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 five 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. 

Women's ministry Leadership TEam

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

Not pictured: Vicki Allison, Melisa Hall and Cheryl Nalian


ONE HEART is led by five 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.

  •   The gathering for women

    The Gatherings are informal opportunities for ALL women to connect and get to know one another in a casual atmosphere.  Whether you're new to Oakwood or have been here for many years, everyone is invited! Stop in for one or more Gathering opportunities.

    • Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:00am - Yates Cider Mill in Canterbury Village 2359 Joslyn Road located in Lake Orion
    • Saturday, November 16th from 9:30am to noon - DIY Christmas Craft
    • Wednesday, December 11th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm - Cookie Exchange
    • Friday, January 24th Time TBD - Matinee & A Meal
    • Tuesday, February 18th Time TBD - Love Languages
    Childcare is available upon request for Gathering's at the church. For off-site Gatherings, children are welcome to come with you.
  • 2019 Women's Christmas brunch

    saturday, december 7th 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Come to our One Heart BRUNCH and celebrate Christmas with girl friends! Enjoy a scrumptious brunch buffet, an irresistible hot cocoa bar, music, performance by Student Ministry "Believe", a message from Marlene Lawson and lots of laughter. We are excited to have Marlene back again as our guest speaker! Oakwood's outreach ministry this year is House of Providence. The Women's Ministry will be collecting Christmas lights and decorations for their new home. If you would like to help, purchase an item from the House of Providence registry at Target or bring a cash donation to the brunch. This fabulous event is free, however reservations are required. Stop at the cafe on Sunday mornings or email oneheart@oakwoodcc.org. Flyers and invite cards are available.

    2019 Christmas Brunch Flyer

  • Fall 2017 newsletter

    Our Fall Newsletter for women has great information about our Christmas Brunch.  On the back, you can read about our One Heart Wings Christmas Party, The Gatherings for Women, and more. Click here to download a copy.

  • The Disciples Path for Women

    Disciples Path teaches what it means to follow Christ; how to model discipleship; how to practice discipleship; helps establish the habit of looking to the Bible for solutions; and teaches how to apply basic biblical doctrine to everyday life.  

    Click here for an article by Meg Knauf to learn more. 

Bible studies for women

Check back regularly for current and upcoming Bible Studies. You are welcome to join us for a study anytime!

  • Women's bible study

    monday evening 7pm & wednesday morning 10am

    If you have never read or studied one of the prophetic books, this is the perfect place to start. The book of Jeremiah (one of the 4 major prophets) helps us understand and picture the Kingdom of Judah before, during and after the Babylonian captivity. In Finding Jesus in Jeremiah, you will learn about salvation through faith, the Holy Spirit, unconditional love, God's promises, His righteousness, the covenants, the seed of Abraham, and much more. 


    Workbooks are $12 and can be purchased from Cheryl Bongiorno 248-891-4624. Contact Melisa Hall 248-515-9027 or oneheart@oakwoodcc.org to sign up or for more information.

  • Thursday Morning Group 10:00am to 12:00pm

    We have a new group for women on Thursday mornings from 10:00am to 12:00pm in Lake Orion. Julie Gleason will lead a small group of women who want to do life together and apply Scripture to their everyday life. She has a heart for women to be in God's Word daily and to teach them tools to do so while being busy with work, raising a family or other life commitments. Contact Melisa Hall 248-515-9027 or oneheart@oakwoodcc.org for location details or for more information. 


    Register for Thursday Morning

  • Sermon on the mount Bible study

    by cheryl bongiorno

    The Sermon on the Mount is one of a few recorded sermons by the Lord Jesus. He talks about what really matters to God. The weekly topics include His Kingdom principles that are so precious to all who love Jesus and follow Him closely. 


    Keys to the Kingdom: Sermon on the Mount - Study Guide

  • The Epistle of 1 John Bible study

    By cheryl bongiorno

    1 John is a short book, yet full of truth that will improve our relationship with God and others as we learn to love as God loves. See for yourself all the spiritual gems that John has for us!


    God is Love: The Epistle of 1 John - Study Guide

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!