We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.
So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?
This is Anderson and Ligiane Vieira and their two kids, Antonela and Giovana. The first time the Vieria family walked through the doors at Five Oaks was at Fall Fun Fest last year. They were invited by their friends, the Gill family. Anderson and Ligiane had been living in this area for about three years prior to this, attending another very large church. Both being from Brazil originally, they were missing the smaller size of their church in Brazil, with its family focus and emphasis on doing life in community. Anderson and Ligiane have since returned to Five Oaks and now worship here regularly. They love that in Five Oaks Kids, for example, their kids are known by name, just like at their church in Brazil. They are currently enrolled in our Story of God class and are looking forward to the growth that comes with that. Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to invite that new (or long-standing) neighbor to Fall Fun Fest with you! Anderson says to let your friends and neighbors know what we do well: families, living life in community and small groups, helping new folks, both kids and adults, feel welcome and as though they belong.