Annual Chili Cook-Off Feb 26

February 26, 2023, Chili Cookoff after the Annual Meeting!

Mark the date on your calendar and look for sign-ups to bring chili!

Youth – we need you to help us plan our strategy for judging chili and making sure we have a super fun chili celebration!

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).

Dream Day

Dream Day at Oak Grove: Saturday, December 3 (9 am to 12:30 pm)

Join us on Saturday, December 3, at 9:00 a.m. as we begin to answer questions, like: Where is God acting in the community, and where does God wish us to join in that activity? What does it look like for our future if we move toward the reality of where God is leading us? What ministries and mission are we being called to start, expand, or stop? During this phase we will engage in theological and prayerful consideration of what God’s future for Oak Grove as a faith community looks like.

Nov 30 Family Advent Fair

Family Advent Fair: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 (5:307:00 pm)

Families of children and youth are invited to join in for pizza, Advent Wreath Making, candle dipping, and more! We’ll gather to welcome the season of Advent with food and fun. Please reserve your spot by emailing Mary (mkoon@oakgrv.org) or calling the church office.

2022 Advent & Christmas Services

Worship Services

Sunday, November 27 – Advent Worship

Sunday, December 4 – Worship with Christmas Carol Communion

Sunday, December 11 – Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 18 – Christmas Cantata

Wednesday, December 21 – Longest Night (7PM) [Note: this service is Zoom only.]

Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve (4PM, 10 PM)

Bulletin December 24, 4PM Video

Bulletin December 24, 10PM Video

Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Hymns & Stories (9:30 AM) Bulletin

Sunday, January 1 – New Years Day Service (9:30 AM)

Other Activities

Wednesday, November 30 – Advent Fair

Saturday, December 3 – Woven Voices Concert

Sunday, December. 4 – Alternative Market Christmas Market Photo Gallery

Saturday, December 10 – Parents’ Day Out

Christmas Joy Offering, December 18

Alternative Christmas Marketplace

Alternative Christmas Marketplace: Sunday, December 4 (9:00–10:30 a.m.)

Photo Gallery

Join us for a small marketplace in Gideon Pond Hall on Sunday morning, December 4, at 9:00 a.m. During this time, there will be coffee, juice, and cinnamon rolls to enjoy. There will also be entertainment from some of our very own Oak Grovers. Additionally, there will be a photo booth, and handcrafted items for sale. Also, we will have those who have shared their talents in the kitchen with items like baked goods, jams, pickles, and other items for sale.

Please note, the decaffeinated Mexican whole bean coffee is NOT available. If you have already returned your order form and purchased the decaffeinated Mexican coffee your money will be refunded. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Alternative Christmas Marketplace-2022

Once again, your Mission Committee is inviting members and friends of Oak Grove to gather as a compassionate community of faith and demonstrate our commitment to “loving all God’s people worldwide” and changing lives wherever we can.

Because many of us are still being very cautious due to Covid, the Mission Committee has planned our Alternative Christmas Marketplace to go forward in much the same way as last year. During the week of Nov. 14, you will find your marketplace booklet delivered to your mailbox. It will include everything you need to select those items you wish to purchase to honor family and friends. What a wonderful way for you to make your choices quietly and prayerfully in the comfort of your own home. However, this year we are offering two ways in which you can return your order form with a check or credit card.

You can simply mail the order form and payment in the return envelope provided in the marketplace packet. If you chose this option, please return to Oak Grove by December 2, or bring it to church on Sunday, December 4, when we will have available a small marketplace in the Gideon Pond social hall. During this time, there will be coffee, juice, and cinnamon rolls to enjoy as well as a little entertainment from our very own Oak Grovers.

While there will not be a silent auction this year, we would like to invite all crafters and those who want to share their talents in the kitchen by donating handmade art, crafts, baked goods, jams or other edibles for sale on December 4, to please contact Sharon Nolte at 952-884-1014 or sharonnolte@yahoo.com.

In 2021 your generous response to the marketplace was overwhelming and we were able to send more than $9,000 to the Presbyterian Mission Agency where small gifts make a big impact. Yet at the same time, we also supported some of Oak Groves own mission non-profits… “Loving God… Changing Lives” locally, nationally and worldwide.

Augsburg Centennial Singers Oct 30

The Augsburg Centennial Singers, a 45-member men’s chorus under the direction of Richard (Dick) Duncan, will be performing a concert at Oak Grove Presbyterian on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 4:00 pm. A free-will offering will be received.

After graduating from Augsburg College, Dick earned a master’s degree in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary. He is the fourth director of the chorus, and he also serves as organist for Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church.

These “Men of Faith Passing on the Faith Through Songs of Praise” come from various walks of life drawn together by their love of singing. The group was formed in 1993 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first gospel quartet from Augsburg College to sing in Norway.  The Singers have traveled to present concerts in Norway, Florida, and the Southwestern United States throughout its history.  

Music for the concert includes familiar hymns, songs of praise, gospel selections and patriotic music. Come and enjoy an afternoon of stimulating music!

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