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!

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.

Kenya Children’s Choir Oct. 6

On October 6, World Communion Sunday, we will have special music by the Children’s Choir from Kenya, Hakuna Matata. The Choir is composed of twelve children who are dedicated to spreading love, hope, and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children.

The Choir will perform at both the 8:15 a.m. and the 10:45 a.m. Worship Services on Sunday, October 6. A special freewill offering will be received.

It’s Pastor Anne’s First Day At Oak Grove!

Pastor Anne Fisher started work today as Oak Grove Presbyterian Church’s Transitional Pastor. Please stop by to welcome her and to say hi. Anne’s office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

There will be a welcome reception for the congregation to meet Anne after the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, August 4. Hope to see you there!

Oak Grove Welcomes Pastor Anne Fisher

Pastor Anne

On, July 29 the Rev. Dr. Anne Fisher will begin her time as Oak Grove Presbyterian’s Transitional Pastor. 

Anne graduated from Princeton Seminary and was ordained in 1982. She has served 20 congregations as an interim/transitional pastor, including large city and suburban churches and small rural churches.

Anne and her husband Gregg Dana lived for 21 years in Gurnee, IL, a Chicago suburb. Gregg  retired as a Presbyterian minister and mental health counselor, and their plan was to move to  interesting places as Anne continued her career as a transitional pastor. They moved to Plymouth MN where Anne served the Plymouth Presbyterian Church and enjoyed this area so much that they changed their plan and  decided to make the Twin Cities their home base.

Since March, Anne and Gregg live in a newly-built 49-unit Cooperative Living building in St Anthony Park on the Luther Seminary grounds. They are enjoying their new home and getting acquainted with 75 new friends.  

Anne and Gregg have four children and five grandchildren. Robert and family are in Reston, Virginia. William and family live in Minneapolis. Elizabeth and her new husband live in Berlin, Germany, and Christina lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anne and Gregg enjoy traveling, spending time with family, working out and taking walks around the many lakes in the area, and reading the books suggested by the Minneapolis Institute of Art Book Club.  Anne is excited and looking forward to entering into the wonderful ministry of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

Welcome, Pastor Anne!

Lent Madness Hymn Tournament

Vote for Your Favorite Hymns During Lent Madness!

Voting is complete in Oak Grove’s Lent Madness Hymn Tournament, the Championship! The winning hymn is Here I Am, Lord. Thank you, everyone, for voting throughout Lent Madness!

Weekly bracket ballots were included in the bulletins during Lent, with the final Champion Hymn announced and sung on Easter Sunday. See below for the weekly winners.

March 25 Championship Round

*Here I Am, Lord

Great is Thy Faithfulness

March 18

Northwest Division: PETER vs. Southwest Division: PAUL

*Here I Am, Lord

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Northeast Division: MARY vs. Southeast Division: JUDITH

 

Amazing Grace

*Great is Thy Faithfulness

 

Winners of March 11 are marked with an * below.

March 11 Northwest Division: PETER

*Here I Am, Lord

I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry

March 11 Northeast Division: MARY

Spirit of Gentleness

*Amazing Grace

March 11 Southwest Division: PAUL

Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore

*Just A Closer Walk With Thee

March 11 Southeast Division: JUDITH

All Things Bright and Beautiful

*Great is Thy Faithfulness

 

Winners of March 4 are marked with an * below.

March 4 Northwest Division: PETER

How Great Thou Art
*Here I Am, Lord

*I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry
Take My Life

March 4 Northeast Division: MARY

*Spirit of Gentleness
Be Thou My Vision

*Amazing Grace
On Eagle’s Wings

March 4 Southwest Division: PAUL

Beautiful Savior
*Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore

*Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Blest Be the Ties That Bind

March 4 Southeast Division: JUDITH

Jesus Loves Me
*All Things Bright and Beautiful

For All The Saints
*Great is Thy Faithfulness

Winners of February 25 are marked with an * below.

February 25 Northwest Division: PETER

*How Great Thou Art
It is Well With My Soul

For The Beauty of the Earth
*Here I Am, Lord

*I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

You Are My All in All
*Take My Life

February 25 Northeast Division: MARY

*Spirit of Gentleness
Come Thou Almighty King

All Are Welcome (Let Us Build a House)
*Be Thou My Vision

*Amazing Grace
What a Friend We Have in Jesus

*On Eagle’s Wings
Morning Has Broken

February 25 Southwest Division: PAUL

*Beautiful Savior
I Love You, Lord

*Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore
Abide With Me

Blessed Assurance
*Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Love Divine All Loves Excelling
*Blest Be the Ties That Bind

February 25 Southeast Division: JUDITH

*Jesus Loves Me
Day By Day

First Song of Isaiah
*All Things Bright and Beautiful

Thy Word
*For All The Saints

*Great is Thy Faithfulness
Breathe on Me, Breath of God

 

 

Winners of Feb 18 are marked with an * below:

February 18 Northwest Division: PETER

Children of the Heavenly Father
*How Great Thou Art 

Guide My Feet
*It is Well With My Soul

*For The Beauty of the Earth
Spirit of the Living God

Shine, Jesus, Shine
*Here I Am, Lord

*I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry
Lord Prepare Me to Be a Sanctuary

*Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

*You Are My All in All
In Christ Alone

*Take My Life
Angels from the Realms of Glory

February 18 Northeast Division: MARY

Come Live in the Light
*Spirit of Gentleness

Earth and All Stars
*Come Thou Almighty King

*All Are Welcome (Let Us Build a House)
Immortal Invisible

Gather Us In
*Be Thou My Vision

*Amazing Grace
God of the Sparrow

*What a Friend We Have in Jesus
This is My Father’s World

Holy, Holy, Holy
*On Eagle’s Wings

*Morning Has Broken
Born in the Night

February 18 Southwest Division: PAUL

*Beautiful Savior
O God Beyond All Praising

*I Love You, Lord
Hymn of Promise (In the Bulb)

*Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore
Precious Lord

Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
*Abide With Me

*Blessed Assurance
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

*Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Sweet, Sweet Spirit

*Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Do Lord

God is Here
*Blest Be the Ties That Bind

February 18 Southeast Division: JUDITH

Because He Lives
*Jesus Loves Me

*Day By Day
You Are Mine

*First Song of Isaiah
Sweet Hour of Prayer

May the God of Hope Go With Us
*All Things Bright and Beautiful

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
*Thy Word

*For All The Saints
Though I May Speak

My Life Flows On
*Great is Thy Faithfulness

*Breathe on Me, Breath of God
How Firm a Foundation