2016 saw many new connections made between Oak Hills and our neighborhood community. Highlights included:
- “Little Free Library” This simple structure, installed adjacent to our parking lot, holds a lending library for the neighborhood that operates on a “take a book/leave a book” basis. The library was created in partnership with the Clackamas Rotary Club.
- Oak Lodge History Event: January 2016 began with a big community event hosted by Oak Hills, featuring a presentation of our neighborhood’s history in words and pictures, presented by the Oak Lodge History Detectives.
- Night Out Against Crime: In August, we hosted a gathering in our parking lot meant to foster connections in the neighborhood and create a safer community. Many new neighbors joined us for popsicles, lawn games and fellowship.
- Movie Night: In September, we sponsored an outdoor movie in our playfield. “Star Wars” was shown on a giant inflatable screen, and families from church and from the neighborhood bundled up to watch. A good time was had by all!
Letters of response from Oak Hills’ session issued to the Oak Hills Family after past GA meeting decisions.
Our Sunday services are:
- Summer combined worship at 10:00 am (June-September)
- September – May (Schools year) two different worship music styles:
- Contemporary music at 9:30 am
- Traditional music and choir at 11:00 am
Please phone our office at 503-654-4321 for more information.
What We Believe
We trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel. Jesus Christ—fully human, fully God—is the way, the truth and the life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith. In a broken and fearful world, God gives us courage to pray, to witness, and to work for justice, freedom and peace.
Eight Core Values
- Bible Centered. We will pattern our actions and attitudes after Jesus Christ and biblical values.
- Prayer. We will root our life together deeply in the practice of prayer, knowing that God is present and able.
- Missional. We will reach out to neighbors, locally and globally, offering living proof of a loving God through our actions and words.
- Empathy. We will share one another’s joys and pain, both in the church family and in the community.
- Hospitality. We will treat each guest of Oak Hills just as we would treat a guest in our own homes.
- Generosity. Together we will give our abilities, time and resources; and we will welcome the gifts of others with gratitude.
- Unity. We will hear, understand and respect those with whom we disagree. When relationships are broken, we will actively seek reconciliation.
- Sabbath. We will practice God’s rhythm of work and rest, doing and being, seeking balanced lives.
For a list of leaders or staff and contact information, please see the bulletin board or the brochure rack.
Oak Hills Presbyterian Church was organized by the Presbytery of Portland in response to a petition signed by 114
people in 1960.
The official Charter of Oak Hills Presbyterian Church is dated March 1, 1964.
After more than four years of planning and building, the
first members of the church were officially recognized.
There were 109 members listed in the minutes of that
meeting from 51 different families. Today the Martin
family and the O’Dell family are still attending our church
from that initial group of members. The first years of the
church were guided by Pastor Marquam until he retired in
1974. Pastor John Waide was installed as Pastor in January
The building was formally dedicated on the afternoon of
January 19, 1964. In 1965, the pastor-seeking committee
voted to call Rev. Marquam to be pastor. The congregation
voted by secret ballet.
The final act completing the organization of the church was
calling the organizing minister to be the pastor of the
church. This was done in January of 1965, and Pastor
Marquam was installed by Presbytery on March 14, 1965.
At a special meting of the congregation nine elders were
elected, Leroy Beghtol, Frank Hale, Bethel (Mrs. Gordon)
Long, Richard Jones, John Kistler, Kenneth Martin, Norman
Ohrling, Marguerite Rideout and Michael Rogers. Mr. Ken
Koenig was appointed Financial Secretary and Richards
Jones, Treasurer. The first communion served in the church
by the session was on Maundy Thursday, March 26, 1964.