Weekend of March 25+26

Join us this Easter. Bring your neighbors.

With Easter just a few weeks away, now is the time to wrangle those neighbors and co-workers, the ones you've wanted to invite to join you at church but for whatever reason have not done so yet. Easter is one of those holidays that resonates with people who may not attend church at other times of the year. They are more likely to attend on a major holiday if invited by someone they already know.

As you make plans with family and friends for Easter, please RSVP for the church service at Five Oaks you plan to attend. Your RSVP will help us plan for seating, parking lot space, volunteers, even coffee. Click here to RSVP -- it's a simple process.

Our service times are:
Good Friday: Friday, April 14 5:30 & 7:00 pm
Easter Services:  Saturday, April 15 4:30 pm  
Sunday, April 16 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 am

Children’s programing is available at all Good Friday services for nursery through kindergarten.  Programing is available at all Easter services for nursery through grade 5.

Impact prayer meeting March 26 — that’s this weekend!
Please join us to pray for our 14 missionary families! –March 26 at 10:15 am in Room 105. Refreshments will be served.

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.


Game café: We’d love your help.
Game Café is right around the corner on March 31… and we need your help to make this event a blast! Some of our volunteer needs include: LOANING us your board games and/or puzzles, donating some cookies or bars, helping with set-up and/or tear-down, popping popcorn, supervising the inflatables, etc.  If you can spare a square of your time and talent, please click here.   Questions? Email Pam Hawley, phawley@fiveoakschurch.org. Games may be labeled and dropped off at church.


Haiti Info Meeting
Is God calling you to love the orphans of Haiti?  Impact Ministries is sending a team to serve and teach at the All God’s Children Orphanage, outside of Mirebalais, Haiti, from June 24 – July 1, 2017.  Please plan to attend our Haiti Mission Informational Meeting on April 9, 12:15 pm, Room 105, directly after services.  Discover how you too can be part of the Great Commission.  For further information, email haiti@fiveoakschurch.org.


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 now open
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 and our Connections Director, Jennifer Clemens, will reach out to you with more information.


Lent Prayer Services on Thursday mornings
The Lent season naturally invites us to reflect on our relationship with Jesus as we prepare our hearts for Easter. Our Lent Prayer Services ,Thursdays from 6:30-7:10 am, through April 6, provide you the chance to look at the 7 final statements of Jesus and at 7 prophecies from Isaiah fulfilled in Jesus. Too early, you say? The coffee is free, and the worship is meaningful. Join us.


Rooted Women: Sign up for fitness classes at Five Oaks
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. Six classes for $27 if paid in full ahead.  $5 for drop-ins.  Please RSVP to Cristi Hovig,  cristilhoving@gmail.com, or call 612-987-3133.


Five Oaks book club
When:  Second Tuesday of every month
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.


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 send cash or check at youth group. Questions? Please email 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 two 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.


Overeaters Anonymous/H.O.W. 
Our church hosts an ongoing OA/H.O.W. group on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This meeting is always open to new members looking to free themselves from the burden of compulsive overeating.


Baby news!
Congratulations to Justin and Katie Talk, proud parents of baby Cole Howard, who was born on March 8. Cole weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long. Both Katie and Cole are doing well.


New member candidates
Scott Halverson
Elizabeth Halverson
Timothy Ayoade



Community News

Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers’ support group
Are you living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another type of memory loss?  You are not alone. Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. All types of dementias take a devastating toll on both patients and their caregivers.

This support group is for those who are in need of emotional, educational, and social support for their role as caregiver. We also feature learning opportunities for developing methods and skill to solve problems that surround caregiving.  This is a safe and confidential environment.  When: second Tuesday of every month, 3:30-4:30 pm. Where: Red Rock Senior Living of Woodbury  More info or to RSVP: email Therese Buckley, tbuckle2@fairview.org.