Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
(southeast of Portland, Oregon)
This page last updated: 11/21/17 
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.  

OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING ~ THIS THURSDAY, NOV. 23 … Our office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day — and the following day, since our office is normally closed on Fridays. Have a safe and blessed holiday! 
SEND CHRISTMAS CHEER TO OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS & VETERANS ... Our Nurturing Team has placed Christmas cards in the Fellowship Hall for everyone to sign. Let the recipients know that their whole church loves them even if they might not be home for Christmas!
UMC #GIVINGTUESDAY ~ TUESDAY, NOV. 28 … Black Friday and Cyber Monday are for shopping for bargains. Giving Tuesday is for changing the world! During last year's UMC #GivingTuesday campaign, a total of $853,909.78 was contributed to United Methodist mission projects and missionary support. This Nov. 28th, United Methodists around the world will once again come together to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects. Consider supporting a project in an area you care about, such as food and agriculture, church development, disaster response and relief, education, health, economic empowerment, social justice, water and sanitation, women and children, or mission personnel. For a complete list of projects, visit The Advance website.
CLACKAMAS SERVICE CENTER NEWS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES … Our church partners with the Clackamas Service Center (CSC) to help homeless persons in our county in various ways. Click here for news and information about how to donate or volunteer, or check the "Serving Clackamas Service Center" bulletin board in our Fellowship Hall for more information and volunteer signup sheets. We'll next pack sack lunches at the church for the CSC on Wednesday, Dec. 6 @ 5:30pm.
ADVENT DEVOTIONAL CALENDAR … Each year since 1988, the Revs. Thomas Mousin & Merry Watters have collaborated to create an Advent calendar containing a poem plus daily Scripture readings and suggested devotions. They encourage people to "use it, reproduce it and send it out into the world." Click here for their printable (PDF) 2017 Advent calendar. Please note that it's a large file that could take a while to download. There should also be some printed copies available in the Fellowship Hall.
OUR 2017 ADVENT STUDY WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY, DEC. 3 … Paul Bosshardt will lead us through the study "Underdogs and Outsiders" by Tom Fuerst, about how God used the most unlikely people in the lineage of Jesus ... imperfect people just like us! The study will be offered at 9am on Sundays, Dec. 3-24. We have copies of the book available for $9. You can sign up and buy your book in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour.

"GREAT HYMNS OF THE FAITH" SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION ~ THURSDAY, DEC. 7 … at 10:30am at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center (32867 SE Hwy. 211, Eagle Creek 97022)"Great Hymns of the Faith" is an annual series of popular programs exploring congregational song, theology, and quirky hymnology tidbits. Each year a special Christmas edition in early December includes a few Advent hymns for good measure! Join in singing favorite Christmas carols as listen to the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett reveal their back stories. After the singing, a fabulous holiday meal will be served in the Center's dining room. Guests are welcome to stay through the afternoon to enjoy fellowship, stroll around the Center, and browse the gift shop. The cost is just $18.50 for the day, including lunch. Many different dietary restrictions can be accommodated, which can be noted when registering, as can any mobility or medical issues you may need help with.) This event is a wonderful holiday outing! Visit the Collins website to register online or to download a flyer.  


ONE BIG THING FOR CHRISTMAS: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOLIDAY BANQUET ~ TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 6PM … in our Fellowship Hall. Our Advent/Christmas planning team felt that this year we should do One Big Thing (that matters) for the holidays instead of doing a lot of little things. The Spirit moved, and we heard that the Director of the Oak Grove Boys & Girls Club was looking for a location for a holiday dinner for their neediest families. The club opened a little over a year ago in the old Oak Grove school next to New Urban High School, just down the street from us, and provides quality after-school care and summer childcare for underprivileged school-aged children. It's a Portland Boys & Girls Club tradition to host a Holiday Banquet for their neediest families who can't afford much holiday cheer. They have presents for their neediest kids, and a Santa to hand them out, but they needed a kitchen, cooks, and a nice place to hold the celebration ... so we're hosting it! Prayerfully consider how God is calling you to help welcome these families into our church this Christmas season. If you would like to be a part of sharing the love of Christ with needy families, find the signup sheets posted in the Fellowship Hall (near the kitchen window) and sign up to help with something! 
"MESSY CHURCH" ~ FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 6:00-7:30PM ... Once a month we offer Messy Church for families and people of all ages. Everyone (we mean EVERYONE!) is welcome to enjoy worship through crafts, games and stories, plus dinner, for the young and the young at heart. Messy Church is worship for people with wiggles!
"COOKIE WALK: COOKIES, CONFECTIONS & CRAFTS SALE" ~ SUNDAY, DEC. 17 … following worship. Each year this delightful fundraiser is held 1or 2 Sundays before Christmas. The bakers among us are asked to donate homemade cookies or other edible delights. (Past offerings have included fudge, breads, scones, biscotti, popcorn balls and more!) Our crafters are also asked to make something to donate, such as Christmas ornaments. Cookies are sold for $4/pound; other edible items, and crafts, should be priced by the person donating them. (Only you know what it cost to make your donated items!) If you plan to donate something for this event, please sign up in advance. (Signup sheets will be available soon.) Please deliver donations to the Fellowship Hall *before worship* on Dec. 17th, to allow time to get everything set up by 11:30am. Whether or not you can donate something ... please come and buy! This is a lovely way for those who don't bake anymore (or never did!) to obtain a selection of delicious homemade goodies to serve at Christmastime. If you haven't been to one of our Cookie Walks before, click here for more information and a photo tour. Questions? Contact Gloria Payne or Laurie Yadon.
WHAT'S WITH THE CAMERAS DURING WORSHIP? … You may have noticed Erik and Dave with their camera phones during worship. They are sharing the news! Erik is live-streaming the choir and sermon, while Dave is shooting pictures and video to post online later. You can see their work on our Facebook page. You can help spread the word of what our church is doing by liking or following our page, and by liking or sharing our posts. Thank you for your help and patience.
PLEDGE CARDS … In 2017 we welcomed 23 new members, broadened our reach into the community through the Summer Fest and Halloween Fest, began partnering with the Clackamas Service Center, expanded our Sunday School, hired new staff, fixed our steeple, and gave $40,329 outside the walls of our church! Turning in your pledge card will help our Finance Team better understand what resources we have available to "cooperate with God" in ministry in 2018. We encourage the spiritual practice of giving a deliberately-chosen percentage of your income. We are challenged to set a tithe (the Biblical word for 10% of our income) as the giving goal in our lives. Start where you can and begin the journey. Take time to pray and discern, then fill out a pledge card (if you haven't done so recently) and return it to the church as soon as possible. If your financial circumstances change, you can fill out an updated pledge card at any time to either increase or decrease your pledge. 
UMCOR DISASTER RELIEF ~ HOW YOU CAN HELP ... The United Methodist Committee on Relief (umcor.org) is working to provide relief to the many victims of Harvey and Irma. Catastrophes of this size and magnitude will require UMCOR to be on-site long-term, likely for years. If you are able to help financially, click here to donate online; or you may donate through our church by making your check payable to Oak Grove UMC and indicating the relevant Advance number in the memo line, or on your envelope containing cash. Two of the many options available include donating to their U.S. Disaster Response fund (Advance #901670), or to their undesignated fund (Advance #999895) that's used to provide help wherever it may be needed in the world. Every dollar you donate will go directly to helping people because UMCOR's administrative costs are covered separately, through our Shared Ministries giving and donations made on UMCOR Sunday each March.
OUR "FEED THE HUNGRY" FOOD BARREL … is located near the women's restroom. When it's full the food is taken to the Wichita Center and/or the Clackamas Service Center. Please leave only non-perishable items in the barrel, and don't leave any food that has passed its expiration date (which must be discarded). 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, with just a few members participating so far. Please note that participants in this program still receive all of their personal rewards, including fuel rewards; individuals don't lose anything by participating. Click here for details
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