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We just wrapped our 9-week message series about the attributes of God. To hear the individual messages and to download the study questions, check out our podcasts!
Be sure to join us the Sunday after Thanksgiving for a special service of personal testimonies and worship. Be encouraged this holiday season as you hear about the work God is doing in individual lives, and be reminded how much we truly have to be grateful for.
We are partnering with four other Converge PacWest churches to support Crosspoint Community Church, a Converge PacWest church in Santa Rosa that saw 11 families lose their homes to the Tubbs fire. Fair Oaks has been assigned the category of bedding, and we'd love to show our neighbors that they are not forgotten! If you are able to donate new bedding items, such as sheets, blankets, and pillows, please bring those by the church office by Monday, November 27th. Gift cards are also welcomed.
Parents, are you looking for a few hours to yourselves this holiday season? Take advantage of our free Parents' Night Out on Friday, December 1st, from 6:30-9p. This event is open to children up to 9 years of age, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up now!
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Be sure to join us on December 17th for a special in-service holiday presentation by our own Fair Oaks Kids! Parents, your kids will rehearse during their Sunday School class, and you're welcome to invite friends and family to the performance.
Curious about the songs we sing during Sunday service, or trying to remember the lyrics that one song? Hop on over to Spotify to enjoy a playlist that our Worship Pastor has put together for your listening pleasure.
Parents, you can now check your kids in on Sunday mornings before you're even on campus! Through the magic of your smartphone, your child's printed name tag will be waiting for you when you arrive, ensuring a smoother and quicker check-in process for all. Click here for instructions.
By: Interim Children's Director Laura Olson
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
If you are on social media, perhaps you have seen people take the '30 Days of Thankfulness' challenge, or have even done it yourself. The idea is that each day of the month in November, you find just one thing to be thankful for. I encourage you to do this and share it with your children over dinner or driving in the car. Our kids are sponges and they innately absorb the things we say and the attitudes we portray. A thankful and content attitude is contagious and your kids will catch on.
This month at FO Kids, we will be learning about praying to God and listening to him. Our kids are just starting out on their walk with the Lord and we want to help them understand what it means to talk to God and listen to him.
Early Childhood: For our youngest kids, we want to teach them to start each day by praying to God but not to stop there. We should talk and listen to Him ALL DAY LONG! Even if they go really far away or visit other places, He’s always listening. The story of Samuel will teach kids that God is always ready to talk with us.
Konnect: Our elementary kids will be learning that when you say yes to Jesus, you’re choosing to make Him the leader of your whole life. But how do you get closer to Him? You’ve got to train your spirit! This month, they will learn that following Jesus isn’t a one-time thing. To do big things for God, we need to practice following Him daily.
Loop: Our 5th and 6th graders will be finishing up the series called Skate It Off, where they are focusing on character. Life is full of choices, and the choices we make are determined by the type of character we have. In a sense, our character is what will help determine our future.
The reading plans for the month:
2 yr old through kindergarten: A Voice In the Night
1st grade through 4th grade: Konnect Grow Your Spirit, found on Bible App
5th and 6th grade: Loop Skate It Off, found on Bible App
Christmas: All I can say is that every retail store beat me to it, so I don't feel bad jumping ahead to Christmas. We will be starting our practice for Christmas songs. Also, our elementary classes will be participating in a short play about the Christmas story. I will be making CDs with the songs and sending scripts home throughout the month of November so be watching for those. The kids will be performing in the service on December 17.
I pray that you are all able to focus on family and the many blessings we have been given during this holiday season.
Blessings, Laura Olson
By: Student Ministry Director Zech Carr
Absolutely had a blast with your students last weekend on our 1st ever Arbor Fall Retreat! Here are a few pictures (Sorry for the quality of the underground ones!) It was great to get away and discuss what the Bible presents to us in the word fellowship.
Taking a break from Big Fish tonight to hear a special message from one of our leaders Chris Gruenholz! We’ll be hearing from him some of the ways he has learned personally to trust in God and lean not on his own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6). We will also be playing some board games and snacking later on in the night! Don’t forget all first-time guests have the chance to take our $5 Challenge!
Just an FYI and heads up: We will not be having a regular meeting on Wednesday Nov. 22nd during the week of thanksgiving. Small group leaders may wish to set up a hangout session for their students, but The Arbor will not be meeting together.
Zech Carr at Z.firstname.lastname@example.org
GOT is looking for additional members. The next meeting is December 11th at 7:00 PM in the Fireside room. If you are interested in global outreach and feel this may be where the Lord would have you serve, please contact John Pickrell (email@example.com).
November Is a special Time to Give Thanks for God’s Bountiful Blessings
Join us each Thursday for a wonderful morning of bible study, crafts, exercise, informative programs, fellowship and good food.
- The week of November 23rd, we will not meet in order to spend time with our families and friends. We will return on November 30th to make ”tea light snowmen” for our craft and watch a comedy Christmas DVD for laughs.
- On December 14th, we will welcome the Contra Costa Christian High School music department for a special Christmas musical program at 11:30 AM, followed by a luncheon. Their band, recorder ensemble, and choir will entertain us with wonderful musical numbers celebrating the season.
Contact Johnny Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The church office is operating on Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a phone message at 925 687-4810 and we will get back to you during office hours. Please note that the office will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22nd and re-open for regular business house on Monday, November 27th at 1:00 PM.