Weekend of August 6+7

The Gospel Project 101

This month as we close out summer, we begin to ramp up to the fall kickoff of our ministry initiatives. One of the biggest things to be launched this fall is The Gospel Project. During August, we’ll preview the ins, the outs and how to’s of The Gospel Project. 

By now you have likely heard mention of The Gospel Project, a three-year chronological study of the bible. The Gospel Project will equip us to study the story of God through many biblical stories, themes, and concepts across all ministry areas: weekend services, children’s ministry, student ministry, and adult small groups. It’s a key component to our initiative to Bring The Story of God to Life for the next generation. 

Each weekend this month we will highlight a different ministry area and how the gospel project will be utilized in that ministry area. The goal is to provide a bit of a “Gospel Project 101” throughout the month to familiarize you with how you will be able to take the teaching you receive in here into your own life, into your family, conversations with your children and students, and into your small groups. 

In addition, our Family and Discipleship Team has taken over the Ministry Wall this month! All month, you’ll find the members of our team at the Ministry Wall.  Please stop by, ask questions and become informed and ready for the launch of the Gospel Project in September. 

Karen Backpack Drive thank you
Thank you to all who took the time to fill a backpack for our Karen refugee friends.  Our Five Oaks Karen VBS team will deliver over 75 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Karen families during VBSon August 7-9. Your generosity means the world to these families. Thank you!


Global Leadership Summit: Registration deadline this Sunday
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn leadership from some of the top business, education, and church leaders in our country today. This 2-day summit will give youideas for ways to improve your leadership at home with your family, in your neighborhood, and in your work life.  Thursday and Friday, August 11 + 12. Cost: $119. To register, go to www.fiveoaks.church/gls.


Family service opportunity with Karen Vacation Bible School
Looking for an opportunity to serve this summer?  We would love to have you be a part of the Karen VBS.  August 7-9,  6-7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to serve as a family.  All ages are welcome.   It takes many volunteers to put this on.  We share a lesson, sing, have a craft, snack, and play games. We meet at the Brittany Apartments on Larpenteur. Contact Kristen Bryant for more information, bryantkristen@hotmail.com.


Book club meets this week
Join us for a discussion of “Mine is the Night” by Liz Curtis Higgs, August 9, 6:45 pm, in room 102. This story of redemption and restoration, set in eighteenth century Scotland, ties up the loose ends of the story of the Kerr sisters. Anyone is welcome to attend. Questions? Please contact Dawn Goenner, go.dmge@gmail.com.


Open volleyball canceled this week
Attention volleyball players ... we will not have access to the Five Oaks gym for the usual open volleyball slot this Tuesday, August 9. Please come back next week, as we will resume play as usual next Tuesday, August 16, 6:30-9 pm.


Last week you met Karla and Rick
They are on a Saturday greeter team, part of the bigger picture of our Connections Ministry. We have several needs in Connections as we head into fall, so if you are a people person, a coffee person, a welcoming person, we would love for you to share these gifts for as little as one hour per month.  (Did you catch that? One hour per month. One!) Here are our needs currently...please email Carol Jorgensen, cjorgensen@fiveoakschurch.org, if you have questions or are interested: 

Greeting Team - 8
Guest Services - 2
Tour Guides - 4
Ushers - 5
White Glove - 3
Subs - 10+


Meet and pray for a family in China
In China, the institution of family is under great stress. A group of House Churches in China will be having a family retreat August 26-28 with about 50 families attending. Each family attending would like a family here to pray for them, up to and during the retreat – and they would like to pray for you! If you would like to pray for one of these families, please email Kevin Johnson at kevindawn@comcast.net. You will receive detailed instructions on how to participate. Once families have been paired up, you will receive a picture of your family in China.


Twin Cities 6K for Water
Join Team World Vision and WALK or RUN the Twin Cities 6K for Water in solidarity with millions of people who walk that distance every day. This event will bring clean water to thousands of children in Africa because everyone who walks or runs will provide clean water to one child. August 27, 9 am, White Bear Lake. To sign up, go to: www.teamworldvision.org/msp6K. Be sure to register for our team, the FIVE OAKS FINISHERS. Email Daniel Lukas, dlukas@fiveoakschurch.org, with questions.


Women’s Ministry: let’s connect this summer
Want to spend time with other women this summer?  We have a variety of activities all summer long... ladies’ nights out, playdates, dinners, and more.    Questions? Email women@fiveoakschurch.org.  You may also follow Five Oaks Rooted Women on Facebook and Rooted Women on Instagram.


Hearts & Hammers event: save the date! 
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, Sept. 17, starting at 7:45 am. If you’d like to learn more, or register now for this event, go to jm5oaks.com and click on upcoming events.  


Hearts & Hammers now taking applications for projects
Do you know of a senior in your family or neighborhood whose house could use a new exterior coat of paint? If so, please contact Scott Halverson at 612-414-0946, or scotthalverson@yahoo.com to learn how to bless that person by helping them apply to have their home painted for free through the Hearts & Hammers program.  


Women’s Ministry seeking teachers for mid-week children’s programming
Adults, parents, students!  If you are available Wednesday mornings from Sept-May, consider teaching or assisting teachers of young kids (birth to age 5) in the Sprouts program.  Teachers and assistants facilitate activities, curriculum, and crafts about Jesus during Women’s Ministry programming from 9 -11:45 am.  Not available every Wednesday?  Consider volunteering a few times a month or being a substitute teacher!  For more information on paid and volunteer positions, please contact Theresa Gulsvig, theresa.gulsvig@gmail.com.


Baby news
Congratulations to Ben and Theresa Gulsvig on the birth of Ruby Jane. Baby Ruby was born on July 23, and she weighed 7 lbs, 1 oz. Big brother Orion is thrilled by his new role, and mom and baby are both doing well.