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 our prayers and dollars, several 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, please!) 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 assist with a mission project they had been sponsoring. Since then, we have provided website space to publicize the activities of Amigas del Señor (Women 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 has transferred her membership to Oak Grove UMC. To read more about the Sisters and their mission, see our Amigas del Senor page.
UMCOR HEALTH KITS In 2011 our WINGS (Women in God's Service) group embarked upon a new ministry: assembling Health Kits to donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to be disbursed to victims of natural disasters in the U.S. and beyond. Each kit 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, so it will be fresh.) In January 2011 WINGS assembled and donated 64 Health Kits, later expanding 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 have continued to assemble Health Kits annually, usually on "UMCOR Sunday" in March or April, gradually increasing the number. After worship on March 26, 2017, we assembled 180 kits that went straight into a pickup truck heading to the UMCOR depot in Salt Lake City!
GIVING TREE During Advent we usually partner with a local service agency to provide toys, socks, underwear, 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!