Weekend of March 23+24


ROAR VBS: Registration opens next weekend

Summer will come to Minnesota, and when it does, we’ll usher it in with ROAR Vacation Bible School, June 10-13! This weekend, kids will preview the new ROAR VBS in their classrooms in Five Oaks Kids. At ROAR VBS, kids will learn that life is wild, and God is good! Kids will have fun exploring Bible truths, singing songs, using their imagination, playing games, pausing for a snack and making new friends. Registration will open March 31 through Realm.  If you have questions in the meantime, please email Kelly Bauman, kbauman@fiveoakschurch.org, or message Kelly on Realm.

Game Café: That’s next Friday!
March 29, from 6-9 pm: a night of free fun that includes dinner for your family, board games for all ages, inflatables for kids, our Five Oaks trivia contest, and so much more. Come early –stay late – and plan on a night of fellowship with your Five Oaks church family. If you’re willing, we could still use some help toward the end of the evening, including clean-up. Click here to jump in and bless the planners of this event. BONUS: Want to win a family movie night at AMC? Post a photo of you and your people at Game Café on Facebook. Tag us (@fiveoakschurch) in your post, and include the hashtag #fiveoaksgamecafe. Wear your fun pants!



How to read the Bible series (Journeymen)
One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is the ability to read and understand the Bible. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Men, come learn how to read the Bible for all it’s worth, and learn how to help others do the same. The series starts on March 30.  To register for this series, email Jonathan Haage, jhaage@fiveoakschurch.org.




Does Easter come and go too quickly?
Be intentional about taking time to prepare your heart for Easter. Join us at our Lent services as we take a closer look at Jesus’ journey to the cross. We’ll look at Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Jesus and dive into six questions that Jesus asked during his ministry. Join us for Lent services on Thursday mornings, now through April 11 at 6:30 am. Coffee and Lent journals provided! Connect online if you can’t make it!



Good Friday and Easter at Five Oaks: reaching the unreached
Join us for our Good Friday services on Friday, April 19, at 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Our Easter services will be on Saturday, April 20 at 4:30 pm, and Sunday, April 21 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11 am. Good Friday and Easter are both great opportunities to reach out to new neighbors or others you know who are either not connected or who are unreached. That person in your life may be waiting for someone to invite them to church, as searching for a church home is a daunting process. And major holidays can feel even more isolating without a faith foundation. Take that first step of outreach this Lent season!


Is my event canceled? Check Realm!
We have an easy way to stay up-to-date on all things Five Oaks: our online communication tool, called Realm.  Realm is where you’ll find the Five Oaks master calendar, set up online giving, find out if the latest storm has forced us to cancel, register for any church event, and more.  If you aren’t connected on Realm yet, please click here to request an email invite to register.  Once registered, you can use Realm online or download the Realm Connect app on your mobile device.  You’ll also be able to manage your own privacy and communication settings to tailor Realm to best serve your needs.



What if you couldn’t read God’s word?
Did you know that about 2 billion people – 6 times the population of the U.S. – are either blind, illiterate, or have no written language? A partnership between Bibles for Missions Thrift Stores and Talking Bibles provides audio Bibles to these people in their own language. More info at the ministry cart in the Commons after services on March 30/31. Bring all your questions to ask at the ministry cart!


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, March 31, after the second service. Please email Kelsey Vang, kvang@fiveoakschurch.org, to RSVP.


Check out our student ministry!
Do you want to connect with other middle and high school students?  Each week on Wednesday nights, 6th-12th graders gather for food, worship, games, teaching from the Bible, and small groups. Not only do students get a chance to hang out with each other, but also our amazing leaders are passionate about growing alongside students. 6-8 pm each Wednesday. Questions? Email Henry Michael at henrymw@fiveoakschurch.org.


Middle schoolers: A don’t-miss tradition is calling you
Middle schoolers! District Blitz, April 12-14, is coming up fast: a road trip to Duluth, inspiring & energetic speakers, worship, hang time with friends and leaders, and great discussions. Space is limited & early registration ends March 27. Register on Realm. Questions? Email Henry Michael at henrymw@fiveoakschurch.org.




Five Oaks book club
Do you love to read? Join us at our book club to discuss our monthly reading choice and meet others from church who also love a good book.
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. Please message Carie Jorgenson on Realm to find out what our upcoming titles will be and to ask any questions about joining us!




Community News


Are you serving or parenting children with trauma history? 

Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo is hosting the Empowered to Connect Conference simulcast on April 5+6 for anyone serving (or parenting) children with a trauma history.  ETC features Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods that help bring attachment and connection in families. During the simulcast you will be able to interact with ETC personnel at the live conference in Fort Worth, TX, via an app. Cost: $25 per person, $40 per couple. Qualifies for training required by adoption and foster agencies. For more information, click here.   To register, click here



Beyond Birds & Bees: Communicating your values to raise sexually healthy children
Are you ready for questions from your children about when they can start dating, what’s happening to their bodies, and for that matter, what is sex? Beyond Birds & Bees is designed to help parents identify, understand, and communicate their own family values about sex to their children. This program focuses on understanding the parents’ desire for their children to live out their faith. Sponsored by Woodbury Lutheran Church, April 6. Parents of children ages 2-5: 9:30-11:30 am; Parents of children grades 1-5: 12:30-2:30 pm; parents of children grades 6-9: 3-5 pm.  For program info, contact schubben@woodburylutheran.org