In A Nutshell | February 6, 2015

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
The ministry of healing and wholeness is a primary task to which the church has been called as the Body of Christ.  Healing lies at the center of the church’s ministry. Just as Christ loved and ministered to the whole person, so, too, must the church care for people as physical and spiritual beings.  The mission of the church is to embody Christ, to be a continuation of the Incarnation, in ministries of teaching, preaching, and healing.  The church is Christ’s presence in the world, and we as the church, are charged with bringing healing to those around us.
Last Sunday we explored Jesus’ healing of the man with the unclean spirit, the first healing recorded in the Gospel of Mark. This Sunday we will hear about more of Jesus’ healings and those in the congregation will have the opportunity to come forward for prayers and anointing. My sermon, titled “Cured or Healed?” is based on Mark 1: 29 – 39. I hope to see you there!
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
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, 2/8 is Jim Pfander. Her assistant next Sunday, 2/15 is Cathy Shallenberger.
Save the Date! Prayer Workshop on March 14
On Saturday, March 14 from 9:30 a.m. till Noon, Pastor Robin and others will lead an experiential workshop on prayer. Participants will learn about various forms of prayer and spiritual disciplines including iconography, prayer beads, the Examen, journaling and walking a labyrinth. The season of Lent is a good time to incorporate new disciplines into your life. Come and experience.
All Sons Banquet – New and updated information
The United Methodist Men’s Annual All Sons Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 21. The speaker is Mike McClintock, who will share his experiences of bicycling across the country. Please make reservations on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. The suggested donation for the meal is $10. For more information, see Bill Braucher.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Begin the Lenten journey with Ash Wednesday worship on February 18 at 7:00 p.m. This traditional service will include the celebration of Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes.
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 upcoming bulletins and Nutshells.
Lenten Sermon Series
Many people give something up for the forty days of Lent. Often this “giving up” takes the form of food or a bad habit. But God desires more from us. And for more than forty days. Beginning Sunday, February 22, Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled “Giving It Up,” inviting her listeners to consider giving up such things as control, expectations, superiority, enemies, popularity and death. Let’s give up more than chocolate this year!
Sunday Evening Lenten Services
This year we will 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 on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows:
        March 1 – Rev. Tom Fish preaching at Wooster UMC
    March 8 – Rev. Charlie Tobias preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
    March 15 – Rev. Robin Dillon preaching at New Pittsburg UMC
    March 22 – Rev. Jon Heavilin preaching at Moreland UMC
Lenten Hymn Study
Sing (or read!) your way through this Lenten season with “Will You Come and Follow Me? An Adult Lenten Study on Hymns.” This six-week study, led by Pastor Robin, will examine the texts of various Lenten hymns (one per week). Each session will challenge participants to work through the meaning of the text and how it relates to us today. We will also learn about the hymn writers. The first session of the study will begin with a light supper at 5:45 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, February 18. The remaining five sessions will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
The schedule is as follows:
    February 18 (5:45 p.m.) “Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days”
    February 25 (6:30 p.m.) “Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)”
    March 4 (6:30 p.m.) “Lord of the Dance”
    March 11 (6:30 p.m.) “To God Be the Glory”
    March 18 (6:30 p.m.) “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
    March 25 (6:30 p.m.) “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”
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.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 2/8 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                                    Worship at 10:30am
Monday, 2/9 – No morning Bible Study
                                    Finance Committee at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 2/11 – Choir Rehearsal at 7:30pm
Thursday, 2/12 – Table Tennis at 7:00pm
Saturday, 2/14 – United Methodist Men – Green Leaf at 7:30am
                                    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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