Christmas Eve Service!

December 12, 2016  
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Christmas falls on a Sunday this year so we will be holding a worship service on Christmas Eve.  Join us on December 24th at the West Oakland Senior Center at 5pm for a special Christmas Eve service.  We will then enjoy a time of fellowship afterward with a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange, so please join us with a tasty dish and a gift to share as well!

We want to encourage folks to invite others, especially in our surrounding community.  If you are willing, please bring an extra gift for our visitors to take part in the gift exchange.  We will start collecting extra gifts this Sunday at service.  Please limit your gift amount to $15.

Christmas Family Night!

November 1, 2015  
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In partnership with the City of Oakland, the DeFremery Recreation Center, and Christ Church we are hosting monthly Family Nights for the West Oakland community with free dinner, followed by a time of activities, games, and prizes. Please join us on Thursday, December 17th for a Christmas themed night!

Family Night!

August 31, 2015  
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In partnership with the City of Oakland, the DeFremery Recreation Center, and Christ Church we are hosting monthly Family Nights for the West Oakland community with free dinner, followed by a time of activities, games, and prizes. Please join us on Thursday, October 29th for a costume themed night!

Family Fun Night, Apr 24th 2014

April 21, 2014  
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Join us on Thursday, April 24th from 6pm-7:30pm for our monthly Family Night!  The theme for April is Field Day!!  We’ll be at the DeFremery Recreation Center (1651 Adeline St., 94607).  Dinner will eat dinner from 6:15-6:45 and we play games from 6:45-7:30.

For the past 3 years, we have been hosting monthly Family Nights for the West Oakland community in partnership with the City of Oakland and the DeFremery Recreation Center.  These events consist of free dinner followed by a time of activities, games, and prizes.  If you are interested in being part of the Family Night planning team, please contact Rebecca Hu at rebecca@convergeoakland.org.

Romans

November 5, 2013  
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5th Annual Day in the Park!!!

March 11, 2013  
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Thank you for attending our 5th Annual Day in the Park event!  It was another day of beautiful weather, delicious food, fun games, and lots of conversation and laughter.  If you took pictures at the photo booth, please visit Day in the Park Photo Booth

Want to Get Connected?

May 1, 2012  
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Life groups at Convergence are smaller sized mid-week gatherings that meet in members’ homes.  To get connected with a group, you can contact individual life group leaders and request more information.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25

Vision: Holiness. Many interpret holiness purely from a moral perspective, but it also encompasses a life that is growing closer to God.  We make holiness the overarching vision for life groups because it is the greatest commandment (love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength).  We value growing deeper in relationship because it is necessary for us to grow in our relationship with God.

Purpose: We gather in groups with a shared mission to pursue God, to love one another, and to serve others (surrounding community, city, region, and world).

Why Life Groups: As individuals, left in an individual context, we have a tendency to think much about ourselves.  Community forces us to consider others and moves the focus and attention away from ourselves, or at a minimum, illuminates how much we think of ourselves. It also moves us away from constantly living out of our own desires and limitations by allowing us to consider others interests as well as our own.

Community also gives us a greater picture of God; as C.S. Lewis notes, “By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity. I want other lights than my own to show all his facets.”. In essence, we need one another to have a more whole view of God.

Fall 2011 – Summer 2012 Life Groups!

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Life Group Leaders: David Luoh and Becky Chiang

Day and Time: Mondays at 8pm

Location: Emeryville

Contact: David at david@convergeoakland.org or call (510) 463-1011 for details on meeting location.

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Life Group Leaders: Kevin and Rebecca Hu

Day and Time: Thursdays at 6:30pm

Location: West Oakland

Contact: Kevin at kevin@convergeoakland.org or call (510) 463-1011 for details on meeting location.

A word from life group leader, Kevin:

The theme of our life group focuses on the intricacies of our everyday relationships.  Birthed out of the disparity between our public and private lives, our hope is to examine our hearts in the context of a loving and encouraging community while exploring the depths of who we are in light of the gospel.  We work towards complete authenticity, embracing uncomfortable topics and conversations in hopes of developing deeper and healthier relationships.

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Life Group Leaders: Ryan and Meghan Lamberton

Day and Time: Thursdays at 7-9:30pm

Location: West Oakland

Contact: Ryan at rmlamberton@convergeoakland.org or call (510) 463-1011 for details on meeting location.

Here’s what life group leader, Ryan, says about his group:

The vision for this life group meeting in West Oakland grew out of conversations with members about their life stories and desire to pursue God within the context of authentic community. We are a diverse group of people who is seeking to live out the gospel in the multiple contexts which we daily inhabit. Currently we are studying the words of Jesus from the famous Sermon on the Mount. Our meetings begin with a meal every Thursday at 7pm followed by prayer and study. Our Life Group has committed to being present at the monthly Family Fun Night from 6-8pm and participating in What Now America service on a monthly basis.

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Life Group Leaders: Jeff and Laura Chou

Day and Time: Thursdays at 7:30pm

Location: North Oakland/Emeryville

Contact: Jeff at jeff@convergeoakland.org or call (510) 463-1011 for details on meeting location.

Life group leader, Jeff, wants to share this about his group:

The vision and theme for the Emeryville/North Oakland group was born out of conversations with members regarding their lives, spiritual vectors, and a commonality in yearning for a back-to-the-basics freshness of faith into action.  We’re currently studying the book of James and seeking daily, practical application into our specific contexts at work, school, church, family, and communities.

Opportunity to Donate: Day in the Park!

May 1, 2012  
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Hello, and thank you for your willingness to contribute to our 4th “Day in the Park” at Defremery Park in West Oakland on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 12-5pm!

In May 2009, a group of us from Convergence Church began planning a free afternoon event that would invite the entire community. Being new to Oakland ourselves, our hope was to create an event that would allow the community to come together and give us an opportunity to meet some people in our city. With the help of local supporters and volunteers, we were able to host this free event with over 400 people attending. We’ve since held the event annually with overwhelming community feedback and had over 800 people attend in 2011.

We are a faith-based community located in West Oakland and we believe that partnering with our communities to bring positive change in our city is part of living out our faith. Our hope is that these events will bring joy to the communities, bring laughter to children and their families, break down the walls that separate us, and inspire others to be catalysts for change.

This year we’re looking to bring over 1,000 people together for an afternoon of activities, games, raffles, good food and community. We’ll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, have jumpers and entertainers for the kids, team games and relays for all ages, face painting and arts and crafts, educational activities, raffles, a photo booth, music all day and more! We’re also adding a new element this year that promotes public health and wellness by providing healthy snacks, resources such as a public health booth and The Breathmobile® to treat kids with asthma.

We are very excited and invite you to join us in this journey! Any contribution is appreciated!

A Day in the Park! – Razoo

 

Workshop Opportunity: Urban Youth Workers Institute – Reload Lab

May 1, 2012  
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The Urban Youth Worker Institute (uywi.org) is a great organization that provides youth ministry training and resources.  From time to time, they host Reload workshops to encourage and help equip people to serve youth in urban communities.  These conferences are also great because they provide opportunities to network with many others who are serving in urban settings and see a larger picture of the work that God is doing to advance his kingdom.  This Saturday at Hilltop Community Church in Richmond there will be a UYWI Reload workshop on ways to reach young people who are falling away from church in staggering numbers.  One of the trainers will be Corey Rose, a youth minister at Hilltop Community Church.  In February, I had the opportunity to meet Corey and hear some of the dynamic work he has been doing with youth in the Richmond area.  The training is from 8:30 AM to 12 PM and costs $10 if you pre-register (ends May 3rd) and $15 at the door.  Please see the link below for more information:

uywi.org/event/reload-lab-richmond-ca-bay-area/ 

 

 

Serving Opportunity: What Now America’s Youth Resource Center on Saturday, May 5th!

May 1, 2012  
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The following is from Kathy Chang, co-coordinator of our monthly volunteer effort with local non-profit What Now America:

 

Hi guys,

 

I wanted to share with you some thoughts I have about ministry and my heart for WNA (I know it’s lengthy, but please read it if you have a few minutes).  To be completely honest, WNA is not on my list of “Top 10 things to do on a Saturday afternoon”. I have to prepare myself to engage in awkward conversations, try to stop kids from shoving each other on the playground, and expose myself to judgment from parents & kids of who they think I am based on my appearance. Why would I choose this over a relaxing Saturday at the farmer’s market, eating brunch with friends, or going shopping after a long week of work? My reason for going is Jesus. Through a very timely devotional, God’s word reminded me that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve others, and we are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

 

I can testify that each time I go to What Now America, I am changed. God is changing my heart for his people and giving me a greater knowledge of his kingdom work and my purpose in life. If you had asked me two years ago what I imagined my life would look like, I would never have guessed that it would involve serving an under-resourced community in West Oakland. It’s pretty amazing how God has opened my heart and how these kids now matter to me. A few nights ago, the church core came together for a time of corporate prayer for our ministries, including Family Fun Night, MLK Tutoring, and What Now America. I prayed for the kids that God has brought into my life by name and I lifted their futures up to the Lord. I prayed that one day they would come to know Jesus as their personal Savior and friend. I prayed for protection, for joy, and for their families. I prayed for healing from pain and hurt. I prayed for opportunities to build deeper relationships and friendships. I prayed that God would increase my faith and give me patience to trust and believe that God is doing a great work in me and through me.

 

I am encouraged, strengthened, and am filled with joy every time I go and have the privilege of serving alongside my sisters and brothers in Christ. Two weeks ago, I met Maleah and helped her build her own personal garden. We went outside and gathered our materials like dirt, flowers, and leaves and worked together when we got back inside. We laughed, we smiled, and I got to hear about her family and life. When I think about that memory and look at the picture of us, it’s so precious to me because nothing can replace that. That was an opportunity that God provided for me to be a part of her life and for her to be a part of mine. Each time I go to WNA, I have a different experience. Sometimes I find myself laughing a lot, sometimes it’s really tiring and I just want to go home – but at the end of the day, I always feel more blessed…and know that I need to persevere and stay consistent to really build these relationships.

 

My prayer is that as you read this, you will ask God if he is calling you towards taking a step of faith to explore the messiness and uncomfortableness of ministry. More often than not, I leave feeling more burdened, have more questions, and wonder if I made any difference at all. But God is doing a greater work that I cannot see, and may never see. I believe that God is trying to teach me how to love his people and not just the things I want to love. For faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). I pray that we will grow in our faith and become more like Jesus in thought, word, and action. Life is a journey, and I would love walk with you and serve God together.

 

And with that, I invite you to come join us and be engaged with the kids this coming Saturday! 🙂 If you can stay until the end of the program, please join us for dinner, fellowship, and time to process the day together.

 

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What Now America’s Youth Resource Center aims to provide the “basic societal needs” to the youth of West Oakland through a program that includes curriculum, a meal, physical education, and games.  The Center serves an area demographically known to be amongst the poorest in the Bay Area.

In 2012, we’ll be serving at WNA once a month, and our next date is May 5th.  In case you want to mark your calendar, we’re also going to be there on June 9th, and July 7th.

Please let me know if you’re coming out, so I can give a heads up to the program director as to how many people we’ll have coming.

What Now America Youth Resource Center
Saturdays 12-5pm @ DeFremery Park (1651 Adeline St, Oakland CA)

Thanks for reading,

 

Kathy