Community Egg Hunt

We have A LOT of worship services planned for this week- but there’s time for eggs, too! Join us on Saturday 4/4 at 10am at the Turkish Pavilion in Tower Grove Park for the annual Oak Hill Egg Hunt! Bring your neighbors and all the kids you know! Kids 10 and under will have a chance to hunt eggs while the rest of us snack on chocolate and giggle!

Don’t forget your basket! 

Palm Sunday!

Join us this Sunday (3/29) for the start of Holy Week as we celebrate Palm Sunday with, what else?? PANCAKES! 

pancakes

We will share a pancake breakfast from 9am- 10:30am (staggered for those who want to attend choir rehearsal and/or Sunday School) and then head upstairs for the procession of palms and worship at 11. 

All are welcome! 

Holy Week at Oak Hill

Join us for Holy Week at Oak Hill (3/29-4/5)

 

Palm Sunday 9am Pancake Breakfast
  11am Worship
Maundy Thursday 7pm Ecumenical Blues Worship at St. John’s Episcopal Church
Good Friday 12 noon Stations of the Cross Walk at Compton Heights Christian Church
  7pm Worship at Oak Hill
Holy Saturday 6pm-6am Sunday Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday 6:30am Sunrise Worship

11am Worship

Change in Marriage Language in the PCUSA

A letter from our pastor to the congregation:

Dear Oak Hill,
This week the Presbyterian Church (USA) took the historic step of changing our church constitution’s language on marriage. The General Assembly of the PCUSA last summer voted to define marriage as :
“a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.”

The new language was then sent to each Presbytery to vote to ratify or not. On Tuesday night the mathematical majority of 86 presbyteries voting in favor was reached and the new language will be added to our constitution.

While I personally rejoice in this historic moment of the church finally recognizing the relationships of all beloved, committed couples, and offer thanks to the many individuals and groups that worked hard for years and years to see this day come, I recognize that not all Presbyterians are rejoicing this week. I offer thanks that God gives us the Word and the ability to interpret that good word. I offer thanks that God gives us community to discuss and explore and yes, even debate the Word. And I pray that we may continue to be a community, to be the one body of Christ, to remain in conversation and in fellowship, even as some individuals lament while others rejoice. This is my prayer.

Please read the information below from our Presbytery Stated Clerk for more information. (Also, I am not sure why Terry says below Missouri does not allow same gender marriage, because currently, under US District Court ruling, many jurisdictions, including the City of STL, are issuing marriage licenses to couples of all genders.)

I am available if anyone would like to discuss this vote or this issue. Please let me know and I would be glad to set up a time to grab a Bible and some coffee and chat.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Erin

*A MESSAGE FROM THE STATED CLERK*

Dear Friends,

The media is widely reporting that Amendment 14-F of the Directory for Worship in the Book of Order has been approved by a majority of the presbyteries. The amendment allows Teaching Elders wider discretion in whose weddings they can conduct and gives Sessions wider discretion in whose weddings it may host. That discretion could include same gender marriages in states where that is permitted. As you know, Illinois allows same gender marriage and Missouri does not.

You are no doubt thinking about how to interpret this to your congregation and community. For some this news is a reason for joy, others will find it troubling. In either case, it will be important for you to know and be able to share accurate information. Here are some resources I hope will assist you.

This is a link to the PC(USA)’s public announcement that 14-F has been approved:
http://www.pcusa.org/news/2015/3/17/amendment-14-f-approved/

This is a video announcement from Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons:
https://vimeo.com/122339350

The Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly wrote this pastoral letter to the whole church:
http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/mod-vice-mod-marriage-passage.pdf

The Office of the General Assembly provided this Advisory Opinion:
http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/advisory_opinion_marriage_passage.pdf

As always, you are in my prayers as you minister to God’s people here. If I can be of assistance to you please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Faithfully,
Terry Epling,
Stated Clerk

The Way Is Clear!

The way is clear.

Or clear enough that the pastors, Sunday School teacher, musician, and a crew of shovelers all made it in this morning. Come and join us if you are safe to get here!

Sunday School at 10am.
Worship at 11am.

**Updated: Thanks to all who made it today! What a beautiful community, what a wonderful God.
If you were not able to get out today, consider setting aside a little time for worship at home today.
Here are some tools that you might find helpful:

Today’s Worship Service Bulletin with Scripture Readings
Communion Liturgy and Community Prayer March 1, 2015

The taize songs from this morning’s worship can be played by clicking here