Dear Oak Grove Friends,
Close your eyes. No. Wait. Read this, and then close your eyes. Close your eyes and imagine Oak Grove UMC as a community hub; a place where people come for health clinics and pet clinics and multi-generational hands-on worship, a place where community groups gather.
Close your eyes and imagine a children’s summer program that shares the love of God along with fun and learning. Imagine 50 or more children gathering every weekday reading, doing crafts, playing games, and generally having fun… Imagine seniors coming to Oak Grove once a month for basic health checks with some fellowship too… Imagine a worship experience that has people of all ages working together on crafts and projects related to the scripture passage that will be read during worship…
Imagine the parking lot of Oak Grove UMC full every night of the week with community groups meeting for learning or recreation… Imagine a place where all feel welcome; a place where people find the connection with God and community they’ve been seeking… Close your eyes and imagine ministries that no one has thought of yet…
Can you see it? Can you see how Oak Grove UMC might be able to use our facility to better meet our mission of Reaching out with the love of God to bring people closer to Christ? This is the vision Team Issachar has been working on for the last year.
About a year ago, the leaders of Oak Grove agreed we needed to look forward to how our mission might be carried out as our community grows in the years to come. A committee was nominated and elected to look at our church and our community and make recommendations for moving into the future. This group was named Team Issachar in reference to the tribe of Issachar “who had understanding of the times to know what Israel should do.” (I Chronicles 12:32)
You can read Team Issachar’s recommendations in your stewardship letter. If you haven’t received yours, please let me know. Team Issachar is excited about the future of Oak Grove UMC, and we hope you will catch the vision and join our enthusiasm for ministries yet to come.