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 six 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. 

2018 Ladies Fall Retreat

Oct. 5-7, 2018 at grace adventures

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).


Robyn Dykstra is a captivating speaker and author. Her life- changing messages help women trust and follow Jesus. If you’ve experienced loss or trial in your life - whether self-induced or thrust upon you, you’ll want to hear Robyn’s encouraging discoveries to energize your faith in God and find the strength to face life’s challenges.


Surprisingly funny and refreshing after all she’s been through, Robyn is a Humorous Speech Champion and hilarious storyteller. Through her in-depth Biblical teaching and funny personal illustrations, she will have you laughing one minute and crying the next as you discover fresh truth from God’s Word for a life that works.


Download a 2018 Ladies Fall Retreat Flyer

ladies fall retreat registration

The cost for the 2018 Ladies Fall Retreat will be $159, with lodging provided in a local hotel (rate reflects 2 people per room).  Please contact the church office if you are interested in on-campus lodging. You can register and pay in full online with your DEBIT card using the link below.  Or you can download this registration form, fill out the information and give (or mail) it to the church office with a $25 non-refundable deposit.  


Must be 18 years old to attend the retreat.  Registration and full payment is due before August 20th.  Please make checks payable to Oakwood Community Church. 


What activities are included or available?

  • Lodging for 2 nights
  • 4 chapel sessions with Robyn Dykstra
  • All meals and snacks
  • Workshops (for deeper study)
  • Biking, ropes course, climbing wall, pontoon boat rides, horseback riding, paintball, target shooting & pamper room!
  • Massages & crafts available (additional cost)
  • Nearby sand dunes and lighthouses


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 six 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.

  • Fun faithful friendships

    summer get together for women

    Come out and join us for some casual summer fellowship. We have a variety of dates set throughout the summer. Children are welcome to come with you. If you have any questions contact Vicki Allison Vallison07@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

    • Thursday, July 5th 11:00am Beach Day at Metamora Hadley Park
      *Bring a picnic lunch and snacks
    • Thursday, July 19th 11:00am Lunch at 5-1 Diner in Oxford
      *Separate bills will be provided for convenience
    • Friday, August 10th Bonfire
      *More information to come
  • Ladies Fall Retreat

    October 5-7, 2018

    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, and lodging at a local hotel are all included in the weekend package for $159. Spots fill up fast! Full payment and registration are due before Monday, August 20th. Click here for a flyer with more information.

  •   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:

    • Monday, Mary 21st 6:30pm at the Jackson's Home
    Childcare is available for Gatherings at Oakwood and children are welcome to come to the off-site Gatherings with you.
  • 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!

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!