June/July 2019
On President’s Day weekend, I stood entranced in the entrance hall of Monticello. Starting with the classical statues and maps at eye level, the extraordinary items from around the world drew my gaze upward. An example of Thomas Jefferson’s wry humor, the items from the “New World” occupied a higher and more impressive place than those of the “Old World.”
Certainly the moose and elk antlers impressed me. The bison skin depicting a Native American battle scene was equally interesting. However, I found myself drawn in more by the story of how those items came to hang on the top of that little mountain above Charlottesville, VA.


As religious icons go, Jesus is very peculiar.  

When we look at other religious icons throughout the ages (such as Zeus, for example in Greek mythology), we see gods who were celebrated for their power, might, and dominance.  Even the story of Genesis paints the picture of a grand and majestic Creator who, simply by his word, brings order and design to a dark and formless void.  Grand, cosmic forces who can do grand, cosmic things.  Perhaps we imagine that religion (similarly) must be about finding the grand, cosmic answers to our most grand and cosmic questions.

Historic Hopewell Church Worship Service
Sunday, June 2nd at 9:30 a.m.

Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars for "God is Love" VBS, June 21-23!


Sharing the statements of faith made by our newest confirmands: Kylee Fears, Isabel Lykins, Jens Bartel, Grady Holmes and Ezekiel Groom


The Oxford Presbyterian Women are pleased to announce the S. R. and Luna Weede Jamieson Award was presented to Austin Lake son of Dean and Jennifer Lake and Rori Lykins, daughter of Matt & Emily Lykins. 

Both graduated from Talawanda High School on May 23, 2019 and have been active youth participants at OPC.

The Jamieson Award was first given in 1966 as a $10.00 award to recognize a high school senior(s) who has made a significant contribution to the church and its youth activities. Dr. Jamieson was pastor of the Seminary Church form 1914 to 1922. The Jamieson’s were always interested in young people and fully realized their importance to the church and to the community. 

In 1992, the Scholarship was increased by Qunicy and Jean Butterfield in celebration of their 50 th wedding anniversary. Dr. Jamieson officiated the marriage of Quincy and Jean.

Each recipient now receives a certificate and $200 from the Oxford Presbyterian Women. Their name and photo are entered in the Jamieson Scrapbook housed in the Molyneaux Library. There is a plaque outside the CE Office listing previous winners

Congratulations Austin & Rori!

Debbie Davidson 

Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on June 18 th  with Prue Dana leading the final lesson for the year, Lynn with Mission Yearbook and Rosemary with Least Coin. Reservations for the optional noon lunch are due by Friday June 14 th  to Rosemary Fisher. Visitors and guests are always welcome. 

Tuesday Evening Circle
The Evening Circle will meet June 4th at the home of Nancy Sturgeon, 417 Pamela Drive, 523-4309. We will start at 6:30 pm with our potluck picnic. Billie Maynard will do the program and Sue Wilson the devotion. Anyone needing a ride should contact Karen Simpson, 523-8363.

The Honored Woman Committee has joyfully announced the recipients of the Honored Woman Award for 2019:  Mary Jane Roberts and Carol Klumb.  The award is conferred upon women in Presbyterian churches across the country each spring.  Mary Jane and Carol were recognized for having given joyfully, faithfully, and selflessly for the betterment, support, growth, and outreach of the Oxford Presbyterian Church over a period of years.  Congratulations, Mary Jane and Carol, and please accept our grateful thanks for sharing your talents and your gifts of time! 

The winners of the award receive a certificate of  Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church USA, headquartered in Louisville KY. Also awarded is a silver pin that is rich in symbolism.  The caring, supportive Hands represent women who seek to build an inclusive community of Presbyterian Women. The leaf represents growth of our personal and corporate response to Jesus Christ as we nurture our faith. The dove indicates our work for peace in our own lives and throughout the world, shown in the globe. At the center of the design is the cross, by which our sins are forgiven and we are freed to live in Christ, who is the center of our lives. The overall design is of a butterfly, the symbol of newness in Christ. 
OPC began participating in the Honored Woman tradition in 1967, 6+ decades ago, and as of 2019, has honored 132 women.  We are blessed to many more worthy of recognition in coming years! 

Jo Reinhart


Do you know someone who needs a Prayer Shawl? Shawls are given for comfort in times of illness or grief, as well as for celebration in times of joy.  If you have a friend or relative to whom you would like to give a Prayer Shawl, please contact Cornelia Browne,  513-524-7716.


IN OUR PRAYERS Keep these friends in your prayers :
Betty Barnhart, Jean Butterfield, John Curry, Tracy DeGood, Bob Douglass, Nancy Gates, Genee Hesse, Breanna Kinneman, Ruth Miller, Jan Reinhart, Becky Rudolph, Sarah Soika, Joan Teckman, Dave Wilson, Stacey Winn, John and Jean Woodruff 

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayers
To our newest members, we welcome you with joy in the common life of this church.  We promise you our friendship… 
Welcome Matt Benzing, Savannah Hofer, Bil Jenkins, Judy Schiller.

Generous Gifts Supporting the TOPSS Community Resource Pledge from OPC

The Oxford Presbyterian Church has pledged support for the project involving the extension of the Oxford Choice Pantry to include a broader range of social services and relocation into a new facility being developed at Merry Day Park. This emerging facility will be rebranded as the  Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services  (TOPSS). OPC has pledged $10,000 in support of this community effort. 

Our congregation has enthusiastically embraced this project and has raised nearly $6,000 from a total of twenty-one separate donations. We are well on our way to meeting our goal.  Thanks to each of these donors as we continue our journey of community mission. Bill King


Recently the Oxford Presbyterian Women held a very successful rummage sale. Because of your many donations to it, we were able to sell lots and lots of merchandise ranging from housewares to clothing to toys to boutique items. And best of all, we were able to raise just over $2300.00! This money helps us support mission work. Left over items were given to Dove House, the animal shelter, and Goodwill. So many people will benefit from this sale.

Our congregation and friends were supportive not only with donations, but also with many hours of hard work. We set up tables, picked up items, unloaded boxes and bags, sorted everything, priced and displayed our goods, helped shoppers, bagged items and helped carry things to cars, counted money, packed up leftover items, and carted them away. A plethora of workers were involved and we sincerely appreciate all of their help.

Many thanks go to Paula and Joe Foltz, Sue, Dave, and Jim Wilson, Lynn and Brad Cronk, Marty Miller, Jean O'Connell, Janet Ziegler, Debbie Davidson, Karen Shearer, Becky Quay, Nancy Moeckel, Ginny Layton, Joy Russell, Carol and Steve Flee, Jane Jackson, Jo Reinhart, Nancy and Scott Parkinson, Margaret Butcher, Sandy Drewes, Judy Herold, Carol Schaber, Mickey Preston, Susan King, Diane Young, Prue Dana, Mary Niehoff, Karen, Joe, and Robert Simpson, Anne, John D., Noah, and Marilyn Curry, Angela Trubceac, and Nick Fears. Members of THS Honor Society were also great at helping us box left over items and carry them out to our trucks and cars. These boys were Drew Marcum, Alex Pirkle, Robert Stan, Johnny Connors, Jake Brossart, Josh Verst, plus David and Ethan Kraushar, and the Jason Long Family.

Thank you to all of our shoppers also. After all, where would we be without you! We really appreciate all those people who helped in any way to make this rummage sale so successful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Karen Shearer


Scripture read from Acts 16: 9-15 directed elders as they shared how they have responded when they heard God calling them. 

Membership increased to 342 with the addition of five confirmands and three new members.

Goals from Christian Education Committee for 2019/2020 included: a sustainable youth ministry, Sunday school scheduling, intentional planning for mission trips and the requisite funding, family retreats and six more topics.

Continuing to move the Myrtle Collaboration forward with congregational input.  

Motion was approved to host a Fall Food Insecurity Event on October 20, 2019.

Judy Fisher, Clerk

Thank you to everyone who filled out a survey giving us feedback as to your preferences for Memorial building facility projects that are the most important to you. We received 41 responses with many good ideas. The two projects described as the most important by more than 50% of respondents were: handicapped bathrooms, and an elevator. 
Shortly, the Facilities Planning Team will begin next steps to evaluate where, how, when and how much these two projects might cost. Keep your eyes and ears open-- we will update you again in June!


Becky Quay will be in the Activity Room in the Healthcare wing at The Knolls on  June 6 & 27(Thursdays) at 10:00. Ordinarily, it would be June 13 & 27, but we'll be away on June 13. I won't be going there in July and August. Thank you!


Home-grown acorn trees (otherwise known as oak trees in polite society) are nearly ready to be transplanted to permanent sites. This "Tree Project” was instigated by Dick Munson to help replace the many trees lost due to the emerald ash borer (EAB). Members of OPC, with Dick’s supervision, planted approximately 850 acorns in April. Foster “parents” of these fledgling trees took them home, watered, prayed over, and kept them safe from marauding squirrels. If you have a place, or know someone who does, please contact Dick Munson: lobelnursery@gmail.com. The trees will be ready for distribution in the early fall 2019.
Our church will be fielding a Relay for Life team this summer for the event that takes place on Saturday, June 22, 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm in uptown Oxford. Relay for Life is an annual event through the American Cancer Society where people help raise money for research and education to help fight Cancer. We are always looking for new people who would like to join our team and join us in raising money to fight Cancer. 
 As a team, we work together to raise money by asking our friends, co-workers, and family to financially sponsor us as members of the team. We also spend time together in fellowship during the Relay event as well as during a yard sale that we will have on Saturday, June 29. Our church as fielded a team since the start of the Relay in Oxford and we have perennially been one of the highest fund raising teams in Oxford. In 2017 and 2018, we raised over $15,000 and we were the number one team in all of Oxford. Our church team usually has about 12 members and we are always looking for more people to join us. If you are interested in joining us in this fun, worthy cause, please contact Janet Holmes, 513-255-7229.
There are also luminaries available to purchase in the name of a loved one who has passed due to cancer or in honor of ones who have survived or are fighting cancer. Please contact Janet above if you would like to purchase a $10 luminary. 
Oxford Presbyterian Church Staff
Office Hours: 8:30-4:30, M-F
Telephone: 513-523-6364
Fax: 513-523-8215
Seminary Building: 513-523-7411Pastor: Lawrence Bartel
Associate Pastor: Marc van Bulck
Music Director: Kent Peterson
Organist: Lynn Jacobs
Pastor Emeritus: Dr. Joseph R. Hookey
Parish Associate: Rev. Diane Ziegler
Clerk: Julia R. Fisher
Administrative Assistant: 
         Bridgite Dickerson:    office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Financial Secretary: Mary Martin
Youth Director:Jake Smithers
Director/Teacher C.C.N.S.: 
Sarah Lake:  ccnsoxfordpreschool@gmail .com    
Newsletter Editor: 
         Nancy Moeckel: moeckenj@miamioh.edu
Custodian: Priscilla Parks
Sexton:  Robert Simpson

June Birthdays

2      Bill Fisher
2      Justin McGoldrick
2      Sarah Miller
3      Craig James
3      Sherry Schilling
3      Marlene Vaughn
4      Olivia DeGennaro
4      Dylan Gardner
8      Bill King
8      Joni Marcum
10    Rachel Mehl
13    Scott Hartman
13    Mitch Poetter
14    Janet Holmes
15    Kelly Richmond
17    Carol Klumb
17    Pat Roberts
17    Turner Rollins
17    Joe Wespiser
18    Lindsey Sunderhaus
19    Gwen Fears
21    Judy Fisher
21    Ian Pacey
22    John Baer
22    Charles Skipper
23    Grady Holmes
23    Andrea Johnson
23    Opal Wespiser
27    Kate Wespiser
28    Cheryl Ferris
29    Connie Everhart


Your best chance to see the June full Moon (called the Strawberry moon) will occur on the night of Sunday, June 16, which also happens to be Father’s Day

There are 200 seeds on an average strawberry.

California produces 75% of the strawberry crop in the u.s. 

Summer begins June 21,  2019 , at 15:54 UTC. That's 10:54 a.m. CDT in North America 

In the summer heat, the iron in France’s Eiffel Tower expands, making the tower grow more than 6 inches.

The sun contains 99.85% of the mass in the solar system
A person weighing 150 pounds on Earth would weigh 4,200 pounds on the sun because the sun’s gravity is 28 times that of Earth.

June 7, 1955 - The $64,000 Question debuted on CBS. That amount in 2019 is $504,786.17. 

What does this say?
(hint: you can’t do it uptown.)
Find the answer hidden somewhere in the newsletter. 

July Birthdays

1       Jay Baird
1       Janet Stuckey
3       Ellie Rezanka
4       Jack Vaughn
4       Jim Wilson
6       Bella Walter
10     Marcel Van Bulck 
10     Nancy Moeckel
12     Will Hazelton
12     David T. Kraushar
14     Jim Maynard
15     Dave Kraushar
15     Betty Tomblinson
16     Judy Spencer
16     Jean Vance
19     Amanda McGoldrick
19     Gil Siegel
19     Abigail VanGorder
23     Tristan Gayhart
24     Ashley Richardson
25     Karen Shearer
26     Vicki Pacey
26     Aiden Todd
30     Matt Green
31     Janet Feazell
The most dangerous time to go to the hospital is during the summer, especially July. The most experienced medical residents graduate and leave hospitals in July, just as new physicians (or last year’s medical students) arrive. 
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans eat over 7 billion hot dogs

The type of flour used to make a hot dog bun can affect its final character. Standard white flour tends to make a bun that is spongy, soft, holds up well to a hot dog and will readily soak up the toppings.

I take my time while putting toppings on my hotdogs.
I choose to relish the moment.

I won my 17th straight Halloween costume contest as a hotdog.
I'm on a roll.

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back. 

Do bankruptcy lawyers really expect to be paid? 

I'm naming my TV remote Waldo for obvious reasons.

"I just dropped the toothpaste," said Tom crestfallenly.

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