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A Publication of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church
April 13, 2022


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Worship Service


 7:00 Easter Sunrise Service
 8:30 Early Worship
 9:45 Sunday School
11:00 Worship

Everyone is welcome.

Worship with us online at
facebook.com/OakHillUMC
or https://www.oakhillumc.org/live

The 11:00 service is livestreamed.
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The Pastors' Corner


It’s Holy Week. And, for pastors (and other church workers), this is a bit of a busy time with all of the worship services and accompanying events. Throw in all the planning leading into the week, and the mentality that we often adopt is one of survival as we look for the light at the end of the tunnel. So maybe there’s a secondary joy waiting for us on Easter—a little added bonus in addition to the empty tomb and Christ’s victory over sin and death…the promise of a good nap to come.

Despite the overextended schedules and the to-do lists that get put on hold, however, I do really enjoy this little stretch in our Christian calendar. So much of what we’re about and why we’re here as part of this faith community is wrapped up within the eight days that span Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. And the more we can help connect some of the dots and help people understand why all that’s happening right now is such a big deal, the more it means for me, too.

This past Sunday, a couple of our church families helped our youth to form some of the connections that make this week special as they led us in a Passover Seder. As part of our confirmation journey, we learned a bit last fall about our roots in Judaism. And over the past several months we’ve been reading through the book of Exodus in Sunday school, learning about the slavery and oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, and of God’s miraculous works that won them their freedom.

We’ve talked about how those events shaped Jewish traditions with the celebration of the Passover, and how those traditions then intersected with our own story as Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples at the Last Supper. And now, as we look at the rest of the story this week, we get to bring those last connections into play that give shape to our picture as we see God at work, once again, bringing freedom to God’s people. Jesus has become that pascal lamb whose blood saves us from the death that tries to claim us. Jesus has broken the bonds of our own oppressors—sin and temptation. And, through the miracle of the resurrection, Jesus has set us free.

God’s blessings on you this Holy Week as we once again live this story and claim the freedom of the cross and the empty tomb!


In God’s peace,
Pastor Ryan



Holy Week Worship


We invite you to worship with us throughout the week leading up to Easter, known as Holy Week, in order to enhance the meaning and power of Christ’s resurrection on Sunday. Know that all of these opportunities are family-friendly and we welcome all ages to participate. For those who prefer to have their young children in the nursery one is provided for most services. Check each listing for details.


Holy Thursday


On Holy Thursday we remember Jesus’ Last Supper as he gathered with his disciples to celebrate the Passover. At this table, Jesus gave us instructions to share in Holy Communion, which we continue to practice with one another today. Join us in the parking lot outside the Fellowship Hall for this special time with our community & communion. Bring a picnic meal for you (and your family), and we’ll worship as we break bread with one another. Nursery will be provided for this service.


Good Friday


On Good Friday we remember the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and burial. Through scripture, song, and ritual we will worship our God whose love knows no bounds. Join us in the Sanctuary for this meaningful experience. This service will also be livestreamed. Nursery will be provided for this service.


Saturday Easter Egg Hunt


The Saturday before Easter, we will have several egg hunts (based on age), games, crafts, and a Petting Zoo. BYOB - Bring your own baskets, we'll provide the eggs and festivities.


Easter Sunday Worship


Come celebrate the Risen Christ with us on Easter Sunday morning! 

Sunrise Service - 7am in the Courtyard 
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb…” (John 20:1) 

Following in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene, our Youth and United Methodist Men are planning a beautiful worship experience to celebrate the empty tomb. Holy communion will be shared. Meet us outside the sanctuary in the courtyard where we’ll witness the sun rise and remember those who first encountered the Risen Son. And bonus - stick around for a delicious breakfast to be served following worship! 
 

Traditional Services - 8:30 & 11am in the Sanctuary 
“Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.” (John 20:18)

Join us in the sanctuary for worship as we praise God for the work accomplished in and through Jesus Christ. We’ll be renewed as we encounter the Living Lord through our choir joyfully leading us in singing, the gathered community praying, and Pastor Stephen Sanders proclaiming the good news of the Gospel. The 11am service will also be livestreamed. Nursery will be provided for the 8:30 & 11am services.
 

A note about Sunday School on Easter morning: Adults, check with your group to see if you will be meeting! Children, Sunday School is on and we’ll see you in the Children’s Building at 9:45. Youth, we won’t be meeting since we are leading the sunrise service but we’ll be back the following Sunday!


Sunrise is Back!


The Easter Sunrise Service is back this year! It will be conducted jointly by the United Methodist Men and the UM Youth. Service begins at 7 a.m. on the patio adjacent to the Sanctuary and will be followed by Easter breakfast. We hope you can attend and participate as you see fit. We have many volunteer opportunities to participate in with this special event. Please click here to sign up to help out. We look forward to seeing you this Easter.


Special Offering for Ukraine


Oak Hill will be receiving a special offering for Ukraine. The donations will go to the UMCOR fund for relief in Ukraine. If you choose to give as usual through our giving site, you can simply pull down the drop down fund menu and there will be a selection for "UMCOR-United Method. Committee on Relief-Ukraine" To go to the Online Giving page and make a donation, simply click here


Esperanza


As the weather warms and (hopefully) the winds die down and we get some rain we desperately need, we will continue our ministry to the Esperanza Community by serving hamburgers and various easy-to-prepare sides. UMM volunteers will prepare/purchase the food items this time. What we seek is financial support and volunteers to assist with serving the meal.

The last time we served burgers at Esperanza, we ran a little short and things got a little "exciting". We plan to address that by making/having more food on hand (note that we never seem to have that problem with the casseroles, either because y'all supply in abundance or Dale K is one heckuva burger chef; you decide)!

In any case, we ask for your support and, as always, are grateful for all those who step forward when called. Click here to make a donation.


RISE Meal Packaging Experience


You are invited to join a Meal Packaging Experience at OHMC with Rotary Club of South Austin, in the movement to end hunger. It will be held in the Fellowship Hall the morning of 4/23 (10 AM - noon) with different ways to volunteer. Please click here to sign up!

Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies. Rise Against Hunger meal packaging volunteers produce millions of nutritious meals annually that are then distributed to partners in countries around the world.

Another core focus of Rise Against Hunger is responding to crises–both natural and man-made. From droughts to floods, in conflict zones and transitioning political situations, food is often the most immediate need.


Brushing Up On Your Painting Skills


Hands on Housing is an initiative of the Austin-based Interfaith Action of Central Texas iACT. Each April and October iACT invites us into ministry with them to make repairs to a home and then give it a fresh new look with a coat of paint. Our construction crew was busy this week making repairs and now the house and its owners are anticipating a team of Oak Hill Methodist folks to turn up on Saturday, April 23 to dress it up.

The house is located in NE Austin, just east of the 183 toll and north of Loyola Lane. We'll be painting from 8 am until we finish, but volunteering does not require you to spend the full day. If you have a morning to spare (or an afternoon), even if you only have a few hours, we could use your help in being the hands and feet of Jesus for this sweet family. No experience needed - only requirement is a willingness to serve. Interested? Contact Vicki Matustik or look for her at the Connection Station on Easter Sunday. She'll be happy to give you details. 


Refugees Find Respite


Our Refugee Team worked all day Saturday and part of Sunday to move household goods and furniture to our refugee family's apartment and then cleaned, unpacked and set the apartment up. In addition, we stocked the kitchen with enough food and staples to last them a while and built them a little ramp for their wheelchair. Two Afghan teenage refugees who had recently moved to the apartments insisted helping us out.  It was a village effort for sure. On Monday we loaded the family up at their hotel and delivered them to the apartment.  It was a joyful occassion for us all.

It continues to be such a blessing to help this family begin to settle in to their new life in America. We would like to provide them with a TV and perhaps a tablet or laptop. If you have some electronics you'd like to donate to this sweet family, please contact June Johnson at junej2208@gmail.com.

Isaiah Book Study


You are invited to join the Christian Fellowship Class as we do a 6-week study on the book of Isaiah beginning Sunday April 24 at 9:45 am in room A202. We are a relaxed group where there is always a chair with for you. Contact Alice Wiley for more details. 


Home Cooking at Sunrise


On Tuesday, April 26, we will once again be delivering casseroles, baked goods and fruit to our friends at Sunrise. They always look forward to the day that the Oak Hill ladies bring their gifts. Since they know that this is the food that we fix for our own loved ones, they feel like part of our family, too. Click here to signup to bring a dish. Thank you all for your boundless generosity and continued loving support of this ministry!


New Ministry Leader


We are truly blessed with a beautiful campus at OHUMC. I love seeing Sunday activity getting back to pre-Covid normalcy and all the hustle and bustle that goes on during the week with preschool, committee meetings, yoga, Boy Scouts, etc. Still, if you are on the campus during the week you'll see that we have a lot of untapped capacity.

As part of our Vision for the future of our church, we would like to be more intentional about offering our campus to groups for one time or recurring meetings. These would be groups that serve the community and whose purpose aligns with the values and mission of OHUMC. We are looking for someone to join our Community Ministries team to take the lead on this effort and work with a team of volunteers to organize this new ministry. Interested? Contact June Johnson.

This Is Our Story  


Beginning April 24, we will begin a new worship series, “This Is Our Story.” Our lives are made up of stories: the ones we hear, the ones we tell, the ones we want to forget, the ones we will remember forever. And these stories are what help build relationships and community. 

The stories of our faith have been passed on from generation to generation. Through the ages, we are bound together by this common history, identity, and knowledge of who our God is. 

In worship, we’ll explore how God, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, continues to write us into the Greatest Story ever told, how we can claim this Story as our own, and how we might invite others to listen in as well.

This Is Our Story Writing Workshop


Do you know that your story matters? YES - yours! God is at work in our individual lives, and when we take time to pause and revisit our past, we can see God’s fingerprints all over our lives. 

As a companion to our worship series “This Is Our Story,” Pastor Missy will lead a reflective 4-week writing workshop to help us carve out intentional time to begin looking back and writing what we notice about ourselves and God. Using prompts from Leslie Leyland Fields’s book Your Story Matters, we’ll engage in writing as a spiritual practice. As Fields’ says, “Writing is a form of attention, a form of prayer, a form of listening to God.”

Join Pastor Missy for an hour on Sunday mornings at 9:45am OR on Monday evenings at 7pm from May 1-May 23 in the Adult Education Building, Room 205. Paper journals and pens will be provided, or feel free to bring your laptop if you prefer to type.  

Disclaimer: In this workshop, 1) We will NOT write perfectly. The grammar police are not invited. 2) We will NOT write a book. Maybe you’ll do that on your own, but for now, we’ll just take it one memory at a time. 3) We will NOT be forced to share what we’re writing with anyone. You get to determine your level of participation!    


Bibles for Third Graders


On April 24 during Children’s Time at both the 8:30 am and 11:00 am worship services, we invite all third graders and their families to join us for a special presentation of Bibles! Attendance at Worship is not required to receive a Bible. If you would like for your child to receive a Bible, please contact Jennifer Barkis.

 

UWF Book Club 


Our April selection from the United Women in Faith Reading Program (UWF) is The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carleton Abrams. Our meeting will be on Thursday morning, April 28, at 10:00.  We plan to meet in person in the Adult Education Building Room 101 with Zoom option available.  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.


High School Senior Recognition Sunday


Calling all High School Seniors!  Senior Recognition Sunday is May 1st and we want to make sure you're included in our celebration!  Email Ryan Jenson to get in on the party!


Start Summer at the Schlitterbahn


The youth are heading to Schlitterbahn to close out the school year! Join us for a day of fun at the waterpark in New Braunfels as we get ready to say "hello" to summer! And invite your friends to come along.
  • When: Saturday, May 21st
  • Cost: $30/person (you pay to get in and the youth ministry will pick up the tab on lunch; partial scholarships are available as needed)
  • Payments: Can be made in person at MYF or online through the giving page.(Choose "dedicated fund" and put "Youth Schlitterbahn--name)
Sign Up Here for the Schlitterbahn


Ministry Celebrations Now Online


All two years of video Ministry Celebrations are now available on the church webpage. Click on the "Ministries" tab and select the first item, "Ministry Celebrations." There you'll find nearly 50 videos about almost every conceivable ministry Oak Hill provides. We may have spent two years in a pandemic but the church has never stopped ministering to people in need.

You can also click here for a direct link to the YouTube Ministries page.

Director of Communications


Recently Shannan Butler announced his decision to step down from his role as Director of Communications. His last day will be this Friday, April 15.  
 
Just as the pandemic was beginning two years ago, Shannan took this position. He was planning to serve for about four months in an interim capacity. 
 
He jumped into the effort to video and stream worship – setting up cameras, recording worship, and editing video. Over the next few months he researched, bought, and installed equipment to enable Oak Hill to livestream worship.  
 
For the last two years, Shannan has worked to help Oak Hill communicate better. He produced our e-newsletter (The Cornerstone), developed flyers, edited video, created images, redesigned our bulletin, and updated countless web pages. He offered invaluable guidance about how to communicate more effectively and creatively within the congregation and within our mission field.  
 
I am grateful to Shannan for his creativity, work, and friendship.  
 
Please join with me in thanking Shannan.  
 
Stephen


Seeking Volunteers for VBS


Vacation Bible School 2022 will be July 11-15. We need volunteers! Please contact Karla Anderson-Sarmiento. karla.a.sarmiento@gmail.com.

COVID Update


Austin-Travis County is at Stage 2 for Covid Community Risk.

The CDC has issued a new metric, Community Levels, for developing risk-based guidance. Travis County is currently in the lowest Community Level. With these updates, there are changes to mask guidance for our area.

In counties with a low transmission rate, wearing a mask is optional based on a person’s comfort level, preference, and level of risk. In response to the change in recommendations from local and national health professionals Oak Hill is now mask optional.

Let’s continue to act in Christian love and compassion for all of God’s children, being considerate and extending compassion to people who may have different levels of comfort with this change.

The Responsible Return Team continues to listen to public health officials. If conditions change, we will adjust our guidelines.  

Sunday School Classes

Classes will meet in the Adult Education Building from 9:45 - 10:45 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
  • Youth Sunday School - Youth Couch Room - In Person - Contact Ryan Jenson

Zooming & In Person

  • Hillside Ringers - Handbell Choir - Contact Sarah Walton - Meets other Sunday at 4:00 pm
  • Women of Valor - Book Club - Contact womenofvalor@oakhillumc.org - 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:
www.oakhillumc.org/stephen-ministry
 
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