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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: 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).

Back to Sunday School

We kick off our fall Intergenerational Sunday School class on Sept. 19th. Join us in person, masked and distanced, in the large assembly room at church on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. as we continue our study on Compassion. Children and Adults will discuss together stories of compassion in scripture. There will be art. There will be music. There will be lots to talk about!
See you on Sundays!

Stations of the Cross Community Art Project

We are thrilled to announce our new community art project for the Easter season. We are going to create our own Stations of the Cross display.

The Way of the Cross has long been a way for Christians to join Jesus on the journey through Jerusalem and beyond. We are inviting you to pick one of the traditional stations and paint it as you might imagine it. To share with our community- both in person and online. (We’ll be making a video of the art to use as part of a short virtual prayer service for Good Friday)

Pastor Erin has put together a resource to help you prepare (download below), that includes some history, the list of stations, and lots of interpretations from all over the world that are accessible online. Please read through those materials first, and then click here to sign up to paint one of the stations. We’re hoping to have all of the art dropped off at church by March 21.  

Touchy Topics Book Group 2021

Our Touchy Topics Book and Discussion Group have selected their readings for 2021. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months (not exception for Holy Week in April) at 7:30 p.m. Right now we are meeting on Zoom. Pick up a copy of one of these books from your library or local book store, and join us!

2021 Touchy Topics Reading List

DateTitle & Author
Wed, Jan. 6Go Tell It On The Mountain
by James Baldwin 
Wed, Feb. 3The Yellow House
by Sarah M. Broom 
Wed, March 3 Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Wed, April 21 The Broken Heart of America: St.Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson
Tues, May 11 (in conjunction with the Oak Hill Book Club)The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Wed, June 2 Caste:The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
Wed, July 6 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Wed, Aug. 4 A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice and Freedom by Brittany K. Burnett
Wed, Sept. 1 Here For It: Or, How To Save Your Soul In America by R. Eric Thomas
Wed, Oct. 6 The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Wed, Nov. 3 What Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

Advent Devotional – Dec. 24

Dec. 24                            Luke 1:67-80                                 Erin Counihan

When John the Baptist was born, and Zechariah got his voice back, and the people were afraid of everything that was happening right in front of them, Zechariah praised God. And he offered a vision. A vision of salvation and mercy. A vision of hope and help. A vision of faith and justice. A vision of One to come who would guide us on a journey to peace.

It sounds like the kind of vision I need right now.

There’s this moment every Christmas Eve, after all the shopping and the wrapping, after worship and Silent Night, after the bubbly punch and the party and the people and the snacks and the fun. After all of it, late at night (more accurately, early in the morning), in my jammies, in the quiet, in my home, in the dark, there is this precious Christmas Eve moment, where I allow myself, every year, to really believe. What if this hope is real? What if it is real right now? What if the promise is true? What if Christ is coming? Right here. Right now. What if all that love is being born right now, in the dark, in the quiet, in the fuzzy socks, in our hearts, in our lives, and in this world?

Zechariah says:
By the tender mercy of our God,
    the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.

May it be so. This Christmas Eve.
Right here. Right now.
Always. And again.

Advent Devotional – Dec. 23

Dec. 23                            Luke 1:57-66                                       Matt Hanify

Our main characters are Elizabeth, who is pregnant, and her husband Zechariah, who is mute. I don’t believe those items are related.

Anyway, Elizabeth gives birth to a son, and everyone is happy. So far, everything is according to plan. One day, also according to plan, “they” come to circumcise the baby, whereupon, after much crying I assume, the child will be named Zechariah, after his father.

However, throwing a bit of a wrinkle in things, Elizabeth says he is to be named John – “God is gracious.” Unfortunately, this is not according to plan, and there is apparently much hand-wringing. So, of course, because Elizabeth’s opinion seems irrelevant, everyone turns to Zechariah, mute though he may be, to find out what his opinion might be. He motions for a writing tablet, and on it, he writes, “His name is John.” I think we can all agree – an objectively smart move by Zechariah. I am not mute, much to everyone’s consternation to be sure, but if I were, I think I would work very hard to placate any and all in my immediate family. I think being mute would make things very difficult on those around me, but being mute and opinionated, obstinate and otherwise belligerent would be, I imagine, a quick way to getting abandoned on the side of the road.

Thankfully, Zechariah is nobody’s fool; he quickly agrees with Elizabeth that the boy’s name is John. I imagine the circumcision crew giving a side-eye to this turn of events, but then, in a full-blown miracle, Zechariah begins to speak. And he begins to praise God. And, possibly, later on, he suggests that they get takeout.

And so thank You, God. We give thanks for all of Your miracles, which can sometimes come from changing a child’s name late in the child-naming game or from agreeing to said name change. For, indeed, “God is gracious.”