In A Nutshell | February 21, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
We have quite a weekend ahead of us at Oak Chapel UMC. Tomorrow evening, Saturday, February 22, the United Methodist Men will host an evening of table tennis in our Fellowship Hall. Bill Stewart will offer a demonstration on the rules of play and techniques. Please join us and invite a friend for this evening of learning, fun and fellowship!
Then on Sunday morning, we will have our Sunday School Explosion. The day will begin with a hot breakfast served in Fellowship Hall at 8:30am. At 9:00, I will be doing science experiments! Those who witnessed my infamous children’s message last May will want to come for the repeat entertainment. And those who were not there will not want to miss it this time. Come see what all the fuss was about.  I have been finalizing the details for each demonstration, preparing and mixing all sorts of liquids AND I’m going to attempt to burn some money, too. There will also be games and prizes. Invite someone new to join you for breakfast and Sunday School this week. It is sure to be a blast!
This Sunday in worship we will conclude the “Upside Down: A Different Way to Live” sermon series. My sermon titled “Love the Ones You Hate” is based on Matthew 5: 38 – 48. Hope to see you then!
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Art and Soul
If you have an interest in learning to express yourself through various art media as you grow spiritually, this new small group may just the thing for you.  The group will meet on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The sessions will begin with devotions followed by the introduction of a specific art media and time to explore that media to create a piece of art that reflects the unique way God has created you.  No particular artistic ability is needed, just a desire to explore different ways to express your spirituality through art.  The first session will be Monday, March 3.  At that session, we will be working in polymer clay.  If you have clay or clay tools please bring them with you. If not these items will be provided.  Please come and join us as we learn and grow together.
All Sons Banquet
The annual All Sons Banquet sponsored by the United Methodist Men is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014.  The 5:30pm catered dinner includes Swiss Steak, trimmings, and home-made pie.   The after banquet speaker is Joshua Johnson, a thirty-one year old cancer survivor from Youngstown.  Joshua’s presentation “I Ride For Those Who Can’t!” will touch on his life’s journey so far; ranging from football player, teacher, charity cyclist, and husband/father to be. He will illustrate how his faith in Christ has anchored his choices in life.  A lively Question and Answer period will follow the 6:30 presentation. The 6:30 after-dinner presentation is Free Admission.  Dinner reservations ($10) are required. Please sign up on the clipboard located in the Narthex. For more information, please see Pastor Jim Pfander or Bill Braucher.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent. On Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00pm, we will gather in the sanctuary to mark this occasion. Pastor Robin will preach on Exodus 32: 1 – 24 with a message titled “Written in Stone.” There will also be the imposition of ashes.
Lenten Sermon Series
During Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ending Easter Sunday, April 20), Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled Journey of Stones. Begin praying about friends and neighbors you can invite to join you for this upcoming series.
Sunday Evening Lenten Series
During the season of Lent, we will continue our tradition of gathering for evening worship with the Moreland and New Pittsburg United Methodist Churches on Sundays at 7:00pm. There will be a time of fellowship after each service. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, March 16 – Rev. Tom Fish preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Sunday, March 23 – Rev. John Heavilin preaching at Moreland UMC
Sunday, March 30 – Rev. Robin Dillon preaching at New Pittsburg UMC
Sunday, April 6 – Rev. Jim Pfander preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Oak Chapel United Methodist Women Trip to New York City
September 25-29, 2014 (Thurs-Monday)
The United Methodist Women (UMW) are planning a trip to New York City this Fall. The cost is $450 per person which includes transportation, seminar, and lodging. Lodging will be at the Alma Matthews House which is owned by the denomination-wide UMW.
Below is the tentative travel schedule:
Thursday – Travel day – bring sack lunch
Friday – Seminar on Human Trafficking at Church Center for United Nations
Saturday – Free for walking, sightseeing, shopping or theater, or whatever
Sunday – Church together; then more free time
Monday – Travel home
$100 deposit due March 30, 2014 – non refundable, but transferable. The remaining $350 is due prior to travel. Please also plan about $100 extra as spending money for meals, subway/cabs, and any entrance fees or theater tickets
Youth Groups
Beginning in March both the Saplings (Grades 3 – 6) and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (Grades 7 – 12) will start meeting on the first and third Sundays of the month with a combined youth group meeting on the fifth Sundays, as they occur.  Both groups will meet at 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm and welcome all youth grades 3-12.  The Saplings are creating a time line of the major events of both the Old and New Testaments.  The UMYF is participating in a program entitled Dare to Dream.  This inspiring program draws on the Bible and a lifetime of ministry to help teens learn how to develop a life mission statement that helps them fully commit to a God-directed lifestyle.
Free Webinar on the Means of Grace
Interpreter magazine and The Upper Room are launching a new series of articles and webinars exploring the means of grace, practices in which Christians have traditionally engaged to grow in their relationship to God. The one-hour premiere event is a webinar this Thursday, February 27 from 8:00 – 9:00pm Eastern Time. The deadline to register is this Wednesday, February 26 at 1:00pm. Please check out the following link for more information.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 2/23 – Sunday School Explosion Breakfast at 8:30am
                                    Sunday School at 9:30am
                                    Worship at 10:30am
Monday, 2/24 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                                    Prayer Shawl Ministry at 5:30pm
                                    Staff-Parish Relations Committee at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 2/25 – Membership Care Committee at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 2/26 – Bible Study – John at 6:30pm
                                    Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 3/1 – Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
It is 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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