At Oakwood we have a heart to serve and reach our community with the love and truth of Jesus. We partner with many community organizations to help meet real needs. We also hold special outreach events throughout the year.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls around the world have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. This year we are partnering with Samaritan's Purse to deliver Christmas gifts and share the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ.
Oakwood's Women's Ministry is leading our church in collecting gifts and supplies to distribute and bless families around the world through Operation Christmas Child. Our goal is to pack 100 shoeboxes with Christmas gifts. The women will be doing the final assembly and prepartion of shoeboxes at their Thanksgiving/Christmas Celebration on Saturday, November 23rd. Click here to download a flyer with more information.
Here are ways you can participate in Operation Christmas Child:
God's Helping Hands is a nonprofit community outreach organization providing food and clothing to families in need. With God's guidance and the help of other agencies, they have been able to help over 8,500 families since their beginning in 1998. Volunteers are needed to help sort clothing and other household items, straighten and restock warehouse shelves, and sometimes help clients with supplies.
The next opportunity to serve at God's Helping Hands will be on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 from 11:30-4:00. There are no age restrictions for serving with God's Helping Hands, so families can serve together. Parents should use their best judgment when including kids and will be responsible for supervising their own children. Contact the church office or sign up to help on Sunday mornings.
Oxford/Orion FISH provides emergency aid and financial services to individuals in Oxford, Lake Orion, Addison and Oakland Townships. They provide basic canned goods, as well as houshold items like shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, razors, cereal, eggs, milk, meat, bread, snacks, pasta, garbage bags, facial tissues, etc.
Oxford/Orion FISH is a nonprofit organization and the services they provide are facilitated 100% by volunteers. They need lots of help to manage their food pantry and the donations they receive from local businesses. Here are some upcoming opportunities to serve Oxford/Orion FISH (no sign-ups required):
Oakwood will be serving Gleaners Food Bank on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 from 12:30-2:30pm. This is an outreach opportunity that the whole family can participate in - and we can take up to 40 people total!
Gleaners is one of the oldest and largest food banks in the country. They distribute donated and purchased food to more than 550 soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior homes and other partner agencies that feed hungry people in Southeastern Michigan. You can learn more at the Gleaners website or by download their fact sheet here.