May 24 – June 7 – QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE benefitting ST. ANNE’s FOOD BANK

QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE
Benefitting ST. ANNE'S FOOD PANTRY
May 24 - June 7

St. Ann Catholic Church Food Pantry, or RAMP (Receiving and Ministering to People), serves our Johnston County neighbors in need. Patrons receive one bag of food per family per month. Parishioners are encouraged to donate food or money; monetary donations are used to purchase food from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina or from local grocery stores.
Each Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers greet our patrons, pack bags and/or carry bags for our patrons. RAMP also has a community resource guide that we use to further assist our patrons.

 

For more information, visit the St. Anne's Food Pantry Website Here. 

May 20 – Fellowship Supper

The Details

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

6:30pm
$5 per person, no more than $12 per family
Menu: Ham and Macaroni-N-Cheese

EATING TOGETHERThe Gospels are full of stories about Jesus eating with people. Jesus ate because he was human. Jesus ate with people because he was good people. 
Every other month, Oakland gets together just to eat each other's food and listen to each other's stories. You've got to eat dinner somewhere, so why not eat in good company.

May 3 – Percy and Flossie Barber Scholarship Application Deadline

We’re giving away money to college students!

Well, kind of. It’s a scholarship you can apply for.
So don’t borrow money for college or books; chase every scholarship you can.

The Percy and Flossie Barber Scholarship

HOW MUCH?
$1000
WHO CAN APPLY?
Priority is given to Oakland Members graduating from High School, who’ve been accepted to an accredited College or University. For more details download the application below.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Download the full application. Complete it with the necessary recommendations and return it to the Oakland Presbyterian Church Office by May 3, 2015.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION

4/14 – NEW MEMBER DESSERTS

Interested in committing to Oakland as Member? Wonder what that entails? What are membership requirements and expectations?

All good questions that we’re going to work through over four Tuesday nights in April and May as we eat delicious desserts at Pastor Andrew’s house.

New Member Desserts
Tuesday Nights @ 7PM (April 14, 21, 28, and May 5)
Pastor Andrew’s Place

RSVP for directions to secretary@oaklandpresbyterianchurch.org

APRIL 5 – EASTER – IT IS DONE!

IT IS EASTER!
Time to Celebrate!

Easter-ItIsDone Whole
Sunrise Celebration @ 6:30AM in the Cemetery

We’ll start our Easter Celebrations in the same kind of place, where Easter began, a graveyard. What makes Easter Easter is the death of death, so we’ll celebrate in the abandoned home of the dead. If that sounds cryptic, it’s not, it’s just that unfathomably good news. This service will be a short and intimate.

Main Easter Celebration @ 9:45AM in the Fellowship Hall

This is going to be a party! We’ll celebrate with breakfast and coffee, as we start the process of wrapping our heads and hearts around Jesus’ Resurrection. We’ll celebrate in some familiar ways and some unique ways including composing a Flowered Cross and a huge Stained Glass Window art project. This celebration will run straight into our 11:00AM worship service to create awesome time of worship. Get there early for a good seat. 

 

MAR 22-29 – QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE Benefitting BACKPACK BUDDIES

QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE
Benefitting BACKPACK BUDDIES
March 22 and 29

BackPack Buddies is not a school supply program or a backpack donation program. Rather, BackPack Buddies fights Child Hunger here in Cleveland Community schools by providing children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week.

 

The Facts

46%

of students applied for free or reduced meals in Johnston County in 2012-2013.

1 in 4

North Carolina children is at risk for hunger. 

More stats available KidsCountDataCenter.

Specifically Requested Foods:

For this BackPack Buddies, Individually wrapped items work best:

Whole Grain Cereal Bars or Granola Bars
Individual Cereal Packets
Crackers
Easy Mac
Popcorn
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Craisins, etc)
Fruit Cups (Light Syrup)
Applesauce
Canned Spaghetti
Canned Ravioli
Beefaroni
Beenie Weenies
Canned Soup

Testimonies

“When asking a 1st grade student what type of food he ate on the weekend, he replied ‘oh… we don’t eat on the weekend.’  When I asked him if he would like to be a ‘BackPack Buddy’ and explained the program to him, he started jumping up and down with an excited look on his face and exclaimed ‘YES, YES, YES!”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

“Toward the end of the year last year, the day before we delivered backpacks, a third-grade student mentioned to her teacher that she was hungry because she and her brother and her mother had to share one apple for breakfast that morning, and they were hungry – they were out of food. And the next day I delivered that bag of food to her classroom, and the teacher said that child lit up like a Christmas tree, she was so excited to see that food. That tells you that you’re making a difference right there.”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

For more information on the BackPack Buddies programs in North Carolina available HERE

March 17 – Fellowship Supper

The Details

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

6:30pm
$5 per person, no more than $12 per family
Menu: CHICKEN PASTRY

EATING TOGETHERThe Gospels are full of stories about Jesus eating with people. Jesus ate because he was human. Jesus ate with people because he was good people. 
Every other month, Oakland gets together just to eat each other's food and listen to each other's stories. You've got to eat dinner somewhere, so why not eat in good company.

Feb 18 – ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE CANCELLED

Due to icy conditions
the ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
scheduled for Feb 18 @ 7:00pm
IS CANCELLED.

Stay home. Stay warm. Worship with your family or by yourself over a good hot meal.

Let this cancelled service be a reminder that you and I are mortal. We are dust. We can and will die. There will be deaths today because of this ice. So let us use this day and everyday to enjoy the life and prepare for death.

Check back on Pastor Andrew’s Blog for more teaching on Ash Wednesday, Lent, and mortality.

Stay safe friends,
Pastor Andrew

No Ash Wednesday Service on Feb 18, due to icy roads.

No Ash Wednesday Service on Feb 18, due to icy roads.