A Publication of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church
February 2, 2022

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The Pastors' Corner

February is the “month of love.” Valentine’s Day bids our attention and intention to express our love to our romantic partners, our families, and our friends. The origins of this holiday are a bit murky, but tradition tells us that February 14 is the Feast Day of Saint Valentine…so who was this man? 
According to one legend, Valentine is believed to be a priest during the 3rd century in Rome who was martyred after defying Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage for young men because he believed that those who were “unattached” to wives or families made better soldiers. Valentine saw this as unjust and secretly married couples in protest making many men ineligible to serve the Roman powers by going to war. When his acts were discovered, Claudius II ordered his execution. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine miraculously healed the jailer’s daughter from blindness, and the family converted to the Christian faith after encountering the love of Christ through the priest. The daughter and Valentine exchanged letters as she began to learn about the faith. It is said that he would sign his responses “Your Valentine.”
From this story, it appears that this “romantic” holiday has a lot more to do with enacting the kind of love that God demonstrates for us: a love that establishes peace, a love that heals, a love that refuses to go with the status quo, a love that is subversively uniting. What would Valentine’s Day be like if we focused less on candy and flowers and instead, embodied this kind of love toward all we encounter? What can we do during this “month of love” to make peace? To heal past hurts or mend broken relationships? To disturb “business as usual”? To unify when everything else is blaring a call to divide? However we choose to respond, may we remember this invitation from 1 John 3:18: “Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth.” 

Pastor Missy Jenson

One Service

Don't forget that we have moved to only one Worship time, each Sunday @ 11 AM. Until March 6, there will be no 8:30 service.


We are continuing our meal service to residents of the Esperanza Community on Friday, February 11. This meal will be of the casserole variety with fruits & sweet treats. The residents ALWAYS express their love of your offerings; last month we literally ran out of food!! Another group that regularly delivers meals to Esperanza told us they will discontinue on the days we plan to deliver because the residents are well-satisfied with the food provided by Oak Hill UMC; well done!!

If you have yet to assist with serving a meal, we certainly recommend that you sign up for that if you are able. It is awesome to experience the attitude of folks when they see and enjoy the food that we have prepared. We are well-recognized by the residents and they know the food will be great, every time!!

Click here to sign up or contact me with any questions.

Richard Reeves, 512-470-1894,

Women's Retreat

Oak Hill's annual Women's Retreat is coming soon. Our theme is Created for Joy. Come experience conversation, contemplation, communion, nature, and friends, and add JOY to your journey. Share special moments with Pastor Missy Jenson, Pam Castles, Catharine Corder, Patti Fowler, Debi Witt Jones, Linda Moore, and Laurie Sharp. Join us and bring a friend!
  • February 18-20, 2022 (Friday 4pm - Sunday 11am)
  • Well Spring Retreat Center, 959 Wellspring Road, Blanco, TX 78606
  • Contacts: Jeannine Inbody 512.923.0705; Susan Shineldecker 512.632.2823
The retreat center is located in Blanco, Texas on several remote acres near The Narrows, which we'll have a chance to see during a Saturday hike. Guests will bring their own bedding and share a two-bed, three-bed room. Roommate requests will be honored. Registration is flexible. Stay for two nights or just one ($50), or just attend for the day on Saturday ($35). You can cancel at any time for a full refund. We are asking all attendees to provide a negative covid test taken 24-72 hours before the retreat in order to better ensure everyone's safety. Please Register Here

UMW Book Club 

Our February selection from the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program (UMW) is When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz.  Our meeting will be on Thursday morning, February 24, at 10:00.  Depending on the Covid stage, we will either meet via Zoom or in person in the Adult Education Building Room 101.  If you are new to the group, I will be happy to add you to our email list.  Contact me if you have any questions, Diana Goodloe at

Location: We’ll be stationed in the Church Parking Lot.
Appointment: Click here to make an appointment online.
Eligibility: Click here for eligibility questions.
Questions: For question contact Jennifer Freel.

Walt Wilkins -  songwriter, singer, traveler, troubadour - the calling I answered, the life I chose, the way I make my way.

I chose to go full time on this road 25 years ago. Its been a spiritual quest, an amazing trip, at turns heartbreaking & transcendent. In that time I've made nine solo records, four records with The Mighty Mystiqueros, one with my wife Tina, and there's a new live record with my friend Kevin Welch. I've had 100 or more songs recorded by other artists, traveled a fair part of the world, and had some very large times.

Mostly, I drive, play & sleep & dream. Its a rich experience, a wild ride, and the way I make my way. I hope to meet you if I haven't. If I have, I hope to see you again soon on this path. Cheers.

Walt’s latest release is “Pedernales” released in 2021.

What: An evening with Walt Wilkins and Friends
When: Friday Feb 25th, 2022 - Doors: 7:30 PM Music: 8:00 PM
Where: 7815 Hwy 290 West, Austin, Tx  (across from ACC Pinacle)
Cost: $25 suggested donation at the door.
RSVP Click here to RSVP
Masks and social distancing required. The space is quite large and we'll limit the audience size due to Covid. If there should be any changes due to Covid, you will be alerted via email. 
Non-alcholic drinks and snacks will be served outside the venue.

CROP Hunger Walk

This year’s CROP Hunger Walk is being described as a hybrid walk because of uncertainty with the Covid Pandemic. Camp Mabry has been reserved for Sunday, March 6, for an in-person walk. However, if Austin is in Stage 4 or 5, the walk will be virtual. That decision will be made by mid-February. 

Meanwhile, Oak Hill United Methodist Church will plan an in-person socially distanced walk for March 6 at Circle C Metropolitan Park. More information will be provided at a later date. 

Last year with a virtual walk, Oak Hill United Methodist Church pledged to raise $2500. We were able to raise $3932 and were recognized by the Austin CROP Hunger Walk for our fundraising effort. 

Please strongly consider joining us to raise money to provide an end to hunger locally and around the world. You may register to join our team or donate at

Messy Church is Back

Last Saturday, Messy Church was back for another semester. Fellowship, food, fun, and a quest for a golden coin were on the menu.

Confirmation Classes for 8th Grade & Up 

Our abbreviated confirmation classes for those who have not been a part of our ongoing group start next week! The classes will meet on Mondays from 5 - 6:30pm starting Feb. 7th (Feb. 7, 14, 21 and Mar. 7, 21, 28).  Email Pastor Ryan if you're interested in joining in. This invite also includes those who may not be able to come on Sundays

Youth Super Bowl Party

Whether you're more into the big game or the commercials, we've got a youth Super Bowl watch party coming up in two weeks on Feb. 13th. We'll start a bit later that night (5:15pm) but still in time to catch the kickoff, and we'll be around until it's over. We'll even throw in a few games of our own with chances to win some gift card prizes! Our meal that night will be potluck, so be sure to bring something to share!

Wonderfully Made

Wonderfully Made is a study of human sexuality with a Christian foundation. Oak Hill UMC has supported the children of our congregation and surrounding community by offering a workshop about human sexuality since 2002. In our local public schools, children will be presented with information about human sexuality. The difference between what is presented in public schools and what is presented in Wonderfully Made is the concept of God. We read from the Bible. We share our beliefs that we are all created in the image of God, and that everything God created is good. We share that every person is of sacred worth.
Dates and Times:        
Thursday, February 24th, 7-9pm, parents only meeting.
Friday, February 25th, 7-9pm, students only meeting.
Saturday, February 26th, 8:30am-12:30pm, students only meeting.
Sunday, February 27th, 1-3pm, parents and students together meeting.
For more information about the content of the workshop, and how to register, please contact Jennifer Barkis at 512-554-5840 or

Next Prayer Walk March 5

Laurie and I decided to err on the side of caution this morning and are cancelling Prayer Walk this Saturday - too cold and too icy in forecasts. Join us for the next Prayer Walk on March 5 when we will welcome, in addition to our regular Prayer Walkers, anyone interested in walking for CROP.  Watch for news about our March location in future Cornerstones and at the Connection Station.

A Touch of Warmth

OHUMC, in collaboration with other members churches of the Oak Hill Community Alliance, delivers hot breakfast tacos and hot chocolate to individuals experiencing homelessness on mornings after a freezing night. People in Alliance churches sign up to bring tacos, hot chocolate mix, and assorted supplies to make the delivery via SignUp Genius. If you are interested in being alerted to opportunities to serve in this ministry, send an email to Vicki Matustik at If you have questions about the ministry, contact Jon Nelson at or Vicki.

Food Bank Service Opportunity

Central Texas Food Bank is Thursday, February 17 from 9 am to noon. We will be working in the warehouse practicing social distancing and required mask wearing. We have 15 slots available for volunteers. Sign up at Questions, contact Vicki Matustik at or visit the Connection Station on Sunday mornings.

Join Pastor Missy’s Book Study!

Are you a human? Do you have feelings? Great! You’re the perfect candidate to join us for this new book study! 
In worship we have been looking for guidance from scripture on how to have “Healthy Relationships.” As a companion to this series, Pastor Missy is offering an 8-week book study on Brené Brown’s “Atlas of the Heart”. Brown is a research professor and social worker whose expertise is in vulnerability, courage, shame and empathy. Her work will help us know ourselves better which will then help us to communicate more effectively with those we relate to in our daily interactions.

Join Pastor Missy in-person on Tuesday, January 25 at 7pm in A203 or Thursday at noon for Zoom. Email Pastor Missy for a Zoom link. Purchase your book from your favorite bookstore and come ready to discuss.  (


We are pleased to offer a new GriefShare group for you as you deal with the death of a loved one. GriefShare is a biblically-based 13-week program led by caring people who understand the issues you face.

Whether that loss occurred long ago or recently, you may feel confused and alone - maybe even angry. You may have questions about what to expect as you wind your way through your grief. Perhaps you hope to find support from others who understand the deep hurt you feel. We want to help you on your journey.

The meetings will be each Sunday beginning January 16 through April 10 from 2-4 PM in room 201 in the Adult Education building. You may register by calling the church office (512-288-3836) or emailing Diane Merwarth

Agape Meal Team

I am writing with good news regarding the Agape Meal Team. Ashley Fryer has agreed to coordinate this critical ministry at our church. This group is a small army of caring persons willing to deliver a meal for a family who needs help. Perhaps it is something joyful like the birth of a baby or maybe it’s an illness or death in the family. A hot meal can be a real gift at these times. We Methodists understand the power of food to bless someone. 

The Agape Meal Team knows the reach of meal ministry extends far beyond their efforts. We are confident that within your small group, you care for members with gifts of food. Thank you for your dedication to being the hands and feet of Christ for others. The Agape Meal Team would like to coordinate with you to assure that this need is met. The goal is to assure that when a member needs their church family, we are there. Accepting this love gift may be hard for a family and we feel that accepting it from someone in their inner circle is usually easier. The Agape Meal Team will continue to provide meals for those not currently in a small group and will step up to assist if a small group needs help.

Here is what is needed:
  1. If your small group has a member who regularly checks on members to provide help in the form of a meal, please share that name and contact information with Ashley.

  2. If your group does not have a member in this role, please prayerfully consider discussing it at your next meeting. Once you identify someone, please share that name and contact information.

Thank you for addressing this in your small group so that we can be certain that our members feel the love from their church family when they need it the most. You may reach Ashley at or by phone at 347-228-4334.

Interim Director of Music Announced

We recently shared that Gillian Westerman will be leaving her position as Director of Music Ministries at the end of February. We are thankful for Gillian and the gifts she has brought to Oak Hill over the last two challenging years. We pray God’s blessings on Gillian and Drew.  

As we begin the search for the next leader our music ministry, we want to ensure Oak Hill has strong music leadership during an interim period.  

We are pleased to that Louise Avant has agreed to serve as Interim Director of Music beginning in March.  

Louise has a long history of directing choirs in Austin. She served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church for 25 years. Prior to that she served at First United Methodist and Berkley United Methodist churches. She currently serves as Interim Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church.  She is section leader and sings with Conspirare, teaches voice, and is an accomplished pianist.  

Louise believes that God is calling her to serve in interim positions as churches look for the next music leader. She knows Oak Hill’s history of strong choral music and wants to serve with us.  

Please thank Gillian for her ministry at Oak Hill. Also, pray for Gillian, Louise, and the music ministries at Oak Hill.  

Leslie Dippel                                        Stephen Sanders
Chairperson SPRC                              Lead Pastor

Job Opportunities

Oak Hill United Methodist Church is looking to fill four positions.
For full details on the positions and how to apply, please click on the job title.

Organist / Accompanist - helps to lead Oak Hill UMC in its online, and in-person music ministries by supporting the Director of Music Ministries, playing hymns and other service music, and accompanying a variety of groups and soloists.

Office Manager (Part Time) - Support the mission of Oak Hill by performing administrative functions for the church in order to empower the congregation to serve its mission.     

Custodial Position (Part Time - Evenings) - The custodial person will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing, classrooms, restrooms, kitchen and dining room and all other common areas. The ideal candidate for this position is detail-oriented, flexible and willing to take on non-routine cleaning and special task as the need arises.

COVID Precautions Update

Austin-Travis County is at Stage 5 due to the highly transmissible Omicron outbreak. (See

As a Church, we are committed to following the new guidelines to ensure the well-being of our community. We encourage you to discern your personal involvement with in-person activities on church grounds based on the recommendations from our health officials. 

Following the guidance of public health officials:

  • We highly encourage everyone including children over two-years of age to wear a mask on the campus regardless of vaccination status.  

  • We encourage everyone to upgrade to N95 or KN95 masks.  

  • We encourage you to practice social distancing and to be mindful of your proximity to others not in your household. 

  • We encourage those at high risk or who have not yet been fully vaccinated to consider participating online instead of in-person.  

  • All worship leaders, including pastors, musicians, and church staff will wear masks if they are in close proximity to others

  • Everyone working with children and youth will wear masks.

  • We ask that groups not eat together indoors on campus. Meals should be eaten outdoors with appropriate distancing.  
The Responsible Return Team continues to listen public health officials. When conditions improve, we will adjust our guidelines.  

Let’s continue to act in Christian love and compassion for all of God’s children.  

Sunday School Classes

If no building or time is mentioned, classes will meet in the Adult Education Building from 9:45 - 10:35 am each Sunday.

  • Children's Sunday School Gathering - Meet in the Great Room of the Children's Building - In Person - Contact Jennifer Barkis
  • Christian Fellowship - Room 202A - In Person - Contact Alice Wiley
  • Family Faith - Room 201A - In Person - Contact familyfaith
  • Friends in Faith (FIF) - Zoom -  Contact Paul & Diana Nelson
  • Friendship Bible Class - Room 203 - In Person - Will Zoom simultaneously if requested. Contact Chuck Feuerbacher 
  • Open Door -  Room 206 - In Person - Will Zoom simultaneously if requested. Contact Vicki Matustik
  • Regenerates - Room 102 - In Person - Contact Susan Coffman

Zooming & In Person

  • Hillside Ringers - Handbell Choir - Contact Sarah Walton - Meets other Sunday at 4:00 pm
  • Mom2Mom - Book Club - Contact Catharine Corder -  Meets in person in members' backyards and porches every other Thursday at 7:30 pm
  • UMW Book Club - Book Club - Contact Diana Goodloe - In Person - Meets the last Thursday of the month at 10:00 am
  • Wednesday Morning Study Group - Contact Meryl Kettler.
Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times through confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They provide the emotional and spiritual care needed when someone is faced with a crisis or difficulty such as grief, spiritual needs, health issues, relationship problems, job situations, or other life challenges. If you are in need of someone to share your concerns, or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please email Alana Oehler or call her at 512-289-1988. For more information click on:
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