Baptism is a time of celebration in our church family as we praise God for who he is and how he claims us as his children. Join us as we walk with those who are taking this important step in their faith journey this weekend!
What will baptisms look like this weekend? You can expect all three of our regular worship services this weekend: Saturday at 4:30, Sunday at 9 and 11. Pastor Henry will be preaching Part 2 of a topic he started last week, covering what the Bible says about slavery and racist Christians. (Click here to listen to Part 1 in case you missed it last weekend. It's impactful and timely.)
We'll worship with amazing music, and at each service, we'll witness an amazing milestones for Christians, as a few of our church family will share a short version of their faith statement and will be baptized by one of our pastors or directors. We hope you'll join us.
Small group leadership
Are you gifted in leadership or hospitality or just have a huge heart for people? If you’re a member or on the path to becoming a member and are curious to find out more about leading a small group, please click here to email Jonathan Haage. He will share details with you for our leadership class in August. (By the way, being an extravert is not required!)
Airport pick-ups and more
Ever wondered how you can impact China? Hundreds of Chinese students will arrive in the U.S. in a few weeks to begin studying at the U of M. You could be the first to welcome them by picking them up at the airport. Or, you could also help them get settled by provide housing for a few days, attending the welcome picnic, or befriending them. If interested, stop by the ministry cart in the commons to sign up & get more info.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To celebrate your finishing the Passport, we will donate $50 to the charity of your choice!
Ready for school to start?
Probably 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.
Summer’s not over. But let’s party like it is!
Summer programming with Five Oaks Students will wrap up with our final “end” of summer party on July 31, 6-8 pm. We’ll have food, games and general merriment for you and your friends! We will be taking the month of August off for rest, planning, and leadership training, but look forward to our fall kick off on September 4! For more information on getting involved in Student Ministry, please click here to email Henry Michael.
Women’s Ministry: Register now for the August TABLE
Ladies, are you maxed out on soccer tournaments or that baseball carpool? Are you looking for some great conversation and fellowship with other women? Register today for August’s evening TABLE on August 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Take this opportunity to love one another and flourish together in a setting of honesty and a community of joy. We’ll share a meal together and share some guided conversations. Come hungry for God’s truth and discussion with other ladies as we take time to share what God is saying in our lives. All are welcome! Invite your friends to join you for a time of connection! Click here to RSVP.
Join our mission (membership)
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 RSVP by emailing Pam Hawley at email@example.com.
Family Ministry Kickoff Event: You had me at ice cream social
Who: Parents and volunteers of kids in Five Oaks Kids and Five Oaks Students
What: Family Ministry Kickoff Event: Hear more about our NEW Family Discipleship Journey and see a glimpse of our new curriculum from Orange that will be taught to both Five Oaks Kids and Five Oaks Students
When: August 14, 6-8 pm. Ice cream and toppings for the whole family from 6:30-7 pm; childcare for kids ages birth-grade 5 (with a pre-registration in Realm) from 7-8 pm so parents can learn more and ask questions.
We all need a mentor
As growing Christ followers, we all step through seasons of needing someone to mentor us, someone who’s walked the path before us and gained wisdom in facing life’s challenges. We have mentoring programs for both men and women. These programs both run September-May. Interested in applying to be mentored? Please click here to email Jonathan Haage.
Are you heading up north?
Although it would be nice to move to the lake for the summer, most of us must keep our “day job” and put food on the table back home. If you’re in town on the weekends this summer, we’d love your help in Five Oaks Kids! Even just 1-2 weekends will help our team! Please click here to email Kelly Bauman with your availability.
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.