Christmas services at Five Oaks
Invite someone to join you! You may have a co-worker, a neighbor, or even a family member who doesn’t have a church home but would welcome an invite from you. Childcare up through kindergarten will be available at all services except the 11 pm. The Retreat will be available for our special abilities children during the 2 pm service.
- December 23 5:00 & 6:30 pm
- December 24 2:00, 3:30, 5:00 pm; 11:00 pm
Advent Prayer Services & Advent DailyLife
Join us on Thursday mornings, December 10, and 17, from 6:30-7:10 am, for ourremaining Advent Prayer Services. These prayer services will provide a reflective experience, encouraging us to center our hearts in anticipation of Christ’s birth.
Second, look for a special edition of the DailyLife email during Advent. These daily reflections will offer some additional opportunities to prepare our hearts for what matters most on Christmas morning.
Books of the Bible contest for 1st through 4th graders ends soon!
Hey Tree House kids, reminder that you only have a few weeks left for yourchance to win your own Sam the Detective Beagle, from Build-a-Bear Workshop, for learning the books of the New Testament. Ask your teacher for details and bookmarks. Contest ends December 20.
Our church hosts an ongoing OA/H.O.W. group on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8 :30 pm. This meeting is always open to new members looking to free themselves from the burden of compulsive overeating.
Want to serve your church family this Christmas?
Please consider stepping forward to create a welcoming experience for our extra Christmas services. Help is needed in all serviceson the 23rd and 24th in these areas: Greeters, Ushers, Nursery and Preschool/Kindergarten. Please contact:
- Cindy Yarrington, nursery/preschool/K, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carol Jorgensen, ushers/greeters, etc. email@example.com.
The Giving Tree
In the Fireside Commons is a Giving Tree bearing ornaments labeled with the name and an age of a child in need of a Christmas gift. All children are families of Woodbury Elementary School. Pick up an ornament this weekend or next, and please return the ornament attached to the gift by January 3. Gifts may be handed in at Guest Services. For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorothy Day serving opportunity coming quickly
Saturday, January 2, is the next opportunity for you and/or your family to give back this holiday season. Be the hands of Jesus; sign up to help prepare and serve a meal at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul. Must be at least 13 years old. Time: 9:30-1:15. Contact Tim and Cindy Wiant at email@example.com, 715-426-7972. You must sign up and get a confirmation for this event.
Join the Story of God Team: Seeking Small Group Leaders and Coordinators
Help people read the Bible with greater understanding for the rest of their lives. For more information on joining the Story of God team in a small group leader role or a coordinator role, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery for newcomers
Are you new to Five Oaks? You likely have questions about who we are and aboutour mission. We have answers and we’d love to meet you! Please sign up for Discovery, held on January 10 from 11-1 pm. A free catered lunch is included for your family. To sign up, check the Discovery box on the communication card or email Pam Hawley, email@example.com.
God calls us to further his gospel around the world. The Perspectives class will shed light on our being part of a global movement, one that started with Abraham, to reach all people to bring God glory. The 15 lessons on God’s plan for the nations will rock your world and leave you changed forever. Five Oaks is hosting the class starting January 7. It’s a discipleship class as well as a credit course for students, and a $200 mission trip credit is offered for anyone from Five Oaks who completes the course. Visit www.perspectives.org for more info.
Journeymen now registering for “A Man and His Story”
Men, join us for this six-week series focusing on the story of every man’s life. Both experts and regular guys will help men learn from their past, come alive in their present and enjoy God’s best for their future. Sessions start Thursday, January 7 and Saturday, January 9. Cost: $15. Registerat jm5oaks.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up at the Mens’ Ministry Cart at the Ministry Wall this weekend.
Extra coats? Hats? Mittens? Wintery whatnot?
Coats of Kindness is an organizationthat facilitates coat drives. They gather new and gently used winter clothing to be donated to those in need within our community. Our goal is to collect as many new or gently used winter wear items: coats, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves, to donate to local shelters. These items are given at no cost to those in need. Five Oaks Church will collect your donated items now through December 20. Look for the Coats of Kindess box in the Commons. For more info, contact Jerry Meras, email@example.com.
Thank you to a very special small group who helped transform the Worship Center and Commons into a Christmas wonderland. Jen Pytleski and 9 others came and assembled, fluffed and lit 10 trees during their regular Tuesday small group time. Their prep made it possible for the staff and volunteers to decorate and place the trees to create the festive environment we all enjoy. Thank you to all who helped bring on Christmas.
New member candidates
Jordan and Morgan Whitney