Friday, December 26, 2008

2009 Book Club

Join us in 2009 for Oak Hill's Book Club.
January 6, 2009 we will be meeting at Mattingly Brewing Company, and reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. We're looking forward to the discussion and love dinner or appetizers at one of our favorite restaurants on the South Side of St. Louis. Mattingly's has a great conference room upstairs and the best wait staff, with an never ending refill on Diet Coke. ( We're especially fond of our own Matt McMullin who is the manager!)
We'll be meeting at various venues around town, so check back for details.
Here is a list of the books scheduled for discussion in 2009
January : Three Cups of Tea, Mortensen and Relin
February: Anne Frank : The updated edition
March: Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
April: Sepent's Tale , Ariana Franklin
May : The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs
June: Water for Elepants, Sra Gruen
July: Masie Dobbs , Jacueline Winspear
August: Book club will not meet
September: The Lion , Andrew Jackson, Jon Meachem
October: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie
November: A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon
December: Voting for 2010 selections
Hope to see you!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blessing of the Animals at OHPCUSA

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless these pets. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Roller Derby - Adult Fellowship!

It was a fun night at roller derby Saturday. Have you ever been? One of the women at our church plays in this roller derby league. Very cool. Our adult fellowship group, wandered out for a new adventure. We were impressed by their abilities and strength and the camaraderie and support the women gave each other. ( Great sportswoman ship as well!) Our favorite was MIDWIFE CRISIS. She's the greatest! Check out her DH cheering her on!
We'll have to do this one again, hope you can join us for all the action!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rally Day 2008

Join us for Rally Day on September 14, 2008...that's Sunday! After worship we'll grab our bikes, balloons and motor scooters and have a great parade over to Tower Grove Park.( you can see it on our map on our side bar below) A nice easy walk, complete with police escort. We'll shower the on lookers with candy and church flyers, and invite them along to our picnic, complete with hotdogs and brats. Bring a side dish to share, if you can. Hope to see you!! Fun and games as well as food!

These photos are from 2007, check back later for pics from this year!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gulfport Mission Trip - 5

Before construction can ever begin, the flooded/damaged home must be removed. Some of the residents we worked with lost their homes due to rain after the roof had been blown off by the wind. They may have had black mold growing, making it unsafe for habitation, or the home may have been blown off of concrete pillars and damaged beyond repair. Keep in mind, these residents own their property.

At this particular site, our volunteers, Scott and Jimmy worked with a youth group from a community center in Toledo, Ohio. The resident here had been living in a tent, as the second FEMA trailer provided to her was contaminated by formaldehyde and she was only able to stay inside for 5 minutes at a time without becoming ill.

The youth finally over powered the trailer, got it torn down and all the debris stacked into dumpsters. There being a shortage of dumpsters and an obviously high demand, sometimes they had to wait for the dumpster transfer to occur. While the photos are out of can see....they got the job done! Now, construction crews can come in and get the foundation ready and work can begin and this homeowner should be in a new home with in the next 2 months!

Gulfport Mission Trip - 4

A grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation/MS Hurricane Relief Fund paid for frame and trusses for the twenty two homes. Triple D Truss, an Amish construction company in Pennsylvania worked with PMDR to provide pre-fabricated frames and trusses at cost for the new home construction projects.

Volunteers with the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Storm Aid Group installed foundations, and Amish, Mennonite and Brethren volunteers staying at the MDS Storm Aid Camp in Pass Christian and at local Presbyterian Churches assisted in the construction.

Here we are, unpacking and installing a closet door and frame. How many Pres-bees does it take to hang a door?

Gulfport Mission Trip - 3

Twenty-two homes were started in November 0f 2007 through a partnership between Presbytery of MS Disaster Recovery (PMDR) and International Relief and Development-US (IRD-US) formed through the Harrison County Long Term Recovery Coalition ( HCLTRC).

The IRD case managers work with homeoweners and present cases to the HCLTRC Unmet Needs Roundtable. PMDR manages new home construction projects from start to finish. PMDR works with volunteer labor and funding from HCLTRC funding partner agencies to payu for construction supplies and subcontractors for HVAC, plumbing and electrical work.

The funding partners for these twenty-two homes include The Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army. Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, and local Presbyterian Churches from around the country.

More than 3,000 Presbyterian Volunteers from seventeen US states spent a week at a time working on various stages of the homes, including adding landscaling and their own personal touch to some of the homes.

Our team added their own special touches to the Spaulding home, flower boxes and a door mat....we hope the flower boxes last a long time and look forward to the Spauldings adding their own "Welcome" mat when they move in!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Gulfport Mission Trip - 2

We measured the trim for the door, cut carefully ( we still have fingers) and LOOK, it fits! This was at the McGrew Family Home.

Gulfport, Mission Trip - 1

We arrived in Gulfport on Saturday evening, scoped out the accomodations, had dinner at Lookout 49, and hit the hay. We were up early Sunday morning and some of us took a quick trip to the beach before church. After church it was lunch and another quick trip to the beach to build sandcastles and chat on the phone with the folks at home. We soon met Lynn, our leader and "taskmaster" for the week, and got ready for our week of mission!


Mission Trippers study the jelly fish, sting rays and horse shoe crabs.

Pastor Chris enjoys a quick phone call with Rita.

Will Brandt and Josh Smith model their customized do-rags made by Carolyn Moody, exclusively for our trip!

Photos may not be quite in order, and may not have all the sites we worked, we'll work hard to collect photos of our different adventures...since we had photographers at all the scenes on our journey. Check back for more exciting details!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mission Trip to Gulfport Mississippi July 19 - 26 2008

Saturday July 19, 14 of the 16 OHPC Mission Trippers will meet at the Oak Hill parking lot, and head south to Gulfport to work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in rebuilding the Gulf Coast region, still recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. ( Two of our group are heading out on Friday, on their motorcycles) Check back here for mini updates and photos. You can also check for twitter updates at A special thanks to Iris and George Soscia who will be forwarding "twitter" updates to our blog from our on the scene reporter, Donna Cook. We hope this works. All of us know only enough( about the computer and our cell phones) to be dangerous. Keep all of us in your prayers and we'll be back July 26! Have a great week!

Edited July 28, 2008

We moved our twitter pics and twitter updates to our side bar....and will be posting new posts above about our trip! Please be patient while we catch up!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Habitat Blitz Build - 4

To God Be The Glory!

Habitat Blitz Build -3

We had about 15 people, and what is amazing is most of the folks took a day of vacation to work with OHPC's Mission Team at the Blitz Build. It was a little hot and humid...ok was real hot...and humid, but we had lots of ice and water, and lunch provided by Orlando's.

Habitat Blitz Build - 2

It was a beautiful day in St. Louis, a few showers in the morning, but the sun was out by the time we started work. Our group put up the roof and insulation on the exterior of house #14.