In A Nutshell | December 24, 2021

Embracing the Real Christmas Story ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…well you know the rest of the story, right? Santa and his reindeer brought gifts of joy to every girl and boy, and they all lived happily ever after. Well, that’s one version of the Christmas story, but it is obviouslyContinue reading “In A Nutshell | December 24, 2021”

In A Nutshell | December 17, 2021

‘Tis the Season to See the Light One of my favorite Christmas activities — although we don’t do it as often as we would like — is to visit the various light displays in the tri-state area. There are many fabulous shows in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Some are professionally done and chargeContinue reading “In A Nutshell | December 17, 2021”

In A Nutshell | December 10, 2021

Generosity Reigns Supreme at Oak Chapel The gifts are piling up under the Chrismon Tree in the Sanctuary, and Christmas is still two weeks away! How wonderful it is to be associated with such a kind, caring, and compassionate congregation! You have given freely and generously to a young  homeless couple and their two infantContinue reading “In A Nutshell | December 10, 2021”

In A Nutshell | December 3, 2021

May the Peace of Christ be with You, Today and Always! As we prepare for the second Sunday of Advent, I invite you to take a few moments from the hustle and bustle of your holiday preparation to rest and relax. This week, we will light the candle of peace, and let’s face it, weContinue reading “In A Nutshell | December 3, 2021”

In A Nutshell | November 26, 2021

Book of Discipline Provides Enlightenment and Inspiration When it comes to recommending great reads, The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline is unlikely to be found on anybody’s Top 10 list. However, because I am required to have at least some working knowledge of its contents, I can tell you that there is, in fact,Continue reading “In A Nutshell | November 26, 2021”

In A Nutshell | November 19, 2021

Lifting Christ’s Name with Praise and Thanksgiving This weekend, we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday, a sacred but somewhat understated observance in the church. Our Catholic friends often refer to this as theFeast of Christ the King, or the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of theUniverse. Either way, it provides an opportunityContinue reading “In A Nutshell | November 19, 2021”

In A Nutshell | November 12, 2021

How Making and Mixing Candy Can Bring Us Together If you have not yet had an opportunity to participate in one of our Glass Candy making sessions — or even if you have — please consider joining us on Monday evening for what might be our final gathering this year.  Our expert “Brewmeister,” Elizabeth Feldman,Continue reading “In A Nutshell | November 12, 2021”

In A Nutshell | November 5, 2021

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 alwaysContinue reading “In A Nutshell | November 5, 2021”

In A Nutshell | October 29, 2021

Lifting the Burden of Sin and Living a Christ-Like Life Some years ago, when I was working part-time in radio, I struggled with many of the technical aspects of the job, such as how to patch into the network news feed at the top of the hour or how program the automation to keep theContinue reading “In A Nutshell | October 29, 2021”

In A Nutshell | October 25, 2021

Let Us Break Bread Together on Sunday Having a meal with a friend or colleague can be an enjoyable, uplifting, heartwarming, and even spiritual experience. With that in mind, Oak Chapel will resume its longstanding tradition of monthly Fellowship Dinners this Sunday (Oct. 24), ending an 18-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus. Why is itContinue reading “In A Nutshell | October 25, 2021”

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