Advent & Christmas 2023

Worship Services

Sunday, December 3, 2023: Worship with Communion at 10:30 a.m.| Video

Sunday, December 10, 2023: Advent Worship at 10:30 a.m. | Video

Sunday, December 17, 2023: Christmas Pageant at 10:30 a.m. | Video

Thursday, December 21, 2023: Longest Night Service at 7:00 p.m. (in-person only)

Sunday, December 24, 2023:
Advent Worship at 10:30 a.m. | Video
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:00 p.m.
| Video
The fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same Sunday this year. Because of this special circumstance, the morning worship service will focus on the themes of Advent. There will be one Christmas Eve service with scripture lessons, carols, a time for children, and candle lighting. 

Sunday, December 31, 2023: Christmas Piano Duets at 10:15 a.m. followed by First Sunday of Christmas Worship service at 10:30 a.m. | Video
Judy and Nancy will play a 15-minute prelude of Christmas piano duets. Please join us at 10:15 am and enjoy the wonderful music!

Sunday, January 7, 2024: The Work of Christmas Continues 10:30 a.m. | Video
At 10:30 a.m., the Chancel Choir and a small instrumental ensemble will lead the service with special music to mark the end of Christmastide and Epiphany.

Events

Alternative Christmas Market, December 3 at 9:00 a.m.

Outdoor Worship & Lunch Aug 13

Outdoor Worship & Annual Church Lunch at Moir Park: Sunday, August 13

Come worship at the Moir Park Pavilion (10320 Morgan Ave S,) at 10:30 a.m. and then stay for the annual church lunch to enjoy the outdoors, food, and fellowship! We have enough volunteers to proceed with a potluck-style meal. We will be asking folks to bring tablecloths to cover the tables, your own beverages, and an item from the list below based on the first letter of your last name: 

  • A–E: Main dish
  • F–J: Salad
  • K–N: Dessert
  • O–S: Favorite potluck item
  • T–Z: Snacks (i.e., chips, Doritos, etc.)

Lent & Easter 2023

Collection for VEAP during Lent

February 22, 2023 Ash Wednesday Worship, 12:00 noon

ash wednesday

April 2, 2023 Palm Sunday Brunch 8:45-10:00 a.m.

April 2, 2023 Palm Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. | Video

Requiem by John Rutter. Our Chancel Choir and an instrumental ensemble will present this exquisite choral piece, Requiem, by John Rutter on Palm Sunday, April 2, at the 10:30 service. The instrumental ensemble includes flute, oboe, cello, harp, tympani and organ.  CeCe Klueh, Jessi McKinnon and Emma Wasko are the soloists. Requiem has 7 sections, written as an “archlike meditation on the themes of life and death”. Please invite family and friends to join you in worship on April 2!

Requiem

April 6, 2023 Maundy Thursday Worship 6:00 p.m. (in-person only)

Maundy Thursday bread and wine

April 7, 2023 Good Friday Worship 7:00 p.m. | Video

Good Friday crosses

April 8, 2023 Family Easter Egg Hunt 3:00 p.m., outdoors on church grounds

easter eggs

April 9, 2023 Easter Sunday Sunrise Worship 6:30 a.m., outdoors on church grounds (in-person only)

April 9, 2023 Early Service 8:15 a.m. (in-person only)

April 9, 2023 Easter Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. | Video

easter sunrise

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

Longest Night Dec 21

UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, the Longest Night Service will be on Zoom only.

Longest Night Worship Service, Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. [Note: this service is Zoom only, not livestreamed. Zoom link is available in the Dec 21 Oak Grove email.]

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. 

Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. For these reasons, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church offers a special “Longest Night” service on Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 PM. 

Join with us on Zoom in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.

Service of Gratitude on Thanksgiving Eve

Service of Gratitude at Oak Grove, Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for our annual Service of Gratitude at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

This year, instead of having pie after the service, we will offer a social time on Sunday, Nov. 27 during the Faith Formation hour with coffee cake and beverages. There is no regularly scheduled Adult Faith formation that morning and it’s a great time to gather and share conversation! Hope to see you at worship and around the table on the 27th.

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.

Annual Picnic August 14

Worship at Moir Park and Church Picnic, Sunday, August 14, 2022, at 10:30am

Aug 14 bulletin | Video on YouTube

Come worship at the Moir Park Pavilion (10320 Morgan Ave S,) at 10:30 a.m. and then stay for the annual church picnic to enjoy the outdoors, lunch, and fellowship!

Parking: Parking lots are available on 104th St (directly south of the shelter) and on Morgan Ave (east side of park). Parking spaces are needed for people with disabilities. If you’re able bodied, please consider parking on the street leaving extra spaces in the parking lots. Thank you!

You are welcome to bring a favorite picnic lunch for yourself or you may choose to purchase a bag lunch that will be catered from Sammy’s Avenue Eatery. Sammy’s is located just a block from Liberty Church’s Northside Healing Space. The Friendship Committee is offering a catered lunch again this year as a convenience and a way to support our neighbor’s business and the thriving of a neighborhood that matters to us.

Bag lunches are $12 each and include a 6-inch hoagie (turkey, tuna or veggie club), bag of chips, water and a sweet treat! Gluten- free bread options are available for $1 more.

To place your order, simply call the church office (952-888-4621). Payment, cash or check (made out to Oak Grove, memo: lunch), must be received by Tuesday, Aug. 9.

You are also invited to bring a tablecloth of choice to add colors to our tables and also low/jelly jar-type vases of a couple of flowers (or weeds) from your yard, if that’s something that sounds fun to you!

We hope to have some of our Afghanistan friends, with interpreters, join us for a “Meet and Greet” time. We are thankful for the opportunity to give and receive in our relationships with them. Please plan to hang around a bit for conversation with our Oak Grove friends from Afghanistan!

We look forward to a leisurely gathering time together!