Friday, December 14, 2012
Hope Church in Oakdale will have donated more than 1,000 pints of blood in January.
1,000 is more than just a number for Hope Church. Come January, Hope Church will have impacted at least 3,000 people through its blood drives. "Each pint can save up to three lives and it takes about an hour to do," said Barbie Atkins, one of the organizers of Hope Church blood drives. "It doesn’t take very long and you can save up to three lives. That's pretty amazing." Atkins, along with three other members of Hope Church, first started organizing blood drives in 2005. The church works with the American Red Cross and hosts three blood drives per year — one in January, June and September. "For this upcoming blood drive we will reach the 1,000 milestone," Atkins said. The other three organizers — Dave and Sandy Pauly and June Rogers — …
Friday, November 23, 2012
A member of Hope Church is spearheading an effort to help support military families in the community.
When Lisa Kittel's son came home for Christmas last year he gave her a study book about Psalm 91. Her son is active in the U.S. Army and has been serving since he first left on Nov. 8, 2011. When he returned last year with the book, Kittel said she wasn't quite sure what to do with it. "It's been sitting on my kitchen counter the whole time," Kittel said. Now, almost a year later, Kittel is using the book in ways she hadn't anticipated. Once her son joined the army, Kittel wanted to get involved with supporting other military families in the area. That became easier when the city of Oakdale became a Yellow Ribbon City in March — joining a network of communities across the state that have built an infrastructure to serve members of the …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A few citywide garage sale participants will donate their sale proceeds to charity.
Today is the official start of Oakdale’s citywide garage sale and a few participants are hoping to do more than pocket extra cash. Oakdale’s Hope Church and resident Missy Martinez, among others, will use the proceeds from their sales to go toward charities of their choice. For the last few weekends, women from Hope Church have been donating gently used clothing for the church’s sale. Instead of selling the clothes to residents in the citywide garage sale, Hope Church will be giving the clothes away to women in need. “Our hope is that women who need clothing will come to our sale,” Janine Ford, one of the church’s sale organizers, said. “It’s going to be kind of a free garage sale.” Recipients of the clothing will include women from the …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Residents gathered at Hope Church for a night of laughter.
Hope Church was packed for Comedy Night on Friday, April 27. The night began with improvisation led by Dave Copery and Carl Briss. After an intermission, Daren Streblow entertained the crowd. Streblow is a comedian from Ely, Minn. and is know for his clean, Christian humor.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Through the annual community service project, volunteers lent a hand at four Oakdale-area schools.
This past Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of Hope Church’s Servfest, an afternoon dedicated to community service in Oakdale and nearby schools. Volunteers showed up in groups to spend their mornings helping out at Skyview Community School, Eagle Point Elementary, Oakdale Elementary and Carver Elementary. At Skyview, groups arrived at 8:30 a.m. for a four-hour shift of landscaping and miscellaneous duties around the school. Inside, members of the group were hard at work assembling shelves, laminating books and replacing bindings. Outside, individuals happily chatted together in the warm morning sun as they pulled weeds, replaced mulch and trimmed trees. Sandy Famoda, who is a five-year veteran of the Servfest program, re-capped her…
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thunderstorms are possible today. Sasquatch spotted in Washington County—could it be?
Thunderstorms—potentially severe ones—are possible today, according to the National Weather Service. The weather will be mostly cloudy with a high near 75 and a 60 percent chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Volunteers from Oakdale’s Hope Church will be out in full force Saturday cleaning up Oakdale schools for its annual ServFest. Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review sports writer Wally Wakefield did a nice tribute to Dave Edlund, a ski jumper and Tartan High School graduate who died at age 51. A Washington County farmer believes he got video of Sasquatch in woods north of Stillwater. Check out the video and decide for yourself. Anyone seen him around Oakdale? Oakdale Patch wants to know, how did 9/11 affect …
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Workshops were held last week for African American and Asian American students.
Tartan High School’s African American and Asian American young women got the opportunity to participate in a leadership workshop that took place last week. Sixty-three students were released from class on Thursday to join one of two workshops at Hope Church, one for African American students and the other for Asian American students. Leadership and U.S. history teacher Ann Gerding used grant money to hold the second year of workshops for the students. Sister and event planner, Kelly Thurmes and friend and social worker, Jada Sanders, both Tartan graduates, joined her for the workshops. “I love relating to the students and seeing them grow," Sanders said. "We will never know the impact, necessarily, but we have to trust that taking time …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Oakdale pastor David Cupery just joined the Oakdale Economic Development Commission.
David Cupery, a pastor at Oakdale’s Hope Church, has taken an winding path to the Oakdale community, having spent seven years as a youth ministries trainer in Tallin, Estonia. Cupery is now making a mark on Oakdale through his work with the church and the city’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), to which he was appointed May 10. Cupery, a husband, and father of a 15-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter, recently sat down with Oakdale Patch and shared some great stories about his life in both Eastern Europe and his work in Oakdale. Oakdale Patch: How did you end up in Estonia? David Cupery: I was on staff at a church in the Chicago area. I was doing some training for a youth ministry organization and we had a friend in Estonia with an…
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Hope Church will serve as a shelter to homeless families in February through Project Home.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Patty Busse
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Volunteers from Oakdale's Hope Church moved beds, supplies and partitions into the church Tuesday morning to set up a large room as a temporary homeless shelter for families through the month of February. This is the third year Hope Church is providing shelter through Project Home—an effort of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches that provides all the supplies needed to turn churches into shelters for a month at a time, said volunteer Barb Olfelt. About 20 people per night will stay at the church, and about 150 volunteers will help with Project Home over the month, Olfelt said. The church's connection with Project Home started five years ago with a 17-year-old boy with leukemia—a friend of Olfelt's son—who wanted to provide a meal to …
Friday, December 17, 2010
As the temperatures drop, these events provide some needed entertainment indoors.
As plummeting temperatures and snow emergencies signal the beginning of what promises to be a long winter season, we at Oakdale Patch thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the area's best upcoming events. Listed according to date of performance, we thought the following 10 events would improve an already very merry—albeit very snowy—holiday season for Oakdale and the surrounding communities. Carols by Candlelight – A Benefit Concert for the Russian Orphanage Assistance Endowment When: Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Oakdale Description: Monica and Roger Stratton perform Christmas favorites. Details: Suggested donation of $10 per person Phone: 651-738-2223 Hairspray, The Broadway Musical When: …