...and thank you for stopping at the Oakmont Presbyterian Church
website. This congregation began when the leaders of two strong churches
in Oakmont decided to unite in order that, as one congregation, we might
more greatly glorify God and bring new blessings on Godís people in this
Vibrant worship is the center of our life at OPC and we
believe that God addresses us in worship so that we might be received in
love and guided by Godís Word. Nurturing faith is our mission to our
members. We host many weekly studies, small group opportunities, and
special educational speakers. This congregation is a place where people of
all ages are encouraged to grow in both their knowledge of and love for
God. We strive to answer Jesusí call to love God with our whole being and
to love our neighbors. Therefore, we believe that a mark of true faith is
loving service in the world.
We hope and believe that participation in the life of this faith
community encourages and empowers people to take Godís healing love into
an often broken world. There is a place for you at OPC.
Grace to you,
what's going on at OPC by going to:
OPC Photo Gallery (courtesy of Doug Crist)
ALL NEW AND IMPROVED CHURCH CALENDAR
or by downloading
latest copy of Oaknotes, our monthly newsletter:
December & January
The church directory is available online at
http://om265052.onlineolanmills.com/home/ If you would
like to access the directory please contact Brad Walters,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for a password.
God's Hands at Work
Youth Group Ministry to the Homeless
You won't find the Senior High Youth Group
meeting on Sunday evenings anymore. You won't even find
them meeting in the youth room, on ANY evening, anymore.
The senior highs are meeting every other Saturday, from
11:30-2:00 pm in Pittsburgh, to spend time with people who are
homeless. We gather at the church, head to the streets of
downtown, or the North Side, and reach out to those who need it
the most. We hand out socks, bottled water, orange juice,
bananas, and granola bars. But wait.......we don't just
hand these items out and walk away - we spend TIME with these
After we hand out the supplies, that we bring, we
ask them if we can sit and talk with them for a bit. (The answer has
always been a polite "yes".) The men and women ask the kids
questions and vice versa. I asked one young man, probably in
his mid-twenties, if he had any advice for the kids and he said,
"Yes, stay in school, stay away from drugs, and as corny as it
sounds, listen to your parents and always, ALWAYS eat dinner
together as a family." One young man, looked up from the book
he was reading and asked us if we would pray for his 3-year-old son,
who was having an MRI. Yes, we pray with the people, who are
homeless, before we leave. We all join hands, and pray.
The kids, the kids you've commissioned to go out and fulfill the
Great Commission, pray with, and for these folks. We are so
blessed by the relationships we are making with these folks...like
Steve's sermon a few weeks ago...Blessed to Be a Blessing.
If you would like to support this mission, here are
some items that would be helpful as the senior highs continue their
ministry with the homeless through this winter:
new white tube socks
gently-used mens' sweatshirts
gently-used mens' sweathpants
travel-size toothbrush & toothpaste
All of the items above can be given to Jane Kinter.
If you would like to make a monetary donation for us
to buy food and drinks, you can write a check out to OPC and put
"Youth Homeless Ministry" in the memo.
Please pray for the folks that are homeless,
especially as the weather changes. And the Senior High Youth
Group appreciates your prayers as well.
P.S. Check out the pictures on my office door.
Stories, featuring Steve Wilson
A film by Bob Ruefle
the latest in filmmaker Bob Ruefle's series, Faith Stories,
featuring various members of OPC sharing their personal
experiences of faith, hope and love.