Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 8/16/17 
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.  

THE CLACKAMAS SERVICE CENTER NEEDS HELP ... following a July 3rd fire 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.
ACCEPTING DONATIONS UNTIL AUG. 31 FOR UMCOR HEALTH KITS … Our goal is to assemble at least 200 kits next time, which should cost around $700 (about $3.50/kit) in addition to the $300 that our wonderful UMW ladies have been contributing to this project each year. This past March we assembled and donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief 180 kits to be distributed to victims of disasters in the U.S. and beyond. Our WINGS (Women in God's Service) group oversees this annual church-wide project and purchases the required supplies. We assemble kits each March but ask our congregation for donations in August to allow plenty of time to find the best deals to stretch our money to assemble as many kits as possible. The number of kits we'll be able to assemble on March 11, 2018 (UMCOR Sunday) will be determined by YOU! If you can help, please write "Health Kits" on the memo line of your check payable to Oak Grove UMC or on your envelope containing cash. Questions? Contact Norma Campbell or Laurie Yadon.
OUR ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE ~ SATURDAY, SEPT. 9 ... There's still time to look through your closets, attics, garages and basements to find clean, "gently used" clothing and household items to donate to this big annual fundraiser! (Please don't donate broken, torn or otherwise damaged items, which rarely sell.) Pricing stickers and guidelines are available in the office, and donations are accepted anytime during regular office hours. There's no need to price clothing or books, which are sold at set prices, but PLEASE price all other donations. Please note that we can't accept donations of large furniture or appliances, computers, TVs, or exercise equipment. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for a variety of different jobs, prior to and on the day of the sale: sorting, set-up and clean-up, cashiering, baking pies, and more. Signup sheets are posted on the rolling bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. It takes a village to pull off this huge fundraiser ~ please sign up to help with something for an hour or two! 
COMMUNION SUNDAY ~ SEPT. 3 ... 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.
OUR NEXT "MESSY CHURCH" EVENT ... will take place on Friday, Sept. 22, from 6:00-7:30pm.
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: NOV. 4 @ 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. 
"FEED THE HUNGRY" FOOD BARREL … We were recently able to donate 115 pounds of food to the Wichita Center thanks to everyone who left donations in our food barrel (located near the women's restroom). 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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