In A Nutshell | April 5, 2013

Hello, Oak Chapel friends,
This Sunday is United Methodist Women’s Sunday for which the theme is “Sisters in Service.” Join us for worship with guest speaker, Dr. Maggie Jackson. Come support the work of the UMW and see who will be honored with this year’s Special Mission Award. Bring a sack lunch for the UMW unit meeting following the service.  
Why not invite a friend to worship with you this Sunday? Hope to see you there! 
UMW Sunday
In honor of this day and because of the United Methodist Midwest Mission Distribution Center’s great need for layette kits, we are asking people to bring one or more of the following items to worship that day.
* 6 Cloth diapers—pre-folded or plain diapers only. NO disposable diapers. 
* 2 infant undershirts
* 2 Wash cloths—infant size only; no adult wash cloths
* 2 Gowns or Sleepers
* 2 Diaper pins—must have protective plastic closures, no regular safety pins
* 1 Sweater or jacket—must open from front, may be hand knitted, crocheted or sewn (hooded sweatshirts acceptable) 
* 2 Receiving blankets—30”x30” or 30”x 32” sizes only, no crib blankets
Sunday Evening Bible Study
The Sunday evening Bible study will begin a new series this week, The Miracles of Jesus. Healer of diseases. Master of nature. Conqueror of demons and death. Jesus not only preached the kingdom of God in word, but he demonstrated it in power through his miraculous deeds. This unique, in-depth look at the miracles of Jesus will open your eyes to their impact on the lives he touched, what they reveal about God’s heart, and their significance for us today. This study begins at 6:30pm and will be led by Evelyn Silver.
Upcoming “Be. Go. Do.” Series
In preparation for our participation in the “Change the World” event on Saturday, May 18, Pastor Robin will do a four-week sermon series titled “Be. Go. Do.” This series will start on April 21 and will challenge us in our identity as Christians to move from passivity to action. Starting that evening, she will also lead a 4-week adult Bible study at 6:30pm. Those in the “Miracles of Jesus” series will participate and resume their study at the completion of this series.
District Conference
Our Canal District Spring Conference will be held on Sunday, April 21 at 3:00pm at Johnson UMC in Norton. These annual meetings include lively worship, learning about the great work done at various churches on our district, the introduction of candidates for ministry and voting on the district leadership, budget, and members at large to Annual Conference. Come experience our church’s connection!
All Sons’ Banquet
The Annual All Sons’ Banquet will be Saturday, April 13. Dinner, consisting of Swiss steak, potato, vegetable and pie, will be served at 5:30pm. The suggested donation for the dinner is $10. Reservations for the dinner must be made by April 8. The program, titled “Let’s Talk Baseball” will be presented by Jim Pfander, the General Manager and COO of the Akron Aeros (and son of our own Rev. Jim Pfander!). The program is free and will begin at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers to our church.
Super Hymn Sing
Our annual Super Hymn Sing will be held on Sunday, April 14 from 4 – 5:30pm, followed by a light meal. Frances Boyer has planned the program to include both old and new favorites. There will be special music including Miriam Zech, Mark Ritchey and Pastor Robin. Invite your friends and neighbors. All are welcome. Come and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
Church Work Day
The Trustees have scheduled a work day for Saturday, April 20 at 9am. There will be a variety of tasks for people of all abilities. Please help us maintain and beautify our church building and grounds!
Save the Date!
On Saturday, May 18, Oak Chapel will join with other United Methodist churches around the globe in the fourth annual “Change the World” weekend. This day of service will challenge us to make a difference in our community and world. There will be three options for service that day for people of all ages and abilities. We will start and end the day with some reflection time and lunch will be served.
Next week’s calendar …
Sunday, 4/7 – UMW Sunday at 10:30am
                   UMW Unit Meeting at 11:45am
                   Youth groups at 6:30pm
                   Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:30pm
Monday, 4/8 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                   Girl Scouts at 6:00pm
Wednesday, 4/10 – Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 4/13 –United Methodist Men – Green Leaf   at 7:30am
                   UMW District Meeting – Macedonia at 9:00am
                   Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
                   All Sons Dinner at 5:30pm
                   All Sons Program with Jim Pfander at 6:30pm
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. See you church!!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

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