Oxford Presbyterian Church U.S.A  | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056
oxfordpresbychurch.org


(Note on image: A commentary on the biblical story of Mary and Joseph as they would have tried to get to Bethlehem from Nazareth for the census registry and now in the current historical period they would not have been able to get there due to the wall surrounding the West Bank.   Created by the London street artist Banksy. )
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!

Reign of Christ Sunday
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-22
Message: "Are You Willing to Risk Everything and Follow?"

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Welcome Our Guest Worship Leader
This Sunday we welcome Deanna Roberts as our worship leader.  Deanna grew up in Oxford, attending OPC until 2012, and graduated from Miami University with a BA in Comparative Religion in 2010.  Deanna Roberts traveled to Israel/ Palestine in January of 2014, a trip that provided the necessary spark to begin the Ordination process to become a Teaching Elder/Minister of Word and Sacrament in our denomination.
 
She is currently in her final semester of coursework in the Master of Divinity program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is also working full time at the Burke Library on Union's campus as the Circulation Assistant. For the past two and a half years she has been concentrating in Interreligious Engagement with a particular focus on improving ways that Christians read and interpret the Bible so that less harm is done to other religious traditions.
 
Deanna is also a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 2014 and holds an MA in Religious Thought. She is excited to share her learning's from both Louisville and Union with her home congregation.
Celebration at the Manger
Rehearsals for the Celebration at the Manger program begins Sunday, November 26 at 10:15 a.m. in the Geneva room.  We look forward to seeing all the children and youth as we prepare for this annual event. 

Least Coin Offering
The Least Coin Offering will be taken up this Sunday,
November 26.   Let's make some noise!
Bread for the World Sample Letter
You may still write letters for Bread for the World in the lounge following the service on Sunday, November 26.  Dedication of the letters will be done on Sunday, December 3.
Oxford Presbyterian Church
Invites YOU to ...
Lunch ~ Crafts ~ Advent Materials
 
Seminary Building
(corner  of E. Church St.)
 
Sunday December 3
11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
 
Pizza, salad and beverage provided.
 
The Loose Ends Knitting Group will be on sight  for those interested in knitting or receiving instruction
 
Please R.S.V.P. by November 26th to the Church Office
513-523-6364  or office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
The Deacon's Advent Food Drive

The Deacons request your donations of food and money for the Advent Food Drive. Food and Monetary donations may continuously be given throughout Advent.
 
Please leave bags of food in the Narthex and if you prefer to make a monetary donation, please make a check out to the Oxford Presbyterian Church with Advent Food Drive in the note field or  if cash, mark pew envelope Advent Food Drive.  The Deacon's will use the money to purchase food for the Oxford Choice Food Pantry.
 
Oxford Choice Food Pantry needs canned fruit, canned vegetables; spaghetti sauce, cereal, and peanut butter. One specific items is meals in a can (e.g. Chef Boy-Ar-Dee-type food like ravioli and others, including Kroger brand). We always put them in the bags and for some reason have not been getting as many as in past years in food drives. Toilet paper, personal care items like body wash, deodorant, shampoo and hair conditioner. New: We are collecting plastic bags for use in the Oxford Choice Food Pantry.
Please leave bags in the food pantry box in the hallway past the offices.
Church Service at The Knolls
If you've missed any of our recent church services, join us in The Knolls Country Kitchen on Tuesday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome, and if anyone needs a ride, please call Becky Quay at 523-5747.
 

OPC Community Meal ~  November 29 at The Seminary
 
Please signup to bring:  Stew,  Soup,  Bread,  Salad,  Dessert

If you have any questions or wish to sign up,
call or e-mail Bill Fisher  at 524-4504 or  fisherwf@miamioh.edu
 
*Monetary donations always accepted
 
The insert in Sunday's bulletin may be completed and placed in the
offering plate or the Administrative Assistant mailbox.
Youth Group News:

We are excited to officially announce that we will be traveling to Charleston, SC for the 2018 Mission Trip! We will be serving in the community from June 17-22, 2018. This trip is open to students who will be entering grades 9-12 for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mitch Hardy.  A $50 deposit and sign-ups for the Mission Trip are due Thursday, November 30. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out Mitch Hardy at the (513) 907-5641 or  mitchelljameshardy@gmail.com

The Oxford Presbyterian Women 
Annual Christmas Cookie & Craft Sale
 
Saturday, December 2
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Molyneaux Lounge
 
See insert in Sunday's bulletin for more details
Decorate Safe Haven Farm
A happy group of OPC elves are going to Safe Haven Farms on Sunday, December 3 to decorate their center for the Christmas season.  We will meet in the alley behind the church at 1:30 p.m. and can carpool or drive separately to Middletown.  Directions will be available.  Questions?  Ask Karen Shearer.
Mustard Seed Investment Group
Seeks Members.
 
If you would like to join a small investment group of fellow congregants, learn a little about investing, and support mission giving, please consider joining the Mustard Seed Investment group.
 
The group meets four times a year in members' homes, contributing $50 each quarter.  The value of our portfolio currently fluctuates around $23,000 dollars.   For the seventh year, we have contributed $500 to $700, most recently half to local missions and half to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  The beneficiary(s) are determined by vote of the members.  As the value of the portfolio grows we hope the amount distributed will continue to grow as well. The portfolio is the property of the church.
 
We will meet December 6th at 7:30 at the Simpson's, 1325 Dana Drive., Oxford. Please visit with us to see if you are interested. Call Joe Simpson  513.523.8363 if you would like discuss the group or arrange a ride.
Service of Comfort
On Thursday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Memorial Building we gather with the congregation of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for a Service of Comfort.  This service is created for all those throughout the community for whom Christmas is a difficult time.  This gracious time allows those who have experienced loss, illness, separation from loved ones, and more - to encounter God's mercy and love in a spacious setting during the Christmas season.
 
All are welcome.  Come and hear words of hope and bask in the transforming light that Christ offers.  
Save the Date:  OPW Christmas Tea
Sunday, December 10 ~ 2:30 p.m. 
in the Molyneaux Lounge

Everyone is welcomed to attend.
Special Music Fund and Poinsettias
The Worship and Music Committee of Session hopes to make each of the worship services as meaningful as possible. Congregational participation is a crucial ingredient in that effort. One example of participation is seen in the enthusiastic response to the opportunities to honor or memorialize others with the purchase of flowers to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary throughout the year, particularly at Christmas and Easter. It has been suggested that opportunity be given to honor or memorialize others with a gift to the Special Music Fund in lieu of, or in addition to the purchase of flowers.

See the insert in Sunday's bulletin for more details.   The number of poinsettias will be limited to the first 40.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community

Kiwanis request for Salvation Army Bellringers

There is a need for "Bell Ringers" during the Christmas season in support of the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle drive.  Numerous 1 hour shifts remain available beginning Saturday, November 25 through Sunday, December 24.  Simply go to www.oxfordkiwanis.org, click on volunteer opportunities, and sign up for a vacant shift or shifts.  This is a great experience to share with children and grandchildren.   All proceeds are directed the Oxford Family Resource Center.

Altar flowers are needed for December 31. You may sign up on the calendar which is located next to the water fountain or call Marge Smith at 523-3895."
Our website has a fresh new look!

It has been re-designed to be mobile device friendly with many engaging pictures that tell our story. The front steps of the site - the home page - is designed to be inviting to newcomers, with dynamic images and quick pictorial links to featured pages.
 
Intuitive headings such as Learning & Growing, Mission & Outreach, and News & Events make it easier to find what you are looking for. A new Resource section has been added that provides easy access to useful information such as Facility Usage, Weddings, and Memorial Garden.
 
This "re-formed" website has been a team effort - and you can all be part of this team as well! After you have looked over our new site, please share any suggestions for content updates using the suggestion link in at the bottom of each page.
 
One thing hasn't changed - the address - Oxfordpresbychurch.org
Found Cat
A sweet black cat needs a loving home.  She is litter box trained and is very healthy.  Not sure if she is spayed but a quick look by a vet could tell.  She is partially blind in one eye and the tip of one ear is missing.  She makes up for her physical anomalies by being very affectionate and playful.  If you are interested in adopting this kitty or if you know to whom she belongs please contact Dick Munson at 513-374-2118 or at lobelnursery@gmail.com
Your Stewardship Matters
Giving is the antidote for selfishness.
-  Dave Ramsey

Oxford Presbyterian Church

101 N. Main Street

Oxford, OH 45056

513-523-6364

office@oxfordpresbychurch.org

www.oxfordpresbychurch.org 

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