Weekend of July 30+31

These folks are greeters.

This is Karla and Rick. They serve on Saturdays on a Greeter Team. Actually, they ARE the Greeter Team since the rest of their team has recently had to step down.

You may think this is an appeal for help because they are missing you.


It is true that you ARE needed, but you actually need THEM. If you are not serving somewhere, you are missing out on fellowship, blessing others, serving, worshiping...you get the idea, but you definitely don’t know what you’re missing.

You matter.

Try something. Not your fit? Try something else. Serve somewhere.

You are a part of the Body of Christ, and you are needed.

To get involved, to find out what you're missing, to get to know Karla and Rick and countless others who serve and want to know you, please email Carol Jorgensen, cjorgensen@fiveoakschurch.org. Don't worry -- you can email with questions only,  without over-committing yourself. We want to help you feel blessed by your blessing.

Global Leadership Summit: register NOW. Don't miss out.
GLS is returning to Five Oaks again this August 11 & 12, , but this year as a private site. GLS will look much the same inside our building as always, but we are not an advertised site for people outside our church family. Don’t miss this opportunity to hone your leadership skills, skills you will use in all parts of your life.  8:30 am-4:30 pm. Cost: $119. Click here to register. Registration password: PV2016. Registration deadline is August 7.  Click here to email Deb Johnson with registration questions.

Final weekend for Karen Backpack Drive
Many Karen families are new arrivals to the U.S. and do not have the resources to purchase school supplies for their children. To these kids, having notebooks, markers, scissors and a new backpack may make the difference between a smooth transition to a new country and a new school and a difficult one.

Our goal this year is to fill 300 backpacks! Click here to view supply lists for both elementary and middle/high school backpacks.  Filled backpacks are due back by the end of this weekend, so start shopping now if you have not done so yet. The Karen VBS Team will deliver filled backpacks to the Karen refugees living in the Brittany Apartments. Please contact Pam Hawley, phawley@fiveoakschurch.org, with questions.


Please pray...

...for our Haiti team.  Our Five Oaks team will travel to Fedja, Haiti, to teach discipleship to the children of All God’s Children orphanage, church, and school. They will also take Feed My Starving Children packets, with the help of the children from the orphanage, to distribute in nearby villages. Please pray for their health, safety, travel, and their impact while there. They travel July 30-August 6.

...for our Project Serve team. This middle school team will travel to Green Bay, WI, to serve in a variety of settings and experience biblical programming in the evenings. They travel July 31-August 5.


Karen VBS family service opportunity
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.


August book club
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.


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.