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The Oakleaf

The Oakleaf

The newsletter of Fair Oaks Church
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We're kicking off our new message series and small group study this week!. Over the course of nine weeks, we'll be looking at the attributes of God, and how our understanding of Him can impact our lives. Study questions will be made available each week to complement the Sunday morning message. If you signed up for a Fall Life Group, you should have received an email with your group information last week. You can also check with the Information Desk after service, or give us a call in the office, if you're not sure. If you're hoping to still join a Fall Life Group, please contact the office at

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We are still looking for help with childcare! If you are able to help watch kiddos during fall, we have a lot of families that would be grateful!


We wrapped up our message series, "The Waiting Room," last weekend with a message about overcoming the storms in our lives. Jim and Rhonda Maddox were kind enough to share how they've been handling Jim's recent cancer diagnosis. You can hear the interview and the messages here.

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Join us on Oct 7th for our annual Fall Festival. Plan to join the Fair Oaks Family as well as our neighbors for a day of fun, food and furry paws.  We will be once again having our annual Chili Cook Off along with other yummy treats.  There will be something for everyone including a bounce house, games of various types and good fellowship.  Mark your calendars today so you don't miss out on the fun.

By: Laura Olson

September is here and many of us are already knee-deep in sharpened pencils, crayons, and homework. There seems to be no easing into this busy time of year; we're just off and running. With all of the new experiences that our kids are having right now, it can leave them feeling a little insecure and not sure of how they fit in. For this reason, this month all of our kids will addressing the topic of their identity in Christ.  For our youngest kids, they will be going through a study called In the Beginning. They'll be learning about all that God created but the most AMAZING creation is us! God made people to be like Him so we can trust and follow Jesus, and be His special friends! For our elementary kids in Konnect, they will be going through a study called Kid ID. We want the kids to learn who God has made and called them to be. Following Jesus gives us a new identity because of what He has done for us. In our 5th and 6th grade class, we will be going through a study called Erased. They will be discussing some of the different ways that we try to define ourselves - our talents, how many friends we have - but ultimately our purpose and identity is found only in Christ. 

The reading plans for the month:

2 yr old through kindergarten: In the Beginning, found on Bible App for kids

1st grade through 4th grade: Konnect Kid ID, found on Bible App

5th and 6th grade: Loop Erased, found on Bible App

It has been great having our elementary kids in the service for worship. Just about every week they walk over to class singing the worship songs. While we plan to continue to have them in the service for the songs on an ongoing basis, October 15 will be a special Sunday.  The kids will go directly to class in the morning rather than start out in the service. Please check in your child(ren) as usual and send them off to class. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Olson at

Please visit the Information Desk, contact Laura Olson ( ), or keep an eye on for more information.

By: Zech Carr

After some time brainstorming, soul-searching, and an open vote a name has been picked and we are excited to move forward under it!

 A new teaching series on conversing with God starts called A Heart, A Mouth, and A Book. Over the next 5 weeks we will be taking the book of James chapter by chapter and primarily learn and practice what an effective quiet time looks like.

Remember, any first time attenders have the opportunity to play our $5 Challenge so invite friends!

In church news: join us on Saturday, October 7, as we kick off the fall season with our annual family-friendly event. This year's gathering will feature our traditional chili cook-off and root beer tasting, as well as hot dogs and games. We'll also be celebrating the official opening of our Community Dog Lot.. It's going to be a paws-itively good time! 

Don’t forget our Fall Retreat dates are Nov. 3rd-5th and we will checking into a nice big cabin in Camp Connell (Mountains of Calaveras County). Price to reserve your child’s spot is only $75We will have limited space however so sign up soon please!

A few things to know…

-Fall Festival 10/7

-Fall Retreat Nov. 3-5, register now cost is $75.00/student

Zech Carr  at

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Christian Service Brigade/ Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior

BATTALION has begun a series of meetings centered on “Camping” with instruction on use of camping and backpacking stoves, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc.  They plan on a camping trip to Dillon Beach in a few weeks.  An additional trip soon will be to the NIKE missile site in Marin Headlands.

CSB has a publication for parents of boys – called VALOR.  This free magazine will be mailed to anyone who signs up for it at the CSB website:  Issues must be ordered (free) on-line.

CSB has a publication for parents of boys – called VALOR.  This free magazine will be mailed to anyone who signs up for it at the CSB website:  Issues must be ordered (free) on-line.

BATTALION guys are 6th -12th grade.  STOCKADE boys are 2nd – 5th graders.  GEMS girls are 1st – 8th grade.  Both GEMS and CSB are open to all youth, with no requirement that they attend Fair Oaks.  BATTALION, STOCKADE and GEMS meet at 5:30 Sunday evening.  Invite neighbors and friends to check us out.  For more information, check with Bob or Kristy Nass. To sign up for camp, contact Bob Nass ( 

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Save the Date!  January 26-28th 2018 is our annual Converge Pac West Women’s Conference in beautiful Monterey.  This year’s theme is “Following: A Life Where Jesus Leads”  and Andrea Coli will be our main speaker.  You can go to the website to check out the pricing, the seminars offered, learn about our speaker  and read about the amenities at the Hyatt.  Registration for Fair Oaks women will begin at the end of October, so be thinking of who you would like to room with and be on the lookout for the registration brochure at the information desk in the lobby in October. Registration is not available online but only through individual churches.   If you have any questions, please call Chi Wooldridge, 925-348-3878 or Joy Rosenberg 925-825-4023. 

GOT is still looking for additional members.  If you are interested in global outreach and feel this may be where the Lord would have you serve, please contact John Pickrell (

       Fall Craft

       Fall Craft

Senior Adult Fellowship is off to a great start!  On 9/21, we will fill the air with the good old hymns that we love to sing.  September 28th will feature Debra Brown who will inform us about“Pillars of Hope,” an organization that provides safe housing for persons affected by slave trade.  Mason jar scarecrows will be the crafts that day to provide a fun fall decoration.

We offer the usual:  insightful bible study, cards to decorate, watercolor instruction, a half hour of exercise, mid-morning light refreshments, and a delicious luncheon.  Best of all, you will be welcomed with warm and loving fellowship.  JOIN US & BRING A FRIEND!

Contact Johnny Ellison at

Rightnow Media

Did you know that we have a free service to everyone at FOC?  Rightnow Media offers videos for: Adults, Kids, Bible Studies, Books of the Bible, All Conference Sessions, videos for Parenting, Marriage, Men and Women, Pastor and Leadership, Christian Living, and even funny video clips.  You can access these materials conveniently from your computer or smart phone.  Contact Darnell Leong ( to get started.



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