HOW OAK GROVE UMC REACHES OUT
We care about all people. We support many ministries that are in mission to the community, the country, and the world. We strive to make the world a better place through our service and support. We also care about each other. We have care checkers who look in on members of our congregation who are ill or homebound. We visit those who are hurting. We offer a caring heart.
Below are just a few of the ways in which Oak Grove UMC reaches out to our community and beyond.
WE FEED THE HUNGRY in several ongoing ways.
LIBERIA MISSION PROJECT Since September 2011 we have helped to support, with prayers and dollars, four related programs benefitting children and youth in Liberia who have been victimized by many years of civil war and poverty there.
OUR WOMEN'S CLOTHES CLOSET disburses clothes to girls and women who are in need of clothing due to abuse, lack of funds, etc. Street clothes (sizes 6 to 2XL), shoes, purses and coats are available, free of charge, to anyone in need. "If it fits and you need it, please feel free to take it." Access to our clothes closet is available whenever the church office is open. This service has benefitted many girls and women and we welcome donations to help us continue it. If you have clothing items (clean and in good repair) that you no longer need, please consider donating them to our clothes closet, to be passed along to someone who will be grateful to have them. If you have questions about our Clothes Closet, contact Jean Fairbairn or the church office.
AMIGAS DEL SEÑOR MONASTERIO METODISTA When nearby Sellwood UMC closed in 2012, we agreed to help with a mission project they had been sponsoring. Since then, through our website we have publicized the activities of Amigas del Señor ("Female Friends of the Lord"), a Methodist monastery for women that's located near a small village in Honduras. The principal mission workers, pictured at right, are both from Oregon: Sister Confianza (aka Prairie Naoma Cutting, on the left); and Sister Alegría (aka Dr. Beth Blodgett), a pediatrician who transferred her membership to Oak Grove UMC. February 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of Amigas del Señor. To read more about the Sisters and their mission see our Amigas del Senor page.
WE SERVE FAIR TRADE COFFEE We exclusively serve Fair Trade coffee during our Sunday coffee hours and other events.
UMCOR HEALTH KITS In 2011 our WINGS ("Women in God's Service") group embarked upon a new ministry: assembling Health Kits once a year to donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The kits are sent to UMCOR's depot in Salt Lake City and then disbursed to victims of natural disasters in the U.S. and beyond. Each kit, which UMCOR values at $12, contains a hand towel, washcloth, comb, fingernail clippers, soap, bandaids and a toothbrush, all sealed in a one-gallon plastic bag. (UMCOR adds toothpaste to the kits before distributing them.) In January 2011 WINGS assembled and donated 64 Health Kits. They later expanded their efforts by soliciting donations church-wide, buying the needed items in bulk to make the donated funds stretch as far as possible, and inviting everyone to help assemble the kits. We've continued to assemble Health Kits annually, usually on "One Great Hour of Sharing" Sunday in March or April, and have gradually increased the number of kits assembled. After worship on March 26, 2017, we'll assemble 180 kits.
GIVING TREE During Advent we usually partner with a local service agency to provide toys or other requested items to needy children and/or adults in our county. Our church members have routinely taken all 60+ tags from our Giving Tree and generously donated all of the requested items ... and usually more!