Weekend of January 9 + 10

Are you fun? Share your fun!


Did you have a good time at last year’s Game Café, Fireworks at Five Oaks, or the Fall Fun Fest?  Here’s your chance to keep the fun rolling by joining our Five Oaks Fun Team. Maybe you’ve never served at Five Oaks before, or maybe you made a resolution to give back to your church by serving in the New Year. In this role, you and a group of fellow Five Oakers will organize and run special events for one quarter of our church’s calendar year. The Fun Team will plan one mini-event during weekend service times and one large event open to the community. If you’d like to pitch in from March to May of 2016 and you are inherently FUN, sign up this weekend. You can either write your email and FUN Team on your communication card, or you can sign up at the table in the Commons after services this weekend. Email Jennifer Clemens at jclemens@fiveoaokschurch.org with any questions.

Financial Peace University to start in January

This is a great opportunity to learn Dave Ramsey’s method of ridding yourself of debt and spending and saving wisely. The nine-week course starts January 24, 9:15-10:45 am. Cost is $93 per family. Returning graduates, please email Will Standfest at standfest@gmail.com for free registration. 


Perspectives Class:
one more free class this week

You are invited to the last FREE session, and Pastor Henry is teaching it! The Perspectives lesson on January 14 is titled “The Living God is a Missionary God” and takes us through the Story of God as Henry develops the imagery we all so clearly remember. Join the class to learn how missional God is and where he is leading you as you follow him. 6:30 - 9 pm.    Visit www.perspectives.org for more info, or email perspectiveseastmetro@gmail.com with questions.


Discovery Class this Sunday

New to Five Oaks? You likely have questions about who we are and about our mission. We have answers and we’d love to meet you! Make plans to attend Discovery this Sunday, January 10, 11-1 pm. A free catered lunch is included for your family. We hope to see you this weekend!


Join the Story of God Team: Seeking Small Group Leaders and Coordinators

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 or a coordinator role, write “SOG Team” or “SOG Coordinator” on your communication card during weekend services.


Story of God registration discount

Learn how the Bible fits together. Read it with greater understanding. Take your faith deeper. Great for beginning and experienced Bible readers alike. New nine-week session begins Tuesday, February 9, 6:30-8 pm. Early-bird registration until January 26: $25 (regularly $30). 


Diaper Drive for NLFS

Each January, Five Oaks partners with New Life Family Services in recognition of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 24) by hosting our annual Diaper Drive. NLFS provides a number of services to support healthy pregnancy, adoption facilitation, and post-abortion spiritual healing. Join us in supporting this ministry partnership by dropping off a package of diapers, sizes newborn to 5, at the Impact table during the weekends of January 16/17 and January 23/24.


Contact info updates due this weekend
for new directory

It’s time to update the church online directory. If you have any changes to your contact info since last January, including a change in email,  please either email changes to office@fiveoakschurch.org, or write them clearly in the info box on your communication card. These updates are due by January 10.


Drive-in movie night
for kids ages 4 thru kindergarten

Kids, cruise on in for an unreal night of decorating cardboard cars, enjoying popcorn and juice, and catching a stellar flick! Parents, drop your kids aged 4 thru kinderegarten off at church for all this and an Adventures in Odyssey movie! January 15, 6:30 - 8 pm. RSVP to Rhiannon Rutledge at rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org.

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 the Story of God (the class or in your small group), come to the next membership class on Sunday, January 17, at 11:00 am in room 101. Please RSVP by emailing Pam Hawley at phawley@fiveoakschurch.org.


Last week to register for
Rooted Women’s Bible study

Every day an invisible war wages around us, wreaking subtle havoc on our marriages and relationships. Women, join us for Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study. $20; 9:30-11:30 am Wednesdays starting January 13. This study will help women not only put on the armor of God, but also sort through an action plan to be ready for that challenge. 


First Place 4 Health winter
session starting soon

FP4H is a non-denominational weight loss support group. The winter session of FP4H will meet on Mondays beginning January 18. Daytime class is 10-11:30 am and evening class is 7-8:30 pm. Cost: $150 for couples; $125 for a single; $22 for returning members. For more info, email health@fiveoakschurch.org or call coordinator Arla Frigstad at 612-594-6951.


Bucharest short-term mission opportunity

Impact Ministries is partnering with the Ruth-Project School in Bucharest, Romania for a short-term mission opportunity. We will work with the 400+ Roma children at the school and surrounding neighborhood. The Roma are among the poorest people group in Romania and throughout Europe. We will serve during the government mandated Field Trip Week. We plan to travel from Saturday, April 16 through Monday, April 25, 2016. Cost is $2,200 per person. To sign up or for further information email Jerry Meras, jmeras@fiveoakschurch.org.  


High schoolers:
Plan now for Cultivate retreat

High school students, do you ever feel like your relationship with God has turned impersonal, dry, and empty, but you just don’t know how to change it? Do you wonder if it’s even possible to have a “close, best -friend relationship” with Jesus? If you’ve ever wrestled with these feelings, now is the time to do something about it!  Restore the fire in your relationship with the King of Kings at our winter retreat on February 19-21 at Camp Lebanon. Our core focus will be on determining how each of us can CULTIVATE and PRESERVE a close, long-lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. Cost: $140. More info to come.


Small Groups registration starts next week

We are a a church of small groups. Our small groups foster discipleship, friendship, church family. Sign-ups for winter trimester small groups start next weekend. Stay tuned for more info!