Celebrating Pastor Mary

10th Anniversary Recognition & Celebration for Pastor Mary: Sunday, Sept. 26

How time flies! It’s been 10 years since Pastor Mary Koon arrived at Oak Grove, and we will be recognizing and celebrating her decade of faithful service to the Oak Grove community during both Sunday worship services on September 26, 2021.

Pastor Mary Koon

The Presbytery will lead a special service of thanksgiving, there will be testimonials, a presentation of gifts and there will be a “cupcake” drive-thru in the parking lot immediately following the 9:00 am service.

Please join us for the fun and add your thanks and best wishes to Pastor Mary on this important milestone in her ministry to Oak Grove.

Day of Service Sept 11

Whole Church Day of Service at Oak Grove (10:30 am to Noon)

Saturday, Sept. 11 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers. As a community of faith, we invite you to mark this day with care and generosity. We will be on hand for donation drop off and to participate in projects and receive information about our stewardship theme for the fall!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Birthday Bags for VEAP: Please donate cake mixes, frosting, candles, gift bags, and/or small gifts such as books, crayons, puzzles, Play-Doh.
  • Agape Bags for those on the street: We need socks, bottled water, shelf-stable snacks and handwarmers. The Social Justice Team will purchase bus tokens to go in the bags, too!
  • Card making station: Children are invited to create birthday cards for the VEAP bags and welcome home cards for refugees arriving in the cities to make their new home here.
  • Cub Gift Cards for Afghanistan and Refugee Resettlement. Please donate cards to help folks make their new homes in the Twin Cities. We will also collect gently used household items to donate to the Minnesota Council of Churches refugee resettlement program.
  • Meet our new Youth & Young Adult Ministries Coordinator, Kate Lindberg
  • Receive information from Gifts & Gratitude and learn about plans for the fall from various committees!

Middle school, senior high and young adult youth are invited to stick around after to have pizza for lunch, play games and spend some time getting to know Kate. Questions? Please contact Pastor Mary (mkoon@oakgrv.org), Kate (klindberg@oakgrv.org) or Anne Klueh (astklueh@yahoo.com). If you cannot be here on Saturday, Sept. 11, please feel free to drop your donations off at church any time during the week of Sept. 5 (office is closed on Sept. 6). THANK YOU!

Welcome Kate Lindberg

Oak Grove Welcomes Kate Lindberg, Youth & Young Adult Ministries Coordinator

Hello! My name is Kate Lindberg, and I am so excited to be joining your family at Oak Grove! I have just completed my Clinical Pastoral Education at Mayo Clinic this summer and will be starting my second year at Luther Seminary. I am pursuing my Master of Divinity (M.Div.) with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family Ministry.

I am new to Minnesota, having been born and raised in Massachusetts. I completed my undergraduate degree at a state university where I studied elementary education and psychology. My heart is deeply rooted in youth ministry and empowering the next generation.

Some just-for-fun things about me; I love to be outside hiking, running, the beach, anything! When I have a free minute, reading is one of my favorite pastimes. And lastly, I’m a lover of all animals, so have those pet photos ready!

I’m looking forward to getting to know you, Oak Grove.

Dakota Sites Tour, Oct 23

Tour of Important Dakota Sites in the Twin Cities

Space is limited so please register early! Registration is required no later than October 18. Scroll to the end of this page for the online registration form. For more information call the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church office (952-888-4621).

Saturday, October 23, 2021 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
Meet at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church at 8:30 am
(2200 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington 55431)

Please join us for a tour of important Dakota sites in the Twin Cities area including Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) 9–10:00 am; Coldwater Spring 10:30–11:30 am; Oheyawah (Pilot Knob) 1–2:00 pm; and the Fort Snelling Prison camp, 2:30–3:30 pm, where 1,600 Dakota women, elders, and children were imprisoned and over 130 people died during the winter of 1862–63.

The tour will focus on Bdote, the center of the Dakota homeland, how it was taken over by the United State Government in the 19th century, how Dakota people were exiled from the state, and how they have returned to their homeland. The tour will be guided by Jeff Williamson, John Crampton, Thomas Shaw, Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz, Syd Beane, Bruce Forbes, and others whose descendants, both native and white, were at these sites.

Participants will provide their own transportation, lunches, and admittance to the Fort Snelling State Park (annual state park pass or $7 daily permit per vehicle). Participants will receive maps and relevant historical materials. A free will donation of $10 or more will be accepted. The tour will be outside, so dress for the weather. Participants must follow all Covid safety protocols, including masking and social distancing.

Pilots Knob
Painting by Seth Eastman of Oheyawah (Pilot Knob) in the background with Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, in the foreground.

EV EXPO 2021

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington is hosting our 3rd Annual Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo on Saturday, October 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m

Over 20 EVs will be on display, and their owners will share their driving experiences. The American Lung Association will host dealer test drives of some of the latest EV models. 

Talks by experts will include:

  • What EV is Right for You?
  • Utility Rates and Rebates for EVs
  • Let’s Go to Electric School Buses Now!
  • Charging Networks for Road Tripping
  • Climate and Health Benefits of EVs
  • Women’s Panel: Why We Love EVs 

Electric bikes, e-scooters, e-mowers, and e-snowblowers will be on display, along with an EV transit van.

The events and test drives follow Covid protocols and are free and open to the general public.  The event will be outdoors at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington 55431 952-888-4621

For more information, contact John Crampton jcrampt48@gmail.com 612-396-6010, Pdon Pinkham pdonco.an.sons@gmail.com 608-397-3081, or the church office 952-888-4621.

Link to EV Expo 2021 flyer

Link to Facebook Event

Urban Homeworks

Many thanks to AsaleSol Young, Emily and Azad Lassiter for sharing about the work and ministry of Urban Homeworks at Oak Grove’s Adult Faith Formation on May 9, 2021.  As a follow-up to their presentation, they have provided the following information for anyone who would like to participate in or learn more about their organization.

Follow-up Information from Urban Homeworks

The Housing Justice Forum will be educating the community on Rent Stabilization policy VIRTUALLY on May 20 from 6-7:30. Registration is pay-what-you-can, and Zoom information is provided after registration. Click here to register.

Individual volunteers can sign up to volunteer (at no cost) at this link. Our first individual volunteer day is June 5 and there are shifts available in the morning and afternoon to help with various landscaping and/or painting projects. Click here to sign up for June 5 dates.

Take Action emails. We send out periodic emails on anti-racist actions to take in our lives. To sign up to be added to that list, click here to fill out this form

Group Volunteering. Urban Homeworks charges a fee of $1,000/day for nonprofits and churches and $1,500/day for corporations who want to volunteer. The fee is there for a couple of reasons. 1) It helps us cover the cost of staffing, insurance, materials, and supplies. 2) It exists to support a community-centered approach to volunteerism and fundraising. When we recognize that charity and volunteering equally benefits donors/volunteers as much as the communities served, it redefines the relationship built among supporters and community in a healthier way. Our fees affirm that we all benefit from this work and no one should be exploited or pitied when we decide to give of our time or resources. Please contact us if Oak Grove is interested in getting a group together to volunteer. We have an exciting opportunity of community gardening happening Juneteenth weekend if Oak Grove isn’t already working on something for that weekend.

Perpetuate the Hope Annual Event. We will be hosting our 2nd annual VIRTUAL Perpetuate the Hope Symposium where we share about Urban Homeworks, equity and engagement, and other topics related to affordable, equitable housing. This will be held September 8, 9, 10 during the noon lunch hour. If Oak Grove is interested in sponsoring, we could provide access for the church to that event.

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

legislators
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.

climate reality



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.

enroads chart

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 

MN Clean Car Rulemaking Comments due March 15

A message from the Green Committee about Minnesota’s Clean Car rules proposed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Comments are due to MPCA by March 15, 2021.

In 2018 and 2019, Oak Grove’s Green Committee sponsored EV (Electric Vehicle) Expos because we believe that the electrification of transportation is one of the most effective ways to dramatically cut carbon emissions that are destroying the livability of our earth.   Estimates indicate that fossil fuel transportation plus the refining of fossil fuels account for approximately 50% of total CO2 emissions in the US and other auto-dependent countries.

In 2012 the Obama Administration implemented Clean Car standards mandating increasing mileage standards for automobiles to double the average fuel efficiency of cars sold in the US by 2025.  Between 2012 and 2017 it was the most effective emissions reduction action in US history.  In 2018 the Trump Administration rolled back those clean car standards.  California and 14 other states refused to go along with Trump’s rollbacks citing air quality issues and climate goals, and so they continued following the Obama era standards.   

The Minnesota MPCA has drafted clean car rules that will enable Minnesota to join California and the 14 other states in following the original Obama-era Clean Car standards.   As a practical result of returning to these standards, auto manufacturers and auto dealerships would be compelled to have more fuel efficient models and more EVs available to show to customers (in most cases, one or two EVs per dealership at any given time).

To learn more about MPCA’s proposed rules, you can attend information sessions online and/or via phone at:  

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/clean-cars-mn-rulemaking

To comment on the proposed MPCA rules before March 15th, go to:

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/clean-cars-mn-rulemaking

For more info and/or questions, call or email   John Crampton, Green Committee,  612-396-6010   jcrampt48@gmail.com

Call for Vaccine Clinical Trial Volunteers

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church has been asked to get the news out on M Health Fairview’s Covid-19 Clinical Trial.

M Health Fairview Vaccine flyer (PDF)

M Health Fairview is looking for adults who:

  • €  Are aged 18 years and older, particularly over 65 years of age
  • €  Represent a racial and ethnic group that has been greatly impacted by the pandemic (such as African American, Latinx, Native American, or Asian American)
  • €  Have an underlying medical condition (such as diabetes or obesity)
  • €  Have a high risk of exposure through work (such as first responder, healthcare professional, or delivery person)
  • €  Live or work in an elder-care facility
  • €  Are retired or active military

If you decide to join a COVID-19 prevention study, you may be compensated for your participation. To learn more, contact:

M Health Fairview Clinical Trials Office
651.326.4450
researchscreening@fairview.org