In A Nutshell | January 15, 2015

Pastor Robin is on vacation so this is an abbreviated form of our weekly Nutshell. There are many opportunities for food and fellowship this weekend! Come and enjoy!
On Sunday morning, Pam Domer will bring the message “Nazareth: Come and See” based on John 1: 43 – 51.
Chili Cook-Off
The annual Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the United Methodist Men is this Saturday, January 17, 2015.  Yes, THIS SATURDAY!! Doors open at 5:30pm. Come and enjoy great chili with over a dozen varieties of flavors!  Everyone can sample all of the offerings and can vote for their favorites!  Cash prizes are offered for the first, second and third place winners. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and the votes are counted and the winners selected around 7:30 p.m. Corn bread and other delights will also be served.  Admission is by donation.  Reservations are not required. Everyone who loves great (and exotic chili) is most welcome.
Children’s Sunday School Assistants
Terra Aten is the leader of the young children’s Sunday School class (PreK to 2nd grade) that meets during worship each Sunday morning. Her assistant this Sunday, 1/18 is Carol Gossage. Her assistants next Sunday, 1/25 are Kate and Joanne Jolliff.
Pastor Robin on vacation
Pastor Robin is on vacation through Tuesday, January 20. Pastor Jon Heavilin (New Pittsburg UMC) will cover for pastoral emergencies. He may be contacted at 330-264-4939 (home) or 330-464-8953 (cell).
Fellowship Luncheon this Sunday!
Our monthly Fellowship Luncheon is this Sunday, 1/18 after worship. In honor of Ed Wirt’s 75th Birthday, he is providing the meat (ham) for our meal. Please join us for this special celebration.
Superbowl Sub Sale
The United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF – Grades 7 – 12) is selling subs for Superbowl Sunday. Each sub will have ham, turkey, bologna, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Proceeds will benefit current and future youth projects. The cost is $5.00. Please order by Sunday, January 25. Subs will be available for pick up after worship on Sunday, February 1.
Souper Bowl of Caring
The United Methodist Youth Fellowship is participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring. Between now and Sunday, February 1, they will be collecting money and canned goods to be given to local food banks. Please place these items in the designated pot in the Narthex.
District Leadership Training Carpool
Those who have registered for the Canal District Leadership Training on Saturday, January 24 should meet in the church parking lot at 8:15 a.m. to carpool to Johnson UMC in Norton.  
Table Tennis Anyone?
The Table Tennis Club meets every Thursday from 7—9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited as our intent is fellowship and outreach. Feel free to come regardless of your skill level. Nothing is needed in the way of equipment— everything is provided. It is recommended you wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Please contact Bill Stewart at 330-347-4130 with any questions.
Girl Scout Cookies
It’s that time of year again! The Girl Scout Troop that meets here at Oak Chapel UMC is selling cookies. If you would like to purchase cookies, please see Terra Aten, Piper or Zoe Everett, or Dasie Nordick.
Mardi Gras Madness
Remember last year’s “Sunday School Explosion”?  Join us this year for Mardi Gras Madness on Sunday, February 22 at 8:15 a.m.  There will be food, fun and fellowship as we celebrate our church’s Sunday School Programs.  Look for more information in the February Acorn, the bulletin and Nutshell.
Looking Ahead to Lent
Our Lenten journey will begin with our traditional Ash Wednesday service on February 18.
We will also continue our annual tradition of Sunday evening worship services with other United Methodist Churches in the area. In addition to Moreland and New Pittsburg UMCs, this year Wooster UMC will join us for this time of worship and fellowship. The services will be Sundays, March 1, 8, 15 and 22. More information will follow in the weeks to come.
Lastly, during Lent, Pastor Robin will lead a mid-week study titled “Will You Come and Follow Me.” This six-week study is based on Lenten hymns. Sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome. More information will be available in upcoming bulletins and newsletters.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 1/18 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                                    Worship at10:30am
                                    Fellowship Luncheon after worship
                                    Blood pressure screenings after worship
                                    Youth Groups at6:30pm
Monday, 1/19 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                                    Trustees at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 1/21 – Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Thursday, 1/22 – Table Tennis at 7:00pm
Saturday, 1/24 – District Leadership Training at 9:00am
            Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am

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