CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve Services | 3 PM | 5 PM | 7 PM

This Christmas Eve, join us for a special time of worship celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! We will have 3 services: at 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm. All services are family-friendly and will include singing carols, sharing holy communion, and candlelight. ALL are welcome!

Online Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM (ASL interpreted)

Our 5 pm Christmas Eve service will be live-streamed and ASL interpreted. You can watch it right here on the website or if you prefer a more interactive experience, you can join us on our Facebook page where you can leave comments and see who else is worshiping with you.

We look forward to celebrating Christmas Eve with you! Here's some information you may find useful:
- General information for first time visitors
- How to get here and where to park
- Find more information and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Your health and safety is our top priority and we want you to feel safe while celebrating with us! Out of Christian love and out of a desire to protect each other, we ask that you please wear a mask at all Christmas Eve services.

ADVENT EVENTS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20

Christmas Festival

Sunday, Dec. 12

After services on Sunday, December 12, let’s join together for a churchwide Christmas Festival from noon until 2 pm. There will be good food, Christmas carols, and lots of activities for young and old alike. The United Methodist Men will be cooking up some of their famous smoked barbecue. The United Methodist Women are asking that you bring your favorite side dish or dessert to complement the BBQ—It’s going to be an old fashioned covered dish affair.

There will be ladies in the Fellowship Hall accepting your delicious dishes that morning. Dinner will be held outside in the courtyard. For the youth and young at heart there will be cookie decorating and crafts. We’ll have a fire pit with smores aplenty, a gourmet hot chocolate bar, and an old time hayride. Let’s come together and experience joy this holiday season.

To sign up to bring a dish, salad, dessert or just to help setup, please click here. If you have questions or have time to help with some of the activities, stop by the Connection Station on Sunday morning or contact Vicki Matustik at vicki@oakhillumc.org

Austin Handbell Ensemble

Friday, Dec. 10

You're invited to Austin Handbell Ensemble's 2021 winter concert series!

Christmastime is here! Families drawing near. Oh, that we could always see such spirit through the year. Handbells in the air, beauty everywhere. Yuletide by the fireside and joyful memories there.

After almost two years off, The Austin Handbell Ensemble returned to safe rehearsals this August. Like so many of you, we’re all ready to welcome some happiness and cheer. Join us once more to celebrate that “Christmastime is Here!” on Friday, December 10th. Enjoy timeless Christmas melodies, classic carols, and popular holiday film titles!

This concert – on Friday, December 10th at 7:30 PM right here at Oak Hill United Methodist Church – will be most convenient for our fans located in central and south Austin. There is plenty of space to social distance and masks are encouraged.

Nothing beats handbells during the holidays – get in the spirit at one our concerts this season!

For more information, tickets, and directions, visit https://www.austinhandbells.org/event/winter-2021-south-concert/

To see who’s attending and to invite your friends, visit https://fb.me/e/1SjzzH0O1

Choir Christmas Cantata

Sunday, Dec. 19

On Sunday, Dec. 19th, the choir will perform a Christmas Cantata called "Christmas Dreams" by Heather Sorenson & Joseph Martin in both worship services.  This will include accompaniment by a chamber orchestra, and Sheryl Stack as main accompanist.

Interested? Check out last year's Christmas Cantata!

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS SERVICE

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 AT 4 PM

Sometimes Christmas may feel like the most wonderful time of the year! Other times, it doesn’t. Whether it is due to the loss of a loved one, distance from family, unachievable holiday expectations, or just the general blahs, Christmas may feel dark and heavy. Sometimes, we just don’t feel like celebrating.

This worship experience will provide a quiet, reflective space to acknowledge the darkness we may feel. In doing so, we may sense a glimmer of light — Hope.

Saturday, December 11 | 10:00 am – noon
Room 101A (Parlor) in the Adult Ed. Building

Do you or someone you know dread the holiday season because you lost a loved one? If so, join us for "Surviving the Holidays," a one-time seminar on how to deal with grief during this time of the year.

The holidays, with their traditions and family gatherings, are especially challenging for those who are grieving. Whether that loss occurred long ago or recently, you may feel confused and alone - maybe even angry. You may have questions about what to expect as you wind your way through your grief. At "Surviving the Holidays," you'll find support and understanding, as well as help in creating a plan for how you might face the holiday season unafraid.

Your only cost is $5.00 for the Participant book, which is payable at the first meeting (cash or checks, please). Registration forms will also be completed at that time. Scholarships are available for the cost of the participant book.

Please note: all safety & sanitation measures related to the COVID-19 virus will be observed. Face masks are recommended.
Come join us for "Surviving the Holidays," as we share this meaningful 2-hour seminar together. You need not make this journey alone. For God is faithful and healing is possible! Contact Diane Merwarth for more information.

HELP US FEED OUR NEIGHBORS | GOAL: 50,000 MEALS

NOV. 1 - DEC. 25

As you ponder what to offer the Christ Child this season, consider a gift to the Central Texas Food Bank. The food bank is currently serving 75,000 people weekly in its 21-county service area. People being served by the food bank include children, adults, and the elderly. Please prayerfully consider how you can help. As a church, we have set a goal of providing 50,000 meals to honor the Christ Child.

Gifts should be made by Dec. 25. Make your gift by going to the church online Giving website.

Scroll down to My Donation, click on the box under FUND, & select Central Texas Food Bank. Indicate the amount of your gift. Choose your payment method. Be sure to click submit to finish.

I'd like to give to the Christchild

Make your gift through our secure online giving website!

MORE HOLIDAY FUN

OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON

December 19-22 | Start time: 6:30 pm

Jen will provide popcorn and hot cocoa w/marshmallows! Bring chairs, blankets, and drinks. Contact Jennifer Barkis with any questions.

 

Sunday, December 19

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Elf

(30 min)

(55 min)

(97 min)

Monday, December 20

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Arthur Christmas

(26 min)

(51 min)

(97 min)

Tuesday, December 21

Frosty the Snowman

White Christmas

(25 min)

(120 min)

Wednesday, December 22

The Little Drummer Boy

The Star

(25 min)

(85 min)