A note from your Finance Ministry Team Elders:
 
It is that time of year already - the time for your Church's ministry teams to plan and budget for all the activities, missions and ministries our Church hopes to provide for you, our Church, our community and our world in 2021. We are thankful and excited for the leadership of our new Sr. Pastor, Rev. Barrett Milner, and all he will bring to this season. All your FPC Oxford ministry teams are looking forward to 2021 and all the possibilities it will bring for our Church family and we hope you are too. Despite an ongoing pandemic, FPC Oxford has been able to continue so many of its ministries because of your continued faithful giving throughout 2020. We hope you plan to continue that faithful giving in 2021. You will be receiving your 2021 stewardship materials in the mail soon and we will offer an online option to pledge as well. Thank you again for everything you have provided to your Church in 2020 and we are hopeful for what is to come in 2021 . – Susan Abbott and Pete Boone
As our church family continues ministering during this season of social isolation, please continue to remember your faithful giving to our church. The ministry of FPC continues to make an impact within our congregation and throughout our community. Bible studies and various small group meetings continue online to enrich our lives through the sharing of scripture; local missional activities continue to care for others like More Than A Meal and Love Packs; partners in mission, like Interfaith Compassion, the pantry, Doors of Hope and more, continue their important work as well and we help make that possible.
 
There are a variety of ways you can give:

 
If you need help with any specific ways to give, please contact Frances Saralvarez at fsaralvarezfpc@gmail.com.  
Session Summary
The Session of First Presbyterian Church held its stated monthly meeting on Monday, October 12th.

The clerk shared two Communications: 

1. Thank you letter from Camp Hopewell for gift of $4,400.

2. Packet with Proposed Docket for Fall Stated Meeting of Presbytery
of St. Andrew.

The session approved the baptism of Smith Mozelle Spragins, daughter of Angela Smith Spragins and Hal Scot “Hank” Spragins, Jr. Date is to be determined.

Ministry Team Check-in 

1. Finance – Financial reports were shared with the Session
members electronically. The Ministry team has met and discussed:

· Year to date analysis report
· Staffing expenses and payroll for support staff
· The deposit made for the Motreat trip 2020 trip will be used
for 2021.
· The sub-committee for Stewardship campaign discussed
expectations for the upcoming season.
· Potential purchase of a new sound system soon.

2. Property – Elder Hayden Alexander reported that the condition
of the maple tree in the courtyard is still being evaluated. Elder
John Abernathy reported that there has been action taken
regarding the exterior security lighting. Painting needs and middle
rail for the front steps are being considered as well as some minor
brick repair. 

3. Adult Faith Formation – Elder Ann DeVoe said that the
ministry team has met to consider options for Advent
programming. 

4. Children & Youth Faith Formation – Elder Carmille Hovious
reported that Sunday school attendance in an online format are
picking up each Sunday. JAM events during the month of
September were successful. Hopewell Halloween with take place
October 30th. Whitney Bolen has volunteered to help with the
children’s Christmas program, possible in the form of a nativity
scene. PYF will begin October 11th.  Christmas trees will be
delivered Monday, November 23rd. There will be an opening event
on Sunday, November 30th. Robert Hall has agreed to manage the
tree lot. 

5. Membership & Hospitality – Elder Kevin Christian reported
that the ministry team is helping with Hopewell Halloween. 
Members are invited to attend. A video tutorial is being discussed
to help members sign up for the online directory. They will work
with members of the diaconate to reach out to members who are
still staying at home with virus concerns. This would take the form
of cards, letters and possibly errand running. 

6. Mission – Elder Ashley Callery reported that FPC staffed a MTaM
night this past month. Elder Greg Patton reported that they will
publish a mission highlight in the newsletter to familiarize members
with the mission groups that FPC supports. Lovepacks will be
putting together Thanksgiving meals along with Oxford Police and
Firemen. Donations will be accepted in November at the fire
stations.

7. Personnel – No report

8. Worship – Elder Ann DeVoe reported that online devotionals are
continuing through November 1st, then will move toward Advent
devotionals. There will be record keeping of in-person attendance
as well as online participation and viewing.

9. Deacon’s report – Reverend David Randolph will be overseeing
the deacons going forward. There will be some focus and
restructuring efforts in conjunction with the deacons.


Old Business

1.   Audiovisual System bidding – two bids have been submitted
to FPC with extensive cost detail and options. Reverend David
Randolph stated that the timing is an issue with the bid from
Academic Technology due to current work demands. Bradley
Goodwiller has agreed to oversee some of aspects of the bidding
process. 

2.   Services of Worship/Covid Task Force discussion
Reverend Barrett Milner stated that the first two Sundays of in
person worship have gone well.  The services will continue in
compliance with the current recommendations and processes put
forth by the task force. Sign up for in person worship comes out
Wednesday afternoons. Capacity of 50 worshipers was calculated
from sanctuary physical space and social distancing
recommendations. The task force will continue to look at the
numbers based on current guidelines. The options for nursery care
were discussed and will be evaluated by the task force.
 
New Business

1.   Barrett Milner stated that he is evaluating information from past
surveys and session meetings to begin to prepare for a long range
or strategic planning process in which the session, diaconate and
members will participate.

2.   The stewardship committee has met and laid out plans for
stewardship season. The theme of the season is “Seeds of
Hope.” “Moments of Hope” will be the times during worship that
are dedicated to stewardship.

3.   Two acting elders, Kevin Christian and Pete Boone were nominated
to attend the Fall Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of St. Andrew,
October 13 by Zoom electronic meeting.

4.   Elders Ashley Callery and Greg Patton were nominated to serve on
the Nomination Committee as the two elder representatives on the
2020-2021 Nomination Committee for the Election of Elders and
Deacons.

5.   Two congregational meetings were approved:

1.   Congregational Meeting, Sunday, November 1 to elect the
Nominating Committee.

2.   Congregational Meeting, Sunday, November 22 for the purpose
of electing new deacons and elders

Next stated session meeting will be November 9th at 5:30pm. 
Monthly Bible Reading
Only two months left in 2020 as we journey through scripture in a year! Within the Old Testament, this month's passages focus on the stories of Ezekiel and Daniel. Within the New Testament, our passages come from the Epistles of James, 1 & 2 Peter, and 1 & 2 John. The link for November's readings may be found here. May God's Spirit continue to rest upon us as we spend time together reading God's Word. 
Worship
There is a called congregational meeting today, November 1, for the purpose of electing the 2021 Nominating Committee. This meeting will be held after the 11:00 worship service and will include an online option. Contact any elder or one of the pastors if you need the Zoom login information. 
Sunday, November 1, 2020
All Saint's Day
8:30 am & 11:00 am worship
11:00 am online worship

Sunday, November 8, 2020
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 am & 11:00 am worship
11:00 am online worship

Sunday, November 15, 2020
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 am & 11:00 am worship
11:00 am online worship

Sunday, November 22, 2020
Christ the King
8:30 am & 11:00 am worship
11:00 am online worship

Sunday, November 29, 2020
1st Sunday of Advent
8:30 am & 11:00 am worship
11:00 am online worship
In addition to in-person worship each Sunday, the 11:00 am service continues to be offered online through Facebook Live! The live video feed begins at 10:55 am on the church's public Facebook group which you can access here. You do not have to have an account to participate. If you do not have a Facebook account, a message will pop up asking if you wish to join. You may click, "not now" at the bottom of that message and it will go away. 
To join in-person worship, an email will continue being sent each Wednesday at 5:00 pm to sign up.

If you have any questions, please call the church office at 234.1757.
Sanctuary flower dates are available November 8, and 15. To provide flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one, contact Margaret Fancher at fancherm@bellsouth.net or 234-1359. Contributions to the Flower Fund are greatly appreciated. 
Lectionary texts for November:

November 1 - Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12
November 8 - Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
November 15 - Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30
November 22 - Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46
November 29 - Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
Remember in Prayer
 
FPC Members: Helen Scruggs; Wil Howie; Billy Wood; Martha Walcott; Shirley Crawford; Family of Mary Sims; Lark Lindley Wells; Lydia Moak; Family of Pierce Buford; Max Williams; Family of Joe Burnett; Family of Doug Alexander; Family of Marleah Hobbs; Family of Elizabeth Black; Family of Jane Boykin; J. T. Davis; Becky & Joe Murphey; Lynton Dilley; Walter Nance; Debbie McElreath; Director of Music/Organist Search Committee
 
Family and Friends: Joyce Sumners; Richard Bremer; Sarah LaPrade; Mary Tyler Browne; Patch Hailey; Family of Mary Poole; Jane Waits; Family of Ruth Ellen Duvall Kuhnel; Family of Carolyn Stevenson; Sigrid Morrison Long; Family of Barbara Young; Pauline Dick; Bill Sessions; Family of David Brooks; Roun McNeal; Jamie Henderson Turner; Family of Joel James; Lowry Davis; Family of Don Gleason; Brad Hovious; B. Jones; Pat Gillenwater; Ted Stocker; Tom Callery; Tom Mullen; Linda Chavers; Mark Barnes; Joe Houston; Matt Branch; Erica Baggett; Mackenzie Stetz; Betty Hoar; Mike Smith; Parchman Prison inmates; Haven House residents; Our Haiti partners; Oxford & Lafayette County First Responders; Community leaders
 
U. S. Military: SSgt Jason Freeland, USAF 4th Air Support Operation
 
Please pray, too, for those with unspecified needs.
 
If you wish to have a name removed or added to this list, please contact the church office.
The FPC prayer chain is ready if you or someone you know is in need. Please contact Carlisle Wood at carlislewood@gmail.com or 662-832-8606. All requests are held in strict confidence. 
Adult Faith Formation
Bibles & Brews meets for late night editions in November from 7:30 to 9:00 pm via Zoom! This month we meet on November 4th, 11th, and 18th. All are welcome to participate in this Bible study as we bring and share different passages of scripture about a group picked topic. Mark your calendars now for a special advent Jeopardy! edition of Bibles & Brews on Wednesday, December 9th. Contact David Randolph for more details.
FPC's Congregational Bible Study continues throughout the first three weeks of November abouWalter Brueggemann's book, "Interrupting Silence".
All are welcome to participate in either class, offered each Wednesday at 10:00 am and Thursday at 5:15 pm via Zoom, as we study various biblical passages where silence was broken by those seeking out God's justice.

A few books are still available and are $10. Contact the church office for more details. 
All are welcome to participate in an Adult Faith Formation Advent Program next month! The program will consist of three sessions -- two conversations about the Christmas story as shared through the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew, and then a day devoted to our favorite hymns and carols. These conversations will take place via Zoom in the afternoons of December 6th, 13th, and 20th. Each participating household will receive an Advent box to help you and any children in your life meaningfully celebrate the joy of the season. Please register below as it will help us prepare enough Advent boxes for all who wish to participate.
PYF News
Don't forget that PYF will be selling Christmas Trees this year to support this vital ministry. Be on the lookout for information soon about when you can get your very own tree!
Mission
The Oxford Fire Department in conjunction with the Oxford and Lafayette School Districts will be providing Thanksgiving dinner to 100 families who currently receive Lovepacks. During the school year, Lovepacks provides food for hundreds of local school children who experience food insecurity in their homes. Taylor Grocery will provide turkeys through donations from the OFD. The Oxford/Lafayette community is being asked to donate food items to complete the Thanksgiving meal. If you would like to support this holiday food drive, please donate the following: canned green beans, canned who kernel corn, canned yams, boxed stuffing and boxed instant potatoes. Please deliver food donations to one of three fire stations:

  • Station 1: 399 McElroy Drive (beside the post office)
  • Station 3: 139 Highway 7 South (beside NMRC)
  • Station 4: 200 Mall Drive (beside the intramural fields)

Thank you for your support of the Oxford Fire Department in their effort to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families in need. If you would like more information about Lovepacks or to continue to support them throughout the school year, go to www.lovepacksoxford.com.
Etcetera...
Presbyterian Women Officers for 2020-2021
 
Kathryn Elliott - Moderator
Caroline McIntosh - Vice Moderator
Whitney Bolen - Secretary
Margaret Fancher - Treasurer
Marianna Ochs - Historian
 
Thank you for your willingness to serve FPC in this way!
Continuing Education Event
News from the Pews
CW4, David Lord, brother of Julie Field, was recently awarded The Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service during his 30 year career in the U. S. Army National Guard.  The award is one of the U. S. military's most prestigious awards, ranking just below the Silver Star, and ahead of the Distinguished Flying Cross.  After four deployments serving as a Chinook Helicopter pilot, David has now retired from military service. The family would like to thank the members of FPC for your fervent prayers for him and other members of our military forces. 
Honorariums & Memorials

~ With gratitude for contributions to First Presbyterian Church ~
In memory of:

Fannie Elliott

Emily & Paul Elliott
Catherine Ann Elliott Schilleci

Catherine Rosser

Mayo Mallette PLLC
Lynda & Bill Austin
Pat & Ernie Lowe
Marty Mauldin
Emily & Don Newcomb
Brenda Pickel
Jean Rich
Kay & Larry Tyler
Dean & Yung Chow
Upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries
November Birthdays:

1 Meredith Goza, Nina Patrick, Eric Snellgrove, Taylor Wilkinson
2 Tommy Rosser, William Wilkinson
3 Virginia Lovelace, Lee Mullen, Nancy Maria Schuesselin
4 James Day, Sally Featherstone, Ingrid Kondos
5 Stephanie Leonard
7 Cindy Grant, Eloise Hollis, Peggy Nance, Michael Stevens
8 Bill Dickins
9 Bill Freeman, Lisa Hickman-Tollison, Jody Wilson
11 Garrett Chow, Scott Drury, Haley Eifling
12 Becki Felts, Guy Gillespie, Missy Morrison
14 Carmille Hovious, Samuel Lewis, Max Robinson
16 Nashua Bolen, Ramey Hardin, Lynn Sloan
17 William Bouldin, Jay Carmean, Betty Lou Flautt, Mit Hobbs, Melissa Hall
18 Steven Gordon
19 Porter Callery, Ben Griffith, Carlisle Wood
20 Dorothy Lou Aldridge, Kathleen Mayo, Kevin McLeod, Cindy Semmes
21 Eva Webb
22 Anne Gowdy, Price Milner, Kathleen Patton
23 Jason Bouldin, B.J. Chain, Morgan Collins, Justin Eifling, Elizabeth Field, Joanna Heidel
24 Julia Lowe, Andrew Moak
25 Corrine Cullen
26 Elizabeth Abbott, Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez
27 Lydia Moak
28 Dianne Catt, Lele Gillespie, Earl Grissinger, Glynna McKendree
29 Libby McCullouch
30 Lee Borden, Katherine Howell, Barbera Liddon, Cait Frances Mayo

November Anniversaries:

2 Lee & Steve Mullen
5 Elizabeth & Lee Miers
10 Anne Grace & Justin Kennon
15 Jordan & Hunter Haney
16 Margaret & Phillip Embry
17 Katherine & David Randolph
18 Adalene & Ben Pettis
21 Gabrielle & Paul Chiniche
25 Caroline & Cooper McIntosh
26 Libby & Leon McCullouch
27 Marty & Steve Mauldin
29 Joanna & Jimmy Heidel, Kate & Brett Rosson
The Session
 
 CLASS of 2020
Ashley Callery, Ann DeVoe,
Ben Griffith, Matthew Hall, Monte Wood
 
 CLASS of 2021
Hayden Alexander, Pete Boone,
Julie Field, Carmille Hovious, Ruth O'Dell
 
CLASS of 2022
Susan Abbott, John Abernathy,
Trey Byars, Kevin Christian, Greg Patton
The Diaconate

CLASS of 2020
Todd Abbott, Rosie Cooper, Ed Croom, Lisa Hickman-Tollison, John Schuesselin
 
CLASS of 2021
Thelma Curry, Karen Elliott, Luke Harris, Brian Hyneman, Niles Lovelady
 
CLASS of 2022
Gabrielle Chiniche, James Day,
Rob Howell, Cliff Smith, Pattye Wilson
Your Church Staff

Ministers
Senior Pastor
Associate Pastor
Pastor, UKirk Ministry
Interim Choir Director
Director of Elementary Music
Office Administrator
Director of Communications
Property Manager
Nursery Director
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