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Hello! I am Don Kirsch. Feel free to email me at pastor@oakgroveunitedmethodist.org.

Welcome Interim Pastor Don Kirsch: September 2017

Welcome to the New Pastor of Oak Grove UMC! Rev. Don Kirsch will begin serving at Oak Grove UMC at interim pastor starting in September. Don and his high school sweetheart, Anita married in 1967 and the same year he enlisted in the US Air Force. Twenty six years later, Don retired from the Air Force and answered God’s call to pastoral ministry. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1996 and served United Methodist churches along Florida’s northern ... Read More »

From the Pastor: July 31, 2017

I wanted to take a moment to share some news with you. Recently, God has been doing some new things in my personal life. The worship series I have presented in the month of July has really been a personal journey. It has made real for me God’s presence in all we do. Recently, God has chosen to present another ministry opportunity to me. I was offered a full-time position as a Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator at New Century Hospice in Denton. After ... Read More »

Pastor Donna Vacation: June 19-25, 2017

Pastor’s Vacation June 19-25, 2017 Pastor Donna will be on vacation from June 19-25, 2017. In case of pastoral emergency, contact Rev. Buster Noah by phone at 972-571-8232. On June 25, 2017, we will have a wonderful guest pastor, Rev. Joe Zinser. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. He has served for 15 years as senior pastor in small rural churches as well as large inner-city churches. Read More »

Annual Conference 2017

We have completed another Annual Conference. It was a wonderful and blessed time of worship, conference business and inspiration. Every time I attend I plan to take pictures and write notes each day but I always get wrapped up in the moment and forget. my paper remains blank, my pen hanging lifeless in the air. Then the moment is past and I come back to reality and realize I forgot to record anything.  Conference began on Sunday with opening worship. Now ... Read More »

A Name, A Study

This summer, at the church, I will be leading a lesson/devotional based on the book 100 Names of God by Christopher Hudson. I have wanted to do this study for a while now. I have lived with what I feel is a very normal name, but I have discovered, when I use my full name, people have a very, very difficult time with it. Sometimes that is a blessing – especially when it is someone trying to sell me something ... Read More »

Lent Study – 5

Believe This week’s focus is on the baptismal questions: Let us join together in professing the Christian faith, as contained in the Old and New Testaments. Do you entrust your life to God the Father?… Do you entrust your life to Jesus Christ?… Do you entrust your life to the Holy Spirit?The questions are found on page 34 of the United Methodist Hymnal (UMH). For this week, there is one verb (believe) and three main objects of our belief (Father, Son, Holy ... Read More »

Holy Week

Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) – April 9 The Sunday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins the series of observances focusing on the events of Holy Week. This Sunday is also often referred to as Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the passion or suffering of Jesus leading to and including the crucifixion.Our worship service is at 10 am. The children will lead the palm processional and there will be special music from ... Read More »

Lent Study – 3

Lent 3 – Confess This week’s focus is on the third and fifth baptismal question: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as Lord in union with the church which he has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races?” and “By the grace given you, will you remain faithful members of Christ’s holy church and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world?” The questions are found on ... Read More »

Lent Study – 4

Nurture This week’s focus is on the third and fifth baptismal question: Will you nurture these children/persons in Christ’s holy Church, that by your teaching and example they may be guided to accept God’s grace for themselves, to profess their faith openly, and to lead a Christian life?… Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care? The questions are found on page 34 of the United Methodist Hymnal (UMH). For this ... Read More »

Lent Study -2

Week 2 – Accept This week’s focus is on the second baptismal question: “Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?”This question is found on page 34 of the United Methodist Hymnal (UMH). For this week, there are two verbs to focus on accept and resist. Let’s begin again with a definition (www.dictionary.com) Accept –  to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor Resist – to withstand, strive against, or oppose Take a moment to think about times you use these words in your everyday ... Read More »

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.