Pastor Bart Celebration

It’s Pastor Bart’s 20th Ordination Anniversary!

On September 21, Pastor Bart will celebrate 20 years of ordained ministry! We will recognize this milestone in worship on Sunday, September 24. Following worship, Personnel will host a reception with some yummy treats!

Spring Clean Up 2023

Oak Grove Cleanup Day: Saturday, April 29 (8:30 am to 2:30 pm)

Please join us for our annual clean, rake, sweep, wash, put away, get ready for better weather time at Oak Grove. Please plan to join us for the day or part of the day if you are busy. We encourage you to bring your own rake, gloves, and smile.

Snacks and liberal breaks will be provided. This is traditionally a really fun time; some say it’s the best day of the year!

Mission Update: Water for Good

Oak Grove supports many organizations through our Mission Committee. One organization we support is Water For Good.

Annual Oak Grove support: $1,500

Annual waterforgood.org budget: $7.1 million

Water For Good mission statement
Water For Good mission statement
Jon Allen CEO water for good
Jon Allen, CEO, waterforgood.org

Letter from CEO Jon Allen

Partners: As I reflect over the last year, I am amazed at the significant impact your generosity is making in the Central African Republic. I cannot thank you enough for supporting clean water projects this past year! Thanks to your donations, every day over 850,000 people are accessing clean, safe drinking water.

In 2022, your support employed 113 Central Africans who built and managed:
12 solar-powered pump systems
58 tapstands
32 handpumps
3,737 maintenance visits
4,000 hours of radio waterforgood.org airtime

Collections for VEAP

During Lent, we are encouraging each household to bring one item to church each week to help restock VEAP’s onsite pantry shelves. Each week we will focus on a particular item that is most asked for but least available. Donations can be brought to church on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings or during church office hours.

February 19–26: toothpaste, toothbrushes

February 26–March 5: sugar

March 5–12: cooking oil

March 12–19: laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap

March 19–26: toilet paper, paper towels

March 26–April 2: diapers

Checks, made payable to Oak Grove, are also acceptable. Please write “VEAP” on the memo line.

Timberwolves Game Apr 2

Join fellow Oak Grovers on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 2:30pm to see the Timberwolves when KAT and Ant take on the Portland Trailblazers. Tickets are $35.00 and are in section 218. We will also participate in the “fan tunnel” (greeting the players as they go out for warmups).    

All tickets will be digitally delivered to the Timberwolves mobile app (you will need to download the app to receive your tickets).

Sign up via the online registration form or contact the church office (952-888-4621) or Ron Dubis (612-868-9194). Deadline for sign up is March 12, 2023.

Annual Chili Cook-Off Feb 26

2023 Chili Cook-Off Winners
Best Overall: Travis Scott
Spiciest: Jim Koon
Best Vegetarian: Ruth Dukelow
Best Looking: Ruth Dukelow
Most Creative/Unique: Travis Scott

February 26, 2023, Chili Cook-off after the Annual Meeting! Mark the date on your calendar and sign up to bring chili!

Annual Congregational Meeting: Sunday, Feb. 26 (following worship)

Please join us for the Annual Meeting of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. We will need to secure a quorum of at least 50 people to conduct official church business. A special email will go out on Monday, Feb. 13 with links for the meeting for those unable to attend in-person and the annual report.

Chili Cook-Off: Sunday, Feb. 26 (after the Annual Meeting)

This will be our first time back since 2020 and we are super excited! Please sign up to bring a crock pot of your favorite chili; feel free to give it a fancy name, too! The youth will provide cheese, sour cream, crackers, and a beverage. They will also determine the categories for judging and YOU are the judges. A free will offering will be received to help our youth head to Washington D.C. this June!

Sub Sandwich Youth Fundraiser Feb 12

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 Feb 3-5

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 Jan 20-22

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 sue.greimel@gmail.com).