Pastor's Blog

  • February 2016: Letter from Pastor Liz

    Acorns from the Grove How can it possibly be Lent (or almost Lent) already? Didn’t we just finish Christmas? Nevertheless, Lent is upon us. It starts with Ash Wednesday on February 10, 2016. Ash Wednesday marks a beginning of a time of self-examination, repentance, and preparation for the celebration of Easter. In the early church, Lent was first practiced as a few days of fasting for those who would be baptized on Easter. Eventually, this time of preparation was lengthened to 40 [...] Read More »

  • January 2016: Letter from Pastor Liz

    Acorns from the Grove He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-4 The best two hours of my week are often the two hours I spend mentoring students at Read More »

  • December 2015: Letter from Pastor Liz

    Acorns from the Grove “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 I love the imagery of the passage above. It is a reference to Abraham welcoming three strangers into his camp; inviting them to stop and rest, offering them a meal, and finding himself in the very presence of God. (Genesis 18: 1 – 15) I like to imagine Abraham flying around making [...] Read More »

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News & Events

  • Noisy Pot February 2016 Benefits Tornado Survivors

    Noisy Pot to Benefit 2015 Christmas Tornado Survivors Sunday, February 14, 2016 Our Noisy Pot collections, known for when the children at Oak Grove pass the cans for change (and checks or folding money), help fund our missions giving. This month’s Noisy Pot collection will go for local tornado relief through the United Methodist Church. 100% of our donations will go directly to help the survivors from the 2015 Christmas Tornados. Please visit this page to learn more about the Christmas [...] Read More »

  • Ashes-to-Go on Ash Wednesday: February 10, 2016

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Church Parking Lot February 10, 2016 is Ash Wednesday. On that day, we are planning the ultimate outreach. We are reaching out beyond our doors to celebrate the beginning of Lent with the community by imposing ashes to neighbors on the way to and from work. From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pastor Liz will be in the parking lot of our church to [...] Read More »

  • Family Messy Church Comes to Oak Grove: February 28, 2016

    Sunday, February 28, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The first Messy Church event was enjoyed by about 25 people of all ages. We had a great time learning about God’s love for us through stories, activities, and experiences. Please join us on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. as we continue the fun and learning. Messy Church is for the whole family, so bring everyone along and plan to stay for a simple [...] Read More »

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John 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.