Sunday School: 9:15AM
Worship: 10:30AM
7843 Smucker Rd, Smithville, OH 44677
Douglas J. Zehr, Pastor
Miriam R. Zehr, Associate

Bicentennial Celebration at Oak Grove Mennonite Church | Download Historical Timeline

Historical Reflections, April 14 & 15, 2018

Saturday, April 14

7:00 p.m.

Introduction of the Oak Grove Historical Timeline, connecting Oak Grove's history with world events and the history of the Mennonite Church

Reveal Event  - "Sketches of God's Faithfulness:Oak Grove Mennonite Church 1818-2018" book by Levi Miller

"Importance of Reflecting on Our Past: Applying Concepts" - Jason Kauffman, Director of Archives and Records Management for MC USA

Sunday, April 15 

9:00 a.m. Informal Coffee Fellowship
9:30 a.m.  Joint Adult Education Class: "Oak Grove and Its Contribution to the Broader Church: Story Telling" - Paul Miller and Jason Kauffman
10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration
"Oak Grove's Contribution to God's Work Then & Now"
     - Jason Kauffman - Director of Historical Archives for MC USA

Hymn Sing & Hymnal Celebration, July 2018

July 14 & 15, 2018

Hymn Festival weekend featuring the Hymnbooks of our History:

*Saturday, July 14

  7:00 p.m. Benefit Piano Recital: George Bixler, pianist.
  Free Admission - Freewill Offering

As part of the celebration of our 200th anniversary, we will have local pianist and church member George Bixler perform a piano recital.

To highlight the church’s anniversary, the program will feature several of George’s hymn arrangements.  However, a variety of classical, popular and jazz selections will also be presented, assuring that there should be something for every musical taste.

George Bixler, piano, is a graduate of Bluffton College with a dual major in business administration and music.  George began playing piano at age 5, and studied under Alberta Berg of Dalton, as well as James Bixel and Jean Szabo while at Bluffton.  An eclectic musician with a wide variety of musical interests, he has performed in a wide variety of solo and ensemble settings, including solo recitals in Ohio and Pennsylvania, The Messiah, An Evening with the Piano, over 50 weddings, and many other church and community venues. George has also performed frequently in a duo with noted violinist Amy Glick.  He is known for his hymn arrangements for worship settings.  George lives in Medina with his wife Anita.  He has three married sons and nine grandchildren.


*Sunday, July 15

  10:30 a.m. Worship - Musically Speaking - Pastor Doug
  2:00 p.m. - Hymn Sing & Hymnal Celebration
  A celebration of Oak Grove's musical heritage.
  Musical selections will come from hymnals used over the years.
  Bicentennial Reception and Birthday Party to follow!

Harvest Home / Homecoming Sunday

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Join us for our annual Harvest Home worship

** 8:30 am Breakfast – Fellowship Center **

9:15 am Seed $ Celebration & Testimonies

10:30 am Worship - Guest Speaker: Jeff Hochstetler*

*Jeff is a pastor at Berlin Mennonite Church. The son of Harold, and the late Lois Hochstetler, brother to Matt (Megan), Eric (Logan), and his twin Justin (Abri), Jeff grew up at Oak Grove. He is married to Kelsey and they have three daughters.


“Harvest Home Sunday,”

an autumn tradition at Oak Grove, had its beginnings when many members were engaged in farming. The season of harvest was a time of celebration and acknowledgment of our abundance and God’s blessing in our lives. Sharing this bounty with those in need was also the purpose of this special Sunday. Members brought fresh produce from their fields and gardens and home-canned fruits and vegetables from their kitchens. These were collected at the church and then distributed to street ministries and food pantries. 

Family and friends living out of the area have been invited back “home” to worship and enjoy the day together. Fall decorations are a part of the tradition and add beauty to the church and fellowship hall. 

As lifestyles, professions and food restrictions at distribution places have changed, grocery items and offerings of money have replaced the fresh and canned produce.