In A Nutshell | June 16, 2023

Join Us as We Pay Tribute to Our Fathers on Sunday

Oak Chapel will honor its fathers — past and present — on Sunday with a special outdoor Father’s Day service. Please feel free to bring a comfortable chair to sit on, but if you don’t have one, we will have chairs available for you. The forecast is calling for dry weather, cool breezes, and a high of 82 degrees (but it should be in the 70s during our worship time), so we can look forward to a pleasant morning together. (There will be no meal after the service).

Sunday’s gathering will be bittersweet as we take time to remember Roger Martin, who died peacefully on Thursday morning at the age of 94. Roger was a true icon in our church. Deeply devoted in his faith, he assisted with many projects over the years, including the bell when the “new” Sanctuary was constructed in the late 1960s. 

Roger loved the Lord and his fellow congregants at Oak Chapel. Sunday morning worship was particularly important to him. He rarely missed a service, even as his mobility became limited in recent years. When I would ask him how he was doing, he would always respond with these two words: “Still vertical.” It was his way of saying that he was still with us after all these years, but he also indicated that he was ready for the Lord’s call at any time, and he was looking forward to reuniting with his beloved wife, Juanita, and one of their three sons, who died previously.

Please join us as we lift up Roger and his family, as well as all of our fathers, including our Father in Heaven. Psalm 103 brings us comfort with this passage from Verse 13: “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

May God continue to comfort us as we mourn the loss but celebrate the lives of our earthly fathers.

Until we meet again, Be Blessed!

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