Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Monday, February 20, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
General Information 
For visitors and members

AED ON-SITE ... We have an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), which does not replace a 911 call but allows someone on-site to begin emergency treatment while for paramedics to arrive. It is located in the Wesley entrance hallway and is clearly marked. Over a dozen of our members have been trained in how to use it.   
HEARING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SUNDAY SERVICES ... Several different types of earpieces are available. Please ask an usher for assistance.
OUR PRAYER CHAIN ... Those wishing prayer support may write their request on one of our green pew cards and put it in the offering plate during Sunday worship. You may also, or instead, tell the congregation during Prayer Time. Written requests will be forwarded on Mondays to our Prayer Chain coordinator, Pat Maple, and they will also be included (unless confidentiality is requested) in our Sunday bulletins and Tower Signal newsletters. Another option is to email or phone the church office to request prayer support (or email or phone Pat, when the office isn't open). Prayer requests will be honored for 3 weeks unless an extension is requested. If you would like to join this dedicated group, please contact Pat Maple or the church office. We can always use more people to pray for those experiencing difficult times! The only requirement is that you must be able to use email.
OUR CHURCH DIRECTORY ... Copies are available in the office. The latest version (at least that our webmaster has heard about!) is dated DECEMBER 2016. Please shred older directories or return them to the office for shredding. Also, please keep the office notified of any changes to your contact information, so our directory can be kept up to date.
AN ALTAR FLOWERS CALENDAR … for the current year is posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway, near the office. Please consider donating flowers to decorate our sanctuary! It's a wonderful way to honor a loved one, perhaps acknowledging a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary. It needn't be expensive. You can supply a plant or arrangement yourself, or give money to our Flower Team (Jean & Judy Fairbairn) to purchase flowers through our wholesale connection. The name of each Sunday's flower donor, and any stated special occasion or other reason for the donation, is printed in our Sunday bulletins. Sign up early to claim dates that are meaningful to you! 
PLEDGE CARDS … They're the tall white cards in our pew pockets that look like this. Anyone who wishes to initiate a new pledge, or change their current pledge, can do so at any time by filling out a pledge card and putting it in the offering plate or mailing it to (or dropping it by) our office. We're all encouraged to give as an essential part of our faith, as an expression of our trust in God, our caring for others, and our commitment to transforming the world for Jesus Christ. 

ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF ELECTRONIC GIVING ... We now offer the option of electronic giving, allowing you to arrange automatic donations on a schedule specified by you. This could be more convenient for you and provide donation consistency for our church. To arrange electronic donations you'll just need to get an authorization form from the office, fill it out and return it. You can specify whether your donations will be debited from a checking or savings account or charged to a credit card and your preferred donation frequency (weekly, on Mondays; semi-monthly, on the 1st and the 15th; or monthly, on either the 1st or the 15th). You can easily change or cancel the arrangement at any time, so why not give it a try?
WHEN MAILING CHECKS OR CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL TO THE CHURCH … for security reasons please use our Post Office box address (PO Box 68238, Oak Grove, OR 97268) rather than our street address.
OUR DISTRICT & CONFERENCE ... Click here for information about, and links to, our District and Conference, including information about our current Bishop and District Superintendent.
BOOKS ON THE SHELVES IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL THAT ARE MARKED "BOOK CLUB" ... are for everyone's use. Please feel free to borrow or donate books!
OGUMC ADULT STUDY OPPORTUNITIES … We currently offer three different adult study groups. All of them welcome newcomers and are open to both men and women. WITM ("Wesley in the Morning") meets year-round, on Wednesday mornings @ 8:00am in the Wesley Room, to discuss the Bible and social issues. Every six weeks or so they begin a new study, but if you'd like to give the group a try it isn't necessary to wait until a new study begins; please feel free to drop in anytime! Refreshments are served. Questions? Contact Ron KrieselWOW ("The Word on Wednesday") meets in the Wesley Room from 6:00-6:50pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month (except in the summer, and with occasional other exceptions, so check the Weekly Schedule). If you enjoy Bible study in a small group setting, WOW may be for you! Questions? Contact Lydia Henry. FIRST SATURDAY meets from 9-10am on the first Saturday of each month (except in July and August, and with occasional other exceptions, so check the monthly Calendar). Refreshments aren't served, but feel free to bring your own coffee or other beverage. Questions? Contact Lydia Henry. 
OUR AUDIO/VISUAL TEAM … does an outstanding job with sound & lighting for our Sunday services and other events. You can be part of this team! It requires only patience and a willingness to work with people. The obligation is to help the team in the Sound Booth about once a month. We will provide you with an instruction manual and training. If interested contact our A/V Team leader, Ron Kriesel (503-655-5326).
OUR HONOR BOARD ... Click here to read about the large board in the Wesley Entrance that is filled with names.
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, via their website you can link it to our church and help us receive a share of the Community Rewards! Click here for details