Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, July 24, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 7/23/17 
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.  

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ERMA MATTER ~ THIS SATURDAY, JULY 29 @ 2:00 PM ... Come join us in remembering Erma, our dear friend and longtime member. A reception will follow the service. 
THE CLACKAMAS SERVICE CENTER NEEDS HELP ... after a recent fire that has compromised their ability to continue providing life-changing services to their clients in need. In order for our help to be useful it's very important for us to listen and cooperate with their leadership. There are three ways to help:

1. DONATE to their Rebuild and Provide Fund: The center is asking their community of supporters to help raise $20,000 by August 15th to cover the cost of cleaning up the fire damage. You may 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 in need. Items they're looking for include socks and underwear, summer clothing (including children's clothing), soap, shampoo and conditioner, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. For drop-off times, please contact Julie at info@cscoregon.org.

3. VOLUNTEER: There are limited, but very important, volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Julie at info@cscoregon.org.
"PROJECT START RIGHT" SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE ~ DEADLINE SUNDAY, AUG. 6 … This annual event, sponsored by local churches in partnership with the Dept. of Human Resources, collects basic school supplies to be distributed to low-income and foster children here in Clackamas County, in kindergarten through 12th grade, who otherwise wouldn't have the supplies they need for school. Supplies needed include backpacks, ballpoint pens, binders (3-ring, 1-1/2"), calculators (basic or scientific), colored pencils, composition books, crayons (24-packs), erasers, felt markers, folders with pockets, highlighters, glue sticks, math sets (protractor & compass), notebook paper, pencils (#2), pencil boxes, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, and white glue. Collection boxes are located in the Fellowship Hall and in the office. Cash donations are also welcome! Make checks payable to Oak Grove UMC with "Project Start Right" in the memo line. 
DONATIONS NEEDED BY AUGUST 31 FOR UMCOR HEALTH KITS … For several years we've assembled Health Kits (packets of personal hygiene items) and donated them to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which each year distributes more than 100,000 of them to victims of disasters in the U.S. and beyond. We've been assembling them once a year, after worship on UMCOR Sunday in March. Our WINGS (Women in God's Service) group oversees this church-wide project and purchases the supplies that are needed, minimizing the cost by looking for sales and bulk-buying opportunities during the months leading up to assembly day. UMCOR values a Health Kit at $12 but we've gotten our cost down to about $3.50, enabling us to assemble more kits ... last time 180! There are two ways you can help with our next batch of Health Kits: donate money now and/or help assemble them on March 11, 2018. The number we can assemble then will be determined by the donations we receive by August 31. Please write "Health Kits" on the memo line of your check payable to Oak Grove UMC or on your envelope containing cash. If you have any questions about this project or how you can help, contact Norma Campbell or Laurie Yadon.
"MISSION U" ~ JULY 27-30 … This longtime annual UMW summer event will again be held at the Alton Collins Retreat Center. Anyone may participate; feel free to invite friends or relatives. Click here for more information.
SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4! … Please plan to join the fun and support OGUMC's 2017 Auction Night. For several years our auction has been our most profitable fundraiser ... and our biggest party! Once again it will again feature both silent and live auction items and a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served. This year's auction theme is "It's A Wonderful Life" and we plan to make it a wonderful evening. MARK YOUR CALENDARS, SET YOUR PHONES, TELL YOUR FRIENDS: NOVEMBER 4, 2017 @ 6:00 PM! If you have any questions about the event or ideas concerning how you might be able to help, contact auction chair Francie Naftzger. 
COMMUNION SUNDAY ~ AUGUST 6 ... We offer Holy Communion once a month during worship, usually on the first Sunday of the month. EVERYONE is welcome to partake, including children; church membership isn't required. (Click here for more information about Holy Communion.) The offering received in the plates at the end of the communion rails will be used to help the needy through our Good Samaritan Fund.
NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S RUMMAGE SALE ... For many years it has been one of our most profitable fundraising events, and an event the Oak Grove community looks forward to. This year's Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, so you still have lots of time to look through your closets, attics, garages and basements to find clean, "gently used" clothing and household items to donate! (Please don't donate broken, torn or otherwise damaged items, which rarely sell.) Pricing stickers and guidelines are available in the office. There is no need to price clothing or books, which are sold at set prices, but PLEASE price all other donations. (We don't have enough volunteers to be able to price everything, and you have a better idea what your items are worth than our volunteers do!) Please note that we cannot accept donations of large furniture or appliances, computers, TVs, or exercise equipment.
OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED … We're in need of office volunteers to cover the phone, help with bulletins, newsletters, or other special projects. The help will be needed during our standard office hours. No computer skills needed, but are always welcomed. We are creating a new list of volunteers, so please contact the office and let us know of your willingness to help.
"FEED THE HUNGRY" FOOD BARREL … Thanks to everyone who recently left donations in our food barrel (located near the women's restroom), we were able to donate 115 pounds of food to the Wichita Center. Please continue leaving donations year-round for our neighbors in need!
2017 "GREAT HYMNS OF THE FAITH" SERIES … Two of this year's three programs remain, on Aug. 17 and Oct. 26 (Thursdays). This popular series at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center (32867 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek) is entering its 9th year! In the beautiful Collins chapel you'll enjoy a musical morning of singing hymns old and new, and hear stories about them told by series leader Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett. At noon a delicious lunch will be served in the Collins dining room, overlooking meadow and forest. After lunch you're welcome to explore the grounds and facilities. The cost for each program, including lunch, is $18.50. The center's cooks can accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions, which may be noted on the registration form. Click here for the online registration form and more details, including the lunch menus. 
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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