In A Nutshell | August 9, 2013

Hello, Oak Chapel friends,
Thank you for your prayers for the mission team traveling to New Jersey this week, returning last night. We primarily worked at the Belmar United Methodist Church, a church that sustained major water damage during Superstorm Sandy last Fall. We met many people and heard their stories, which we will share during worship sometime in the near future.
Tomorrow’s worship services (Heritage at 8:30am and Celebration at 10:30am) will focus on Luke 12: 32 – 40. My message is titled “Putting on God’s Glasses.”
I also encourage you to attend the combined adult summer Sunday School class in our air-conditioned Sing Mar Room at 9:30am. We have been studying Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace? This Sunday’s lesson, “Grace Put to the Test,” will explore grace in the face of disagreement, particularly some moral issues that divide Christians today. Prayerfully consider joining the discussion on this challenging topic. The lesson outline is attached for your review and consideration.
Golden Agers Luncheon
Those persons age 60 and older are invited to join us for our 34th Annual Golden Agers Luncheon this Tuesday, August 13. Gathering will begin at 11:00 with lunch served at 11:30. The speaker is Ann Freedlander Hunt, author of Gone But Not Forgotten: A Freedlander Legacy. After her presentation, she will have books available to sell and sign. They are $20 each. Please RSVP to Betty Franks or Joanne Jolliff ASAP or mark your reservation on the attendance slips during worship tomorrow.
Acorn News Due
Have you, your family or church group done something fun this summer? Do you have activities planned for the Fall? Then tell us all about it! News for the September edition of The Acorn is due this Thursday, 8/15. Please e-mail your info to or bring printed copy to the church office.
“A Fresh Start” Sermon Series
There’s something about back-to-school that makes everyone feel the possibility of a fresh start. Getting new school supplies is fun and that new pencil box, markers, and notebooks give the feeling of starting with a clean slate. Back-to-school can ignite these feelings in adults as well – it’s almost like a mini-new year! Back-to-school season is also a time of refocus for the church, bringing people together to start new spiritual disciplines and open themselves to new ways for the Holy Spirit to flourish. Pastor Robin will begin a new sermon series, “A Fresh Start,” next Sunday, August 18. A new sermon series and the new school year are the perfect time to invite someone new to worship. Who will you bring to church next week?
In conjunction with this new series, will have a backpack blessing during both worship services next Sunday, August 18. Join us for this special time of prayer and blessing for the new school year.
What Does It Mean to Be United Methodist?
Pastor Robin and Pam Domer will lead a one-day class on United Methodism on Saturday, August 24 from 9am – 2pm. This session will include a history of the church, core beliefs, and helpful information about our church structure. Those interested in joining Oak Chapel UMC are especially invited to attend. Even if you have been a United Methodist your whole life, this class will challenge you to live out our Wesleyan heritage.  A light lunch will be provided and the day will end with the celebration of Holy Communion.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, August 11 – Heritage Worship Service at 8:30am
                             Sunday School at 9:30am
                             Celebration Worship Service at 10:30am
Monday, August 12 – Finance Committee Meeting at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 8/13 – Golden Agers Luncheon at 11:30am
Wednesday, 8/14 – Staff-Parish Committee Meeting at 7:00pm
Thursday, 8/15 – Acorn News Due!
Saturday, 8/17 – United Methodist Men – Green Leaf at 7:30am
                             Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
Itis 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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