In A Nutshell | November 1, 2013

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
This Sunday is All Saints Day. During worship we will remember our loved ones who have gone onto their eternal rest this year. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper with the communion of saints. My message titled “Saint Who? Saint YOU!”is based on Ephesians 1: 11 – 23.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night. Or don’t and arrive in time for Sunday School! J
Below you’ll find details about upcoming service opportunities and fellowship events for your consideration.
Church Work Day
The Trustees are hosting a church work day tomorrow, Saturday, November 2, beginning at 9am. The projects include window washing and some general cleaning. Many hands make light work. We have a beautiful church facility and it takes all of us to keep it that way.
Plain Township Sunday School Convention
The 136th Plain Township Sunday School Convention will be this Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7:00pm at Reedsburg Lutheran Church. There will be a short business meeting and bluegrass music by Pearly Gates, followed by refreshments and fellowship. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
Christmas Poinsettias
Share in the festive mood by ordering a poinsettia to decorate our sanctuary for Christmas. Flowers will be arranged in the chancel for worship on Sunday, December 15. Orders must be received no later than Thursday, November 14. Each plant is $8.00. Checks should be made payable to Oak Chapel UMC. You may take your poinsettia home after the Christmas Eve service.
Elizabeth Feldman is going to Liberia, West Africa!
Elizabeth Feldman is going to Africa through the Farmer to Farmer program for two weeks in January. This is an exciting mission opportunity for her. She is selling stock certificates for $10.00 each. When she returns from her trip, the Outreach Committee will host a stock-holders dinner at which she will share her experience. Please consider buying stock certificates to support Elizabeth’s mission work.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
We will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, November 23 at the K-Mart on Portage Road. A sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex. This is a great way to share the joy of the Christmas season. Please see Janet Kauffman for more information.
Next Sunday, November 10 at 3:00pm Oak Chapel UMC will host a Hymn Festival. The theme of the event is “Singing God’s Story of Love.”  That Sunday morning, Dr. Robin Knowles Wallace, Professor of Worship and Music at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, will lead an adult education session on worship at 9:30am.  Rev. Kathy Smith, the Associate Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, will preach at our worship service at 10:30am.
Dealing with Change in Worship
As part of our Hymn Fest weekend, on Saturday, November 9, Oak Chapel UMC will host a workshop for area pastors, music directors and interested laity from 9am – Noon. In this workshop, led by Rev. Kathy Smith, Associate Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, we will learn about the dynamics of change in congregations, the effects changes can have on worship, ways in which worship can be the means for healthy change, and wisdom for leaders as they guide churches through changes in worship. There is no fee for this workshop but pre-registration is requested. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the church office at (330) 264-2537 or
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 11/3 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                   All Saints Day Worship at 10:30am
                   Youth groups           at6:30pm
                   Plain Twp Sunday School Convention at 7:00pm
Monday, 11/4 – Retirees Breakfast – Milltown at 8:00am
                   Bible Study at 10:15am
                   Candy Making at 6:15pm
Tuesday, 11/5 – Election Day
Wednesday, 11/6 – Morning Circle at Betty Franks’ at 9:30am
                   New Testament 101 at 6:30pm
                   Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Thursday, 11/7 – Worship Committee Meeting at 7:00pm
Saturday, 11/9 – United Methodist Men – Greenleaf at 7:30am
                   Dealing with Change in Worship Workshop at 9:00am
                   Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
Itis a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

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