Weekend of October 28+29

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Two simple, yet impactful ways to bring light and hope

Is Thanksgiving one of the highlights of your year?  Have you ever had to skip your Thanksgiving meal and felt the emptiness?  Five Oaks will again work with the Union Gospel Mission to provide Thanksgiving meal food bags to needy families. Shopping lists for these bags are available at the Ministry Cart in the Commons, October 28 - November 5. Please return filled grocery bags to church by November 12.

Would you like to make a bit more impact with just a little more effort? One option is to meet and greet the people who have the need! You and your family or small group can help register families who will receive the Thanksgiving meal bags at the Union Gospel Mission.  Click here to register.  Questions? Please email impact@fiveoakschurch.org.

Silent auction closes Monday
Your bids in our Five Oaks Students online silent auction will defray the cost of transportation to the EFCA Challenge Conference next July for our high school students. Items such as a cabin getaway, pecussion lessons, and kayaking beckon! Check it out at www.32auctions.com/fiveoaks. Only a few days remain ... your help is transformational to our students! Auction closes 11:45 pm October 30.



Many spots remain for Dorothy Day serving opportunity November 4
For many of us, our days are comfortable, with no worries for when we’ll eat again or where we’ll sleep at night.  This is an opportunity to step outside that comfort zone and serve those whose basic needs for food and shelter aren’t guaranteed from day to day. If you are 13 or older, consider joining us to prepare and serve a meal at the Dorothy Day Center. November 4, 9:30-1:15. Email dorothyday@fiveoakschurch.org to register. You must sign up and get a confirmation for this event.



Orphan Sunday offers hope for vulnerable children
Hundreds of children in the US don’t have a mom or dad to tuck them in at night. These vulnerable children, orphaned at a young age, face challenges many of us don’t even think about. Orphan Sunday, on November 12, is widely commemorated across the US. Join us at our Orphan Sunday info fair, 11 am, at the west end of the Commons. You’ll learn how you can help vulnerable church around the world and right here in the Twin Cities. We’ll have info available on adoption, foster care, transition care, hosting and sponsorship. To RSVP or with questions, please email Juli at orphan@fiveoakschurch.org.



Family PHASE workshop November 19
Parents, you are the most influential people in the lives of your children and students. We are committed to provide you resources, tools and experiences to help you journey together through the various phases your kids will experience. Join us at our Family PHASE Workshop on November 19, 11 am, to explore these phases and resources. Questions? Email Rhiannon, rrutledge@fiveoakschurch.org.



Small groups have room for you
Small groups are one of the best ways to foster community and “do life” in our church. We have small groups for every age, life stage, and day of the week. Those who belong to a small group typically report that the people in their small group are their church family. If you aren’t currently registered for a small group, you may do so by going to www.fiveoaks.church/smallgroups


Fall Story of God classes: registrations in full swing
Learn how the Bible fits together to tell one story & discover a relational approached to spiritual growth. Connect with others in a cohort, and ask tough questions. This class is a six-week series of 1-hour cohort meetings, plus daily reading and homework. Several classes starting this fall. Go to storyofgod.church to learn more & register.



Help our Five Oaks kids be their best
Parents love to hear their kids say, “I can’t wait to see my teacher at church!” It’s no secret that kids learn best and have more fun when they know what to expect.  Having a consistent teacher or helper each week is key! If you would like to help kids of any age fall in love with Jesus, please email Cindy at cyarrington@fiveoakschurch.org. Your time and smile have a huge impact on our kids.



Save the date: annual congregational meeting
Sunday, November 19 is our annual congregational meeting. This short business meeting offers the opportunity for some worship, ministry updates, and for members to vote on the budget. More details to come! Make plans now to join us!



Want to dig deeper into the sermon topic?
Our DailyLife devotions, written by our volunteer team of writers, correlates directly to the Gospel Project and to the sermon from the previous week. Plus these devotions will give you extra insight for your small group discussions. If you don’t currently receive DailyLife in your email inbox, sign up at fiveoaks.church/dailylife or write “DailyLife” and your email on your Communication Card.



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.