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Oak Hill United Methodist Church Where everyone is a minister

Volume 34.22 November 18, 2012

join us for dinner

Sunday, November 18

this Thanksgiving

When: Thursday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m.

8:45, 10:00 Pathways & 11:15 Worship Services Pastor Pam Sheffield “Fearless Living - Fearless Sharing” Romans 10:11-13

Where: Oak Hill UMC - Fellowship Hall Bring: A side dish

Sunday, November 25

R.S.V.P: 288-3836

Go Day 2 - Dec. 8-9 Our day of community projects was a hit; many of you asked that it become a regular event. Here we go again… Mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9. There are numerous mission projects planned for that Saturday and Sunday, so think about whether you and your family would like to participate in one of them. • West Rural Center - collecting, sorting, and delivering non-perishable food.

Lay-Led Worship & Communion - 6:15 p.m.

November 21 - No Recharge service Happy Thanksgiving! November 28 - Speaker: Marilyn Lindholm

• Williamson Creek Clean-up - Saturday, December 8.

Austin District United Methodist Men

• Caroling at a Nursing Home. In addition to their monthly “secret mission,” the Mission Possible Kids hope to join our adult musicians and sing for some of our neighborhood seniors.

Breakfast Meeting

Saturday, November 17, 2012

• Cookie Making and Goodie bags. This time, we will treat ACC students and teachers as they prepare for finals at area schools. • Montopolis Center. Work projects are continuing at this East Austin center. • Angel Tree. Our traditional Prison Ministries Angel Tree will be back. Shop for a child on behalf of an incarcerated parent or join the youth on their shopping excursion on December 9. Gift-wrapping and deserver may also be options for that day. More details on these projects are coming soon.

7815 Highway 290 W. Austin, Texas 78736

8:45, 10:00 Pathways & 11:15 Worship Services Pastor Stella Burkhalter “Fearless Living - Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear” 1 John 4:18


The program will be on hearing related issues. Our speaker will be Kim Ringer, a representative of OTICON, the oldest hearing aid manufacturer in the world. Don’t forget to bring white socks for the Homeless Men’s Clothes Closet. Shirts, pants, belts, and/or cash are also welcome. Join us for great food, fellowship, singing and Holy Communion. First UMC Pflugerville, 500 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville, TX, 78660

Pastors Jim Roberts, Pam Sheffield & Stella Burkhalter

Our Prayers To see the full prayer list, please go to the church website Connie Cornell Family of Sue Eckstein Eric Fontenot Ernest “Tito” Zepeda Sydney Marie, Rebecca & Eric Fontenot’s daughter’s 7th birthday 11/14 Wyatt “Buzz” Burkhalter Chip Feuerbacher Happy 40th anniversary to Gary and JoAnn McGill on 11/25 Welcome home Sgt. Curtis Sharp, son of Gene & Laurie Sharp Dave, Lynn Sampsell, and Teresa Talley Carson Fudge, Jace and Shay’s son and Rick & Sandra Fudge’s grandson All who serve in the military Peace and stability in the Middle East The unemployed, the homeless, and our country’s leaders


Christmas Eve Worship Services:

Presence Sunday School Worship

November 4 2011 2012 296 245 560 672

November 11 2 011 2012 243 245 491 613

Our Gifts November 04, 2012 General Fund $42,478 Imagine No Malaria 10 Children’s Building 4,735 Sierra Leone bldg. mat. 469 Africa travel donations 1,000 UMCOR Hurr. Sandy 1,125 Music Fund 10

Find a home this Christmas in the Word of God and in celebrations with God’s people. We will not hold our Hanging of the Greens service this year so that we can make room in our home for a memorial service for Phil Brandt on December 2 at 1:15 pm. As usual, we will enjoy beautiful decorations in the sanctuary on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, as well as a sermon series on “coming home” and daily Advent devotionals in your e-mail box each day.

November 11, 2012 General Fund $21,070 2013 PrePaid Pledge 1,200 Children’s Building 4,167 UMCOR - Hurr. Sandy 30 Missions Africa 1,000 Thanksgiving Meal 100

We have cause to celebrate! OHUMC was named Volunteer of the Month by Front Steps, the managing non-profit organization of ARCH. Thank you for your dedication and service.

Wednesday Night Fellowship Meal No Fellowship Meal on November 21, please join us for Thanksgiving lunch on the 22nd

Nov. 28: Chicken/Mashed potatoes

Family Service - 5 p.m. Candles & Carols - 7 p.m. Pathways Christmas - 9 p.m. Candles & Carols - 11 p.m.

Holiday Mail for Heroes program Each year the Red Cross collects cards between October and early December and then distributes them at military installations, veterans hospitals, and in other locations. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host card signing parties or card making parties. Here are a few guidelines to help you on your way: • Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country. • Ensure that all cards are signed. • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program. • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters. • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships. • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process. • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors. • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution. • All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to: Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th. Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

Angel Tree Prison Ministry This unique ministry gives Oak Hill UMC an opportunity to share Christ’s love at Christmas time each year by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners. Participating in Angel Tree is a great way for all of us to lovingly answer the biblical call to minister to the least of these. Angel Tree works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. We purchase and deliver gifts in the name of their prisoner-parent which gives us an opportunity to share the Gospel to the children. Additional instructions and information is available at the tree which is usually located outside the sanctuary on Sunday’s or in Fellowship Hall - in advance - thank you. Don Roets / 512-633-5009 /

United Methodist Women UMW Book Club Our December UMW selection is Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub. This is a true story of soldiers from opposing armies who declared peace, climbed out of their trenches, and celebrated Christmas together. We will have our final meeting of 2012 on Thursday morning, December 6, at 10:00 at Panera Bread on William Cannon. Please contact Diana Goodloe at 906-1931 or if you have questions.

Lydia Circle Lydia Circle First Friday Lunch Oak Hill United Methodist Church

Habitat for Humanity Spring Methodist Build Yes, the build is still on track as is the fundraising! As you know, we are teaming with other Methodist churches in the Austin area to give a helping hand to a family in need. We provide the funding and labor to build the home but the family must put in 400 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build Habitat homes. The family will have a mortgage when they move into their new home. We build a quality, energy efficient home. If you missed the floor plan “square foot” sales in September, your next opportunity for donations is coming up: Gifts of Caring for the Christmas giving season. This is a great opportunity to give twice with the same gift: once to Habitat for Humanity while at the same time giving to a friend or loved one in the name of Habitat for Humanity. You can also give any Sunday by dropping a check in the offering plate. Just make the check out to “OHUMC” and put “Habitat for Humanity” in the memo line. Mark your calendar for the Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast on March 2. This is always lots of fun and a great fundraiser. Tickets go on sale in February, but remember, you must be present to eat! We can always use prayers for the success of the fundraising and the build. Call Jerry Morford at 301-3738 or send him an e-mail at jmorford@ if you have questions about the Methodist Build. Thank you I was humbled when picking up the Sandy storm supplies early Sat. morning - it was incredible the amount of items that were donated in just a few days. A friend of mine felt called to help out those in need so he is taking off work this week to drive a truck and trailer to NY to pass off the supplies - an email to God’s people at Oak Hill UMC to help out God’s people was answered - it does not amaze me that this community at Oak Hill responded so lovingly and quickly it just humbles me to be part of such a community. Ian, myself, and those in New York that will receive your blessings all thank you. ~ Don Roets

The Lydia Circle First Friday lunch will be on Friday, December 7th - 11:30 am, at Cypress Grill, 4404 W. William Cannon, Suite L, 78749. Come join a group of social ladies for lunch! Childcare is provided at the church with proper reservations. Contact Anita Barton at 288-5541 for more information. The annual Lydia Circle Christmas Party will be on Thursday, December 20 - 7 pm - at Kellye Graham’s home. Details to come!

R and R for Missions (reading and recycling) Who doesn’t like books? Who has too many books? The Chloe Circle at Oak Hill UMC has sponsored the BUCK A BOOK sale for the past 2 years to raise funds for various mission projects….. It is a project that the whole congregation (and pre-school families) participate in. The church family is notified a month in advance to donate books they no longer want….this year we tried for 1400…approximately 1 per member. (Although uncounted, we probably had 4 x’s that many donated). All books are sold for a BUCK ($1), with the exception of Bibles (which are given away). Leftover books were given away (some to the preschool, some to HEB children’s literacy program book drive, some to libraries, and some to Goodwill). This year we kept some for the Free Store, which is opening at St. Mark’s in January. Outcomes? • Folks clean off their bookshelves then restock with ‘new’ books…. all for a BUCK each! • Books can be recycled each year! • Over $1200 was raised for missions in Sierra Leone ($300 for building materials), Haiti ($300 for building materials), Tanzania ($200 for medical supplies for the persecuted Albinos), and our own Montopolis Center ($350 to be used as needed). • Fun was had by both buyers and sellers. Chloe Circle members would like to express their appreciation to everyone who donated books and to everyone who purchased books. Thank you for your generosity and for helping others throughout the world! Who knew a book could provide so much?



The Children’s mini-musical for Christmas will be presented in the 8:45 and 11:15 worship services on Sunday, December 9. Plan to bring your family and friends and join us for this delightful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas - celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, the best present of all!


We’ll meet next on Sunday afternoon, December 9, to receive and carry out our next secret mission! If your child (age 3-Fifth grade) has not yet joined MPK or GLOW Kids, it’s never too late to do so! We are involved in mission projects that are changing the world and we don’t want anyone to miss out! Contact agent handler Ms. Becca at for more information.

DECEMBER SUNDAY SCHOOL/NURSERY SCHEDULE The Children’s Sunday School classes will meet at their regular times and in their regular spaces on December 2, 9, and 16. There will be combined classes at 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on December 23 and December 30 in the Great Room of the Children’s Building. Our normal schedule of classes at all three hours (8:45, 10:00, and 11:15) will resume the first Sunday in January. The nursery will be open and looking forward to caring for your children on our usual schedule for all Sundays and on Wednesday evenings when activities and services are scheduled throughout December.

P eace, Love & Joy... A Child is Born Holiday Bazaar presented by seton southwest hospital volunteers

Friday, December 7, 2012 • 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres from some of Southwest Austin’s favorite restaurants, stroll the Bazaar to the sound of holiday music, and tour our newly expanded Maternity Services Department. For more information please contact the Seton Southwest Great Habits Gift Shop at 324-9018. Live Music • Silent Auction & Yule Tree Private Shopping For Holiday Gift Items Tickets are $20 each or two for $35 This event benefits the Sr. Jean Wesselman Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Endowment and special projects at Seton Southwest Hospital, as designated by the Seton Fund Board of Trustees.

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Do some Christmas shopping, wrap your presents, or just enjoy a day out while your kids come play!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM OAK HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CHILDREN’S BUILDING Play, art activities, movies, etc.! For infants – fifth grade children We will provide snacks and drinks, please bring each child a sack lunch. Cost is $30 for the first child and $10 for each additional child in the same family. You may drop off and pick up children any time during the session, but the cost will be the same. Please contact Jennifer Barkis at or 512-801-0269 to register. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 7 at noon


Young at Heart Christmas Special Dinner Meeting, December 13th Please join us for our “once a month” dinner and Fellowship on Thursday, December 13th at 6:30p.m. This month we will be meeting at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, located at 3940 S. Lamar Blvd. This is our Christmas Special and will include a “white elephant” gift exchange, selected from your home. Also bring an unwrapped gift appropriate for a teenager which will be donated to the “Brown Santa” program for 2012. This is always a fun event to come to and start the holiday season with good food, good friends and a lot of Christian Holiday Spirit. Bring a cute joke to share with the group. Don’t be shy make this your first Young and Heart Dinner Meeting and you will be hooked to come to all the dinners in 2013. To RSVP or for more information, please call Jeannie or Doug Moody 301-3305.

Plan To Give Blood at

The Blood Mobile

Oak Hill UMC, January 13 Contact Anita Barton for details 512/288-5541

Oak Hill UMC Calendar of Events

For the latest calendar info: Sunday, November 18 Thanksgiving Sunday 8:45 AM Blended 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 4:00 PM Youth Choir, A103 5:00 PM Disciple 1 (2nd half), A206 UMYF, Fellowship Hall Monday, November 19 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 10:00 AM Dorcas Quilters, A203 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary 7:00 PM Boy Scout Troop #505 Meeting, Fellowship Hall Pack 505 Bear Den meeting, loft Handbell rehearsal, Sanctuary 8:00 PM Reunion Group-Disciples under Construction, A102 Tuesday, November 20 10:00 AM Praying Moms, off-site 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary 4:30 PM Kids Acting, A103 5:45 PM Yoga Class, A201-202 6:30 PM Stephen Ministry meeting, A203/A204 7:00 PM “The Way of Blessedness”, A206 Wednesday, November 21 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 10:00 AM UMW Morning Bible Study, A201 6:00 PM Emmaus Group, A102 6:30 PM Trustees meeting, A104 8:00 PM Praise Band rehearsal, Sanctuary Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving Give 8:50 AM Tai Chi, A201 Thanks 9:00 AM Sunshine Class, Missions Building 10:00 AM Hugs project, A203 Moms Club, A206 UMW Book Club, Off campus/Panera Bread 1:00 PM Thanksgiving Feast, Fellowship Hall 5:45 PM Yoga Class, A201-202 7:00 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry, A102 Friday, November 23 7:00 AM Emmaus Reunion Group, A102 10:00 AM CLS/Knitting Class, A102 Saturday, November 24 9:30 AM Reunion Group, A102 Sunday, November 25 1st Sunday of Advent 8:45 AM Blended 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 12:00 PM Financial preview meeting, A206 4:00 PM Youth Choir, A103 5:00 PM Disciple 1 (2nd half), A206 UMYF, Fellowship Hall

Monday, November 26 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary 7:00 PM Boy Scout Troop #505 Meeting, Fellowship Hall Pack 505 Bear Den meeting, loft Handbell rehearsal, Sanctuary 8:00 PM Reunion Group-Disciples under Construction, A102 Tuesday, November 27 10:00 AM Praying Moms, off-site 11:00 AM Preschool Chapel, Sanctuary 4:30 PM Kids Acting, A103 5:45 PM Yoga Class, A201-202 7:00 PM “The Way of Blessedness”, A206 Wednesday, November 28 9:00 AM Kid’s Day Out, C108 10:00 AM UMW Morning Bible Study, A201 5:30 PM Fellowship Dinner, Fellowship Hall 6:00 PM Emmaus Group, A102 6:15 PM Recharge worship service, Sanctuary Kingdom Cubs rehearsal, C107 Kingdom Kids rehearsal, CB Great Room 6:30 PM Youth Bible Study, Youth Lounge 7:00 PM Chancel Choir rehearsal, A103 8:00 PM Praise Band rehearsal, Sanctuary Thursday, November 29 Youth - Dive-N-Deeper retreat 8:50 AM Tai Chi, A201 9:00 AM Sunshine Class, Missions Building 10:00 AM Hugs project, A203 Music Forever, A103 5:45 PM Yoga Class, A201-202 7:00 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry, A102 Friday, November 30 Youth - Dive-N-Deeper Retreat 7:00 AM Emmaus Reunion Group, A102 10:00 AM CLS/Knitting Class, A102 5:30 PM Armstrong wedding rehearsal, Sanctuary Saturday, December 01 Youth - Dive-N-Deeper Retreat 9:30 AM Reunion Group, A102 4:00 PM Armstrong wedding, Parlor, Sanctuary, FSH Babysitters are available for these events. To secure a spot for your child, call Jennifer Barkis at 801-0269 at least 48 hours in advance. You may also contact Suzanne to arrange for childcare for other events. Please call at least two weeks in advance.

Looking Ahead December 9 - Children’s Christmas Musical January 10-13 - Created By God Class

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 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

Bridging Hearts Warm Scarves Needed Calling all friends, youth directors, scouts, bible study groups, mother’s groups...we need 100’s of fleece scarves to help keep the poor in the Colonias of Nuevo Laredo warm at night. Due to issues with the previous mission trip to Mexico, “Bridging Heart’s” will be traveling light to Mexico this Christmas. With your help, we hope to overflow Santa’s sleigh with 100’s of warm fuzzy scarves and blankets for the poor in the Colonias. Thank you in advance for making this Christmas Dream come true. Go to   Scarves needed (by December 5): • All colors and All sizes - just cut and fringe and repeat! (Fleece is 50% off at JoAnn’s Fabric, Hobby Lobby, Walmart... JoAnn’s Fabric gives an extra 15% off for Teachers) • Scarves for youth (6” by 36”) • Scarves for adults (8” by 45/46”) • Babies (small tie blankets) Please deliver donations to Becca Hemenway in the Children’s Bldg. or drop off in the church office.


On November 20th a team will be leaving for Sierra Leone. If you have a used laptop that you would like to donate to help start an internet café, please contact Chris Jackson at

Help The Food Ministry Our food ministry is such a vital part of our outreach to our congregation as well as to our neighbors in need and we are in need of helpers for funeral receptions and Agape meals. We also have an opening for a chairperson for Agape meals. If you are called to this ministry please contact Sue Payne, - 916-4072.

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