Oakbrook Community News
 
The Oakbrook Community News, our electronic newsletter, goes out on Friday each week. If you would like to view a copy, please click here.
 
 
Upcoming Events!
 
Church Picnic
This Sunday, May 19, immediately after worship
 
Hospitality will provide subs, sides, and drinks. Bring yourself, your family, chairs and blankets, enjoy wonderful food, and have some fun!
 
 
 
Baby Bottle Campaign
May 12-June 16
The Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center (CHPC) serves and cares for families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.  Oakbrook Church is supporting the CHPC by participating in their “Baby Bottle” campaign beginning May 12th (Mother’s Day). 

Please help by taking home an empty CHPC baby bottle and filling it with change, bills or a check made out to the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center. Bottles should be returned to the church before or on June 16th (Father’s Day)
For more information, contact Wendy Giancola. 
 
 
CAMPING 2019
Greenbrier State Park
Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27


Oakbrook Church has a long-standing tradition of camping as a group on Memorial Day weekend–by long-standing we mean more than 20 years! This year our camping trip will be May 24-27. As always, we will be going to Greenbriar State Park in Boonsboro, MD (between Fredrick and Hagerstown). The cost is $80 per site for 3 nights.  If you want to go camping, or think you might want to go, please email Wendy Schryber to reserve your site or gather more information. You can pay later, but please reserve as soon as you can. 
 
 
 
Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center Painting
Saturday, June 29
 
Come join Nick Giancola and many more for a day of painting at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center. Oakbrook has had a relationship with CHPC for many years. If you would like to learn more about CHPC and the services they provide, please check out their website.
Questions? Contact Nick.
 
 
Ongoing Ministries
 
 Well Class
 
 Opening To God: A Guide to Prayer, by Thomas H Green, S.J.
 
Starting May 5, Scott will lead a class on prayer for those who are just beginning, as well a those who would like to learn more. From the book description:  Often, people feel drawn to prayer but are timid and unsure about how to pray. For over thirty years, this book has demystified prayer for countless thousands. Friendly and inviting, Opening to God..explains what prayer is all about, then turns to techniques that ready the soul to encounter God. Mining his rich experiences as a Jesuit missionary and spiritual director, Thomas Green, S.J., shakes away the cobwebs and banishes stodgy assumptions about spiritual life that is fed by the practice of prayer. A must-have resource, both for beginners and practiced ‘pray-ers’ who want to cultivate a more meaningful prayer experience.
 
Opening to God: A Guide to Prayer is available through Amazon. Copies will be available in the lobby, as well. To view the course syllabus, click here.
 
 
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.
 
 
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!
 
 
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, May 28. 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 helped start and continues to work 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.