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 email@example.com, or the Food Bank directly by calling (916) 985-6232 to get involved.
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!
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:
Canned green beans
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Macaroni and Cheese
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!
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!
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Twin Lakes!
Alyse Marlatt, a long time Oak Hillian, recently left for a year of Bible School in England at Capernway. She has a blog that she updates with her experiences and some truly gorgeous pictures (she lives in a castle). If you are interested in seeing what God is doing in her throughout this year, check out her blog at http://findingmyplacep31.blogspot.com.
As we get ready for our big 80s Party on Friday, and our One Service Celebration on Sunday, I want to pause for a moment and mention how wonderful it is to celebrate our community and our time together! I believe our God is a God of joy; a lavish, abundant, and extravagant God who should be celebrated and who wants us to celebrate. We are blessed indeed, and this is a time for us to come together, give thanks, and rejoice. For 30 years Oak Hills has experienced the ups and downs that come with living and being together, and it is important to make space to remember the good times and the bad. It is important to share a meal (and dance!) together. So I look forward to seeing you there on Friday (I’ll be the one in puffed sleeves, permed hair, and electric blue eye shadow), and I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday. Thank you for 30 years of community, Oak Hillians!
Happy October everyone! We are finally getting into fall, even if the weather doesn’t really know it yet. This month there are plenty of opportunities to live life outside of ourselves. On October 5th we have the Food Drive for Twin Lakes Food Bank. Pack a grocery bag full of non-perishable food items and leave it behind your car during the service, or bring it to me (Megan) at the booth or in my office. I will make sure it gets to the food bank!
We also have the 30th Anniversary Celebration coming up. The 17th will be a fun night of dancing, silly pictures, and an amazing updated edition of Oak Hills Rewind. Bring friends and neighbors to the party and/or to the One Service Celebration on Sunday they 19th. This will be a wonderful chance for us to come together as one community, rooted in our love for God and one another. I can’t wait!
On October 25th, Folsom is having a Community Service Day. People from around Folsom will gather at 7:45 for a breakfast, then go off to do service projects in Folsom. Unlike the Folsom Serve Day in May, this day is not directly sponsored by churches, however we definitely want the church to have a strong presence out there, loving and serving our community! Join with friends, dinner rounds, or small group members and serve together! Go to www.folsom.ca.us/depts/city_manager/community_service_day/default.asp and follow the link at the bottom to find a project and sign up for it.
Lastly, November 1st is the Twin Lakes Food Bank auction. If you have any items you can donate to the auction, please contact me or Twin Lakes Food Bank. You can also buy tickets to the dinner and auction and support Twin Lakes by your presence!
If you have any questions or want to get involved, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.