Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, February 20, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
AT OAK GROVE UMC
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 2/19/17
These are highlights, more or less in chronological order. For more information about events listed below, plus additional activities, follow any included links or see our CALENDAR section.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED ON PRESIDENTS DAY ~ THIS MONDAY, FEB. 20
BOOK CLUB MONTHLY MEETING ~ THIS MONDAY, FEB. 20 @ 12:00 NOON … in the Wesley Room, with Gloria Payne as hostess. The church will be closed for the President's Day holiday, but this group will still meet. See Book Club recommendations and selections on the easel in the Fellowship Hall.
UMW "SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE" MEETING ~ THIS TUESDAY, FEB. 21 @ 2:00PM … in the Mt. Jefferson Room on the 3rd floor of the Plaza Building in the Willamette View retirement community (12705 SE River Road). All interested women (not just OGUMC members) are invited to participate in this monthly opportunity for learning and fellowship! This month's program will be our annual Pledge Service — "United Methodist Women: A Community United by Giving" — presented by Pat Garvin & Donna Metcalf. For more information about the Circle, see the UMW bulletin board in our Fellowship Hall or visit our Susanna Wesley Circle page. If you need directions or a ride, or have other questions, contact Donna Metcalf.
"LIVING THE PRAYER" LENT STUDY ~ SIGN-UP HAS BEGUN! … During Lent we'll be doing an all-church Lent Study on the Lord's Prayer. Pastor Heather will preach on portions of the prayer each Sunday. Study groups will explore deeper into the theology of the prayer. The class will be offered at 9:00am on Sunday mornings at the church (in Room 7) from March 5th through April 2nd, also at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings at Willamette View from March 8th through April 5th. Or sign up (on the bulletin board just inside the Fellowship Hall main doors) to form your own small group at a time that works for you! There's no need to buy a book; study materials will consist of weekly handouts.
YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS … about the possibility of our church becoming a Reconciling Congregation, which we began exploring almost a year ago. What is it about? How would it change our church? Why even bother to do it…? After worship this Sunday, come ask questions or express your opinion at either of the two Reconciling Ministries tables in our Fellowship Hall, which will be manned by members of our Reconciling Ministries Study Team. A survey will be distributed soon to members of the congregation to try to determine if we might be ready for a vote on this matter sometime this spring. If you still have any questions or concerns about it, please take advantage of this opportunity to voice them (or contact Pastor Heather or any other RM Study Team member privately if you prefer). For or against ~ all are welcome!
"FAT TUESDAY" SUNDAY SUPPER POTLUCK ~ THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 26 @ 6:00PM ... in our Fellowship Hall. We'll celebrate "Fat Tuesday" (the English translation of "Mardi Gras") two days early! Officially it's celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and refers to the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. EVERYONE'S WELCOME to join hosts Donna Metcalf and Laurie Yadon for good food, fun and fellowship ~ all ages, friends, relatives, neighbors, and especially anyone new to Oak Grove UMC who would enjoy a relaxed, informal opportunity to learn more about our church and get to know some of its members. A signup sheet is posted on the announcements easel in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan to attend, if possible please indicate in advance what you'll contribute to the meal (just a general category is fine, such as an entrée, salad or dessert). As always, anyone who is unable to sign up in advance and/or bring a food contribution will still be welcome. Please join us! For your calendars: a St. Patrick's Day Sunday Supper is scheduled on March 19th, hosted by Vena & Doug Edwards; and a Cinco de Mayo Sunday Supper is scheduled on May 7th.
CANBY UMC INVITES YOU TO A PRAYER RETREAT ~ FRIDAY, MARCH 3 … on the World Day of Prayer. "Step Away and Pray." Join in for part or all of the day (10:00am - 4:00pm). Click here for more information.
"THE SHACK" MOVIE TO OPEN IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY MARCH 3 … Some of our members are fans of the novel The Shack by Wm. Paul Young, who spoke at Oak Grove UMC in August 2012. The global bestseller has been made into a major motion picture by director Stuart Hazeldine and a trailer is now available for viewing on the film's website. Paul sounds thrilled about how his book was adapted for the big screen: "The movie will not disappoint … take tissues." The cast includes Sam Worthington (Mack), Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (Papa), Radha Mitchell (Nan), Tim McGraw (Willie) and Graham Greene (male Papa). A new mass market paperback "movie edition" of the novel is now available that contains color photos from the film plus an extra chapter Paul wrote "about an incredible story that unfolded while I was on the set".
BAKED POTATO BAR LUNCH FUNDRAISER ~ SUNDAY, MARCH 5 ... in the Fellowship Hall after worship. This is a fundraiser for this summer's Sierra Service Project youth mission trip to Spokane, Washington. Support our kids and enjoy a "fully loaded" baked potato!
UMW COLUMBIA DISTRICT "EVERY MEMBER ENRICHMENT EVENT" ~ SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 9AM-2:30PM … It's Oak Grove UMC's turn to host this annual event. Ladies, mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!
A WORKSHOP ON VISITATION ~ SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 10AM-2PM … at Tabor Heights UMC. The Care Team from Tabor Heights UMC is offering this workshop, The 4 "W's" and "H" of Visitation, for laity who wish to learn more about visiting those who may be sick, home bound, and other various situations. The featured speaker will be Rev. Dean Yamamoto, an ordained elder in our Conference and a hospice chaplain with 14 years of experience. Pre-register by Feb. 28th, by phone or online. Cost: $10 per individual or $25 for a church group, which covers lunch and materials. Click here for more information.
KICK OFF OUR "WEEK OF SERVICE" BY ASSEMBLING UMCOR HEALTH KITS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26 … On "One Great Hour of Sharing" Sunday we'll once again assemble Health Kits for The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to distribute to people who have been forced out of their homes by disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding. Simple things like being able to wash your face and brush your teeth can make a huge difference to people dealing with disaster. These kits are a tangible way our church can make a difference to people who are feeling lost and powerless. Our WINGS ("Women in God's Service") group has organized this annual project for several years and has purchased the specific supplies needed to assemble 180 health kits. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall after worship on March 26th and help by assembling one or more kits. It takes just a few minutes to assemble one, and all ages are welcome to participate!
SPRINGTIME ENGLISH TEA ~ SATURDAY, APRIL 22 @ 2:00 PM … Ticket sales for this eagerly awaited annual event will begin on Sunday, March 5th. Relax and enjoy "the royal treatment" for two hours while our waiters and waitresses serve you tea and several courses of sweet and savory delights prepared by some of our church's wonderful cooks and bakers! Tickets must be purchased in advance, on Sundays in the Fellowship Hall or in the office on weekdays. Cost: $18/person, but until April 1 you can save $1 per ticket by purchasing tickets for an entire 6-person or 8-person table at the same time! Proceeds benefit mission projects of the Oak Grove UMC United Methodist Women.
WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES ... Winter weather may not be over yet! Please check our Facebook page for up-to-date news concerning any weather-related closures at OGUMC. As a general rule, if weather forecasters are asking people to stay off the roads and/or are announcing closures, any scheduled church services, meetings or other activities will be canceled and the office will be closed. If in doubt, stay home, safe and warm!
WE HAVE A NEW COFFEE HOUR COORDINATOR! … Stephen Crawford has graciously agreed to coordinate volunteers for our Sunday coffee hours. He has begun contacting members of the congregation, looking for people to serve and/or donate eatables. THANK YOU, STEPHEN!
SMALL-GROUP STUDIES ... Our two Bible study groups both meet on Wednesdays — one in the morning, the other in the evening. They study different topics. Newcomers are welcome and you may drop by to check out either group at any time. You don't need to wait until a new study is about to begin!
THE "ABUNDANT HEALTH" INITIATIVE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ... After the success of Imagine No Malaria, the United Methodist Church is embarking on yet another ambitious initiative, Abundant Health. The audacious goal of this initiative is to reach 1 million children with lifesaving and heath promoting measures by 2020. The lead agency will be the Global Health Unit of Global Ministries and they are enlisting our help. The primary vehicle for this initiative where local churches can take part is the 10,000 Church Challenge. Beyond raising money, churches are encouraged to participate in the actual work of reducing preventable deaths of children by partnering with groups to start ministries that promote health. (From the 12/15/16 UM Connector)
ACOLYTE SIGNUP … Youth are invited to sign up to light candles for Sunday worship. Contact Erik Day for details. A signup calendar is located in the Ushers' Room.
AN ALTAR FLOWERS CALENDAR FOR 2017 ... is posted on the bulletin board outside the office. Flowers add so much to our Sunday worship and contributing some is a wonderful way to commemorate a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. It's easy to arrange and needn't be expensive. Act now to claim any dates that are special to you!
PLEASE KEEP OUR OFFICE INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES … in your contact information. And if you pay your pledge through auto-deduct, please inform the office of any account or credit card changes because we're charged a fee for each failed transaction. Also, when mailing checks or confidential material to the church it's safest to always use our PO Box address (PO Box 68238, Oak Grove, OR 97268).
OUR WOMEN'S CLOTHES CLOSET … We're no longer accepting donations of clothing, housewares, etc., to be donated to the Union Gospel Mission. However, we still accept, year-round, women's clothing and shoes for our "Dress for Success" Clothes Closet.
IF YOU SHOP AT FRED MEYER, PLEASE HELP US RECEIVE "COMMUNITY REWARDS"! … Through this program Fred Meyer donates $2.5 million each year to participating nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest, based on where their customers instruct them to give. If you shop at Fred Meyer and have (or are willing to obtain) one of their Rewards Cards, it's easy to link our church to your card (a one-time process) to help us receive a share of the Community Rewards, based on how much you spend. Since OGUMC joined this program in 2014 we've received over $445, and that's with just a few members participating so far! Participants in this program still receive all of their personal rewards (e.g., fuel rewards); this is something extra for nonprofit organizations. Click here for details.
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