Our gifts for Mission & Service have supported Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre for decades. We give thanks that we have been part of the education, sanctuary, and playfulness of Five Oaks through the NEOS Youth Ministry Program, guided retreats, youth con?rmation programs, and summer day camps. Let us hear this message from the Board of Directors.
The news that Five Oaks was ceasing operations in November 2016 was extremely dif?cult to hear. Letting go of what once was is never easy; but what if, in letting go, we make space for God to present the next opportunity—a new possibility for something amazing?
We celebrate all that was received by the many who visited Five Oaks and found rest and education in its meeting spaces. Many formed lifelong friendships from their time there and found their spirits were nurtured in ministry so they could minister to others.
We give thanks to Bev Oaten for founding such a sacred place. Thank you for over 60 years of ministry! We give thanks for the staff who have offered leadership and hospitality to the many people who have gathered within the walls of the education centre.
We are hopeful that the time for healing and self-nurturing will be a time for the legacy of Five Oaks to transform and grow. It is our hope that, through seeking new ways to be, Five Oaks may be transformed. We are thankful for the past, for the many gifts of Spirit, and we look forward to the future!
If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life
of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!