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:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.