Sunday, January 18, @ Oak Grove

Radical SayingsSunday School – 9:30 AM
Worship – 10:30 AM
Choir Practice – 5:30 PM
Sunday Night Study – 6:30 PM

Today we are starting a new series where we tackle the hard things that Jesus told us, the “Radical Sayings of Jesus.” Jesus came with many purposes: First, Jesus came to be our Lord and Savior but He also did a lot of other things while He was on the earth. Jesus turned the world on its ear and His teachings continue to do just that today. Today we will talk about what might be His most radical saying found in Mark 9:33-37. In order to be great, we must be humble. We must be servants. Putting faith into action is important, especially today. That’s what we’re talking about today!

We would love to see you at Oak Grove this morning. Come just as you are. You will find a safe place where you can explore faith in Christ, even if for the first time. You don’t even have to dress up. All people are welcome at Oak Grove!

Bro. Jonathan

Sermons Page Updated

shapeimage_3The sermons page is normally updated weekly but some difficulties were encountered. Having overcome those difficulties, the Sermons page has been updated! Go listen to sermons from Oak Grove right on this website.

If you like what you hear, make plans to join us live on Sunday morning.

Have a great week!

Bro. Jonathan

Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ Oak Grove

Sunday School: 9:30 AM
Worship: 10:30 AM
Choir Practice: 5:30 PM
Sunday Night Study: 6:30 PM

Albrecht-Durer-Wallpaper-The-Adoration-Of-The-MagiToday is the first worship service of 2015 and we hope that you will make plans to start the new year off by joining us. Today is what is called “Epiphany Sunday” on the church calendar, which is the day we celebrate the Magi’s epiphany that Jesus Christ is Lord. Epiphany basically means that moment when we finally realize what something or someone really is. Have you ever suddenly figured something out? That’s an epiphany!

Today we’re talking about the “wise men” who came to worship Jesus and bring him gifts. We have often played out this story as three guys from the east coming to bring some gifts. That may, in a sense, be true but the story is deeper than that. One of the things we are taught is what happens when wise men get it wrong. Let’s talk about it! We will also celebrate the first Holy Communion of 2015. As always, our table is open to all people so even if this is your first time to worship at Oak Grove, you are welcome to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Wear whatever you like and bring a friend with you!

We would love for you to be part of the first worship service of 2015.

Christmas Eve-Eve

Christmas Eve Title Slide

We know that the next few days are going to be stressful. Perhaps your church is having a Christmas Eve service but could you use some hope before that? Come #rethinkchristmas at our “Christmas Eve-Eve” service tomorrow night at 6:00. We will sing Christmas carols, hear scriptures which remind us of the hope we have in Christ and celebrate Holy Communion (and the table is open to all people). Come find hope and rest as we begin celebrating the birth of the Lord.

Almost Christmas!

Week 4_Title SlideAs we have been moving through the season of Advent we have been looking at ways to #rethinkchristmas. It’s almost time to put those ideas into action as Christmas is almost here! And with that, we also have a lot going on that I would love for you to come and be a part of.

Sunday we will worship at 10:30 and talk about how part of being a Christian is bringing hope to others by providing comfort. Mary was a change agent because the very child she brought forth is the one true Messiah. Her song in Luke 1:46-55 is not only beautiful but it should serve as an inspiration for us to bring about change in our world today. Join us and let’s talk about it!

Sunday evening at 6:30 we are having our annual Christmas play staring Mr. Grinch and all the Whos! This will be a fun play that talks about the true meaning of Christmas and serves as a reminder that even a Grinch with a small heart can find the real reason we celebrate. Join us after for some food and fellowship after!

Finally, we will have a special “Christmas Eve-Eve” service on the evening of December 23. Join us at 6:00 for this brief but special time of worship and Holy Communion. The reason we’re doing this on the 23? My work schedule won’t allow me to be off on Christmas Eve so we’re improvising. Regardless of the day, this is a means of celebrating the Lord’s birth and further centering ourselves to truly celebrate Christmas.

On another note, you may have heard of the death of my daughter Hannah. I want you to know that Jessica and I appreciate all of the prayers, kind words and even food that have been given to us. We are blessed and humbled by all of the love we have been shown during this time and we are so thankful.

I hope to see you as we celebrate Christmas at Oak Grove! As always, if you have any questions, please send me an email or find me on Facebook!

In Christ,
Bro. Jonathan

Sunday, December 7 @ Oak Grove

Week 2_Title slide with text9:30 – Sunday School/Small Groups
10:30 – Worship
5:30 – Choir Practice
6:30 – Advent Study: “A Different Kind of Christmas”

Recently a friend of mine lamented on Facebook about how she is just overwhelmed with all of the stuff she has to do for Christmas. She stated that she’s considering not decorating the outside of her house or even sending our Christmas cards because it’s all just too much. Simplifying how we celebrate can help us to keep our lenses focused on the reason we celebrate. What are we truly celebrating when we get caught up in all of the complications of the season? It’s good to reevaluate and remember what, rather Who, we are supposed to be celebrating: The hope, love and joy of Jesus Christ. That’s what we will be talking about Sunday.

Join us as we also celebrate Holy Communion. You don’t have to be a member of Oak Grove to partake. The table belongs to Christ and is open to all people no matter what.

We are also finalizing details about our special Advent/Christmas worship services and programs. We will be announcing those details within the next few days.

I hope you can join us!

In Christ,
Bro. Jonathan

Sunday, November 23 @ Oak Grove

rethink-evangelism9:30 – Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 – Worship
6:30 – Hanging of the Greens Service

Sunday we will be wrapping up a three week series on Rethinking Evangelism by talking about Jesus’ final instructions. These instructions found in Matthew 28:16-20 are most commonly referred to as “The Great Commission.” If we are to truly be followers of Christ we must follow these instructions to the letter – it is vital!

I remember that one of my favorite movies when I was younger was Love and Basketball. If you are not familiar with the movie, the plot involves two people – a man named Quincy and a woman named Monica – who become next door neighbors as kids and eventually fall in love. During the years when they were separated, Monica played professional basketball in Spain (this was set in the days before the WNBA). Monica was the star on her team and was very much a superstar. During a pre-game pep talk the coach – who only spoke Spanish – was giving a passionate speech. He wrapped up his speech and the team cheered. Monica could not understand Spanish so she had to ask a teammate what the coach said. Her response was to sum up his instructions: “He said to give the ball to you.” The team followed the instructions and won the league championship.

If we are to call ourselves Christians, we must follow His instructions to go out into the world and spread the Gospel. That’s what we will talk about on Sunday morning.

We will also officially begin the Advent season with the Hanging of the Greens service Sunday evening at 6:30. This services promises to special time as we not only decorate the sanctuary but begin preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ. This will be a beautiful service and I would love for you to be part of it.

In Christ,

Bro. Jonathan

Sunday 11/16/14 @ Oak Grove

rethink-evangelism9:30 – Sunday school for all ages

10:30 – Worship service

4:00 – Charge Conference (Rev. John Branning presiding)

5:30 – Choir practice

6:30 – Sunday Night Study

We are rethinking evangelism as we continue the sermon series “Evangelism Lessons.” Evangelism is often thought of as a scary word but it does not have to be. The scripture for tomorrow is John 1:43-51 and gives an excellent illustration of how effective word of mouth advertising is. If you think about it, evangelism is a form of word of mouth advertising. Remembering to “T.E.L.L.” someone about Jesus can sometimes help us to remember the best way to do this. That’s what we’re talking about tomorrow!

We hope to see you at Oak Grove UMC tomorrow!

Welcome to Our Website!

OG CrossWelcome to the brand new website for Oak Grove United Methodist. If you don’t already know us, we are located in the Clarkdale Community just out side of Meridian, Mississippi. You are invited to explore this site and get to know us. We will be adding even more content in the coming days so check back often. Better yet, come worship with us on Sunday.

Thank you for visiting! Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.