Woven Voices Concert Sept 18

Woven Voices Concert: Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 2:00 pm

Woven Voices will be presenting their Make-Up Spring Concert at Oak Grove. This event will follow Oak Grove’s Covid protocols based on the current community risk level for Hennepin County, and you must be COVID symptom-free to attend. Free will offering gratefully accepted; no ticket required. Woven Voices is a chamber choir composed of experienced singers from various Minnesota-based choirs, including two Oak Grove members, that come together to joyfully explore and share choral literature written for soprano and alto voices. We look forward to seeing you!

Read more at the Woven Voices website.

Victor Zupanc Concert Sept 25

Victor Zupanc, acclaimed composer and performer, will be performing a family-friendly concert titled, “Welcome to my World,” at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.

Composer, conductor and performer for over 300 theater productions worldwide, Victor is the long time Music Director at the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis and composer at The Guthrie, Mixed Blood and countless prestigious theaters locally and internationally. Victor and guests will perform his original compositions, pop songs, classical music and he’ll even pull out the accordion for a polka. Featured will be a new Zupanc composition to celebrate a beautiful new marimba built exclusively for Oak Grove Presbyterian Church by world renowned marimba builder, Oscar Biolley Quesada of Costa Rica. 

This concert will feature Victor and several other musicians, including Oak Grove members Jessi McKinnon, Emma Wasko, and Caitlin Lucic. Free will donation ($15 suggested but pay what you can). There will be no presale or electronic payment. Cash or check at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit OASIS, helping young adults with homeless issues.

Link to concert poster

Victor Zupanc’s website

Sept 24 Clearwater Woodcutting

Join us at Clearwater Forest for Oak Grove’s annual woodcutting event. There will be a lot of fun, fresh air, fellowship, and hard work. Families can treat this as an introduction to the property and a full weekend to hike, bike, kayak, swim and fish. We have campsites and some room with beds available if you would like to come up the night before and/or stay Saturday.

If interested in going or knowing more about the event, please contact Carrie Wilkens at carriewilkens@comcast.net or 952-240-5022.

Rally Day & Fall Schedule

2022 Rally Day Photos

Sunday, September 11, 2022, is Rally Day, the day we return to our fall worship schedule. Our faith formation hour offers time to re-connect with people you may have missed during the summer months and learn more about what’s going on at Oak Grove.

This year, join us in the Social Hall at 9:00 a.m.. Committees will have information available about what they are doing and ways you can be involved in ministry, outreach, fellowship, and more. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for small group discussions for our discernment process.

Children 3rd-5th grade will prepare cinnamon rolls for everyone to enjoy, and a tale will be set up with activities for children. Worship will take place at 10:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Fall Schedule

Sunday Schedule

9-10 a.m. Adult Faith Formation

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Youth and Children’s Faith Formation

10:30 a.m. Worship

Wednesday WoW! Dinner and Programs

5:30 p.m. Dinner

6:15 p.m. Faith Formation for all ages

7:15 p.m. Choir

Covid Protocols (risk level sign will be posted at the front door)

Low risk: Masks optional, food service.

Medium risk: Masks recommended, food service, some size limits.

High risk: Masks required, no food, limited singing, size limits.

2022 EV Expo Sept. 17

2022 Electric Vehicle Expo, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2022 EV Expo photos (Facebook album)

2022 EV Expo Aerial View

Learn how you can reduce your carbon emissions, save money, stop feeding the oil-gas monster and clean up air pollution.  Come see:

  • Dealer test drives/test rides of the latest EV models including the Ford F-150 Lightning
  • 25 EVs on display with their owners telling about their driving experiences. 
  • Electric bikes, e-mowers and e-snow blowers 
  • Electric School Bus from Eastern Carver County District
  • Talks about picking the right EV, rates for charging, electric school buses, climate benefits, cost savings and a women’s panel “Why We Love Our EVs

Event is free and open to the public in the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church parking lot.  Visitor parking will be available at nearby sites and on-street locations. Shuttle service will be available from Creekside Center parking lot (98th and Penn) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oak Grove Presbyterian, 2200 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington 55431 952-888-4621

ev expo

2021 EV Expo photos

2021 EV Expo news article

EV Expo Slideshow (PDF)

Made in Minnesota Concert

On Sunday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m., the River Heights Chorale will present their spring concert, “Made in Minnesota,” in the Oak Grove sanctuary. The Chorale presented Christmas and Spring Concerts here many times (pre-pandemic). River Heights Chorale is a volunteer choir committed to sharing quality music with the community and to help students, through scholarships, achieve their musical goals. They will be masked, and audience members are asked to wear masks, per our building protocols. No tickets are needed; donations will be accepted.

Nadia Bolz-Weber event

An Evening with Nadia Bolz-Weber: Monday, May 2 (7:00 pm)

Best-selling author and preacher, Nadia Bolz-Weber, is coming to the Twin Cities and what better reason to get out with your Oak Grove family? The event is at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. If we can get a group of at least 10, we could get a discount on the $30 tickets, but if we get more than 25, the discount is even better. If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office (952-888-4621)and add your name to the list. No money needs to be collected at this time, but we ask that you call no later than Monday, February 28, so we can order our block of tickets. Once we know the ticket amount, we will be in touch.

Note: for those interested, but unable to attend, there are also virtual tickets ($30) available at https://churchanew.org/events/an-evening-with-nadia-bolz-weber.

Feb 1 Caucus for Climate

Thank you to the Green Committee for giving an informative Adult Faith Formation (AFF) program on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Their non-partisan presentation, Caucusing for Climate on Tuesday, February 1,  focused on the upcoming party caucuses. The parties are making it easier this year to take part in the caucus process including the DFL’s contactless caucus that you can do at home. 

See the list below for links to the Green Committee’s presentation and key links for finding your caucus, becoming a delegate to the endorsing conventionsoffering resolutions, and more. For further information, contact John Crampton, Chair-Green Committee, 612-396-6010 jcrampt48@gmail.com

Link to the Green Committee’s Caucus for Climate presentation PDF

Minnesota Secretary of State- Caucus Finder (for all parties)

DFL (Democratic) Caucus Finder

GOP (Republican Party) Caucus Info

Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party

Legalize Marijuana Now Party 

DFL (Democratic) Non-Attendee Form PDF (to volunteer to be delegate to nominating convention)

DFL (Democratic) Resolutions Form PDF

GOP (Republican) Resolutions Form PDF

HUB for Climate Resolutions- MN Environmental Partnership 

Restorative Actions

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church’s role in the Restorative Actions project is highlighted this month in a two-part series on Healing Minnesota Stories (see links to articles below). The series features comments from Oak Grove members Jim Koon and Milissa Carter, as well as our former Pastor Jermaine (Rev. Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam).

Part 1: Moral reckoning: A Presbyterian Church tests model to surrender wealth to Afro American, Indigenous communities

Part 2: Restorative Actions and the power of a single conversation

Rev. Anthony Jermaine Ross-Allam
Jim Koon
Milissa Carter

CANCELLED 2022 Women’s Retreat

UPDATE: the 2022 Women’s Retreat has been cancelled due to COVID levels.

Please join us for the Oak Grove Presbyterian Women’s Retreat, “Relax, Refresh, Recharge,” with special guest speaker Jacque Fletcher, Clearwater Forest, January 14-16, 2022. Pre-registration and full vaccination + booster required.

Link to online Registration Form (please complete registration form by January 1, 2022)

women's retreat

Accommodations. Leaning Tree with 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 (or contact Sue Greimel 612 805-2896, sue.greimel@gmail.com).

2022 Oak Grove Women’s Retreat Flyer (pdf)