Weekend of August 20+21

The Gospel Project 101: Five Oaks Students

We are so excited to start The Gospel Project journey with our students and their families. At youth group, students will learn the same story that was taught during the previous weekend’s sermon, but with a unique approach for students and their lives. Our goal is to make the story of God come to life in their everyday lives. Middle and high school students bring a special view and understanding to the story of God, and we want to encourage fruitful conversations within families. 

Students will discuss Gospel Project-based questions in their small groups at youth group. They will then take these questions home to help students bring their own perspectives and thoughts to family discussions. These questions will also be included in both our weekly student ministries email, for parents to access and utilize, and in the sermon notes provided in the weekend sermon. 

The Gospel Project will also help to strengthen students’ own identity and faith in God. With The Gospel Project as an aid, we hope students see that they can live missional lives and lead many others to the love and grace of God: friends at school, friends in their neighborhood, people they might work with, teammates, etc.  We in Student Ministry look forward to peeling back the layers of The Gospel Project with your students.

Just like the past two weeks, please look for our team at the Ministry Wall before and after services to ask questions and ready yourself for the launch of the Gospel Project! 

Please join us at the Dorothy Day Center September 3
Be the hands and feet of Jesus; sign up to help prep and serve a meal at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul. Must be at least 13 years old. Time: 9:30-1:15. Write “Dorothy Day” in the info box or contact Tim and Cindy Wiant at wiynts4@sbcglobal.net, 715-426-7972. You must sign up and get a confirmation for this event.


Village Schools of the Bible: register now
Five Oaks is hosting the Cover-to-Cover Bible Survey Course again this year through Village Schools of the Bible. For believers at any stage, this course provides a unique understanding of the miracle of both the Bible’s unity and the power of God’s word. Weekly discussion and writing assignments help students understand their role in God’s redemptive plan. Cost: $129 per semester. Classes start August 30 & run 16 weeks, 6:45-8:45 pm. Register at www.villageschoolsofthebible.org/register. Questions? Call Warren Coe, 612-578-8016.

First Place 4 Health fall session starting soon
This health and nutrition program, based on keeping Christ at the center of all areas of wellness, is starting its fall session on September 12, 7 - 8:30 pm.  Here you’ll learn a lot about good nutrition,  healthy lifestyle changes, and reaching the potential God created for each of us. Cost: $125; $22 for returning members.  Email Rachelle Goldenman at rachelle.goldenman@gmail.com, to register or with questions. 

Karen VBS a success
The Bryant small group hosted Vacation Bible School for the Karen refugee families in St. Paul. 119 kids attended VBS this year! Our team handed out 80 backpacks filled with school supplies for the kids, plus 24 string backpacks to the younger kids. In all, 19 kids made a first-time decision to accept Christ. Thanks to all who helped supply and fill backpacks, plus all who helped with the Karen VBS!

Ice cream and mini donuts at church?
Fall is upon us! Our ministries resume normal programming the weekend of September 10 & 11, so let’s celebrate with the MikMart Ice Cream Truck and the Free Indeed gluten-free mini donuts and strawberry smoothies! MikMart will be available after our Saturday services, and both MikMart and Free Indeed will be here all morning on Sunday.  Come hungry -- 10 lucky families will win free ice cream!

Journeymen warming up their flapjacking skills
Join our Men’s ministry group, the Journeymen, for a pancake breakfast and fall kick-off on Saturday, September 10, at 8 am. Cost: $3. Please email journeymen@fiveoakschurch.org with questions.

Register now for Hearts & Hammers event
Grab your tool belts and join us for a volunteer event sponsored by Five Oaks and Journeymen. During this one-day home transformation, we will do everything from painting to restoration to landscaping. Saturday, September 17, starting at 7:45 am. To register, go to jm5oaks.com and click on upcoming events.  

September book club: start reading now
Join us on September 13, 6:45 pm, as we discuss Between Heaven and Ground Zero, a nonfiction account of one woman’s harrowing escape from Tower One of the World Trade Center.  This corporate climber rediscovers the faith of her childhood and now embraces a new life of serving others. Contact Down Goenner, go.dmge@gmail.com, with questions. All are welcome.

Rooted Women updates
•Coffee at Kristen Bryant’s home, August 25, 10 am. Fellowship & a chance to preview the fall studies.
•Ladies night out August 28, 6 pm, Stillwater restaurants. RSVP on Facebook or by emailing women@fiveoakschurch.org.
•Fall kickoff September 14, 9:30 am & September 15, 6:30 pm. Questions? Email women@fiveoakschurch.org.
•This week we laid out the exciting new things in Rooted Women!  If you missed the videos, email  women@fiveoakschurch.org and  we will get you added.  

Do you have a heart for special needs children?
Our Retreat Ministry needs you. We are looking for help with some awesome kids at the 9:15 weekend services. New team members are needed as soon as possible. If you would like to know more about serving, contactLaura at retreat@fiveoakschurch.org.


Group prayer for China August 28
The Family Retreat in China will end on August 28. We will have a group prayer time at Five Oaks for these families on August 28, 10:30-11 am, in Room 101. Plan on a time of thanksgiving, as well as a time of intercession for the families on the retreat in China. These families would be strengthened in carrying out God’s mission with the learning and encouragement that they received on the retreat. Please join us to pray for the families on this retreat.


Children’s Ministry serving options  
Would you consider joining us this school year in the Tree House Children’s Ministry? We need nursery caregivers, teachers and assistants in our 2s - 5th grade classrooms and the Retreat. For more information, please contact us at children@fiveoakschurch.org.


Join the Story of God Team: Small Group Leader
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, write “SOG Team” and your email on your Communication Card.


Story of God registration discount runs through September 7
Learn how the Bible fits together. Read it with greater understanding. Take your faith deeper. Great for beginning and experienced Bible readers. New 9-week session begins Tuesday, September 27, 6:30-8:15pm. Early-bird registration: $25 (Regular $30). Write “SOG” and your email on your Communication Card and we will send you a registration link. Or register at fiveoaks.church/story-of-god.


In sympathy
Please pray for Tim and Marie Kiel and family as they mourn the loss of Tim’s dad, Les. Les was also Stephanie Kiel’s grandfather.