Jingle Jam: This Christmas party makes sense
Filled with games, skits, songs and more … Jingle Jam will help your family and friends experience the fun and meaning of the Christmas story using all of your senses. This high-energy event will capture the attention of young and old, and will jumpstart some meaningful conversation for your family about the miracle of Christmas. Mark your calendar and invite your neighbors and friends to this FREE event on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. Although it's free, space is limited, so please reserve your spots by clicking here.
Juniors & seniors’ kick-off party this Sunday
Junior & senior students are invited over to Henry Michael & Holly’s house for a small group kick-off party on December 2. Football, food, and fun! Join us for the Vikings game at 3:30 or come for food at 6! The party goes ‘til 8, and all 11th and 12th grade students are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend to learn what this small group is all about! Message Henry Michael on Realm if you would like to join us last-minute!
Loving your city: The Giving Tree
Many families in this area are unable to buy Christmas gifts for their kids. Once again, we’re teaming with Kids Hope USA to help bridge that gap for kids at Woodbury Elementary. How can you help? Stop by the Kids Hope Giving Tree at the ministry cart in the Commons to pick up a gift tag. Return wrapped gifts with their tags to church by December 16. Other ways to serve these kids are also available at the ministry cart.
Family Advent services start this weekend
Feeling pulled in too many directions during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Our Family Advent Services, which take place on Sunday afternoons in December, are one holiday tradition that will help you savor the moments. Make meaningful Christmas memories as we prepare our hearts to remember the reason for the season. We’ll gather for a short time in the Worship Center, and then move to the Commons for some interactive family stations. Hope you can join us! Sundays, December 2, 9, & 16, 4:30 pm. This is a great invite opportunity for your neighbors and classmates!
Christmas is coming!
Christmas is such a wonderful and special time! It’s also a time when we could use a few extra subs in Children’s Ministry. If you are willing to possibly be added to the sub list, or you have questions as to what serving in Children’s Ministry looks like and how you could help, please write “Subbing in Children’s Ministry” on your communion card or email Kelly Bauman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask Pastor Henry all your questions
If you’re new here, you may wonder how best to get connected. We have a simple first step, called Pizza with the Pastor. This one-hour lunch with Pastor Henry will allow you to ask any questions about Five Oaks and get you started connecting with others. FREE childcare and a FREE pizza and salad lunch. Sunday, December 9, after the second service. Email Kelsey Vang, email@example.com, to register.
Two ways to connect with Women’s Ministry
The holiday can feel hectic, but we have two ways to take a breath and connect with others. Our TABLE events, December 4 (evening) or December 5 (morning) offer a meal and conversation. Come hungry for conversation and God’s Word as we share with other Rooted Women what God is saying in your life. A great invite opportunity for neighbors and friends! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Or, join us for Christmas Around the World, an evening of fellowship and a glimpse of other cultures’ Christmas traditions. This is a free event that will include snacks Christmas treats, and some shared info on how other cultures’ Christmas traditions point to Jesus. Also a great invite opportunity for neighbors and friends! December 13, 6-9 pm at Five Oaks. To register, click here.
Serve on our most “visible” team
You can serve in a more behind-the-scenes role that is very “visible” in our church. Each week our White Glove team does some light cleaning before the services to remove fingerprints, empty trash, wipe mirrors, etc. This team has openings for our Sunday 11:00 services. We also have additional needs for the Usher team on Sundays at 11. Please email Jennifer Clemens, email@example.com, with questions or to talk about serving.
Are you a Saturday regular at Five Oaks?
Our Saturday services have a more relaxed vibe, so it’s a comfortable way to ease into serving on the weekends. We have openings for ushers, greeters and Acorn Café on each Saturday of the month. In most cases, you can serve and still attend the Saturday service. For more info, please write “Saturday SERVE” on your communication card.
What would Christmas be like if your mom or dad were in prison?
Children with a parent in prison grow up wondering if their mom or dad still loves them. Through Angel Tree you can be the one to show them they do! Angel Tree connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts and the Gospel. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Realm app helps us connect with each other
Our goal is to be a church where you can get connected, and we have tools to help you do just that. One of those tools is an online communication app called Realm. Realm is one single platform you can use to get connected to all things Five Oaks. We’ve been working with Realm to help make this experience even better and have some great new updates to share with you. If you are new to Five Oaks or have Realm questions, please email Pam Hawley at email@example.com to get a Realm invite or answers to your questions.
Will your grandchildren visit you over the holidays?
Hey grandparents! If you plan to bring grandkids or other young visitors to Five Oaks during their visit, you can help us make their visit easier by pre-registering your grandkids in our system well ahead of their arrival. Please stop by the Welcome Center anytime to get them pre-registered. It will only take a few minutes now and will help speed up your arrival during their visit!
Christmas Eve worship at Five Oaks
Join us for Christmas Eve worship at Five Oaks. Our services times are:
December 23 4 pm
December 24 1 pm
Please note that we will not have our usual weekend services on December 22 + 23. This weekend, you will see RSVP tickets available in the Commons just outside the main Worship Center doors. We ask that once you know which Christmas Eve service you will attend, please take the number of tickets for the people in your family who will attend with you. (Don’t forget to include out-of-town visitors!) These tickets are simply a tool to help us gauge how full each of our Christmas Eve services will be. They are not required for admission to the service, but instead will help us plan accordingly for each service.
Amazon shopping benefits Five Oaks Students
Do you have some holiday shopping to do? Any purchases made on Amazon can benefit our youth group when you set up ‘Five Oaks Community Church’ as your brand partner on your Amazon account. Visit smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1648937 to get set up and start shopping! Our Student Ministry thanks you!