Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 10/22/17 
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.  

"DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS" CLASS BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 22 @ 6PM … It will take place on four consecutive Sundays, Oct. 22 through Nov. 12, from 6:00-7:30pm. Young or old, we all wonder what God wants us to do next. Scripture, prayer, discussion and fun personality inventories will help you discern God's call for this season of your life.   
TRAINING EVENT: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR CONGREGATIONAL RENEWAL ~ SATURDAY, OCT. 28, 9AM-3PM … at our church (but also open to other interested persons in our Conference). "The World in front of you is nothing like the world behind you." (Tod Bolsinger in Canoeing the Mountains) How do we lead in a changing world? Bill Gates (not that one!), who is our Conference's Community Organizing Specialist, will be offering training on changing leadership for changing times — useful stuff if you would like to strengthen your leadership skills for inside or outside the church! Sign up on the Get Connected Sheet in the Sunday bulletin, or call the office.

Halloween activities at Oak Grove UMC
HALLOWEEN FEST ~ SATURDAY, OCT. 28, 4-6 PM … in our church. Be a part of God's blessing to the community of Oak Grove by representing the church at this fun event! Events like this create non-threatening opportunities for our neighbors to meet us and find out that we really are a church where people can get to know one another, serve others, find support and have some fun together. Sponsored by Oak Grove UMC and the Oak Grove Trolley Trail Association (the folks who brought you the Summer Fest!). We're offering: 
  • 14 of our interior doors decorated by local sponsors for indoor trick-or-treating!
  • Messy Crafts from our Messy Church 
  • a $5 hotdog dinner as a youth mission trip fundraiser 
  • a nonperishable food drive
  • a pumpkin art display by students from the Boys & Girls Club and New Urban High School  
  • All Saints candle lighting in our Sanctuary 
    Please come ~ and invite your friends and family with kids!  
ANNUAL "PUMPKIN HALL OF FAME" ~ SUNDAY, OCT. 29 … Carve a pumpkin, gourd or other veggie, and be creative! OPEN TO ALL AGES! Bring your creation to the Fellowship Hall before worship and check it in. (The earlier you get it there, the sooner people can start voting for it!) Whether or not you're submitting an entry, please bring change (bills work, too!) to vote for your favorite(s), which may be done both before and after worship. Our Sunday School kids will use the proceeds to purchase one or more animals from Heifer International for a family in need in Africa. They hope to be able to buy a cow ($500), but whether that will be possible will depend upon everyone's generosity!

CHARGE CONFERENCE ~ SUNDAY, OCT. 29, 4-6PM … Join in both the business of the church and meaningful worship. Last year a change was made from having individual church charge conferences to having "cluster" charge conferences, and we shared a conference with nearby St. Paul's UMC. We'll do so again, but this year's conference will be held here at Oak Grove UMC. It will be overseen by our District Superintendent, Rev. Erin Martin. A potluck supper will follow ~ please bring a dish to share.
3RD QUARTER CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY, OCT. 29 … If you haven't already done so, please pick up your 3rd quarter statement in the Wesley entrance on Sunday morning. We save money for each statement we don't need to send out via U.S. mail! Thank you ~ your Financial Secretary 
GET YOUR TICKET(S) FOR AUCTION NIGHT! ... in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings. This year's auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6:00pm. Please plan to join the fun and support this annual event that's our most profitable fundraiser and our biggest party. It's also a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping, while helping your church! The event will again feature both silent and live auction items plus delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts. This year's auction theme is "It's A Wonderful Life" and we plan to make it a wonderful evening of fundraising & socializing! If you have any questions about the auction, or ideas about how you might be able to help, contact chairperson Francie Naftzger. As in recent years, tickets again cost $10/person. FOR PARENTS: This year a free "Kid's Place" will be offered in our Education Wing, where food and activities are being organized for children in grades 1-6. For children younger than that, free childcare will be available. Both areas will be supervised by adults, and children won't be allowed to leave until picked up by a designated parent or other guardian, so you'll be able to relax and enjoy the auction without worrying about your child(ren). A full-price ticket will need to be purchased for anyone, including children, who will occupy a seat in the Fellowship Hall during the auction.
MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON ~ SUNDAY, NOV. 5 … after worship. Interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church? RSVP to Pastor@OakGroveUnitedMethodist.com, or phone the office (503-654-3161), or check "I want to know more" on the Get Connected Sheet in the Sunday bulletin.
CLACKAMAS SERVICE CENTER SACK LUNCHES ~ NEXT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY, NOV. 13 … On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the staff at the Clackamas Service Center were concerned about their food supplies being unexpectedly low. Then we delivered sack lunches and 72 hungry people had a meal that day, thanks to our Sunday School kids, cookie-makers, and sandwich crew who made it all possible. Let's do it again on Nov. 13th! There will be a bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall where you may sign up to participate in this rewarding outreach project. See a bit farther below on this page for more information about how you can help the homeless in our county through the Clackamas Service Center.
NEXT "MESSY CHURCH" ~ FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 6:00-7:30PM ... We offer Messy Church once a month for families and people of all ages. EVERYONE is welcome to enjoy worship through crafts, games and stories, plus dinner, for the young and young at heart. Messy Church is worship for people with wiggles! After this there will be one more Messy Church this year, on Friday, Dec. 15.
UMW SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE MEETING ~ TUESDAY, NOV. 21 @ 2:00 PM … 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 Oak Grove UMC members) are invited to participate in this monthly opportunity for learning and fellowship! This month's program will be "The Sacred Space of Gratitude and Giving". 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 any other questions about the Circle in general or this month's meeting, contact Donna Metcalf (503-655-9049). Ladies, be sure to put in your calendars the Circle's annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 19 @ 11:30am! 
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOLIDAY BANQUET ~ TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 6PM … in our Fellowship Hall. Our Advent/Christmas planning team was talking about doing One Big Thing (that matters) for the holidays instead of doing a lot of little things. Also, in general we've been looking for ways to connect with and serve families with children. The Spirit moved ... and we heard that the Director of the local Boys & Girls Club was looking for a church to host a holiday dinner for their neediest families! Stay tuned for information about how you can help with this event.
UMCOR DISASTER RELIEF ~ HOW YOU CAN HELP ... The United Methodist Committee on Relief (umcor.org) is working to provide relief to the many victims of Harvey and now Irma. Catastrophes of this size and magnitude will require UMCOR to be on-site long-term, likely for years. If you are able to help financially, click here to donate online; or you may donate through our church by making your check payable to Oak Grove UMC and indicating the relevant Advance number in the memo line, or on your envelope containing cash. Two of the many options available include donating to their U.S. Disaster Response fund (Advance #901670), or to their undesignated fund (Advance #999895) that's used to provide help wherever it may be needed in the world. Every dollar you donate will go directly to helping people because UMCOR's administrative costs are covered separately, through our Shared Ministries giving and donations made on UMCOR Sunday each March. 
 ... to get back on their feet following a fire on July 3rd that has severely compromised their ability to provide life-changing services to their clients in need. They've told us there are 3 ways we can help: 1. DONATE online or by writing "Clackamas Service Center" on your check payable to Oak Grove UMC or on your envelope containing cash. 2. DONATE IN-KIND: The center is continuing to provide hygiene, clothing and small canned goods to their clients. Items needed include socks and underwear, summer clothing (including children's clothing), soap, shampoo and conditioner, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. 3. VOLUNTEER: There are limited, but important, volunteer opportunities. To ask about drop-off times, volunteer opportunities, or other questions, please contact Julie at info@cscoregon.org.  
OUR "FEED THE HUNGRY" FOOD BARREL … is located near the women's restroom. Food left in it is taken to the Wichita Center and/or the Clackamas Service Center. Please continue leaving donations year-round for our neighbors in need!
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. After signing up, all you need to do is shop as usual and use your Rewards Card each time (or tell the cashier your phone number, if you've linked it to your card). Since OGUMC joined this program in 2014 we've received over $500, and that's with just a few members participating so far. Please note that participants in this program still receive all of their personal rewards (e.g., fuel rewards); this is something extra, only for nonprofit organizations. Click here for details
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