In A Nutshell | October 14, 2022

There’s No Place Like Home 

In The Wizard of Oz, perhaps the most iconic movie of all time, Dorothy closes her eyes, clicks the heels of her ruby red shoes three times, and says softly, “There’s no place like home.”

I think most of us would agree with that sentiment. We love to travel, but there’s nothing quite like being with our family in the comfort of our home because it is there that our heart resides.

Of course, some people have more than one residence. Those who are able to afford a second or third home, often use them to vacation in various parts of the country, but I would like to suggest that all of us have at least one second home right here on the hill in Jefferson at our beloved church.

For more than 200 years, Oak Chapel has been loyal and faithful to the Lord by serving others and providing a house of worship and refuge for untold numbers of people.

We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and we are grateful for their foresight in constructing a beautiful sanctuary where we can worship each week. Oak Chapel has also become a hub for the community, serving as a home for Girl Scouts, 4H, and, we hope, more organizations in the future.

This Sunday, we will celebrate our heritage by welcoming back family. friends, former members and pastors to join us for a special worship service. We have invited more than 50 guests with ties to our church. Join us as we renew old acquaintances and enjoy a delightful fellowship meal, just like old times. 

Essenhaus will provide our main entrée — a choice of roast beef and turkey and mashed potatoes. We ask that you consider bringing a side dish, salad, or dessert to share, but if you are not able to do so, please come anyway. All are welcome. Beverages will be provided.

After the meal, feel free to stay around and help as we pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child — a program that delivers gifts and essentials for young people around the world.

And, don’t forget, all are welcome to our Bible Study on Monday mornings at 9:30 in the Gathering Grounds and glass-candy making Monday evenings at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall. 

There’s a lot going on at Oak Chapel this fall. Pull up a chair and make yourself right at home.

Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John

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