In A Nutshell | February 26, 2016

Hello, Oak Chapel friends,
We know that February is the shortest month of the year, but it seems to have flown by especially quick this year! Whew! As we look toward March, we begin to prepare our hearts for Easter and the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. My prayer for each of you is that during this season you will experience anew the life-giving hope of our Savior.
This Sunday we will celebrate the ministry of those offering hope to others across the globe. Caroline and Dan Shadburn will join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. and will share stores and pictures from their most recent mission trip to Cuba in December. Invite your friends and neighbors to hear about their important work.
Below you will also find other 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, 2/28 is April Aten.  Her assistant next Sunday, 3/6 is Tracy Braucher.
Spring Plants to Decorate for Easter
Order a lily, daffodil, tulip or pansy basket to help decorate the sanctuary in celebration of the resurrection of Christ on Sunday, March 27. Each plant will cost $10 and can be given in memory or honor of someone. Order forms are in the Narthex and the office. The last day to order is Sunday, March 6.
Evening Lenten Worship Services
We continue our annual tradition of Sunday evening worship with other United Methodists. This year, all five of the United Methodist Churches in Wooster will participate. The theme is “Finding Home” and offerings will go to Wayne County Habitat for Humanity. The services will be held at 7:00 p.m., with the schedule is as follows:
Sunday, February 28 – Moreland UMC with Rev. Kris Patt preaching (Joshua 24:15)
Sunday, March 6 – New Pittsburg UMC with Rev. Robin Dillon preaching (Psalm 84)
Sunday, March 13 – Church of the Cross UMC with Rev. Charlie Tobias preaching (Revelation 21)
Outreach – Easter Egg Hunt
The Outreach Committee is requesting your help as we plan for this year’s Community Easter Egg Hunt.  Committee members will gather together after our next meeting on March 8 to fill plastic Easter Eggs for the hunt.  We need your help in providing the candy to fill the eggs. We are in need of wrapped candy that will fit in two-inch plastic eggs. We typically fill between 750-1000 eggs with small trinkets and candy. If you can help by donating a bag of wrapped candy, please leave it in the church office by Sunday, March 6. The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. Please invite your relatives and neighbors to bring their children for a morning of fun.
People to People
Please remember to bring in non-perishable items to support those in need in our area through the People to People Ministries.  Last year, People to People Ministries provided assistance to over 10,000 Wayne County applicants. On average 1 out of 12 residents of Wayne County, Ohio, could need their services.  Your monthly donation helps to make this ministry possible.  Our collection each month, which coordinates with the celebration of our Lord’s supper is an opportunity for you to share in the blessings God has given you with those in need.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 2/28 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                         Worship / Cuba Mission Update at 10:30am
                         Leave for Canton Charge Game at 1:45pm
                         Lenten Service – Moreland UMC at 7:00pm
Monday, 2/29 – Bible Study at 9:15am
                         Staff Parish Relations Committee at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 3/1 – Girl Scouts at 5:45pm
Wednesday, 3/2 – Morning Circle at 9:30am
                         Choir Rehearsal at 7:00pm
Saturday, 3/5 – 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 worshiping with you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

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