Discernment Conversations 2022

What’s Next for Oak Grove: Save the Dates!

We continue the work of our intentional period of discernment to answer the following three questions: “Who are we?”, “Who is our neighbor?”, and, “What is God calling us to be and do?to determine what is next for Oak Grove as we emerge from the pandemic, and we look forward to many years of meaningful worship, fellowship, mission, ministry, and justice work within and for the community.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar and plan to attend as we continue this important work.

Sunday, October 9 (11:30 am–12:30 p.m.): Congregational Conversation

Exploring the purpose and meaning of church and what that means for Oak Grove. This is a rescheduling of the conversation originally planned for September 18.

Sunday, November 6 (12–1:30 p.m.): Congregational Conversation

Who We Are” and “Who Our Neighbors Are.” We will share initial impressions with the congregation based on the data gathered about the community surrounding Oak Grove, as well as from the stories shared in individual interviews and small group meetings. Lunch will be provided by the youth for a small suggested donation. Childcare will also be available.

Saturday, December 3 (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.): Dream Day

This is an important day, and we hope as many people as possible will attend. This is a time for the congregation to gather to process what we have learned and begin to answer the questions: What does it look like for our future if we move toward the reality of where God is leading us? What hopes and dreams do we have for the future? What are our values? What ministries, mission, partnerships 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 OGPC looks like.

Our hope is that as many people as possible will continue to be involved in this important work. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to anyone on the Discernment Leadership Team. They are: Jason Chimchirian, Cathy Colborn, Julie Flanagan, Nancy Kachel, Anne Klueh, Eugene Orr, Larry Pearson, Bill Pomroy, Jane Propsom, Vaughn Sheff, and Pastor Bart.

Ash Wednesday March 2

Oak Grove will have two services on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022. [Bulletin]

12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m., in-person in the Sanctuary

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., livestreamed on the web/Facebook and in-person in the Sanctuary

Please wear a mask if you attend either service in person. Thank you!

Direct link to Ash Wednesday service on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OakGrovePresbyterian/videos/286395176965066

Direct link to Ash Wednesday service on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv3s5aUrabQ

Job Opening Accountant

Oak Grove is seeking a part-time, 12-16 hours per week accountant who will have responsibility for management of Oak Grove’s financial affairs, including the preparation and maintenance of all financial records. The position is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll preparation, accounting records, and all financial reporting. The position may also provide occasional coverage of the Office Administrator’s duties when the Office Administrator is absent. The position pays up to $32/hr, depending on qualifications and experience. Starting date will be the end of November or beginning of December.

Application deadline is close-of-business Friday, November 12, 2021.

The Accountant works in collaboration with staff and volunteers, reporting to the senior Pastor. The Accountant receives oversight from the church’s Treasurer and takes direction from the Treasurer. The Accountant meets one evening a month with the Church Budget & Finance Committee. The Accountant will direct volunteers who assist with scanning and other non-financial expertise functions. When acting as the Office Administrator, the Accountant works in collaboration with staff and volunteers.

Applications may be sent via Indeed or by email to Financesearch@oakgrv.org. For detailed information on qualifications and job duties, see:

Part-time Accountant Job Description (pdf)

Link to posting on Indeed

Link to posting on Craigslist

Welcome Anne Swenson

Please welcome Anne Swenson to Oak Grove’s staff!

Anne is a CPA and has been in accounting for her entire career.  She retired from Pax Christi Catholic Community in January of 2017 after thirteen years as the Financial Manager.

She is happy to be back into the numbers by working part-time here at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

She & her husband have lived in Bloomington for 21 years and have three sons and three grandchildren.

EV EXPO, Sept. 15, at Oak Grove

EV EXPO (electric vehicle) on Saturday September 15, 2018, 10AM to 1 PM at Oak Grove Presbyterian 2200 W. Old Shakopee Rd. in Bloomington. [Note: This is an outdoor event. In case of cancellation due to rainstorms, we will post a notice on Oak Grove’s Facebook page and this web page.]

The event is co-sponsored by the American Lung Association.  See how electric vehicles are dramatically changing transportation, talk to owners, and test drive several of the latest electrics and plug in hybrids all in one place.

Dealers will be bringing the latest models including: Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, Audi etron, Fiat 500e, Mini PHEV. And there will be many EV and plug in hybrid owners showing their cars and telling about their driving experiences.

Short educational presentations will be held from 10-11 AM with test drives/owners talk from 11AM to 1 PM.  “Smart” EV chargers, electric bikes, electric mowers, electric snow blowers and other electric tools will also be on display.  A mechanic will be on site to test your Nissan or Prius batteries.  The church youth will be providing free car washes (donations accepted).

Event is free and open to the public.  Share this with your friends and neighbors.  For more information, contact the church office at 952-888-4561