Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
  
WHAT'S HAPPENING 
AT OAK GROVE UMC
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
 
This page last updated: 9/19/17 
   
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.  

    
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS WORSHIP PLANNING ~ THIS THURSDAY, SEPT. 21 @ 1:00 PM … You're invited to join this team to plan Sunday Worship for the month of December. Come share your ideas for making worship meaningful, relevant, and a time to connect with God. We will discuss all aspects of worship and your thoughts and ideas are most welcome.  
 
MESSY CHURCH ~ THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 6:00-7:30 PM ... We offer Messy Church once a month for families and people of all ages. Worship through crafts, games and stories, plus dinner, for the young and young at heart. Messy Church is worship for people with wiggles! For your calendar, this year's remaining Messy Church dates are Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.
  
WORK PARTY ~ THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 9:00 AM - NOON … We need to do a final "outdoor cleanup" and also get the Ed Wing clean and ready for Fall adventures. Your help is needed!
 
MYSTERY YOUTH OUTING ~ THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2:00-5:00 PM … Meet at the church. Questions? Contact Erik Day (YouthOakGrove@gmail.com).

TOWN HALL PLANNING MEETINGS ~ THIS SUNDAY & MONDAY, SEPT. 24 & 25 … Change is in the air at Oak Grove United Methodist Church! Almost two years ago our church held a ministry fair during which people signed up for more than 30 ministry groups. A few groups hit the ground running and took off. But in others, folks waited … and waited. What was the next step? A vision team led by Pastor Heather devised a plan: Regroup around five mission areas, focusing on serving God, our church or our community, according to Scripture. Why reorganize? Let's talk about it! Come to a Town Hall meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 4:30-6:00pm; or on Monday, Sept. 25, from 1:00-2:30pm. Find out more! Be a part of the next steps.
  
CLACKAMAS SERVICE CENTER HANDS-ON VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ~ THIS MONDAY, SEPT. 25 OR TUESDAY, SEPT. 26 … You can help the Clackamas Service Center feed the homeless in our county! What can you do? Help make sandwiches and pack sack lunches here at the church on Monday, Sept. 25, at 3:00pm, after the Town Hall meeting. We need 5 or 6 people to work on the sack lunches then. We also need one more person to pick up and deliver the lunches on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9:00am. If these dates don't work for you, we will be doing it all again on Oct. 9th & 10th! Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or on the Get Connected sheet in the Sunday bulletin.
 
FALL 2017 SMALL GROUPS … Some of our small groups are returning after summer breaks and some new small groups are starting. If you haven't already read about them in the current issue of the Tower Signalclick here to do so! At the new "What It Means to Be a United Methodist" small group, which began on Sept. 17th, get your questions answered about the history, governance, beliefs and current issues of The United Methodist Church. Pizza and salad for dinner. This group will meet each Sunday evening through Oct. 8th.
 
DONATIONS TO OUR BUILDING/REMODEL FUND ARE REQUESTED … to help us pay to replace the cyclone fencing on the north and east ends of the property that was destroyed by falling trees, in addition to paying the $124,700 bill for repairing our steeple. We are asking everyone to consider making a one-time Fall donation to our Building/Remodel Fund. If you have questions regarding these projects, please feel free to talk to a member of the Building & Grounds (B&G) Team. They are eager to keep everyone informed. 
 
NEW ALL CHURCH EMAILS … The first one was sent out by our office on Sept. 7th, to all of the email addresses we have on file for our members and constituents. If you didn't receive it and would like to be added to the list, let the church office know (ogumc@comcast.net). The goal is to communicate about twice a month to share what God is up to in our Church community. 
    
STEEPLE REPAIR UPDATE ... Construction is underway and is expected to continue until mid-October. The Wesley entrance will be closed (taped off) Monday through Friday each week, but will be usable for Sunday services. The lift will be parked in back of the east parking lot and there will be a second dumpster located near the church dumpster. Thank you for your patience.
  
EARLY RESPONSE TRAINING ~ SATURDAY, OCT. 21, 8:30AM - 5:00PM … The Oregon-Idaho Conference's Disaster Response Team will offer a day of training for Early Response Team members at Portland's First United Methodist Church. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, United Methodists are looking for ways to respond and support those in need. Joining an Early Response Team (ERT) is one way to help. ERT training will give you the skills, understanding and certification to work on a short-term team to reach out and help people begin the process of rebuilding their homes and lives. Because both the interest and the need are high, the usual $25 fee for this training is being waived. Come for free to learn more about what ERT teams do and how you can get involved. Our bishop, Elaine Stanovsky, has asked churches across the conference to support ERT teams with special offerings throughout September, so funding will be available for team supplies. Register online or contact Becky Platt (beckyplatt1@peoplepc.com) if you have questions about ERT training.
 
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. 
   
UMCOR RESPONDS TO HURRICANES HARVEY & IRMA ~ HOW YOU CAN HELP ... The United Methodist Committee on Relief (umcor.org) is working to provide relief to the many victims of Harvey and now Irma. Please pray for the millions of people affected, and for the disaster coordinators and many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief to the victims. Catastrophes of this size and magnitude will require UMCOR to be on-site long-term, possibly for years. If you are able to help financially, click here to donate online to UMCOR's U.S. Disaster Response fund (Advance #901670) to help UMCOR begin rebuilding the lives of those affected by the hurricanes. Or you may donate through our church, by making your check payable to Oak Grove UMC and indicating "Advance #901670" in the memo line, or on your envelope containing cash. Every dollar you donate will go directly to help the victims; UMCOR's administrative costs are covered separately, through donations made on UMCOR Sunday each March.
 
NW CHURCHES RESPOND TO WILDFIRES … According to Dan Moseler, the Disaster Response Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, there are no current requests for volunteers or material donations. The best response at this time is to donate funds to UMCOR Advance #901670 online or through your church, as described above pertaining to hurricane relief.
  
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.  
  
"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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