Weekend of November 7 + 8

Parent workshop: A Christ-Centered Legacy

Thanksgiving and Christmas are typically filled with great anticipation and excitement. They also seem to be just busy enough, just stressful enough, sometimes overwhelming enough and sometimes disappointing enough, that to add new traditions, or even create change seems like an impossible task through the twinkling lights.

On November 22,  the Tree House Children's Ministry comes alongside you as parents to offer some practical and simple ideas on how to create Christ-centered traditions in your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations that will leave a legacy in your kids' lives.

Join us in the gym during the 9:15 or the 11:00 service as we find teachable moments in some of the traditions you may already have. We also hope to introduce you to some simple, fun ideas that help focus the holidays on the humbleness found in the birth of a newborn king! 

Cost: free!  Please register by emailing Rhiannon Rutledge, rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org.

No RSVP needed for Orphan Branch lunch this weekend

Five Oaks Orphan Branch invites anyone interested in adoption, foster care or Safe Families to join us as we commemorate Orphan Sunday on November 8 at 12:30 pm at Davanni’s (1905 Donegal Drive, Woodbury). With questions about this ministry, please email orphan@fiveoakschurch.org.

Tree House volunteer appreciation and training

Tree House Children’s Ministry would like to take the opportunity to appreciate the wonderful volunteers in our 1st - 4th grade classes. Join us November 14 at 10 am, room 105. We also will cover essential training updates and will spend time connecting and getting teacher feedback. To sign up, contact Cindy Yarrington, cyarrington@fiveoakschurch.org.

Connections Q & A with Carol

The Connections Ministry has seen many changes in the past year, and if you serve on a Connections Team, you may have questions about schedules, email communications, team leaders, etc.

If you are having trouble with your email communications, knowing who to contact about subs, or any other questions concerning Connections, plan to stop by Room 105 on Sunday, November 15,  anytime during the 11:00 service. Carol Jorgensen, Connections Manager, will be available and ready to work through any questions you may have.

Singles Serving makes pottery at next social

Singles Serving is gathering at Color Me Mine in Eagan on Saturday, November 21 after worship service. If you are interested in joining the fun and fellowship, reply to singles@fiveoakschurch.org. We hope to create a holiday present or white elephant gift!

Manger build event for dads and kids returns to Five Oaks

Save the date: Saturday, December 12, 9 am: 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. Registration opens later this month.

Congregational meeting

Annual congregational meeting for members and regular attenders, is Sunday, November 22, 4 pm. Members, your presence is important to vote in new Board & Elder members 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 

October giving

10/4: $30,642.17
10/11: $24,065.88
10/18: $40,454.83
10/25: $35,550.99

Community Events


Ninth annual community meal packing event

Join us at the Andersen Windows headquarters in Oak Park Heights, MN November 7 - 11 to pack Meals from the Heart meals for local food shelves in Stillwater, eastern St. Paul communities, and western Wisconsin. Two hour time slots available; $25 fee. Bring your family or small group to help at this community event. To register, contact Chuck or Joan Newman at 651-436-8609.