Responding to Charlottesville

Friends, 
The horrific happenings in Charlottesville are on our hearts and minds and all over our newsfeeds and screens.

Please remain in prayer. Please speak up. Please listen deeply. Please continue to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. 

Here are a few resources: 
The response from our denominational leadership : https://www.pcusa.org/news/2017/8/14/pcusa-leaders-condemn-white-supremacy-racism/

A reflection from a Presbyterian pastor who was in Charlottesville: http://pres-outlook.org/2017/08/words-gods-word-reflection-charlottesville/

A blog post from our Transitional Presbytery Leader: http://www.glpby.org/2017/08/15/being-prepared/

The prayer we used in worship on Sunday: https://revgalblogpals.org/2017/08/13/sunday-prayer-love-supreme/

Pastor Erin’s sermon from Sunday: Sermon Genesis 37 August 13 2017

 

A little bit about Sacred Conversations on Race + Action

The Presbyterian Mission Agency and its Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa, have put out a new video featuring conversations with local pastors and organizers about how congregations in St. Louis have been dealing with race and privilege over the past few years. Check out this video to see a few slices of those conversations: 

What’s Happening in August?

The summer may be winding down, but we’re still rocking over at Oak Hill. Join us! 

Pot Luck Luncheon
The first Sunday of every month, we celebrate communion in worship, then join together at the potluck table for lunch afterwards.

Neighborhood Foosball and Fun nights at Great American Human Foosball
Tuesday Aug. 1, 8, and 15 we’ll be playing foosball, eating snacks, and hanging with our neighbors. Come on over!

Evening Bible Study
Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00 we’re following an overview of the OT with Theocademy’s series featuring Dr. Suzie Park. No need to RSVP, just show up!

Wednesday Bible Study
Our 11am class is starting a new study on 1 and 2 Kings. We have books available for new participants. Contact the church office!

Open Gym and MOVIE IN THE PARKING LOT 
Our monthly open gym night for youth is Aug 18th at 6:30. Then stay for a showing of Back to the Future in the parking lot, under the stars.

Ongoing: Backpacks and School Supplies
We’ve been collecting and distributing backpacks and school supplies for neighborhood kids. If your family needs some school supplies, feel free to stop by!

 

Above are just a few highlights. For the full church calendar, please click here.

SERVICE AS WORSHIP SUNDAY

Join us at our regular Sunday worship time (10:30 AM), when we’ll meet in the sanctuary to pray and get organized, then break out into groups to:

Make casseroles for Winter Outreach
Write cards for Extended Members
Pack backpacks of school supplies for Isaiah 58
Make scarves for BRO
Write letters and call Elected Officials
Craft blankets for the Crisis Nursery
And so much more!

SERVICE AS WORSHIP SUNDAY: July 23, 2017 @ Oak Hill Presbyterian Church

     

Oak Hill Night Out

Join us on Monday, July 31 at 7:30 PM as we go to the Compton Heights Band Concert in Tower Grove Park, with guests Butchwax & the Hollywoods and Billy Peek in a Chuck Berry Tribute.

Bring a blanket, bring a snack, and bring a friend!
See you there!

For more info about the Compton Heights Band, go to: http://chband.org/

Fore more info about Tower Grove Park, go to: https://www.towergrovepark.org/

#BigTent2017

We are glad to join the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy in welcoming Presbyterians from around the globe to St. Louis for Big Tent 2017.

This conference features workshops, worship, bible study, speakers and so many more opportunities for Presbyterians to engage in conversations about Race, Reconciliation, and Reformation.

Pastor Erin will be speaking during the opening plenary panel on setting the conversation in the St. Louis context. Many, many Oak Hill members will be serving as volunteers for the conference. And the congregation will welcome conference participants to Oak Hill for dinner, conversation, worship, and fun (you know we’re going to play foosball!) on Friday night, July 7th.

More information about Big Tent 2017 can be found here.

The materials and resources referenced in Pastor Erin’s discussion at Oak Hill can be found here.

Join the conversation

Join the conversation. Mayor Kewson and the Citizen Advisory Committee want to hear from you! 
What are you looking for in a new police chief? What do you think we need? Show up and make your voice heard.

Tuesday June 27 at 6pm at the Interntational Institute
or
Saturday, July 8 at 10am at Vashon High School

Touchy Topics Book Club: More Reading, More Discussion!

Our Touchy Topics Book Club is continuing conversation and study and reading and learning about all those issues that we know we need to talk about, but that can be hard to talk about…
Join us, the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at Hartford Coffee Co.
We’re always looking for new voices to join the conversation!

Here’s our book list for Summer 2017-Spring 2018: 

July 5, 2017 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond
Aug 2, 2017 God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison
Sept 6, 2017 The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
Oct 4, 2017 Rise of the Warrior Cop
by Radley Balko
Nov 1, 2017 Muhammad
by Karen Armstrong
Dec 6, 2017 The Perfect Gentleman
by Imran Ahmad
Jan 2018 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz
Feb 2018 The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands
by Margaret Regan
March 2018 Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

April 2018 Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

May 2018 The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
June 2018 The Mothers
by Brit Bennett

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