In A Nutshell | May 2, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
This Sunday in worship we will celebrate United Methodist Women’s Day. The women of the church will lead various aspects of the service and the Canal District UMW President Nancy Campbell will bring the message titled “Make It Happen” based on Philippians 3: 12 – 14. Nancy will also assist me with Holy Communion. Women are encouraged to bring items for layettes and health kits.
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Nursery Helpers
Terra Aten is our nursery coordinator and works in the nursery each Sunday morning. Her assistant this Sunday is Phyllis Weaver. Her assistant next Sunday (5/11) is Evelyn Silver. 
Church / Parsonage Work Day
Tomorrow there will be a church / parsonage work day from 9am till Noon. We will clean the sanctuary windows as well as do some exterior / grounds work at the parsonage. Even if you can only come for an hour or two, all help is appreciated.
Africa Update
Please come and hear the story of how God is working in the lives of the people in Liberia and how God and the people worked in the lives of the Africa mission team. With slides and stories, on May 18 during worship Elizabeth Feldman and Jean Brugger from Wooster UMC will talk about their mission in Harrisburg, working with St. John’s UMC. After worship we will offer an African lunch—modified of course. Please plan to stay for more fellowship.
All Daughters Brunch
Rumors floating around all point to a fun time at the All Daughters’ Brunch this year at 11:00 on Saturday, May 10. You won’t want to miss all the activities that our coordinator, Betsy Bower and her cohorts, have in store for the event. ALL women are invited. Be sure to invite your sisters, mothers, daughters and granddaughters. The theme for the brunch is “Saturday Morning Cartoons.” Be prepared to enjoy the items on the menu, including a Breakfast Burrito Bar and other tasty choices, as you fellowship with your guests and friends.
Change the World
On Saturday, May 17, Oak Chapel will join with other United Methodist churches around the globe in the fifth annual “Change the World” weekend. This day of service will challenge us to make a difference in our community and world. There will be service opportunities for people of all abilities including projects at the Wayne County Humane Society, Wayne County Children’s Services, Wooster Hope Center, and making layettes and health kits at Oak Chapel. We will start and end the day with some reflection time and lunch will be served. How many hands does it take to change the world? Yours!
Upcoming Sermon Series
In conjunction with our “Change the World” event on Saturday, May 17, Pastor Robin will do a brief sermon series titled “Hands Together to Change the World.” A hand is a powerful tool. When we use our hands, change can occur. Change the World is about finding the opportunities around us where we can serve and take action and this sermon series will focus on that.
Parking Lot Fund Update
To date, we have received $11,395 for our parking lot fund. The project will cost approximately $16,000. We appreciate your continued support.
Compass Group Mission Trip – Sign up now!
Pastor Robin is organizing our compass group mission trip to New Jersey and four people from Oak Chapel have already signed up to go! We would love for even more to go. The dates are Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August 2. The cost of the trip is $350 per person. We will be doing some fundraising to offset the cost of the trip for each person. Please prayerfully consider this mission opportunity.
Table Tennis
Starting in May, a group with gather in the Fellowship Hall each Tuesday evening for table tennis. Join us on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. for a rousing good time. For more information, please contact Bill Stuart at 330-347-4130 or
What Does It Mean to Be United Methodist?
Have you ever wondered what it means to be a United Methodist? Do you have questions about what United Methodists believe or how our denomination is organized and structured? Then we have a class for you! Pastor Robin and Pam Domer are leading a one-day class on United Methodism. This session will include a brief history of the church, our core beliefs ranging from salvation to sacraments, and helpful information about our polity. Those interested in joining Oak Chapel UMC are especially invited to attend. And even if you have been a member of Oak Chapel or a United Methodist your whole life, this class will challenge you to live out our Wesleyan heritage. You won’t want to miss it!
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 9am – 1pm
Place: Fellowship Hall
A light lunch will be provided and the day will end with the celebration of Holy Communion. Childcare will be provided.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 5/4 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                        United Methodist Women’s Sunday at 10:30am
                        Saplings Youth            Group at 6:30pm
Monday, 5/5 – Retirees Breakfast – Milltown           at 8:00am
                        Bible Study at10:15am
                        Art and Soul at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 5/6 – Election Day
                        Table Tennis at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 5/7 – Morning Circle at Betty Franks’ at 9:30am
                        Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Thursday, 5/8 – Worship Committee            at 7:00pm
                        4-H at 7:00pm
Saturday, 5/10 – United Methodist Men – Green Leaf at 7:30am
                        Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
                        All Daughters Brunch at 11:00am
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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