Friday, July 24, 2020

By now you've probably heard about our plans to mount a big, beautiful, wow-worthy, Christmas lights extravaganza at The Grove, featuring the story of the Nativity and a clear presentation of Christ as the Savior of the world. Starting in early December and running every night leading up to Christmas, this eye-popping presentation of synchronized sound and light will attract carloads from miles around – not only to be entertained, but also to hear the message of God's love, mercy, grace, and something everyone needs – hope!

Get Involved
But we need your help to make it happen. Think of it – what could be more appealing than a one-of-a-kind, memory-making, Christmas spectacular for the entire family, young and old alike, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior – and in a location where the pandemic is not an issue? We're calling it "Come to the Light" – the invitation is right there in the title – throngs of people gathering in a COVID-safe environment, viewing the presentation on our Jumbotron from their cars and golf carts and being surrounded by a dazzling display of lights and music – and hearing, maybe for the first time ever, the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Everyone loves to look at the lights at Christmas time; and you can help us give them something worth seeing and hearing. 

Are You In?
So who will step up to make this dream come true? Who will create? Who will promote? Who will implement? Who will lend their talents and gifts to make it all happen? It'll take an army of volunteers. We already have one of our own engineering minds working on the two Christmas trees that will bookend the stage. Surely some who read this have been in charge of a major outreach event or ministry in their previous church or in their community – heading up a United Way drive or a civic club fundraising event, or a school carnival for example. Has God prepared you in your "former life" to lead at this stage in life? It is possible that some of you have seen or been involved with a sound and light event much like this one. This is a real call to ministry, and there's a spot in it for you:
  • Planning Team –  meeting regularly to ensure that the event is a success. This group will recruit team leaders, manage teams, and keep the momentum going.
  • Team Leaders – overseeing one of the myriad moving parts, recruiting team members, assigning tasks, and coordinating with other teams.
  • Team Members – accepting an assigned task and running with it, employing personal gifts and talents to make it happen.
Teams Are Forming Now
Feeling the tug? Let Pastor Sam know ASAP if you will help: or 253.448.0085. We only have about 130 days left to prepare – contact Pastor Sam today.
"God bless us, every one!"

You Can Still


It’s not too late! Partner now with Love INC (In the Name of Christ) to help purchase clothes for kids in need. There are two ways you can participate:

  • Volunteer to be paired with a Clothe-A-Kid family and accompany them on their shopping spree on July 28 or 30. You’ll get to cheer them on, share their fun, and even help them make clothing selections. Contact Dana Parker at 352.245.8774, ext. 204, to reserve your spot.
  • Sponsor kids at $90 each – or any other amount you feel led to give. Make your check out to Live Oaks Community Church, mark “Clothe-A-Kid” in the memo line, and drop it in the offering bucket as you leave the worship service. Worshiping remotely? Connect with Kirk Carver (contact info below) to find out alternative ways to give.

For details, contact Kirk Carver at or visit the Love INC website at


a Book


With Pastor John Gerhardt’s (Urban Impact, New Orleans) generous help, there are now seven titles to choose from in our growing library of recommended reading on the subject of biblical justice and reconciliation. We are all seeking after God's heart and working toward having a mutual respect and honor for all races and classes. Now available are:

  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart, by Christena Cleveland
  • Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, by Michael D Emerson and Christian Smith
  • Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, by Timothy Keller
  • Let Justice Roll Down, by John M. Perkins
  • One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love, by John M. Perkins
  • Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We Are Stronger Together, by Tony Evans
  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Stop by the church office any time during office hours to browse through our collection and borrow your pick to read.


Building the Tower Base

Two layers of heavy-duty rebar encased in 36 inches of concrete will form the foundation under the LOCC lighthouse at our Woodridge Campus expansion. Stop by the building site to view the progress – there's something new to see every day. And please keep praying for the continued health and safety of our hardworking craftsmen.

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Mailing Address
11962 CR 101, Suite 302, Box 103, The Villages, FL 32162

Woodridge Campus
12070 CR 103, Oxford, FL 34484

Southern Oaks Campus
7279 Warm Springs Avenue, Wildwood, FL 34785

Office Hours: 9-3 Monday-Thursday; 9-2 Friday 
Woodridge Phone: 352.446.3975
Southern Oaks Phone: 352.322.1964

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