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Check out this week’s worship service bulletin:
Sept. 22, 2019
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Read our October 2019 Newsletter
(Archives of past newsletters, bulletins and sermons can be found below.)
We join the STL community in praying and working for justice and peace in our region.
Over the past few years we have participated in conversation, direct action, organizing, letter writing, meeting with elected officials and more to work for justice and peace throughout our community. In 2015, we participated in two rounds of Sacred Conversations on Race. That Spring we invited the congregation and community to join in reading and discussing two books on race and privilege. Some folks from that group decided to keep on reading and discussing these issues with our Touchy Topics Book Group, and we invite you to join us. We are also in the process of organizing our new grant-funded neighborhood youth outreach efforts, responding to the Ferguson Commission Report’s call to keep Youth at the Center. Members are also working with Metropolitan Congregations United on their Break the Pipeline Campaign to bring an end to the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
If you would like to get involved, or want to learn more about this work, please contact Pastor Erin (email@example.com).
|Service Bulletin Archive||Sermon Archive||Newsletter Archive|
|Sept. 15, 2019||September 2019 Newsletter|
|Sept. 8, 2019||July/August 2019 Church Newsletter|
|Sept. 1, 2019||June 2019 Newsletter|
|August 25, 2019||May 2019 Newsletter|
|August 18, 2019||March 2019 Newsletter|
Our mission statement:
With Jesus as our guide and community as our goal, we worship, love, serve, and grow.
We are a gathering of people committed to telling the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a story of love that is capable of changing lives, relationships, and culture. We tell that story in worship, in study, in service, in action, in music, in prayer, and in relationships, in our neighborhood, throughout our city, and all over God’s world. We are certain that the Holy Spirit is inspiring us in new and creative ways, to share in what God is up to, in this time and in this place. We hope that together, as we worship, love, serve, and grow, we might be a small part of some incredible things God is doing, among us, through us, and in spite of us, right here, and right now.
“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’” —From “A Brief Statement of Faith” in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions
We are a Certified Hunger Action Congregation.
Statement of Clarity:
At Oak Hill we invite and welcome all who are seeking God into faithful community.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) and our congregation do ordain and install LGBTQ individuals to church leadership positions.
Our pastor has and will officiate weddings for same gender couples.
Presbyterian and Reformed churches share a common origin in the 16th-century Swiss Reformation and the teachings of John Calvin, and today make up one of the largest branches of Protestant Christianity. There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide; about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The name “Presbyterian” comes from the representational form of church government called presbyterian. In presbyterian churches, governing authority is given to elected lay leaders known as “elders” (or “presbyters”), who work with the congregation’s ordained minister. Presbyterian belief and practice center on the Bible and the sovereignty of God.
To learn more about PC(USA) or what Presbyterians believe visit pcusa.org.
Our current session is made up of 12 ordained ruling elders. They each serve 3 year terms, in rotating classes, so that only 4 elders roll off the session at a time.
Class of 2019
|Class of 2020||Class of 2021|
|Donna Cook||Brent Crittenden|
|Lisa Thompson||Brian Hueckroth|
|Richard Weithop||Heather Macarthur|
|Anne Stoltz||Christine Woodward||
Oak Hill Presbyterian Church Staff
Rev. Erin CounihanPastor
The Rev. Erin Counihan joined Oak Hill Presbyterian in ministry in July 2014. Although she doesn’t fully understand the cheese that guy Imo puts on the pizza here, she quickly came to love the parks, museums, neighborhood restaurants, and of course, the people of her new hometown, St. Louis! Originally from Maryland, Erin went to college in Ohio and in Argentina, worked in Colorado, Baltimore, Mississippi, and Chicago before heading to seminary in New Jersey. Erin likes to travel, be outdoors, slowly participate in triathlons, engage in community happenings, and she usually packs along Cheetos with everything. She is passionate about serving both God and neighbor and couldn’t be more thrilled to join Oak Hill in the way they do just that, right here in Tower Grove, right here in St. Louis. Erin holds a BA in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University and an Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She lives in the Tower Grove East neighborhood with her brilliant and talented niece, Tegan (17), and their adorable dog Eddie.
Erin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dr. Alan MeyersParish Associate
Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers serves Oak Hill as Parish Associate. Alan has been teaching, preaching, leading worship and sharing life with the congregation as parish associate since 1990. A St. Louis native, Alan went to the late lamented Southwest High School and was a member of the late lamented Southampton Presbyterian Church. He studied at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a pastor of churches in Troy, New York and Lawrence, Massachusetts before returning school at what is now Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and earning a PhD in doctrinal theology. Alan and his wife Rosemary moved back to St. Louis in 1987 for her work – she was an assistant U.S. Attorney in St. Louis before she retired in 2010 – and Alan started teaching religion at Lindenwood University, from where he has since retired, but insists on continuing to teach some classes.
Susan BrownMinster of Music
Susan Brown serves as the Music Minister at Oak Hill- directing the choirs, playing piano and organ, coordinating all music and musicians who play at worship and special events, and serving on our Worship and Christian Education committee. Raised in Charleston, MO, Susan started playing the piano at age 6 and taught herself to play the organ as a teenager because he church didn’t have an organist. She holds a BS in Education and an MA in Reading from Southeast Missouri State and taught middle school reading and music in Jefferson County for 32 years. For the past 25 years, Susan and her husband Bill have called South St. Louis City home, and currently share it with Skippy, Atticus, Oliver and Titus, their precious King Charles Cavaliers. Susan loves dogs, reading and Cardinals baseball and is quick to tell people that “the past 15 years at Oak Hill have been the happiest of my life!”
Carole AdamsChurch Secretary
Carole wears many hats at Oak Hill. We are most grateful for her service to the church and so glad to have her as a part of the team, even if she won’t let us take her photo for the website! Just stop by the church office and get to know her face-to-face!
Annie GirreschAMEN St. Louis Director
We are thrilled that Annie Girresch has joined us to serve as AMEN St. Louis Director, beginning in August 2018. Annie is a lover of Life and a seminarian at Eden Theological Seminary. She has a background in working for dignity and justice in the workplace. Annie loves walking with people of many faith traditions as they find their role in the work of building the Beloved Community, and is constantly challenged and changed by those people in return.
You can read more about our ministry with AMEN St. Louis at www.amenstlouis.org.
Janet is currently a graduate student pursuing both her Master of Social Work and Master of Education at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to attending WashU, she worked with various nonprofits focused on providing academic and mentorship services for youth. In one of her most prominent roles, she served as the Program Director of the Ezekiel Center in Columbia, SC, a Christian ministry focused on empowering youth to reach their potential. Since moving to St. Louis, Janet served as a mentor for Creative Reaction Lab during the first ever Design to Better [Our Community] Summer Academy in 2018. Janet is a devoted follower of Jesus, mom to Jeremy, and wife to Jason Frederick. She loves to read, dance, spend time with family, and explore the many fun things to do in St. Louis!