Rain Garden Installation

Our new rain garden installation began on May 11. The crew dug out the rain garden area at the Education Wing facing Old Shakopee Rd. and Penn. They will complete it in coming weeks with native plantings, and installation of inlets and outlets. 

When completed the rain garden will take storm water run-off from Old Shakopee Rd and from our roof and infiltrate it to recharge the groundwater rather than letting it run off and carry sediment and pollution into Nine Mile Creek and the Minnesota River. The rain garden will carry the first flush (approx. first inch of a rainfall), infiltrate and bio-treat it in the garden via hundreds of deep-rooted native plants. Inlet valves and drain tiles help divert storm water amounts greater than 1 inch. This is diverted into the storm sewers to prevent flooding. The soil at the site is all sand, which greatly aids infiltration.

Nine Mile Creek Watershed District is paying for and maintaining the project for the first two years. Future plans include surrounding the rain garden with native plantings that are “gentle to the environment” (don’t require watering or chemicals and that infiltrate water and sequester carbon emissions). 

Our solar sources of electricity continue to produce energy at expected rates. Our 55 solar panels on our building produced 2,730 KWH in April and our Community Solar farm membership produced 5,259 KWH in March (Community Solar reporting is always one month delayed).

Job Opening: Office Administrator

UPDATE: this posting has closed and we are no longer accepting applications (7/24/20).

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, is seeking an Office Administrator to begin responsibilities on September 28, 2020. This position requires a responsible self-starter who will be committed to keep an actively-involved congregation on track, on time, and functioning together to help us meet the needs of our church, our community, and our world. Click here to see the complete description of this position at our website. If this matches your skill set, plans, and lifestyle, please email your application cover letter and resume to adminsearch@oakgrv.org

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church Office Administrator job description (PDF).

Email applications to adminsearch@oakgrv.org

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020 Bulletin

Palm branches will be available for pickup outside the church on Saturday, April 4, after 9:00 a.m.

Please tune into Facebook or the web page early on Sunday morning to watch a video of our Oak Grove children in a virtual Palm Sunday processional (see below). Shout Hosanna or sing your favorite Palm Sunday hymn while you watch from home!

Our livestreamed Palm Sunday Worship Service on Facebook and the website will begin at 10:45 a.m.

March 24 Session Decisions

UPDATE: the church building will be closed March 28-May 4, but we will continue our online presence during the Stay Home period.

Session met Tuesday, March 24, 2020 via Zoom and decided the following:

Sunday Worship Services

Oak Grove will suspend all on-site worship through the end of April. All Sunday morning worship services will be online and livestreamed on Facebook and the website at 10:45 a.m., with archived videos available for later viewing.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 5, and Easter Sunday, April 12, will be online and livestreamed on Facebook and the website at 10:45 a.m. There will be no 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise service.

Maundy Thursday, April 9, will be online in some form. Details to be announced later.

Good Friday Service, April 10, will be an online worship service at 12:00 noon.

Updates will be posted on Facebook Events and on the website.

Office Hours

Church office hours will be irregular for awhile, so please call first before coming to the Church. The Church office will close at noon on Fridays. UPDATE: the church building will be closed March 28-May 4 during the Stay Home period.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation will continue virtually, with the students presenting their Statements of Faith and being confirmed on schedule. The recognition of their becoming members will be celebrated at a later time.

Pastoral Nominating Committee

The Session is ready to present the nine-member slate for the Pastoral Nominating Committee to the Congregation.  Due to our current situation that prohibits gathering, the Congregational vote on the Pastoral Nominating Committee will be conducted by irregular means. A letter will be sent to all members either by email or regular mail. Members will have ten days to respond with a yea or nay, either by email to bangerhofer@oakgrv.org , phone 952-888-4621, or mail. This will allow the provisional Pastoral Nominating Committee to begin their work. When we can gather again, there will be a congregational meeting to affirm the slate.

March 29 Worship Service

March 29, 2020, Bulletin

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Oak Grove will have a single ONLINE-ONLY Worship service at 10:45 a.m. Last Sunday, we had 562 views of our online service on Facebook and the web page!

You can watch the livestream of the service on Oak Grove’s Facebook page or on the Oak Grove home page. The archived videos will also be available for later viewing on the Facebook page and on Oak Grove’s Sermons web page.

A message from Pastor Anne 3/26

A message from Pastor Anne 3/25

A message from Pastor Mary 3/24

Sunday Worship Service messages from Oak Grove

Starting on Sunday, March 22, 2020, Oak Grove will switch to a single ONLINE-ONLY Worship service at 10:45 a.m.

You can watch the livestream of the service on Oak Grove’s Facebook page or on the Oak Grove home page. The archived videos will also be available for later viewing on the Facebook page and on Oak Grove’s Sermons web page.

March 22, 2020 Bulletin

A message from Pastor Anne

A message from Pastor Mary

A message from Britta

COVID-19 Precautions

March 24 Session Meeting Update: Click here to see March 24 Session Decisions post.

Update about Oak Grove Staff (March 19): Please note that Pastor Anne, Pastor Mary, and Britta Weber are now working from home during the week. Bookkeeper Anne Swenson will be in the office only as needed. Office hours will probably change as we continue to adapt how we work. We will keep you updated. Before you come to the church office, please call 952-888-4621 to be sure that the person you need to see is available. If you need to contact one of the pastors, call the church and we will be sure you are connected to one of them.

March 16, 2020 Letter from Pastor Anne

Greetings,

Here is an update about upcoming events in light of the COVID-19. Our concern is for all of our church community and beyond to be safe and well during these challenging times.

Our Session met on Sunday, March 15, and passed the following:

-The Rutter Requiem concert is postponed to November 1, 2020.

-Beginning Sunday, March 22, we will have a single VIRTUAL worship service at 10:45 a.m. with ONLY worship leaders and tech crew in attendance. We invite ALL to attend remotely via live-streaming and archived videos on Facebook and the web page.

-WoW! and Palm Sunday Brunch are cancelled. As of noon on March 16, all other church activities and meetings are delayed until further notice.

-Church office hours will continue: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. [UPDATE: see March 19 update above.]

There are things that you can do in this season of uncertainty:

-Pray for our Church, our community, and our world. While we are disrupted and inconvenienced by the virus, others are devastated and face ruin.

-Please keep your gifts and pledges to Oak Grove and other Not-for-Profits current. The needs will be great. You can send checks to the office or go to the DONATE page in our website to find other ways to keep your offerings current.

-Give generously to our One Great Hour of Sharing offering during our Lenten and Easter Season. A portion of that offering goes to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance which is one of the front lines of helping those most in need.

-Consider giving toward Easter flowers (even though we may see them only virtually). Money that we receive over and above our flowers for the sanctuary will go to VEAP, and the flowers will go to those who may need a bit of cheer and beauty during this trying time. Contact Sharon Fields at urbanfields2.1@q.com or 952-831-0504 to order flowers.

-Continue to offer creative and whimsical ideas as we strive to stay connected as a community. We need to think out of the box about how we can bear witness to God’s Love and mercy through Christ to each other and to the world.

Please contact Pastor Anne or Pastor Mary at the church office with any questions via email or phone: 952-888-4621

I give thanks to every one of you.

Pastor Anne

A Message about COVID-19 Virus Precautions at Oak Grove (March 15)

We are all aware of the COVID-19 virus and how it is affecting our daily life. As a community, Oak Grove Presbyterian thrives on gathering and being with each other in the name of Christ.

Here are some actions we encourage you to take to help people feel safe and remain healthy:

·First and foremost, if you are not feeling healthy, please stay home – but let us know that you are ill!

·Remember to wash hands regularly!

·Consider greeting one other with enthusiastic smiles and eye contact instead of a handshake.

Here are some actions the Church is taking:

·Let us know if you are sick so we can pray for you and care for you as a community.

·Please watch the Sunday morning services on the Oak Grove Facebook page or on our Website.

Prayer knows no barriers or walls and is not quarantined because of viruses. Let us keep each other close in our hearts. 

Pastor Anne & the Oak Grove Staff

Winners of the 2020 Chili Cook Off

And the winners are …

Lord’s Choice (best chili) – three-way tie to Stephen Jones for his Chicken Chili, Mattie Hawley for her Dad’s Traditional, and Patty Nail for her Meat Chili.

Devil’s Choice (spiciest chili) – Craig Propsom for his Girl Power Chili.

Angel’s Choice (prettiest chili) – Stephen Jones for his Chicken Chili.

Most Creative – Tim Dubis for his Ginger Pineapple Chili.

Greenest (most-ecofriendly) – two-way tie to Mary Hendrickson and Neil Schroeder for their Crumbled Tofu Chili and Katharine Painter for her Mild Vegan Chili.

Best Name – two-way tie to Mattie Hawley for her Dad’s Traditional Chili and Travis Scott for his Meat Fiesta to Cause a Siesta Chili.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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!

January Retreats at Clearwater Forest

UPDATE: the Women’s Retreat has been been cancelled due to weather.

Oak Grove’s 2020 Women’s Retreat is January 17-19, at Clearwater Forest. Our topic is “Telling Our Story,” presented by Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson, the founder of Heartwood Healing and the creator of the Heartwood Self-Mastery programs. She’s a motivational speaker, the award-winning author of 14 books, and the co-creator and host of the Healing Words television show administered by the Lavins Center for the Humanities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Oak Grove’s 2020 Men’s Retreat is January 31-February 2, 2020, at Clearwater Forest. The weekend will be led by Mary Koon, with the theme Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Sign up is in the narthex, and scholarships are available. Contact the Oak Grove office for further information.