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POSTED: August 24, 2009 10:41 a.m.
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Christi and Israel Aaron Cowart.

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Even in these trying times, members of the Live Oak Church of God in Hinesville are still excited and encouraged about what God is doing in their lives and at the church.
Under the leadership of Pastor Israel Aaron Cowart, the church is actively teaching and preaching the word of God. Live Oak was established more than 50 years ago and continues to grow. Since it was created, it has outgrown several buildings. Live Oak now has one of the largest congregations in Liberty County.
“God is definitely up to something at Live Oak Church. Services are more powerful than ever. God is moving, lives are being changed and this is only the beginning,” Cowart said.
The pastor said people want to be a part of something growing — something that is going somewhere and moving forward.
“There’s an excitement in the atmosphere at Live Oak and that spirit of expectancy motivates me to keep on doing what I’m doing,” he said.
One of the most unique things about Live Oak is the diversity of people who attend. “Our multi-cultural congregation has been described as having the ‘colors of the kingdom.’ We endeavor to promote a family environment of multi-cultural and ethnically diverse people from every walk of life, regardless of social or economic status,” Cowart said.
Live Oak reaches out to the community with various ministries and programs. One of the church’s primary outreaches is the Joseph House. Live Oak’s food and clothing distribution center helps out in the Liberty County community and surrounding areas. The house feeds and clothes hundreds of individuals each week. It is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and provides assistance to underprivileged people.
The Women’s Department, under the leadership of the pastor’s wife, Christi Cowart, is busy making plans for its women’s conference. This year’s conference theme is “Desperate Women.” It’s scheduled for Sept. 18-20 at the church. The theme is taken from Psalm 34:6 which reads, “When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot.”
National gospel recording artist and evangelist Judy Jacobs will be ministering in the Faith Room on Sunday, Sept. 20.  
Cowart and the Live Oak Church family invite you to join the conference. Attendees can register at the church or online at www.liveoakchurch.org.
The public also is invited to attend worship services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Live Oak Church is off Highway 196 West on Live Oak Church Road. For more information, call 876-8769.

Anderson is the author of “Lack of Knowledge” and “Dare to Soar.”
 

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