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Recent Presbyterian Church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls on Oct. 11 and 25 in the Assisted Living dining room at 10:00 A.M.  Anyone wishing to join us is welcome.
Becky Quay

Deadline for the 
November 2016
newsletter is 
November 20

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Youth Group News:
Youth Ministry at OPC is off and running for the 2016-17 school year and is off to a great start! Youth Group meets Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Youth Room. At the end of October, the Walter family will be hosting a cookout, and all youth and their families are invited! If you want to attend, please bring a side to share with everyone (chips, desserts, etc.). If you were unable to make the Parent-Student Meeting on September 18, please contact Mitch to get any handouts you need for the upcoming year. Make sure you complete and turn-in the Emergency Contact/Medical Information Form! Questions? Contact Mitch Hardy at mitchelljameshardy@gmail.com or (513) 907-5641

The third graders received their Bibles September 25th at a Bible Breakfast in the Art Room with their parents.  Those receiving Bibles included: Abigail Curry, Lauren James, Elias Jones, Gabriel Jones, Brady Saylor, and Eric Staley.
A huge thanks to Lisa Gayhart for teaching the 3-5 Grade Class in September. Also thanks to Cia Beal and Janet Holmes for teaching in September along with Prue Dana, Sarah Miller and Deb Sayers.   
Janet Holmes will be teaching the 3-5-grade class October through November.
October 2 is World Wide Communion Sunday.  The children will gather in the Narthex before worship and carry the Communion elements to the chancel area.  On World Wide Communion Sunday there will only be nursery care.  The other children are invited to worship with their parents. 
Don't forget to pick up your nametag in the Narthex. Thanks to Carol Klumb the children now have nametags too. 
Lynn Cronk



Keep these friends in your prayers:
Marilyn Young, Genee Hesse, John Reller, Stacey Winn, Betty Barnhart, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, Sarah Soika, Bob Douglass, Nancy Gates
Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayers

We are delighted to welcome two new members of the choir!  Welcome Ashley and Cassie!

Ashley Boyle is a freshman majoring in architecture.

Cassie Campbell is a freshman majoring in mathematics/math education.  Cassie loves cats.
Dennis and Pam Deahl share the wonder of the birth of their granddaughter, Sadie Wren Chaney.  Sadie was born September 9.


Community Meal is an on-going ministry of serving our community. Oxford Presbyterian Community Meal is every fifth Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in our Seminary Building.
There is a box by the church offices and one in the Narthex to place items for the Community Meal Pantry Needs.   If you would like to donate money for this meal, please indicate "Community Meal" on your check.
Pantry Needs bleach, detergent, multipurpose cleaner, dish soap, mouthwash, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, diapers (NB, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), wipes, 9 volt batteries, baby shampoo, baby lotion, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner.
Danny Cross

NEEDED:  PRAYER SHAWL Makers   (Knit or crochet or......)

Our supply of Prayer Shawls is down.  It's been too hot to knit or crochet, but now that evenings are cooler and it's getting dark earlier....
Deacons can supply the yarn (Lion Brand Homespun) a nice soft yarn, instructions, and needles.  You supply the labor and the prayer.  Together we can provide love and care for our friends
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 call Cornelia Browne.




Will meet on October 18, with Lynn Cronk leading the lesson, Becky Quay presenting the Mission Yearbook and Rosemary Fisher in charge of Least Coin. For reservations for the optional lunch call Lawretta Clum.  Lunch begins at noon in the Café at the Knolls.  Circle meets at 1:30 in the Country Kitchen.  Visitors and guests are always welcome
 (Aka Circle 4) is meeting October 4 in the home of Janet Ziegler, 126 Pin Oak Drive, 523-2411.  Janet Holmes will co-hostess and lead the devotions. Jean O'Connell will give the program. Anyone needing a ride should contact Karen Simpson, 523-8363.


Since 1888, Presbyterian Women have expressed gratitude for God's blessing by sharing their blessings with those in need at home and around the world. Thank Offering funds programs that provide education, safe housing, clean water, health care, help for prisoners, justice for women, and more. In February, 2016 the Creative Ministries Offering Committee for grants from the 2015 Thank Offering choose twenty-two projects, totaling $510,088. Fourteen ministries serve people in need in the United States. Eight of the projects are international. More than 40 percent of the funded projects are health ministries. A list of beneficiaries for 2016 is presented in the July/August 2016 issue of Horizons. They include Family to Family Furniture Bank, Bed Project, in Marysville, Ohio, The Gilead House, The Reentry Program, in Kokomo, Indiana, and Green River Ministries, Rapid Rehousing Assistance Program, Campbellsville, Kentucky, as well as international efforts. I'll try to put the whole list on the OPW bulletin board. Thank Offering envelopes were mailed with the October newsletter and should be available in the pews. We have a multitude of the blue envelopes. The goal for 2016 giving is $900,000. Fortunately this is the national goal, not Oxford, Ohio's. We give what we can to celebrate God's blessings. And the giving adds up!
The Thank Offering will be dedicated at our Fall Gathering, Sunday, October 23, 2:30 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge.
Karen Simpson, Coordinator of Studies & Mission Interpretation

Once again the RATS (Rummage Action Team Specialists) have been busy behind the scenes making plans for the 2016 Fall Rummage Sale, October 13 and 14, and 15. Rather than asking any one person to chair and run the rummage sale we have again formed a team of volunteers that are each serving a leadership role to make this year's Rummage Sale a success. The RATS want to remind folks that it is time for a fall cleaning and to get ready for winter.    

What do we need? Clothing for Men, Women and Children, Household Items, Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry, Gifts, Toys and more.

The Seminary is now open for donations each Wednesday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. until October 5.  You can also drop off items outside the church office during the week until October 5 or call for a pick up 523-8848.  Please also note that the date for setting up the Seminary for rummage sale is Saturday, October 8, at 9 am.  Set up will involved setting up the tables and moving the boxes filled with items on top or underneath those tables.  It should only take about an hour, but we do need strong men, women and youth to help with this.  Please come if you can help.

Why should you support the Rummage Sale? In addition to 
clothing for most everyone we also have kitchenware, an assortment of jewelry and wonderful knickknacks, antiques, and one of a kind items.  We have wonderful bargains and it will please you to know that when you buy something you are giving the Oxford Presbyterian Women money that goes back to the community to help those in need.   The RUMMAGE SALE helps the environment by recycling gently used items, and provides an opportunity for all to find fantastic bargains and it helps those in our community that cannot afford to buy new. Please donate gently used items, or just show up Wednesday mornings to help for an hour or two or stop by for a visit and of course come and shop at our Rummage Sale.   Please stop by to shop and to say hello at the Seminary.
The RUMMAGE SALE will be held on Oct 13 Thursday from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM and Friday Oct 14, from 10 am-3 PM.   On Saturday, Oct 15 we will be holding our popular Bag Sale from 10 am to noon.  The plan is to charge $3 for a bag that you can fill to the brim. We hope to see you there.  At noon on Saturday October 15, we will again need to help to box up the remaining items and clear things out.
Answer to the question of the month:
There was a third girl; they were triplets

Wrapped up the interim time with reflections on how this period has affected our thinking as we move forward in our church life.  Related the time to the many ways we experience interim time in our lives.
Helpful ideas were discussed how on to help Lawrence Bartel and his family have a smooth transition to life at OPC and in Oxford.
Objected but did not request a hearing re the issuance of a liquor permit to Rapid Fired Pizza at 7 West High Street
Received a summary of the Interim Ministry from Pastor Hart.
Bill King has agreed to take over from Charles Teckman as Bequest Liaison and Facilitator for the Wish List.
Social Media Guidelines will be available in the church office. From August 14 - September 15, 2016  466 users visited the OPC site for 624 sessions, with 1470 total page views.  68% of the audience was new visitors.
Discussions with Igor Maksakov resulted in continuing the shoe project and supporting the building of a new church in Zlatoust (about 120 members).

Judy Fisher
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Whether you live away from home or at home please send to Bridgite the name of your school and your address.  We care about you and we want to keep in touch!  Thank you.  
Presbyterian Church services on DVD are being shown at The Knolls Oct. 11 and 25.   Anyone who is interested in watching is invited to come to the Assisted Living dining room at 10:00 A.M.
Becky Quay  
Tuesday October 11
5:45-Dinner/Conversation (reservation required)
7:00pm Contemplative Prayer
If you did not get a chance to join us in contemplative prayer in the style of Taize, now is the time.  Join others for a fellowship meal and conservation about the evening's topic, Friendship with Jesus before entering our candlelit sanctuary for the prayer service.
Contact the church office:  513.523.6364 or email us at office@oxfordpresbychurch.org to make your dinner reservation
Visit the church website
To fill out the Taize registration form.
The Monday night adult spirituality group has joined the after worship service fellowship team!  MNASG will host fellowship in Januarys. (all elbows are fine, non twisted too hard!)
Every day, we are witnesses to conflict. We read news stories of violence and supposedly irreparable divides. Angry rhetoric fills our airwaves, inboxes, and social media feeds. We see conflict tear apart communities, families, even people we know. Surrounded by this strife, it's easy to see the world through a dark lens of discord. We may even come to share the doubt expressed in Psalm 78:19: "Can God spread a table in the wilderness?"
Yet our faith tells us despite our doubts, sins, distrust, or even anger, God not only sets a table, but invites us to join it and partake in an abundance of peace.
The Peace & Global Witness Offering challenges us to look at the world not as a place where conflict is inevitable, but where Christ's peace is possible . The programs supported by the Peace & Global Witness Offering to help bring people tables of peace, justice, and reconciliation even in the wilderness of war, violence, and division. In places of abiding conflict, the Peace & Global Witness Offering supports the work of Presbyterian mission co-workers to bring together former enemies and begin healing the spiritual wounds of war. In congregations closer to home, support from the Offering enables efforts to turn back the tide of gun violence that claims too many American lives. In other communities, it's facilitating a transformative dialogue about the difficult subject of race to find new common ground. And everywhere, this Offering supports witness, because by sharing the abiding love and mercy of Christ, more people can find their way to a seat at God's table. 
Your support of the Peace & Global Witness Offering acknowledges that a wilderness of conflict may surround us, but we are not abandoned there. If we open our eyes to the possibilities of peace, we see God has set a table for anyone willing to take a seat.
  Our Peace and Global Witness Offering will be taken October 2, 2016. We will also recognize Peacemakers in our midst, in our church in our community. Twenty five percent goes to our Presbytery supporting presbytery wide projects. Twenty five percent stays with our congregation. In the last year, we have supported our membership in Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. We have given both to our mission trips to Russia and to the Goal school project in Colombia, we have supported the Sojourners subscription, the community dinners and the program produced for the Freedom Dinners each year.
Please give generously to the Peace & Global Witness Offering:
      Through your congregation
      Text PEACE to 20222 to give $10
Deadline for the November Newsletter is October 20, 2016

The Adult Day Service has hired a PRN (as needed) STNA - State tested nursing assistant Makayla Moore.  This is her first job as a STNA and she loves her career path.  She is a graduate of Fairfield High School where she was a cheerleader for both basketball and football and competition cheer.
Upcoming activities at the ADS
October 4th - Go to Pristine Senior Living for Chair Volleyball at 10:30am,
October 5th. Drumming with Pete Carels at 1:30,
October  11th- Go to The Knolls of Oxford at 10:30 for bingo,
October 14th Devotions with Elder and Sister Willoughby at 10:30 am,
October 18th - Go to Pristine Senior Living for chair volleyball. 
October 21st - Go to the Senior Center for carry in lunch and Oktoberfest. 
October 25th - Go to Woodland Country Manor at 1:30 pm for ice cream social and bingo. 
October 28th  Halloween and Costume Party at the ADS. 

Every Monday at 2pm David Palmer plays the piano and leads us in a sing along.  Every Wednesday at 2:45 pm OMA (opening minds through art) is held for our clients and their student's helpers from Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Every Thursday from 2 to 4 pm student with Miami Speech and Hearing program come and lead us in a variety of different activities.
A very big THANK YOU for to the scholar l eaders who came and helped organize our supplies on our new shelving unit, purged files, and cleaned our van on August 26.  We appreciate your helpfulness! 
We have a few spots open.  If you would like information about the ADS please call Debbie Curry at 513-523-0464 or check facebook.com/communityadultdayservice/Return to Top


Oxford Presbyterian Church Staff
Telephone: 513-523-6364
Fax: 513-523-8215
Seminary Building: 513-523-7411
Interim Pastor: Pastor Hart Edmonds
Interim Associate Pastor : Pastor Cheryl Edmonds
Music Director: Kent Peterson
Organist: Lynn Jacobs
Pastor Emeritus: Dr. Joseph R. Hookey
Parish Associates: Dr. Bruce Bueschel, Rev. Diane Ziegler
Administrative Assistant:
Bridgite Dickerson: office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Financial Secretary:
Director/Teacher C.C.N.S.:
Sarah Mapel: 207-3630
Newsletter Editor:
Nancy Moeckel, moeckenj@miamioh.edu
Class of 2016:
Pam Deahl, Lynn Cronk, Pat Gifford, Tom Poetter, Rich Drewes
Class of 2017:
Mary Jane Roberts, Robert Smith, Janet Zeigler, Gwen Fears, Kim Logsdon
Class of 2018:  Carol Klumb, Amy McGoldrick, Katie Payne, Deb Sayers, David Wilson
Class of 2016:
Janet Holmes, Deanna Maxwell, Lawretta Clum, Cornelia Browne, Molly Todd
Class of 2017:
Danny Cross, Connie Everhart, Matt Lykins, Jean O'Connell, Breanne Parks
Class of 2018: Karen Shearer, Lee Fisher, Virginia Layton, Ginny Staberg, Joni Marcum
Class of 2016: Chris Adryan, Joe Simpson, Keith Payne
Class of 2017: Lisa Brunckhorst, Bill King
Class of 2018:  Tom Holmes, Nick Fears

1       Jerry Collins
2       Emily Jordan
5       Christopher Jackson
9       Jenny Bent
9       Steve Friede
9       Haley Jena
10     Mark Hesford
13     Molly Todd
14     Jean Derickson
14     Larry Niehoff
15     Noah Curry
17     Bob Douglas
17     Abigail Curry
19     Brady Saylor
21     Stephanie Hartman
21     Maya Degennnaro
23     Charles Watson
23     Pat Hawley
24     Judy Rymer
25     Sandy Drewes
25     Keith McGoldrick
26     Verda Johnon
26     Bonnie Stephenson
28     Derek Jordan
30     Gary Gayhart
31     Bruce Bueschel
31     Jacob Marado
October is;
Adopt A Shelter Dog, American Cheese, Apple, cookbook, dessert, German-American heritage (Ach du Lieber!), national roller skating, pizza, Polish Heritage (Jak się masz?), popcorn popping, pretzel, national sarcasm, and squirrel awareness
X-ray technology has shown that there are 3 different versions of the "Mona Lisa" under the visible one.
The average American eats 24 pounds of candy a year, and most of that is likely consumed right around this time.
The top selling candy: Candy Corn. Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of it a year.
Question of the month:
Two girls were born to the same mother, at the same time, on the same day, in the same month and in the same year and yet somehow they're not twins. Why not?
Find the answer somewhere in the newsletter....
Thought provoking questions for discussion with your family
What's something you know you do differently than most people?
What are you most grateful for?
What is the one thing you'd most like to change about the world?
When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?
Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? A: Pumpkin pi.
Pumpkin is a fruit. Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbitacae family, as do melons and cucumbers.
We welcome your feedback on the newsletter. We CRAVE your feedback as much as a snug bug craves a rug.    What is missing from the newsletter that you would like to see?  Let me know.  Thanks, nancy. ( moeckenj@miamioh.edu)  
( and here's your bonus for reading this section:   Q. Why was the guy fired from the orange juice factory?  A. He couldn't concentrate.