In A Nutshell | May 23, 2014

On Sunday morning we will have our traditional Memorial Day service at the Warner-Pioneer cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Many thanks to Arden Boyer who coordinates this service each year. Please join us as we honor those who have served our country.
After the service at the cemetery, join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. where we will conclude our “Hands Together to Change the World” series. My sermon titled “Show Your Hand” is based on Luke 8: 26 – 39, in which Jesus restores a man possessed by demons.
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 April Aten. Her assistant next Sunday (6/1) is Jim Pfander. 
Flood Buckets
On Sundays May 25, June 1 and 8, we will collect coins in our “jingly” buckets. These offerings will be taken to Annual Conference for Flood Buckets. Flood Buckets are supplied by the United Methodist Committee on Relief to enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a hurricane or flood.
Graduate Recognition Sunday
We will recognize 2014 graduates during worship next Sunday, June 1. If you are graduating from high school, college or any other post-secondary program, please contact the church office.
Pantry Items for People to People
We continue to collect canned goods and other pantry items for People to People Ministries. Please bring these items on the first Sunday of each month.
Wear Red for Pentecost
Sunday, June 8 is Pentecost when we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit. The liturgical color is red, symbolizing fire. Everyone is encouraged to wear red that day.
Reception of New Members
We will welcome new members to our congregation on Pentecost – Sunday, June 8. If you are interested in joining our fellowship, please contact Pastor Robin.
United Methodism Class
Next Saturday, May 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pastor Robin and Pam Domer will lead a one-day class on United Methodism. 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. A light lunch and childcare will be provided.
Calling All Scrapbookers!
The History and Records Committee has started scrapbooking pictures, memorabilia and other historic documents and they could use your help! The group plans to meet on Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Feldman or April Aten.
Summer Worship
Similar to last year, beginning Sunday, June 22, we will offer two worship services on Sunday mornings. Our Heritage worship service, held in the Sanctuary at 8:30 a.m., is ideal for those who wish to get an early start on the day or prefer traditional hymns and liturgies. The Celebration service, held in our air-conditioned Fellowship Hall at 10:30 a.m., will feature lively praise music and will make use of our multi-media system. We are very excited about these opportunities for worship and hope you will invite your friends and neighbors to participate with us. The two worship services will run through August 31. We will return to one worship service (10:30 a.m.) in the sanctuary on September 7.
Mission Trip to New Jersey
It’s not too late to sign up for our compass group mission trip to New Jersey! Four members of Oak Chapel are registered and there is room for more to experience the joys of helping those affected by Superstorm Sandy. The dates are Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August 2. The cost is $350 per person and we are doing some fundraising to offset this cost for participants. A $25 deposit is required by June 1. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity. See Pastor Robin for more information.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 5/25 – Memorial Service – Cemetery at 9:30am
                        Worship at 10:30am
Wednesday, 5/28 – No choir rehearsal
Thursday, 5/29 – History / Records Scrapbooking at 6:30pm
Saturday, 5/31 – United Methodism Class at 9:00am
                        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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