Join us outside in the park this Saturday from 11am-6pm for Tower Grove Pride! Oak Hill will have a booth full of art activities and candy and fun! You can find us on the south, kinda west-ish part of the festival. There will be great music and events throughout the day! We can’t wait to see you there!
Saturday at 10 a.m.- Isaiah 58 Back to School Fair Isaiah 58’s annual Back to School Fair and Blessing of the Backpacks is Saturday, July 24. We need a few volunteers to join us in running a Tic Tock Toe booth from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested and available to volunteer, please contact Donna Cook. And if you can’t volunteer, just come stop by and say hi to support this great event and organization! For more info about Isaiah 58 Ministries, please click here.
Saturday at 9 a.m.- MCU Clean Air Action Air quality is a leading environmental justice issue taking lives. We are ready to do something about it. MCU’s environmental task force is working with activists in MO and IL to draw attention to the need to:
Abolish pollutants in our air Invest in clean energy Restore riverside communities
On Saturday, July 24, from 9-11 a.m. join environmental justice organizers from BOTH sides of the river at the center of the McKinley Bridge. Bring friends! Make signs! We want to bring out numbers high enough to grab the attention of politicians throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. You can find more information and sign up to attend by clicking here.
As we are returning to worship and returning to in-person gatherings, and finding ways to reconnect, we thought it was the perfect time to build some new relationships, too.
The Mission and Justice Committee has reached out to a few of our local elected officials to set up time for them to come to the church, so we can get to know one another, build relationships, and talk about the issues we care about in our community. We’re calling them Front Porch Meetings (because we’ll meet on the front porch at church, outside with plenty of room for distancing).
The first Front Porch Meeting will be on Thursday July 22* from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with State Representative Peter Merideth. We’ll provide some cool drinks and light snacks, you bring your own camp chair and any questions you might have for Rep. Merideth.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
*Please note date change from July 15 to July 22, due to a scheduling conflict.
Did you know that Oak Hill Church has two book clubs? Summer is a great time to get reading, then join us for discussion! Check out what we are reading this summer!
The Oak Hill Book Club is meeting in person on July 13th at the Barrow home to discuss “Things in Jars” by Jess Kidd. You are welcome to join us! Email Pastor Erin for details. This book group will take a vacation in August.
The Touchy Topics Book and Discussion Group is meeting on Zoom on July to discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. And In August we’ll be talking about “A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope Justice and Freedom” by Brittnay Barnett. Zoom Meeting ID: 259 777 226.
Oh, and as a bonus, our Wednesday Bible Study Class is still working our way through Amy-Jill Levine’s “Short Stories by Jesus”. Join us on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom if you’d like to discuss this one!
Happy Power Hour: Transformative Conversations – Friday 6/4
Join us on the front steps of the church on Friday June 4th at 6:30 p.m. for a time of conversation. Pastor Erin will lead us in what our partners at MCU are calling Transformative Conversations. We’ll discuss the local issues that are on our hearts and investigate the elements of power at play in those issues.
Bring a chair, a drink of your own choosing, and a curious mind. The plan is to meet outside, but in case of rain, we’ll move to Zoom (Meeting ID: 259 777 226).
This gathering is hosted by the Mission and Justice Committee.
Here is a video podcast about MCU’s Transformative Conversations with organizer Demarco Davidson:
Our friends at Metropolitan Congregations United are bringing community organizing training to you! In virtual sessions, we invite you to join us to learn more about how lean into your own power, to build power with neighbors, and make positive change in our communities. Led by local organizers, you’ll learn more about our approach to building power and practice putting some of these skills and strategies in action! Usually, interested folks pay to go to a week-long training for this info, but this year, MCU is trying out these mini-sessions, and offering them to you on Zoom FOR FREE! The Power Academy is designed for participants to attend both sessions, but if you can only make one or the other, please don’t let that stop you! Join us-
Friday, May 21st, 6pm-8pm and Saturday, May 22nd, 11am-1pm
Grab you mask and come join us outside! We’re going on a hike at Cliff Cave Park on Saturday, May 1. Meet us on the church parking lot at 9 a.m. to caravan to the park, or at the trailhead at 9:30 a.m. Bring some water, wear your sunscreen, follow all your COVID safety practices and come enjoy the outside. Park by the Riverside Shelter at the bottom of the hill.
This Sunday (4/25), instead of Sunday School, at 9:30 am we will gather on zoom for a special time of conversation and prayer- to process the events of this week and to pray for God’s justice and healing.
All are welcome to join us for this time together. Zoom meeting ID 768 992 383.
**Some resources for your thoughts, prayers, and conversations: