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The Oakleaf

The Oakleaf

The newsletter of Fair Oaks Church


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In just a few weeks, we'll be kicking off the 2018 church-wide campaign. This year's theme is 40 Days in the Word, a teaching series with corresponding small group curriculum that will show us to not just hear the Word, but to be doers of the Word as well. All small group participants will receive a workbook to accompany your studies. You can learn more about small groups for this campaign here.

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In just a few weeks, we’ll be kicking off 40 Days in the Word, a six-week series that will help you become a doer of the Word, not just a reader. Small groups will be meeting during this series to dive deeper into the curriculum, and every small group participant will receive a devotional book for daily study and weekly application. Small groups will begin meeting soon, so please visit the Information Desk or click here to learn more and sign up.

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Our annual meeting will take place after service on Sunday, February 4th. All are invited to attend. Church members will be voting on the 2018 budget.


Curious about the songs we sing during Sunday service, or trying to remember the lyrics to that one song? Hop on over to Spotify to enjoy a playlist that our Worship Pastor has put together for your listening pleasure.

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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.

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Registration is now open for Winter Camp 2018 at Hume Lake. Camp will be 23-25 February 2018, and this year's theme is "Already Not Yet." Registration is available on first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to visit to get more details or to sign up.

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Please join us for the 2018 Converge PacWest Men’s Retreat, “The Power of Passion,” featuring Larry Adams from Golden Hills as the main speaker. Registration is now open! The event is March 9-11, in Mount Hermon (near Santa Cruz). Open to all men, and please sign up ASAP, as registration closes in early February. Please click here to learn more or to sign up, or contact Eric Vale or Chris Halvorson or more information.


By: Interim Children's Director Laura Olson

We made it! It's a new year and a fresh start. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

During the month of January, in FO Kids, we will be talking about sin and making the choice not to sin. Sounds simple enough but as we know, it can sometimes be a difficult choice.

Early Childhood: For our youngest kids, we will be going back to the beginning as we learn about the story of God's grace in the Garden of Eden. They will learn about Adam and Eve as they committed that first sin but they will also learn how to weigh if something is a sin or not and how to obey God because He cares for us.

The Bible verse for this month is James 1:5. "If any of you need wisdom ask God for it." NIRV

Konnect: For our elementary kids, grades 1 through 5, we will be learning about how to make those difficult choices. Can kids really make wise choices? ....... I know we may doubt it sometimes but, believe it or not, the answer is yes! Kids may not make wise choices every time—most adults don’t either—but they can grow in wisdom by learning about where it comes from. Making wise choices isn’t always easy, but it's important to know true wisdom comes only from God.

Reading plans for the month:

2 yr old through Kindergarten: The First Sin

Konnect:  Wise Guys


  • Just a reminder that the 6th graders have moved out of the elementary class and will now be able to join you in the service. The Konnect class on Sunday mornings is for 1st through 5th grade.
  • Good news! Our children's ministry is growing! We are always in need of leaders so if you or your spouse would like to help out, we have a place for you! Please contact me for further details.

I pray that 2018 would be a year of blessing for each of your families.

Blessings, Laura Olson


By: Student Ministry Director Zech Carr

Hey FOC Parents!

Who is ready for this year!? I can’t tell you how excited I am to be leading your students in 2018. Last year was the first in my life for many things and it was a year of growth in a love for God in so many ways for me. Not the least of which, getting to know your students and falling in love with this church have been huge blessings and the Lord is leading our group to love Him all the more this year.

The following week is promotion week for the 6th graders at Fair Oaks. They will be joining us in the youth group for the first time on 1/17/18! If you know any 6th grade students who would love to come please extend the invite and my contact information to them!

Hume Lake Winter Camp is coming up! This year we are only going to be taking 9-12th graders and the dates are Feb. 23-25. The full price is $209 and to lock in your spot I’ll just need a deposit of $75 and that will start the process of getting all of the registration info to you. We will be driving up this year in connection with a church from Pleasanton called Blue Oaks so there are a million opportunities for your students to get connected with peeps they don’t know this year!

A few things to know…

  • HS Hume Winter dates Feb. 23-25, $75 deposit

P.S- I recently dropped my phone in a creek and it would be extremely helpful to me if you could text me with your name so I can re-update my contacts 😊

Zech Carr  at

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By: Women's Ministry Director Joy Rosenberg

After taking a break in December, the Women’s class will resume on Sunday, January 7th.  We are continuing in the book of 2 Corinthians using Kelly Minter’s wonderful study called, All things New. We have seen the apostle Paul in a whole new light through this study, and have identified with his heartbreak and feelings of betrayal.  Yet, through it all he continued to love the church at Corinth and we witnessed how God can reconcile us with one another.

Even if you didn’t start with us in September, we would love to have you join us.  You are welcome to come and get to know other women at Fair Oaks and go deeper into this great book of the Bible.

We start at 9:00 in the Fireside Room (yes, we will have a toasty fire going in the fireplace).  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Joy Rosenberg at

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By: Men's Ministry Director Eric Vale

Men, it's a new year and the Men's ministry is in full-swing planning for the new year.  Mark your calendars for the first Men's Breakfast of the upcoming year.  The men will gather on January 20th at from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM in the Adult Learning Center. Men from 6-106 are welcome, please consider bringing a friend.  RSVP to Eric Vale at

Upcoming Events:

Men’s Retreat: Please join us for the 2018 Converge PacWest Men’s Retreat, “The Power of Passion,” featuring Larry Adams from Golden Hills as the main speaker. Registration is now open! The event is March 9-11, in Mount Hermon (near Santa Cruz). Open to all men, and please sign up ASAP, as registration closes in early February. Please visit to learn more or to sign up, or contact Eric Vale ( or Chris Halvorson ( for more information.


By: Global Outreach Chairperson John Pickrell

Exciting things are happening with Fair Oaks Global Outreach.  Two of our missionary couples will be in the US for a few months this year and we will be able to interact with them:  Paul and Margie Varberg  and Craig and Lisa Gustafson.  Both of these couples serve at very different locations in the Philippines.


                *John Henry is planning to put together a work team to serve short term at L’Arcada Camp in Spain.  You can reach John at 925-672-4993 for details regarding dates, travel plans, and work projects, or you can send him a note here

                *L’Arcada camp in Spain is looking for high school students and adults to serve on the summer staff. You can see a short promotional video on the camp here.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please call John Pickrell 925-798-4021.

                *In February, John and Wilma Pickrell will be attending the L’Arcada USATeam meeting in Michigan.


Join the Fair Oaks Global Outreach Team! (GOT) We are always looking for people interested in praying for and celebrating our Fair Oaks representatives locally and around the world.  We meet monthly.



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 or leave a phone message at 925 687-4810 and we will get back to you during office hours.