Weekend of October 1+2

Connections Ministry: The heart of serving

Whether you appreciate being greeted on the weekends by someone at the front door, or you love to chat with the volunteers in the Acorn Cafe, or you like that the church restrooms are clean and picked up, know that the folks who volunteer in these areas do it because they know God will use their care to bring folks to the Church and to Christ. 

Are you experiencing the joy of serving someone else and discovering your gifts along the way? Are you giving your kids the blessing of thinking of other people and seeing how God uses them to make someone else feel welcome? Five Oaks needs you to find a place to serve, but the best part is, you will receive so much more than you give. 

To learn more about specific needs in Connections, please write ‘Connections’ and your email address on your Communication Card this weekend at church. 

Brother Lawrence, in The Practice of the Presence of God, summarizes the heart of our Connections Ministry at Five Oaks: “We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”

Please pray for our students this weekend
Our middle and high school students are at Camp Shamineau this weekend for their annual Five Oaks Students fall retreat called Camp Getaway. Please pray for the Five Oaks students and their friends, plus our adult leaders who are attending with them. Please pray for travel safety and for God to work in their hearts this weekend.


Several kids in our community are in need of a friend!  
The Kids Hope USA team is recruiting friends for our kids at Woodbury Elementary.  To be a friend or for more information please contact us at KHUSA@FiveOaksChurch.org


Small Groups sign-ups continue this weekend
God wants us to hear from him through scripture, prayer and his community, the church.  Now is the time to respond to God and join a small group!  Most Five Oakers who participate in a small group find that their small group becomes their church family. Joining a small group is one way to model to family and friends that knowing God and being in community are a high priority.  Small groups will also help you maximize the impact of The Gospel Project for your family. Visit the Small Groups Ministry Cart at the Ministry Wall this weekend to find a group that fits your schedule and life stage, or sign-up on our website at fiveoaks.church/small-groups.


Child dedication class October 30
Child dedications are coming up November 19+20. If you are interested in having your child dedicated, please make plans to attend our mandatory child dedication class on October 30 during either services in room 101.   Please email Rhiannon Rutledge, rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org to register for the class or with questions.


Tree House still needs your help!
We need your hands and heart to help us shepherd our many eager kids on the weekends. Openings remain in all grade levels on both Saturdays and Sundays. Please help us make your kids’ weekend experience with The Gospel Project both a blessing and a blast for them, one they’ll want to come back to next week! For more information and/or to share your time and talent, please email Rhiannon Rutledge at rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org. Our needs are:

Nursery, second or fourth weekend
2- and 3-year olds every weekend
3rd grade, first or third weekend 

9:15Nursery, first or fourth weekend
11:00 Nursery, first or third weekend
     2nd grade, every weekend

Subs are also needed in all classrooms!


Pumpkinfest 2k16
Middle and high school students, come out for the greatest PumpkinFest yet! We will be starting with our very own Whirrlyball Tournament at Twin Cities Whirrlyball, then heading to Dave and Buster’s for food and gaming. We will then stop by a park to finish the day with some intensely crazy fun group competitions. This is going to be a fun-filled day of awesomeness. Price, including all fees and lunch is $45. Bring a friend! Space is limited…register now! https://fiveoaks.wufoo.com/forms/pumpkinfest-2k16/.


Cuddle babies and toddlers on Wednesday mornings!
Women’s Ministry needs a lead nursery teacher and assistant teachers for the children’s programming Wed mornings from 9 - 11:45am, during the Women’s Bible study. This program runs from September - May and works with kids from birth - 5 years old. Curriculum, crafts and activities are provided. Please contact Theresa Gulsvig at theresa.gulsvig@gmail.com for more information. 

Save the date for Fall Fun Fest
Remember how much fun you had at last year’s Fall Fun Fest? It’s back and as much fun as ever!! Make sure that Friday, November 4, 6:30-9 pm is on your calendar, and we’ll see you there!


October Book Club: A Meal with Jesus
Do you love to read? Join our Five Oaks book club for a chance to read some great books and partake in thought-provoking discussions! In October we will read A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester. Join us October 11, 6:45 pm, in the Fireside Commons. All are welcome! Questions? Email Dawn Goenner, go.dmge@gmail.com.


Proposed by-law change
We will be voting on a by-law change at the Congregational Meeting on November 20 at 4 pm. This by-law change can be read on the Five Oaks website at fiveoaks.church/governing-board-elders. Copies of it are also available at the Information Center (formerly Guest Services).


New member candidates
Dan & Kaylen Meehan
Derek & Kristin Sellers

In sympathy
Please pray for John and Juli Servatius as they mourn the loss of John’s brother, Bill.