Our Quilt History
The Quilt Club gave away our first baby quilt in 1996 to Pastor Steve Olmsted’s brother’s family. Through 2015 our group crafted about 60 quilts for babies whose parents attended Oak Hills. Our most recent went to Tanya and Aleksandar Stojanovic’s Sophia!We sewed 249 quilts for at-risk babies, as well as 238 knitted hats, 17 knitted booties and 11 afghans. Two of our ABC quilts were given to families from other Presbyterian churches. Some of the later quilts went to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. We also made 12 Prayer/Comfort Quilts for ill members in our congregation. In addition to the above, the congregation made over 100 quilts for those in need after the Katrina hurricane, and the congregation also made over 100 little dresses for mission partners serving children in in Africa. ~Carolyn Wattenbarger
- 8:30-10AM Monthly on the First Saturday at church
All men invited – bring a friend! Come enjoy a hearty breakfast served up by Kirk Nelson. We’ll be viewing and discussing fascinating topics on the transforming and saving power of Jesus Christ.
Men’s Small Group
- Weekly from 8:30-9:30 Saturday mornings at church.
The value of a regular time where men can study scripture and share their lives with each other cannot be overstated! All interested men are invited to join us for the initial session. Please see or contact Larry Totzke, for more info.
In 2016 we shared a powerful weekend of study and service at Evans Creek Camp.
Going forward the Men’s Retreat is a vacation rental that comes with towels and bed linens, great meeting areas, a hot tub, and easy access to the beach. Kirk Nelson will supervise our meal preparation, and we will eat well. Retreats feature a relaxed atmosphere fun nights, an inspiring Sunday morning worship service, and lots of time to spend fishing, golfing, hiking, and walking on the beach. Don’t miss it!!
2018 Men’s Retreat capstone experience at Twin Rocks, April 27-29, 2018!
April 15 is the last Sunday to sign up. Everyone must complete a registration form and give/email to Larry. Please make check for $100 payable to Oak Hills. Guest speaker Alex Moore will lead us in “A Man after God’s Own Heart: Lessons for Men from the Life of David.”
The Caring Ministry was created to help support the needs of the members of the congregation in a variety of ways. Eddie and Linda Mensinger make visits and calls to people monthly who are homebound, in the hospital or care facilities. Members look forward to their warm, caring and prayerful visits.
Don Gissel coordinates a team of elders who serve communion to the homebound each month. Joann Devlin coordinates the email prayer chain, and Betty Wagner coordinates the phone prayer chain. This is such an important ministry to help keep us informed on what is happening in the lives of our church family.
Rev. Stasia Van Buskirk continues grief support and hospital visitations for the congregation. Barbara Garrett organizes and sends cards to those who are in need throughout the year. Barbara and Don Garrett coordinate transportation for those who need rides to church, doctor, etc. Jan Foley coordinates the convalescent meals for our members.
The Mission and Caring Team continues to spread Christ’s love and compassion in a variety of ways.
With a goal of bringing women together in simple, joyful and meaningful ways, a new ministry was formed—Women and Families.
A delightful Christmas Dessert was held as a gentle way of kicking off the Christmas season. The emphasis was the simplicity of Christmas and remembering the birth of Christ to be the focal point of the holiday.
A national event, the IF Gathering, will be streamed throughout the country, and our church will host a meeting place.
Throughout the year different activities will be provided for the women of our church to come together. We will invite friends and families to such events and continue to build a supportive, friendly community of women. Our goal is to gain strength and commitment from each other as we learn more about our Heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit and our Lord Jesus Christ. Together we will encourage each other and help our families to grow deep and meaningful relationships with God.
Adult Spiritual Nurture is a vibrant participant in the life of Oak Hills ministry.
Our Sunday morning adult classes often follow Pastor Jeremy’s sermons with interesting discussions. In the summer Larry Totzke began “From Genesis to Jesus,” an eight-week study of the major themes in the Bible. In June the committee had a Saturday retreat at the church where we discussed the book Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered by James C. Wilhoit. Pastor Jeremy had asked us to read this book in preparation for our retreat. This book gave us some food for thought as we help our congregation grow in Christ through community.
This retreat and some further discussions prompted our recommendation to Session to begin an all-church study called “Connect the Dots” which began in September. This study is a 30-week journey through the Bible, ending in June 2017. We started in Genesis and moved through to King David in 1 and 2 Samuel. Then came Advent and the birth of Jesus. We provided daily Advent devotionals for families to use during this time. Now we are returning to move through the rest of the Old Testament and on to the life and ministry of Jesus. We are encouraging people to bring their personal Bibles on Sunday to use during the reading of Scripture. Our hope is to help people become better equipped to use the Bible in their own lives. There are scripture reading plan bookmarks available. Sunday classes are available at each hour for deeper discussion and study.
In January and February 2017, we hope to gather the congregation together for some “Connect the Dots” fun and games. It is important to celebrate what we have accomplished in our journey through the Bible.
Let me leave you with this thought: Adult Spiritual Nurture is here to help us all shape our lives after the pattern of Jesus Christ. But this is a lifelong process taking place in the inner person with the Holy Spirit reshaping our character.
“… and we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the spirit.”
~2 Corinthians 3:18
We meet in the Latte Room during each service 9:30 and 11:00 to learn and share.
Our Women’s Retreat is held in October at the beautiful Twin Rocks Retreat Center in Rockaway Beach. Every year is an amazing event! In 2016 we were blessed to have Sarah Sanderson, our pastor’s wife, as our guest speaker. Her presentation, entitled “Come Away My Beloved,” was a powerful message that helped us to better understand God’s love for us. Our five group leaders—Linda Mensinger, Louise Anderson, Sylvia Totzke, Rev. Stasia Van Buskirk and Rev. Christy Polk—did an outstanding job! We had 34 attendees; four women received scholarships. Even though the first night we had no power, it created an atmosphere that was totally divine and added to an incredible weekend!
Special highlights included Sarah’s powerful message (held in four different sessions) which personally affected and empowered all of us, quiet prayer time in the afternoon with beautiful recorded music played in the background, and evening time to just relax and enjoy each other’s friendship. Our free time included walks on the beach, making scrapbooks and journals, sewing projects, creating holiday cards for shuts-ins, and playing cards and board games throughout the evening. We had custom designed name tags, beautiful flowers on each table, surprise gifts for each room, coastal designed room banners for each door, and hand-sewn (heart-shaped) felt ornaments for everyone to take home. Many of us chose to wear pink in honor of those women at our church dealing with cancer. We created secret prayer partner tags for all the women and revealed our names on the last day.
Our agenda packet included an outline brochure (including relevant Bible verses selected by Sarah), a Welcome message, poetry by Susann Smith, list of ladies attending, Women’s Fellowship word art designed by Carolita Feiring, a map, and an Evaluation form. Two specific comments that stand out are …“Our speaker Sarah richly blessed us with her openness, honesty, and words of God’s incredible love for us – created, redeemed, upheld and redeemed.” “I always enjoy the great fellowship with these wonderful women! I thought Sarah’s presentation was so powerful and insightful! It resonated with me in so many ways.” It was definitely a wonderful spiritual weekend creating a closer relationship to God and developing new friendships!
Rev. Stasia Van Buskirk led us in Sunday Service and our newly ordained Rev. Christy Polk led us in her first communion. I was honored to serve as chairperson. Our committee members were Cathy Searles, Carolyn Wattenbarger, Sandy Osborn, Cris Wright, Barbara Miller and Barbara Spisla, and lead music director Tanya Stojanović, and all who participated. Everyone seemed to have a great time at the retreat. We had a great team of wonderful women! We are truly blessed! Thank you all for your commitment, kindness and experience in making this weekend a great success!
Sunday Message from 2018 Retreat (Under the shadow of God)
We meet the second Thursday of the month, September through May. Details can be found in the bulletin. A potluck luncheon follows the December and May meetings. The 2015-16 study was topical, about water-related events in the Bible. “Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes” is the focus of our study for 2016-17.
We are blessed by Linda Mensinger leading the lessons when she is available, with input from her husband, Eddie. The December 2016 meeting was cancelled, twice!, due to weather. We contribute to Fellowship of the Least Coin, and to local women’s support organizations.
Women’s Association averages 8 to 10 ladies each month, and we’re always happy to welcome a newcomer. Please join us if you can!