Church Chats on January 26

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, part of our worship during the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services will include “Church Chats,” a time for your thoughtful responses to questions about Oak Grove Church. We want to convey to potential pastoral candidates an accurate and candid description of our church, and for that, we need your help.

Every member and friend of the church can participate simply by coming to church on January 26 and giving candid and thoughtful responses to questions about the church. During worship, we will divide into groups. The facilitators and recorders will move from group to group with particular questions (think of it like “speed dating” only we are calling it “Church Chat”).

Following the 10:45 a.m. service, there will be a lunch where we can continue the conversations. Join us for a morning nourishment of mind, body, and spirit!

January Retreats at Clearwater Forest

UPDATE: the Women’s Retreat has been been cancelled due to weather.

Oak Grove’s 2020 Women’s Retreat is January 17-19, at Clearwater Forest. Our topic is “Telling Our Story,” presented by Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson, the founder of Heartwood Healing and the creator of the Heartwood Self-Mastery programs. She’s a motivational speaker, the award-winning author of 14 books, and the co-creator and host of the Healing Words television show administered by the Lavins Center for the Humanities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Oak Grove’s 2020 Men’s Retreat is January 31-February 2, 2020, at Clearwater Forest. The weekend will be led by Mary Koon, with the theme Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Sign up is in the narthex, and scholarships are available. Contact the Oak Grove office for further information.

January Faith Formation

The Adult Faith Formation Team has a wonderful line-up for you this January!  Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays for a great way to begin the new year!

Sunday, January 12. Synod Executive Elona Street-Stewart will be our speaker.  Elona is the first Native American to serve as a synod executive in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The special needs and challenges in racial/ethnic ministry are her specialty.

Sunday, January 19. Jim Koon will facilitate a discussion on African American and Native American reparations. 

2019 Advent/Christmas Worship Schedule

Tuesday, December 10, 7 PM. Shadow and Light (sometimes called Blue Christmas, or Service of Remembrance). This service of worship is open to all, yet created especially for those who experience the holiday season with a bit of anxiety, dread or sadness. It is a service of respite and renewal, of light and life in a busy season. The service will include music, scripture, and readings as well as time to light a candle in memory and in hope.

Wednesday, December 11, 6:15 pm, An Adult Christ at Christmas WOW! program with Pastor Anne.

Sunday, December 15
8:15am Pastor Anne leads worship: “Flowers in the Desert”
10:45am The Children’s Christmas Pageant. Come hear the ancient story of Jesus’ birth told by our youngest members!

Sunday, December 22
8:15am Pastor Mary leads worship
10:45am Chancel Choir and an instrumental ensemble will present the Christmas Cantata, “A Celebration of Carols,” by Joseph Martin. Let the music of Christmas reawaken the promise of God’s presence and love in our lives and remind each of us that our faith is a song worth singing – A Celebration of Carols that is made all the more glorious when it is shared. Please join us for this special service.

Christmas Eve, December 24
4:00 pm: Pastor Mary leads family worship. The early service is tailored for families with children, but all are welcome!

10:00 pm: Service of Light, Pastor Anne leads worship.
Chancel Choir sings at the 10 pm service.

Sunday, December 29 Only one service at 9:30am. Pastor Mary leads worship.

Sunday, January 5, 2020 Epiphany of the Lord. Back to two services
with communion at 8:15am & 10:45am.

Alternative Gift Market Dec. 8

Oak Grove’s annual Alternative Market is Sunday, December 8, 2019. The marketplace will be open between services (9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.) and after the second service for about ½ hour.

Donations can be brought to the church on Saturday, December 7, between 8:00 am and 12 noon. Contact Sandy Crum with questions (952-888-2114). To allow time for pricing and set up, it would be helpful for us to have the items (except for the baked goods!) delivered prior to December 7.  Things will be stored in Mary Koon’s office until the day of the sale.

This is a MISSION project.  Our sole purpose is to raise money to help those in our world who need our assistance.  Please keep this in mind when you are bidding in the silent auction.  Give and bid generously.  As usual, we will have hand-crafted items, pickles, jams, candy, breads, books (somewhat current, please), and the children’s legendary cinnamon rolls.  Some items will be sold outside the bidding process.

In addition to the silent auction, the following will be offered for purchase:

·      SHE PROJECT (wearable items from Pakistan)

·      GUATEMALAN AND MEXICAN FREE TRADE COFFEE

·      OLIVE OIL AND ZA’ATAR FROM PALESTINE

·      KIVA (MICROLOANS THAT ARE GIVEN AND PAID BACK TO DONOR)

·      CLEARWATER FOREST (OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME)

·      PURCHASES FROM THE PRESBYTERIAN GIFT CATALOG

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WORTHWHILE EFFORT!

Oak Grove Welcomes Britta Weber

Oak Grove welcomes Britta Weber as our new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Britta started at Oak Grove on August 19 and comes to us with a variety of experience with youth and children.

Britta is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a dual degrees in Norwegian and Religion, and concentrations in Middle Eastern and Nordic studies. She is especially intrigued by the intersection of religion and politics, and loves to figure out what unites us, rather than divides us across religious lines.

Britta spent the first half of childhood in Austin, TX, and her middle school years in Telemark, Norway where she discovered her love for the Norwegian language and culture. In high school, she was mega band-nerd. This was where she also met her now fiancé, Peter. They are very excited to get hitched this coming May!

Britta loves spending free time enjoying nature: in a hammock, on a hike, by a lake, or on a run are some of her favorite ways to be present in God’s beautiful creation. 

She is also always on the hunt for cute coffee shops, thought-provoking books, and good indie/folk and jazz music that she can play or sing along to.

Britta is very excited to join Oak Grove and to grow in the compassionate and driven spirit of this community. She feels especially blessed to serve alongside such an inspiring bunch of youth!

Oak Grove EV Expo on Sept. 14

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Oak Grove’s Second Annual Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo! Attendees are invited to test drive the latest electric vehicles (and Animobiles) and talk with owners about the benefits of going electric.

In addition to test drives, we have a great line-up of speakers:

11 am Daryl Thayer, Daryl Solar 1 “EV Charging and Chargers”
11:30 am Jukka Kukkonen- MN EV Owners- “What EV is Best Fit for You?”
12:00 noon Alisa Sobczak, Xcel, “Programs for Charging Your EV from Xcel”
12:30 pm Joe Strommen, Bloomington Sustainability Commission- “City’s Effort to Promote EVs”
1:00 pm Women’s Panel of EV Owners (Mary Crampton, Sunny Snyder, Sandy Crum, Erin Anderson-Wenz, Karen Gerdes)
1:30 pm Jukka Kukkonen- MN EV Owners- “What EV is Best Fit for You?”
2:00 pm Noa Shavit-Lonstein or Gabe Epstein, MN 350, “EV Legislation in MN and Trump’s Drive to Scrap US Mileage Standards”
2:30 pm Pdon Pinkham, Oak Grove Green Committee, “Why I am an EV Owner and What It Means for Creation”

Food: hot dogs, chips and veggie hot dogs, popcorn and water available in Social Hall. Free will offering to support youth mission trips.

Environmentally-friendly car wash near rain garden in north parking lot, 12-2. Free will offering to support youth mission trips.

The EV Expo features:

  • Test drives from 11am to 1pm of the latest EVs with dealers, giving you the chance to get behind the wheel and drive some truly awesome cars.   Sponsored by the American Lung Association.
  • Talks with EV owners about their experiences — different weather conditions, charging at home, at work and on the road, maintenance, cost of ownership and the “thrill” of stomping on the accelerator of their EVs.
  • Electric bikes, scooters, mowers, and many other electric toys and tools for you to try out – the future of e-mobility in urban environments. 
  • Learn from expert talks in the sanctuary about special utility rates, tax breaks, and EV charging corridors for long-distance travel, along with a panel of woman EV drivers talking about why they prefer driving the EV to their family “gasmobile.”
  • Refreshments and places for families and kids to hang out and chill. 

Why is Oak Grove sponsoring this 2019 EV Expo?   Because we are concerned about climate change.  Oak Grove has made great progress in cutting our emissions from energy use, but the fact is that we  all need to stop burning fossil fuel, now.  EVs are an excellent and cost-effective way that people can take action individually and collectively to deal with climate change; and, as you’ll discover at the Expo, they are really cool to drive.  

We hope to see you there.  Plan to attend and to volunteer if possible.   Bring your family and friends.   


*By EVs we mean vehicles that are all-electric –that use batteries for their all their power and also PHEVs (Plug In Hybrid Electric) which combine electric power and internal combustion engines for their power.  We will have both EVs and PHEVs dealer and owner models at the Expo.