Stop and look around you
There’s someone who needs you to see them. This September we are launching Orange curriculum in Five Oaks Kids, and with that some great strategies to help volunteers connect with kids. We want you to have fun bringing the Story of God to life while impacting a child who needs to know you.
Each weekend during the school year, we need at least 45 people in Five Oaks Kids, so we have a lot of opportunities to serve. We can help you find the right fit if you have a heart for children. This weekend during services, you'll receive a Fall Kids Serve card that outlines many of our available opportunities, both in and out of the classrooms. You'll have the chance to fill out the Fall Serve card and drop it in the offering box on your way out of services. If you have questions you’d like answered first, please click here to email Kelly Bauman. You also may message Kelly on Realm.
Membership class this Sunday
Membership is important at Five Oaks. It’s a way of saying, “I want to be part of the mission of this local church.” If you have a personal relationship with Christ and have completed Story of God (the class or in your small group), make plans to come to the next membership class on August 11, 9 am, in room 102. Please click here to register in Realm for this class.
Family Ministry Kickoff Event: Calling all parents and volunteers
To help you prepare for what’s ahead this year in Five Oaks Kids and Five Oaks Students, join us for our Family Ministry Kickoff Event on August 14, 6:30-8 pm. We’ll share details of our NEW Parenting Discipleship Journey and a glimpse of our new curriculum from Orange. Ice cream social for all from 6:30 to 7. Childcare provided for kids ages birth-grade 5, but PRE-REGISTRATION is needed in Realm. (Click here to register in Realm.) We do not have planned activities for middle or high school students that evening, but they may attend with parents or register in Realm to help with childcare. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use your gifts of editing and writing
Sometimes a creative word or a keen eye for detail can be powerfully used to engage our church in Scripture. Our DailyLife team writes, edits, and produces a daily devotional, all from gifted volunteers. Please consider using your gifts to help contribute to hundreds of people engaging in Scripture daily. Please click here to email Jonathan Haage for more information.
Story of God classes start in September
One person said of our Story of God course: “It gives me a better understanding of what my purpose here on earth is.” The Story of God helps us see the one story the Bible is telling and gives us a framework which helps us understand more of the Bible as we read it. Come join this rich experience, which is only 6 weeks long. Click here to register for an upcoming Story of God class.
Please pray for our Haiti team
Nine Five Oakers leave this weekend for Fedja, Haiti, August 10-17, to teach, disciple, encourage, evangelize, and develop new relationships as we partner with Global Vision Citadelle Ministries. Please pray that God would accomplish his purposes through Timothy Ayoade, Dan Gangi, Kevin Johnson, Nancy Petersen, Ron & Lesley Schlegel, Rebecca Schoenheider, Julie Walton, & Mindy Wissink.
Do you love your serve role?
What are the top 4 reasons our Connections volunteers say they love their role? 1. Getting to know people at church 2. Serving as a family, a couple or as an individual 3. Easy commitment! Volunteering when you already attend a service 4. Helping people have the very best experience at church. If you’d like to experience these things, click here to email Pam Hawley, or you may message Pam in Realm.
How do your gifts fit with FO Students?
Already missing youth group? We have lots to look forward to starting September 4! Not only are we changing our Wednesday night format, but also we’re looking for leaders and volunteers! Anything from set up/take down, serving meals, or even leading small groups on a weekly basis, we can use your gifts. To get involved or ask questions, please click here to email Henry Michael, or message him on Realm.
2 ready -- 2 set -- 1 go: Finished your Passport yet?
Our Impact team challenged our church body to complete several Impact projects -- 2 Ready, 2 Set, and 1 Go opportunity – by the end of 2019. Your engagement in these activities impacts the people you serve and grows you as a believer. Finished your Passport yet? If so, please email email@example.com. To celebrate your finishing the Passport, we will donate $50 to the charity of your choice!
Ready for school to start?
Maybe not. But soon you’ll start buying school supplies to help your child prepare for the new school year. We want to help YOU feel prepared for the new school year by giving you some back-to-school resources that will make the transition feel smoother, and help you continue to deepen your relationship with your child. Come visit us at the Family Resource Center to check out these free resources.
18+: Parenting your emerging adult
During the first 936 weeks of your child’s life, you were the primary influencer in their life. Now their independence makes you happy, sometimes sad – and often confused. What are your new boundaries with advice and help? What if you don’t like their choices? How do family celebrations look now….? Stop by our Family Resource Center to check out two new resources we are featuring: “18 Plus” and “Doing Life with Your Adult Children.” Both books are filled with helpful tips for navigating your journey as you experience changes in your relationship and changes in your role as a parent.
Five Oaks Family News
Support for the Nourse Family
Sarena Nourse, a Five Oaks member, was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Their small group has made prayer bracelets as a fundraiser to support Sarena's medical expenses and the living expenses for her, her husband Nathan, and their three children. If you would like to have a physical reminder to pray for Sarena and financially support them by purchasing a prayer bracelet, please click on this link and follow the directions.
Please join us as we pray for Henry and Lois Williams, Henry Michael and Holly Williams, and Aaron and Leah Williams, as they mourn the loss of Henry’s mom, Blanca Fabre. Blanca was also a Five Oaks member for many years.
Helping teens in Inver Grove Heights
How would you like to help students in a nearby community who don’t have enough essentials to feel comfortable this summer? The Inver Grove Heights School District is collecting items for their clothing closet. They are most in need of gently used clothing, feminine products, nonperishable food items, and reusable bags that are not see-through. If you have some of these kinds of items, please contact Five Oaker Abby McHenry at 651-724-3907, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She would be happy to arrange to pick up your donations at Five Oaks.