In A Nutshell | July 24, 2015

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
What a beautiful sunshiny day! I trust you will make time today to soak in the beauty of God’s creation.
I also trust you will join us for worship this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We continue the Ohio Light Opera series with special music provided by Holly Flack, coloratura soprano, and Brad Baron, baritone-bass. During worship we will also honor Paul Schaffter who is moving to Florida at the beginning of the week. Rev. Jim Pfander will bring the message “Drowning in Stuff,” based on Mark 4: 26 – 34. You won’t want to miss it! Stick around for Sunday School 10:30, before going to lunch at Jake’s at Noon.
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 leads the young children’s Sunday School class that meets during worship each Sunday morning. Her assistant this Sunday, 7/26 is Miriam Zech. Her assistant next Sunday, 8/2 is April Aten.
Church Basement Clean Up
The Trustees need your help next Saturday, August 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m. They will clean out the former Scout room in the church basement, removing all contents. The room will then be painted to become a permanent storage area for the church. All hands are needed for this job! Please come and offer an hour or two (or more!) of your time.
Blessing of the Backpacks
In preparation for the start of school on Monday, August 17, we will have a backpack blessing during worship on Sunday, August 16. Invite your friends, neighbors, children, grandchildren or anyone else you know for this special time of prayer and blessing for the new school year.
John and Betty Copus Celebrate 50 Years
The congregation of Oak Chapel UMC is invited to the 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration of John and Betty Copus on Saturday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m. The renewal of vows will be followed by a light reception in the Fellowship Hall. The event is hosted by Vicki, Kathy, Rodney, Josh and Elaine. In lieu of gifts, John and Betty ask you to consider bringing an item to donate to the Hope Center. Items appreciated: shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, baby wipes, size 3/4 diapers, and powdered laundry detergent.
Lincoln Buy-Way Sale at Oak Chapel
Mark Thursday, Friday, Saturday – August 13, 14, and 15 on your calendar for the Lincoln Buy-Way Sale. Once again we will welcome travelers into our Fellowship Hall as we offer clean, gently used items for sale as well as food for the journey – sandwiches, cold drinks, sweet treats and so much more. Items can be brought to the church beginning August 9. You may also set up your own sale table for a nominal payment of $10. Food donations are appreciated. We need helpers for set up on Wednesday evening and helpers on each of the sale days. Call Elizabeth Feldman at 330-465-5782 if you have questions or are willing and able to help.
Ladies Spiritual Spa Day
Mark your calendars now for our second annual Ladies Spiritual Spa Day to be held Saturday, August 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and will include chicken salad croissants, Strawberry Fields Salad, lemon muffins and beverages. There will be six stations to visit: 15 minute chair massage by a licensed massage therapists, basic manicures by licensed manicurists, wax hands, heated relaxation chairs, homemade hand scrub, and spiritual activities including prayer beads, and a few surprises, of course! The cost is $25 which must accompany your reservation. Reservations are limited to thirty women. Please see Phyllis Weaver to reserve your spot. If you have questions, please contact Christy Rickard or a member of the Membership Care Committee.
Church Leaders for 2016
The Nominations and Leadership Development Committee will soon begin its work of praying and discerning who might be willing to serve in a leadership capacity at Oak Chapel in 2016. Below is a list of ministry areas within the church. If you have an interest in serving the church in one of these areas, please talk to Pastor Robin. Also, if you are approached by a member of the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee, please prayerfully consider their request. 
Staff/Parish Relations — works with pastor and staff to manage the ministry of the congregation
Trustees — responsible for the church building, grounds and other assets
Finance — oversees the financial aspects of the church including giving, bills, and audits
Outreach — encourages the church to move beyond the walls through mission and evangelism
Christian Education — responsible for the spiritual development of the congregation
Membership Care — cares for the overall well-being of the congregation
Worship& Music — works with the pastor to plan and implement all aspects of our worship experiences.
Ohio Light Opera Music Series
Oak Chapel has been given the opportunity to host Ohio Light Opera musicians this summer. For five weeks (July 5 – August 2), we will have special music provided by OLO musicians. The series will be partially funded by our worship and music budget and partially funded by donors. Should you wish to make a contribution toward this music series, please see Jen Moser or Pastor Robin.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 7/26 – Worship at 9:30am
                                    Sunday School at 10:30am
                                    Lunch to honor Paul Schaffter/Jake’s at 12:00pm
Monday, 7/27 – Prayer Shawl Ministry at 5:30pm
                                    Staff-Parish Relations Committee at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 7/28 – Membership Care at 7:00pm
Saturday, 8/1 – Church Basement Clean Up 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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