Weekend of December 3+4

Is your child asking about baptism?

Tree House Children’s Ministry is hosting a class for any children who are interested in learning more about baptism.  Elementary children and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this class on December 11, 9:15, in room 105.  Attending the class will help you learn more about this important milestone in your child’s faith journey, but attending will not commit you to getting baptized.  Please email Cindy Yarrington, cyarrington@fiveoakschurch.org  with number of people attending by December 7.

Christmas Parent Workshop this weekend!
Parents, mark your calendar for another Christmas Parent Workshop presented by Tree House Children’s Ministry and Students Ministry. This workshop will be full of ideas on how to make the most of your time with family during the Christmas season. Please join us during either the 9:15 or 11 am service on December 4. Room 101. No need to RSVP; we’ll see you there! 

Join our mission (membership)
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: You still have time!
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.  We had such an overwhelmingly positive response last weekend that all the gift tags were taken! Our Kids Hope volunteers made a plea to Woodbury Elementary, however, and the staff was able to put forth 13 more gift ideas for the tree.  So if you missed out last week, you can still help out this weekend.  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 8, 15 & 22remain — from 6:30 - 7:10 am.


Tea with the Talks
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.


Rooted Women Christmas event: “In the stillness”
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 by clicking here . Please purchase tickets by December 11. 


Find your serving ‘zone’
If you already serve in some capacity at Five Oaks, you know when it’s the right fit: you grow in this role, and our church body benefits from that contagiousness.  When you serve, it’s because of you that we can bring the story of God to life each week. 

Finding the right serving fit may mean you try a few areas on for size — that’s OK!  If you are looking to start serving but aren’t sure where to serve, consider trying out a new serving role or ministry for Christmas. We always need extra hands and hearts at Christmas time with several additional worship services. Another great way to help at Christmas time is to consider serving in a new area with your whole family, or with your small group.  

This weekend at Five Oaks you may pick up a SERVE brochure at the Information Center.You may fill that out and drop it in the offering box on your way out of the Worship Center. Or you may email Jennifer Clemens, our Serve Coordinator, at jclemens@fiveoakschurch.org.  She will contact you and walk you through the process to begin serving at Five Oaks.


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.