Paul's Friday community buffet
One of the most popular ministries at Oakland has been the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet from 5-7 pm on Friday Evenings. It is provided without charge (donations only), and without any paid staff--it is staffed entirely by volunteers! And it takes quite a few faithful and hard-working folks to pull off such a significant ministry!
A menu is determined and orders to food vendors placed by Tuesday or Wednesday. A preparation crew comes in Thursday mornings to begin the process of getting the meal ready. Another group comes Friday afternoon to make final preparations and to finish the cooking, baking, and set-up of the dining area. More volunteers keep the steam and dessert tables full, serve drinks, reset tables after patrons have left, wash dishes, clean up, and finally put things back in shape for Sunday morning services!
If you would be interested in helping occasionally or every week with this important outreach to our community, call the church office, 304-725-3737, or contact coordinator, Bill Fisher,
Just Becuz . . .
Random acts of kindness and compassion...that's what our Just Becuz ministry is all about; expressions of caring to folks who aren't expecting it, just because they matter to Jesus.
For instance, "Communion Bags" are distributed just before Easter and Christmas each year. Each time, another local sub-division is chosen the receive the bags. Volunteers purchase the items and pack cloth tote bags with a fresh loaf of bread, bottle of sparkling grape juice, wine goblet, and a candle holder with white taper candle. Appropriate scriptures accompany each item referencing the Lord's Supper and a New Testament is included.
New projects are constantly being planned. If you would be interested in helping with one of these efforts or if you have an idea for a new project we might try, contact the church office, 304-725-3737.
Unfortunately, so many residents are forced to leave their furry four-footed family members behind when they go into a nursing home. This can be hard on patients or even detrimental to their recovery. Studies have proven that owning a pet can help to control blood pressure better than medication. Even the simple act of petting a dog can slow heart rate and decrease hypertension, among other things.
With this in mind, pet owners from Oakland Church have formed a Pet Ministry to visit the local nursing facility, Shenandoah Nursing Home in Charles Town. Pets participating in the Pet Ministry must be up on their shots. If you would like more information about this ministry, contact coordinator, Paul Hester, .
Do you have any "handyman" skills? If so, we could use your help on Wednesday evenings with maintenance jobs around the church. Plumbing, electrical, construction, and just plain "grunt" labor are all needed on occasion. So come on out and help keep the church property in as good a shape as we can. For more information contact coordinator, Robert McCoy, .
With a church building this size and a congregation this active, there are always a variety of jobs to be done, ranging from maintenance to office work to landscaping to hospitality. Some jobs require only avail- ability and folks can pitch in right away. Others require leadership qualifications and training. If you have the time to serve and would like to help, please call the church office, 304-725-3737, or contact the coordinator of our "Labor Pool," Robert McCoy, .
- Bible distribution has been a concern at Oakland for many years. We have given Bibles across the street and around the world. Your gift will provide more Bibles.
- Samaritans Purse continues to provide aid to the victims of wars, hurricanes, tonados, and other natural disasters, in addition to all their other wonderful ministries. This is one of the best organizations for providing disaster relief. Make your gift through Oakland Church or contact Samarians Purse directly.
- Bulk mailings to our community (which are a substantial expense) remind our neighbors of God's love and let them know that we are here to help and serve them. Your gift enables us to do more mailings.
- A new church sign is needed to communicate the message of the gospel with the thousands of folks who pass by the church every day. About one-third of the cost has been given to date.
- Ratio Christi is a campus ministry at Shepherd University that seeks to take back the mind of the university for Christ through an apologetics club. Your gift will help provide salary support for the Ratio Christi Director, Oakland member Joshua Alexander.
Oakland Church has a tradition of helping others, whether through building bathrooms and repairing a roof for a church in Indonesia, repairing homes in Kentucky, Tennesee, North Carolina, and on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, or replacing an uninhabitable trailer with a habitable one right here in Jefferson County. And there are new projects pending right now. If you would like to volunteer to help with one of these mission efforts, call the church office (304-725-3737).