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Council Update

Happy fall greetings to all Oak Knoll members and friends! Halloween is right around the corner as I write this, and already I’m dipping into the candy purchased for the event. We had several items discussed at our last meeting and the discussions were very positive.

The minutes and treasurer’s reports from the last meeting were approved. Under Old Business, the roof over the preschool was completed. There was one small leak detected after the installation, and the crew addressed and fixed the leak this week at no cost. The Youth Campfire event was a success with a large turnout and a great time to just chill and enjoy one another’s company. We will be doing more of these types of events in the future.

If you’ve been in the east parking lot recently, you would have seen the islands covered in plastic. This is the first step in the beatification process that is underway. Next spring will feature planting of many types of shrubs and plants for a new look with the islands.

Under New Business, we are looking into improving our lighting in the Sanctuary, which will also improve the images during our live broadcasts on Sunday. More information to follow.

The Stewardship Committee has a new name—Generosity Committee. They have been busy working on this next year’s areas of focus. Look for an information mailer arriving in your mail in the next week or two.

We will also be focusing on supporting a refugee family next year. A few Oak Knoll families have stepped up and are working on making this happen. Monies in our current budget have already been earmarked for this. Stay tuned for more information.

The volunteer dinner held earlier this month was a huge and enjoyable success! The staff hosted the event, and the volunteers were very appreciative!

The Sharing Garden has been put to bed for the season. The total weight of produce brought to the ICA Food Shelf was 811lbs! Hats off to all who made this a successful season! More good things are already being discussed for next year.

Vicar Bryce is doing a great job in his duties at Oak Knoll and is working on finalizing his internship project idea. He is also involved with the youth and is even a charter member of the Pew Sisters bible study class.

Lastly, I want to thank the council members, the church staff, and the volunteers for making this a great year— and we are not yet finished with this year! The one word I’ve heard many times as I “hang” with these folks is COMMUNITY. Not only is Oak Knoll a great place to worship, but it’s also a great place to be with “family”.


John Burman

Council President


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