Category Archives: Events

Get Your Summer Reading Going! (And join our Book Clubs to Discuss!)

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!

Holy Rollers – Round TWO! 6/12

Save the Date: Holy Rollers is bringing it back! 

Join us for some outdoor fellowship and fun as we get together for Holy Rollers Round Two on June 12th at 10 a.m. in Tower Grove Park.

Bring your bike, your skateboard, your scooter, your roller skates, or your stroller- anything you’ve got that moves!

We’ll bring individually wrapped snacks and drinks, you bring your wheels!

Watch the weekly church email for more details of the specific meeting location.

Happy Power Hour: Transformative Conversations

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:

ONLINE Community Organizing Training

MCU Power Academy – May 21 and 22

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

You can register online here: Power Academy Training Part 1 (everyaction.com)

Let’s go for a hike!

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.

A special Space for Prayer This Week

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:

May be an image of tree and text that says 'Holy One, There is still much work to be done. The struggle for justice stretches out before us today just as it did yesterday and in days gone by. One decision has not changed the reality that many still live with fear. Equality is not yet realized and equity is but a distant dream. Give us strength to continue the struggle today, tomorrow and until your kin-dom comes. In the name of your Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen. हा Rev. Dr.DianeMoffett President & Executive Director Presbyterian Mission Agency'

A Statement from the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – Where do we go from here?

A Letter from the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy Dismantling Racism and White Privilege Team

Community Egg Hunt

Join us on Saturday 4/3 at 10 am for an outdoor, distanced, masked, no-contact Easter Egg Hunt! We’ll meet at the Old Carriage Shelter in Tower Grove Park for this annual event, adjusted a bit for pandemic safety. Wear your mask, bring your own basket, and come ready to hunt! We will “hide” empty eggs, have the kids collect them, then we will give out candy with a big scoop (no-touch) based on how many eggs each kid collects. As always, we’ll have one hunt for the tiny humans, and another hunt for the medium-sized humans. There will also be some no-touch games and other general silliness. Wear your bunny ears and come join us outside!
Click here to see a park map– the Old Carriage Shelter is #10 on the map.

What’s Happening This Lent?

Join us in observing the season of Lent at Oak Hill.

WORSHIP
During our Sunday worship services, in this pandemic year when we cannot be in the sanctuary, when we cannot be in person together, we’ve decided not to take more away (as we usually do during Lent) and instead, we’re adding some extra blessings in. Each week, our resident artist, 13-year-old Lucie Crittenden will be creating an original painting on the scripture themes of the season. Join us for worship on Zoom, or keep checking back on this post to see Lucie’s creations.

Lucie’s Lent Week One creation, inspired by Rev. Sarah Are’s poem in the Lenten Devotional.

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Our Intergenerational Sunday School Class is starting a series on prayer, using a curriculum from Illustrated Ministry. You can join us on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Pastor Erin to get the link and password for the course materials.

BIBLE STUDY
Our Wednesday Bible Study Class will be reading Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Entering the Passion of Jesus this Lent. Join us on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Contact Pastor Erin for the Zoom link and to get a copy of the book.

LENTEN DEVOTIONALS
We have printed copies available of this year’s Lenten devotional, Again & Again, from A Sanctified Art. If you would like a copy, please contact Pastor Erin.

LENTEN CALENDARS
We also have an activity calendar that is great for families who want to experience the season of Lent together at home. This resource, from Bless This Mess, is available for you to download and print at home. Just contact Pastor Erin for the link and password.

*** You may have noticed that contacting Pastor Erin is the way to get the inside scoop on all of this. It’s not because Pastor Erin super loves getting emails, it’s just because these materials are all copyrighted and we can’t just post them on the whole internet for free. Pastor Erin’s email address is erin.counihan@oakhillpcusa.org.

A Virtual Cooking Party!

On Sunday Feb. 14th you are invited to join our friends at Isaiah 58 Ministries for an online cooking party!

Since the annual pancake supper, usually held in the Oak Hill Church basement, isn’t going to happen this year, we’re bringing the party to your house!

Join us on zoom as we cook alongside Chef Mickey Kitterman, making our own gumbo and praline bread pudding.

You provide the ingredients, we supply the recipe and the chef!

Hear live updates from the ministry, and maybe even play some games!

Can’t make it to the live event? Buy a ticket and you’ll get a recording of the lesson, which you can play at your own leisure!

Live zoom event: Sunday, February 14, 3-5pm CST

Registration: $10 per household, paid at https://i58ministries.org/mardi-gras-cooking-party-registration/.
A zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.

All proceeds benefit Isaiah 58 Ministries.

Questions? Call 314-776-1410.