Weekend of November 28 + 29

Advent Prayer Services & Advent DailyLife

As we attempt to prepare our hearts for Advent as a church family, we will be doing a couple of things this season. First, join us on Thursday mornings at 6:30for our 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.

Coffeehouse Jr: calling all 1st through 5th graders!

Hot cocoa bar ... live music ... cookies ... a fire in the fireplace ... sound like fun? All kids, first through fifth grade, are invited to this yummy event on Friday, December 11, 6:30 - 8 pm. Please RSVP to Rhiannon Rutledge, rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org.

Manger Build event for dads and kids returns to Five Oaks

Dads and granddads, grab your kids and come build a life-sized manger together. $20 fee includes a manger kit, expert assistance, devotional guide, and snacks and refreshments. Wood will be pre-cut, ready to go. Saturday, December 12, 9 am. If a male figure is unavailable, we’ll have “adopt-a-dads” available to work with your child. For more info, or to register, visit www.jm5oaks.com.

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 theri present and enjoy God’s best for their future. Session starts Thursday, January 7 and Saturday, January 9. Cost: $15. Register at jm5oaks.com or email journeymen@fiveoakschurch.org.

Congregational meeting DATE CHANGE

The annual congregational meeting has been moved to December 6 at 4 pm. Members, your presence is important to vote in new Board & Elder members, vote on a proposed bylaw change, and to approve the budget at the short business meeting. Candidate profiles and 2014 minutes are available at Guest Services for those who wish to review them ahead of time. Childcare is available for children birth through 4th grade.


  • Opening Prayer
  • Call to Order 
  • Introductions
  • Approve Minutes 
  • Treasurer Report
  • Elections
  • Bylaw change 
  • Budget Proposal
  • Introduction of New Members
  • Year in Review
  • Adjourn
  • Closing Prayer

Candidates for election:

  • Meleah Miller -- Governing Board
  • Bruce Paulson -- Governing Board
  • Jeff Jorgensen -- Elder 

Extra coats? Hats? Mittens? Wintery whatnot?

Coats of Kindness is an organization focused on helping facilitate coat drives to gather new and gently used winter clothing to be donated to those in need within our community. A simple act, such as donating a coat, can change someone’s life. 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 further information contact Jerry Meras, jmeras@fiveoakschurch.org.

December Book Club meeting: start reading now

Our new book club had a successful first book discussion in November. We are gearing upfor our next meeting on December 8, 6:45 pm in the Fireside Commons at church. We’ll be dicussing A Higher Call by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander. Questions? Email Dawn Goenner, go.dmge@gmail.comWe’d love to have you join us.

In Sympathy

Please pray for Pam and Tom Hawley as they grieve the loss of Pam’s uncle.

Please pray for Diane and Steve Neelly as they mourn the loss of Diane’s father.

Welcome new member!

Peter Kim



Community Events

New Life Academy hosts blood drive

The American Red Cross will be onsite at New Life Academy (6758 Bailey Rd., Woodbury) on Monday, December 7, 2:45 - 7:45 pm. Donating blood is simple, and it may save someone else’s life. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. Contact Anna Lehn, annahlehn@gmail.com with questions.

Looking for a volunteer opportunity for your small group or family?

Store-to-Door is a non-profit grocery ordering and delivery service for seniors. During the winter months, their volunteer needs increase as more seniors don’t want to venture out in the snow for groceries. They are currently recruiting volunteer Order Takers. This involves use of your phone and a computer or tablet device with reliable internet access. For more info, please contact Carolyn at carolyn@storetodoor.org.