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AT HOME WAYS TO EXPLORE AND RESPOND TO GOD'S GRACE AND LOVE
May 28th Edition
"Filled with the Holy Spirit"
Jesus’ friends were waiting. Jesus had promised that the Holy Spirit would come. But when would it happen? They prayed and waited. They wondered and waited. They waited and prayed and wondered...
Listen to the entire story here.
Read the story, activities, and prayer to enhance the story time with your children - activities pages.
Coloring page you can open and print.
Below you can find some related music and/or visuals you can use to help explain the weekly story to your children.
Click image above for a PDF with complete details.
NOTE: This concert will NOT be live streamed.
As announced at the March 19 worship service:
The handbell choir has enjoyed sharing our music with you each month and we have received kind words of appreciation and affirmation, but I’m sorry to announce that today (Mar. 19) will be the last time you’ll hear us ring this year. As you may have read in the annual report and will see in the upcoming newsletter, we’ve struggled with membership for several years. But with Michael’s help (thank you, Michael), occasional temporary subs from the choir (thank you, Beth, David and Jan), our dedicated ringers (thank you, all) and some creativity, we’ve been able to keep things going. However, we’re losing two more ringers after today, so despite all of these efforts, it’s just not possible for us to continue.
It’s been a privilege to direct the handbell choir for the past 22 years. While it has been a labor of love, it hasn’t gone without challenges – with the biggest being recruitment and retention of members. Unfortunately, having too few ringers is one challenge that I can’t solve on my own.
We’d like to be able to return in the Fall and would love to continue sharing our music ministry for many years to come. But in order for us to do so, we need your help.
Two new ringers would enable us to continue on as we have. However, we are not at our full potential and have 2-octaves of bells and 2-octaves of chimes that remain unused. Six new ringers would enable us to utilize the entire instrument and allow me to return to directing.
We’re an intergenerational group and welcome anyone who can read music from 7th grade on up. The commitment is small – just a 1 ½ hour rehearsal weekly on Wednesday evenings from September through May. We ring in worship once a month and at the Carol Walk and Jubilant Praise concert. Won’t you please consider joining us in September?
Roberta Erickson, Director of Handbells
OAKNOTES - May 2023
A Report from Advent and Lent
Friends in Faith,
Over the years we have encouraged spiritual reflection in Advent and Lent by printing devotions written by OPC members or by printing other’s devotionals or by citing links to them. Both Princeton and Pittsburgh Seminaries publish thoughtful reflections for these penitential seasons...
Read Rev. Dr. Steve Wilson's complete letter and the rest of the May 2023 OAKNOTES newsletter.
Mark Your Calendars
(more details and other dates/events in May '23 OAKNOTES)
OPC Summer Choir
♪ ♫ Sing with The Summer Choir ♪ ♫
We welcome singers of all ages to join The Summer Choir on June 11, 18, 25. Sing one week or two or all three, depending on your schedule. All you need to do is attend the rehearsal at 9:00am, in the choir room and then sing in worship at 10:00am. The music selected is easy enough to learn that morning or it may be picked up the Wednesday before.
Free Movie Nights - (Spring Brochure Jan. thru May)
May 26 - Operation Seawolf and June 9 – All Saints
Summer Worship Service
Regular full service - 10:00 am start time; with early service at 8:30 am. See the Weekly Bulletin for an explanation of the services.
Celebration Updates for 2023 (for details see top of page 4 of May OAKNOTES)
You’ve seen these dates for upcoming events in newsletters and bulletins honoring and celebrating the August retirement of Rev. Dr. Steve Wilson. In case you haven’t yet written them in your calendar, here they are again!
June 11: Potluck Luncheon at OPC after the 10:00 am worship service.
July 14: Celebratory Dinner at Veltre’s - invitations were mailed in mid-May.
August 13: Final Worship with Steve and Reception following the 10 a.m. service.
Coffee & Conversation (See you in September)
Sunday, May 21, 2023 - Our own Rev. Dr. Steve Wilson shared from his 40 years of ministry! All are welcome to join us in September!
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION/WORSHIP — ALL AGES
Christian Education resumed September 18
See Ministries tab at top.
(Older letters on News & Information page)
Retirement Announcement Letter
January 16, 2022
Beloved in Christ,
In October of 1988 I was called to serve as pastor of the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Oakmont. In October 1992 the two Presbyterian Churches in Oakmont merged and I began my serve as co-pastor at OPC with the Rev. Don Sherrill...
Rev. Dr. Wilson's Retirement Celebration Details - as of March.
Help and Assistance Requests
None at this time!
Of Interest NOW!
Men's Breakfast & Speaker - First Tuesday of each month, Our speaker on June 6 will be Don Ziegler, missionary to improve people's vision in third-world countries. Don will present CHINA: A photo centered presentation on the people, infrastructure, security, constructions/ development, travel/transportation, heritage and tourist sites.
Presbyterian Women's Circle - Meet the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm. See the OPC Church Calendar for dates.