Oak Hill United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Sharing Christ's Love With All


Oak Hill’s Backpack Program

Oak Hill packs 20 bags of weekend food every week for particularly needy children who attend Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School, a school located just a few miles from Oak Hill. This program continues throughout the school year as well as the summer months.  Members from Oak Hill regularly contribute monies specifically designated for the Backpack Program and we also receive donations for this program from the Hominy Masonic Lodge.

During the school year, our church delivers the bags of food by Friday of each week, and then they are placed discreetly in the child’s backpack, by a school staff member, to take home with them for the weekend.  During the summer months, we deliver the bags to the school by Tuesday of each week so that they can then be delivered to the children by way of the Book Mobile on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts-Troop 40


Boy Scouts:  Oak Hill United Methodist Church is the charter institution for Boy Scout Troop 40, providing the troop a home base as well as some funding for its activities.  The Troop meets every Thursday at 7:00 pm at Oak Hill.  Presently there are about 35 boys in the troop, and some great Boy Scout Leaders as well.  Troop 40 offers the full scouting program including:  camping, backpacking, summer camp, advancement, and leadership training.


Cub Scouts:  Oak Hill is also the charter institution for Cub Scout Pack 40.  The Pack also meets each Thursday at 7:00 pm at Oak HILL UMC (except in the summer).  At present there are about 50 boys in the Pack, and some great Cub Scout Leaders.  Boys in first through sixth grade are welcome to join Cub Scout Pack 40.

Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM)


Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) creates opportunities for churches to work in collaboration and cooperation to serve the critical needs of their neighbors. ABCCM is a coalition of area churches that responds to emergency assistance needs in Asheville and Buncombe County for those incarcerated, the homeless, families in poverty and the uninsured.

Oak Hill United Methodist Church works closely with ABCCM to respond to the needs of people in Buncombe County.  The Pastor at Oak Hill, the Reverend Joe Tarpley, is a member of the ABCCM Board of Directors, Oak Hill’s congregation regularly donate money to ABCCM, and Oak Hill has a regular commitment to ABCCM’s Steadfast House (see information below), both in word and deed.

Steadfast House (An ABCCM Program)


On the third Sunday of every month volunteers from Oak Hill United Methodist Church prepare, cook, and serve the evening meal for the women and children residing in the transitional housing program for women and children, Steadfast House.  Steadfast House, a program primarily funded and operated by ABCCM, specifically addresses the needs of local homeless women and children.  It offers transitional housing to 29 single women and up to 7 moms with children, with an average daily occupancy of 43.  Oak Hill UMC has also renovated and provided new furnishings for a room at Steadfast House and assists with various property maintenance projects, on an as needed basis.  Oak Hill’s United Methodist Women are planning on volunteering again at Steadfast House to renovate another room.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

2013 is Asheville’s Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) 30th year of operation and is one of the oldest affiliates in the entire State of North Carolina.  During that time, AAHH has built 250 homes and the Faith Communities have built 95 homes.  Oak Hill has supported the program since 1991 and provides volunteers for the construction as well as funds to help pay for materials.  Oak Hill will help build the 22nd Methodist/Presbyterian House in the Fall of 2013 and help to build the 30th AAHH Anniversary House, also starting in the Fall of 2013.


Hilltop Mobile Food Pantry

Hilltop Mobile Home Park is located in Candler, NC.  With over 124 homes inside the Park, the majority whom live well below the poverty level, it is one of the largest pockets of poverty in our area.  It has been identified by the staff at area schools to be the neighborhood with the greatest needs within the Sandhill-Venable School District and one of the top in the entire Enka district.

Because of the identified needs at Hilltop, Oak Hill UMC spearheaded a project over the summer of 2013 to provide a weekly mobile food pantry at Hilltop Park.  The food pantry provided nutritious meal staples as well as fresh produce to families residing there.  In addition, Oak Hill organized a clothing and shoe drive specifically for distribution at the Park for the back- to-school season.


Churches of Hominy Valley

Oak Hill United Methodist Church is located in Hominy Valley, an area that encompasses the western part of Buncombe County, including Candler. Oak Hill works cooperatively with other churches in Hominy Valley. For instance, Oak Hill’s United Methodist Women provide desserts for the Hominy Valley Welcome Table on a monthly basis and also get together to eat lunch at the Welcome Table for that same meal. The Hominy Valley Welcome Table, hosted by Frances Asbury United Methodist Church, provides a hot nutritious meal, fellowship, and informative programs and fun with the Hominy Valley community.


Oak Hill consistently reaches out to the other churches in Hominy Valley, inviting the congregations to free concerts and other interesting events taking place at Oak Hill UMC.