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Oakbrook Community News
 
The Oakbrook Community News, our electronic newsletter, goes out on Friday each week. If you would like to receive a copy, please click here.
 
If it snows…
We’ll send an email blast to let members know whether or not the church is open.  You also can check Oakbrook’s Facebook  page or website.
 
 
Oakbrook Family Christmas Tree
We are adding ornaments to our Oakbrook Family Christmas Tree! If you would like to add an ornament for you your family or update the one you have, please send your picture to Kathy. Thank you!
 
 
Food Ministry Christmas Event,
Friday, December 21
 
Friday, December 21, the Oakbrook Food Ministry will be serving a hot meal to our food ministry guests, which will include over 150 families. They also will be receiving a take-home Christmas dinner. We will NOT be distributing toys this year. However, we will be handing out holiday goody bags for the children and having a children’s craft at the event.
 
If you would like to help, please click here.If you would like to be a task leader, please email Melanie, and if you would like to make a donation to cover the cost of the meal, please click here
Thank you!
 
 
Home Groups
 
Oakbrook has a number of home groups that meet regularly. If you are interested in joining a home group or simply would like to learn more about them, please contact Rick Schryber.
 
 
Adult Well Classes
Sundays 9:30-10:30
 
Please note the following dates: 
December 15—NO class Sunday, December 23—NO class Sunday, January 6—classes resume
 
John Moyle is leading a 20-week Well Class for both adults and youth based on Ray Vander Laan’s That the World May Know video series. Adults and youth view the video together before breaking out into independent discussion groups. The companion discovery guide may be helpful for personal growth, but it is not necessary for class participation. If you have questions, please contact John@oakbrookchurch.org.
 
Well Classes for Youth and Children
Sundays 9:30-10:30
 
7th-12th grade—watch video in the worship hall and then meet in Rick’s office
4th through 6th grade — meet in the youth room
kindergarten through 3rd grade — meet in the multipurpose room
 
If you are attending a Well class or participating in the Sunday morning prayer ministry, and you would like childcare for a child under 5, please contact Kathy.
 
 
Food Ministry
 
The food ministry serves over 100 families from the Fairfax County and Sterling communities every Tuesday, and they could use your help! If you’d like to pitch in, please check out our Sign-Up Genius link. If you have extra reusable grocery bags to donate, the food ministry would appreciate those, as well. Questions? Please contact Melanie Hoffman. Thank you!
 
Cornerstones, a local non-profit, knows the great work Oakbrook is doing with its food ministry and often refers people to Oakbrook for assistance. If you would like to learn more about hunger issues in the Reston-Herndon area, please check out this link to the Cornerstones newsletter.
 
 
Prayer Ministry
 
Sunday Morning Prayer—Every Sunday at 9:30
The Sunday morning prayer ministry meets every Sunday throughout the year. If you have any questions, please contact Lewis Hart.
 
Tuesday Corporate Prayer—2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7pm-8pm
The Tuesday corporate prayer ministry meets the second and fourth Tuesday every month from 7pm-8pm in the lobby. The next meeting will be this Tuesday, December 11. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Maffett.
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
 
 
Roots/Friends of Roots
 
Oakbrook works with Roots, a grassroots organization that promotes peaceful relationships among Palestinians and Israelis.  Friends of Roots is a US-based organization that supports their peace-building efforts. If you would like to learn more about the work Roots is doing, please click here.
 

KARIS

 
Oakbrook has a longstanding relationship with KARIS, a faith-based organization that focuses on practical “mercy ministries” such as assisting the poor, the disenfranchised, widows, orphans, prisoners and aliens. We do not discriminate against nor deny support to projects based on faith orientation.  Our goal is to help those in need and reveal the love of Jesus to this world
For the latest information on the work KARIS is doing, please click here. 
 
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.
 
 
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.