In A Nutshell | October 15, 2021

Bazaar, Glass Candy, Fellowship Dinners, and More

Some things never get old and never go out of style. Case in point: three long-standing traditions here at Oak Chapel — the Fall Bazaar, Glass Candy-Making, and monthly Fellowship Dinners.

These three staples of our church life were a big deal when my family and I attended here some 25 years ago, but they go back much further in our history, and they remain equally relevant and important today.

Why! Well, to begin with, they are unique to the identity of our church; secondly, they bring people into our church; and thirdly, they promote fun and fellowship among members, friends, and guests.

With all of the focus on innovation and change in our world today, isn’t it nice to step back into a simpler, quieter time when life didn’t seem to be quite as fast-paced — a time when we could sit down over a meal with our friends, neighbors, and fellow church members and carry on an engaging conversation in which all parties genuinely listened to and respected one another. Those were the days, my friend.

And those days will continue here at Oak Chapel this coming week as we invite all of you to take a nostalgic stroll down Memory Lane with our Fall Bazaar tomorrow, our third session of Glass Candy-Making on Monday evening, and the first Fellowship Dinner in more than 18 months next Sunday.

The Bazaar, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides an opportunity to check out many wonderful crafts and grab some lunch with an old friend, or a new acquaintance to talk about the “good old days” or glance into the future and consider the ways in which we can become a growing and vibrant church once again. Candy-Making continues on Monday night from about 6:30-8:30 (or as long as you are able to stay for an evening of fun and frivolity) when the beauty of the rainbow comes together in a delicious array of Glass Candy. You’ll detect the fragrance of the delicious flavors the moment you enter the church. The Fellowship Dinner will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24. Bring your favorite dish to share and join us as we gather for a hearty meal just after the worship service.

In addition to these three storied traditions, our Sunday School classes are ramping up as well. Our two adult classes have merged and are just getting underway, but you are welcome to join the group any time you are able to make it. We are still working to get a young adult class started. The group, which has no age parameters, will begin after the worship service at about 11:30 and continue until about 12:15. We are also hoping to start classes for children and youth, and we are even kicking around the idea of mini-sessions that would run from 10:00-10:25 for children and young families who operate on a tighter schedule

Oak Chapel has a longstanding reputation for active mission, fellowship, education, and worship, and we welcome you to join us as we return to the days of old. Bring your family and bring your friends as we breathe new life into our church this fall and welcome the beginning of an exciting new phase in our history — one that we can all enjoy and cherish as we make new memories for many years to come.

Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John

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