In A Nutshell | May 20, 2016

Hello, Oak Chapel friends,
In an effort to live out the church’s mission to “Serve God and Community,” tomorrow we will participate in the annual Change the World event beginning at 8:30 a.m. Come to the church for a light snack, coffee and a brief time of worship before starting our service projects. 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.  At Noon, we will gather back in Fellowship Hall for a light lunch and a time of conversation. Please prayerfully consider participating in this opportunity to reach beyond the walls of our church to share the love of God through these ministries.
Our Sunday worship service will focus on our United Methodist Heritage. My message titled “Roots, Shoots, and Branches” is based on Philippians 3: 7 – 14. Hope to see you there at 10:30 a.m.
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, 5/22 is Cindy Mykrantz.  Her assistant next Sunday, 5/29 is Cathy Shallenberger.
Flood Bucket Offerings
Through the rest of May, we will do a “jingly bucket” offering for Flood Buckets. Please bring your spare change (or bills and checks!) to help those in times of crisis. The total offering, along with health kits, will be taken to Annual Conference and given to the Midwest Distribution Center of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Graduate Recognition Sunday
On Sunday, June 5, we will honor our graduates. If you know of anyone graduating from high school, college, or other post-secondary education, please notify the church office.
Summer Worship Schedule
As we did last year, our Sunday schedule will flip for the summer months. Beginning Sunday, June 26, worship will be at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, followed by Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. This schedule will continue through Labor Day weekend.
Memorial Day Service
Oak Chapel will host its annual Memorial Day service at the Warner-Pioneer Cemetery next Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. Many thanks to Bill Braucher and Stuart Mykrantz for organizing this service.
Joan Kostka Memorial Service
There will be a memorial service for Joan Kostka at the church this Saturday, May 28. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with the service at 11:00 a.m. Following the inurnment at Wooster Cemetery, there will be a luncheon back at the church.
Wooster Kids Day
The church will host its annual cookie decorating booth at Wooster Kids Day on Saturday, June 4 from 1 – 4:00 p.m. The Outreach Committee is looking for people to help with this fun endeavor. If you are willing to bring your hands and a smile that day, please contact Pam Domer at 330-601-3926 or
Meet Reverend Chris Statz
Our new pastor, Rev. Chris Statz and his family will worship with us on Sunday, June 5. Join us for worship that day to meet Rev. Chris before his move to Oak Chapel, effective July 1.
Pastor Robin’s Farewell Luncheon
Pastor Robin’s last Sunday is June 19. Following worship that day we will host her farewell luncheon in Fellowship Hall. The meal will be our typical carry-in lunch with some special touches. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Feldman at 330-465-5782 or
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 5/22 – Sunday School at 9:30am
            Worship at 10:30am
            District UMW Tea at 2:00pm
Monday, 5/23 – Prayer Shawl Ministry at 5:30pm
            VBS Planning Meeting at 6:30pm
Tuesday, 5/24 – Girl Scouts at 5:45pm
Wednesday, 5/25 – Choir Rehearsal at 7:00pm
Thursday, 5/26 – 4 – H at 7:00pm
Saturday, 5/28 – Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
            Joan Kostka Visitation at 10:00am
            Kostka Memorial Service at 11:00am
            Kostka Luncheon at 12:30pm
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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