth, dignity and create a pathway to personal success.

In addition to the core service to make free food available whenever needed, Bluffton Self Help staff and volunteers coordinate a variety of service projects, including Thanksgiving dinners, toys at Christmas, Easter baskets, warm blankets and coats in winter, and school supplies at the beginning of each school year.

We help BSH every month with our Green bag initiative.  This helps Bluffton re-stock their pantry shelves with staples.

The biggest upcoming challenge at BSH is the elimination of plastic grocery bags.  Beginning in April clients will need to bring reusable grocery bags in to shop.  So, instead of collecting food in March for our Green Bag Sunday, we will be collecting reusable grocery bags!  Jamie Haight is our contact at Bluffton Self Help.  If you have questions about this organization contact Jamie.

For more information you can check out their website.


Kairos Prison Ministry

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The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.

The prison environment is a dark place, where prisoners face violence, anger, gangs and loneliness daily. 

Kairos Prison Ministry volunteers step into this darkness to hold a 3 ½ day weekend, with the majority of participants made up primarily of negative leaders within the prison. Through talks, discussions and Chapel meditations prisoners learn that they are worthy of God’s love, light and grace. That no matter who they are or what they have done, God forgives them.

Twice a year several men from Live Oak attend a Kairos weekend at the Ridgeland Correctional Institution.  They spend time with the inmates sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing some light into one of the darkest places known to man.  The way Live Oak supports this mission is by financial donations to cover the costs of meals, signing up to pray over the course of the weekend, and by providing homemade cookies!  The cookies are one of the highlights for the inmates and it is an easy way to get involved.

Bob Keene is our contact for Kairos.  If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved, contact Bob!  The next Kairos weekend is April 19-22, 2018.  We need cookies by April 15th.  

For more information on Kairos, check out their website.


Thank you

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As most of you know one Christmas Eve Live Oak spent the morning making and delivering goodie bags to people who had to work that day.  We do this every year.  This year we received a couple of thank you emails that we wanted to share with the church:

Today, Christmas Eve, was the first time I had ever heard of this church. I work at Tanger 2 And was feeling down about having to work today. I’m also 23 weeks pregnant, some church members came in and brought me a “Thank you” gift for working today. I just wanted to say Thank you for making this pregnant woman’s day! These little gifts mean so much more than y’all could ever imagine! So thank you for doing something so wonderful and thoughtful! Merry Christmas,
Heather G.

Thank you so much for the wonderful treat delivered to Home Depot today by your wonderful youth. It was a wonderful surprise! God Bless and Merry Christmas! 
 

Teri J

#radicallifechange, #recklessgenerosity, #realcommunity, #Liveoakccvalues, #letsmakeanimpact


Work As Worship

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Join other Christian business owners, CEOs & leaders who want their faith to impact their work.  Live Oak is hosting a video simulcast of the Work as Worship retreat on February 23rd at the Ministry Center.  The retreat starts promptly at 8:30am and will last until approximately 3:30pm.  Lunch is included.  The cost is $25 per person.  If you are a small business owner this is a great opportunity to listen and learn from some of the leaders in business  how to tie faith into work.  Speakers include Matt Chandeler, Anne Beiler, and Kelly Shackelford, among others.  If you know a small business owner, encourage them to attend as well.  


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The Weekly (02.09.18)

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Green Bags

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Don't forget to bring in rice and dry beans this Sunday for Bluffton Self Help!  This is a staple in many of the homes of the clients and BSH never has enough on the shelves.  Let's help fill those pantry shelves.  #recklessgenerosity


Resonate

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How do you worship?  Come and find out how Live Oak worships this Sunday, February 11th, at 6:00 at BSOD!  Families are encouraged to come and worship together.  Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers.


Launch Class

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If you are ready to own the mission at Live Oak and become a member, our Launch Class is for you!  Pastor Eric will lead the class on Tuesday, February 13th, at 7:00pm, at the Ministry Center.  You will learn all about our history, mission, values, and vision.  As well as ways you can connect through Bible studies, house churches, and serving opportunities. 


Volunteer Training Day

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If you are a new volunteer or just thinking about volunteering, plan to attend our Volunteer Training day on Saturday, February 17th, at 9:00am, at the Ministry Center.  Come and learn what it means to serve at Live Oak. We will cover the different types of volunteers, what is required to volunteer, and how you can get involved.  Serving is a great way to get connected! 


Work as Worship

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Join other Christian business owners, CEOs & leaders who want their faith to impact their work.  Live Oak is hosting a video simulcast of the Work as Worship retreat on February 23rd at the Ministry Center.  The retreat starts promptly at 8:30am and will last until approximately 3:30pm.  Lunch is included.  The cost is $25 per person.  If you are a small business owner this is a great opportunity to listen and learn from some of the leaders in business how to tie faith into work.  Speakers include Matt Chandeler, Anne Beiler, and Kelly Shackelford, among others.  If you know a small business owner, encourage them to attend as well.  


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Resonate

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The first 2 words of our mission statement are Love God.  How do we do this?  By worship!  Join us on February 11th, at 6:00pm, at BSOD, for an evening of praise and worship.  Families are encouraged to come and worship together.  Child care is available for infants and toddlers.  This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to come and check us out.  You know, the second & third parts of the mission statement... Love people, Bring the two together!


Baptism Sunday

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If you are ready to take the next step in your faith and be baptized, we would love to celebrate with you!  You can schedule a meeting with one of pastors to talk about baptism and ask any questions you may have.  Our next baptism Sunday is February 11th, after the 3rd service.


Launch Class

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If you are ready to own the mission of Live Oak, this is the place to start.  Pastor Eric will lead the Launch class on Tuesday, February 13th, at 7:00pm, at the Ministry Center.  He will go through our history, beliefs, mission, and vision.  You will also learn how to get connected through house church, Bible studies, and volunteering.  Be sure to register!


Volunteer Training/Orientation

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If you are thinking about volunteering have just started volunteering, make plans to attend our next Volunteer Training Day.  Training will be on Saturday, February 17th, from 9:00am - Noon, at the Ministry Center.  Come and learn what it means to serve at Live Oak. We will cover the different types of volunteers, what is required to volunteer, and how you can get involved.  Please register below.


Work as Worship Retreat

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Join other Christian business owners, CEOs & leaders who want their faith to impact their work.  Live Oak is hosting a video simulcast of the Work as Worship retreat on February 23rd at the Ministry Center.  The retreat starts promptly at 8:30am and will last until approximately 3:30pm.  Lunch is included.  The cost is $25 per person.  If you are a small business owner this is a great opportunity to listen and learn from some of the leaders in business  how to tie faith into work.  Speakers include Matt Chandeler, Anne Beiler, and Kelly Shackelford, among others.  If you know a small business owner, encourage them to attend as well.  Registration is required.


Snowbird Summer Camp

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Live Oak students (middle school & high school) will once again attend Snowbird June 11-16, 2018!  Summer Camp at Snowbird is all about pointing students to the Gospel. Offering nearly two-dozen recreation options, we are committed to high-adventure recreation. More than that, we are committed to Gospel-centered discipleship. Our summer camps host worship services twice per day, engaging students through song, expositional preaching, drama and video, in addition to daily breakout sessions that cover a wide range of relevant topics, from apologetics and missions to relationships and Bible doctrine. Each day concludes with small group sessions, allowing our staff to engage students in personal relationships and encouraging youth groups to grow as a community.

A $50 deposit is required to complete the registration process and secure a spot for this trip. Space is limited, so please register early! Total cost of the trip is $475 per person.

Sunday, February 11th, at 5:30 at BSOD, there will be a parent's meeting regarding fundraising ideas for SnowBird.


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Guest Lunch

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Is there a better way to get to know someone than over a free meal?  We don't think so!  If you are new to Live Oak and want to get to know us a little better, sign up for our February 4th Guest Lunch.  It's a great way to get to know some of the church leadership and it gives us a chance to get to know you as well!  It's a no strings attached meal at our Ministry Center (14 Palmetto Way, Bluffton) at 1:00pm.  Families are welcomed and encouraged to come!  Register below so we can ensure plenty of food!


Student Ministry Super Bowl Chow Down

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We will Live Stream the Super Bowl at the Ministry Center on Sunday, February 4th.  We will show the game from kick-off until half-time of the big game.  This will be a fantastic event for you to invite friends! 

Bring some delicious "tailgate" food to share.

Not a football fan? No worries!!  There will be a video game lounge, boards games, food and MORE (like a BBQ Nacho Bar...holla!)   


Baptism Sunday

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If you have never been baptized or maybe one of your children wants to be baptized, we would love to celebrate this step of owning your faith!  Our next baptism Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, February 11th.  Be sure to request a meeting with one of our pastors prior to Baptism Sunday so we can address any questions or concerns.  


Resonate

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Love God, Love People, Bring the Two Together.  Sound familiar?  It should since it is Live Oak's Mission Statement.  How do we love God?  We worship.  But what IS worship?  We've said it
here at Live Oak many times over the years like this... worship is a whole-life response to who God is and what He has done.  Join us on Sunday, February 11th at 6:00pm, at the Bluffton School of Dance for an evening of Praise & Worship.  Families are invited and encouraged to come and worship together!  Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers.


Launch Class

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Are you ready to own your faith and the mission of Live Oak?  Still have questions about us?  You are invited to our Launch Class on Tuesday, February 13th, at 7:00pm, at the Ministry Center.  Pastor Eric will host this 90 minute class to address our history, beliefs, mission, and vision.  There will be plenty of time for questions!  You will also learn how to get connected through house church, Bible study groups, and serving.  


Giving Statements

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You should have received an email last week on how to access your giving statement for 2017.  If you didn't get an email or you have questions about your statement, contact Sheila Livesay at sheila@liveoakcc.com.  Hard copies will be mailed for those without email addresses.


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TheWeekly (01.19.18)

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Compassion

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Webster defines compassion as "a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken bymisfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering."  Compassion is a core piece of Live Oak's DNA. From the very beginning we have been committed to loving people locally and globally in tangible ways, creating new partnerships along the way. Partners are supported in various ways including financial gifts, volunteerism, and support trips.  This month we wanted to highlight 3 of our Global Partners and let you know what is happening in the organizations.

Island Christian Church was planted by Savannah Compassion church in the Ukraine the same time as Live Oak.  We consider them our sister church and support them in various ways.  On February 3rd Oleg and Ghenna, along with Ghenna's wife Natasha, will be visiting Live Oak to share what is happening at Island Christian Church.  If you are interested in meeting with our visitors, contact the church office.  They arrive on Saturday, February 3rd and head to Savannah on Tuesday, February 6th.

We recently received an email letting us know that as a church they started a project - 7 weeks of Evangelism. The slogan is 7 weeks - 7 people. They invited the church members to visit one person a week and tell them the Christmas story. Every Wednesday they have a prayer meeting in the church, bringing up the names of people they are going to visit and pray for their needs. 

On Saturday, December 23rd they had a Christmas service for children. Besides the Sunday school they invited children from the neighborhood. It was a 2 hour program with many activities and the Christmas story. There were 33 children at the program, Half of them are not a part of the church yet and some of them were with parents or grandparents. At the end of the program all of them received some gifts.. 

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Outpour Movement - Thailand (Tana Turner)

Hopefully you have had a chance to see Tana since she has been home for the holidays!  So much has been happening in Thailand and it's always good to hear it directly from Tana.  Outpour Movement had to revamp some of their missions for Burmese refugees.  In December they re-opened the training center, Braverly cafe, and Famous Ray's Cuisine.  All of the staff went through cross training to ensure they understand and can help as needed.  Tana will be taking on new responsibilities this year as the Training Center Event Coordinator and helping with product development at the Braverly cafe.  Please keep her in prayer.

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The Miles Family - Nigeria

Lenny and Patrice Miles, along with their 2 children, partnered with Samaritan’s Purse for a large construction project to rebuild parts of the Egbe Hospital in Nigeria, West Africa. For 3 1/2 years Lenny managed the project while Patrice managed the office, guesthouse, Spring of Life HIV/AIDS clinic and started a ministry called C.A.R.E. Africa. God started another chapter in their lives as they transitioned to Jos, Nigeria in August 2017 so Cason and Jolie can attend Hillcrest International School. Lenny will be the new Communications Specialist for SIM Nigeria while Patrice will continue to be the project manager for C.A.R.E. Africa and Spring of Life HIV/AIDS clinic.

CARE Africa is currently in negotiations with Foundations Academy Jos to open a branch in Egbe so the kids in Egbe can attend elementary school.  Keep these negotiations in prayer.  Lenny is recruiting missionaries.  He is working on marketing and media advertisements, so keep this in prayer as well!

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Guest Lunch

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If you are new to Live Oak, the best way to get connected is through our Engagement Pathway.  The first step on the pathway is our Guest Lunch!  We are hosting a lunch on Sunday, February 4th, at 1:00, at the Ministry Center (14 Palmetto Way).  This is a fun, relaxing afternoon of food and fellowship.  It gives you a chance to get to know some our leadership over a meal.  It also gives us a chance to get to know you a little better too!  Families are welcomed!  You can register below.


Ladies Bible Study

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We’ve all got our issues! Maybe you feel like life just isn’t going your way, or you’re afraid that you don’t measure up to other people’s expectations. Perhaps you have a hard time managing your temper or have someone in your life you just can’t forgive. We deal with our “issues” every day in one form or another; the problem is, after a while, they start to feel . . . normal. Unchanging. Just part of who we are. And we forget that we have access to the power of Christ―a power that can transform our everyday weaknesses into our greatest strengths and gifts.

Join us for this 6 week study starting Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30pm at the Ministry Center.  Register below.  You do need to order a book for this study.  It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


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Green Bag Sunday

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Don't forget to bring your green bags back this Sunday, filled with cereal!  Let's help Bluffton Self Help restock their pantry.  #recklessgenerosity


Engagement Pathway

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Our Engagement Pathway is the easiest way to get connected at Live Oak!  Our first pathway for 2018 starts on February 4th with a free Guest Lunch at the Ministry Center.  The next step is Baptism Sunday on February 11th.  Then the last step is our Launch Class on February 13th at the Ministry Center.  You can find out more information and register for any or all of the steps by clicking below.


New Month, New Cause

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This January, every 10 check-ins at Live Oak will help provide a winter coat to someone in need. We’re working with Causely and Soles4Souls to make it happen. You can add #keepwarm when you check in to promote the cause. For more information about this month’s charity, check out www.soles4souls.org.

You can check in every day to help this cause.  Every time you check in more people see Live Oak in their newsfeed.  It's a win/win for us!  More exposure on social media and a chance to help another organization.

#keepwarm, #recklessgenerosity


Ladies Bible Study

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We’ve all got our issues! Maybe you feel like life just isn’t going your way, or you’re afraid that you don’t measure up to other people’s expectations. Perhaps you have a hard time managing your temper or have someone in your life you just can’t forgive. We deal with our “issues” every day in one form or another; the problem is, after a while, they start to feel . . . normal. Unchanging. Just part of who we are. And we forget that we have access to the power of Christ―a power that can transform our everyday weaknesses into our greatest strengths and gifts.

Join Judy Frost and Jamie Haight as they lead this 6 week Bible study starting Tuesday, February 6th, at the Ministry Center. 


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The Weekly (01.05.18)

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Happy New Year Live Oak!

 

Greater Still Dessert Events

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Join us for dessert on January 7th or 8th, at the Ministry Center at 7:00pm,  to hear an update on our Greater initiative from last year.  If you aren't sure what the Greater initiative is, this is an opportunity to learn about our vision and find out why Live Oak is greater...still!


Student Ministry Winter Jam

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Join our student ministry at Winter Jam 2018, Christian Music's largest annual tour, on Friday, January 12th. Performers include building 429, skillet, Kari Jobe, John Crist, and more!

We are heading out at 4:00pm on January 12th from Pritchardville Elementary and will return at approximately 1:30am on Saturday morning.

Cost is $25/person and includes admission to the concert, transportation, and dinner.

Please let us know if there are any dietary restrictions. We are planning on subs, chips and cookies for dinner on the way down.


Engagement Pathway

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If you are new to Live Oak, our Engagement Pathway is THE best way to get to know us and get connected!  Our next pathway starts on February 4th with a Guest Lunch at our Ministry Center.  It's a nice, relaxing afternoon with some of the leadership of our church.  And it's a free lunch!  

The next step is Baptism Sunday.  if you have never been baptized, we would love to celebrate this step of faith with you.  

And the last step is our Launch class or membership class.  This class gives you an overview of our history, mission, and vision.  You will also learn how to connect with Bible studies and House churches.

You can find out more information and register for any or all all of the steps here.


Women's Bible Study

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Ladies, you have been asking and the time has arrived!  Ladies Bible study starts on Tuesday, February 6th, at 6:30pm, at the Ministry Center!  We will be using Nicole Unice's book, She's Got Issues.  Here's a little synopsis:

We’ve all got our issues! Maybe you feel like life just isn’t going your way, or you’re afraid that you don’t measure up to other people’s expectations. Perhaps you have a hard time managing your temper or have someone in your life you just can’t forgive. We deal with our “issues” every day in one form or another; the problem is, after a while, they start to feel . . . normal. Unchanging. Just part of who we are. And we forget that we have access to the power of Christ―a power that can transform our everyday weaknesses into our greatest strengths and gifts.

We hope you can join us for this 6 week study!


 

 

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Merry Christmas!

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From our families to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS! We hope you are ALL having a fantastic day with friends and family celebrating Emmanuel!

See you Sunday at 9:00 or 10:45 as we ring in the New Year together!

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Christmas Eve Services

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Join us on Christmas Eve at 9:00 and 10:45 for a different type of Christmas Eve service this year!  We will all be together to worship and listen to a brief message from Pastor Michael.  Everyone will then help create gift baskets and bags to be delivered throughout our community to those who are working on Christmas Eve.  Everyone can participate!  Kid's Ministry will not be available that morning.  Come be a part of many single acts of kindness on Christmas Eve.


Greater Still

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Thank you Live Oak for being incredibly generous this year.  For those who have been here awhile, you will remember that January 2017 started our generosity initiative of Greater.  We have had a wonderful year and want to tell you all about it over dessert!  Register now for our Greater Still dessert nights (January 7th or 8th) at the Ministry Center.  Some of you may not know what Greater is all about, this is an opportunity for you to come and hear about this initiative and become a part of something Greater Still.


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Students, join Pastor Eric and your friends for Winter Jam 2018, on January 12, 2018!  This event is Christian Music's largest annual tour, performers include: building 429, skillet, Kari Jobe, John Crist, and more!

We are heading out at 4:00pm on January 12th from Pritchardville Elementary and will return at approximately 1:30am on Saturday morning.

Cost is $25/person and includes admission to the concert, transportation, and dinner.  

Please let us know if there are any dietary restrictions. We are planning on subs, chips and cookies for dinner on the way down.


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The church office will be closed from December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018!  


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The Weekly (12.15.17)

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First Annual Fancy Shmancy Christmas Part-Tay 

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It's finally here!!!  This Saturday, at the Bluffton School of Dance, at 6:00pm.  Be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy for ages 9-12 for Bluffton Self Help!

Be prepared, the parking lot is going to have a large tent in place for overflow.  Therefore, parking will be on the street, at the school, and at the childcare center.  For those needing handicapped parking, we will have a few spaces available (hopefully).  It will be very busy.  We have 200 people registered!  That's a great problem to have!

Dress code is festive wear - you can come Fancy or you can come Shmancy!  Don't forget we are having an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.

Lastly, we do need a few more volunteers for childcare that evening.  It will broken up into two 45 minute shifts, if you can help contact Pastor Eric at eric@liveoakcc.com.


Greater Still

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Last year we kicked off our Greater initiative to fund our move to the Bluffton School of Dance and to start working toward our future.  On January 7th & 8th, Pastor Michael will host dessert events to bring everybody up-to-date on this initiative.  If you aren't sure what the Greater initiative is, this is an opportunity to learn about our vision and find out why Live Oak is greater...still! These events are for everyone.  Be sure to register, so we can be sure there are plenty of desserts for everyone!  


Help Wanted

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We are very fortunate that on Christmas Eve, we get to leave all of our equipment set up at the Bluffton School of Dance.  However, on New Year's Eve, we have to tear down just like a normal Sunday.  With folks traveling, we know this is going to take some help!  If you are available on New Year's Eve and can help tear down after the 10:45 service, please let us know.  You can contact the office (office@liveoakcc.com or jamie@liveoakcc.com), put it on your connect card, stop us in the hallway...just tell us "Yes, I can help!"  As always, many hands make for light work! #recklessgenerosity, #asimpleactofkindness


Year End Giving

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As a reminder if you as a business or just as a family would like to make a year end gift for tax purposes, please know that anything above our regular budget will applied to debt reduction.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to start 2018 debt free?!


As a reminder, the office will be closed December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018.


 

 

 

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The Weekly (12.08.17)

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Live Oak's First Annual Fancy Shmancy Christmas Par-TAY

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Our first ever church-wide Christmas party is on Saturday, December 16th, at the Bluffton School of Dance. Doors will open at 6:00pm. Join us for an evening filled with food and fun! Dinner will be served at approximately 6:30pm. There will be music, children's activities, and an ugly sweater contest! There may even be a visit from Buddy!

Each family is asked to bring an new, unwrapped toy for ages 9-12, for Bluffton Self Help. Toy suggestions are Legos sets, Star Wars, Beyblades, watches, jewelry, curling irons, sporting goods, sports jerseys, hats, books, and games.

RSVP is required!

Dress code - Festive wear! You can be Fancy or you can be Shmancy, you decide!


Christmas Eve Service Project

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Last year during our Greater Initiative we asked you what some of your favorite memories are of things we have done at Live Oak.  Overwhelmingly you responded our Christmas Eve service project!  This year will be even more special since Christmas Eve falls on Sunday!  Our morning service will include a short message from Pastor Michael and then everyone will be able to help create gift bags and baskets to deliver to those working that day.  We will have stations set up throughout the building along with lists of where to deliver the packages.  We will not have kid's ministry that morning so that everyone can help spread Christmas cheer throughout our community!  


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