And there summer went…

Summer went by so quickly!  It seems like it was just May yesterday, and now we are in August.  So much happened in between day-to-day activities and summer camps.  We had a great visit from our partners, Mayette Ativo-Bueno and Tony Bueno.

Mayette and Tony in office

We also got to have Ireni back to update us on Restoration Ministries!

Ireni in the church

We had a backpack drive that brought in 24 backpacks, 14 bags of school supplies, and several Payless Gift Cards.

Backback Drive!

Not to mention raising over $2000 for the Bicol Center and bringing in over 120 toys during Arts Camp week!  Our campers were so generous!

We’ve got a lot going on when we look ahead, too.  More Powerhouse Meals, Shawn Young’s dessert and information event on August 20th (more to follow), a food drive for the Twin Lakes Food Bank on September 6th, and the Folsom Community Service Day on September 19th.

We have some much to be grateful for as this summer draws to a close, and so much to look forward to!  Thank you all for your dedicated service to furthering God’s Kingdom in your lives and our community.

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Summer Visitors and Opportunities

This summer we have some awesome things going on!  Ireni Mota and family are visiting from Brazil, and Mayette and Tony are visiting from the Bicol Center, Philippines.  Ireni will be interviewed in the services on June 21st, and Mayette and Tony will be interviewed the following week, June 28th.  Mayette and Tony are only here for a few short days, so be sure to stay afterward and enjoy a delicious lunch with them, hosted by the Asian Missional Group.

We also have our a annual Backpack Drive for Twin Lakes Food Bank coming up in the month of July.  Bring in a backpack stuffed with school goodies so that students in need in our community will be totally ready for their first day of school.

We always have Powerhouse Meals to serve.  This summer might be a great time to dip your toes in by bringing ingredients or a meal to the Powerhouse Transition Center.  You can stay and cook (and eat!) with the women there, or just drop off a recipe and ingredients.  Our weeks this summer are July 20-23 and August 17-20.

At the end of August we are also going to have a Food Drive for Twin Lakes Food Bank.  They often run short during the summer months, so our drive will help them get through the first weeks of September, until the City-wide Community Service Day Collection helps them restock for the fall and winter.

Another fun thing to check out this summer is the Community Garden located in the back lot at the church.  Come and hang out in our new (to us) wicker furniture, come to a workshop on the last Saturday of every month, or check out the info and gardening tips on the blog at oakhillscommunitygarden.wordpress.com.  More info about the workshops can be found on the blog.

Have a wonderful, restful, and joy filled summer!

Megan

Upcoming Opportunities

Wow, time flies!  I thought things would calm down between Christmas and Easter, but I was wrong.  We had a Ministry Partner Fair, Leadership Trip to Restoration Ministries, in Brazil, a Birthday Kit Drive for Twin Lakes Food Bank, and a Good Friday Prayer Walk in the community.  It’s been a busy season!

As we enter the 3rd week of Eastertide, I wanted to update you all with upcoming events and opportunities.

May 2nd – Community Garden Work Day.  We are starting a community garden in the back lot of the church and we will be installing water lines, laying out bark, and building composters from 9am to 1 or 2pm.  Please join us at the northmost part of the parking lot!

May 3rd – 2015 Mission Conference at Fremont Presbyterian Church in Sacramento.  The theme is “Our Neighborhood is Today’s Mission” and it runs from noon-4:30.  There will be exhibits from local non-profits, speakers, and lunch!  Get more info and register here: http://missioninfo.itsabout.com/ 

May 11th-14th & June 1st-4th – Powerhouse Meals.  We are providing meals for the women in the transition center both of these weeks.  Dinner is at 5, so please either drop off food by 4:30 or bring the ingredients at 4 and stay and cook.  These women and their children are awesome!

Later this summer we will have our Backpack Drive as usual.  I am also hoping to schedule a gleaning day for the Twin Lakes Food Bank in July or August.  I will keep you posted as the details for that become available!

Twin Lakes Food Bank Needs Help!

Yesterday the Twin Lakes Food Bank served 134 families!  Generally the food bank sees 65 families a day, so yesterday was an unusually busy day for them.  While they still have food on their shelves to serve to these families, Twin Lakes is in desperate need of volunteers.  Recently several long term volunteers have been unable to continue volunteering due to life changes, and Twin Lakes needs people who can volunteer either one time, or on a weekly basis.  Contact me, Megan, at megan.harrison@oakhills.org, or the Food Bank directly by calling (916) 985-6232 to get involved.

Advent Fair Trade Market – Sak Saum is here!!

Hey everyone!

Last weekend we had our first sales at the Advent Fair Trade Market!  I love this event every year, and I was so glad to see so many Oak Hillians joyfully participating in the market as well. We had goods from Ten Thousand Villages, Equal Exchange, Trade As One, and some items made by Syrian refugees.  This week we will continue to offer good from those vendors, as well as new wallets, purses, scarves, ornaments, jewelry, and more from Sak Saum For Freedom!

This market is such a wonderful opportunity for us to sustainably empower those trapped in cycles of poverty around the world.  The artisans receive fair payment and are able to work with dignity, while we get beautifully crafted items and the chance to be good stewards of our resources. The market will continue to be open every Sunday after the services and after Cappuccino Christmas.  Please stop by to see the new goods and get gifts while they last!

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Thanksgiving Eve Offering

Tomorrow evening we are having our Thanksgiving Eve service at 7pm.  This is such a special service: we are in the round, the kids are in the service, and it is a blessing to see all the people of Oak Hills in one big family gathering.  One of the things we will be doing in the service is bringing forward canned goods for Twin Lakes Food Bank.  The holidays are one of the busiest times at the food bank, as money is tight and the need for food is high.  Here is a list of some of the most needed items this holiday season:

Beans
Boxed stuffing
Canned green beans
Canned yams
Chicken broth
Chili
Cornbread Mix
Crackers
Cranberries
Cranberry sauce
Fruit
Gravy
Gravy mix
Ham
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Jell-O
Macaroni and Cheese
Muffin Mix
Pasta
Peanut Butter
Pumpkin
Ravioli
Rice
Soup
Tuna

If you can make it to the Thanksgiving Eve service, please bring an item or two to bring forward during the offering.  See you there!

Twin Lakes Food Bank Auction

We had a great time here on Saturday night as Twin Lakes Food Bank hosted their annual auction at Oak Hills.  So many people from the community were there to support Tammy Thompson, her team, and the work that the Food Bank is doing here in Folsom.  Dinner was amazing, and the gifts that the community donated to the silent and live auctions were beautiful!  What a blessing to be a witness to what this wonderful ministry is doing.  Check out some of the pictures below!

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Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Twin Lakes!