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Live Oak African Methodist Episcopal Church

P.O. Box 356, 402 Baldwin Street • Donalsonville, GA 39845 • United States • 229 524-2395 or 229 524-8402 • AMENZ

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The Historical Preamble The African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose founders affirmed their humanity in the face of slavery and racism, stands in defense of disadvantaged and oppressed people in the 21st century. From the origins in the Free African Society through the involvement of the AME clergy and lay in the Civil War of the 1860's and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's, the AMEC has preached salvation from sin and deliverance from bondage. The mission expanded to others within the African Diasporas in the Americas, Africa, Caribbean, and Europe. Whether in schools, seminaries, hospitals or social service centers, the AME Church has lived the gospel outside its sanctuaries. This mandate sill informs its ministry, vision and mission in the Church's third century of existence.
1. The Mission The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
2. The Vision At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy. It is also the duty of the Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.
3. The Purposes The ultimate purposes are: (1) make available God's biblical principles, (2) spread Christ's liberating gospel, and (3) provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.
4. The Objectives In order to meet the needs at every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and significance of the AME Church, (5) God's biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.

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Greetings! It’s July 2015! This month, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.  Yes, it’s that time again, fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies.

July 4th is far more than a chance for family and friends to gather for barbecues and fireworks displays, it is an annual celebration to commemorate the courage and faith of our founding fathers in their pursuit of liberty. We are blessed to live in a country of freedom; we are free to worship, or not to worship, free to choose where and when we worship ...and to grant the same to every other person.

As I reflect on what’s going on in America today, I encourage you with words from the Sunday School lesson…God expects us to live with honesty and compassion for one another. God alone will punish discrimination, greed, evil behaviors, wrongdoing, immorality, hate crime, defrauding, and injustice. In other words, God alone decides!   One might ask…What is it that God alone decides? The answer is simple…whatever needs to be decided…whoever needs to be punished…and whoever needs to be judge.                  Check the whole profile of God. The God of love is also a God of justice. The God of mercy destroys wicked people who refuse to repent, cease and desist from evil. When we listen to a message (preaching or teaching), we must listen for truth rather than hype and hoop!  When in doubt, check the Bible for yourself. Personally, I think a “hoop” is great…but it’s ALWAYS right to…“Exalt substance over style.”    

Let’s love each other genuinely, hold tight to what is right, delight in honoring each other, be patient in trials and tribulations, do all the good we can do, live in peace with everyone, and keep on praying. Let’s make a conscientious effort to be respectful of governmental authorities, diligent in our work, and to be considerate of others.                                   

Again, we pause, to commemorate the lives of … State Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Sharonda  Coleman-Singleton; Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., DePayne Doctor, who were killed while praying meeting and bible study were taking place at Emanuel African Methodist Church in South Carolina. We are in prayer for the families of this great tragedy, and Dylann Roof, the gunman, who killed them. God alone decides!

Let’s work in “UNITY,” and keep Live Oak AME Church moving to the level of service that God has called HIS church to be by ministering to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people!

Much Love In Christ,

Millie Rambeau



1st Sunday
8:00 a.m. Service: Bishop Jerry Moore

9:45: Nursing Home Ministry

2nd Sunday
8:00 a.m. Service: Reverend Millie S. Rambeau

9:30 Sunday School

3rd Sunday
8:00 Service: Annual Family & Friends' Day, Reverend Gerald Cannon, Guest Minister

9:30 Sunday School  

4th Sunday
8:00 a.m. Service: Reverend Millie S. Rambeau

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

Home Communion--12:00 noon--until 


Seminole Manor Nursing Home Morning Worship, Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 9:45 a.m., Sister Geraldine Cochran, Worship Leader, Sister Deloris Reynolds, Inspirational Words

Morning Worship    Sunday    8:00 a.m.

Seminole County Manor Nursing Home        1st Sunday    9:45 a.m.

Church School    2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays            9:30  a.m.

Prayer Meeting Wednesday             6:00  p.m.

2015 Christian Education Leadership Congress, July 29 – 31, 2015

The Classic Center, 300 North Thomas Street, Athens GA

Live Oak is asked to participate, Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., Bethlehem AME Church, Blakely, in the Southern District Fellowship Program, Sister Betty Orange, Guest Speaker, Rev. Mary Powell, Pastor---Young People are asked to attend.

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. CE Leadership Congress Report Date

Bethel AMEC, Fort Gaines, Rev. Alvin Leonard, Pastor,

July 12-15, 2015, YPD Quadrennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN

July 17-21, 2015, WMS Quadrennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN

Family & Friends’ Day, Sunday, July 19th, 8:00 a.m.

Reverend Gerald Cannon, Guest Minister

Chairpersons: Bro. Larry Reynolds, Ms. Norma Jones, and Ms. Kimberly Reynolds

Fire Night Musical, July 24th, 6:30 p.m.  and Saturday, July 25th, 6:30 p.m.

Chairpersons: Ms. Elaine Hall, Mrs. Tamaika Geter, and Reverend Emily Buggs

Home Communion, Sunday, July 26, 2015, 12:00 Noon

MEETINGS: Monday, July 27, 2015, Trustees 6:00 p.m. &  Stewards, 7:00 p.m.

Special Report Date, Tuesday, July 28, 6:00 p.m.

Senior Choir Rehearsal, Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 p.m.

2015 Christian Education Leadership Congress, July 29 – 31, 2015

The Classic Center, 300 North Thomas Street, Athens GA

August 2-6, 2015, Connectional Lay Organization Biennial Session, Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, 5001 Coliseum Drive—North Charleston, SC

August 8, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Mid Year Report Date, 11:00 a.m. SD WMS Meeting,

12:00 (NOON) SD Lay Meeting, Live Oak AMEC

Annual Revival is August 10th – 14th, Rev. David Hamm, Evangelist, 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study is  August 19, 2015, Live Oak AMEC, 7:00 p.m.

Rossie “Bobbie” Scott, Willie Hopkins, Mary Hill, Mattie Moore, Gladys “Sallie” Moore, Arverna Porter, Arletha Gonzalez, Doris Barber, Shelia Smith, Willie B. Smith, Sr., Jeffery Williams, Bobby Brannon, Debra Brannon,  Robert Leonard, Sr., and Ronald Moore

Pastors and Ministers
Pastor Alvin Leonard
Rev. Mary I. Groomes
Rev. Calvin Wesley Reynolds
Rev. Rheunnette Haire
Rev. Joan C. Lee, Valdosta, GA
Rev. Emily Buggs, Brother Keith Smith

Ms. Maryln Taylor, Recording Secretary
Mrs. Lillie Copeland, Financial Secretary
Ms. Deloris Reynolds, Superintendent of Church School
Mrs. Goldie Virgin, Emeritus
Miss Anna Wynn, Lay President
Ms. Marian D. Walker, Pro Tem Trustee Board & Asst. Superintendent
Ms. Jacquelyn Chrispen, President of Stewardess Board
Ms. Delores Harvey, Missionary President
Mrs. Patrina Smith Clark, Y.P.D. Director

Mrs. Tameka Geter, Reverend Emily Buggs, Ms. Elaine Hall, Ms. LaVonjia Peavy, Brother Carlos Ford, and Mrs. Marian D.Walker, Young People Advisors
Mrs. Angelia S. Reynolds, Christian Education Director
Bobby Brannon, Son of Allen Chairperson Miss Maureen Smith, Senior Usher Board President
Mrs. Lillie Copeland, Usher Board No. Three President
Miss Debra Brannon, Sunday School Secretary, Titus Barber Asst. Sunday School Secretary
Brother Keith Smith, Adult Sunday School Teacher
Reverend Calvin W. Reynolds, Assistant Adult Teacher

Mrs. Angelia Reynolds, Intermediate Teacher
Reverend Emily Buggs, Primary Teacher
Ms. Geraldine Cochran, Custodial Care
Mrs. Marian D. Walker, Senior Choir President

Ministers of Music
Brother Winfred Lobe
Brother Anthony Pearman
Miss Jacquelyn Henderson
Timothy Brown
Nino Brown
Lemanuel Jones
Daniel Womack, Guitarist

Class Leaders
1-Regina Chrispen, 2-Bobby Brannon, 3-Eddie Bennett, 4-Mary Hill, 5-Deloris Reynolds, 6-Maureen Smith, 7-Fredena Wooten, 8-Evelyn Smith, 9-Patrina Smith Clark, 10-Doris Barber, 11-Marian D. Walker

Let's work together as one, and ask Our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, to bring comfort, hope, and peace to our homes, churches, communities, schools, nation, and world -wide.

Praise the Lord!  It's 2015---another year of exciting worship, energetic work, and endless witnessing!

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10
                  Live Oak A.M.E. is the place to BE!!!

Worship where God’s people are lively, laborious, and liberated!



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Our Services & Events

Morning Worship

Sunday/ 8:00 a.m.

Church School

Sunday/ 9:30 a.m.

Prayer Meeting

Wedneday/ 6:00 p.m.

Worship and Communion/Nursing

1st Sunday/9:45 a.m.

Jail Ministry

Monday and Thursday

Bible Study

Wed., August 19th

Our Staff

The Right Reverend Preston W. Williams II

Presiding Prelate of the Sixth District •

Dr. Wilma D. Webb Williams

Episcopal Supervisor •

Sister Kabrina Bass

SED Christian Education Director •

Rev. Millie Anne Smith Rambeau