Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 6/22/17 
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.

WINGS *POTLUCK* BREAKFAST MEETING ~ THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 9:00-11:30AM ... in the Wesley Room. Our WINGS (Women in God's Service) group will meet for fellowship, food, and the future ... that is, to discuss and plan the group's future activities! WINGS is focused on fellowship and service to our church and our community. Ladies, if you could envision a mission/program/outreach for our group, what would it be? All women (and ideas) are welcome! Questions? Contact Lydia Henry.

This Sunday, June 25 
RETIREMENT PARTY FOR JOHN MANTALAS AFTER WORSHIP … John is retiring as our custodian at the end of this month. A longtime member of Oak Grove UMC, for about 20 years John has also been our custodian. During that time he has done so very much for us, including making sure rooms were cleaned, rooms were set up for endless events, floors were swept and mopped, carpets got shampooed, burned-out light bulbs were replaced, and so very many more things, week in and week out. To honor this longtime employee and friend, following worship this Sunday we will celebrate his retirement with cake and fun. We hope you will attend and take the time to thank John for his service to our church and our congregation. Please join us to celebrate this joyful event in John's life!
"MESSY CHURCH" ~ 4:00-5:30PM ... Explore faith in a family-friendly way through activities, crafts, worship and a meal! Messy Church is once-a-month, hands-on, messy, interactive worship for all ages. It's church for people who like more movement and interaction and less sitting and listening! In May we celebrated Pentecost a little early with paper airplane prayers, a Pentecost puppet show, air art and a pasta bake with red sauce. In June we'll celebrate the beginning of summer break with outdoor games and hot dogs! Messy Church is for all ages, especially families with children. Please join us ~ all are welcome!

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED … We are 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.
OGUMC'S QUINN BUSCH WILL REPRESENT OREGON … Quinn (formerly Eva) just graduated from high school and will attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the fall. But before then, later this month, she'll be Oregon's representative in the national finals of the Distinguished Young Women competition! It isn't a beauty pageant but rather "focuses on scholastic achievements, interview skills, talent and fitness," according to Quinn. Her talent will be an aerial hoop routine "like something one would see in a Cirque du Soleil show." She'll be following in the footsteps of her older sister, Kati, who was Oregon's 2014 Distinguished Young Woman. This year's national competition will take place in Mobile, Alabama, June 29 through July 1. It won't be televised locally but can be followed on social media (distinguishedyw.org). For more information about the competition, Quinn and her future plans, click here to read a recent Clackamas Review article. Distinguished Young Women is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school girls and last year made more than $1 billion in scholarships available nationally. Let's all keep Quinn in our prayers during the competition!
COMMUNION SUNDAY ~ JULY 2 ... 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.
OFFICE CLOSED ON TUESDAY, JULY 4 … In observance of Independence Day, the church office will be closed on July 4th. Have a safe and blessed holiday! 
OAK GROVE TROLLEY TRAIL FEST ~ SATURDAY, JULY 15, NOON - 4:00PMOur church won't offer an end-of-July neighborhood picnic this year; instead, we'll help host a brand new neighborhood summer celebration that's being organized by a community volunteer team. There are over 14 booths already booked, a beer garden, live local bands, and great involvement by the local businesses and organizations! The Fest will take place in our front parking lot and along both sides of Oak Grove Blvd. between Rupert Drive and Arista DriveIn our front parking lot we'll host a dining area, food trucks, and a children's fun zone including a Messy Church crafts table. We'll offer event parking in our rear parking lot and indoors we'll make our bathrooms available and offer free ice water and a display about church programs. Click here for the event flyer. How can you help? Contact Pastor Heather or the office to sign up for a one-hour shift doing any of the following things:
  • parking lot host
  • building host (to share ice water and welcome people to use our restrooms)
  • host our Messy Church crafts table
  • set-up helper to assist the community volunteer team
  • clean-up helper to assist the community volunteer team
Or lend a canopy/pop-up tent to the church for the afternoon, to provide some shade for our dining area or our Messy Church crafts table.
"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. 
WE'RE NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S RUMMAGE SALE ... For many years it has been one of our most profitable fundraising events, and it's 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 that are unlikely to sell.) Pricing stickers and guidelines are available in the office. 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 — really!) Please note that we CANNOT accept donations of large furniture or appliances, computers, TVs, or exercise equipment.
OUR 2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS … Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Scholarship Fund this year, we're able to grant $500 each to two of our students! Quinn Busch will attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and plans to major in chemistry. Stephen Persad will be a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in economics.
THE 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SESSION ... shared by the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences of The United Methodist Church ended on June 17th with a Commissioning & Ordination service during which our own Pastor Heather was commissioned into provisional membership, the next step toward ordination. That service may be viewed on YouTube (1hr 53min). Over a dozen other videos from the four-day event are also available on YouTube, including Bishop Elaine Stanovsky's June 14th Installation Service and message (2hrs 21min). (Please note that the latter video shows only a title screen for almost 6 minutes before the event begins. Be patient!) More information about the Annual Conference Session may be found at www.greaternw.org/AC2017.
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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