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All Saints Sunday
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Message: "Menucha. It's No Secret!"
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Giving Thanks for the "Saints" in Our Lives
Has someone you have known and loved died in the last year?  Someone who was a role model of faith for you to follow?  Or someone who has shared Christ's life and light with you?
 
Join us in worship this Sunday as we remember and give thanks for all God's faithful people who have shared with us the gift of life and the good news of Jesus Christ.
Fall Cleanup

The Trustees have selected Saturday, November 4 from 10-12 as the annual fall cleanup.  We will rake the Memorial and Seminary properties as well as pick up the gazillion acorns that we have been blessed with this year.  We need rakes, gloves and assistance.  Pizza will be provided at noon for the workers. Please RSVP to Lisa Brunckhorst via email or at 523-1241 to give some idea of the number of people we can plan on.
Race, Reconciliation, and Reformation - 
a Special Event with Dean Michael Dantley
 
Our nation is already crossing the bridge.  Following the current trajectory, nonwhites are projected to become the majority of the nation's children by 2020.  Newborn babies of color already outnumber non-Hispanic white babies.  As we continue to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the campus, congregation and community are invited to a special evening with Dr. Michael Dantley tomorrow, November 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
 
This event at the Seminary Church, co-sponsored by the Campus Ministry (PCCM) as well as the Christian Education Committee, builds on our year long Journey through the Bible.  Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what the Lord intends for humanity, Jesus Christ continues to call us as his disciples to stand, speak, and work against racism.
Journey Through the Bible
Bible Study and Discussion will continue this Sunday.  Enjoy a moment of fellowship in the lounge following worship. Around 11:30 p.m. join us in the Sanctuary where we'll begin our exploration of scripture together.  All are welcome!
SERVV
 
Sunday, November 5 is the last day-during fellowship to order any special items from SERRV. There will be SERRV items including coffee and chocolate for sale Dec. 2 at the cookie Walk.   See Prue Dana during the fellowship time if you are interested and /or have questions.
 

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE will meet in the home of Karen Simpson, 1325 Dana Drive on November 7.  Jean O'Connell is the Co-Hostess, Ginny Layton will lead the Program and Billie Maynard will lead the Devotions.
Thank You from the Youth Group
Dressed in clothes inspired by the Reformation, the Youth Group welcomed one and all to the Mission Trip Fundraiser Luncheon after the worship celebration last week.  A wonderful spirit filled the Community Room of the Seminary Building as delicious soups were ladled into empty bowls. 
 
While these tasty soups were enjoyed, we learned more about two upcoming mission initiatives from our community partners - the Kiwanis Holiday Food Drive on Sunday, November 5 and the Oxford Empty Bowls on Saturday, November 11 (please see next article for more information).  By the time the kitchen was clean, the youth received $440 toward the 2018 Mission Trip. 
 
THANK YOU for your generous support for our youth mission experiences!
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community

Kiwanis Holiday Food Drive
Sunday, November 5
 
Oxford Kiwanis holds its annual Holiday Food Drive on Sunday, November 5. City residents and neighbors on Bonham Road and in Springwood are asked to put bags or boxes of food on their front doorsteps by 1 pm.  Identified volunteers will pick up food and knock on doors Sunday, from 1-4 pm.  Any monetary donations will be used for bulk purchases of needed items.

The Seminary Building serves as a mission center for this food drive. The Kiwanis will use the Seminary as a staging area before all the food is transferred to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry. 

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Oxford Empty Bowls
Saturday, November 11
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Oxford Community Arts Center

Purpose: To join other Empty Bowls projects worldwide to raise awareness and money to combat hunger.  All proceeds will be donated to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry to support its efforts to provide food to local families in need.

Cost: $10 adults; children 10 and under may eat for free (bowl not included).

For more information on Oxford Empty Bowls,  please contact Connie Malone, 513-330-1273

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Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, November 11, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Please join the Oxford Faith Build and Miami University for the  groundbreaking ceremony  of  704  Carter Court.  Construction will begin in December. 
Building Momentum - 2018 Stewardship Campaign
 
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
 
Youth often lead us out of our comfort zone and into places we might not otherwise go.  They display uninhibited love and connection with others. Jesus has special teachings for the children and the Bible reminds us to teach our children but also to learn from them.  Fostering a child's spirit and enabling it to spread is critical work of our congregation.  Anyone who has seen the circles of joy that close our Time with Young Disciples in worship, has witnessed the exuberant energy of the youngest in our church family.  Many teach, care for and support our youth through wonderful Christian Education opportunities on Sundays and throughout the week.
 
As we prayerfully look toward calling an Associate Pastor for Family Ministry and Campus Ministry in 2018, your pledge will help ensure that we are supporting this central part of our life together. As you prayerfully consider your annual pledge to OPC, join us in building momentum as we empower our children to grow in faith and lead us forward into our future!
Save the Date - Veterans Day Appreciation

Join PCCM and the Deacons next Saturday evening, November 11 at 5:30 p.m.  in the Seminary Building for a dialogue on the meaning of Veterans Day. We will recognize those who have served and are serving our country in the armed forces. The dialogue will be led by Dr. Scott Parkinson and Lee Fisher with patriotic music provided by the Brass Quintet of Oxford Community Band.

Congregational Meeting after worship on
November 12 to elect church officers
Church Services at The Knolls

If you've missed any of our recent church services you now have a chance to see one in the Country Kitchen.  We will be viewing them (via DVD) on Tuesdays, November 14 & 28 at 10:00 A.M.  As a special treat, on November 14, Pastor Lawrence will be joining us for worship and fellowship.  All are welcome, and if anyone needs a ride, Becky Quay would be glad to pick you up.  Call 523-5747.

A Jericho Moment
What image do you have of Jerusalem, Nazareth - even Jericho?  After nearly four decades of living with one image of Jericho, Pastor Lawrence stepped off the bus and there was the site of ancient Jericho.  It was much, much smaller than the colossal and magnificent city portrayed in the Bible storybooks.  Opportunities to learn about both historical and contemporary realities are so vital for our faith, economic and civic lives - our whole lives.
 
The Mosaic of Peace presented by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is a unique opportunity for you to walk the streets of Bethlehem and Hebron, Tel Aviv and Capernuam.  This 12-day peacemaking conference from April 29-May 12 presents you with touch the ancient stones of Solomon's Temple and meet the "living stones" who are today's residents of the land called holy.
 
Registration for the Mosaic of Peace ends on November 15.
 
For more information, please contact Pastor Lawrence who will be serving as a co-director of this journey, pick up a brochure from the bulletin board across from the staff offices, or click here -

International Thanksgiving Dinner
 
In a few short weeks, many Miami students will be going home to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, those staying on campus need not miss out on the festivities. Hosted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Miami University, the  2017 Global Neighbors Friendship Program Thanksgiving Dinner  will bring together Miami international students, faculty, staff, and Oxford community members for an early Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in Miami University Armstrong Pavilion C.  Reservations are required.  Visit the website: 
45-56 Club

Bird Feeders
 
Students, parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to make birdfeeders with Dick Munson and Libby Birch.  The 45-56 Club will meet on Sunday November 19 th at 1:30 at 6751 Brown Road. Please plan to car pool.
 
A heavy duty plastic juice jug is needed.  Call Bridgite to make reservations.  This event is open to all ages.  It will be just in time for winter so our families can feed the birds.  If you have a jug you would like to donate please leave it on the bench outside of the education office. 

The Oxford Presbyterian Women 
Annual Christmas Cookie & Craft Sale
 
Saturday, December 2
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Molyneaux Lounge
 
Watch for more details  in next week's bulletin.
 

Don't forget to Fall Back!

Sunday, November 5, 2017
clocks are turned backward 1 hour
100 Years Ago This Week in Russia... and Today
 
The following is an excerpt of the November letter from Ellen and Al Smith, our PC(USA) missionaries serving Russia.
 
We are coming upon a significant event. November 7, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, a turning point that plunged Russia into something new and often horrific. I would argue that we should view contemporary events in Russia through the lens of the last 100 years. The people of Russia have lived through a traumatic century. Those that held the faith were strengthened by their faith and the community of believers. Many, in times of terror, abandoned their faith. Today the churches of Russia work to reconnect their neighbors with the Christian roots of the society.
 
The legacy of trauma unhealed can be generational. Thus, the people of Russia continue to suffer from the effects of 70-plus years of historical trauma. It is not to be expected that the cumulative effects of three generations of communist rule can be eradicated in a single generation.
 
When we began our service in Russia in 2001, I think we all (Russian and American partners) were focusing on how our accompaniment could help the Russian churches that experienced persecution and isolation. Most Americans have no experience of what it means to be persecuted for one's faith.
 
In these [current] unsettled times, when the U.S. and Russia are divided by various political issues, we have heard people question whether they should travel to Russia, or invite their Russian partners to the US. For us, it seems more important than ever to come together, "making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ..."
 
As we have traveled, we have talked about bridges. Bridges serve an important purpose in our lives. Whether we are willing to cross any given bridge and be connected depends on our perspective. If the journey takes too many bridges and too many miles, maybe it's not worth going.
 
Make no mistake. We are not the bridge. Jesus Christ is the bridge. Our perspective about the bridge will determine whether we are willing to cross it. People everywhere are anxious and afraid. Let us not let our fear isolate ourselves or our brothers and sisters in Christ on the far side of the globe, but let us use the bridge to connect and reflect on who we are as the Body of Christ. We can assure you that Russia is safe to visit, and our partners invite you.
Living Into Hope
If you truly understood a single grain of wheat,
you would die of wonder.
-   Martin Luther

Oxford Presbyterian Church

101 N. Main Street

Oxford, OH 45056

513-523-6364

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