Civil Rights Pilgrimage Jun 19-22

Online Payment (select Intergenerational Trip/Civil Rights from dropdown list)

Note: You may also pay with a check instead of online payment.

Overview and Sign-Up Information

Oak Grove is partnering with a local nonprofit, Catalyst for Harmony, for this pilgrimage journey; co-facilitators Andy and Terrance are managing the arrangements for our trip. Their experience and connections lend the opportunity for all of us on the trip to BE in the experience, letting them take care of the logistics. They use the word Sankofa for their trips, an African word meaning “going back in order to move forward.” This is a pilgrimage, not just “a trip.” We will be visiting important sites in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama and we can expect video/audio between some of our stops. Time for personal reflection and to process our experiences in the group will be important as some content is, of course, quite difficult. Honoring each other’s needs and boundaries, knowing we are part of a sacred trust that includes vulnerabilities–as well as resiliencies–will be critical. As Pastor Denise Dunbar Perkins said while helping with planning, this opportunity “can bring the Word in a new way.” We each may have a unique motivation for embarking upon this journey: perhaps to pay tribute, to physically be in the footsteps of resistance and resilience, to learn history, to feel it, to be empowered for making chang No doubt, others will be revealed from within the experience.

We will begin and end our trip at the Memphis International Airport. Plan to arrive at Memphis International Airport by 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 19th, for group pickup. Flight departures on Saturday, June 22nd, can be booked for 6:00 PM or later. (There are Delta direct flights, arriving 11:20/departing 6:20.) Our programming will end around 4:00 PM on Saturday, and participants will be dropped off at the airport by 4:30 PM on June 22nd at Memphis International Airport. If you wish to schedule your transportation to arrive before June 19th or after June 22nd, you will need to make your own additional hotel reservations and travel arrangements to the airport. 

Hotel accommodations, meals, site tickets, travel from Memphis, and snacks are all included in the trip, beginning with lunch on June 19th through lunch on June 22nd. Total trip fee from Memphis is $1321 per person. Participants are separately responsible for travel costs to and from Memphis. Hotel rooms will be double occupancy with someone of your same gender or spouse. Participants are encouraged to join the trip with someone of a different ethnicity (not required).

Our plan is for:
 This pilgrimage to be interracial and intergenerational
 At least 20 people, recommended for rising 11th graders+
 Under 18 years old needs to be paired with an adult; scholarship dollars are set aside toassist in youth participation
 Honoring fact that those of us who are Black will be encountering differently difficult experiences, a grant from the presbytery and/or other dollars will offset those trip fees 
 Co-facilitators to manage logistics so that we focus on being with/in our experiences
 Time for reflection individually & processing experiences with the group
 Travel time sometimes to be used for audio/video information-sharing
 Some program offerings (say a morning or evening opportunity) will be optional
 This to be open to Oak Grove members and friends. If we do not have at least 20 people signed up/deposits by March 31, we will share the invitation with other congregation(s).
 Fundraiser(s) to offset costs, if interested (for example an April 20th shred event is set)
 Later this spring, a full registration form for each participant to complete
 Final payment and registration completed by May 19 th
 Optional reading/listening/watching resources will be shared ahead of the trip
 Wednesday, June 12th  6-7:30 pm  Informal Supper & Group Meeting

Registration: registration is now closed.

You are welcome to talk to Pastor Mary or Kathy if you have individual questions or concerns. Feel free to leave a message in the church office requesting a return phone call.

WoW! Dinner & Programs

Our Wednesday evening gathering is a time of fellowship. Dinner begins at 5:45 p.m. and each meal includes salad and dessert. No reservations are needed. Please see the monthly WoW! Insert for each week’s menu. The suggested meal donation is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and $20 max per family.  

Youth Handbells Rehearsal (5:00 p.m.)

Oak Grove will begin a youth handbell choir for 3rd–6th graders, with rehearsals on Wednesday evenings whenever WoW! is in session. This group will focus on learning about playing handbells and hand chime music and build their musical skills and note reading abilities. Please reach out to Eugene (deugeneorr@gmail.com) if you are interested in having your child participate.

Faith Formation (6:15–7:15 p.m.)

  • Worship on the first Wednesday for all ages.
  • Children will meet the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays for choir, then class.
  • Youth and Adults will meet for intergenerational activities – fellowship/ storytelling, hands-on missions, formation.
  • Choir will rehearse 7:15–8:15 p.m. in the Choir Room.

Sub Sandwich Youth Fundraiser Feb 12

Order a Sub Sandwich for the Super Bowl and Support Oak Grove Youth!

The youth are sponsoring a Super Bowl sub-sandwich fundraiser for our trip to Washington DC this summer! You will find order forms in the Sunday bulletins to create your own deluxe sub, to be made fresh on the morning of Sunday, February 12, and picked up after worship in the social hall!

No need to worry about what you’ll eat for the big game (the Super Bowl or the Puppy Bowl), or just an easy lunch that day. Each made-to-order sub is $10 (cash or check).

Simply drop your order form and payment in the collection plate, or hand it to a youth representative at the table in the hallway or call the church office (952-888-4621) by Wednesday, Feb. 8. What a delicious way to support our youth – thanking you in advance! Questions? Call Mary.

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.

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.

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.

Car Wash Fundraiser

Oak Grove hosted a car wash on Saturday, August 22, to raise money for our youth group and to help OASIS FOR YOUTH purchase a minivan. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated!

Jessi and Brandon provided live music on eight instruments (not at the same time!) at the fundraising event. Thanks, Jessi and Brandon!

Family Car Parade

On June 10, Oak Grove hosted a family car parade in the church parking lot. WoW! and Sunday morning leaders were on hand to say hello and offer a faith formation package for families. See below for videos and photos.

March 24 Session Decisions

UPDATE: the church building will be closed March 28-May 4, but we will continue our online presence during the Stay Home period.

Session met Tuesday, March 24, 2020 via Zoom and decided the following:

Sunday Worship Services

Oak Grove will suspend all on-site worship through the end of April. All Sunday morning worship services will be online and livestreamed on Facebook and the website at 10:45 a.m., with archived videos available for later viewing.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 5, and Easter Sunday, April 12, will be online and livestreamed on Facebook and the website at 10:45 a.m. There will be no 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise service.

Maundy Thursday, April 9, will be online in some form. Details to be announced later.

Good Friday Service, April 10, will be an online worship service at 12:00 noon.

Updates will be posted on Facebook Events and on the website.

Office Hours

Church office hours will be irregular for awhile, so please call first before coming to the Church. The Church office will close at noon on Fridays. UPDATE: the church building will be closed March 28-May 4 during the Stay Home period.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation will continue virtually, with the students presenting their Statements of Faith and being confirmed on schedule. The recognition of their becoming members will be celebrated at a later time.

Pastoral Nominating Committee

The Session is ready to present the nine-member slate for the Pastoral Nominating Committee to the Congregation.  Due to our current situation that prohibits gathering, the Congregational vote on the Pastoral Nominating Committee will be conducted by irregular means. A letter will be sent to all members either by email or regular mail. Members will have ten days to respond with a yea or nay, either by email to bangerhofer@oakgrv.org , phone 952-888-4621, or mail. This will allow the provisional Pastoral Nominating Committee to begin their work. When we can gather again, there will be a congregational meeting to affirm the slate.