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Welcome to Group Life!

Home Groups and City Groups are listed below by Day of the Week.

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List of Groups




Home-based groups meet in a members' home and are lead by one or two leaders. They will primarily study the sermon text, with study guide and questions provided by the pastors.


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 this winter, and optionally discuss a book about gospel parenting. Family friendly, and all are welcome! Cooperative childcare.

Leaders: Mark and Rebecca Anderson

Dimond (Formerly Alameda-Jingletown)

Sundays 7:00pm

NEW LOCATION: Our small group would like to warmly invite you to join our community at our new location, 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 occasionally diverge from this plan to fellowship over meals, board games, or volunteer activities!

Leader: Rachel Mellby


Tuesdays 7:00pm

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!

Leaders: Mark Bandstra and Greg Means

Lake Merritt (Lakeside)

Tuesdays 7:00pm

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.

Leaders: Jordan and Karley Yoder


Thursdays 7:00pm

The Fruitvale group hopes to build off the positive vibe established by previous groups in the area by providing a comfortable space for conversation about life and faith. We will use the study guide provided by OCC 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. Come join us!

Leaders: Aaron McGregor and Sally Stosich

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

Castro Valley

Contact the leaders about meeting times

Our group is focused on building community, sharing our faith journeys, and walking through life together. This group will be particularly geared towards couples and young families. After our potluck dinner, we will spend time discussing that week’s sermon and fellowshipping.

Leaders: Angie and Evan Chung




City Groups provide structure and direction with a specific content or activity. City Engagement offers opportunities to volunteer and become involved in the community.

Open Door Bible Study

Mondays 7:00pm

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

Leader: Pastor Josh McPaul

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.

Contact: Norma Sherman

Worship Discussion Group

Wednesdays at various times/locations.

“So, exactly what IS worship, really?”

Well, how about we ponder that and similar tough questions over finger food, friends, and fruit juice? You might snag the occasional gourmet cupcake or two, and we'll even make our own music as the seasons change. All are welcome, lack of musical talents notwithstanding. See you there!

Leaders: David and Tracy Sovereign

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

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

Hiking Group

Saturday (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

Strength Saturdays

Saturdays 6:30am and 8:30am starting Sept 23.

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

Sidewalk Talk Community Listening Group

1st Meeting Saturday Sept 23, 10am at Lake Merritt

“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.

Leader: Myisha Hill and Travia Fitzpatrick

The Well

Saturdays 3:30-5pm on Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 18.

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