Gratitude

by Pastor Kent Carlson

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I absolutely loved our church’s 30-year anniversary celebration weekend. I’m not completely sure why it was so profoundly satisfying and fun for me. I just know that it was perhaps the most enjoyable time I have had in thirty years of ministry at Oak Hills Church. Maybe it was because we were so very relaxed going into that weekend. Maybe it was because we weren’t really using the celebration for much of anything other than to have a party together. Maybe it was the amazing performance of the Oak Hills Rewind. Maybe it was seeing Rick Leary in long hair. Whatever it was, I had a blast.

The predominant feeling I have coming out of this celebration is gratitude. Thirty years is a long time to be in one place. In one church. There are so many stories, so many beautiful people, so many experiences of God’s grace and transformation. So many people who have sincerely sought to follow Christ in the midst of what seemed like impossible situations. And all these stories flooded over me, and I was, and continue to be, deeply grateful to God and to the people of Oak Hills Church, for all this goodness, all this beauty, all these stories that are a part of God’s great story of redemption. This Thanksgiving, without any effort at all on my part, but simply as the natural result of being overwhelmed by the goodness of God and the people of Oak Hills Church, I am deeply grateful. It’s a good feeling.

Now, on to the next thirty years!

I want to highlight two events to help us bask in the sheer delight of our 30-year celebration. First, we have our Annual Congregational Meeting and Vision Night on Thursday, November 20. We will worship together, meet our elders and vote to affirm them. We will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities in our future and have a time for questions and answers. We will have a scrumptious dessert. And most wonderfully, we will have a repeat of our Oak Hills Rewind. For those of us who have already seen it, we will be able to laugh all over again. For those of you who have never seen it, well, you are in for a treat. Please try to make this night a priority and let’s keep the celebration going!

Second, I want to encourage us all to come to our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service. We will worship together “in the round” and we will share together the Lord’s Supper. There will be ample opportunity to share with each other our deep gratefulness to God for all that He as done for us. I hope to see you all there.

With deep thankfulness,

Kent Carlson

Baby Shower!

by Lorraine Rothenburg, Pastor of Women’s Ministries

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On June 4 at 11am, our Women’s Ministries at Oak Hills is hosting a Baby Shower/Brunch in our Chapel for the Alternatives Pregnancy Center which is located just a few blocks from our church. I recently caught up with Christi Holm, Alternative’s Center Manager (and fellow Oak Hillian), to chat a bit more about APC and the upcoming shower.

Question:  Christi, tell us a little about the Alternatives Pregnancy Center – Where is it, how long has it been active and why does it exist?

Answer:  Alternatives Pregnancy Center in a non-profit medical clinic and pregnancy resource center. We have been in Sacramento for 27 years (formerly Crisis Pregnancy Center of Sacramento). APC Folsom opened its doors in April 2010 as our first satellite center. APC exists to help women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We offer free limited obstetrical ultrasound as well as all levels of support available, including parenting and adoption. As a life affirming organization, we do not provide or refer for abortion. We provide accurate information on abortion, including the various procedures and risks, in an environment of professionalism and understanding.

We are also all about prevention! We offer an excellent abstinence based sexual health curriculum for schools and churches and the community.

Our post abortion recovery bible study is an environment of safety and healing for women who have suffered the effects of abortion. Statistically over 43% of all women will have had an abortion by the age of 45. This is a staggering number of women living in bondage to fear and guilt. Our Forgiven and Set Free bible studies offer freedom and healing through a redemptive relationship with Christ. For information: 916.807.4188 or confidential email to healing@freshhope.net.

Question: Why did Alternatives choose Folsom as a second location for the Center?

Answer:  Folsom has been identified as an underserved area of Sacramento with an unusually high incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in our youth. We hope to offer STD testing in the near future. The purpose in this would be to offer abstinence counseling prior to testing with the hope of changing our culture in favor of abstinence until marriage, family, and healthy relationships.

Question:  What kinds of volunteer opportunities are available at APC?

We offer training twice a year for the client advocate position. A client advocate is a peer counselor who offers unconditional love and support to young women struggling with making a decision for life. Our next training is scheduled in September. For more info, call 916-972-0367.

Question: What exactly is a Baby Shower for APC? How is it helpful that Oak Hills Church is hosting one?

Answer:  Hosting a baby shower helps to stock our Nursery Nook. Young mothers have the opportunity to participate in our P411 “Earn while you Learn” program. With each class attended, they earn “Mommy bucks” in which they can purchase diapers, formula, clothing, cribs, high chairs, strollers, etc. We also provide a layette of new items on their 4th visit. We are an avenue for the community to help these young women and men become healthy parents. APC does not receive government funding and relies on the support and giving of churches, organizations and individuals to help us stock the Nursery Nook and pay the rent. The items donated at a baby shower go directly into the hands of young mothers with very little support or resources available.

Question: How can people get more information about the APC?

Come in for a tour. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10-4. We would welcome your visit anytime!

341 South Lexington Drive #102 Folsom 916-932-5000

Visit our websites www.alternativespregnancycenter.org

www.pgtest.com (Client site)

Note: To RSVP for the shower, sign up at the Welcome Center in the church lobby. You can also sign up there if you’d like to bring a brunch item. Should be a fun event!! We’d love to have lots of women join us. Gifts need not be wrapped. For more information, contact Audrey Oberle at aaoberle@comcast.net .