Weekend of September 30 + October 1

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10 reasons your time and care as a mentor are invaluable

Andrew* came a long way in 3rd grade at Woodbury Elementary with lots of support. For him, meeting with his Kids Hope mentor is a time when he doesn't have to be "on." He can snarl and cry, or get angry, and not have to do it in front of the other kids and be embarrassed. It gives him an outlet for his frustration. His mentor learned that it helped Andrew to give him immediate rewards, so, for example, he'd help Andrew with spelling by having him spell one word and then Andrew would get to shoot a basket. That helped Andrew to be successful.

Andrew's mentor gave Andrew the gift of one hour each week. He was paired with Andrew through Kids Hope USA,  a mentoring program in which Five Oaks partners with Woodbury Elementary to match mentors with students who aren't receiving everything they need emotionally, socially, and academically in the classroom and/or at home.

If you are interested in more info, please either visit the Ministry Cart in the Commons this weekend to pick up an application, or email KHUSA@fiveoakschurch.org.

So what are those 10 reasons you should get involved? Woodbury Elementary currently has at least 10 kids on their KHUSA waiting list. Your gift of one hour each week will have a direct and lasting impact on a child right here in Woodbury.

*Andrew's name was changed to protect his privacy.

Are you serving?
Serving is just one way to show God’s love to those around you. The best kind of serving role is one that energizes you, as then the light of Christ in you is contagious to those being served. We have several serving areas here at Five Oaks that would benefit from your help: behind the scenes roles, meet-and-greet type roles, teaching roles, music roles, even artistry roles. Check out the Serve brochure accompanying today’s Worship Guide to learn more. You may also get more info at the Ministry Carts in the Commons, or email our Connections Director, Jennifer Clemens, at jclemens@fiveoakschurch.org.


Are you new to Five Oaks?
At Explore Five Oaks you’ll learn who we are as a church and what we believe. This class also offers a chance for you to ask any questions you have about Five Oaks and connect with others who are new to Five Oaks. October 15, 11 am, room 101. A pizza lunch and time with staff is offered afterward.  Questions? Please email Martha, myoung@fiveoakschurch.org. You may register at fiveoaks.church/explore.



A “big” church can become church family through your small group
As a church, we see that God designed us to do life together. And the best way to do that is through our small groups. We have groups meeting every day of the week, in every stage of life, as well as men’s groups and women’s groups. Many who participate in small groups find that their small group becomes their church family. To learn more and find a small group that fits with your schedule and stage of life, visit the Ministry Cart in the Commons this weekend. You can also access more info at www.fiveoaks.church/smallgroups.


Are you a lighting guy? A sound gal?
Our Worship Arts Team is looking for more volunteers in their tech roles. Help us present our weekend worship services so the sermon and music are as worshipful as possible. Several types of positions available. We’ll train you for your chosen role, after which a volunteer or staff person will sit with you until you’re ready. More info available at the Ministry Cart this weekend. You may also email Harold Ennulat, hennulat@fiveoakschurch.org, with questions.



Story of God: fall class 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.



These two classes offer answers to big questions
Dedication & baptism are two important milestones in our faith journey. You or your child may have questions about these two milestones that you’ve not found good answers to in the past, or you may simply want to help your child or student learn more about what baptism means. Please join us at our dedication class on October 8 at 9 am to learn how the church will come alongside you and your child through dedication. Our baptism class, on October 15 at 9 am for kids and 11 am for adults, will help answer questions about the what, why and how of baptism. Please note that attending ether class does not mean you are committed to being baptized or having your child dedicated at a specific time.  Please email Cindy Yarrington, cyarrington@fiveoakschurch.org, for more info or to RSVP for either class.


The Retreat needs your help
We are still looking for help in the Retreat, our ministry for differently-abled children in our church family. This ministry blesses many children in our church with different physical and learning challenges, and it blesses their parents by allowing them to worship each week with great peace of mind. If you are able to volunteer even once each month at our 9 am service, please contact Laura at retreat@fiveoakschurch.org.



Are you a pro golfer? An amazing chef?
This October in Five Oaks Students we are holding our Student Challenge Silent Auction. At the Challenge Conference students will get the opportunity to learn and hear from amazing speakers, worship with talented worship artists, hang out with each other and their leader, serve the community, and spend time learning about and connecting with Jesus. In order to make this trip happen, we hold the Student Challenge Silent Auction. This year we are seeking donations for the auction. These donations can include stays at cabins, sport team tickets, hotel stays, auto/home repairs, unique experiences like fishing, activities for families, electronics, etc. We would also like to partner with our local Five Oaks businesses to include in the silent auction. If you have an item you would like to donate please email Martha at myoung@fiveoakschurch.org. We appreciate your support!


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!


Calling all cagers, young and old
Hey basketball players, don’t you wish you had a place to play a quick pick-up game now and again? No pressure, no ice packs, no torn ACL’s? Join our men’s pick-up basketball crew and start reliving your “cager” days! Men, ages 16 and older, are welcome to join us in the Five Oaks gym. Thursday nights starting October 5 through the school year, 6:30-8:30 pm. Questions? Email Mike at dqigh@yahoo.com



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.


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.


Sign up to receive DailyLife emails
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.