6-28-20 News from Oakwood
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Oakwood Updates
June 28, 2020 

8:30 AM Traditional Worship
11:15 AM Contemporary Worship


Weekly Letter
to Oakwood

June 24
Click HERE to read Pastor Dan Kiehl's June 24, 2020 letter to the congregation.

One Service
for the Summer

Beginning July 5

This coming Sunday, June 28, we will meet at the church for worship at our usual times - 8:30 am and 11:15 am - and both services will be live-streamed on our website. But, beginning on Sunday, July 5, and continuing until Sunday, August 16, we will only be having ONE worship service on those Sundays, which will begin at 10:00 am and will be live-streamedBased upon the attendance at our two services over the past few weeks, we have determined that our sanctuary has enough space for those who are currently coming while maintaining adequate spacing for "social distancing". Since many of our members aren't yet able to join us in person, having only one service will reduce the number of people that we need to greet, usher, play music, clean, etc. When the students return at the end of August we will switch back to two services.

Please click HERE or on the link below to see the guidelines for in-person worship.

Guidelines for In-person Worship

Nursery Is
Coming Back!

Opportunity to Serve 

The Nursery will be opening soon and we are excited to be able to offer this option for our Oakwood families again. There are many steps in place to make this happen and to ensure it is a safe place for our children. However, one of the biggest things that we need help with is staffing the nursery. Since not all of our members will be attending in-person worship, we will need additional help in the nursery to make childcare possible. If you are interested in utilizing the nursery during worship or would like to volunteer (either current or new volunteers), please fill out the survey HERE. This survey will give us a better idea of what we need for staffing and attendance. If you have any questions please contact Kaylah Olshefsky, our Nursery Coordinator at If you do not have your clearances, but would like to help in the nursery, you can find out what you need to do on the Oakwood website HERE. Thanks for your help and more information about opening the nursery will be coming soon. 

Upcoming Dates for Communion Service  

Oakwood will continue to hold its monthly communion services on the first Sunday of each month except for the month of July, which will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

Caring for Oakwood's
Older or "At Risk"

Opportunity to Serve or Share a Need

If you would like to learn about ways you can serve or if you have a need, please contact Don Garbrick and Bert Messelink through Oakwood's confidential email at

An Evening of Prayer
June 28

This Sunday, June 28, from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Oakwood will hold an Evening of Prayer: Lament, Repentance and Commitment as we process issues of racial justice in America and as we pray for God to show us ways we can respond to injustice in Gospel-centered ways in our community and country. The evening will follow that flow, with three distinct sections that will center around Scripture and prayer (individual and corporate). You can participate with us in person at Oakwood or through the Oakwood website livestream at For more detailed information click HERE. We hope you will join us.

West Virginia
Mission Trip  


Please pray for Mark Jackson and Hans Verlinde as they traveled to West Virginia for Oakwood's annual mission trip this past week. It's a small team this year due to the health concerns we are all currently living under. Please continue to pray for their safety as they return home on Saturday, June 27.

Summer Sermon Series
Starting June 28

Pastors Dan, Owen, and Ben will be preaching a 8 week sermon series through the book of Habakkuk. A timely book that addresses how to we move from fear to faith when faced with injustice, how we can rejoice in the Lord during confusing and chaotic times, and how we see that God is in control of all of history. We are looking forward to seeing how the Lord will further shape Oakwood, and our mission here in State College, as we learn together. Join us in person or online at

Updated Church Directory

It's here! The latest version of the Oakwood Church Directory is now available in regular and large print, located on the side table in the lobby (near the nursery entrance). We also offering the directory electronically. If you would like a copy emailed to you, contact Tricia Sharp at  

Next Issues Available

Tabletalk and byFaith Magazines can be fully accessed online. For Tabletalk (from Ligonier Ministries) go to, then click the "Print Issue" tab at the top right corner of the page to be directed to the latest magazine. For byFaith (The Magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America), go to

If you would prefer the printed version, Oakwood will have both of these resources available in two locations:
  • The clear bin outside the front doors to the church.
  • The resource table along the wall near the nursery entrance.

Friends, thanks for serving! 

8:30 am:     Bill and Linda Bonness
11:15 am:   David Martin
8:30 am:     Steve and Allyson Smith 
11:15 am:   Bob and Theresa Dvorsky

Childcare/Nursery and Stepping Stones will be starting back up in mid-July, 2020.


Up and Coming at Oakwood...

Sat. July 11         WMT Pray and Plan Meeting

Women's Bible Studies will be starting back up in September.
More information coming soon!

Encouragement to Connect From our Women's Ministry Team:

PRAYER: Would you like to join the Women’s Ministry Team Prayer Team during this season? Contact Jen Ehresman (

MENTORSHIP: Would you like to connect with an older woman for guidance, encouragement, and prayer during this season? Contact Jeanne Walsh at

Encouraging Perspective from the
Connect PCA Women's Ministry page...

Click on the photo to access this article. 


Here are some other resources for the Oakwood ladies through our PCA Denomination:


Summer Online Hinged Bible Study
It's not too late to jump in. You may go at your own pace!

Book of Ephesians
June to August 2020
All the women of the PCA
are invited to join with us!

  • Click HERE to be directed to the site with all information.
  • Click HERE to order your copy of the Hinged study book (they have made Week 1 available HERE).
    • The study layout is five days a week. Each day has a few pages of guided study.   

Oakwood Women's Ministry Team:
Taylor Chambers, Jen Ehresman, Amber Hughes, Suzanne Kiehl, Sacha Keiser, Maggie Lee, Jamie Liner, Jeanne Walsh, Miriam Schneider, Tricia Sharp, and Rachael Zhu.


Here's what's happening! 

6th to 12th Grade

Fri. June 26     Middle School Bon Fire, Lee Home 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm 
Fri. July 17       High School Bon Fire, Lee Home 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Sat. July 18      Youth Group Gross Games, Oakwood, time TBD
Sun. July 19     Youth Group Oakwood Live Worship Streaming made available.
July 24 to 25    Youth Group  Middle and High School Camping/Rafting weekend  
Sat. Aug. 1       Youth Group Water Games, location and time TBD
Sun. Aug. 30    Youth Group Fall Semester Kick Off 

Student Ministries Team:
Director: Ben Lee
Team: Conal Carr, Ryan Chaky, Mark Hovingh


New Weekly Virtual Coffee Hour

Saturday Mornings

Oakwood Men have the opportunity to meet in a group chat each Saturday from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. Contact Ryan Chaky at for the Saturday Morning Zoom link or to be added to the Men's email list. 

Sat. Jun 27    Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. July 4     NO Men's Virtual Coffee Hour
Sat. July 11   Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. July 18   Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. July 25   Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. Aug. 1    Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. Aug. 8    Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. Aug. 15  Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. Aug. 22  Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Men's Ministry Team:
Ryan Chaky, Tim Johnson, Eric Lysczek, Owen Hughes, Adam Lavely


Fri. June 26      Middle School BonFire, Lee Home 6:30 pm -10:00 pm 
Sat. Jun 27       Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sun. Jun 28      Worship at 8:30 am for traditional and 11:15 am for contemporary
Sun. Jun 28      Worship Livestream at 8:30 am and 11:15 am.  
Sun. June 28    Youth Bible Study, Zoom at 7:30 pm
Sat. July 4         NO Men's Virtual Coffee Hour
Sun. July 5       
NEW - Single worship service at 10:00am
Sun. July 5        Worship Livestream at 10:00 am 
Sat. July 11       Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Sun. July 12      Single worship service at 10:00am
Sun. July 12     
Worship Livestream at 10:00 am .
Fri. July 17        High School BonFire, Lee Home, 6:30 pm -10:00 pm 

Sat. July 18       Youth Group gross games, Oakwood, time TBD
Sat. July 18       Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sun. July 19     
Single worship service at 10:00am 
Sun. July 19      Worship Livestream at 10:00 am 
July 24 to 25     YG Overnight Camping at Chambers Home
Sat. July 25       Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. Aug. 1        Youth Group Water Games, location and, 
time TBD
Sat. Aug. 1        Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. Aug. 15      Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Sat. Aug. 22      Men's Virtual Coffee Hour 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Sun. Aug 23      Resume 8:30 am traditional and 11:15 am contemporary service
Sun. Aug. 23     Worship Livestream at 8:30 am and 11:15 am
Sun. Aug. 30     Youth Group Fall Semester Kick Off

If you have virtual or in-person meetings that you would like us to include on the Oakwood calendar, please contact Ann Johnstonbaugh at

Important Links

As part of the Oakwood community, YOU make a difference! Click on the links below if you'd like to volunteer or communicate with us: 

Oakwood Online Giving:
Oakwood Small Groups: Sign-up online for an Oakwood Small Group online at you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Owen Hughes at 814-693-9198 or
Oakwood Women's Ministry: Contact Tricia Sharp at
Oakwood Announcements: Send announcements to the Oakwood office no later than Monday at 9:00 AM. Announcements and information can be sent to Linda Bonness at
Oakwood Nursery: or contact Kaylah Olshefsky at 610-698-7392 or
Stepping Stones to Worship: or contact Suzanne Kiehl at 814-907-2028 or
Ushers: or contact Dave Miller at 814-466-2707 or 
Clearances: All the information you need for obtaining your clearances  for working with children at Oakwood can be found at or contact Linda Bonness at

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