Weekend of March 11+12

Easter serve: be blessed by your blessing

We know that taking that first step to find a serving niche can feel like a big step. To that end, we have several simple, ONE-TIME serve opportunities this Easter.  This is a great chance to “test drive” a serving role to find a solid match.  We have opportunities in many areas around our church — both visible and behind-the-scenes roles over the Easter weekend. Look for the Easter Serve brochure with the Worship Guide this weekend, or find one at the Ministry Cart in the Commons.  You can fill that out and drop it in an offering box. We’ll then contact you. Questions? Contact our Connections Director, Jennifer Clemens, at jclemens@fiveoakschurch.org.

Arrive Ministries refugee info meeting this weekend
Representatives from Arrive Ministries will provide information on opportunities to minister to refugees and answer questions. March 12 after the 11 AM service in Room 101. Lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there. Questions? Email impact@fiveoakschurch.org.


New to Five Oaks? Join our Discovery Seminar March 12
We’re all pretty good at self-sabotage. It’s no different when it comes to our own spiritual growth. That’s why we have the Discovery Seminar. We look at three dumb things smart people do to sabotage their own spiritual growth, and what you can do instead. We offer it every month because it’s part of offering a clear pathway to connecting, growing, and making a difference with us—10-Minute Connect, Discovery, and Story of God. The second half of the Discovery Seminar is an opportunity for you to ask questions about Five Oaks. This is for new folks like you. Our next class is March 12, 11 am - 12:15 pm, room 101. 


Game Café!  March 31! Start moving your pawns now!
It’s back & it’s better than ever! The Five Oaks FUN Team presents the 3rd annual Game Café on Friday, March 31 from 6-9pm. Supper, Snacks, Board games galore, BINGO, Puzzlemania, and NEW this year – Team Trivia Challenge! Bring a team or form one once you get here. Try to beat Pastor Henry in a game of Catan, or watch him challenge Pastor John on the inflatable obstacle course! Better yet, go up against them yourself! So bring your family, friends and neighbors, and join us for a fantastic, FREE, fun Friday night!  

P.S. We need your help to pull this off! – Lend some games or puzzles, donate some cookies or bars,  and especially help out and volunteer for a bit – with set up, clean up, popping popcorn, or supervising inflatables. Ask you friends or small group to join you. Just click here to lend a hand!


Family dedication class
Family dedications are right around the corner -- April 22 & 23. If you are interested in having a child dedicated, join us in room 101 on April 2, 9:15-10:15, for our Family Dedication Milestone class. Please RSVP or send questions to Rhiannon Rutledge, rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org. Or, please write ‘family dedication class’ and your email on your Communication Card.


Registration for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School opened February 25!
Hey kids! Join us and become hands-on inventors to discover that we were created by God and built for a purpose.  Each day we will have fun exploring Bible truths, worship with catchy tunes, use our imagination, eat yummy snacks, and make new friends. 
June 19-23, 9:15 am — 12 pm. VBS is open to children 3 years old by 9/1/2016 and potty trained, thru 4th grade completed.
Cost: One child = $45;  two children = $90; family max (3 or more) = $100 (Family max is for your "family unit" only and does not include friends or relatives you invite.)
Parents and other fun adults, we also need you! It takes 125 volunteers to make VBS fantastic!  Children and volunteers can register at www.fiveoaks.church.  For questions, contact Cindy Yarrington, cyarrington@fiveoakschurch.org.


Our Concierge Team needs you!
Do you give directions to someone that is lost? Do you love to know you made someone’s day easier? Do you like to treat someone to a free coffee? If you answered “yes” to EVEN ONE of these questions, we have a fun opportunity for you! We need to talk to YOU about joining the Concierge Team for the weekend services. All you need is your friendly face; we will equip you to make a difference for newcomers at Five Oaks. Don’t overthink it; you can do this! Just write “Connections” on your Communication Card this weekend at church, or email our Connections Director, Jennifer Clemens, at jclemens@fiveoakschurch.org.


Lent Prayer Services on Thursday mornings
Easter is best celebrated when we take time to prepare our hearts through prayer and reflection. Take this opportunity to add something meaningful into your Lent preparation by joining us for Lent prayer services, Thursdays, 6:30-7:10 am, through April 13. Here you will sweeten your prayer life and weave a richer understanding of how the story of Easter unfolds. This Lent season we will look at the 7 final statements of Jesus and at 7 prophecies from Isaiah fulfilled in Jesus. 


Rooted Women: Fitness classes at Five Oaks
A new session of fitness classes began at Five Oaks on March 6! We know that finding stillness in God’s presence can be a challenge.  We use deep devotions, deep breathing, and yoga poses to quiet not only our body and mind, but also our spirit.  These efforts all aim at making a deeper connection with God during our individual quiet time. Mondays, March 6-April 10; 10-11:15 am.  Room 101.  $5 for drop-ins.  Please RSVP to Cristi Hovig,  cristilhoving@gmail.com, or call 612-987-3133.


Five Oaks book club meets this week
When:  Second Tuesday of every month (next meetings March 14)
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. In March we are reading “Renegade” and “Rise” byRachael Starr Thomson, both from the Oneness Series. 


Tree house PJ party for 2’s and 3’s
Hey, kids in the 2’s and 3’s classes: make plans now to come to Five Oaks for a Jammie Party! Bring your parent or guardian, and they can wear their jammies, too! Save the date -- the fun will run from 6 to 7 pm on Friday, March 17. More details to come. Questions? Email Rhiannon Rutledge, rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org.


Students: Register now for District Blitz!
Students: sign up now for District Blitz. You’ll hear great speakers, breakout sessions, a serving opportunity, and the fun of Duluth! April 21-23. Cost: $140 before April 7; $155 after. Click here to register online, or cash or check at youth group. Questions? students@fiveoakschurch.org.


Story of God class offerings expanded
From this class, you will learn how the Bible fits together, read it with greater understanding, and take your faith deeper. Great for beginning and experienced Bible readers. We have three new groups starting over the next couple of months. Each class is 6 weeks long. Start dates, days and times follow:

April 2 (Sundays at 9am)
April 6 (Thursdays at 7pm)
Groups are limited in size. Click here to register.


Students: Join us on Wednesdays
Five Oaks Student Ministry meets on Wednesdays from 6 – 8 pm for both middle and high school students. Our youth café is open selling dinner, snacks, and drinks. Students will have time to hang out, worship, hear a message, then spend time in discussion groups. Come check out what Wednesday night is all about! Questions? Please email students@fiveoakschurch.org.