In A Nutshell | July 12, 2013

Hello, Oak Chapel friends,
Thanks to all who attended the fellowship luncheon and celebration of my commissioning last Sunday after worship. Your presence was meaningful and the plaque and monetary gift are very much appreciated. I’m grateful for the support of Oak Chapel UMC on my journey to ordained ministry!
Last Sunday was also the first day of our summer worship schedule. I was quite pleased with the turn-out and look forward to all that God has in store for us as we worship together this summer. This Sunday we will have a special treat at the Heritage service in the Sanctuary at 8:30am. Mark Ritchey is offering his musical gift and will accompany our hymns. Our Celebration service at 10:30am in Fellowship Hall will offer praise music and other multi-media. The sermon at both services, based on Luke 10: 25 – 37, is titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”
Work/Clean-up Day at the Parsonage – TOMORROW!
During Wednesday’s storm one of the trees in the parsonage yard fell. Fortunately, there was no damage to the house. Some preliminary clean-up has been done, but the Trustees (and Pastor Robin!) would appreciate some additional help tomorrow. Specifically, we need to clean up more debris and haul away the wood that is cut. Join us tomorrow, Saturday, July 13, at 10am. Many hands make light work. With enough people, we should be able to get it all done in about an hour. Thanks for your consideration of this.
Study Opportunities Survey
Our Administrative Council recently completed the “Catch” Study. As we seek to become a more outwardly focused congregation, we would like to offer more opportunities for individual growth and renewal among our members. Please take a moment to complete this brief online survey to indicate your interest in such classes. We appreciate your time.
Mission Team
From August 4 – 9, Pete and Natalie Bunt, Kim and Pam Domer, and Pastor Robin will join with members of other churches in our Compass Group on a mission trip to Ocean, NJ to do relief / rebuild work necessary after Superstorm Sandy last Fall. The cost for each person is $325. Contributions to offset the cost of the trip would be appreciated. If you would like to support their work, please place your gift in the offering plate, noting its purpose.
Summer Combined Adult Sunday School
Pastor Robin is leading the combined Adult Sunday School class this summer through Sunday, September 8. Meeting in the air-conditioned Sing-Mar Room, this group is studying Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing about Grace? Through ten powerful video-bases sessions that will rock our preconceptions, we will discover together why grace is more amazing than we ever dreamed. All are welcome, even if you missed the first session last week.
Oak Chapel Night at the Akron Aeros
On Tuesday, July 16th the United Methodist Men are sponsoring a visit to Canal Park to see an Akron Aeros game.  Please sign up by indicating your reservation on the attendance registration slips in the bulletin on Sunday or by calling the church office (330-264-2537).  The cost is $7.00 which includes nine innings of baseball as well as a rare Tuesday night Fireworks Display.  Please be in the church parking lot by 5:35 to leave promptly by 5:45 PM.  We will carpool as much as possible.  Anyone needing a ride to or from the church can make arrangements with Bill Braucher (330-201-1353).   All are welcome.  Please bring friends and neighbors. This is an excellent opportunity to invite someone to an Oak Chapel UMC experience!
Looking Ahead to Buy Way Sale
Once again we will gather under the ‘ole oak tree for the Lincoln Buy Way Sale on August 8, 9 and 10. We will offer tables for $10 each to individuals to sell their own things, plus have one or two tables from which proceeds will go to Oak Chapel. We will need some helping hands to set up on Wednesday evening, as well as cooking and serving hot dogs and other yummy food. Contact Elizabeth Feldman.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 7/14 – Heritage Worship Service at 8:30am
                   Sunday School at 9:30am
                   Celebration Worship Service at 10:30am
Monday, 7/15 – Trustees at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 7/16 – Oak Chapel Night at Akron Aeros at 5:45pm
Friday, 7/19 – United Methodist Women at Mission U –
                   University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH
Saturday, 7/20 – Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
Sunday, 7/21 – Heritage Worship Service at 8:30am
                   Sunday School at 9:30am
                   Celebration Worship Service at 10:30am
                   Blood Pressure Screenings after the 10:30am service
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. See you in church!!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

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