In A Nutshell | July 31, 2015

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
Thanks to all who came to lunch at Jake’s last Sunday afternoon to honor Paul Schaffter. He was very grateful for your love and sentiments. Paul’s address in Florida is 5720 Jones St, Milton, FL 32570. His cell phone number will remain the same (a local Wooster number): 330-287-1813.
This Sunday we will gather for worship and Communion with my message “Rooted and Grounded in Love” based on Ephesians 3: 14 – 21. Sunday is also the final day in our Ohio Light Opera Music series, with Jake Boca performing on trumpet. After worship at 9:30, stick around for Sunday School at 10:30. 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 leads the young children’s Sunday School class that meets during worship each Sunday morning. Her assistant this Sunday, 8/2 is April Aten. Her assistant next Sunday, 8/9 is Tracy Braucher.
Church Basement Clean Up
The Trustees need your help TOMORROW, 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.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 8/2 – Worship at 9:30am
                                    Sunday School at 10:30am
                                    Youth Groups at 6:30pm
Monday, 8/3 – Retirees Breakfast – Town Market at 8:00am
                                    Art and Soul at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 8/4 – Girl Scouts at 5:45pm
Wednesday, 8/5 – Morning Circle – Betty Franks home at 9:30am
Saturday, 8/8 – United Methodist Men – Green Leaf at 7:30am
                                    Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
                                    Copus 50th Anniversary Party at 2:00pm
                                    United Methodist Men Trip to Rubber Ducks Game at 5:30pm
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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