February 26, 2023, Chili Cook–off after the Annual Meeting!
Mark the date on your calendar and look for sign-ups to bring chili!
Youth – we need you to help us plan our strategy for judging chili and making sure we have a super fun chili celebration!
Order a Sub Sandwich for the Super Bowl and Support Oak Grove Youth!
The youth are sponsoring a Super Bowl sub-sandwich fundraiser for our trip to Washington DC this summer! You will find order forms in the Sunday bulletins to create your own deluxe sub, to be made fresh on the morning of Sunday, February 12, and picked up after worship in the social hall!
No need to worry about what you’ll eat for the big game (the Super Bowl or the Puppy Bowl), or just an easy lunch that day. Each made-to-order sub is $10 (cash or check).
Simply drop your order form and payment in the collection plate, or hand it to a youth representative at the table in the hallway or call the church office (952-888-4621) by Wednesday, Feb. 8. What a delicious way to support our youth – thanking you in advance! Questions? Call Mary.
Men’s Retreat: February 3–5, 2023
Please join us for the Oak Grove Men’s Retreat at Clearwater Forest. The theme is “Reconnecting in Fellowship!” Accommodations will be at Leaning Tree Lodge and the following meals will be provided: Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
Cost will be determined by the number of attendees. If cost is a barrier, there are options to help cover for those who are in need. Sign up at church on Sundays.
Questions? Contact Chad Acker (952-237-2142), Vaughn Sheff (952-465-6050), or Arne Johnson (612-229-7709).
Women’s Retreat: January 20–22, 2023 (note the date change)
Please join us for the Oak Grove Presbyterian Women’s Retreat, “Rest and Resilience,” with special guest speaker Jacque Fletcher at Clearwater Forest.
Register at: https://bit.ly/3VhsA0j.
Accommodations: Leaning Tree Lodge (two to a room) and semi-private baths, bedding and towels included. Cost is $120, but some scholarship funds are available. Please indicate if your attendance depends on this assistance. Questions? Contact Sue Greimel (612-805-2896 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
November 27–December 18, 2022
When we give to the Christmas Joy Offering, we come together to support past present and future leaders embodying God’s perfect gift to us, Jesus Christ.
- 50% of your gifts make it possible for students to learn and grow in faith at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.
- 50% of your gifts provide assistance for current and retired church workers and their families with critical financial needs.
You can donate by using the special envelope in the pew, write a check to Oak Grove with “Christmas Joy” in the memo line or online at https://onrealm.org/oakgrv/give/xmasjoy.
Thank you for your generosity. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!
Dream Day at Oak Grove: Saturday, December 3 (9 am to 12:30 pm)
Join us on Saturday, December 3, at 9:00 a.m. as we begin to answer questions, like: Where is God acting in the community, and where does God wish us to join in that activity? What does it look like for our future if we move toward the reality of where God is leading us? What ministries and mission are we being called to start, expand, or stop? During this phase we will engage in theological and prayerful consideration of what God’s future for Oak Grove as a faith community looks like.
Family Advent Fair: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 (5:30–7:00 pm)
Families of children and youth are invited to join in for pizza, Advent Wreath Making, candle dipping, and more! We’ll gather to welcome the season of Advent with food and fun. Please reserve your spot by emailing Mary (email@example.com) or calling the church office.
Sunday, November 27 – Advent Worship
Sunday, December 4 – Worship with Christmas Carol Communion
Sunday, December 11 – Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 18 – Christmas Cantata
Wednesday, December 21 – Longest Night (7PM) [Note: this service is Zoom only.]
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve (4PM, 10 PM)
Bulletin December 24, 4PM Video
Bulletin December 24, 10PM Video
Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Hymns & Stories (9:30 AM) Bulletin
Sunday, January 1 – New Years Day Service (9:30 AM)
Wednesday, November 30 – Advent Fair
Saturday, December 3 – Woven Voices Concert
Sunday, December. 4 – Alternative Market Christmas Market Photo Gallery
Saturday, December 10 – Parents’ Day Out
Christmas Joy Offering, December 18
UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, the Longest Night Service will be on Zoom only.
Longest Night Worship Service, Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. [Note: this service is Zoom only, not livestreamed. Zoom link is available in the Dec 21 Oak Grove email.]
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.
The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.
Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. For these reasons, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church offers a special “Longest Night” service on Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 PM.
Join with us on Zoom in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.