Koch Memorial Service

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Margaret Koch, who passed away on May 13, 2024, at the age of 90, leaving to mourn family and friends. Margaret joined Oak Grove in 1959. Services are pending, we will provide an update as we learn more.

Melum Memorial Service

A Memorial Service will be held at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. for Evelyn Melum, who passed away on May 10, 2024. Evelyn joined Oak Grove in 1949. 

There will be a visitation at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. The service will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook for those unable to attend in person.

Obituary | Bulletin

Evelyn Melum

Twins vs Chicago White Sox Aug 4

Join fellow Oak Grovers on Sunday, August 4, 2024, at 1:10pm to see the Twins take on the Chicago White Sox for our annual group outing.    

It is Kids’ Day at Target field. The first 5,000 kids under 12 receive a Twins backpack.

We have 40 seats reserved in section 303, rows 4-6. Accessible seating is available also. Tickets are $20.00 each.

The deadline to register is July 21st. You may sign up online or by using the sign-up sheet in the narthex. Call Ron Dubis at 612-868-9194 if you have any questions.

Twins vs. Chicago White Sox on August 4th

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Grussing Celebration of Life May 11

Brian Grussing Celebration of Life: Saturday, May 11 (3–5:00 p.m.)

Please join family and friends at Bush Lake Park (9401 W Bush Lake Road, Bloomington 55438) Pavilion/Shelter #1 to celebrate the life of Brian Grussing, son of Arlyn and Bonnie Grussing.

Share your stories and wear green if you’ve got it in honor of the “Frog Man.” Memorials to Clearwater Forest Camp & Retreat Center or the Minnesota Herpetological Society.

Spring Clean-up Day May 4

Spring Clean-up Day: Saturday, May 4, 2024 (8 am to Noon)

Please join the Building & Operations Committee for our annual clean, rake, sweep, wash, put away, get ready for better weather time at Oak Grove. We need your help whether it’s just for an hour or longer. We encourage you to bring your own rake, gloves, and smile. Snacks and liberal breaks will be provided.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage Jun 19-22

Online Payment (select Intergenerational Trip/Civil Rights from dropdown list)

Note: You may also pay with a check instead of online payment.

Overview and Sign-Up Information

Oak Grove is partnering with a local nonprofit, Catalyst for Harmony, for this pilgrimage journey; co-facilitators Andy and Terrance are managing the arrangements for our trip. Their experience and connections lend the opportunity for all of us on the trip to BE in the experience, letting them take care of the logistics. They use the word Sankofa for their trips, an African word meaning “going back in order to move forward.” This is a pilgrimage, not just “a trip.” We will be visiting important sites in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama and we can expect video/audio between some of our stops. Time for personal reflection and to process our experiences in the group will be important as some content is, of course, quite difficult. Honoring each other’s needs and boundaries, knowing we are part of a sacred trust that includes vulnerabilities–as well as resiliencies–will be critical. As Pastor Denise Dunbar Perkins said while helping with planning, this opportunity “can bring the Word in a new way.” We each may have a unique motivation for embarking upon this journey: perhaps to pay tribute, to physically be in the footsteps of resistance and resilience, to learn history, to feel it, to be empowered for making chang No doubt, others will be revealed from within the experience.

We will begin and end our trip at the Memphis International Airport. Plan to arrive at Memphis International Airport by 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 19th, for group pickup. Flight departures on Saturday, June 22nd, can be booked for 6:00 PM or later. (There are Delta direct flights, arriving 11:20/departing 6:20.) Our programming will end around 4:00 PM on Saturday, and participants will be dropped off at the airport by 4:30 PM on June 22nd at Memphis International Airport. If you wish to schedule your transportation to arrive before June 19th or after June 22nd, you will need to make your own additional hotel reservations and travel arrangements to the airport. 

Hotel accommodations, meals, site tickets, travel from Memphis, and snacks are all included in the trip, beginning with lunch on June 19th through lunch on June 22nd. Total trip fee from Memphis is $1321 per person. Participants are separately responsible for travel costs to and from Memphis. Hotel rooms will be double occupancy with someone of your same gender or spouse. Participants are encouraged to join the trip with someone of a different ethnicity (not required).

Our plan is for:
 This pilgrimage to be interracial and intergenerational
 At least 20 people, recommended for rising 11th graders+
 Under 18 years old needs to be paired with an adult; scholarship dollars are set aside toassist in youth participation
 Honoring fact that those of us who are Black will be encountering differently difficult experiences, a grant from the presbytery and/or other dollars will offset those trip fees 
 Co-facilitators to manage logistics so that we focus on being with/in our experiences
 Time for reflection individually & processing experiences with the group
 Travel time sometimes to be used for audio/video information-sharing
 Some program offerings (say a morning or evening opportunity) will be optional
 This to be open to Oak Grove members and friends. If we do not have at least 20 people signed up/deposits by March 31, we will share the invitation with other congregation(s).
 Fundraiser(s) to offset costs, if interested (for example an April 20th shred event is set)
 Later this spring, a full registration form for each participant to complete
 Final payment and registration completed by May 19 th
 Optional reading/listening/watching resources will be shared ahead of the trip
 Wednesday, June 12th  6-7:30 pm  Informal Supper & Group Meeting

Registration: registration is now closed.

You are welcome to talk to Pastor Mary or Kathy if you have individual questions or concerns. Feel free to leave a message in the church office requesting a return phone call.

Opportunity Fair Apr 14

The community is invited to attend  the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church Opportunity Fair on Sunday, April 14, 2024, 8:45 – 10:15 a.m. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with seventeen organizations that provide services to our community. There will be a chance to learn about the services provided and the opportunities for volunteering with these providers.

Neighbor Organizations attending the Opportunity Fair

Aeon – Provides affordable housing in Bloomington and the larger community.

Agate – Provides advocacy as well as housing, food, and services for those experiencing homelessness.

Bridging – Provides furniture and household items once affordable housing has been obtained.

Bloomington Schools – Offers opportunities to volunteer within the school environment and help kids.

Cornerstone – Offers emergency housing and services to those in danger from domestic abuse.

Every Meal – Provides weekend bags of food for school children in need.

League of Women Voters – Provides education for voters and advocates for voter’s rights.

Loaves and Fishes – Provides evening weekday meals for individuals and families in need.

Meals on Wheels – Provides home delivered weekday meals for homebound people.

MN Council of Churches Refugee Services – Assists refugees on a path to self-sufficiency.

Moms Demand Action – Provides education and advocacy to change gun laws.

NAMI – Provides support, education, and advocacy to build better lives for those experiencing mental illness..

Oasis For Youth – Provides a safe haven, services, and community support for at-risk and homeless youth.

One Heartland – Provides various camps for youth with HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ youth.

START Senior Solutions – Offers advocates to help seniors cut through the RED TAPE aging can bring.

Urban Homeworks – Transforms neglected properties into dignified affordable housing.

VEAP – Provides access to healthy food and connects clients to a network of services.

Roger Ebeling Memorial Service

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Roger Ebeling, who passed away on February 25, 2024, at the age of 88, leaving to mourn family and friends. Roger joined Oak Grove in 1973. 

There will be a memorial service for Roger at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN on Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00 am. Following the service, you are invited to join the family and friends in the church social hall for lunch and continuing conversation around the table.

Obituary | Bulletin

Bev Carroll Memorial Service

Direct link to Memorial Service archived video (YouTube)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Beverley Diane Carroll, who passed away on February 22, 2024, at the age of 90, leaving to mourn family and friends. Bev joined Oak Grove in 1966.

There will be a memorial service for Bev at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN on Friday, March 8 at 11:00 am, with visitation beginning at 10:00 am. The service will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook for those unable to attend in person.

Following the service, you are invited to join the family and friends in the church social hall for lunch and continuing conversation around the table.

Obituary | Bulletin

Feb 24 Coldest Night of the Year Walk

A group from Oak Grove will be participating in the Coldest Night of the Year walk in downtown Minneapolis to raise awareness of food insecurity and homelessness in Minneapolis, and to raise money for Agate Housing and Services.  We will car-pool to downtown from the Oak Grove parking at 3:30 p.m. on February 24 and return to Oak Grove after the walk.  

Look for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to join the “walkers,” and for info on making financial donations to Agate.