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Welcome to Group Life!

All our groups are listed below by Day of the Week.

Want to visit a group? Contact the group leader directly below.

Want to to talk about where you might fit? Contact our Minister for Community Life here




AllFlourishTogether

Sundays 11:15am

We invite OCC’ers of all ages and stages to join us in discussion, relationship-building and prayer. During this season we plan to ask each other: what does it mean to flourish where God has placed you? We’ll discuss some chapters of Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch, and on other weeks mull over questions related to the sermon. Newcomers welcome — we’re still new at OCC ourselves! Occasional lunch outings after study.

Kids can join 2nd service nursery/children/youth or enjoy supervised free play while we meet.

 
Leaders: Esther and David Landhuis

East Oakland

Sundays 11:45am

We meet at the Anderson home in East Oakland (by the zoo) for lunch after the first worship service. Our group focuses on discussing the sermon ideas. This season we will continue to build relationships, have options for group participants to volunteer through Project Peace, go deeper with a weekend retreat, and optionally discuss a book about gospel parenting. Family friendly, and all are welcome!

Childcare available.

 
Leaders: Mark and Rebecca Anderson

Social Entrepreneur Group

Sundays 1:00pm

How excited are you to make a way out of no way in life? Go after Your Dreams, Goals, Passions, Create New Paths or  just become more socially involved with your family, school or church community?

But you’ve got some obstacles to overcome? Life, people around you, challenges at work, money, business problems, mental health concerns, prejudice discrimination, doubt or even failure- these  can get us down and stop our excitement in its tracks. This group is  for social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in theirs and others lives.

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profits or companies.

A social entrepreneur is a leader or pragmatic visionary who:

  • Achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.
  • Focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation and tries to optimize the financial value creation.
  • Innovates by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem.
  • Continuously refines and adapts approach in response to feedback.
  • Combines the characteristics represented by Richard Branson and Mother Teresa
 
Leader: Brian Hill

Dimond

Sundays 7:00pm

Our small group would like to warmly invite you to join our community at conveniently located walking distance from the church! Our gatherings typically include delicious snacks, discussion on morning’s message, and a time for communal prayer. We also like to fellowship over meals, board games!

We plan to volunteer regularly to help beautify Peralta Hacienda Park.

 
Leader: Rachel Mellby

Writing Workshop

Mondays 11:00am

Julie Jones from the Commission on Aging taught creative writing at Brown University. She has a love for writing and is willing to encourage those who have been looking for a safe space to start that novel, family story that's been looming deep inside or just an opportunity to improve your writing skills.

 
Contact: Norma Sherman

Common Ground Class

Mondays 7:00pm

Common Ground "Gathered Around Jesus"

This class focuses on the big story of Scripture and the importance of trust in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We look at what it means to be saved by grace, to live by faith and to join in the great good news. We provide tools for spiritual growth and personal renewal.

Sign Up Here

 

 
Leaders: Pastor Josh and Sally Steele

Married Men's Group

Mondays 7:00pm

This group is an opportunity for guys who are newly married, or are thinking about getting married, to talk in an open supportive environment about their relationship and gain insight on marriage.

 
Leader: John Fuller

Bible Study Fellowship

Tuesdays 7:00pm

Bible Study Fellowship is an international study. Everyone around the world study the same scriptures every week from September of one year through May of the following year. This group is on a different time frame than the rest of the groups at OCC. We will complete our sessions in the first of May. Speak with Norma Sherman if you are interested in joining.

www.bsfinternational.org

 
Contact: Norma Sherman

Grand Lake

Tuesdays 7:00pm

Our heart is to develop a culture where we all empower and honor one another while developing relationships and community. Each week we will discuss the sermon, wrestle with scripture, and pray for one another. We will focus on applying the Word of God to our daily lives and encouraging one another to live as Jesus did.

 
Leaders: Denai and Kyle Lovrein

Fremont-Newark

Tuesdays 7:30pm

We will spend time catching up and sharing each other's story over a snack or meal. Following a relaxed, organic structure we will review the past sermon and our interpretations and reactions to it. If you live or work in the Fremont/Newark area we would  love to have you join us!

 
Leader: Greg Means

Deacon Training

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm

Deacons are a community of caring people who prepare, pray and work to meet the needs of OCC and surrounding community and to call the wider church community to do this.

We do this by:

  • Meeting weekly to pray for the church and to review the needs presented to the deacons.
  • Offering listening/care/prayer to parishioners and visitors
  • Planning short-term interventions or referrals
  • Dispersing funds for the Greater Than One Program and occasional benevolence funds.

Each meeting will include a combination of training, community building and practical service.

The Deacons are a community, and it's important that the group develops a rhythm of life together. That's why it’s important that if you join the Deacon Training Program, you are able to commit attending each week (barring unforeseen circumstances and very occasional scheduling conflicts).

We will meet starting on January 31st and finish on March 28th.

 
Leaders: Deacon Training Team

Lunchtime Study

Thursdays 12:30-1:20pm

This group is for anyone who finds a lunchtime group easier to attend than an evening group. So if you're a shift worker, have lunchtimes free - this is the group for you. We will be done at 1:20pm sharp. The group is open, but we encourage people to sign up and come regularly.

 
Leader: Pastor Josh McPaul

Open Door Bible Study

Thursdays 7:00pm

A weekly in-depth walk through Scripture as we unpack a book of the Bible and relate it to the original context and our lives today.

This season we will study the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.

 
Leader: Carl Pascual

San Leandro

Thursdays 7:15pm

The group is co-ed, multi-generational, multi-cultural and may include people outside of the OCC family. The study focuses on the presence of God in our lives and typically utilizes lessons from the previous week's sermon.

 
Leaders: Susan Broadnax

Ceasefire Nightwalks

The First and Third Fridays 7-8:30pm

Join the Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) Nightwalks. Faith leaders, residents, schools, neighborhood organizations, social services, public agencies and law enforcement are uniting to build a culture of peace and healing in our community. We are walking our neighborhoods to carry this message, "We love you and we want you to be alive and free!"

This is a family friendly event. Starting location will be posted on the OCC Facebook Group.

 
Leaders: Katherine and Dom Lipari

Strength Saturdays

Saturdays 6:30am and 8:30am

If you are interested in lifting weights and getting strong, this is the group for you!  This 12-week program will develop total body strength through barbell training. We will provide the coaching, equipment, and programming to facilitate your strength development. Men and women of all ages and experience levels are welcome! Let us know which season you’d like to attend.

 
Leader: Andrew Vincent

The Well

Saturdays 3:30-5:00pm

The Well is a ministry that grows out of the contemplative practice of centering prayer, offering a sacred space to welcome the spirit and nurture the soul. Through the gifts of spoken word (poetry, prose) yoga, and centering prayer practice. The Well invites us to slow down and pause for a brief period and just be.

 
Leader: Jeanette Brantley

Hiking Group

Saturdays - Times/locations on InFellowship

Join us on Saturday morning for an outdoor adventure and fellowship together. Men and women of all levels are welcome! We will enjoy exploring a few trails locally and beyond. What better place to grow together, be encouraged and get active in God than in His beautiful creation this Spring. Schedule, location and need to know information will be available on group homepage in InFellowship. See you on the trail!

 
Leader: Chelle Austin

Sidewalk Talk Community Listening Group

Saturdays - Various Times/Locations

“Sidewalk Talk” is an ongoing community listening project that promotes empathy and wellness through offering listening in public spaces: “We quite simply take two chairs, one for us and one for you, out on city streets sit down and offer to listen to anyone about anything.” Participants will be trained in principles of supportive listening by local experts and serve as listeners at local scheduled listening sessions throughout Oakland.

www.sidewalktalkeb.com

 
Leader: Myisha Hill

Lake Merritt (Lakeside)

Full for this Season

We hope to cultivate a community where everyone feels welcomed and at home. We will discuss each weeks sermon and have the opportunity to explore the scripture on a deeper, more personal level in the context of fellowship and prayer. The ultimate aim will be to empower each other to serve with joy and love in our daily lives.

We will be partnering with Elevate Gospel Outreach this season.

 
Leaders: Jordan and Karley Yoder

Temescal

Full for this Season

We focus on connection and community through discussion of the week’s sermon, sharing our stories and struggles, and encouraging one another to look beyond our group to the broader Oakland community. Expect honest conversation, communal prayer, and good snacks.

 
Leaders: Joy Hallman, Stacy Ladenburger and Ben Vanden Burg

Redwood Heights (Formerly Fruitvale)

Full for this Season

We provide a comfortable space for conversation about life and faith. We will use the study guide provided to dive deeper into the content from the Sunday sermon and will strive to connect these sermons with our day-to-day lives. Ultimately we hope that this group provides a safe place to explore how we can love God and our neighbor in a real and meaningful way.


 
Leaders: Dan and Annie Meyer