Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, March 27, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 3/26/17 
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.  

OAK GROVE UMC "WEEK OF SERVICE" ~ MARCH 26 TO APRIL 1 … Want to try serving God in a new way? Don't want to go by yourself? Each day during this week we'll offer a different service project to try out as a group, including some at our church and others at local service agencies. The week began, and will end, at our church, starting with assembling UMCOR Health Kits after worship this past Sunday and ending this coming Saturday, April 1 (no fooling!) with maintenance and cleaning of our church and grounds. Signup sheets are on a bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Many different tasks are included, so almost everyone should be able find something they can do. Click here for details!
OUR "LIVING THE PRAYER" LENT STUDY … is well underway, but it's not too late to join in! Pastor Heather is preaching on portions of the Lord's Prayer each Sunday. The study groups will explore deeper into the theology of the prayer. Three different meeting times are offered. Classes will meet at the church (in Room 7) on Sundays at 9:00am and on Wednesdays at 10:00am. A class is also offered at Willamette View at 6:30pm on Wednesdays. There's no need to buy a book; study materials consist of weekly handouts. The classes will end during the first week of April (final classes on the 2nd and the 5th).   
COMMUNICATION STYLE SURVEY … The current Tower Signal newsletter contains, at the bottom of page 2, a short survey asking how people prefer to receive communication from our church. Fifteen possible options are listed, from Bulletin Boards to Snapchat, but our website isn't included. Our website wasn't created just to try to convince new people to visit our church; it has always included lots of current information for the benefit of our members. If you visit our website even occasionally for information, please add "Our Website" to your survey, as a write-in option, before dropping it into an offering plate or turning it in to the church office. Even if it isn't one of the top 3 choices you decide to vote for, adding it to your survey would indicate your support of our website as a valued form of church communication, feedback that would be helpful. 
YOU'RE INVITED TO A RECONCILING MINISTRIES TOWN HALL MEETING ~ THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 2 … THANK YOU to everyone who recently submitted a Reconciling survey! Eighty-six surveys were returned and an overwhelming majority of the respondents indicated being comfortable with moving forward to become an official Reconciling Congregation. As we move closer to a congregational vote on this matter, to make sure everyone feels they've had an opportunity to get any and all of their questions and concerns heard and responded to we've scheduled a Town Hall Meeting on April 2, in our sanctuary immediately following worship. We encourage everyone to come and bring your thoughts, questions and concerns. (If you aren't able to attend, send them with a friend!) As always, our Reconciling Ministries Team members are available to discuss your concerns personally. Thanks, again, for your wonderful responses! The team is looking forward to more discussion on April 2.
USHER & GREETER TRAINING ~ MONDAY, APRIL 3 …. at 1:00pm *or* 7:00pm in our Fellowship Hall. All Usher and Greeter volunteers are encouraged to attend either of these training sessions, which will serve as both training for new volunteers and a refresher for current volunteers. The short, informative sessions will focus on hospitality and provide tips on how to make everyone feel welcome. Please RSVP to the office: 503-654-3161 or ogumc@comcast.net.
PLASTIC EGGS & CANDY WANTED! … Our Children's Ministry is seeking donations of new or "gently used" plastic Easter eggs for our Sunday School egg hunt on Easter Sunday. Also needed are donations of small, individually-wrapped candies. Due to possible allergies, NO NUTS PLEASE! We will be seeking volunteers to stuff eggs during Sunday coffee hours closer to Easter.
SPRING TEA TICKETS AVAILABLE! … This year's Springtime English Tea will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 2:00-4:00pm. 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 ($18 each) must be purchased in advance, by April 9th, on Sundays in the Fellowship Hall or in the office on weekdays. Until April 1st, 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 OGUMC's United Methodist Women.
UMW "SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE" MEETING ~ TUESDAY, APRIL 18 @ 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! 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 (503-655-9049).
OGUMC SCHOLARSHIP OFFERING ~ SUNDAY, APRIL 23 … This will be the second of tthree OGUMC Scholarship Offerings this year. Since 1996 we've awarded over $31,500 to deserving students! College-bound students are invited to apply for scholarships offered by our church and applications are now available. (Contact our office to ask to have one sent to you via email or U.S. mail. The application deadline is May 15.) Once again CandyO and Hannah challenge anyone who is or has been in the education field to meet or beat their donation of $50! Look for the graduation cap display in the Fellowship Hall on April 23 or donate in the office during the week. This year's third and final Scholarship Offering will take place on May 21. 
OAK GROVE UMC WOMEN'S RETREAT ~ SATURDAY, MAY 13 … from 8:30am-3:30pm at Montavilla UMC. This year we're trying something new: we've teamed with Montavilla to co-host "The Pulse of Compassion: Loving God, Ourselves & Others". The planning committee has extended invitations to all women as an opportunity to spend time together as a church as well as to mingle with other women across Portland! The flyer contains information about the program, cost, etc. Registration brochures will be available after April 1. A RELATED REQUEST: One of the retreat activities will be to create a collage. We will need lots of pictures of people, places, animals, nature, etc., so we are collecting used magazines. If you can help, bring your magazines and leave them in the box labeled WINGS located in our Fellowship Hall (or the church office). We hope you'll put this event on your calendars and plan to participate! When you register you'll be able to sign up for carpooling. Questions? Contact Lydia Henry.
TEBO'S RESTAURANT WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS ON MAY 3RD … The restaurant's longtime owners, Craig and John, have announced that they're selling the restaurant and property. They've cited financial reasons, including the $1.50/hour minimum wage hike that will take effect this July and not wanting to raise prices further because many of their customers are seniors living on fixed incomes. "Please know the decision was not made lightly and is filled with heartache." They've also announced that strawberry season has begun! "Please join us to enjoy our last Strawberry Shortcake season, to write a note in our memory book, and to bid us farewell." 
SHOULD WE HOST AN OLD-FASHIONED NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC ... again this summer? We've done so for six consecutive years and they've been wonderful events in terms of community outreach. Members of the community have told us they look forward to our picnic each summer, but they're big events (with around 150 attendees) that take a lot of work. Several past picnic team members are willing to be involved again, but we won't be able to proceed with planning unless more people are willing to step up and help. People have sometimes arrived at the picnic asking what they can do to help, but getting commitments from volunteers IN ADVANCE is much more helpfulSome of the different jobs to be done include spending as little as 30-60 minutes overseeing a game, greeting our guests or serving food, or distributing flyers in the community a week or two before the picnic. If you might be able to help in any way, please let Pastor Heather know. If enough people volunteer that we feel able to offer a picnic, it will be held on July 29th, our usual last-Saturday-in-July date.
"MISSION U" ~ JULY 27-30 … This longtime annual UMW summer event will again be held at the Alton Collins Retreat Center. Click here for more information.
SMALL GROUPS ... We have two Bible study groups that meet on Wednesdays — one in the morning, the other in the evening — plus one that meets on the first Saturday morning of each month. Each group studies different topics. In addition, Pastor Heather leads a Life Group meeting each Tuesday evening. With respect to all of these groups, newcomers are always welcome and you may drop in to check out a group at any time. (It isn't necessary to wait until a new study is about to begin.)
  • LIFE GROUP (Drop in and Refuel Your Soul — Word, Prayer & Life Support) meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm. Contact person: Pastor Heather
  • W.I.T.M. ("Wesley in the Morning") meets on Wednesdays @ 8:00am for about an hour. Contact person: Ron Kriesel. 
  • W.O.W. ("The Word on Wednesday") meets on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6:00-6:50pm. Contact person: Lydia Henry.   
  • FIRST SATURDAY meets on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00am. Contact person: Lydia Henry.
PLEASE WEAR YOUR NAME TAG … on Sundays and when attending church events on other days of the week. New members and visitors want to know who you are!
RECYCLING 101 … We encourage recycling at the church. There are some simple rules to follow:
  • Not Recyclable: used (soiled) paper plates, cups, napkins and styrofoam
  • Recyclablepaper and cardboard (not food-soiled); plastic bottles, jugs and tubs (6 ozs. or larger) after rinsing and removing lids 
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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