Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, May 29, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 5/27/17 
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.

OUR NEW ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & NEW OFFICE HOURS … Drop by the office sometime to welcome our new Administrative Assistant, Jeremy Wieringa! Please note that he'll be working four-day weeks. Our new office hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00am-noon and 12:30-3:30pm. 
OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 29 ... in observance of Memorial Day.   
CHURCH WORK PARTY ~ SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 9AM-NOON ... There's more work to be done, so we've scheduled another work party! We need weeders, sprayers for the weeds, and some trimmers. Please plan to attend and bring any favorite gloves, weeding tools, etc. that you may have. Your "Earth Angel" help will be so appreciated!!!
MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON ~ SUNDAY, JUNE 4 … Interested in learning more about Oak Grove United Methodist Church? Considering joining the church? Please join us for lunch after worship! 
BAKED POTATO BAR YOUTH FUNDRAISER ~ SUNDAY, JUNE 4 ... Join us after worship for our next baked potato bar to raise funds for this summer's Sierra Service Project youth mission trip to Spokane, WA. Support our kids and enjoy a "fully loaded" baked potato for lunch. Lots of taters, lots of toppings, lots of fun! 
HAWAIIAN LUAU "SUNDAY SUPPER" POTLUCK ~ JUNE 4 @ 6:00PM ... in our Fellowship Hall. Put on your grass skirt or flowered shirt and join hosts John & Kathy Mantalas for good food, fun and fellowship, island style ~ including a Hawaiian-themed piñata! EVERYONE'S WELCOME: 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. If you plan to attend, if possible please sign up in advance on the announcements easel in the Fellowship Hall, indicating what you plan to contribute to the meal — but as always, anyone who is unable to sign up in advance or contribute food will also be welcome. PLEASE NOTE: This could be our final Sunday Supper potluck unless someone is willing to take on the task of coordinating them (finding hosts, scheduling, publicizing). After doing it for over 5 years, Laurie Yadon needs to step back from it.
2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SESSION ~ WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 14-17 … This year the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences of The United Methodist Church will hold a shared Annual Conference Session at the Red Lion on the River in Jantzen Beach. Guests (meaning everyone except official Lay Member or Clergy delegates) may attend any portion of Annual Conference at no charge, or may arrange in advance to buy some or all of the same meals that the delegates are required to purchase. (The latter is encouraged because the hotel doesn't have a large restaurant, there aren't many dining options in the area except fast food and a grocery store, and no outside food will be allowed in public areas of the hotel.) Guests do need to register — either online in advance, or on-site on June 14 or 15. (On-site registration for guests is apparently not available on June 16 or 17.) Online registration ends on Tuesday, June 6th. Pastor Heather will be commissioned into provisional membership (the next step towards ordination) at the worship service on Saturday afternoon from 2-4pm, which is free and open to everyone!
WE'LL BEGIN ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S RUMMAGE SALE ON MONDAY, JUNE 5 ... This year's 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 "gently used" clothing and household items to donate to this big annual fundraiser! Pricing stickers and guidelines will be available in the office starting May 30th. There's 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. 
UMW SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE "WELCOME SUMMER" LUNCHEON ~ TUESDAY, JUNE 20 @ 11:30AM ... All interested women (not just OGUMC members) are invited to celebrate the arrival of summer at this luncheon that's hosted by our Susanna Wesley Circle each June before the group takes a break until September. Bring a friend or relative and enjoy flowers, food, fellowship and the presence of the Holy Spirit! The luncheon will be held at Willamette View in the Commons (a different room than where the Circle's regular monthly meetings are held). It will be catered by the Bomber and will include chicken enchiladas and various accompaniments, including green and fruit salads. The cost is $15/person, to be paid at the door — but please sign up in advance (in the church office or by calling Donna Metcalf, 503-655-9049) so we'll know how much food to order! 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). 
NEXT "MESSY CHURCH" ~ FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 6:00-7:30 PM … Explore faith in a family-friendly way through activities, crafts, worship and a meal! Sunday mornings and sitting still don't work for some families. What's called Messy Church has worked in many places around the world as a fun worship service with less sitting still! Messy Church is once-a-month worship for all ages in a hands-on, messy, interactive way. So far we've made a mess with primordial slime; explored the creative nature that we get from the imago dei by making pipe cleaner critters; created dirt cup desserts; eaten, prayed and sung together; and explored the creation story and the Pentecost story in messy ways. Please join us! All are welcome.
AN OAK GROVE COMMUNITY PICNIC ~ SATURDAY, JULY 15 … from noon to 4:00pm. Pastor Heather hoped to find some community groups that might be willing to partner with us and help with our usual annual picnic. Instead she found a group of people who were already planning a community-wide event and looking for a venue in the heart of Oak Grove! "This will be a very different event [than our usual summer picnics] and definitely an experiment for our church, but I can't deny that the Spirit is moving and that this gives us an opportunity to be God's blessing to the community of Oak Grove." It will take place in our front parking lot and along both sides of Oak Grove Blvd. between Rupert Drive and Arista. Our church will have at least one booth, to publicize our Messy Church events, and we'll make our restrooms available for attendees' use. So far the community team is planning food booths, live music, kids games, a pet and bike parade, community information booths, and an antique cars cruise-in. Stay tuned for additional information, and let Pastor Heather know if you'd like to help!
"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. 
THE 2017 "GREAT HYMNS OF THE FAITH" SERIES … Two more 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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