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LISTENING TO THE HEARTBEAT OF G OD
The patience paid off!
 
For the last several weeks, our family has served as caretakers for three Monarch caterpillars. Soon after they arrived at our home in a comfortable container, we realized that these might be among the easiest of God's creatures to tend.  That is, other than the caterpillar's surprising appetite.  They are very hungry caterpillars indeed! 
 
Every day or so we simply cleaned out the enclosure and added fresh milkweed leaves.  Otherwise, the caterpillars knew exactly what to do and when to do it.  We watched with fascination as the first caterpillar inched its way up the wall to the mesh that covered the container.  There it ventured upside down to just the right patch of mesh where it spun a silky hook and began to form a chrysalis.
 
We watched the green chrysalis with its iridescent belt near the top day after day without a noticeable change.  More caterpillars migrated to the mesh ceiling and still no discernible difference to the first chrysalis. 
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Some conversation starters as you get to know Jake.
 
What are some of your hobbies/what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to play video games, but try to not let that consume all of my time. If I'm not at my PlayStation, then I'm usually hanging out with friends.
 
What is your hometown?
Monroe, Michigan. 
 
Tell us a little about your family
I have 2 half brothers. The older one is a Police Officer in Monroe, Michigan, and the younger one is a freshman in high school. My mom is a teacher consultant for a few school districts. 
My grandparents, mom and I have always been involved with the church (Monroe First Presbyterian). My grandma directs our weekly community meals, my grandpa is in charge of bed donations (to people who need them in the community) and previously served as clerk of session, and my mom serves on session and the personal committee. We love being Presbyterian! (: 
 
What's one or two or three of your favorite foods?
I love any kind of pasta. 
 
What's the farthest you've ever been from home, where's the most interesting place you've been?
Seoul, South Korea! We went on a family trip for 2 weeks for uncles wedding, who was stationed at an army base in South Korea during that time. 
 
Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
I've always enjoyed working with youth. They're our future and I thinkpreparing them for that is really important! 
 
What are you looking forward to in the coming months?
Getting to know the congregation and youth. I'm also excited for all of theretreats and events our church has to offer. After working at OPC for only a few weeks, I see how successful the church is and how quickly we are moving. It's really great to be a part of something this awesome. 
 
What is something you will never do again?
Eat spicy food. 
 
Who is your hero?
My mom. She was a single mom at a young age and has been really successful in life. I've always admired her kindness and self-determination.
 
What is your favorite game of sport to watch or play?
I enjoy watching baseball, basketball, and soccer. I don't keep up with them like others might, but they're still fun to watch! I used to be a diver in high school and I still like to do it recreationally if I have the chance. 
 
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I almost went skydiving. Although I didn't end up actually doing it, I came really close and I don't regret my decision. 
 

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CE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 
Christian Education is thriving at OPC! At our most recent meeting, we were delighted to welcome Jake Smithers and are thrilled that he is now part of the OPC family! We are also pleased and so grateful to have Sunday School teachers lined up for this year. Thank you to all who agreed to serve our children in this important role! 
Other activities include:
 
  • Bible study, led by Mary Shinn, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9:00 AM before church. 
  • Billie Maynard will be leading a study on "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality". 
If you are interested in attending either of these, please notify the church office right away. 
And as part of our church's focus on 'The World Around Us', we are delighted to offer three Mini-Festivals, featuring some of our church members from other countries. Enjoy music, food samples, children's crafts, photos, and stories about other cultures. Please join us (all ages welcome!) from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Seminary Building on 
Thursday, October 4 
Wednesday, October 17
Tuesday, November 13 
Come for one or all three festivals!  If you need assistance with transportation, please call the church office at 523-6364. See page 15 for more details.
Candace Crist

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opcBECOME A MEMBER OF OUR OPC FAMILY!
We welcome all interested people to explore membership at the Oxford Presbyterian Church!!  
To find out more about the Presbyterian Church and specifically the Oxford congregation, join Pastor Lawrence for a series of Inquirer's Classes on October 14 and 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Associate Pastor's Office. 
Topics to be presented include: being a Presbyterian; exploring theology through our Book of Confession, our democratic governance, a brief history of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, our vision and mission, matching your talents and time to ministry opportunities, and a tour of the Church.  
There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
At the conclusion of the series, participants will be invited to join the church in one of three ways.
  • By Profession of Faith:  Receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and sincerely promising to live for Christ. This may have been accomplished through previous Baptism or the Sacrament of Baptism may be administered at the time of profession.
  • By Transfer of Membership:  Requesting the transfer of membership to OPC from a former church
  • By Reaffirmation:  If inactive or separated from the church for some time or wishing to rededicate to Christ, participant may be received by reaffirmation of faith.
 
We hope you will attend these meetings or encourage others to do so!  Please call the church office at 513-523-6364 to indicate your interest by October 12.

 
CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs
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IN OUR PRAYERS
Betty Barnhart, John Curry, Tracy DeGood, Bob Douglass, Nancy Gates, Genee Hesse, Breanna Kinneman, Ruth Miller, Jan Reinhart, Becky Rudolph, Charles Skipper, Sarah Soika, Joan Teckman, Dave Wilson, Stacey Winn, John and Jean Woodruff 
Keep these friends in your prayers:
Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayers
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CONCERNS
The Mission and Outreach Committee invites YOU to join our team.  We need your passion for making an impact on this world through mission.  Contact either Danny Cross or Anne Bailey, co-chairs, with questions.
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THANK YOUs
 
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!
We are so fortunate to be a part of a church family that is so caring, dedicated and generous. An anonymous donor has provided a gift of $35,000 to cover the cost of a comprehensive presentation system for the sanctuary of the Seminary building. With this donation the new facility will support a wide variety of activities in that renovated space in support of OPC youth activities, college student worship alternatives, community events and a multitude of additional functions. 
 
An additional donation of $1,000 has been received from Charles and Joan Teckman, which will support the purchase of a projector upgrade and equipment necessary for presentations in the lower community room.
Thanks to all those who help make our church Real, Relevant and Reformed!
Bill King
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RICHARD FISHER MUSIC INTERNSHIP FUND
 
At the August 21, 2018 meeting of Session it was reported that enough money had been contributed to the Richard Fisher Music Internship Fund to hire four interns for the choir for the 2018 -19 season.  The sopranos will be more confident hitting those high notes, the altos will find their harmony more easily, the tenors will delight in their melodies, and the basses will come back into their glorious own.
After just a few weeks, the enthusiasm and musicality of the choir has risen to new heights with the addition of Ellie, Dana, Caleb and Aaron. 
 
Music as a form of worship is meaningful to both those who perform and those who listen.  Over the years Dick got bent out of shape over the changes in the Presbyterian Church at large, but the choir kept him coming back. It was his way of connecting with his faith.  If it appeared he was dozing off he would retort, "I can hear better with my eyes closed."  
 
Many thanks to all friends and family who honored Dick's memory with their generous gifts.  
 
Judy, Beth, Anne, Bill, Jane, David

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SAVE THE DATE    HERITAGE SUNDAY      OCTOBER 28, 2018
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Your brothers & sisters in Christ of the Oxford Presbyterian Church request the honor of your presence as we celebrate a special Heritage Sunday on October 28.  The celebration will begin with a Worship Service at 10 A.M. in the Memorial building after which we will be led by a bagpiper to the Seminary building where a light lunch & short program of rededication of the Seminary building will proceed. Please mark your calendar to join us as we honor those among us who have 50 or more years of service to our congregation, enjoy fellowship in our renovated and completely remodeled Seminary building, and dedicate that building to our missional journey outward.
Chuck Crain
 
SESSION session
September Meeting
 
Opening worship centered around the hymn "Will You Come and Follow Me?'  Emotions evoked were shared and ways that people react to the call mentioned.

New staff member Jake Smithers, Youth Director, was introduced. Jake shared a bit about his life, his hopes, and plans for the youth program at the Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Motion, brought by the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, to call a 
congregational meeting on October 7, for the purpose of accepting a candidate for the associate pastor position, was approved.

Motion was approved to begin planning for a Russia Mission Trip in the summer of 2019.

Motion was approved to accept the Choral Music Intern Position Description.  Interns will rehearse with the Chancel Choir from September through May, approximately 40 rehearsals and weekly worship services.

Pastor Lawrence presented an in depth tutorial on on-line giving.
 
Judy Fisher, Clerk 
 

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STEWARDSHIP REPORTS HIGHLIGHTS
Worship and Music
Discussion followed on our developing partnership with Christian Education to further involve our children and youth in the life of the church. Youth will play a prelude (or other music) on the third Sunday of each month, beginning in October. Youth will attend the regular worship service on the first Sunday of each month and sit in select pews. They will thus be present for communion on a regular basis. 
The Choir Interns program is making good progress. Heartfelt thanks to Kent for all the work he has done to transform the vision for a Choir Interns program into reality! 
 
Mission and Outreach
We have increased the number of meals to be packed at the Rise Against Hunger event to 15,000.  We need a total of 75 volunteers.  Our commitment to Habitat for Humanity has been totally paid

Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship
New member class begin s Oct 14th.  Walkabout 2018--erything went well. Good feedback from church participants.
Miami Student Goody bags are being distributed before and after church.
Rise Against Hunger, save the date, volunteer, invite friends! MEF is supporting this effort. Oct. 21, set up 12:30, packing event 2:00, clean up 4:00. 

Trustees
The Trustees unanimously and gratefully approved the donation of funds for the Seminary A/V system.
Also discussed was the September 19, 2018 meeting of the Oxford Board of Zoning Appeals at which the zoning variance for the handicapped ramp at the front of the Memorial Church will be considered. It was unanimously agreed that it would be prudent to ask  the Board to defer action on our request until their October meeting, when more of their members are expected to attend. If for some reason, there were not 3 aye votes we would have to wait an entire year.
 
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DEACONS deacon
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 Diane Young, 513-255-6051
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THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE
For the Lord Holds Us By the Hand
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on October 16 at 1:30 in the Country Kitchen at the Knolls.  Rosemary Fisher will conduct the Bible Study, God with Us in our Uncertainty, Lesson Two in God's Promise.  This month our Opening Psalm reminds us "The Lord holds us by the hand." Reservations for the optional noon lunch in the café are due to Rosemary by Friday the 12th of October.  Prue Dana will conduct the Mission Yearbook and Lynn Cronk will lead the Least Coin.  We welcome new members and visitors. 

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE
meets   October 2  at Billy Maynard's house, 135 Wayside Circle, Hamilton. Nancy Sturgeon is the co hostess. Jean O'Connell will present the program and Debbie Davidson will give the Devotions. We will be car-pooling. Anyone needing a ride should contact Karen Simpson,   k.simpson2007@yahoo.com, 523-8363. Visitors are welcomed.
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It's time for the 2018 Thank Offering. An envelope is included in this October newsletter. Eighty-three applications were submitted for grants from the 2017 Thank Offering. Sixteen of the projects were chosen for funding. Twelve of the projects are ministries serving people in need in the United States. Four of the projects are international. More that 40 percent of the projects funded are health ministries. Projects are detailed in the July/August 2018 Horizons.  The Thank Offering will be dedicated at the   October 14  Fall Gathering. For further information contact Karen Simpson.
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fallOPW FALL GATHERING
Something different this Fall...
OPW invited Greg Hughes, Pastor Lawrence, Angela Trubceac Janet Zeigler and Amir Zahoor to share their Mosaic of Peace Conference experiences at the Oxford Presbyterian Women's Thank Offering/ Fall Gathering this fall.  They said Yes!
Instead of an afternoon event we will be hosting a potluck dinner at the Seminary! On Sunday, October 14 we will start the evening, at 5:30. Each of our honored travelers will  share favorite stories, pictures, and adventures and we will end with more conversation over dinner.  We are opening the doors wide and inviting everyone, men and women, youth and elders to join in.  Mark your calendars for this terrific dinner.  Plan on bringing your best potluck chow to share!  
That's Sunday October 14: 5:30pm!
Be There!
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FALL RUMMAGE SALE  IN THE SEMINARY!
 
Sale Days
Thursday  Oct 11  6-8
Friday      Oct 12 10-3
Saturday  Oct 13  10-12
 
Drop off, set up, pricing
October 8-10,  10-6 each day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
 
Drop off 
  • Box in the memorial church, outside Bridgite's office
  • Saturday  Oct 6, 9-2pm at the Seminary
  • Sunday-after worship, at the Seminary, October 7, until 2pm
  • Answer to the QUESTION OF THE MONTH-Your name
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OUR MISSION STATEMENT AT WORK
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Seeking God, Serving Others, Sharing Christ's Love With All
 
Oxford Presbyterian Church Mission and Outreach Committee, with CE, MEF, Music and Worship and Session are hosting a Rise Against Hunger Event on October 21, 2018.  This is a meal-packing event where meals consisting of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins are packed and then shipped around the world to people who are in need.  
  • Set up for the event runs from 12:30 - 2:00 pm, 
  • The meal packing is from 2:00-4:00 pm 
  •  Clean up after.  
OPC has invited other churches, other faiths, and the Miami University Community to participate.  Note that there are two shifts, one for set up and one for the event. You may sign up for one or both. You must be signed up to participate. Please sign up for this event at http://events.stophungernow.org/OxfordPres2018.  
 
There are several ways that you can provide support 
  • Visit the link above and give money on-line 
  • If you prefer you can write a check to Oxford Presbyterian Church with Rise Against Hunger in the note-field, 
  • Or place cash in a pew envelope with Rise Against Hunger on the envelope. 
There is an excellent video about Rise Against Hunger at the bottom of the registration website.  
Danny Cross
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wishhistoryWISHES!
The Wish list continues to evolve. Recently, we have received a request from the Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship Committee for the purchase of defibrillator system recommended to have on-site by schools and churches to address any heart-stop event that might occur in a public facility. Training will be provided to our church staff, church school teachers, ushers and deacons.  The cost of the system is $1,250.
 
Pick up a copy of the current Wish List in the church office and contact Bill King if you would like to support the need above or any other option listed.
 
Bill King, OPC Special Gifts Coordinator
(513) 523-2546
kingwl@miamioh.edu


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tourSUE'S NOTES FROM COLOMBIA 2017
Sue Wilson, a first-rate tour guide, 
 invites you to share with her and her fellow adventurers the 2017 trip to Baranquilla, Columbia.  This will be a recurring column until Sue leads you home again. Buen Viage!!!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017:  The Holy Spirit is very strong in Colombia.  We arose bright and cheerful as we looked forward to worshiping with our sister church congregation.  As usual, two cars arrived to transport our group of six to church.  We arrived at 10:00 am during their Bible study that preceded the church service.  The actual service began at 10:30 and we enjoyed the lively music provided by the band's keyboard and drums.  The choir consisted of three young people who sang many praise songs.  It was a special Sunday service, not only because we were visiting, but also new members were joining and the 57thbirthday of the church was being celebrated.  New members each gave testimonies about their faith and their desire to join the congregation.  Germ án Steffanell, Alexander's brother, was among the new members joining that Sunday.  Many different members of the congregation participated in leading parts of the service.  We noticed that Pastor Luis had a small part and Gina Zabala had a large part.  
 
 
Lawrence Bartel gave the sermon in English and Johana Nu ñez translated.  Everyone applauded Lawrence's sermon.  People came forward to give their offerings.  "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" was sung with great gusto.  We had Bulletins to follow along during the service. There were no Hymnals, but the words to all of the hymns were projected on a screen at the right front corner of the church.  During the Passing of the Peace, we received many hugs and kisses from everyone there. Our group presented the church with a beautiful Banner made by Karen Shearer.  And they presented us with a beautiful banner as well.  Then we passed out handmade bookmarks and pocket crosses as symbols of our partnership.  The pocket crosses were made by Nancy Moeckel and Carol Burkhalter and included a poem.
     The service ended after two hours.  Afterwards there was a lot of picture taking.  Many people wanted their pictures taken with us. Karen, Carol, and I were given bouquets of flowers.  There was ice cream and cake to celebrate the church's 57thbirthday.  We met Johana's younger brother who was in the new member class and also the drum player in the band.  We met Johana's mother, Astrid Olaciregovi, who also led the Biblestudy.  We met Johana's father and he was very friendly.  Then we met the mother and father of Germ án and Alexander Steffanell as well as a third brother.
         Afterwards, we went to a restaurant that served American food for lunch.  We met Gina's husband Omar who we had seen on the previous Friday night leading the crowd in praise songs by waving his arms high in the air and swaying back and forth with the music.  We noticed men loitering around the street parking areas.  While parking on the street is free, our drivers paid these men a small sum to watch over the cars while we were in the restaurant eating. We returned to our hotel for a rest before being picked up again and taken to a nearby shopping mall.  It was a very modern mall with many different modern stores and places to buy food.  We found it most interesting to walk through the grocery store and look at the produce and packaged goods.  
         After this very stimulating day, it was a relief to go back to our hotel for a good night's sleep.  Our rooms were air conditioned, which we greatly appreciated.

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MISSION AND OUTREACH thankful
WHO DO WE (OPC) SUPPORT?  
Each month the Mission and Outreach committee plans to share information about the people and their groups that we, meaning you, our church, support.  We are starting with our PC(USA) World Mission Partners. 
"Transformational Mission A Message from World Mission: Presbyterians do mission in partnership. We believe that doing mission in partnership broadens our awareness of how interconnectional God's mission is at the local, national and global levels. The one table around which we gather is God's table and the one mission to which we are called is God's mission. Jose Luis Casal, Director World Mission"
 
To learn more than these brief introductions and for an overview of  
Mission Connections visit: presbyterianmission.org/ministries/world-mission. Here you can search for past information from our partners and catch up with their current projects. You will also find their contact information and can sign up for their newsletters.
 
We support each of these 4 missionary teams/individuals with $1000.00 a year.
 
  • Jenny Brent and Mark Hare-Mission co-workers in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Serving with Famer's Movement of Papaye (MPP) and the Evangelical Dominican Church 
 
  • Ellen and Al Smith-Mission co-workers based in Germany, serving also in Russia and Belarus. Serving as Regional Liaison, Eastern Europe  (Ellen) / Outreach Facilitator for Minority Peoples, Russia (Alan)
 
  • Josh Heikkila-Mission co-worker in Ghana  since 2009
    Serving as World Mission's regional liaison for West Africa
 
  • Sarah Henken-Mission co-worker in Colombia. Serving as peace initiative promoter with the Presbyterian Church of Colombia and as the site coordinator for the Young Adult Volunteer program in Colombia


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ANNOUNCEMENTS announcements
CALLING ALL QUILTERS, SEWERS, AND NEEDLEWORKERS!!!
We have been asked to make a friendship quilt to take to our sister church in Russia next year. Anyone interested in making a block for this quilt contact Rosemary Fisher at 513-524-7748. We have to start as soon as possible. Thank you for your help in this project
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Anyone Missing a Gem?  I found it in the PreSchool/Nursery
 
Here's how it happened.  Jenn Walter gave a passionate, heart-melting call for Sunday School teachers and Second Adults.  It melted my heart and I signed up to be a Second Adult.  I was assigned to the PreSchool/Nursery.  I reported for duty on September 9.  I walked into the room, and that is when I found the gem.  Her name is Rhonda Krehbiel and she is the Preschool teacher on Sunday mornings. What a wonder she is with the little ones. She is calm, interested, attentive, careful and observant.  She interacts so easily, listening carefully and asking questions.  The kids love her. She's a gem!
Nancy Moeckel
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CHURCH SERVICES AT THE KNOLLS
If you are unable to attend some of our church services on Sunday mornings, we have another option for you.  Becky Quay shows recent church services on DVD in the Country Kitchen at 10:00 A.M. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  In October, the dates are 9 and 23.  If you would like to join us, but need a ride, j ust give Becky a call at 523-5747
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Deadline for the November Newsletter  is October 20, 2018
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staff
 
Oxford Presbyterian Church Staff
Office Hours: 8:30-4:30, M-F
Telephone: 513-523-6364
Fax: 513-523-8215
Seminary Building: 513-523-7411
 
Pastor: Lawrence Bartel
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:   finance@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Director/Teacher C.C.N.S.:
            Sarah Mapel: ccnsoxfordpreschool@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor:
            Nancy Moeckel, moeckenj@miamioh.edu
Custodian: Priscilla Parks
Sexton: Robert Simpson
 
 
OFFICERS OF OPC
 
SESSION
 
Class of 2018
Carol Klumb, Amy McGoldrick, Katie Payne, Deb Sayers, Leanne Staley
 
Class of 2019 :
Jenny Bailer, , F. Harrison Green , Greg Hughes, Nancy Moeckel,
Johanna Reinhart
 
Class of 2020
Candace Crist, Danny Cross, Pat Gifford, Richard Munson, Jennifer Walter
 
DEACONS
 
Class of 2018 :
Karen Shearer, Lee Fisher, Virginia Layton, Joni Marcum, Mickey Simonds
 
Class of 2019:
Debbie Davidson, Janet Holmes, Pat Roberts Diane Young
 
Class of 2020
Cornelia Browne, Jill Grajewski, Stephanie Hartman, Matt Lykins, Becky Quay
 
TRUSTEES
 
Class of 2018:   Tom Holmes, Nick Fears
Class of 2019 :  Keith Payne, Joe Simpson
Class of 2020 Rick Bailey, Scott Parkinson
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bdays

   1    Jerry Collins
   5    Christopher Jackson
   9    Steve Friede
 11    Adrienne Bader
13     Molly Todd
14     Jean Derickson
15     Noah Curry
17     Abigail Curry
17     Bob Douglass
19     Brady Saylor
21     Maya DeGennaro
21     Stephanie Hartman
23     Amy Bartel
23     Charles Watson
25     Sandy Drewes
25     Keith McGoldrick
26     Jens Bartel
26     Bonnie Stephenson
28     Derek Jordan
31    Jacob Marado

October Outlandishness

Oct 6, 1876 - The American Library Association was founded.
In 1905, the Hagerstown (Md.) Public Library began the first public library service on wheels as a horse-drawn book wagon.
1950, the first drive-through windows are established for book returns at Cincinnati's Public Library .
 
One quarter of all of the candy sold in the United States every year is purchased specifically for Halloween.
The word witch comes from the word "wica," an Old Saxon word that means "wise one". The early-known witches were dealers in medicinal herbs and charms and respected in their own communities
 
A few handy scrabble words
Za-accepted slang for pizza
Zax-- tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slates.
Syzygy-- an alignment of three heavenly bodies, 
Wagyu-- Japanese breed of cattle 
 
Question of the Month
What belongs to you but gets used by everyone else more than you?
As always, find the answer somewhere in the newsletter!
 


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LISTENING TO THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD continued

Then two days ago, in the cool of a late summer morning, the first monarch butterfly emerged.  As it gently unfolded its body from the chrysalis, its wings slowly unfurled.
 
For several unhurried moments, I marveled at such an observable miracle. Over several weeks we witnessed a transformation, yet how did this happen?  How did such a beautiful winged creature emerge from such a comparatively small abode?
 
After a couple of hours, it was ready to fly off to explore an entirely new-to-it world.  Incredibly, this monarch will most likely make the entire flight to the mountains of Mexico and join countless other butterflies in the ongoing miracle of creation.
 
The patience paid off! The search for a new associate pastor required much more patience and prayer than a Monarch - but just as much faith in resurrection.
 
I'm so enthusiastic to amplify the recent announcement made by the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC).  At the APNC's request, the Session of Oxford Presbyterian Church has called a special meeting of the congregation to vote on the team's unanimous selection of our Associate Pastor for Family Ministry and Campus Ministry.  This special meeting will take place following the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, October 7.    
 
As the APNC already communicated, we will honor the candidate's request not to divulge any identifying information until the weekend of October 6 and 7.  He is currently a solo pastor and wishes to honor the healthy relationships nurtured in that congregation.  Therefore, we join him to ensure that no information gets back to his church before he personally informs the Session and congregation. 
 
To that end, both the APNC and I may share that he is in his early thirties and graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary outside of Atlanta.  Before becoming a solo pastor, he served two large churches as a Youth Director.  Gregarious by nature, he exemplifies our ministry staff values of joy, collaboration, accountability and humility. 
 
I echo the APNC's joyful invitation for you to meet the candidate on Saturday, October 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge.  Join us for this opportunity to welcome him warmly to Oxford as we build a life giving ministry for generations to come.  The following day, October 7, the candidate will preach and share in worship leadership on World Communion Sunday.  Following worship, the APNC will present its report to the congregation and the candidate for your vote to be our next Associate Pastor. 
 
One transformation follows another. 
 
With Jake Smithers' joining our congregation as Youth Director and this excellent candidate as our Associate Pastor for Family Ministry and Campus Ministry, I am so incredibly hopeful and excited about the horizons of ministry and mission to which the Holy Spirit is leading this Body of Christ.   
 
Together ... R U Ready to create a church that is Real, Relevant, and Reformed?


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We welcome your feedback on the newsletter. We CRAVE your feedback as if we were a cake craving frosting. What is missing from the newsletter that you would like to see? Let me know. Thanks, nancy.  moeckenj@miamioh.edu (and here is your bonus for reading this section: What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter? Pumpkin Pi.)