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Holy Week

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Join us for worship throughout this Holy Week.

Palm / Passion Sunday , April 10. Sunday School is at 9:30 am and worship is at 10:30 am. Both are offered “in-person” and Zoom. Meeting ID: 768 992 383. You can find our bulletin on the front page of the website under “Worship at Home”.

Check the Weekly Update for a copy of our Good Friday Stations of the Cross Devotional from Illustrated Ministries. Contact the office if you can’t find the link.

Oak Hill Book Club will meet Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 pm at the Barrow residence on on Zoom. Meeting ID: 259 777 226 Passcode: Disciple (case sensitive) . Bring your dinner and join us as we discuss “Still Life” by Louis Perry. It’s the first of the highly acclaimed Inspector Armand Gamache books.

Wednesday Bible Study continues this week . Meet us on Zoom. Meeting ID: 259-777-226. Passcode: Disciple (case sensitive). We continue our study of Amy-Jill Levine’s book “Witness at the Cross”

Session Meeting, Wednesday, April 13, on Zoom. Session members check your email for the Zoom link.

Maundy Thursday worship is at 7:00 PM on Zoom with Compton Heights Christian Church. Join Zoom Meeting ID: 895 0892 7296 Passcode: 529096

Community Easter Egg Hunt, is April 16, 10:00 am in Tower Grove Park, at the Turkish Pavilion. Center Cross Drive is often closed Saturday mornings for the Farmer’s Market, so enter the park from the Grand Ave. entrance for easiest access.

Holy Saturday Vigil – April 16. Sign up for a one hour shift to hold vigil in the sanctuary and await the Resurrection. Shifts are available from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Sign up link is on the Home Page.

Easter Sunday – April 17. Worship is at 10:30 am via zoom. There will be no Sunday School. Worship is in person and via Zoom. Meeting ID 768 992 383. We will be decorating the cross with flowers. Bring your own if you have some blooming. We’ll have plenty of flowers are available if you forget. We will not have an Easter Sun Rise service this year.

Sunday! In-Person Worship!

In-Person Worship!

We are open again for in-person worship effective March 20, 2022!!  And we will be singing!!  We are opening with previous safety precautions still in place.   Our COVID-19 Task Force has reviewed the status of the virus and feel it is safe to return to in-person worship.  (See the guidelines listed below that  we plan to follow for our in-person worship.)

(We will continue to worship on Zoom for those who are unable to join us in person and the worship bulletins will still be posted on our website www.oakhillpcusa.org.   (See Worship At Home).  If you’d like to join us remotely, please use Meeting ID: 768 992 383. (You can also call in, by phone, at  312-626-6799, then enter the same meeting ID.)

The Rev. John Harrison will be preaching on March 20. 

Pastor Alan will be leading other parts of the service.  

Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. (in person and on Zoom). 

We will be collecting dried or canned beans for Isaiah 58 Ministries on Sunday, March 20.

Articles and pictures for the April newsletter on due on Monday, March 21.

Wednesday Bible Study is at 11:00 a.m. on March 23.  During Lent they will be reading Witness at the Cross by Amy-Jill Levine.  Zoom ID # is 259 777 226, Password:  Disciple.

The Mission and Justice Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, on Zoom.

The Stewardship and Property Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, on Zoom.

Please consider donating a bag of individually wrapped (plastic egg or smaller sized) candies for Oak Hill’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Turkish Pavilion in Tower Grove Park on Saturday, April 16, at           10 a.m.  (Candy may be place in the box outside the sanctuary (next to the chairlift) or in the church office beginning March 20.)

GUIDELINES FOR RE-OPENING THE CHURCH

MARCH 20, 2022

  1. Masks will still be required for the congregation.
  1. Social distancing still required.  Everyone sitting in the pews is required to maintain a 6’ distance from those outside your inner circle.  If you are not comfortable next to people, please feel free to move to another location.
  1. The congregation will be allowed to sing, but masks are still required.
  1. Communion will be served using the pre-packaged communion units provided by the church.  People may also bring their own elements.  Hand sanitizers will be widely available.
  1. Sunday School will be hybrid (in person and on Zoom), following these guidelines.
  1. The nursery will be re-opened pending notification from the Worship and Christian Education Committee.  (Nursery care is provided during our Sunday 10:30 a.m. worship service.)
  1. On Sundays there will not be an indoor time of fellowship following worship.  Everyone will be encouraged to visit with one another outside following the service.
  1. Church group and committee meetings may resume following the same rules that apply to worshipping in the sanctuary.  It is up to the group to decide if they wish to meet in person or online.  If you plan to meet in person at the church, please notify the office so your meeting may be put on the calendar, thus avoiding any conflict if another group/committee is meeting.
  1. Non-church group meetings may resume following the same criteria as mentioned above.  Groups wishing to meet at Oak Hill should contact the church office.
  1. We will continue with hybrid worship services until further notice.

Transfiguration Sunday

The Rev. Rebecca Klemme Eliceiri will be preaching on February 27. 

Pastor Alan will be leading other parts of the

Compton Heights Christian Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Ash Wednesday Service

Time: March 2, 2022, 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. using the regular Sunday worship Zoom link (see above).  You will then be put into a breakout room.

Wednesday Bible Study will not meet March 2.  The next session will begin March 9. The group is starting a a new study “A Beginners Guide to Holy Friday: Witness at the Cross , by Amy Jill Levine.” A Kindle edition is available.  Zoom ID # is 259 777 226, Password:  Disciple.

Oak Hill has been invited once again to share in an Ash Wednesday service with our friends at Compton Heights Christian Church on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. This will be an online service.  The Zoom login information is given below.

Also: if you should wish to participate during the service in the traditional Ash Wednesday imposition of ashes on forehead or hand, here is a link to a video that gives instructions on how to prepare ashes for this purpose: https://youtu.be/Hq3zZyOvCbo. It is the same video, prepared by Madison Peterson, that was made available for Ash Wednesday last year. We are grateful to Madison and to Compton Heights for this help.

Compton Heights Christian Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Ash Wednesday Service

Time: March 2, 2022, 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

The Touchy Topics book club will meet on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. 

on Zoom. Normally to club meets the first Wednesday of the month, but for March, the first Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, so the meeting has been moved back a day. The book selected is Assata: An Autobiography, by Assata Shakur. The book traces Shakur’s early childhood to her current status as a political refugee in Cuba. For April, the book is Heartland: 

A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country in the World, by Sarah Smarsh. This book, which focuses on cycles of poverty and social class in Kansas, was a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction in 2018.

The Zoom ID # is 259 777 226, Password: Disciple.

Next Sunday, March 6, is the First Sunday of Lent.  We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Communion).

We’re searching for an Interim Pastor

With Jesus as our guide and community as our goal, we worship, love, serve, and grow.

And now, we’re searching for an Interim Pastor to guide us through this next season of our ministry here in South St. Lous.

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.

Check out our Mission Information Form posted on the Church Leadership Connection website and see what you think?

Send your PIF to oakhillchurchpnc@gmail.com

Sunday, February 19, 2022

Share your Hearts!

The Rev. Julie Allen Berger will be preaching on February 20.  Pastor Alan will be leading other parts of the service.

The worship bulletins are posted on our website www.oakhillpcusa.org.  (See Worship At Home) If you’d like to join us remotely, please use Meeting ID: 768 992 383. (You can also call in, by phone, at 312-626-6799, then enter the same meeting ID.)

Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. using the regular Sunday worship Zoom link (see above).  You will then be put into a breakout room.

Wednesday Bible Study is at 11:00 a.m. on February 2.  They are continuing to follow the lectionary readings.  Zoom ID # is 259 777 226, Password:  Disciple.

Mission and Justice Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Stewardship and Property Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m. o Zoom.

2022 Worship Volunteer Sign-Up

The new Sign-Up Genius form is ready to go for 2022. Please consider signing up to help greet guests, serve as liturgist, supervise children in the nursery (vaccination & safety screening required for nursery duty), or lead the Adult Sunday School Group. Sign up early and often! You can sign up easily online at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0545ABA722A4FD0-ohpc . If you would rather sign up “off-line” you can call Lisa Thompson or leave a message on the church answering machine.  

Our Minister of Music, Susan Brown, is always looking for volunteers to provide “Special Music” for Sunday Worship.  If you are interested in singing or playing a musical instrument during worship, or have any questions, please contact Susan.


Presidents’ Day Mission Project

Join us on Monday, February 21, 2022, from Noon – 2 PM for a mission project or two. We’ll have a drive by neighborhood food drop off for Isaiah 58 Ministries. In addition, will fill water bottles with laundry detergent for I58, make go bags for our own outreach and tied blankets for various groups and do a meal prep or two for the Grace Women’s Shelter. We’ll spread out in the Smylie Room and Large Assembly Room.  If you like to join us please sign up on  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094BAAA62CA0F94-service

Sunday, February 6, 2022

We hope you will join us at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday for worship on Zoom.  The worship bulletins are posted on our website www.oakhillpcusa.org.  (See Worship At Home) If you’d like to join us remotely, please use Meeting ID: 768 992 383. (You can also call in, by phone, at 312-626-6799, then enter the same meeting ID.

Communion will be celebrated February 6. Please be ready with something at home for communion: something to drink and something to eat.  You should feel free to be ready with whatever
works in your household. For our skeleton crew in the sanctuary that tries to make the service proceed smoothly, we have individualized portions of bread and drink.

We are also offering in-home communion for our online worship participants. Please mention it in the Zoom chat or let the church office know, and we will make the necessary arrangements

At its January 12 meeting, session voted continue worshiping only on Zoom until February 6 due to the status of the pandemic.  At its February 9 meeting they will decide when or if we can begin in-person worship again. 

Sunday school will begin on February 6 at 9:30 a.m. using the regular Sunday worship Zoom link (see above).  You will then be put into a breakout room.

The Evangelism and Membership Committee will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.

The book club is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, on Zoom: 259 777 226.  Password: Disciple (case sensitive).  They are going to discuss “Red at the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson.  A New York Times best seller, the book focuses on family legacy, including race, class, ambition, education, mother-daughter relationships, and loss. Please read the book and join them.

Wednesday Bible Study is at 11:00 a.m. on February 2.  They are continuing to follow the lectionary readings.  Zoom ID # is 259 777 226, Password:  Disciple.

Session will meet on Wednesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Calling all artists! “Share Your Hearts” is the new theme for the Oak Hill Art Wall. Submit your valentine artwork (or pick up a blank canvas) in the newly constructed yellow box next to the Art Wall. We will then hang them for everyone to enjoy!

 The Stewardship and Property Committee is planning a church workday on Saturday, February 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please come and share your talents.  You may contact Brian Heuckroth to find out what projects need help.  We’re almost certain we can find something for everyone.

The Mission & Justice Committee asks you to contact your representative to consider action on this bill to improve nutrition for children throughout the world. The Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act. Thank you. 

4th sunday after epiphany

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9

We’ll be worshiping virtually this Sunday, January 30 at 10:30 am. Join us at Zoom ID # 768 992 383. The Rev. Wynn Ward, a clergy member of the Presbytery of Giddings- Lovejoy, will be preaching. Donna Cook will be leading the Time for Growing Disciples and Pastor Alan will be leading other parts of the service.

Speaking of love; the Evangelism and Membership Committee is “Calling all artists”! Our new art wall theme is “Share Your Hearts”! Submit your Valentine art work (or pick up a blank canvas) in the newly constructed yellow box next to the Art Wall. We will then hang them for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday Bible Study is at 11:00 am on February 2. Zoom ID #259 777 226. Password: Disciple. We continue to study the lectionary for the following Sunday. February 2 we will be looking at the following scriptures.

Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 138

1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Luke 5: 1-11

Touchy Topic Book Club will meet on Wednesday. February 2, at 7:30pm. Zoom ID# 259 777 226. Password: Disciple. We will be discussing the book “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” by Malcolm Gladwell.

“Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:8

ISAIAH 58 MINISTRIES CARES

The Rev. Brenda Booth, Executive Director of Isaiah 58 Ministries, will be leading us in worship on Sunday, January 16, 2022. We are worshiping virtually through February 6, at which time the Session will evaluate the status of the pandemic in our community. We hope to return to in-person /hybrid worship soon.

“you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets to live in.” Isaiah 58:12

Join us on Zoom at 768 992 383 at 10:30 AM.

There will be a Congregational Meeting (via Zoom) on Sunday , January 23, 2022, following worship.

Isaiah 58 Ministries staff, Arthur Johnson – Ministry Associate, Rev Brenda Booth – Executive Director, Rev. Meredith Jackson – Hunger Program Director.