Weekend of December 17+18

Finishing Strong

As we wrap up the final weeks of our fiscal year, we celebrate all of God’s work in our church: launching The Gospel Project, graduating our largest Story of God class yet, and engaging 50 men and women in an intense mentorship program, to name a few. You may have seen Pastor Henry’s email regarding our need to finish the year strong. With your help, we can launch into 2017 with a strong financial foundation. Please prayerfully consider helping us finish 2016 in the black. You may contribute electronically by clicking here, or by paper (U.S. mail or drop off in the office).

Christmas Eve service times: please remember to 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. Click here to RSVP.  


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.

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 22remains — from 6:30 - 7:10 am.


Love to read? Join our Five Oaks book club!
When:  Second Tuesday of every month (next meeting — January 10)
Time:  6:45 pm - discussion at 7 pm
Where:  Five Oaks Church, Fireside Commons
New members are welcome throughout the year. Join anytime.
Call or email Dawn Goenner, go.dmge@gmail.com, or (651) 238-1605, to find out what our upcoming titles will be.

Treehouse all-team training event
Tree House Children’s Ministry volunteers: You won’t want to miss this annual training, during which we’ll cover essential ministry pieces as well as shares stories and ideas to help make kids and volunteers’ weekly experiences the best they can be. Lunch provided.  Sunday, January 15, 12:30-3 pm.  Please RSVP to Rhiannon Rutledge, rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org.


Men’s Summit January 27-29
Men, join our Journeymen Ministry in January 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.

Rooted Women’s If: Gathering February 3-4
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.


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 this weekend, or email Pam Hawley, phawley@fiveoakschurch.org.


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 at church this weekend, or email Pam Hawley, phawley@fiveoakschurch.org.

Story of God Registration
Super-early-bird through Jan 3.
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, February 7, 6:30-8:00pm. Super early-bird registration: $20 (Regular $30). Write “SOG” on your Communication Card at church this weekend and we will send you a registration link,  or click here to register.


Impact Prayer Request

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt. On December 11 a bomb blast inside the Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo killed over twenty worshipers, primarily women and children.