Thursday Memo

Hi Five Oakers,

There are several things I want to share with you today.

#1 – We’re doing something new this weekend in our Children’s Ministry for 1st - 6th graders and their parents (if they want to participate). Pete Mades, Director from Camp Lebanon, will be presenting at all weekend services.  He'll lead worship, teach a lesson, and share about why camp is so foundational in a child's faith experience.  We'll also have a brochure to pass out, highlighting seven attention-worthy camps in MN and WI. Jeni Carlson (our Director of Family Ministries) has written a great post on the value of going to a Christian camp here.

#2 – Financial Peace University is going strong with 52 individuals involved. Thirty-one folks are working on week 2 of their Story of God reading. Forty guys are registered so far for the big men’s event this weekend. Village Schools of the Bible is running strong with 12 people. And over 70% of our average attendance is in small group. One told me it’s fascinating. This is all foundational stuff.

#3 – Get ready for another great Coffee House videos this weekend. Coffee House will be on Friday night, February 8 (7-8pm) at Five Oaks featuring live acoustic music, specialty coffees (we’ll have two baristas making delicious creations), a movie and bounce house for the kids and more (all for $6 per person; 12 and under is free). Hang out, play board games, enjoy the music. Here’s the original Coffee House video.

#4 – A team of Five Oakers is in Haiti working at and around the orphanage we built and financed in partnership with GVCM. They’re leading VBS, but they’re also helping at the orphanage so that some of the women who are there 24/7 can get a break.

#5 – One of the most powerful services we do every year is our Good Friday service. This year we’re adding another wrinkle to the season leading to Resurrection Sunday. On Wednesday, February 13, we’ll have an early morning service from 6:30-7:15am and an evening Encounter worship service from 7-8:15pm. All this launches the 40 days of repentance and renewal traditionally known as Lent. I think it’s going to be a great day and may be the start of a new tradition for our church family.

#6 – We received this comment from the cards we sent first-time guests:

1/14 Wish there were more options for elementary aged children to make connections rather than just 1x a week.

We are blessed. Let’s be a blessing, Pastor Henry