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!
 
Christmas Family Fun Night
Saturday, December 14
6:30-8:30
Children of all ages bring your families and join us for crafts, cookies, and a “pop-up pageant”! Crafts and cookies will begin at 6:30. The pageant will start at 7:30, and we’ll have games after the pageant. Everyone who would like a part in the pageant will have one. Feel free to bring friends and relatives.
 
 
Questions? Contact Kathy
 
 
Food Ministry
 
Oakbrook’s food ministry now serves over 130 families each week. Over the past year, we have served over 700 unique families and individuals. In addition to the weekly food distribution, we will be hosting T Christmas dinner, sending holiday meals home, and distributing toys to families that have been actively involved in the program. If you would like to help with the weekly food ministry, holiday meals, or toy distribution, please contact Melanie.
 
Questions? Please contact Melanie Hoffman.
 
 
 
 
 
Ongoing Ministries
 
 
Children’s Curriculum
 
Children Can You Hear Me?  Jesus Showed Us
By Brian Jersak
 
Scott discovered two children’s books that show the never-ending love of God in very powerful ways. They reflect the heart of Jesus that Oakbrook has been eager to share, as well as God’s desire to communicate with each of us in very personal ways. These books are on display in the lobby. They are available online, as well.
 
If you are looking for more children’s books that reflect the message we’re sharing at Oakbrook, please check out Who Counts? by Amy-Jill Levine and You are Special (as well as other books) by Max Lucado. Who Counts? uses the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son to show that everyone matters to God. You are Special makes it clear that we are special in God’s eyes, regardless of what others may say.
 
 
 
 
TreeHouse kids are using a new curriculum this fall called Sharefaith Kids. In addition to providing engaging, biblically-based lessons, Sharefaith Kids includes family devotions, which will go along with the chiildren’s lessons each Sunday. For more information about Sharefaith Kids, click here.
Questions? Contact Kathy.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
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.