In A Nutshell | April 22, 2016

Hello, Oak Chapel friends,
John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life and those who only look to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” We at Oak Chapel UMC are in the midst of a time of change and transition. In times like these it is easy to cling to the past and what once was, or want things to remain just as they are right now. By doing that, however, we miss the opportunities ahead of us. I trust that you have begun praying for our church in the midst of this change – for me and the congregation at LeRoy UMC as we prepare for my move there, for Rev. Chris Statz and the congregations at Independence and Seven Hills UMCs as they prepare for Rev. Chris’ move to Oak Chapel, and all the members of Oak Chapel as we both grieve and look ahead. Rev. Chris and I will be meeting this week to discuss the transition and to schedule some opportunities for him to meet our congregation before his move here in July.
 
I hope you will join us for worship this Sunday. My message “Choose Love” is based on John 13: 31 – 35. See you then!
 
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, 4/24 is April Aten.  Her assistant next Sunday, 5/1 is Tracy Braucher.
 
Spring District Conference
Our Annual Spring District Conference will be held this Sunday, April 24 at Wooster UMC 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 2017. All church members are invited to attend.
Church Work Day
The Trustees invite all members of the church to participate in our church work day on Saturday, April 30. We will gather that day to do some general clean-up of the church building and grounds including cleaning windows, picking up sticks and raking. Many hands make light work. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. and work as long as you can. We should conclude by Noon. God has entrusted us with a beautiful facility and we want to be good stewards of it.  
 
All Daughters Banquet – Saturday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Think about your favorite shoes…were they shiny? Do they make you feel important? Were they new or hand-me-down? Where did they take you? The Bible tells many stories of shoes, feet and travels. Please join us on Saturday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m. as we share some of these stories and devotions. If you wish to show off your favorite shoes please wear or bring them and be prepared to add your own “footnote” to the program. As a gesture of good will we will accept donations of new and gently used shoes and new socks to be forwarded to local agencies in need. The luncheon will be served by the United Methodist Men!
 
Jesus is Calling You to Reach Out – May 21, 2016
Please mark your calendars for our annual Change the World Event, Saturday, May 21 from 8:30 a.m. till Noon.  We will have opportunities for service to the church, the community and the world.  As in the past a group will be putting together health kits to be taken to Annual Conference in support of the ministries of the United Methodist Church.  Another group will be working with Habitat for Humanity to support this community ministry.  And there will be the opportunity to serve the world as a group will be cutting out denim shoes to share with people in Africa.  Please prayerfully consider participating in this opportunity to reach beyond the walls of our church to share the love of God through these ministries.
 
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 4/24 – Sunday School at 9:30am
               Worship at 10:30am
               Burckhart Family (Fellowship Hall) at 3:00pm
Monday, 4/25 – Bible Study at 9:15am
               Prayer Shawl Ministry at 5:30pm
               Vacation Bible School Meeting at 6:30pm
Tuesday, 4/26 – Girl Scouts at 5:45pm
Wednesday, 4/27 – Choir Rehearsal at 7:00pm
Thursday, 4/28 – 4 – H at 7:00pm
Friday, 4/29 – Saturday, 4/30 – Girl Scout Overnight
Saturday, 4/30 – Church 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 worshiping with you in church on Sunday!
 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

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