Weekend of December 10+11

Gather with other women for IF

We are told to make disciples, but we often wonder: what does that actually look like and how does that work in my already-busy life? The great news is that discipleship at its core is simple and pure. That’s why we are excited to offer a simulcast of the IF: Gathering on February 3 & 4. If seeks to gather, equip, and unleash women to be disciples who make disciples. Cost: $40. Register by January 18, by clicking here or by stopping by the Ministry Cart in the Commons at church this weekend.


Men, bring a friend to this Summit

Men, join our Journeymen Ministry on January 27-29 for a weekend Summit called Ascent. Hosted at Ironwood Christian Springs Ranch in Stewartville, MN, this Summit will mix the teaching of Vince Miller with adventuresome activities and relaxation.  $155 for the weekend. To register, click here. You’ll find more info at the Ministry Cart in the Commons at church this weekend.

Tea with the Talks this Sunday!
All ladies (6th - 12th grade) and their mom, grandmother, aunt, or guardian are invited to celebrate the Christmas season with Justin and Katie Talk. We will enjoy tea,  amazing snacks,  fun games, and worship. This is going to be an event you won't want miss. Sunday, December 11, 1:30 — 3 pm. We ask that everyone bring an hors d'œuvre (French for appetizer) to share! Please sign up as soon as possible so we know how many guests will be joining us.  Click here to register.


Christmas Eve service times and RSVP
December 23: 4:30 and 6 pm

December 24:  9 & 10:30 am; 12 pm

Please RSVP for which service you plan to attend. This helps us plan for extra seating as needed. You may RSVP here.


Tree House needs volunteers for Christmas Eve services
We need about 8 volunteers at each of our Christmas Eve services to meet the needs of our children’s programming. Programming is available at all Christmas Eve services for children ages birth through kindergarten. December 23, 4:30 & 6 pm, and December 24, 9 & 10:30 am, and 12 pm. Email Cindy at cyarrington@fiveoakschurch.org if you can help!


Want to help with chalkboard art and lettering?
You may have noticed we have new chalkboards on our Ministry Carts in the Commons. Our ministry leaders would love a volunteer who has an artistic bent toward chalkboard art and lettering to help us advertise for their ministries. If you are interested and could spare an hour once every week or two at your convenience, please contact our Serve Coordinator, Jennifer Clemens, at jclemens@fiveoakschurch.org.


Join our mission (membership) class this weekend
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 Story of God (the class or in your small group), make plans to come to the next membership class onDecember 11, 9:15-10:30 am, in room 101. Please RSVP by writing ‘membership’ and your email address on your Communication Card, or email Pam Hawley at phawley@fiveoakschurch.org.


Kids Hope USA giving tree: please return gifts by this weekend
A huge thank you to all those of you who partnered with Kids Hope USA to support and bless a student at Woodbury Elementary this Christmas.  Please return the gift and the tag from the tree to the Info Center at Five Oaks by December 11. As always, we welcome new mentors for these kids in need at Woodbury Elementary. Please email khusa@fiveoakschurch.org with questions about mentorship.



Advent prayer services: Thursday mornings in Advent
Join us on Thursday mornings for our Advent prayer services. Begin your day with us as we quietly prepare our hearts in prayer, worship, and reflecting on God's word. This will be a time to be encouraged and reminded of the hope, peace, love and joy that the birth of our Savior brings. Coffee provided! December 15 & 22 remain — from 6:30 - 7:10 am.


Last chance to purchase tickets for Rooted Women Christmas event
Join us for our Christmas event on Thursday, December 15, 7pm.  We will be looking at the quiet moments in the Christmas story and how we can create more stillness in our own lives.   It will be an evening of rest, fellowship, food (appetizers and dessert) and carols.  Tickets are $10 per person, available for purchase at the Ministry Cart in the Commons at church, or by emailing women@fiveoakschurch.org, or click here. Please purchase tickets by December 11. 


Perspectives class starts in January
Five Oaks is partnering with Rockpoint Church, Lake Elmo, to once again offer Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class, beginning January 9.  This class offers fresh knowledge of God’s unchanging purposes and their contemporary relevance in the Nations. Visit www.perspectives.org for an overview and to register for the class. Questions? Email PerspectivesEastMetro@gmail.com.



Financial Peace University
We all need a plan for our money. FPU is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. Class runs Sundays, January 22-March 26, 2017 (no class February 26), 9-10:30 am, room 101.  Cost: $93. Click here   to register. 

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” on your Communication Card at church.


Join the Story of God Team: Coordinator
Help people read the Bible with greater understanding for the rest of their lives. For more information on leading the Story of God team and ministry, write “SOG Coordinator” on your Communication Card.


Baby news

Congratulations to Ryan and Mindy Wissink on the birth of their son, Oren Titus Wissink. He was born on November 21; 8 lbs., 1oz; 20 inches long. Baby Oren is now home; he and Mom are both doing well.


Congratulations to Aaron Selbitschka and Genesis Ponce on the birth of their son, Isaac Aaron Selbitschka, born on November 25. Baby Isaac weighed 8 lbs., 1oz,  andwas 19.5 inches long. Mom and baby are both doing well.


Congratulations to Pastor Henry and Lois Williams on the birth of their granddaughter, Isla Margaret. Isla was born to parents Aaron and Leah Williams on Thursday, December 1. She weighed 6 lbs, 12 oz. and was 20 inches long.