In A Nutshell | February 28, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
This has been a challenging week for many in our congregation. Several are dealing with illness personally or within their immediate and extended families, and others are facing grief and loss in a variety of situations. As a community of faith and the Body of Christ, we are committed to praying for and supporting one another on our life journeys. I encourage you to be gentle with each other, offering a hug (if welcome) and a kind word or two (often just a few words are best) for we never really know what difficulties and challenges others are facing.
This Sunday we will gather for Sunday School at 9:30 and worship at 10:30. Together we will share the sacrament of Holy Communion and I will give a brief meditation on Matthew 17: 1 – 9, the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. I hope to see you there.
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Georgia’s 100 Challenge
As was mentioned in worship last Sunday (and publicized in the March Acorn), Georgia Taylor has given Pastor Robin and the congregation a challenge. Georgia thinks she can finish knitting her long-awaited prayer shawl before we have 100 people in attendance at worship for three consecutive Sundays. Pastor Robin thinks we can easily have 100 people in worship before Georgia finishes her shawl. Betsy Bower upped the ante and suggested that the “winner” get to throw a pie in the face of the “loser.” How do you think this challenge will end? Come to worship and find out!
Youth Groups
Beginning this Sunday both the Saplings (Grades 3 – 6) and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (Grades 7 – 12)  will start meeting on the first and third Sundays of the month with a combined youth group meeting on the fifth Sundays, as they occur.  Both groups will meet at 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm and welcome all youth grades 3-12.  The Saplings are creating a time line of the major events of both the Old and New Testaments.  The UMYF is participating in a program entitled Dare to Dream.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent.  Next Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00pm, we will gather in the sanctuary to mark this occasion. Pastor Robin will preach on Exodus 32: 1 – 24 with a message titled “Written in Stone.” There will also be the imposition of ashes.
Lenten Sermon Series
During Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ending Easter Sunday, April 20), Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled Journey of Stones. Begin praying about friends and neighbors you can invite to join you for this upcoming series.
Art and Soul
If you have an interest in learning to express yourself through various art media as you grow spiritually, this new small group may just the thing for you.  The group will meet on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The sessions will begin with devotions followed by the introduction of a specific art media and time to explore that media to create a piece of art that reflects the unique way God has created you.  No particular artistic ability is needed, just a desire to explore different ways to express your spirituality through art.  The first session will be Monday, March 3.  At that session, we will be working in polymer clay.  If you have clay or clay tools please bring them with you. If not these items will be provided.  Please come and join us as we learn and grow together.
March 16 Worship with Valerie Stultz
Our District Superintendent, The Rev. Dr. Valerie Stultz, will retire on June 30. We have appreciated her ministry on our District for the last six years, and wish her well in her retirement. We will have an opportunity to personally thank her for her leadership when she worships with us and brings the morning message on Sunday, March 16. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for worship and our fellowship luncheon that day.
All Sons Banquet
The annual All Sons Banquet sponsored by the United Methodist Men is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014.  The 5:30pm catered dinner includes Swiss Steak, trimmings, and home-made pie.   The after banquet speaker is Joshua Johnson, a thirty-one year old cancer survivor from Youngstown.  Joshua’s presentation “I Ride For Those Who Can’t!” will touch on his life’s journey so far; ranging from football player, teacher, charity cyclist, and husband/father to be. He will illustrate how his faith in Christ has anchored his choices in life.  A lively Question and Answer period will follow the 6:30 presentation. The 6:30 after-dinner presentation is Free Admission.  Dinner reservations ($10) are required. Please sign up on the clipboard located in the Narthex. For more information, please see Pastor Jim Pfander or Bill Braucher.
Sunday Evening Lenten Series
During the season of Lent, we will continue our tradition of gathering for evening worship with the Moreland and New Pittsburg United Methodist Churches on Sundays at 7:00pm. There will be a time of fellowship after each service. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, March 16 – Rev. Tom Fish preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Sunday, March 23 – Rev. John Heavilin preaching at Moreland UMC
Sunday, March 30 – Rev. Robin Dillon preaching at New Pittsburg UMC
Sunday, April 6 – Rev. Jim Pfander preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Prayers for Africa
Elizabeth Feldman and Jean Brugger from Wooster UMC are currently on a Volunteers in Mission trip to Harrisburg, Liberia, Africa. In addition to the much warmer weather, the hospitality and relationship building is also warm and wonderful. The program is called Farmer to Farmer – Changing the World, One Farmer at a Time. The work is being done in the home town of retired UM pastor, Pryde Bass of Cleveland Heights, and in relationship with St. John’s UMC in Harrisburg. There will be a celebration of the trip on Friday, March 7 at Strongsville UMC with pictures and stories from the whole team. The cost for dinner is $10. There is a poster with more information on the bulletin board. Continued prayers are appreciated for the team as they finish their work and travel home March 2 and 3.
Oak Chapel United Methodist Women Trip to New York City
September 25-29, 2014 (Thurs-Monday)
The United Methodist Women (UMW) are planning a trip to New York City this Fall. The cost is $450 per person which includes transportation, seminar, and lodging. Lodging will be at the Alma Matthews House which is owned by the denomination-wide UMW.
Below is the tentative travel schedule:
Thursday – Travel day – bring sack lunch
Friday – Seminar on Human Trafficking at Church Center for United Nations
Saturday – Free for walking, sightseeing, shopping or theater, or whatever
Sunday – Church together; then more free time
Monday – Travel home
$100 deposit due March 30, 2014 – non refundable, but transferable. The remaining $350 is due prior to travel. Please also plan about $100 extra as spending money for meals, subway/cabs, and any entrance fees or theater tickets
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 3/2 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                                    Worship at 10:30am
                                    Youth Groups at 6:30pm
Monday, 3/3 – Retirees Breakfast—Milltown at 8:00am
                                    Bible Study at 10:15am
                                    Art and Soul at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 3/5 – Ash Wednesday Worship at 7:00pm
Saturday, 3/8 – United Methodist Men – Green Leaf at 7:30am
                                    Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
                                    United Methodist Women Executive Committee at 10:30am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | February 21, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
We have quite a weekend ahead of us at Oak Chapel UMC. Tomorrow evening, Saturday, February 22, the United Methodist Men will host an evening of table tennis in our Fellowship Hall. Bill Stewart will offer a demonstration on the rules of play and techniques. Please join us and invite a friend for this evening of learning, fun and fellowship!
Then on Sunday morning, we will have our Sunday School Explosion. The day will begin with a hot breakfast served in Fellowship Hall at 8:30am. At 9:00, I will be doing science experiments! Those who witnessed my infamous children’s message last May will want to come for the repeat entertainment. And those who were not there will not want to miss it this time. Come see what all the fuss was about.  I have been finalizing the details for each demonstration, preparing and mixing all sorts of liquids AND I’m going to attempt to burn some money, too. There will also be games and prizes. Invite someone new to join you for breakfast and Sunday School this week. It is sure to be a blast!
This Sunday in worship we will conclude the “Upside Down: A Different Way to Live” sermon series. My sermon titled “Love the Ones You Hate” is based on Matthew 5: 38 – 48. Hope to see you then!
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Art and Soul
If you have an interest in learning to express yourself through various art media as you grow spiritually, this new small group may just the thing for you.  The group will meet on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The sessions will begin with devotions followed by the introduction of a specific art media and time to explore that media to create a piece of art that reflects the unique way God has created you.  No particular artistic ability is needed, just a desire to explore different ways to express your spirituality through art.  The first session will be Monday, March 3.  At that session, we will be working in polymer clay.  If you have clay or clay tools please bring them with you. If not these items will be provided.  Please come and join us as we learn and grow together.
All Sons Banquet
The annual All Sons Banquet sponsored by the United Methodist Men is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014.  The 5:30pm catered dinner includes Swiss Steak, trimmings, and home-made pie.   The after banquet speaker is Joshua Johnson, a thirty-one year old cancer survivor from Youngstown.  Joshua’s presentation “I Ride For Those Who Can’t!” will touch on his life’s journey so far; ranging from football player, teacher, charity cyclist, and husband/father to be. He will illustrate how his faith in Christ has anchored his choices in life.  A lively Question and Answer period will follow the 6:30 presentation. The 6:30 after-dinner presentation is Free Admission.  Dinner reservations ($10) are required. Please sign up on the clipboard located in the Narthex. For more information, please see Pastor Jim Pfander or Bill Braucher.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent. On Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00pm, we will gather in the sanctuary to mark this occasion. Pastor Robin will preach on Exodus 32: 1 – 24 with a message titled “Written in Stone.” There will also be the imposition of ashes.
Lenten Sermon Series
During Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ending Easter Sunday, April 20), Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled Journey of Stones. Begin praying about friends and neighbors you can invite to join you for this upcoming series.
Sunday Evening Lenten Series
During the season of Lent, we will continue our tradition of gathering for evening worship with the Moreland and New Pittsburg United Methodist Churches on Sundays at 7:00pm. There will be a time of fellowship after each service. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, March 16 – Rev. Tom Fish preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Sunday, March 23 – Rev. John Heavilin preaching at Moreland UMC
Sunday, March 30 – Rev. Robin Dillon preaching at New Pittsburg UMC
Sunday, April 6 – Rev. Jim Pfander preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Oak Chapel United Methodist Women Trip to New York City
September 25-29, 2014 (Thurs-Monday)
The United Methodist Women (UMW) are planning a trip to New York City this Fall. The cost is $450 per person which includes transportation, seminar, and lodging. Lodging will be at the Alma Matthews House which is owned by the denomination-wide UMW.
Below is the tentative travel schedule:
Thursday – Travel day – bring sack lunch
Friday – Seminar on Human Trafficking at Church Center for United Nations
Saturday – Free for walking, sightseeing, shopping or theater, or whatever
Sunday – Church together; then more free time
Monday – Travel home
$100 deposit due March 30, 2014 – non refundable, but transferable. The remaining $350 is due prior to travel. Please also plan about $100 extra as spending money for meals, subway/cabs, and any entrance fees or theater tickets
Youth Groups
Beginning in March both the Saplings (Grades 3 – 6) and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (Grades 7 – 12) will start meeting on the first and third Sundays of the month with a combined youth group meeting on the fifth Sundays, as they occur.  Both groups will meet at 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm and welcome all youth grades 3-12.  The Saplings are creating a time line of the major events of both the Old and New Testaments.  The UMYF is participating in a program entitled Dare to Dream.  This inspiring program draws on the Bible and a lifetime of ministry to help teens learn how to develop a life mission statement that helps them fully commit to a God-directed lifestyle.
Free Webinar on the Means of Grace
Interpreter magazine and The Upper Room are launching a new series of articles and webinars exploring the means of grace, practices in which Christians have traditionally engaged to grow in their relationship to God. The one-hour premiere event is a webinar this Thursday, February 27 from 8:00 – 9:00pm Eastern Time. The deadline to register is this Wednesday, February 26 at 1:00pm. Please check out the following link for more information. http://shop.umc.org/means-of-grace-overview-webinar-february-2014
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 2/23 – Sunday School Explosion Breakfast at 8:30am
                                    Sunday School at 9:30am
                                    Worship at 10:30am
Monday, 2/24 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                                    Prayer Shawl Ministry at 5:30pm
                                    Staff-Parish Relations Committee at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 2/25 – Membership Care Committee at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 2/26 – Bible Study – John at 6:30pm
                                    Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 3/1 – Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | February 14, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day when we tell the special people in our lives how much we love them, I want to take a moment to tell all of you how much I love and appreciate you. I am grateful to be a part of this community of faith. Even more importantly, though, I want to remind each of the extravagant and never-ending love of God. God’s love for us is immeasurable and I hope that you will take a few moments (or more!) today to sit in quietness and let God remind you of that love. May you feel wrapped in God’s amazing love and presence today!
This Sunday in worship I will continue the “Upside Down: A Different Way to Live” sermon series. My sermon titled “A Higher Standard” is based on Matthew 5: 21 – 37. Hope to see you then!
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Vacation Bible School Preview and Luncheon – THIS Sunday
The dates for this year’s Vacation Bible School are July 14 – 18 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. The theme is “Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God.” On Sunday at our Fellowship Luncheon, there will be a preview of this year’s materials. Come and bring a dish to share, then discover how you might help with VBS this year!
Table Tennis
On Saturday, February 22, the United Methodist Men will host an evening of table tennis in our Fellowship Hall. Bill Stewart will offer a demonstration on the rules of play and techniques. Please join us and invite a friend for this evening of learning, fun and fellowship!
Sunday School Explosion
Next Sunday, February 23 we will host a Sunday School Explosion. The day will begin with a hot breakfast served in Fellowship Hall at 8:30am. Entertainment during the breakfast hour includes “Science Experiments with Pastor Robin.” There will also be games and prizes. Invite someone new to join you for breakfast and Sunday School that day. It is sure to be a blast!
Oak Chapel United Methodist Women Trip to New York City
September 25-29, 2014 (Thurs-Monday)
The United Methodist Women (UMW) are planning a trip to New York City this Fall. The cost is $450 per person which includes transportation, seminar, and lodging. Lodging will be at the Alma Matthews House which is owned by the denomination-wide UMW.
Below is the tentative travel schedule:
Thursday – Travel day – bring sack lunch
Friday – Seminar on Human Trafficking at Church Center for United Nations
Saturday – Free for walking, sightseeing, shopping or theater, or whatever
Sunday – Church together; then more free time
Monday – Travel home
$100 deposit due March 30, 2014 – non refundable, but transferable. The remaining $350 is due prior to travel. Please also plan about $100 extra as spending money for meals, subway/cabs, and any entrance fees or theater tickets
Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent. On Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00pm, we will gather in the sanctuary to mark this occasion. Pastor Robin will preach on Exodus 32: 1 – 24 with a message titled “Written in Stone.” There will also be the imposition of ashes.
Bible Study on the Gospel of John
It is not too late to join Pastor Jim’s Bible Study on the Gospel of John. The sessions are one hour (6:30-7:30 PM) on Wednesday evenings: two more sessions before Ash Wednesday (February 19 & 26) and three sessions after Ash Wednesday (March 12, 19, 26).  Session two and three will look at stories unique to John. After the break for Ash Wednesday, session four will view John’s “I am” statements and John’s use of “signs.”  Session five will focus on the Last Supper discourse and the last session on John’s after-Easter stories.  The entire purpose of this study is to discover John’s view of Jesus and how it can relate to us today.  The sessions will have lively discussion as well as reflections on each session reading assignment.  No sign up is required, but if you need a ride, please call the church office and we will have someone pick you up! Bring a copy of the Bible and a friend!
Sunday Evening Lenten Series
During the season of Lent, we will continue our tradition of gathering for evening worship with the Moreland and New Pittsburg United Methodist Churches on Sundays at 7:00pm. There will be a time of fellowship after each service. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, March 16 – Rev. Tom Fish preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Sunday, March 23 – Rev. John Heavilin preaching at Moreland UMC
Sunday, March 30 – Rev. Robin Dillon preaching at New Pittsburg UMC
Sunday, April 6 – Rev. Jim Pfander preaching at Oak Chapel UMC
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Lenten Sermon Series
During Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ending Easter Sunday, April 20), Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled Journey of Stones. Begin praying about friends and neighbors you can invite to join you for this upcoming series.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 2/16 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                             Worship at 10:30am
                             Blood Pressure screenings after worship
                             Fellowship Luncheon after worship
                             VBS Preview during Fellowship Luncheon
Monday, 2/17 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                             Trustees at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 2/19 – VBS Planning Meeting at 5:45pm
                             Bible Study – John at 6:30pm
                             Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 2/22 – Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
                             Table Tennis at 7:00pm (sponsored by United Methodist Men)
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | February 7, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
I trust you are staying warm in this cold winter weather. As much as I enjoy the four seasons and the variety of weather that comes with living in Ohio, I admit that I am ready for some warmer weather – at least for the temps to rise above single digits on a consistent basis!
This Sunday in worship I will continue the “Upside Down: A Different Way to Live” sermon series. My message titled “You Can Change Your World” is based on Matthew 5: 13 – 20. I hope you will join us as we continue to explore the words of Jesus that challenge and call us to a completely different way of life.
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Oak Chapel United Methodist WomenTrip to New York City
September 25-29, 2014 (Thurs-Monday)
The United Methodist Women (UMW)are planning a trip to New York City this Fall. The cost is $450 per person which includes transportation, seminar, and lodging. Lodging will be at the Alma Matthews House which is owned by the denomination-wide UMW.
Below is the tentative travel schedule:
Thursday – Travel day – bring sack lunch
Friday – Seminar on Human Trafficking at Church Center for United Nations
Saturday – Free for walking, sightseeing, shopping or theater, or whatever
Sunday – Church together; then more free time
Monday – Travel home
$100 deposit due March 30, 2014 – non refundable, but transferable. The remaining $350 is due prior to travel. Please also plan about $100 extra as spending money for meals, subway/cabs, and any entrance fees or theater tickets
Bible Study on the Gospel of John
Pastor Jim will conduct another Bible Study, this time looking at the Gospel of John.  The sessions will be one hour (6:30-7:30 PM) on Wednesday evenings: three sessions before Ash Wednesday (February 12, 19,& 26) and three sessions after Ash Wednesday (March 12, 19, 26). Session one will be an overview of John’s Gospel and how it differs from Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  Session two and three will look at stories unique to John: Wedding Feast at Cana, Woman at the Well, Lazarus, etc.  After the break for Ash Wednesday, session four will view John’s “I am” statements and John’s use of “signs.”  Session five will focus on the Last Supper discourse and the last session on John’s after-Easter stories.  The entire purpose of this study is to discover John’s view of Jesus and how it can relate to us today.  The sessions will have lively discussion as well as reflections on each session reading assignment.  No sign up is required, but if you need a ride, please call the church office and we will have someone pick you up! Bring a copy of the Bible and a friend!
Vacation Bible School Preview and Luncheon
The dates for this year’s Vacation Bible School are July 14 – 18 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. The theme is “Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God.” In conjunction with our Fellowship Luncheon after worship on Sunday, February 16, we will share a preview of the materials. Come discover how you might help with VBS this year!
Sunday School Explosion
On Sunday, February 23 we will host a Sunday School Explosion. The day will begin with a hot breakfast served in Fellowship Hall at 8:30am. Entertainment during the breakfast hour includes “Science Experiments with Pastor Robin.” There will also be games and prizes. Invite someone new to join you for breakfast and Sunday School that day. It is sure to be a blast!
Compass Group Mission Trip
Our Compass Group will return to New Jersey this summer to do relief and restoration work for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Last year, four members (Pete & Natalie Bunt and Pam & Kim Domer) and Pastor Robin participated. Pastor Robin is organizing this year’s trip and we’d love to have more folks from Oak Chapel join us. The dates are Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August 2. The cost of the trip is approximately $350 per person. We will have some fundraisers this Spring to offset this cost. Please prayerfully consider this mission opportunity.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 2/9 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                             Worship at 10:30am
Monday, 2/10 – Finance Committee at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 2/12 – Morning Circle at Betty Franks’ at 9:30am
Pastor Jim’s Bible Study – John at 6:30pm
                             Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 2/15 – ACORN Newsletter deadline
                             Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | January 31, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
This Sunday I will begin a new sermon series titled “Upside Down: A Different Way to Live.” Make no mistake, Jesus was and is different.  The things he said shocked. The way he lived surprised. The people he associated with offended the religious leaders of the day. Jesus turned the expected on its head. If the predictable was right-side up, then Jesus turned things upside down.
And he still surprises today. He calls us to a completely different way of life. It is the life we have been looking for, but it feels upside down to the world around us.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives in rapid-fire succession an outline for how those who choose to follow him are to live and believe. It was a countercultural message then, and it is a countercultural message now. The series begins with a study of the Beatitudes, in which Jesus reverses our typical understanding of happiness, showing us the blessings that come in the midst of grief, hopelessness, and humility. My message titled “Happiness Redefined” is based on Matthew 5: 1 – 12. I hope you will join us and bring a friend.
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Bible Study on the Gospel of John
Pastor Jim will conduct another Bible Study, this time looking at the Gospel of John.  The sessions will be one hour (6:30-7:30 PM) on Wednesday evenings: three sessions before Ash Wednesday (February 12, 19,& 26) and three sessions after Ash Wednesday (March 12, 19, 26). Session one will be an overview of John’s Gospel and how it differs from Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  Session two and three will look at stories unique to John: Wedding Feast at Cana, Woman at the Well, Lazarus, etc.  After the break for Ash Wednesday, session four will view John’s “I am” statements and John’s use of “signs.”  Session five will focus on the Last Supper discourse and the last session on John’s after-Easter stories.  The entire purpose of this study is to discover John’s view of Jesus and how it can relate to us today.  The sessions will have lively discussion as well as reflections on each session reading assignment.  No sign up is required, but if you need a ride, please call the church office and we will have someone pick you up! Bring a copy of the Bible and a friend!
Nursery Care
Terra Aten is the main leader in our church nursery. Thank you to all who volunteered to assist her. This Sunday’s nursery assistants are Mark and Patti Ritchey. Next week’s (February 9) assistant is Phyllis Weaver.
Blood Drive
There will be a blood drive at St. Peter Lutheran Church in New Pittsburg on Tuesday, February 4 from 3 – 7pm. Please give the gift of life.
Vacation Bible School Preview and Luncheon
The dates for this year’s Vacation Bible School are July 14 – 18 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. The theme is “Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God.” In conjunction with our Fellowship Luncheon after worship on Sunday, February 16, we will share a preview of the materials. Come discover how you might help with VBS this year!
Sunday School Explosion
On Sunday, February 23 we will host a Sunday School Explosion. The day will begin with a hot breakfast served in Fellowship Hall at 8:30am. Entertainment during the breakfast hour includes “Science Experiments with Pastor Robin.” There will also be games and prizes. Invite someone new to join you for breakfast and Sunday School that day. It is sure to be a blast!
Compass Group Mission Trip
Our Compass Group will return to New Jersey this summer to do relief and restoration work for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Last year, four members (Pete & Natalie Bunt and Pam & Kim Domer) and Pastor Robin participated. Pastor Robin is organizing this year’s trip and we’d love to have more folks from Oak Chapel join us. The dates are Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August 2. The cost of the trip is approximately $350 per person. We will have some fundraisers this Spring to offset this cost. Please prayerfully consider this mission opportunity.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 2/2 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                             Worship at 10:30am
Monday, 2/3 – Retirees Breakfast – Milltown at 8:00am
Wednesday, 2/5 – Morning Circle – at Betty Franks at 9:30am
                             Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 2/8 – United Methodist Men – Green Leaf at 7:30am
                             Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
                             Chocolate Spa – Wooster UMC at 9:30am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | January 24, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
We had a wonderful weekend of food and fellowship last week, concluding with our “Casting Our Congregational Vision” luncheon after worship. At that time I shared with the congregation several of my goals, including increasing our worship attendance to 150 before the bishop appoints me to another congregation. Yes, I realize that number represents a 100% increase in our current attendance, but I believe it is attainable if we continue to focus on our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
This Sunday the pastors in our compass group are exchanging pulpits. The Oak Chapel UMC congregation will have the pleasure of welcoming the Rev. Tami Toothman-Shoup, pastor at Sterling UMC. Her message titled “Why We Follow” is based on Matthew 4: 12 – 23. I will be preaching on that same text at the New Pittsburg United Methodist Church.
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Hospitality Corner
April Aten is coordinating our “hospitality corner,” offering coffee and breakfast treats (donut holes, muffins, etc.) in our Narthex on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:00am. If you are willing to bring treats and/or set up on Sunday mornings, please indicate your willingness on the attendance sheet in your Sunday bulletin or call April at 330-234-1940. We appreciate your assistance in providing a welcoming environment for our visitors and church family.
Nursery Care
Terra Aten is the main leader in our church nursery. Thank you to all who volunteered to assist her. Pam Domer mailed letters with the rotation schedule this week. This Sunday’s nursery assistants are Joanne and Kate Jolliff. Next week’s (Sunday, February 2) assistants are Mark and Patti Ritchey.
Vacation Bible School Preview and Luncheon
The dates for this year’s Vacation Bible School are July 14 – 18 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. The theme is “Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God.” In conjunction with our Fellowship Luncheon after worship on Sunday, February 16, we will share a preview of the materials. Come discover how you might help with VBS this year!
Sunday School Explosion
On Sunday, February 23 we will host a Sunday School Explosion. The day will begin with a hot breakfast served in Fellowship Hall at 8:30am. Entertainment during the breakfast hour includes “Science Experiments with Pastor Robin.” There will also be games and prizes. Invite someone new to join you for breakfast and Sunday School that day. It is sure to be a blast!
District Superintendent News
As many already know, our District Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Valerie Stultz, is retiring this June. We have appreciated her ministry and leadership on our district and wish her well in her retirement. We will have an opportunity to personally thank her for her leadership when she worships with us on Sunday, March 16.
Bishop John Hopkins intends to appoint the Rev. Edward P. Peterson to the Canal District, effective July 1. Rev. Peterson has served the Lake Brady and Middlefield United Methodist Churches. Prior to entering the ministry, he worked as an engineer for commercial heating and air conditioning companies in Cleveland and Akron.
Upcoming Sermon Series
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us to a radically different way of life. For the four Sundays in February, Pastor Robin will do a lectionary-based sermon series titled Upside Down: A Different Way to Live based on these teachings found in Matthew 5.
Feb. 2: Happiness Redefined (Matthew 5: 1 – 12)
Feb. 9: You Can Change Your World (Matthew 5: 13 – 20)
Feb. 16: A Higher Standard (Matthew 5: 21 – 37)
Feb. 23: Love the Ones You Hate (Matthew 5: 38 – 48)
During Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ending Easter Sunday, April 20), Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled Journey of Stones. Begin praying about friends and neighbors you can invite to join you for these two upcoming series.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 1/26 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                   Worship at 10:30am
Monday, 1/27 – Prayer Shawl Ministry at 5:30pm
                   Staff-Parish Relations Committee at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 1/29 – Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 2/1 – Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | January 17, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
I am looking forward to a great weekend with the community of Faith at Oak Chapel United Methodist Church! Tomorrow is our 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the United Methodist Men. All are welcome to come to the Fellowship Hall between 5:00 and 7:00pm to taste samples of the entries and vote on your favorite. You can also enjoy a bowl of chili prepared by last year’s winner, Erica Boyer.
On Sunday during worship we will celebrate the baptism of Daniel Patrick Clevidence. My sermon is titled “The Mission of Servanthood,” based on Isaiah 49: 1 – 7. After worship we will have our monthly fellowship luncheon. Please bring a dish or two to share and your table service. During the luncheon I will offer a brief “State of the Church” address and cast my vision for Oak Chapel UMC in 2014. Each ministry area of the church will also briefly share their plans and opportunities for involvement in the coming year. We hope you will join us.
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Nursery Care
We have an exciting “problem” at Oak Chapel UMC and are in need of adult volunteers to staff our church nursery during worship on Sunday mornings.  Pam Domer is organizing a rotational schedule so that volunteers will serve once Sunday every other month. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity and indicate your willingness on this Sunday’s attendance sheet or contact Pam at pamdomer@gmail.com.
Hospitality Corner
Last Sunday we re-started our “hospitality corner,” during which we offer coffee and breakfast treats (donut holes, muffins, etc.) in our Narthex beginning at 9:00am. Grab a cup of coffee and a treat before going to Sunday School at 9:30. April Aten is coordinating this effort. If you are willing to bring treats and/or set up on Sunday mornings, please indicate your willingness on your attendance sheet this Sunday. We appreciate your assistance in providing a welcoming environment for our visitors and church family.
Pulpit Exchange
The churches in our compass group are having a pulpit exchange next Sunday, January 26. The Rev. Tami Toothman-Shoup from Sterling United Methodist Church will preach and worship with us at Oak Chapel. Pastor Robin will preach and worship at New Pittsburg UMC.
Plea from the Church Office
Committee Chairpersons – Please be sure to mark your 2014 meeting and activity dates on the master calendar in the church office for inclusion in the bulletin, In a Nutshell and The Acorn. Also, please submit copies of minutes from all committee meetings to the church office for filing.
Card Shower
Betty Franks will celebrate her 95th Birthday on January 22. Her address is 3140 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691.
Upcoming Sermon Series
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us to a radically different way of life. For the four Sundays in February, Pastor Robin will do a lectionary-based sermon series titled Upside Down: A Different Way to Live based on these teachings found in Matthew 5.
Feb. 2: Happiness Redefined (Matthew 5: 1 – 12)
Feb. 9: You Can Change Your World (Matthew 5: 13 – 20)
Feb. 16: A Higher Standard (Matthew 5: 21 – 37)
Feb. 23: Love the Ones You Hate (Matthew 5: 38 – 48)
During Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ending Easter Sunday, April 20), Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled Journey of Stones. Begin praying about friends and neighbors you can invite to join you for these two upcoming series.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 1/19 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                             Worship at 10:30am
                             Blood Pressure Screenings after worship
                             Fellowship Luncheon after worship
                             Casting Congregation vision during luncheon
                             Youth Groups at 6:30pm
Monday, 1/20 – Bible Study at 10:15am
                             Trustees at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 1/22 – Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 1/25 – District Leadership Training at Wooster UMC          at 9:00am
                             Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | January 10, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
I trust that you have survived the frigid weather we have experienced this week. Why not join us this Sunday for some warm fellowship at church? During worship we will celebrate “Baptism of our Lord” Sunday. My sermon, titled “Problems, Promises and Possibilities,” is based on Matthew 3:13 – 17. Hope to see you there!
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Hospitality Corner
This Sunday we will re-start our “hospitality corner,” during which we offer coffee and breakfast treats (donut holes, muffins, etc.) in our Narthex beginning at 9:00am. Grab a cup of coffee and a treat before going to Sunday School at 9:30. April Aten is coordinating this effort. If you are willing to bring treats and/or set up on Sunday mornings, please indicate your willingness on your attendance sheet this Sunday. We appreciate your assistance in providing a welcoming environment for our visitors and church family.
Acorn News Due!
Please submit your news for the February edition of our monthly newsletter, The Acorn, by next Wednesday, January 15. Upcoming events, family news and pictures are always welcome. Please submit via e-mail to oakchapelumc@yahoo.com or place a printed copy of your news in the Acorn mailbox in the church office.
Plea from the Church Office
Committee Chairpersons – Please be sure to mark your 2014 meeting and activity dates on the master calendar in the church office for inclusion in the bulletin, In a Nutshell and The Acorn. Also, please submit copies of minutes from all committee meetings to the church office for filing.
Chili Cook-Off
The 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the United Methodist Men, is set for Saturday, January 18. Please see Bill Braucher for an entry form. The entry fee is $6.00 and entries are limited to the first fifteen registered. All are welcome to come to the Fellowship Hall that evening between 5 and 7pm to vote for their favorite chili and partake in chili prepared by last year’s winner, Erica Boyer.  Macaroni and cheese will also be served as an alternate dish for children and others. Invite your family and friends to join us for this fun evening of food and fellowship.
Casting our Congregational Vision
Our focus on Sunday, January 19 will be visioning and future ministries at Oak Chapel United Methodist Church. During worship Pastor Robin will preach on “The Mission of Servanthood” based on Isaiah 49: 1 – 7. After worship we will have our monthly fellowship luncheon during which Pastor Robin will offer a brief “State of the Church” address and cast her vision for Oak Chapel UMC in 2014. Each ministry area of the church will also briefly share their plans and opportunities for involvement in the coming year.
Card Shower
Betty Franks will celebrate her 95th Birthday on January 22. Her address is 3140 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691.
Upcoming Sermon Series
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls us to a radically different way of life. For the four Sundays in February, Pastor Robin will do a lectionary-based sermon series titled Upside Down: A Different Way to Live based on these teachings found in Matthew 5.
Feb. 2: Happiness Redefined (Matthew 5: 1 – 12)
Feb. 9: You Can Change Your World (Matthew 5: 13 – 20)
Feb. 16: A Higher Standard (Matthew 5: 21 – 37)
Feb. 23: Love the Ones You Hate (Matthew 5: 38 – 48)
During Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ending Easter Sunday, April 20), Pastor Robin will do a sermon series titled Journey of Stones. Begin praying about friends and neighbors you can invite to join you for these two upcoming series.
District Leadership Training
The annual Canal District Leadership Training Event will be Saturday, January 25 at Wooster UMC. Please see Pastor Robin for a brochure and let her know of your interest by next Sunday, January 12.
VBS Showcase
On Saturday, January 18 from 9am till Noon, Oak Chapel UMC will host a VBS Showcase.  Cokesbury’s regional Community Resource Consultant, Tami Lynne Clark, will present materials from all seven VBS publishers. Christian Educators and VBS leaders of all area churches are invited to explore and examine the 2014 VBS materials. If you have friends who are involved in VBS at their churches, please invite them to this event.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 1/12 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                   Worship at 10:30am
                   Youth groups           at 6:30pm
Monday, 1/13 – Retirees Breakfast – Milltown at 8:00am
                   Bible Study at 10:15am
                   Administrative Council at 7:00pm
Tuesday, 1/14 – Outreach Committee at 10:30am
Wednesday, 1/15 – ACORN NEWS DUE!!
                   Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 1/18 – District UMW (Seville UMC) at 8:30am
                   VBS Showcase at 9:00am
                   Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
                   Chili Cook-Off at 5:00pm
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | January 3, 2014

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
Happy New Year! As we begin 2014, my prayer is that each of you will experience God’s steadfast love and faithfulness in fresh and new ways this year. I also pray that as a congregation we will be open to new opportunities for ministry both within the walls of our church building and out in our community.
Why not start the new year off on the right foot by joining us for worship this Sunday at 10:30am? We will celebrate the “Twelfth Day of Christmas” and Epiphany – the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. My meditation, titled “Gifts and Journeys,” is based on Matthew 2: 1 – 12. The service will also include Holy Communion. I look forward to sharing this sacred experience with you.
Below you will find announcements and other important information about upcoming events. Please review and mark your calendars accordingly.
Pantry Items for People to People
On the first Sunday of each month, we continue to collect canned goods and other pantry items for People to People Ministries. Please bring these items this Sunday, January 5.
Card Showers
Bob Olds (Cheryl Rastetter’s Dad) will celebrate his 90th birthday on January 14. His address 1501 North 16th Avenue, Lakeworth, FL 33460.
Betty Franks will celebrate her 95th Birthday on January 22. Her address is 3140 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691.
Chili Cook-Off
The 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the United Methodist Men, is set for Saturday, January 18. Please see Bill Braucher for an entry form. The entry fee is $6.00 and entries are limited to the first fifteen registered. All are welcome to come to the Fellowship Hall that evening between 5 and 7pm to vote for their favorite chili and partake in chili prepared by last year’s winner, Erica Boyer.  Macaroni and cheese will also be served as an alternate dish for children and others. Invite your family and friends to join us for this fun evening of food and fellowship.
Casting our Congregational Vision
Our focus on Sunday, January 19 will be visioning and future ministries at Oak Chapel United Methodist Church. During worship Pastor Robin will preach on “The Mission of Servanthood” based on Isaiah 19: 1 – 7. After worship we will have our monthly fellowship luncheon during which Pastor Robin will offer a brief “State of the Church” address and cast her vision for Oak Chapel UMC in 2014. Each ministry area of the church will also briefly share their plans and opportunities for involvement in the coming year.
District Leadership Training
The annual Canal District Leadership Training Event will be Saturday, January 25 at Wooster UMC. Please see Pastor Robin for a brochure and let her know of your interest by next Sunday, January 12.
VBS Showcase
On Saturday, January 18 from 9am till Noon, Oak Chapel UMC will host a VBS Showcase.  Cokesbury’s regional Community Resource Consultant, Tami Lynne Clark, will present materials from all seven VBS publishers. Christian Educators and VBS leaders of all area churches are invited to explore and examine the 2014 VBS materials. If you have friends who are involved in VBS at their churches, please invite them to this event.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 1/5 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                   Epiphany Worship Service at 10:30am
                   Youth groups           at 6:30pm
Monday, 1/6 – Retirees Breakfast – Milltown at 8:00am
                   Bible Study at 10:15am
Wednesday, 1/8 – Morning Circle at Betty Franks’ at 9:30am
                   Choir rehearsal at 7:30pm
Saturday, 1/11 – United Methodist Men – Green Leaf at 7:30am
                   Weight Loss Support Group at 9:15am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

In A Nutshell | December 20, 2013

Hello, Oak Chapel Friends,
This morning as I’ve been putting the finishing touches on some of my Christmas gifts, I’ve been thinking of and praying for our community of faith – praying that each one of us would not only feel, but truly know the hope, peace, joy and love that comes from the Christ Child this Christmas. These are Christmas gifts that can’t be measured … or wrapped … or broken. This Sunday we will conclude our Advent sermon series “Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break,” based on James Moore’s book. My message, titled, “The Gift of Love,” is based on Luke 2: 15 – 20. I hope you will join us for this Fourth Sunday of Advent service.
Then be sure to return to the church on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 as the choir presents its “Together for Christmas” cantata. A blend of refreshing new music, beloved carols and traditional melodies, with simple narration, this presentation will draw all listeners into the story of the nativity and nurture the congregation toward hope, peace, joy and love. There will be a cookie reception in Fellowship Hall after the program. We hope you will join us and bring a friend.
Christmas Eve
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship will include a brief service of lessons and carols with special music, a short meditation and Holy Communion. Join us on Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00pm as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child.
Office Hours
Though I will be in the office periodically during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I will not have set office hours. However, I am available for appointments and emergencies. Please call me on my cell at 330-234-7717.
Colors of Christmas
We continue our annual Oak Chapel tradition of the “Colors of Christmas.” Members are encouraged to wear something reflecting each week’s color.
          Sunday, 12/22 – Blue (signifying eternity)
          Tuesday, 12/24 – (Christmas Eve) – White (signifying purity)
          Sunday, 12/29 – Gold (signifying riches)
Card Showers
On January 2, Clayton “Kate” and Joanne Jolliff will celebrate their 65th Anniversary. In lieu of a party this year, they will gather with their immediate family for a celebration. If you would like to wish them well on this special occasion, their address is 8702 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691.
Also, Bob Olds (Cheryl Rastetter’s Dad) will celebrate his 90th birthday on January 14. His address 1501 North 16th Avenue, Lakeworth, FL 33460.
Epiphany
Epiphany, also known as “Three Kings Day” and “Twelfth Day,” is a Christian holiday commemorated on January 6. It falls on the twelfth day after Christmas, and for some denominations signals the conclusion of the twelve days of the Christmas season. The word epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation” and is commonly linked in Western Christianity with the visit of the wise men or Magi to the Christ child. We will celebrate this occasion with Communion on Sunday, January 5.
Doing Online Christmas Shopping?
Your online shopping could benefit Oak Chapel. The United Methodist Church, in partnership with some of the largest online retailers, has built a shopping tool that provides a cash benefit for local churches when you purchase through the UMCmarket — items you’d probably be buying anyway. The retailer does not markup the price — you still pay what you’d pay as you did before. How does it work? Simply create an account at UMCMarket.org and designate Oak Chapel as the recipient of the proceeds. Oak Chapel will receive 1 – 5% of your purchase from online stores and travel sites. Check it out. Please see Pastor Robin if you have any questions.
District Leadership Training – Save the Date!
The annual Canal District Leadership Training Event will be Saturday, January 25 at Wooster UMC. Let’s take advantage of training offered right in our backyard. The sessions will address leadership of various committees needed to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Anyone may attend. All church leaders should attend.
Opportunities for Ministry Next Week
Sunday, 12/22 – Sunday School at 9:30am
                   Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship at 10:30am
                   “Together for Christmas” Cantata at 3:00pm
                   Cookie Fellowship after Cantata
Tuesday, 12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00pm
Wednesday, 12/25 – Happy Birthday, Jesus! (Office closed)
Thursday, 12/26 – Office Closed
Saturday, 12/28 – United Methodist Women’s Officers at 10:30am
It is a privilege to be your pastor and to serve among such an amazing community. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin
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