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Christmas. New Year. What a time of celebration!
As we welcome the light of Christ and step across the threshold into a new year, I think of these words from a favorite song:
"There is a joy in the journey,
There's a light we can love on the way."
Truly, it has been our joy to welcome the Rev. Marcel van Bulck to the ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church as our Pastor of Family Ministry and Campus Ministry. While Pastor Marc has already met many throughout the congregation and beyond, we couldn't wait to bring you this personal greeting from him:
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The Celebration at the Manger, directed for the last time by Jenn Walter was a total triumph. Each person who participated, whether by sewing, making, acting, supporting, encouraging, playing, singing, building, painting, shining, sparkling, smiling or just beingis truly appreciated. Jenn is handing over the director's chair to Carla Blackman.
Enjoy the pictures.
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Keep these friends in your prayers:
Betty Barnhart, 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
December Session Meeting
The hospitality of Amy and Pastor Lawrence was appreciated as the session held their December meeting in their home.
The budget for 2019, as presented by the Stewardship and Finance Committee, was approved with a few minor adjustments. The session approves the income and expenses portion of the budget; the congregation will approve the salary packages of the Pastors at the annual congregational meeting on January 20, 2019.
A Catalog of Opportunities for Giving, updated through December 2018, was distributed and will be available to the congregation. (See Bridgite)
The Christian Cooperative Nursery School Policy was revised and approved.
Reports of various committees were received and approved.
Amy McGoldrick, Leanne Staley and Deb Sayers are retiring from session. They were thanked for their dedication, creative thinking, and hard work.
Judy Fisher, Clerk
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Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship
Directory pictures: Date set for Sat., Feb. 16, Advertise first of January; online appointments should begin later Jan - Minimum of ten pictures needed. New members will be encouraged as well as those that missed the last picture day. Defibrillator purchase and training - Delivered 12/4. Will research training materials to present to church staff and ushers.
Name tags - Begin thinking of ideas where to hang old name tags in the Narthes and look for a place in the front to hang tags, as well. Peel and stick name tags will be used through December.
Mission and Outreach
Judy Fisher gave us a background on and invitation to join Mustard Seed. Funding: Clubhouse: 202.29, Free Clinic: $850. M&O will invite a rep from the Free Clinic to give us a better background on their work.
Start planning for 2020 mission trip to Ghana or Columbia
The current state of the Seminary reconstruction work was discussed. Minor work remains on the final items in the upstairs AV system. Bids are coming regarding the upgrade of the AV system on the lower level for which funding has become available. We are awaiting bids for the replacement of the lower level windows. The trustees gratefully accepted Bill King's suggestion that the stained glass window that he restored be hung in front of one of the first floor windows.
The Spectrum service line into the Memorial Building is operational, and switchover to the new phone system has taken place. Notice will shortly be given to Frontier for service termination.
A motion was unanimously approved to purchase a wireless video monitor so Bridgite can observe the church entry.
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The Deacons would like to thank the congregation for their generous giving this year! The Kroger Rewards program garnered $1547.23, all of which went to help fund monthly donations of food and personal grooming supplies to the Oxford Choice Pantry. If you do not already do so, use your Kroger shopping to help others. To sign up, please refer to the OPC website. Once again, thank you and keep giving!
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, 523-1680
THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE
will meet on January 15 in the Country Kitchen at 1:30 p.m. Reservations for the optional noon lunch are due to Lynn Cronk by Friday the 11th. Pat Gifford will be leading the lesson, Karen Shearer will conduct the Least Coin and Lynn Cronk the Mission Yearbook. Visitors and guests are always welcome.
Lesson Four is "God with Us When We Seek God". The Opening Psalm states, "...for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you."
THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE is meeting January 8 (for some strange reason no one wanted to do January 1) at the home of Jane Baer, 131 E. Spring St., 523-5127. Jane will be her own co-hostess. Sue Wilson is doing the program and Karen Simpson will do the devotion. Seeing Jane in her home is always a meaningful experience.
Anyone needing a ride should contact Karen Simpson, 523-8363,
THANK YOU TO OUR COOKIE WALK 2018 VOLUNTEERS AND CUSTOMERS
Our annual Cookie Walk was held Saturday December 1, 2018, in the Molyneaux Lounge. Thank you to all our customers! Over $1,000 was raised for the benevolences Oxford Presbyterian Women support.
Cookies, candy, gifts, crafts and re-sale items pleased our shoppers. Neighbors greeted one another. New acquaintances were made. Young children delighted us. Our Cookie café offered cocoa & cookies. The café might move into the Lounge next year. Special thanks to Prue Dana for her SERRV craft/gift offerings.
Our volunteers include: Lydia Bartel, Carla Blackman, Cornelia Browne, Ellen Buerk, Margaret Butcher, Michael Case, Lynn Cronk, Marilyn Curry, Prue Dana, Debbie Davidson, Pam Deahl, Bridgite Dickerson, Sandy Drewes, Connie Everhart, Judy Fisher, Rosemary Fisher, Carol Flee, Joe Foltz, Paula Foltz, Pat Gifford, Chris Gudorf, Mark Gudorf, Kathy Hardy, Larry Hardy, Hannah Harris, Janet Holmes, Elizabeth Johnson, Susan King, Cal Klumb, Carol Klumb, Jennifer Lake, Ginny Layton, Joni Marcum, Rachel Mehl, Mary Niehoff, Jean O'Connell, Priscilla Parks, Mickey Preston, Becky Quay, Jo Reinhart, Joy Russell, Carol Schaber, Ginny Scott, Karen Shearer, Joe Simpson, Karen Simpson, Robert Simpson, Sue Skillings, Barbara Skipper, Marjorie Smith, Nancy Sturgeon, Lindsey Sunderhaus, Angela Trubceac, Diane Young, Janet Ziegler and Sue Wilson. All of your baking, candy-making, craft creating and gift displaying were super! Thank you!
Carol Klumb and Paula Foltz, co-chairs
Seeking God, Serving Others, Sharing Christ's Love With All
The Mitten Tree donations totaled $2,825! That deserves a hand, a helping, loving hand in a mitten! Many thanks to Karen Shearer, our faithful Mitten Tree shepherd.
SAVE THE DATE!! PHOTO OP ON FEBRUARY 16TH
Our picture directory is being revised! If you are a new member and aren't in the directory, if you missed having your picture taken last year, or if you want a new picture to replace the previous one...we've got you covered.
Save the date, Saturday, February 16th. You can register for your appointment online beginning mid-January; watch the bulletin and Voice for specific information.
In addition to new and updated pictures, we will be able to add new information, update information, and make corrections to the current directory. If you have changes, please contact Bridgite Dickerson in the Church office at 523-6364.
Make it easier to connect with our congregation members and for them to connect with you! Be an active part of our directory program!
Pat Gifford for Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship
THE "NEW" SUPPER CLUB
The Membership, Fellowship, and Evangelism (MEF) Committee was inspired by the seniors in the video at the rededication of the Seminary Building. All of them mentioned enjoying the "Supper Club" that met regularly for potluck dinners. So, taking that cue, we are trying something new with our gatherings for fellowship and food this year.
We plan to meet every month for a family potluck dinner (The Supper Club), with either games, entertainment, a movie or some fun activity. We will gather once a month, usually on Sunday from about 5-7 in the Seminary. Our first event will coincide with the Seminary Cinema Series on the Spirit of Scotland, February 24th, at 4:00 to watch "Greyfriars Bobby."
The movie will take place upstairs at the Seminary, then we will follow with Supper Club downstairs. Lots more information to follow, so watch the Voice and bulletin.
The groups formed for Time to Dine last year are also encouraged to continue to meet if you wish. The small groups are also great fun!
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 at 10:00 A.M. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. In January, the dates are 8 and 22. Be advised there will likely be a room change that will be announced once it is confirmed. Will be somewhere in the Healthcare wing. If you would like to join us, but need a ride,
just give Becky a call at 523-5747.
Deadline for the February 2019 Newsletter is January 20, 2019
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Wednesday August 30, 2017: The Colombian Culture: This day was scheduled to be a day of relaxation after the previous full days of activities. However, we had to arise early in order to be ready for pick-up at 8:00 am for a drive to Cartagena. Our drivers for the day were Alexander's brother Germ
án, and Gina's brother Paulo. The city of Cartagena, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indiasis a major port founded in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia. We spent the morning exploring the Castile, which is a large old fort where the Spanish were able to defeat the invading English. And, we were told that is why the people of Colombia speak Spanish today instead of English!
We went to lunch in an authentic Colombian restaurant. The food was good but we have a memory of the green fish soup that included fish bones and scales. Lawrence declared that the soup was absolutely delicious! (The rest of us withheld our praise for the fish soup.) Then it was on to the beach. Lawrence and Karen went swimming, but the rest of us declined, as the day was overcast and not hot like the other days earlier in the week. Afterwards we drove through the Old City inside the walls and enjoyed the Old Spanish architecture from the colonial era.
Old Town Cartagena.
During the car ride home we talked with Johana about life in Colombia. While they have car insurance, health insurance, pensions, and maternity leave, many in Colombia have nothing. There is a terrible amount of government corruption. Everyone is covered under the government health insurance program, even the Venezuelan refugees. Howeverthe government is slow to reimburse the health care providers, which is another big problem. The country is 99% Catholic, but the divorce rate is still fairly high. Johana's husband, Daniel, is an artist and he creates many beautiful posters for his work and also for the Church.
Answer to the Question of the Month:
The newsletter! New look coming in February. Prepare to be excited!
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Oxford Presbyterian Church Staff
Office Hours: 8:30-4:30, M-F
Seminary Building: 513-523-7411
Dr. Joseph R. Hookey
Rev. Diane Ziegler
: Julia R. Fisher
Sarah Mapel: email@example.com
OFFICERS OF OPC
Class of 2019:
Jenny Bailer, F. Harrison Green, Greg Hughes, Nancy Moeckel,
Class of 2020
Candice Crist, Danny Cross, Pat Gifford, Richard Munson, Jennifer Walter
Class of 2021
Lisa Brunckhorst, Carol Klumb, Gene Krebs, Ginny Layton, Katie Payne
Class of 2019:
Debbie Davidson, Janet Holmes, Pat Roberts, Robert Smith, Diane Young,
Class of 2020
Cornelia Browne, Jill Grajewski, Stephanie Hartman, Matt Lykins, Becky Quay
Class of 2021
Arly Allen, Lee Fisher, Ginny Scott, Karen Shearer, Mickey Simonds
Class of 2019: Keith Payne, Joe Simpson
Class of 2020: Rick Bailey, Scott Parkinson
Class of 2021: Nick Fears, Joy Russell
4 Jane Baer
5 Angie James
7 Elliot Boyle
7 Deanna Roberts
8 Joy Russell
9 Ellen Buerk
9 Tom Fey
9 Jessica Stephenson
10 Cindy Satkowski
11 Jean Butterfield
12 Marty Miller
15 Mary Isabel Caspar
15 Judy Herold
15 Doka Satkowski
16 Cora Frieda
19 Judy Cross
19 Dolly Thomas
22 Scott Walter
23 Mike Sunderhaus
24 Mickey Preston
26 Steve Flee
27 Jane Jackson
27 Nancy Wilson
29 Cameron Hay-Rollins
29 Steve Snyder
30 Kim Logsdon
31 Andy Farler
A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night. (they have done so in my yard!-ed)
There are 7 species of mole in North America.
The mole's diet consists mainly of the insects, grubs, and worms it finds in the soil. Moles are thought to damage roots and tubers by feeding on them, but rodents usually are to blame. Moles eat from 70% to 100% of their weight each day.
Moles do not hibernate but are more or less active at all seasons of the year.
Moles' mating season occurs from February to April. Mating only once per year, females are pregnant for four to six weeks and give birth to litters of two to six pups.
Hibernation is one of the most intriguing methods animals use to survive cold weather. When an animal hibernates, its heart rate, body temperature and other life processes slow down, putting them into a kind of a "deep
sleep." Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, are one of Ohio's true hibernators,
Outdated laws still on the books in Ohio
The Ohio driver's education manual states that you must honk the horn whenever you pass another car in Ohio,
It is illegal to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license.
Participating in a duel is outlawed
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
What has been the same for about 10 years, but will change in February? Search the newsletter, by reading every article, to find the answer
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LISTENING TO THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD (continued)
It has been such a joy and such a thrill to FINALLY ARRIVE at Oxford Presbyterian Church with all of you during the season of Advent. I want to continue to express my deep gratitude for the overwhelming generosity, warmth, and hospitality that the congregation has shown me as I have been coming on board and, indeed, for the privilege to be invited to serve the ministries of this church in this way. It is a real gift.
Over the last few weeks, I have been asked about how I prefer to be addressed ("Are you pastor? Are you reverend?") as well as some questions about what my ordinary schedule will look like. Like Pastor Lawrence, I have become accustomed to introducing myself as "Pastor Marc," so that's probably how you will hear me introduce myself at OPC (although if you feel moved by the Spirit to "let your hair down" from time to time and just call me "Marc," that doesn't offend me at all).
My ordinary workdays here at the church are Monday-Thursday and Sunday of course (Fridays and Saturdays are ordinarily my Sabbath time). During my workdays, I am open to all forms of communication (calls, texts, and even some social media). If an emergency occurs during one of my days off, I do ask that you PLEASE get in touch with me as soon as possible. It's important that we, as a church, can address emergencies as quickly as possible. However, I would ask that calls like those be limited to just that: emergencies. That way (like Pastor Lawrence) I may strive to faithfully honor my Sabbath time. I LOVE to make time to see you, to visit with you, and to fellowship with you socially! The best way to do that is to make an appointment with me as far in advance as you are able.
I am so excited for what God has in store for us at Oxford Presbyterian Church. Let's celebrate this new year together!
Blessings and peace,
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