Oakbrook Community News
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Mulch Madness—March 24

Meet at the church at 9:30am on Saturday, March 24 for a great opportunity to spread mulch and beautify the property. David Craig will host a cookout afterwards.  Details will follow. Please bring wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, a joyful spirit, and a lot of energy!

Children’s Easter Eggstravaganza! —April 1

Easter Sunday (April 1) we will be holding our annual Easter Egg Hunt for both Acorns and TreeHouse!  Please have your kids bring baskets or bags to church that day!  We are in need of some volunteers for this fun event: a small team to hide the eggs before the service and another team to help clean up after.  Additionally, we are looking for small groups to volunteer to stuff some of our eggs.  Please contact
Nicole Grewell if you can help!
Chesapeake Bay Shell Washing—April 5-6
Oakbrook Stewards of Creation will hold its Chesapeake Bay shell-washing event April 5-6. If you are interested, please contact Karin Slawinski


Tapestry River Walk–April 7
In the spirit of Natalie and Paul McCall’s “Bod for God” class and Danita Rayhbuck’s “Move it or Lose it” motivational talk at our last meeting, Tapestry is sponsoring a 4 mile “River Walk”. The walk will take place in the historic area of Glen Echo and Cabin John, Maryland, along the Potomac River and C&O Canal on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. We will meet in the parking lot of Glen Echo Park at 10:30 a.m. and start the walk at 11:00 a.m. We will pass many historic points of interest and the walk takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. We will stop ¾ of the way through, at one of the local eateries in Cabin John for lunch. Bring your water bottle and walking shoes and money for lunch if you want to stop. Please rsvp to Jenny Hoppel or Lesley Whitney if you plan on attending. The Rain Date will be April 21st.
Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center Service Day–Saturday, April 21
We will be going to the CHPC on Saturday April 21st at 8:00 for our annual service day.  This year they would like us to focus on removing some carpet from a room and painting two interior rooms.  We will be meeting at the church at 8:00am and will return at 3:00pm. A BBQ lunch will be provided.  If you are interested in joining us please contact Nick Giancola.
Missionaries of Charity — April 12, 2018 Event
The sisters of the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Theresa’s order) have a facility in Washington DC, a home they call Gift of Peace.  At this home they care for patients who have special needs, individuals who would otherwise receive little to no care.
Karis (Kindness And Relief In Society) has the opportunity to serve the sisters and the patients by tending to the gardens, plants and grounds that surround their facility.  The event includes a picnic lunch for the patients and for the volunteers who participate.  We have performed this service yearly over the past 15 years. 
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone able to provide a simple act of kind service. It is excellent for students who require service hours, as well as for those who enjoy flowers and love to garden.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 from 9:00am to after lunch (usually around 1:00pm).  For more information or to volunteer contact Bill Beckerat 703-683-5355 Ext. 107 from 5:30am to 10:30am or email him at bill@beckerelectricinc.com.
Meals for Six (Breaking Bread)

This ministry is designed as a great opportunity to meet and form friendships with people in our church by sharing a meal together

HOW IT WORKS:  Groups of 6 (8 max) will be selected randomly from those who sign up and will meet and share a meal in each other’s homes, the church, or a restaurant. The groups will include adults, college age and up. Sign up here. For more information, contact David Hoppel at david@oakbrookchurch.org.
Prayer Ministry
The Tuesday corporate prayer ministry meets the second and fourth Tuesday every month. The next meetings will March 27th and April 11. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Maffett.
People Socializing and Learning More
As a church family, it’s great to spend time together, which is why we’re launching P.S.A.L.M — People Socializing and Learning More. We want to give our church members opportunities to get together for various activities—including movies, museums, hikes, concerts, and more. If you’re interested, please fill out this survey. Any questions? contact Fusun Sulzbach or Dede Haskins. Let’s have some fun!
Well Class
The Letter of James
Come join us as we read through the letter of James. We’ll examine the tension between faith and works and get a better grasp of this great book. Reading one chapter together each week starting on April 8,we’ll finish the letter on May 6. You’ll be glad you joined us on the journey!
The weekly prayer ministry will continue to meet at 9:30 on Sundays. Well classes for available for children of Well Class participants.
Food Ministry

The food ministry could use your help! If you’s like to pitch in, please check out our Sign-Up Genius link. Thank you!

Ministry of Jesus–Togo
Oakbrook Church has been connected with and supporting the Ministry of Jesus since 1995. Many teams from Oakbrook have traveled to Togo over the years to share in their work. The Ministry of Jesus currently strengthens the indigenous Togolese church in rural villages and trains up leaders for the church. If you would like to learn more about their ministry, click here.
Prayer Chain Ministry
Oakbrook has an email prayer chain ministry, so we can lift each other up in prayer as brothers and sisters in Christ. Those who have a prayer request can send an email to prayer@oakbrookchurch.org. That prayer request will then be distributed to members who have chosen to be part of Oakbrook’s prayer chain ministry. If you would like to participate in the prayer chain, please email Kathy at 
Youth Group Meals
Get to know the Youth better by taking a meal to Youth Group on Saturday night. You’re invited to stay and be a part of the group for the evening. Contact: John@oakbrookchurch.org.