Oak Hill United Methodist Church Where everyone is a minister
Volume 35.06 March 24, 2013
Palm Sunday, March 24
at Oak Hill United Methodist Church Holy Week Worship and Events Palm Sunday, March 21 - 8:45, 10 & 11:15 Worship Services Maundy Thursday, March 28 - 7 p.m. Drama & Communion Good Friday, March 29 - 7 p.m. Worship Service Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 30 - 9 to 11 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31 - 7:15, 8:45, 10:00 & 11:15 a.m. Worship Services Come Worship With Us!
8:45, 10:00 Pathways & 11:15 Worship Services Pastor Jim Roberts & Pastor Stella Burkhalter (10:00) “A Savior Comes” Luke 19:28-40 Part VI: Lenten Sermon Series: “From Captivity to Freedom”
Maundy Thursday, March 28 7:00 p.m. Worship Service - Rev. Suzanne Steves Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and the first service of Holy Communion. Our service will include special music, drama, a short meditation, and Holy Communion. Come remember, reflect, and celebrate communion with us on this holy day.
Good Friday, March 29
Is the Church Ready for the Next Step? Southwest Austin is booming! We have a great opportunity to reach more people for Christ and we would like to take our call seriously. Our longterm dreams include the possibility of additional buildings, new worship services, or even a satellite campus. You are invited to participate in an online survey which will give us a picture of where we are as a congregation and whether we are ready to start looking at next steps. The most important part of our discernment process isn’t about the strategy to be used or the money to be spent, but about whether our congregation is ready to partner with God in such an endeavor. Your input is very valuable in setting the direction. To participate in the survey, click on the link in the church-wide e-mail you received, or go to http://readiness360.org/r360/ survey_login.php. The church passcode is 16650899. Thank you for making the time to complete this important survey!
7815 Highway 290 W. Austin, Texas 78736
7:00 p.m. Worship Service - The Passion of Jesus the Chancel Choir - “Requiem” by John Rutter
Easter Sunday, March 31 7:15 Sunrise, 8:45, 10:00 Pathways & 11:15 Worship Services Pastor Jim Roberts & Pastor Stella Burkhalter (10:00) “Freedom!” Luke 24:1-12
Lay-Led Worship & Communion - 6:15 p.m.
March 27 - Labyrinth Walk (see p. 3) April 3 - Speaker: Diana Nelson
Pastors Jim Roberts, Pam Sheffield & Stella Burkhalter
YOUR TRUSTEES AT WORK
Our Prayers To see the full prayer list, please go to the church website www.oakhillumc.org The family of Hop Hopingardner The family of Ross Kruger The family of Lisa Wilson The family of V.J. DeArmond (Nancy Salley’s uncle) Paul & Diana Nelson joyfully announce finalization of Raven’s adoption and name change to Raven Nelson George Oaks, brother of Valerie Koller Pete Warren, grandfather of Kristin Wright Lynne, neighbor of Nancy Salley Suzanne Perez, sister of Maria Longley Bess Kells, grandmother of Amber and Drew Badowski George Nelson, father of Jon Nelson Ann Ragland, mother of Rita Wilson Robie Clark, sister of Rita Wilson Jeff Blanchard, brother of Clif Blanchard Lydia Polomski Mary Nail, mother of Ramona Broughan and Nancy Goodhue Connie, daughter of Lucy Cornell Amy Scott All who serve in the military Peace and stability in the Middle East The unemployed, the homeless, and our country’s leaders
Our Presence Sunday School Worship
March 10 2012 2013 231 198 406 488
March 17 2 012 2013 294 252 619 549
Our Gifts March 10, 2013 General Fund $16,431.00 Children’s Bldg. 379.45 Haiti Missions 19.00
March 17, 2013 General Fund $24,370.00 Children’s Bldg. 4,056.50 Haiti Missions 35.00 Habitat 15.00 Music Fund 1,425.00 Endowment Fund 175.00 Building Growth 25.00 Memorial Fund 100.00
Fellowship Meal March 27: Fried Chicken April 3: Soup & Salad
The board of trustees is concerned about the safety of all who use the facilities of Oak Hill UMC. This month the trustees addressed two steep sidewalks: the new sidewalk from the parking lot of the main building to the children’s building and an old sidewalk leading to the front entrance of the main building. The trustees selected Corner Stone Construction Services (Contractor) to remove the steep sidewalk at the front of the main building and replace it with a safe sidewalk having steps, landings, and railings. The work started on March 7 and was substantially completed on March 11. Additionally the Contractor constructed a partial swale to improve the drainage at the West side of the main building. Water has remained at that location after rains and during heavy rains has flowed into the main building. Regarding the new sidewalk to the children’s building, parents must escort their children to the front door of the children’s building and meet them at the front door at the end of the pre-school day. Because there is insufficient parking in front of the children’s building, parents use the parking lot for the main building and use the steep sidewalk to get to the front door of the children’s building. Unfortunately there are insufficient funds at this time to add parking for the children’s building or to replace the sidewalk with one having a steps, landings, and railings. As a temporary measure until there is a better solution, the trustees installed signs at the top and bottom of the new sidewalk, warning users that it is a steep sidewalk.
Why I Love Oak Hill United Methodist Church When it is cold and gloomy outside or problems have you feeling down in the dumps, there is nothing as soothing as a warm bowl of homemade soup to set you straight. Oak Hill UMC has always been like that pot of soup to us over the years. The church is the pot and the members are the ingredients to make the soup. The ingredients alone may be spicy like salt and pepper, offensive like onion, bitter like garlic, hard like a potato, and well, you get the idea. The finished product can be a gourmet delight. Soup can be made from anything, even leftovers. These ingredients are placed in a large pot and steeped with the love of Jesus Christ until they become one, then (served to) shared with others as needed. If the pot gets low, just add more ingredients. That is why we love OHUMC. ~ Jimmy Dunks Ed Note: I made a mistake in crediting this article to Pastor Pam Sheffield in the previous issue, my apologies Jimmy! ~ Page Gordon
(Please contribute to the new series “Why I Love Oak Hill UMC”. To submit a letter, please contact the editor at email@example.com).
New Lectern Donation and Dedication On Wednesday, March 13, the church officially dedicated a beautiful new lectern. The lectern was commissioned by Alana Oehler and given in memory of her friends Georgia Remeny and Dick Pewthers. As a UMW leader, Alana saw the need for a lectern in the Fellowship Hall. She decided this gift would be both a fitting way to honor her friends and an appropriate way to thank our congregation for the many prayers that were lifted up during the illnesses of these two people. Doug Moody built the lectern using wood salvaged from Mr. Pewthers’ workshop. The cross on the front is a rare mahogany.
United Methodist Women UMW Book Club Our March UMW selection is One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity by Debbie McComber, who helps us become aware of how simple acts of generosity can lead to miraculous results for both the receiver and the giver. Our next meeting will be on Thursday morning, March 28, at 10:00 at Panera Bread on William Cannon. Please contact Diana Goodloe at 906-1931 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Church Women United Meeting On Friday, April 5 at 9:30 a.m., the Church Women United will be meeting at St. John UMC, 2140 Allendale Dr. It will be an Ecumenical Development Forum, with the theme TBA. The service project will be collecting eye glasses and hearing aids. (Church Women United - http://www.churchwomen.org/) For more info, call Margaret Jones, 892-2048. (Founded in 1941, Church Women United (CWU) is a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women’s movement initiated and carried out by women in the United States and Puerto Rico. It is a movement that brings together women of diverse races, cultures and traditions in closer Christian fellowship, prayer, advocacy, and action for peace with justice in the world. CWU engages millions of women representing twenty-six supporting denominations and participating Christian women.)
TWO SPECIAL INVITES FOR EVERYONE: #1 - Join those in our congregation who fast on Good Friday, a day of remembrance - the spiritual fast is a time to reconnect and remember consider fasting for breakfast only, lunch only, during day light hours, or a full 36 hours beginning after dinner on Thursday until Saturday morning. While fasting please remember what Christ went though the day he was beaten, spit on, whipped, and nailed to cross - all out of love for all of us. During the fasting time you might consider being in prayer, reading scripture, or serving others. #2 - Please join us at the next Men’s Breakfast Gathering, Saturday, March 30: 7:30 a.m. - coffee and fellowship 8:00 a.m. - outstanding breakfast buffet, including meats, eggs, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, fresh fruit, yogurt and more. Break your fast with great food, fellowship, music, and an inspirational talk. Don Inbody will be doing music along with being our guest speaker. Put it on your calendar now - all are welcome!
Oak Hill UMC was well represented March 14 with a delivery to the West Rural Community Center. Confirmand class members Bryce Turney, Natalie and Julian Haddad along with their moms Jenny Turney and Susan Haddad, and Adam Matustik filled the shelves of the West Rural food bank pantry. What a great way to spend a portion of their spring break.
Join Us and Walk the
LABYRINTH Participate in the 24-Hour Prayer Vigil Please join the Prayer Discernment team in bathing Oak Hill United Methodist Church in prayer for 24 hours – what a wonderful and faith-filled way to bring us into our Easter services! In addition to a team of dedicated people walking the campus on Saturday, March 30, we want YOU to have the opportunity to pray for your church at a time and in a place that is best for you. You do not have to come to church to join the Prayer Vigil. Beginning at 7 a.m. on March 30 and ending at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday, you can sign for one (or more!) 30-minute time slots. If you think that you can’t pray for 30 minutes, see the guidelines below that will help you fill that time and even more! Sign up on line through the church website, online in the Narthex after church services (Sundays March 17th and 24th), or on the poster in the Narthex (same Sundays). We believe in the power of prayer – won’t you join us?
Prayer Vigil Guidelines Begin your prayer time by finding a quiet place, free from distractions and interruptions. If you would like, light a candle that will burn while you pray. Then, ask God to free your mind of thoughts and distractions and guide you in your prayer. Spend a few moments in silent meditation, and then begin your prayer. Pray to God as if you a talking to a dear and trusted friend.
Join us as we take the Wednesday evening ReCharge worship service outside to meditate with music and candles in the beautiful energy of our sacred communal space, the Oak Hill UMC Labyrinth. Communion will be served as walkers reach the center.
Wednesday, March 27 6:15 p.m. at the Labyrinth Donations accepted at entry
Pray for the church – ask God to bless the buildings with the presence of His Spirit at all times, especially during times of activity.
Walk On It And Find Rest For Your Soul
Pray for the pastors – ask for God to guide them and bless them, and for the pastors to be open for His word and message
The Oak Hill UMC Labyrinth is located at the east end of the Children’s Building parking lot.
Pray for the members of the congregation – those for whom you are able, individually by name. Ask God to bless each of them with health and happiness, and for them to be open to God’s will. Pray for the groups and ministries of the church: Community Ministries, Adult Ministries, Music Ministries, Children’s Ministries, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Youth Ministries, Stewardship, Stephen Ministers, Prayer Chain, Caring Ministries, Fellowship, Environmental Fellowship, Preschool, Young at Heart, Deaf Ministries, Trustees, SPRC, Church Council, Communications. Pray for those on your heart – for joys for which to thank God and concerns for which to ask for God’s Grace. Pray again for the church – for what/who we are today and for our future, and that in all we do and as we continue to grow that it will be God’s will, not our own, that will be our guide. Remember, prayer can be in many forms – said out loud or silently, on your knees or sitting in a chair, in song or meditation – just remember to stay focused on God!
Order EASTER LILIES Today! As part of our Easter decorations, lilies will be placed in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 31. These may be given in honor or in memory of a loved one. The cost of each plant is $15.00. Orders must be placed by Sunday, March 24, 2013. The lilies may be taken from the sanctuary after the 11:15 a.m. service on Easter Sunday. Order forms are available at the Info booth.
First-Fifth Graders March 22-23 8:00 PM Friday to 8:00 AM Saturday An overnight event that will help children understand the importance of observing the Lenten season. Through study, music, activities, fellowship, and worship, children will explore the stories of Jesus, learn about places where Jesus’ ministry took place, and realize the significance of Jesus’ life on earth and his life with us now. We are using a curriculum for children book called The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus by Adam Hamilton. Registration is $25/child or $40/2 or more in the same family. For questions or more information, contact Children’s Director Suzanne Steves at email@example.com.
Easter Egg Hunt Everyone’s invited! Saturday, March 30 - 9 to 11:00 a.m. Please join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! There will be a jumpy house, face painting, petting zoo, crafts and food! All festivities will take place in the Children’s building and the circle driveway in front of the sanctuary. Bring a friend; bring your Easter basket. Hunt times are 9:30 (1st - 5th grade) and 10:15 (Kinder and under). If you have questions, please contact Jenny Turney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now taking registrations for Vacation Bible School and Children’s Summer Camps. Information and registration forms are available in the narthex, the church office, and in the Children’s Building.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - Ages 4- 4th grade. June 10-14
MUSIC and DRAMA CAMP - 1st-8th grades. July 8-12 & 15-19
CUB CAMP - Ages 3-6. August 5-9
CARE CAMP - Before & after care is available for VBS, MaD and Cub camps.
For questions or more information, contact Children’s Director Suzanne Steves at email@example.com. Online registration will be available soon.
Spring Break at Camp Eagle On the Friday school released for Spring Break, 10 intrepid Oak Hill students, along with David Sheets, Todd Jones, and Dave Stewart, left the church for Camp Eagle and parts unknown. We stopped along the way to pick up some adults and students from Dripping Springs UMC, and headed Southwest. We spent most of the next 60 or so hours hiking, rock-climbing, and spelunking all over the vast acreage that makes up Camp Eagle. We saw beautiful sunsets and sunrises, slept both warm and cold, worshipped with an unbelievable lightening storm backdrop, and bonded in incredible ways. As we were pushed past our limits by the Camp Eagle guides, Kel and Selena, we also experienced God’s nearness and a new depth of community. Our theme for the weekend was “Why Not You?”. During our worship times, we discussed the extraordinary exploits of a very ordinary Nehemiah, and the unbelievable mercy of God “crossing His arms”, much as Jacob did when he blessed Joseph’s sons. After two and a half days of roughing it (I think if you sleep outside and carry all your food with you, that equals roughing it), we headed for San Antonio, the comforts of a LaQuinta and the extravagance of dinner at Fogo de Chau to celebrate all that we had experienced. It was an incredible weekend, and one that none of us will soon forget.
Haiti Mission April 6-13, 2013
Leighton Scott Freel daughter of Michael and Jennifer Freel, was baptised at the 10:00 worship service March 17, 2013. She was born October 29, 2012, 2010.
Alexander Henry Crutchfield - the son of Barry and Rachel Crutchfield, was baptised at the 10:00 worship service March 17, 2013. He was born September 18, 2010.
The Haiti team is heading out on April 6th....If anyone would like to help, the team would like to take the following with them: • Tarps (the platic kind...not canvas) • Soccer Balls • Double Length Jump Ropes • Games • Nutritious Snack Items • Health Kits (see below) Donation boxes will be in the Narthex, Coffee Lounge, adult ed building and the office foyer through Easter Day. Health Kit Contents They are very specific about what should go into the health kits: • 1 hand towel 15” x 25” to 17”x 27” (kitchen cleaning and microfiber towels are not acceptable) • 1 washcloth • 1 comb, needs to be sturdy, no pocket combs or picks please, rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable • 1 metal nail file or clipper, no emery boards please • 1 bath size soap • 3 oz. and larger sizes only all brands are acceptable, do not remove from original packaging • 1 toothbrush, adult size only, do not remove from original packaging • 6 adhesive bandages • ¾” to 1” size common household band aids • 1 plastic bag one gallon size, sealable bags only • 1 Small tube of toothpaste...make sure the expiration date has not passed. Assembly Directions Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the wash cloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.
RADA Cutlery Sale A new order will be sent for Rada Cutlery and other Rada products on Monday, March 25th. If you wish to place an order, call Margaret Jones, 892-2048 or email margaretJ@austin.rr.com. Your items should be returned by April 1 at the latest. If you would like to see a catalog, please call and have one placed in your name tag folder. Or, you can go to the church web site at http://www.oakhillumc.org/grouplist. html#women and click on the Rada link – you will see the catalog in its entirety. Don’t forget that all of these sales benefit the UMW mission work, and they are very much appreciated by the OHUMW.
Important Notes • All items must be new. • Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used. • All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items – nothing more. • DO NOT include any personal notes, money or additional material in the kits. • It would be great if the kits could be put together, however if you have an abundance of soap or toothbrushes or bandaids, etc….the team will supplement and assemble the kits themselves. The following individuals are planning their service: David Matustik, Rachel Matustik, Diana Nelson, Jon Nelson, Pastor Jim Roberts, Shannon Roberts, and Mike Manning and Doug Ragsdale, of Buda UMC. They ask for prayers as they prepare themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Oak Hill UMC Calendar of Events
For the latest calendar info: www.oakhillumc.org/events.html Sunday, March 24 Palm Sunday 8:45 AM Early Worship Service, Sanctuary 10:00 AM Pathways Worship Service, Sanctuary Sunday School, Adult Ed. Bldg., Children’s Bldg., FSH 11:15 AM Traditional Worship Service, Sanctuary Sunday School, Adult Ed. Bldg., Children’s Bldg., FSH 12:30 PM Youth Choir, A103 5:00 PM UMYF, Fellowship Hall 6:30 PM Maundy Thursday rehearsal, Sanctuary Monday, March 25 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary 6:30 PM Financial Peace, A206 7:00 PM Disciple I, A201 Disciple II, A203 7:00 PM Boy Scout Troop #505 meeting, Fellowship Hall Handbell rehearsal, Sanctuary Tuesday, March 26 10:00 AM UMW Faith, Friends and Food, offsite 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary 5:30 PM Kids Acting, A103 5:45 PM Yoga Class, A201-202 6:30 PM Maundy Thursday rehearsal, Sanctuary 7:00 PM Lenten Study, A206 7:30 PM Reunion Group, A201 Wednesday, March 27 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 9:20 AM Tot-Smarts, A101 10:00 AM UMW Weds. AM Bible Study, A206 5:30 PM Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall Emmaus Group, A204 6:00 PM Chancel Choir rehearsal, A103 6:15 PM Recharge worship service, Labyrinth Kingdom Cubs rehearsal, C107 Kingdom Kids rehearsal, CB-Great Rm Confirmation Class, A102 6:30 PM Youth Bible Study, Youth Lounge 8:00 PM Praise Band rehearsal, Sanctuary Thursday, March 28 Maundy Thursday 8:50 AM Tai Chi, A201 9:00 AM Sunshine Class, Missions Building 9:30 AM Music Forever, A103 10:00 AM Hugs project, A203 Moms Club, A206 UMW Book Club, Panera Bread 5:45 PM Yoga Class, A201-202 Kindermusik, A103 7:00 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry, A102 Maundy Thursday Drama & Worship service, Sanctuary Friday, March 29 Good Friday 7:00 AM Emmaus Reunion Group, A102 10:00 AM Knitting Class, A102 10:30 AM Kindermusik, A103 7:00 PM Good Friday Worship Service
Saturday, March 30 8:00 AM Men’s Breakfast, Fellowship Hall 9:00 AM Easter Egg Hunt, campus/playground 9:30 AM Reunion Group, A102 10:00 AM Handbell rehearsal, Sanctuary Sunday, March 31 Easter Sunday 7:15 AM Sunrise Worship Service, outside cross 8:45 AM Early Worship Service, Sanctuary 10:00 AM Pathways Worship Service, Sanctuary Sunday School, Adult Ed. Bldg., Children’s Bldg., FSH 11:15 AM Traditional Worship Service, Sanctuary Sunday School, Adult Ed. Bldg., Children’s Bldg., FSH 12:30 PM Youth Choir, A103 5:00 PM UMYF, Fellowship Hall Monday, April 01 (Church office closed) 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary 6:30 PM Financial Peace, A206 7:00 PM Disciple I, A201 Disciple II, A203 7:00 PM Boy Scout Troop #505 meeting, Fellowship Hall Tuesday, April 02 9:15 AM Moms Club, A201-202 9:30 AM UMW Board meeting, A206 10:00 AM UMW Faith, Friends and Food, offsite 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary Babysitters are 11:30 AM Endowment meeting, Parlor, A102 available for 5:30 PM Kids Acting, A103 these events. To 5:45 PM Yoga Class, A201-202 secure a spot for 6:30 PM Stephen Ministry meeting, A203-204 your child, call Jennifer Barkis 7:00 PM Mom2Mom group, Parlor at 801-0269 at 7:30 PM Reunion Group, A201 least 48 hours Wednesday, April 03 in advance. You may also arrange 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 for childcare for 9:20 AM Tot-Smarts, A101 other events, 10:00 AM UMW Weds. AM Bible Study, A206 but please call at 5:30 PM Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall least two weeks Emmaus Group, A204 in advance. 6:00 PM Chancel Choir rehearsal, A103 Cub Scout leadership meeting, A201 6:15 PM Recharge worship service, Sanctuary Kingdom Cubs rehearsal, C107 Kingdom Kids rehearsal, CB-Great Rm Confirmation Class, A102 6:30 PM Youth Bible Study, Youth Lounge 8:00 PM Praise Band rehearsal, Sanctuary
Information Desk Volunteers Needed We need a few more people to serve at the Info Desk during the 11:15 service. It’s a lot of fun as you get to meet and visit with our wonderful members, visitors and new members. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jo Ruffcorn at 4445397 or Mommaruff@aol.com or Susan McBride at 301-3385, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cornerstone (USPS 012-959) is published by Oak Hill United Methodist Church at 7815 Hwy. 290 W., Austin, TX 78736. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Cornerstone, 7815 Hwy. 290 W., Austin, TX 78736. This newsletter issues semimonthly. Subscription rate: $12/year. OHUMC office hours are 9 a.m. -5 p.m. M-Th and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. Submit announcements and articles to email@example.com. Ministers All members of Oak Hill UMC Pastors Jim Roberts Pam Sheffield Stella Burkhalter Children’s Ministries Asst. Jennifer Barkis Financial Administrator Angie Bragg Director of Adult Ministries Sharon Douglass Director of Communications Page Gordon Pathways Worship Leader Greg Graham Assistant Choir Director Diana Hopkins Handbell Choir Director Cathy Ingersoll Custodian Billie Moore Facilities Administrator Charles Moore Director of Music Ministries Suzanne Pence Organist Hyojin Song Director of Children’s Ministries Suzanne Steves Director of Youth Ministries Dave Stewart Office Manager Tracy Stewart Director, Kid’s Day Out Rita Wilson Director of Pre-School Ministries Kristin Wright
Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 Highway 290 West Austin, TX 78736 www.oakhillumc.org
Habitat for Humanity Methodist Build The raising of the walls for the Sanchez-Orta house on March 16 was a great success. The house is now fully framed! Twelve of our own helped with the hard work, and we were rewarded midday with a fabulous lunch provided by the Regenerates Sunday School Class. We have two more OHUMC work days, April 13th and May 11th. We have a full complement of workers signed up for May 11th but need two more for April 13th (contact Jerry Morford at jmorford@austin. rr.com or 301-3738 if you would like to volunteer). The Open Door Sunday School Class will provide lunches on April 27th. As mentioned in the last Cornerstone, our Applebee’s Pancake breakfast fundraiser on March 2 netted $1,100. Our total fundraising now stands at $5,500. This is really good, although our goal this year is $10,000. Please consider donating additional funds to reach our goal. You can do this by placing a donation in the offering plate during Sunday services. Make checks out to “OHUMC” with “Habitat for Humanity” in the memo line or place cash in an offering envelope and label it “Habitat for Humanity.” We are building the house for Odalys Sanchez-Orta and her two children (Hersey, who is 11 years old and Yemicel, who is 20 years old); see photo. They waited several years before being accepted by the Cuban immigration program to come to the United States. Odalys says, “In Cuba we lived hand-to-mouth, our wages were the very bare minimum, but we had to learn to adjust.” About the apartment they live in now, “There are severe maintenance problems and nothing feels like ours, the apartment we live in has been lived in by so many other people.” The family is thrilled to be accepted by Habitat for Humanity and is anxious to help build their house. We also need your continued prayers for the success of the Methodist build.
Women’s Walk to Emmaus #1707 is Austin sponsored and is May 2-5 at Camp Young Judaea in Wimberly. For more information talk to someone who has been on a walk or Jan & George Kennebeck (263-5701). Diane Merwarth, from OHUMC, will be on the team. Applications are on the Emmaus bulletin board in the Fellowship hall facing the parking lot.
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