Weekend of January 2 + 3

Financial Peace University to start in January

More than 70 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and financial issues are one of the leading causes of marital and relational strain. Having a plan for your money — not only how much to save but also how to save creatively — can help you get from financially stretched to, well, financially peaceful. Financial Peace University, or FPU, is a 9-week video class taught by Dave Ramsey. Dave is a highly entertaining and motivating speaker who not only roots his teaching in the Bible, but also is a product of his own teaching. FPU classes start January 24 at Five Oaks. Cost is $93 per family. Returning graduates, please email Will Standfest at standfest@gmail.com for free registration.

Village Schools of the Bible class starts this week: still time to register

This cover-to-cover survey course provides a better understanding of the miraculous unity of the Bible and the power of God’s word. Course includes reading, class discussion and weekly writing assignments. Starts Tuesday, January 5, 6:45-8:45 pm. $100 for new students; $75 for alumni.


Student Ministries parents’ meeting January 6

Parents, please join Tyler and Justin for a parents’ meeting, January 6, 6:30 pm. We will discuss Challenge, start work on the Silent Auction, and share some parenting encouragement from longtime youth pastor, Mark Gold. Email Melissa Borner at mborner@fiveoakschurch.org with any questions.


Perspectives Class

God calls us to further his gospel around the world. The Perspectives class will shed light on our being part of a global movement to reach all people to bring God glory. The 15 lessons on God’s plan for the nations will change your life. It’s a discipleship class as well as a credit course for students, and a $200 mission trip credit is offered for any Five Oakers who complete the course. Visit www.perspectives.org for more info, or email perspectiveseastmetro@gmail.com with questions. January 7 is orientation, 6:30 - 9 pm. Come for FREE and check out what the Perspectives class will entail.


Discovery for newcomers

New to Five Oaks? You likely have questions about who we are and about our 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, email Pam Hawley, phawley@fiveoakschurch.org.


Last weekend to return Giving Tree gifts

If you took an ornament from the Giving Tree in the Fireside Commons earlier this month, please return the gift with the ornament attached by January 3. Gifts may be handed in at Guest Services. For more info, please email khusa@fiveoakschurch.org.


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, write “SOG Team”  or “SOG Coordinator” on your Communication Card.


Story of God registration: super early bird through January 5

Learn how the Bible fits together. Read it with greater understanding. Take your faith deeper. Great for beginning and experienced Bible readers alike. New nine-week session begins Tuesday,  February 9, 6:30-8 pm. Super early registration: $20 (regularly $30). 


Do we have your updated contact info?

It’s time to update the church online directory. If you have any changes to your contact info since last January, including a change in email,  please either email changes to office@fiveoakschurch.org, or write them clearly in the Info box on your communication card. These updates are due by January 10.


Drive-in movie night for kids ages 4 thru kindergarten

Kids, cruise on in for an unreal night of decorating cardboard cars, enjoying popcorn and juice,  and catching a stellar flick! Parents, drop your kids aged 4 thru kinderegarten off at church for all this and an Adventures in Odyssey movie! January 15, 6:30 - 8 pm. RSVP to Rhiannon Rutledge at rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org.


Join our mission (membership)

Membership is important at Five Oaks. It’s a way of saying, “I want to be part of the mission of this local church.” If you have a personal relationship with Christ and have completed the Story of God (the class or in your small group), come to the next membership class on Sunday, January 17, at 11:00 am in room 101. Please RSVP by emailing Pam Hawley at phawley@fiveoakschurch.org.


Rooted Women’s Bible study now open for registration

Every day an invisible war wages around us, wreaking subtle havoc on our marriages and relationships. Women, join us for Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study. $20; 9:30-11:30 am Wednesdays starting January 13. This study will help women not only put on the armor of God, but also sort through an action plan to be ready for that challenge. 


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. Register at jm5oaks.com or email journeymen@fiveoakschurch.org, or sign up at the Mens’ Ministry Cart at the Ministry Wall this weekend.


First Place 4 Health winter session starting soon

FP4H is a non-denominational weight loss support group. The winter session of FP4H will meet on Mondays beginning January 18. Daytime class is 10-11:30 am and evening class is 7-8:30 pm. Cost: $150 for couples; $125 for a single; $22 for returning members. For more info, email health@fiveoakschurch.org or call coordinator Arla Frigstad at 612-594-6951.

Bucharest short-term mission opportunity

Impact Ministries is partnering with the Ruth-Project School in Bucharest, Romania for a short-term mission opportunity. We will work with the 400+ Roma children at the school and surrounding neighborhood. The Roma are among the poorest people group in Romania and throughout Europe. We will serve during the government mandated Field Trip Week. We plan to travel from Saturday, April 16 through Monday, April 25, 2016. Cost is $2,200 per person. To sign up or for further information email Jerry Meras, jmeras@fiveoakschurch.org.