One Heart Women's MInistry

The purpose of Oakwood’s ONE HEART Women’s Ministry is to accept and love women of all ages; to encourage and equip them to grow in Christ, and to serve in their families, church, and community. Our guiding scripture is “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” - Ephesians 4:4-5, 16


ONE HEART is led by eight women who are devoted to a growing and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and want to share their passion with other women. Each woman on the leadership team has identified her individual gifts and talents so that she can use those strengths to reach out and involve the women at Oakwood in ONE HEART. The ministry continues to grow as more and more women volunteer to use their God-given abilities in a variety of ways to love and encourage women of all ages at Oakwood and the surrounding community.  You can learn more about our leadership team and find their contact info below.


Click here to join our One Heart Prayer Group on Facebook. 


Click here to connect with us on Facebook at One Heart Happenings. 

2017 Ladies fall retreat

sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

Renew, Restore, Refresh! Pamper yourself physically and spiritually at this Fall Retreat and leave refreshed! Worship, rest, time in God's Word, great food, and great fellowship are all included in the weekend package. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors of western Michigan at Grace Adventures near Silver Lake (north of Muskegon).


What’s included in the cost?

  • 4 Chapel Sessions with Barbara Roose
  • All meals and snacks
  • Workshops (for deeper study)
  • A variety of FREE activities are available including:  Biking, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Pontoon Boat Rides, Horseback Riding, Paintball, Target Sports, Pamper Room
  • Optional activities (additional cost required):  Massages, Crafts
  • Nearby Sand Dunes & Lighthouses

Two Lodging Options

  • Lodging On-Campus: $124.00 - Bunk up in one of the on-campus housing units for the full camp experience
  • Lodging in Local Hotel: $149.00 - Sleep at a local hotel for extra comfort and style. Rate reflects 2 people per hotel room.

retreat speaker:  Barbara roose

Barbara L. Roose has a passion to connect women to God and each other. When Barb discovered her beautiful identity in Christ, she was transformed from a young woman desperately searching for self-worth and acceptance into a confident woman in Christ who still makes mistakes but embraces the captivating power of grace. She inspires women through her Biblical teaching, personal stories and deep love for her audience that clearly communicates how much they matter to God. Barb has been speaking at conferences, churches and women’s ministry events since 2005.



Registration Information

Grace Adventures has a new registration process as well as a deadline. Space is limited.  You must be 18 years old to attend the retreat and the registration deadline is August 15th. You can register online or at the church.  

  • TO REGISTER AT THE CHURCH please fill out the information on the registration form linked below and give (or mail) it to the church office with a $25 non-refundable deposit. Checks should be made payable to Oakwood Community Church with "Ladies Fall Retreat" on the note line.  

Click here to download the 2017 Ladies Fall Retreat Flyer and Registration Form

  • TO REGISTER ONLINE please use one of the two registration buttons below (you must choose either ON-CAMPUS or HOTEL lodging).

on-campus lodging option - $124/person

Bunk in one of the on-campus housing units at Grace Adventures for the full camp experience.  The cost is $124/person.  Click the button below to register and pay online using your DEBIT card.

Hotel lodging option - $149/person


Sleep at a local hotel near Grace Adventures for extra comfort and style.  The cost is $149/person, based on two women per room.  You will have the option to list a roommate during the registration process.  If you don't have a confirmed roommate at this time, we will work to match people up with a roommate.   Click the button below to register and pay online using your DEBIT card.


Women's ministry Leadership TEam

Pam Ochoa, Jeannie Leech, Julie Jackson, Cheryl Bongiorno, Wendy Penzien, and Fran Maddock

Not pictured: Melisa Hall and Cheryl Nalian


ONE HEART is led by eight women who are devoted to a growing and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and want to share their passion with other women.  If you are interested in helping or joining a team, just email one of the team leaders:


Upcoming women's events

Check back regularly for a list of opportunities for women to connect and grow.

  • summer get-together for women

    Invite a friend and join us under the tent at Oakwood for a summer get-together on THURSDAY, JULY 20th from 6 to 9pm. We'll have potluck salads and desserts for dinner, share faith stories, and get to know one another.  BONUS ... we have a few dads who will take the kids (ages 5-12) for outdoor games and activities.  Childcare for 0-4/years old in the nursery. Click here to view the flyer for more information.

  • 2017 Fall Retreat

    Pamper yourself both physically and spiritually at the Grade Adventures Fall Retreat on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, September 29 - October 1.  This year we are excited to offer two options for lodging. Bunk up in one of the on-campus housing units for the full camp experience or sleep at a local hotel for extra comfort and style. Click here to view the flyer for pricing and more information. 

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 13, 2017.

  •   The gathering for women

    The Gatherings are informal opportunities for ALL women to connect and get to know one another in a casual atmosphere.  Stop in for one or more Gathering opportunities.

    • Thursday, September 21st - 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • winter 2017 newsletter

    Our Winter Newsletter for women has interesting information about the One Heart Wings group and their ministry at Grace Centers of Hope.  On the back, you can read about our Spring Extravaganza, the new additions to our Leadership Team, and more. Click here to download a copy.

connect with us on facebook

  • one heart prayer group

    Our goal is to offer a safe, intimate place to come with prayer needs and receive encouragement from your sisters in Christ at Oakwood. 

    Click here to join our One Heart Prayer Group on Facebook. 

  • one heart happenings

    The purpose of this group is to offer a place for women to connect with one another. Here you will find announcements of women's activities going on at Oakwood, as well as various posts from Oakwood sisters reaching out to connect. Looking for someone to go to a movie with? Need a recommendation for a movie, book, contractor, or doctor? The potential is endless. 

    Click here to reach out and touch someone today in One Heart Happenings!