The Weekly (02.16.18)

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The Weekly (02.16.18)

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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The Weekly (01.26.18)

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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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The Weekly (01.12.18)

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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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The Weekly (12.22.17)

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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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The Weekly (12.15.17)

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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The Weekly (12.08.17)

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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The Weekly (12.01.17)

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The Weekly (12.01.17)

New Service Times

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New service times start THIS SUNDAY, December 3rd!  We will see you at 9:00 and 10:45am at Bluffton School of Dance for A Single Act of Forgiveness.  Services will be identical and childcare will be available at both services.


Live Oak's 1st 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. Here are some ideas for this age group:  Beyblades, watches, scarves, curling irons, flattening irons, nail polish, make-up, purses, skateboards, sporting goods (balls, bats, gloves, etc.), sport jerseys, caps, hats, books and games.

RSVP is required!

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


Winter Jam Jacksonville

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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.


New Month, New Cause

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This month, every 3 check-ins on Facebook or Instagram will provide a book to a child in need. We’re working with Reach by Causely and OneHope to make it happen. You can add #books4kids when you check in to promote the cause. For more information about this month’s mission, check out http://onehope.net.


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The Weekly (11.23.17)

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The Weekly (11.23.17)

Happy Thanksgiving

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We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love!  As a reminder, the office is closed Thursday - Sunday.


New Service Times

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Beginning Sunday, December 3rd, we will move to 2 services, 9:00 & 10:45am.  Children's ministry will be available during both services.  Help us spread the word!


Live Oak's 1st Annual Fancy Shmancy Christmas Par-TAY

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The 1st Annual Fancy Shmancy Christmas Par-TAY is scheduled for Saturday, December 16th, at BSOD.  The doors will open at 6:00pm.  Dinner will be provided at approximately 6:30.  There will be activities available for children ages 3 - 5th grade, in our children's ministry rooms until 9:00pm.  We are asking each family to bring a new, unwrapped toy for ages 9-12, for Bluffton Self Help.  In addition to dinner, there will be music, an ugly sweater contest, and fun for all ages!  Dress code is Festive wear, you can be Fancy or you can be Shmancy, you decide!  RSVPs are required.  The last day to RSVP is Monday, December 11th.     

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The Weekly (11.17.17)

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The Weekly (11.17.17)

Save the Date

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First annual Live Oak Fancy Shmancy Christmas Par-TAY will be Saturday, December 16th, at 6:00pm.  The Par-TAY will include dinner, an ugly sweater contest, music, and there are rumors of a visit from Buddy!  Watch for invitations in the next week or so.  RSVPs are a MUST!  Space is limited and the caterer needs to know how much food to prepare.


New Service Times

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Thank you to all that responded to our survey a couple of weeks ago!  Overwhelmingly it was decided to go back to 2 services on Sunday mornings.  Effective Sunday, December 3rd, we will meet at 9:00 & 10:45am at BSOD.  If you are on a serving team, your team leader should have been in contact about your schedule.  If you haven't heard anything, contact them to see when you are serving!


Christmas Eve Service

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For those of you who are new to Live Oak this year, we do something special for Christmas Eve.  We make and deliver care packages for those folks who have to work that day (think Police, Fire, retail, hospitals, gas stations, etc) .  Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, our morning services will be a little different.  Pastor Michael will share an abbreviated message and then we will work together to fill the care packages.  Families can deliver them on their way home from church that morning!  No childcare will be provided that morning as everyone can help with this project!


Happy Thanksgiving

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As a reminder, the office will be closed November 22 - 25th.  We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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The Weekly (11.10.17)

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The Weekly (11.10.17)

Happy Veteran's Day!

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Thank you to all who have served or are currently serving!


 

Green Bag Sunday

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Don't forget to bring back your Green Bag this Sunday filled with rice, macaroni and cheese, stuffing mix, and canned sweet potatoes.  Let's help Bluffton Self Help feed over 400 families this Thanksgiving!


Service Time Changes

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Thank you to all who responded to our survey a couple of week ago!  Based on the results our service times will change to 9:00 and 10:45 am on December 3rd.  Help us spread the word!


Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters

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Summer camp this year is open to middle and high school aged students!  However, spaces are limited.  Registration is now open on the app and the website.  We will be attending June 11-16th!  The cost is $475 for the week with a $50 deposit required at registration.  Register early!


Save the Date

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The Live Oak Fancy Shmancy Christmas Par-TAY is happening, December 16th at 6:00pm! Look for more information in the coming weeks.  


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The Weekly (11.03.17)

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The Weekly (11.03.17)

Baptism Sunday

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Baptism Sunday is this Sunday!  We will baptize anyone who is ready to take this step in your faith!  The baptistry will be ready for all three services.  If you are interested, let us know.  You can click below.


Fall Back

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It's that time of year!  Be sure to set your clocks back 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday night!  Everyone should be in a great mood on Sunday since you get an extra hour of sleep!  Be sure to check your batteries in your smoke alarms also.


Green Bag Sunday

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Be sure to grab a green bag this Sunday.  We are collecting rice, macaroni and cheese, canned sweet potatoes, and stuffing for Bluffton Self Help!  You can also bring in disposable roasting pans.  BSH will provide Thanksgiving dinner to over 300 families this year.


Launch Class

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Are you ready to own your faith at Live Oak and become a member?  Do you have questions about who Live Oak is, what we believe, or what our plans are for the future?  If so, Launch class is for you!  Join Pastor Michael Tuesday, November 7th, at 7:00pm, at the Ministry Center.  He will address our history, mission, values, and vision and any questions you may have.  Be sure to register if you plan to attend.


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The Weekly (10.27.17)

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The Weekly (10.27.17)

Guest Lunch

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If you are new to Live Oak, make plans to attend our Guest Lunch this Sunday, October 29th!  It's  a great way to meet some of our church leadership in a relaxed setting.  You do need to register, so we can ensure we have plenty of food!  


Girlfriend Gathering

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Ladies, join us this Thursday, November 2nd, at 6:30pm at Bethany Hewitt's home for a Girlfriend Gratitude Party!  Fun, food, and laughs are all guaranteed as we celebrate girlfriends!  If you are attending, RSVP to Bethany@southerngraces.com.


Men's Breakfast Group

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Men, don't feel left out!  Our men's breakfast group meets every other Saturday at 8:00am at the Golden Corral in Bluffton.  Join them this Saturday, October 28th for some fellowship.


New Sermon Series

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This Sunday kicks off our Compassion Month!   For the next 4 weeks will share stories of #recklessgenerosity with some of our Compassion partners.  Pastor Michael will start the series this week.  You will also hear stories from others in the church on how they are involved with our compassion partners.


Service Time Survey

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Earlier this week Pastor Michael sent everyone a survey regarding the possibility of changing our service times.  Thank you to all of you who have responded.  Your input helps us make the right decisions for our church!  If you haven't responded to the survey yet, please click below.


Launch Class

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If you are new to Live Oak and want to learn more about our history, mission, values, and vision, Launch class is for you!  Our next class in Tuesday, November 7th, at 7:00pm, at the Ministry Center.  This class is our membership class.  Pastor Michael will lead the class and you will have opportunities to ask as many questions as you like!  You will also learn how to get connected through Serving and House Churches.  You can register here.

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The Weekly (10.19.17)

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The Weekly (10.19.17)

Parenting 

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In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything "right" and raise up "good" children, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

Based on his award-winning and best-selling Parenting book, Paul Tripp speaks to moms and dads around the world. But this event is not solely for parents - grandparents, youth ministry leaders, and anyone who knows and loves and parents should attend!  

TOMORROW NIGHT!!!  Register NOW!


Guest Lunch

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If you are new to Live Oak, we would like to invite you to join some of the church leadership for a free lunch on Sunday, October 29th, at 1:00 at the Ministry Center.  This is a great way to get to know a little more about Live Oak in a relaxed atmosphere.  It's also a nice way to meet the leadership.  You can register here.  Kids are welcome to attend!


Baptism

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If you or your child is interested in being baptized, our next baptism is scheduled for Sunday, November 5th.  One of the pastors would love to meet with you to discuss baptism and answer any questions you may have.  You can let us know you are interested by clicking here and someone will be in contact to schedule a meeting.


Girlfriend Gathering

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Ladies, mark your calendars, November 2nd is our next Girlfriend Gathering!  Join us at Bethany Hewitt's home at 6:30pm for a Girlfriends Gratitude Party filled with conversation, laughter, and food!  Contact Bethany at bethany@southerngraces.com for directions.  


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The Weekly (10.12.17)

Church Picnic

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Make plans to attend our annual church picnic this Sunday, October 15th!  We will start with prayer about 1:30, at the Rotary Club Community Center in Oscar Frazier Park.  Join us for food, fun, and fellowship!  There will be games for all ages.  There is a big field and playground next to the building.  The church will provide paper products, fried chicken and drinks!  Please bring a dish to share.  

If you can help with tear down at Bluffton School of Dance that Sunday that would be WONDERFUL!  It will allow the staff and their families to make it to the picnic on time.


Engagement Pathway

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If you are new to Live Oak, the easiest way to get connected is through our Engagement Pathway.  The next pathway kicks off on Sunday October 29th, with a free guest lunch at the church Ministry Center.  Come and enjoy lunch with some of our leadership.  Get to know us a little better, as we get to know you.  We do ask that you register for the lunch.  You can click here to register!

The next step on our pathway is baptism.  If you have never been baptized or if your kids want to be baptized, we would love to celebrate this step of faith with you!  Baptism Sunday is scheduled for November 5th.  You can request a meeting with one of our pastors here to discuss baptism.

The last step is Launch class.  This is our membership class.  Pastor Michael will provide you with information on our history, beliefs, mission, and vision.  In addition, you will learn about opportunities to join a house church or volunteer.  Launch class is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th, at 7:00pm, at the church Ministry Center.  You can register here.


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The Weekly (10.05.17)

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The Weekly (10.05.17)

Kairos Prison Ministry

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Several of our men go into Ridgeland Correctional Facility next Thursday, October 12th, to help spread the Gospel to those who are incarcerated.  Please consider supporting this cause with a financial donation, a dedicated prayer time for the weekend, or with homemade cookies!  If you are bringing cookies, please bring them to church this Sunday, October 8th!  #radicallifechange


Green Bag Sunday

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The shelves at Bluffton Self Help are emptied of cereal and other items!  Let's help them stock up this Sunday with cereal!  Please bring back your green bags or just grocery bags filled with any type of cereal!  #recklessgenerosity


Church Picni

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Make plans to attend our annual church picnic on Sunday, October 15th!  We will start with prayer about 1:30pm, at the Rotary Club Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park in Bluffton.  Please bring a dish to share with your church family.  Come spend an afternoon with family and friends! #realcommunity


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