Items Available

The following items are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free-will donations accepted. Please contact the church office or Bob Heise if you would like to claim any items.

FENCE SECTIONS: four 8-foot sections of fencing from outside of church nursery.

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Four 8-foot fence sections

In-Person Worship at Oak Grove

Link to online reservation form: https://www.oakgrv.org/online-rsvp


In addition to the 9:00 a.m. outdoor in-person worship, we have an indoor, in-person Sunday Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. (reservations required).

The information below details what you need to know about the in-person indoor worship. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the safety protocols and practices in preparation for in-person worship.

Scroll to the end of this page for archived video and information about the Town Hall re-entry update meeting held on July 21.

Preparing for In-Person Indoor Worship on July 25

  • Worship will begin at 10:15 a.m. We ask anyone with a reservation for indoor in-person worship to arrive no earlier than 10:00 a.m..
  • Reservations for a limited number of people (about 60) will be required each Sunday so that we can ensure distancing in the sanctuary.
  • Reservations can be made each week at this link https://www.oakgrv.org/online-rsvp or by calling the church office.
  • Reservations will open each Monday morning for the upcoming Sunday (e.g., Monday, July 19, for Sunday, July 25).
  • We ask anyone coming to the 10:15 a.m. worship to park in the upper parking lot or in the “White House” parking lot.
  • Masks and social distancing will be required for all.
  • Because of the need to distance between household groups in the sanctuary – please be prepared not to sit in your favorite spot! 😊
  • Children will stay in the pew with their families. There will be no worship bags or small table up front.
  • There will be no nursery care.
  • After worship, you will be invited to connect with one another outside.
  • Worship at 10:15 a.m. will continue to be livestreamed.

Re-Entry Team to Host Town Hall

If you are not able to view the archived video above, try this direct link: https://www.facebook.com/OakGrovePresbyterian/videos/4315951365115055

The Re-Entry team will hold a town hall forum on Wednesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. both live in the sanctuary (limited to 60 participants, no reservation needed) and livestreamed to Facebook and the OGPC website.

This is an opportunity for the team to share information with the congregation about where we are in our re-entry plans, the various considerations that go into decision making, and answer some frequently asked questions.

There will also be an open time for any questions from the congregation. Questions can be asked in person, in the comments on Facebook, or by texting in a question during the event.

Pastor Anne’s Farewell Drive-Thru May 9

UPDATE: Click here to see Facebook photo album of Pastor Anne’s Farewell.

Pastor Anne’s Farewell Drive-Thru May 9. Come celebrate all the color Anne Fisher has brought to our congregation with a special drive-thru on Sunday, May 9, after the 10:45 a.m. service. There will be cake – what else could there be – and a chance to thank Anne for all her leadership through this unique journey. Bring a flower with you to contribute to a bouquet that we will build in celebration for Anne. For questions, call Jane Propsom at 612-723-0592. We hope to see you there!

Oak Grove Welcomes Bart Roush

Oak Grove Presbyterian is pleased to announce the election of Bart Roush as our new Pastor/Head of Staff, starting on Monday, May 17. Welcome Pastor Bart!

Pastor Bart will join us on Zoom at Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 23. Please plan to Zoom in at 12:00 noon to chat with Pastor Bart.

We asked Pastor Bart to tell us about himself and his family, and he sent us the following biography.

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up as an active youth member of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church. As a senior in high school, and as the Moderator of my youth group and a youth Elder on Session, I preached for the first time during Youth Sunday, and it started a long tradition of not finishing sermons until late on Saturday night (much to the chagrin of my youth leaders then and my wife now). While in high school, I felt the initial stirrings of a call to ministry but decided to pursue theatre in college.

I attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and graduated with a B.F.A. in Directing and Stage Management for the Theatre. After college, I moved to the Twin Cities to pursue a theatrical career. My work in theatre was primarily behind the scenes as a Stage Manager and Managing Director. While working in theatre at night and on the weekends, I worked at Ameriprise Financial Services by day, and worked there in a variety of positions for almost 10 years. I enjoyed both my day job and work in the theatre, but in my late 20’s began to feel the tug of ordained ministry once again.

While working box office for a theatre, I overheard one of the actresses in the show, Kelly, talking about her church, First Congregational Church of Minnesota. I had begun looking for a church home again, and I asked if I could visit the church with her some time. I went a couple of times, and immediately felt at home. Kelly and I went to lunch one afternoon after worship, and she became very serious. She told me in no uncertain terms that if I was coming to church just as a means to try and date her, that I “should stop now. Church is very important to me,” she said, and I should “not mess with it.” I assured Kelly that I was, indeed, interested in finding a church home. Once that was made clear, I then asked her out on a date. We were married at First Church about two years later in 1999. I proposed to Kelly on a trip to Mexico, and after she had already said “Yes,” later that day I told her I thought I wanted to go to seminary. She looked at me for a moment and then said, “Honestly, I always thought I would marry a pastor.”

I began attending United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Having grown up Presbyterian but coming back as an adult to the United Church of Christ, I was uncertain the denomination in which I should seek ordination. Ultimately, I decided to “come home” to the Presbyterian Church because of several reasons; the connected church polity and belief in the priesthood of all believers, the emphasis on an educated clergy, and the opportunity to work within a system to move it toward a more inclusive posture.

I graduated from United in 2003 and accepted my first call to Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, IL as the Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Mission. I specifically sought a call as an associate pastor to gain experience in a congregation served by several pastors so that I could work with experienced clergy as I formed my pastoral understanding and identity. I served at Fox Valley for 10 years in that capacity. During my time at Fox Valley, I greatly enjoyed the many adult education classes I led, shepherding the Stephen Ministry program, and increasing our mission involvement. Mission giving and mission projects increased, including a monthly community dinner that was free to all, and the establishment of several on-going relationships with churches and community organizations in Guatemala where we helped the community install Living Waters for the World water purification systems. Toward the end of my time at Fox Valley, I helped lead the effort to design and build a new education building to facilitate emerging and future ministry needs and opportunities.

In 2007, I enrolled in the Congregational Mission and Leadership Doctor of Ministry program at Luther Seminary, and I completed my degree in 2012. My thesis focused on ways to incorporate adults into congregational membership with a missional understanding. In 2013, feeling the nudge of the Spirit, I accepted the call as Pastor and Head of Staff at Madison Square Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, a progressive, More Light Congregation. While at Madison Square, we entered a season of discernment which led to focusing our efforts over the last several years on small group ministry and beginning the work of becoming an anti-racist congregation.

In addition to serving these two congregations, I have served the wider Presbyterian church in several capacities, including as chair of the Personnel Committee for Blackhawk Presbytery, serving as a member on a Synod Permanent Judicial Commission, as chair of the Board of Trustees for Mission Presbytery, as a member on the Examination Committee for Mission Presbytery, and as a member of the Network for Dismantling Racism of the Synod of the Sun. I have also been involved in the local community serving as a board member for Classic Theatre of San Antonio (where, eventually Kelly served as Executive and Artistic Director), and as a member of the Interfaith Community Action Network of San Antonio.

Kelly and I have two teenage children, Hera (she/her/hers and who prefers to be called “H”) who is 16, and Olivia (she/her or they/them) who is 13. They love reading, nature, and both have curious minds and kind hearts. We all love to travel and look forward to the day when that is possible again. I enjoy attending theatre and have led several “Theatre and Theology” trips to the Stratford Theatre Festival in Canada. I also enjoy riding my bike and look forward to the trails in Minnesota. I was named after Bart Starr and, while I am a little afraid to tell you this before the congregational vote, I am a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.

I love being a pastor and can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. In fact, I was given the same advice when going to college for theatre, and when going to seminary to become a pastor – “If you can do anything else; do that!” I’ve never regretted heeding the call to ordained ministry. I am excited about the future of ministry together with the people at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. I am energized by Oak Grove’s commitment to inclusion, social justice, and mission. Kelly and I, in particular, are excited to return to the Twin Cities, and the entire family is looking forward to living in a place where you can experience all four seasons, even winter.

Green Committee AFF

Oak Grove’s Green Committee is hosting three Adult Faith Formation (AFF) sessions in April and May 2021. Also, on April 8, the Green Committee hosted a Conversation with District 50 Representatives and Senator.

Thursday, April 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Faith Communities Talk With Legislators. You are invited to question-and-answer state legislative forum for faith communities in District 50 on Thursday night April 8th from 6:00-7:30 pm via Zoom.   The forum will feature Senator Melissa Wiklund, Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B) and Rep. Michael Howard (50A).  The forum is being organized by Isaiah https://isaiahmn.org/  and will include members of faith communities in District 50 including Oak Grove Presbyterian, Christ the King Lutheran, Dar Al-Farooq Muslim Center, and St. Richards Catholic Church and other groups.  The forum will focus on pending bills for: Revenue-making everyone pay their fair share, Democracy– expanding/protecting voting rights, Paid Family Leave– caring for our families, Climate Justice– plans that meet the scale and urgency of the climate crisis. For more info, contact John Crampton 612-396-6010  jcrampt48@gmail.com To register:  https://secure.everyaction.com/G_DuKjcYOU62gxI7vz_2tQ2

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Clockwise from top left: Rep. Michael Howard (50A), Senator Melissa Wiklund, Rep. Andrew Carlson (50B)

Sunday, April 11, 9:30 a.m., “Climate Reality and Our Future” a sobering overview of the impact on climate change on different earth systems and projections of species survival under different scenarios of global warming.  Developed by Former Vice President Al Gore and  Alliance for Climate Protection and The Climate Project.  Presented by Bill Middlecamp, a commissioned Earthkeeper in the United Methodist Church and a well-known climate activist in our area. See also En-ROADS Brings Climate Science to the Masses.

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Sunday April 18, 9:30 a.m., “Policy Solutions to Climate Change.”   Participants are able to simulate possible large scale solutions to dramatic climate change through the use of the online En-ROADS policy simulation model developed by MIT.   See what possible solutions are and discuss the implications.  https://www.planet.veolia.com/en/climate-change-climate-simulator-En-ROADS Presented by Bill Middlecamp, a commissioned Earthkeeper in the United Methodist Church and a well-known climate activist in our area. See also En-ROADS Brings Climate Science to the Masses.

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Sunday, May 2, 9:30 a.m., Socially-Just Climate Solutions 

Cooperative Energy Futures equips members across the state to build socially-just climate solutions that grow community wealth and power. CEF has financed and developed 6.9MW (~$16M) of low-income-accessible community solar arrays that are cooperatively-owned-and-operated across urban, suburban, and rural Minnesota—including: Shiloh Temple in North Minneapolis, Pax Christi Church in Eden Prairie, and Edina Public Works Building.  Find out how Oak Grove and our members can potentially get involved as host site(s), investors, subscribers and supporters.  https://www.cooperativeenergyfutures.com/ Presented by: Timothy Den Herder, General Manager of CEF 

2021 Per Capita Challenge

Update: YOU did it!


Oak Grove surpassed our February per capita goal of $7000. The Gifts & Gratitude Committee would like to thank all of you who faithfully paid your per capita. Our governing bodies have never worked harder to support our faith than in this past year and because of your participation, we say ‘thank you’ to our Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church with our per capita payments.

Note: Oak Grove’s total per capita payment is $17,850. Every member who pays their $36.50 separately helps strengthen our annual budget during an uncertain time.

PNC Announcement

BIG NEWS!!! The Session of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church has called a congregational meeting for noon on March 14 via Zoom for the purpose of presenting and electing a candidate for Pastor/Head of Staff.  The meeting will follow the 10:45 Virtual Worship Service where the candidate will preach. 

On Saturday March 13, a Zoom meet and greet will take place with the candidate. Oak Grove members will be receiving  a biography and background  of the candidate in the mail. The Pastoral Nominating Committee is joyfully  looking forward to introducing Oak Grove to this candidate.