Help Us Help Others Come in from the Cold
I think it’s safe to say that most people don’t like weather extremes. Some prefer warm summer evenings; others enjoy crisp fall mornings; but most of us would choose 72 degrees and bright blue skies over anything else.
Unfortunately, the weather in Ohio does not always cooperate. We climbed into the 90s several times this past summer, causing us to sweat profusely, and we will likely dip below 20 degrees on more than one occasion this winter, leading us to shiver incessantly.
One thing we do know is that frigid temperatures can be dangerous to one’s health. As a result, Oak Chapel is looking to partner with the local volunteers to provide safe shelter in the Salvation Army’s Warming Center this winter.
When the temperature falls to 20 degrees (or when the wind causes it to feel that cold), the warming center will be open for those who are homeless or are transitioning during the winter months.
Here’s how it works: the shelter will be open on those frigid nights so that anyone without a warm place to stay can find safe and warm accommodations, where they will have access to a hearty meal, a warm shower, and a comfortable cot on which to sleep.
If you would like to assist in this endeavor, the shelter is looking for people to volunteer from 6-10 p.m. on evenings when you are available. You might help with the check-in process, the serving of meals, or simply engage in casual conversation. Who knows, you may lift the spirit of another and even make a new friend in the process. Hired independent contractors will take over to supervise the overnight hours (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.).
If this sounds interesting to you, let Pastor John know, and he will put you in touch with those who are organizing this effort. There will be a training session as well as a background check for all volunteers.
This opportunity ties in nicely with the foundation of our faith. Jesus was very clear about his desire for his disciples (past, present, and future) to look out for those in need. Although he doesn’t mention severe weather in the Gospel of Matthew, he does talk about feeding those who hunger, giving water for those who thirst, offering clothing for those without sufficient protection from the elements, and providing shelter for those in need because when we do this for one of the least his brethren, we do it for Him. What a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord by serving others!
Just a quick reminder that we will celebrate All-Saints Day this Sunday. If someone you know has entered into eternal rest during the past 12-18 months, we would be happy to honor them during our worship service.
Many have already responded, but if you have not, please send the person’s name along with date of birth, date of passing, and one sentence about them (e.g. “Tom was a lifelong disciple who served the Lord by serving others through volunteer efforts”) to Pastor John by Saturday at noon. You can send the information via text (330-988-2577) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fall Back, Sleep In
One more quick reminder! We return to standard time on Sunday, so remember to turn your clocks back one hour.
Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John