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No Public Worship March 15 – April 26
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Pastoral Message from Bishop Easterling Here
Blessings to you in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
While we must exercise an abundance of caution, and take our duty seriously to care for our neighbor, the best care we can offer right now is to refrain from public places as much as possible and adhere to the health guidelines that are available in an effort to safeguard those who are vulnerable, including children, those over the age of 60, and those who suffer with chronic health conditions. The decisions we make and the actions we take in these moments could have consequences well beyond our sanctuaries.
This being said, we must call upon our faith as we walk this wilderness experience. We believe God is, indeed, our protector, our healer, our Savior. This is a great time to institute that 20 minute prayer discipline we have been working on for the Lenten Season.
At this time, United Methodists have been asked not to gather for worship in our church building for two weeks, from Sunday, March 15 to Saturday, March 28. It is possible that this timeframe may be extended, but unlikely that it will be reduced. You may contact the office; we will be monitoring calls and emails. We will plan to have the church cleaned and thoroughly sanitized during this time.
A service will be broadcast at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 15 and 22. You will receive more information later.
The plan is for Confirmation Classes to continue on Sundays at noon. Pastor Sherri and Rev. Rochelle will work with the parents to formulate plans.
The call-in Bible Study will continue on Mondays at 7:30 PM.
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Below are the pages in the study journal that follow the themes I will be addressing in the sermons. Please be reminded that the sermons and study may not follow the scriptures in the study journal. The journal is considered to be supplemental work
Week 3 – Scripture – pp.50-55
Week 4 – Evangelism – pp.44-49, 62-70
Week 5 – Hospitality – pp.14-15, 30-35
We will not be collecting donations for Easter flowers, just in case we are still not allowed to gather in our building.
You are encouraged to send your offering by mail or give electronically. As with many businesses, Oak Chapel will be drastically impacted financially. Having to close our building, not only effects the giving of our members, but also diminishes the revenue we receive from building use tenants. At the same time, we will be expected to continue to pay all of our bills and spend additional funds to clean and sanitize the building. Your generosity during this time will be greatly appreciated.
I will update you as soon as information is received from the Bishop and the leadership team has been consulted, if necessary.
I strongly invite you to pray, take care of yourselves, take care of your families, and as much as possible share and show the love of God to persons in need.
THIS COULD BE A GREAT EVANGELISTIC MOMENT. BE THE CHURCH, without walls.
PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH OTHERS.
This Lenten Season, we will “focus” (pun intended) on our spiritual vision. Are you able to “see” the plans that God has for you? What “vision” does God have for Oak Chapel? During these forty days of Lent, we will not only work to improve our spiritual vision, but we will employ spiritual disciplines to help others see Christ in us. Let us journey together to see more clearly how God wants to transform our lives and use us to change the lives of others.
Sundays immediately following worship (11:30 AM) in the parlor and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. via Conference Call.
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The study is entitled, “Seeing the Unseen Christ.” It will be a 5-week study, during the month of March, to enhance our spiritual vision, increasing our ability to not only see Christ on Sundays in worship, but experience Christ’s experience throughout the week. Books can be purchased for $7. Large print books are also available.
Practicing the Presence of Christ
Practicing the presence of Christ allows us to SEE the unseen Christ. One of the best ways to practice the presence of Christ is to spend time in prayer. True prayer not only allows time for us to speak to God, but includes time for God to speak to us. During the Lenten Season, commit to spending 20 minutes a day in prayer. You can fulfill this commitment in one 20 minute interval or in increments during the day resulting in 20 minutes by the end of the day. The choice is yours. “Watch” the difference practicing the presence of Christ will make in your daily life.
Lent Mission Giving
During the 40 days of Lent, as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, we are asked to give a sacrificial offering of $40 to support our youth ministry. This amount is equivalent to $1 per day, from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, with the exception of Sundays. Sundays are days of celebration when we share our regular giving of tithes and offerings. These funds will be used to support youth activities (such as field trips for Confirmation) and Confirmation materials. Our goal is $1000. We can make it if the entire congregation fully supports this mission. You can contribute by using one of the Easter envelopes or writing Lent Mission on an envelope and placing it in the offering plate. If giving electronically, please contact the Office Manager to inform her of your gift designation.
Community Easter Egg-stravaganza – April 4
The Oak Chapel Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 4th. While the plans are still being finalized, we anticipate an egg-stravaganza with food for purchase, games, a youth bake sale, and much more. More details coming soon.
Cluster Good Friday Worship – April 10
The Cluster will observe Good Friday together at Good Hope Union UMC (14680 Good Hope Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905) at 7:00 PM. We are planning to end the Lenten Season traveling the Stations of the Cross.
Easter Brunch – April 12
The Annual Easter Potluck Brunch will take place on Easter Sunday immediately following worship. Please bring a dish to share as we rejoice in our Risen Savior.
Dr. Wood-Powe (or Pastor Sherri, as she prefers to be called) is an elder in the United Methodist Church. She has been in ministry since 1995, serving in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church. Pastor Sherri has served churches in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, and Maryland.
Since moving to Maryland in 2013, Pastor Sherri has served as the pastor of University United Methodist Church adjacent to the campus of the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). Additionally, she has severed as a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Maryland Wesley Foundation; Cluster Leader for the Upper Prince George’s County + Cluster; Presiding Elder for the Greater Washington District; and Chair of the Worship Team for the Baltimore Washington Conference.
Outside of the church, Pastor Sherri serves as an instructor for the United Methodist Church Course of Study Program at Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) teaching worship and Christian formation.
Pastor Sherri is married to the Reverend Doctor F. Douglas Powe, Jr., the Director of the Lewis Center and the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary. Dr. Powe (not to be confused with Dr. Wood- Powe) or Doug, as he is known to most, is an elder in the United Methodist Church.
Pastor Sherri and Doug are the proud parents of one son, Frederick Douglas Powe III, who is known to most as Rich. He is a student at Quince Orchard High School involved in most things musical – Marching Band, Concert Band, Poms Drumline, and Musical Orchestra Pit. Pastor Sherri wakes early (between 4 AM and 5 AM) to begin work, so that she can have family time in the evenings. She plans to be in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Mondays, she will work remotely devoting time to worship planning. Fridays will be observed as her Sabbath. It is best to schedule an appointment if you desire to meet with her. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.Leave a comment
Our church is a wonderful community that reflects the diversity of God’s good creation. Small enough to feel like family, but active enough to find ways to connect through worship, study, service, small groups and fellowship activities.
We are a gathering of people young and old and in-between. We are single, in a relationship, married, divorced, and widowed. Some of us were born in the U.S., others are recent immigrants from places like Jamaica, Trinidad, India, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Some of us have kids and teens (we’d love to have more here!), some don’t, others have watched their children grow and have kids of their own. We have people new to religion and those who have spent their lives in community of faith. We have people who know what they believe, and those who have lots of questions and even some doubt. That’s ok.
Oak Chapel is the kind of church where all are welcome (and by all, we really do mean all), the kind of church where it’s easy to join in with others as we discover our faith, give glory to God, and learn to love and serve our neighbors.
Come and grow with us!
Pastor Sherri Wood-Powe