In A Nutshell | October 23, 2015

Hello, Oak Chapel friends,
Tomorrow is our annual bazaar which will feature craft items including quilts, jewelry, knitted items, Christmas gifts and more. Of course, we will also sell mincemeat, candy, cookies and pies, too! Come shop, then enjoy a scrumptious chicken sandwich or ham loaf for lunch. The bazaar runs from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. There is also still time to help or bring crafts. Please contact Miriam Zech at 330-317-0006.
On Sunday, we continue our four-week worship series titled Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. During this series we have explored what the Bible teaches about financial management. This Sunday’s message titled “Cultivating Contentment” is based on Philippians 4: 10 – 13.  Mark Ritchey will provide special music. We hope you will join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. as we learn to truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.
Come back to church on Sunday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. for our annual Trunk or Treat. Decorate your car and hand out candy to the kids in our community. Invite your friends, neighbors, children, and grandchildren to trick or treat in a safe environment. There will also be cookie decorating. Kids of all ages welcome!
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, 10/25 is Carol Gossage.  Her assistant next Sunday, 11/1 is Joanne Jolliff.
United Methodist Women’s Meeting
The United Methodist Women of Wooster United Methodist Church have invited the women of Oak Chapel to their next unit dinner meeting on Wednesday, November 4. The program for the evening will feature a speaker from the Child Sexual Assault services agency. The women gather for fellowship between 6 and 6:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00. A brief business meeting will follow the program and the evening will conclude around 8:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Evelyn Silver by next Sunday, November 1.
Concert of Praise and Thanksgiving
On Sunday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m., Church of the Cross host a free concert presented by the combined singers and hand bell ringers from Oak Chapel, Moreland, Wooster and Church of the Cross United Methodist Churches. A mini cantata by Tom Fettke “We Have Come” will be part of the musical selections. All are welcome.  Canned or boxed foods may be brought to share with a local food bank.   Refreshments will be offered following the concert. Church of the Cross is located at 5100 Cleveland Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 and the building is handicapped accessible. For more information contact (330) 345-6472.
Candy Making
Our annual candy making tradition has started and will continue through the month of November on Monday evenings at 6:15 in Fellowship Hall. New candy cutters are always welcome. No experience necessary – we will train you! Come join this great time of fun and fellowship.
Candy Sales
Have you tasted Oak Chapel’s famous glass candy? Isn’t it yummy? Surely you want to buy some. Just $5 per bag. They make great gifts for teachers, hairstylists, and other service workers. Also consider selling this delicious treat to your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Feldman at or 330-465-5782 or
Coats for Mountain Vision
We are in need of new or gently used winter coats to take with us when we go the Valley Head, West Virginia for our annual Christmas Party.  It has been several years since we have had coats to take to the children and there is a definite need.  Coats can be dropped off in the Saplings Room across from the church office.  More information about supporting this ministry by purchasing Christmas gifts will be shared when we have a list of the children from West Virginia.
All Saints Sunday
Next Sunday, November 1, we will celebrate All Saints Day during worship. This special day on the liturgical calendar is a time to remember those “in the company of heaven” with whom we always worship and share the Lord’s Supper.  We will read the names of and light a candle for those who have died since All Saints Day last year. If you would like your loved one included, please contact Pastor Robin.
Plain Township Sunday School Convention
The Plain Township Sunday School Convention will be held on Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Plain Lutheran Church. There will be a short business meeting followed by a musical program with Ryan and Megan Rough. There will be refreshments after the program.
Workshop on United Methodist Sacraments
As United Methodists we celebrate two sacraments – Baptism and Holy Communion. Our lives in Christ are grounded in baptism and sustained by communion. We are called to not only receive these sacraments, but to live them. Would you like to learn more about these practices and understand their life-enriching value? Pastor Robin will lead a workshop on baptism and communion on Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 a.m. till Noon in Fellowship Hall. Those who pre-register by Sunday, November 16 will receive a free book. Register on today’s attendance slip or by calling the church office.
Church Clean-Up Day
The Trustees will host a church clean-up / work day on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. till Noon. Please mark your calendars and plant to help!
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 10/25 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                                    Worship – Enough Series at 10:30am
                                    Congregational meeting after worship
                                    Trunk or Treat at 3:30pm
Monday, 10/26 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                                    Prayer Shawl Ministry at 5:30pm
                                    Candy Making at 6:15pm
                                    Staff-Parish Relations Committee at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 10/27 – Girl Scouts at 5:45pm
Wednesday, 10/28 – Choir Rehearsal at Church of the Cross at 7:30pm
Saturday, 10/31 – 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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