In A Nutshell | April 17, 2015

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
Exciting things are happening at Oak Chapel! Several of the Trustees have been working hard this week in preparation for our upcoming church work days. Come tomorrow morning at 9:00 to help with general clean up – cleaning windows, picking up sticks, raking, etc. When you come to church you will notice that the ramp railings and the fence around the playground have been sanded and painted. Special thanks to Brad Kitchen for taking on this project!
Join us on Sunday morning for Sunday School and Worship. This week’s worship will be led by the United Methodist Women and will include mission speaker Mariellyn Grace. Come hear how God is at work through missions.
Below you will find announcements and important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Children’s Sunday School Assistants
Terra Aten leads the young children’s Sunday School class that meets during worship each Sunday morning. Her assistant this Sunday is Carol Gossage. Her assistant next Sunday, 4/26 is Cathy Shallenberger.
Church Work Days
Don’t forget our church work day tomorrow – Saturday, April 18. At 9:00 a.m., we will gather to do some general clean up of the church buildings and grounds including cleaning windows, picking up sticks and raking. Next Saturday, April 25, we will gather to plant new shrubs on the north side of the building. Then on May 2, we will gather again to spread mulch around the new plants and other areas around the building. Many hands make light work. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. on any or all of these days. God has entrusted us with a beautiful facility and we want to be good stewards of it. 
Spring District Conference
Our Annual Spring District Conference will be held at Wadsworth UMC on Sunday, April 26 from 3:00 – 4:30pm. At this meeting we worship, hear about ministries at various churches on our district and elect district delegates to our annual conference session for 2016. All church members are invited to attend.
Church Women United May Friendship Dinner
The CWU May Friendship Dinner will be held Friday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. There will be a carpool from Oak Chapel at 5:30 p.m. The speaker is Mark Welty, Ph. D. He is the Central Regional Director of The Village Network. Tickets cost $7.50. There will be an ingathering of paper products for The Village Network. Please see Joanne Jolliff by Sunday, April 26 to get your ticket.
Compass Group Pulpit Exchange
The clergy in our compass group will participate in a pulpit exchange on Sunday, April 26. Rev. Chuck Kaliszewski from Rittman UMC will preach at Oak Chapel. Pastor Robin will preach at Smithville UMC that day.
New LED Lights in Office / Education Wing
On Wednesday, April 8, Black Electric temporarily installed the sanctuary LED linear lamps in the office and hallway outside of the office. The outer office now has three (3) 4-lamp fixtures that have two LED linear lamps and one (1) 4-lamp fixture that has four LED linear lamps. The pastor’s office now has one (1) 4-lamp fixture that has two LED linear lamps. The 2-lamp hallway fixture outside of the office now has two LED linear lamps and the next fixture down the hall has one LED linear lamp. Our initial evaluation is that all 4-lamp fixtures should be retrofitted with two LED linear lamps, the hallway fixtures should be retrofitted with one LED linear lamp, and all stairwell 2-lamp fixtures should be retrofitted with two LED linear lamps. We believe the fixture with four LED linear lamps is too bright; however, we would like feedback from the church staff and congregation about the brightness. We need to make a decision in about two weeks. The congregation can talk to either Kim Domer or Stuart Mykrantz after church or leave a message in their mailboxes in the church office.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 4/19 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                                    UMW Sunday Worship at 10:30am
                                    Blood Pressure screenings after worship
                                    Youth Groups at 6:30pm
Monday, 4/20 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                                    Trustees at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 4/21 – Girl Scouts at 5:45pm
Wednesday, 4/22 – NO Choir Rehearsal                                           
Thursday, 4/23 – 4 – H at 7:00pm
Saturday, 4/25 – UMW Spring Gathering – Mogadore at 8:30am
                                    Work Day 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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