Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Friday, April 28, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
WHAT'S HAPPENING 
AT OAK GROVE UMC
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
 
This page last updated: 4/27/17 
   
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.

  
This Week
  
OUR FIRST "MESSY CHURCH" EVENT! ~ THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 28 @ 6PM … What's Messy Church? Explore faith in a family-friendly way through activities, crafts, worship and a meal! Sunday mornings and sitting still don't work for a lot of families. What's called "Messy Church" has worked in many places as a fun second worship service, with less sitting still! It began in 2004 at a church in England, to try to reach more children with God's story and as a way to build community. It was decided back then to try to do something for all ages together, based on a belief that we grow best as a church when we walk the journey with as many different people as possible, and from a desire to help families grow together in their walk of faith. Messy Church is based on creativity, hospitality and celebration and it has spread across denominations and countries! We plan to offer a Messy Church intergenerational worship experience each month, with lots of hands-on participation and a meal. Messy Church is intended primarily to benefit those for whom attending our regular Sunday worship services doesn't work, but those who attend our Sunday services are also welcome to participate! Questions? Contact Erik Day, Heidi Vogel or Pastor Heather.
   
NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY ~ THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 30 … Your gift to this special offering will educate Native American seminarians and empower Native American outreach.
  
RETIREMENT PARTY FOR CANDY ~ THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 30 … Join us for Coffee Hour after worship as we honor our retiring Administrative Assistant, Candy Ouellette!
 
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ENGLISH TEA COMMITTEE MEETING ~ THURSDAY, MAY 4 @ 10:00 AM … in the Fellowship Hall. We'll review this year's Tea and plan for next year.
  
CHURCH WORK DAY ~ SATURDAY, MAY 6, 8:00AM-NOON … sponsored by our Building & Grounds Team. A list of jobs that need to be done is posted on the bulletin board by the piano in the Fellowship Hall. There are both inside and outside jobs. Please join us and lend a hand! Needed materials will be supplied, but if you wish to work outside please bring your favorite gloves and garden tools. 
 
BAKED POTATO BAR YOUTH FUNDRAISER ~ SUNDAY, MAY 7 ... in our Fellowship Hall after worship. This is a fundraiser for this summer's Sierra Service Project youth mission trip to Spokane, WA. Thanks to everyone who donated during our March 5th Potato Bar, which raised $586! Additional money is needed to cover the trip expenses, so please join us again after worship to support our kids and enjoy a "fully loaded" baked potato. Lots o' taters, lots o' toppings, lots o' fun!
 
CINCO DE MAYO "SUNDAY SUPPER" POTLUCK ~ MAY 7 @ 6:00 PM ... in our Fellowship Hall. Don't miss this colorful fiesta featuring mariachi music, "mockaritas" (non-alcoholic margarita punch) and a goodies-filled piñata to bash open after dinner! EVERYONE'S INVITED: 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 our members. If you plan to attend, if possible please indicate in advance (on the signup sheet on the announcements easel in our Fellowship Hall) what you'll contribute to the meal. As always, anyone who isn't able to sign up in advance or contribute food will still be welcome. Please join us for good food, fun & fellowship!
 
WESLEY IN THE MORNING STUDY GROUP (W.I.T.M.) ~ WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 @ 8:00 AM .. will feature Reverends Jim & Rinya Frisbie discussing their recent mission trip to Kenya. Questions? Contact Ron Kriesel. 
 
OAK GROVE UMC WOMEN'S RETREAT ~ SATURDAY, MAY 13 … from 8:30am-3:30pm at Montavilla UMC. This year we're trying something new for our annual retreat: we've teamed with Montavilla UMC 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! Discover spiritual renewal and ways to connect to the pulse of compassion. Time will be spent on individual reflection, group interaction and focused service projects. The flyer contains information about the program and the cost (which has been reduced from $25 to $15 and includes lunch and supplies), plus a registration form that needs to be submitted by U.S. mail. **The registration deadline is May 6.** There will also be a sign-up sheet for those interested in carpooling. We hope you'll put this event on your calendars and plan to participate! Questions? Contact Lydia Henry 
  
Magazines are still needed! 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're collecting used magazines. If you can help, bring your magazines and leave them in the box labeled WINGS located in our Fellowship Hall. Thank you! 
  
RECONCILING PROCESS NEWS … After over a year of discussing whether or not our church should become a Reconciling Congregation, a "yes or no" vote has now been scheduled. For some basic information about how the vote will work, please visit our A More Welcoming Congregation page. (The details will be announced as soon as they've been finalized.) You'll also find on that page information about multiple discussions we'll offer prior to the vote concerning how to interpret scripture pertaining to same-sex relationships, in response to some questions our Reconciling team has heard. If anyone still has any questions or concerns about our becoming a Reconciling Congregation, there's time to discuss them prior to the mid-May vote. Pastor Heather and the other members of our Reconciling team are available to talk with you. Their names are listed on our A More Welcoming Congregation page, along with more information about this process.
  
OGUMC SCHOLARSHIPS ~ AN INVITATION TO APPLY OR DONATE … Since 1996 our church has awarded over $31,000 to deserving students! College-bound students: You're invited to contact the office to ask to have an application sent to you via email or U.S. mail. (The application deadline is Monday, May 15.) Donations of any size can help make these scholarships possible! One remaining Scholarship Offering is scheduled this year, on May 21. Look for the donation jar in the Fellowship Hall that day, or you may donate at any time via the offering plate or our office. Please make checks payable to OGUMC and note "scholarships" in the memo line. 
   
UMW "SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE" MEETING ~ TUESDAY, MAY 16 @ 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! This month's program, "Hope for the Homeless among Us", will be presented by Cliff Hillebrandt, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and OGUMC member. 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). For your calendars, our annual UMW "Welcome Summer" Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 20th. Stay tuned for details! 
 
LAITY INTEREST SURVEY … As part of implementing our district's new strategic plan, the Columbia District Laity Development Team needs to determine what resources they can provide "...to best enable you, the body of Christ, to do what you do best (create disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world). How can we help you on your journey of discipleship? What resources can we provide to help you help yourselves and your communities?" The team has created a Laity Interest Survey to try to obtain answers to those questions — not from pastors or church staff, but from ordinary church members. Click here to take the short survey online. 
  
2017 "GREAT HYMNS OF THE FAITH" SERIES BEGINS MAY 18 … This popular series at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center (32867 SE Hwy 211, Eagle Creek) is ready to roll for its 9th year! In the beautiful Collins chapel you'll enjoy a musical morning of singing "great hymns" old and new, accompanied by stories exploring the background and theology of the songs and entertaining anecdotes provided by series leader Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett. At noon a delicious made-from-scratch lunch will be served in the Collins dining room, overlooking meadow and forest, after which you're welcome to explore the grounds and facilities. The dates for this year's programs are May 18, Aug. 17 and Oct. 26 (all Thursdays). Register for one program ($18.50, including lunch) or sign up for all three for just $45! Please note that the Collins cooks can accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions, which can be included on the registration form. Click here for the online registration form and more details (including the lunch menus), which are on our conference's "Go Camping" website because the Collins website is experiencing technical difficulties.
  
TEBO'S WILL CLOSE ITS DOORS ON MAY 3 … The restaurant's longtime owners, Craig and John, are 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 is here! "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. Some 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 picnic 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.
     
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)
   
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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