Youth Mission Trip – Update #5


Today was our fun day but despite not doing any service work we still experienced God throughout our day. We spent most of the day at Elitch Gardens, an amusement park similar to Six Flags. Riding the roller coasters and watching a show, even despite the lightening we had a great time enjoying the theme park and each other’s company. 


After returning from Elitches and eating dinner, we had a discussion about our experiences this week and how we could continue to be the face of God beyond this week. 


Ending the day we all did a craft Janelle had created for us, creating our own faith keys. The craft helped us reflect on the influence faith had in our own lives and what the word means to us. Today, and throughout the week, I saw the face of God in everyone in our lovely mission group that we are all so blessed to be apart of. 

By Emily Bischoff 

Youth Mission Trip – Update #4


This morning, we woke up bright and early to head out towards Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, a local organization that rescued mistreated horses and cares for them. With only four paid staff members, the organization relies heavily on volunteer support, so they were very thankful to have us help them muck paddocks and pastures, in addition to grooming horses.


After this, we headed back to Central Presbyterian to play bonding games before going to Casa Bonita for dinner, where divers entertained us while we ate. 
Today, I saw the face of God in those at Zuma’s who have dedicated their lives to the mission that calls them. Their patience, love, and kindness inspired us all to follow our passion and serve God faithfully.
By Carolyn Ream 

Youth Mission Trip – Update #3

  
On Wednesday we visited the Red Rocks Amphitheater a little outside of Denver.We sat on the stairs and recollected the week’s work as we ate lunch. We talked about how we saw God through the service we were doing. Then we went on to have conversations about our world views and recognized the injustices and inequalities in the world. 
We focused on things we could do to help these situations through the work of God. A few people hiked a trail and admired the view around us.

 Afterwards, we went to Arvada Presbyterian Church and painted the preschool room as well as cleaning out an office. I saw God in the beautiful landscape of the Red Rocks and the fascination in people’s eyes as they looked at God’s creation. 
By Gina Civettini 

Youth Mission Trip – Update #2


Today we worked with Extreme Community Makeover, a place where people can work in various communities around Denver to help clean up people’s allies and yards.

We were cleaning three different alley ways and collecting trash. Along the way we met many different people living in the neighborhood; all of them were extremely welcoming and thankful.

I personally saw the face of God in one lady in particular named Kolbi. She was a disabled women who lived in the neighborhood. Kolbi told me about how she never really came outside of her house because she was scared of the area and of her judgmental neighbors. At the end of the day we welcomed her in the picture and she remarked “I finally have friends” which made me very happy that I could make someone else that happy.

– Elizabeth Bischoff 

Rev. Erin Counihan

Rev. Erin CounihanWelcome to Rev. Erin Counihan, Oak Hill’s new pastor. Erin received her Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2014. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in Politics and Government. Erin found her call to ministry through work in social services and disaster response — working with public assistance programs in Colorado, serving with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on the Gulf Coast and with the American Red Cross in Chicago.

During her time at Princeton, Erin served as Intern for Missional Engagement at The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, NJ, Church Planting Intern with the PCUSA 1001 New Worshiping Communities, and as student chaplain for Pediatrics and Women’s Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. On campus she was the moderator of the Women’s Center, a member of the Seminary Council for Institutional Diversity , a participant and research assistant for the Liturgy and Public Witness cohort and a singer in the Gospel Ensemble.

Rev. Counihan’s first Sunday at Oak Hill will be July 27, 2014. Worship begins at 11 AM.

 

 

The season of Advent is upon us!

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December 1 – Worship Service to welcome new members coming from Tyler Place Presbyterian Church. Pastor Robert Hagel will give the sermon as we welcome Tyler Place’s assimilation into Oak Hill. A reception will be held in the Large Assembly Room following worship.

December 8 – Christmas Cantata. The Chancel Choir presents “The Other Wise Man”  under the direction of Susan Brown, our Minister of Music.

December 15 – Children’s Program. The children and youth of Oak Hill present the musical “Star of Wonder”,  Darrell Yearwood and Susan Brown directing.

December 24 – Christmas Eve Service  will be Tuesday, December 24, at 6:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following the service in our Large Assembly Room. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share if you are able. Everyone is welcome to our time of fellowship.

Spring Fest May 4 High Lights

 

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Family Fun!

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Expert Face Painting

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A little watercolor crafting for a misty day.

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Experiments with crayon resist watercoloring.

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Pony rides for all ages, including Interim Pastor Kathy Riley

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Yummy pork steaks, a south side specialty

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Time to clean up!

Join us for Spring Fest, May 4, 2013

Oak Hill Presbyterian Church

4111 Connecticut, St. Louis, MO 63116

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Barbeque, Games, Pony Rides, Arts & Crafts and more.

Fun for all ages. We hope to see you. Bring your friends and family!

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