April 24, 2020
In preparation for worship at home,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
Message: "Walking and Running"

(Image: “Supper at Emmaus” a painting by Caravaggio)
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Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks

A gift from the music ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church during this Season of Easter - "Allelulia, Alleluia! Give Thanks" sung by Jeremy and Gretchen Jones
Learning Together in This Season
Online Sunday School This Week!
Don't forget to check the church website for new updates, videos, and lesson plans from your Sunday School teachers here at OPC on Sunday morning.

Bookmark our church school page here .
Campus Ministry: "Food for Thought" Meets Over Zoom!
Food For Thought, the Campus Ministry discussion group (formerly known as "Lunch On Us") will be meeting via Zoom this Sunday at noon for a discussion on service in relation to faith and privilege. Miami student Molly Burns will be leading our campus discussion this week. Login details will be going out over e-mail this weekend. If you would like to be added to the campus ministry e-mail chain, please contact Pastor Marc for details.
Zoom Over to Youth Group!
Youth Group will be meeting over Zoom again this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and community in a time of pandemic. Login details will be going out over the weekly youth ministry e-mail blast this weekend. If you would like to be added to the weekly youth ministry e-mail, please contact Pastor Marc for details.
Eureka!
In this time of change, you may wish to consider new, convenient and safe avenues of stewardship giving to the ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church. In worship on Sunday, Pastor Lawrence demonstrated the easy and secure way of giving through a QR code.

Simply use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code (found later in this e-newsletter) and a few quick steps later, you’ve made a difference in the life of OPC, the community and the world.

Or – you may watch this brief video to learn how easy online giving really is.

And – Thank you!

(Eureka! – “We found it!” On Sunday, Pastor Lawrence wondered aloud what QR code signified. We learned it is an abbreviation for “Quick Response” code. Whew!)
Community Meal
The Community Meal on Wednesday, April 29, has returned. There will be meals purchased by the Community Meal Fund that comes from our Third Sunday Coin Collection to supply sandwiches from local businesses. While members of the congregation are not asked to supply food for this meal, you are encouraged to give to the Kiwanis Food Drive.

In addition, our Mission and Outreach Committee and Deacons are proactively responding to the needs of our community mission partners including – the Family Resource Center (FRC), Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS), Oxford Seniors, and the Backpack Program.
 
In lieu, of contributing to the April Community Meal, please consider donating to the FRC (send checks to P.O. Box 108, Oxford, OH), TOPSS (through the Kiwanis Food Drive), or the Deacons Food Drive (send checks to the OPC office). Thank you for loving our Oxford neighbors during this time of pandemic.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
If you are able, please donate peanut butter (medium to large jar), 1-2 cans of tuna, and toilet paper. TOPSS (Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services) is in great need of these items. You can either purchase these items or donate what you have at home as long as the expiration dates are in 2020 (or beyond).

To drop off:
Date: Thursday, May 7th
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Place: 400 W. Withrow (behind Mt. Olivet Cemetery)

Just drop off outside your vehicle, wave, and that's it!
Common Ground, Oxford
As part of our becoming a Mathew 25 Congregation and in collaboration with the Called to Life subgroup committed to eradicating systemic poverty, the Mission and Outreach Committee organized a Facebook Group called “Common Ground, Oxford” to serve as a forum for community conversation about how best to support and promote equitable living conditions for Oxford residents. In the coming weeks and months, we will be connecting with other social service organizations and churches in the area to broaden our network of partners and coordinate our efforts. Any and all members of the community may join by searching for the title of group on Facebook, or submitting a request.
2020 Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women
The Birthday Offering is one of Presbyterian Women’s offerings received in the spring each year. It gives women a tangible way to celebrate the blessings in their lives. The Birthday Offering funds up to five projects each year, in amounts of $75,000 to $150,000 each.

Since 1922, the Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering has helped fund mission projects that improve lives. In 2015 the Birthday offering provided a $100,000 grant to the Seventh Presbyterian Church, Barranquilla, Colombia, in partnership with Oxford Presbyterian Church, to improve the facilities and services of the Bethesda Christian Community Center, Barranquilla. This year’s Birthday Offering will support a Center for Social Assistance to the Disabled, Family, & Children Assisted Living Facility, in Davydova, Russia, and GAP Ministries in Augusta, GA. We encourage you to mail your Birthday Offering to the church office, 101 N. Main St., Oxford. Make checks payable to Oxford Presbyterian Women. Your generosity is appreciated.
Congregational Concerns
I lift up my eyes up to the hills,  
from where will my help come?  
My help comes from the LORD,  
who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121
 
Joyce Weber, a cherished and long-time member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church family passed away early on Tuesday, April 21 at home. Please keep Joyce's family in your prayers.

Paul Schiller, husband of Judy Schiller, passed away later on Tuesday, April 21 at home. Please keep Judy and her family in your prayers.
These Days Daily Devotions



These Days , a quarterly devotional from the Presbyterian Church (USA), is offering free devotions for the month of April and two free coloring pages.
Handicapped Accessible Restroom Update
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many struggles and changes on many levels, including at OPC. While these changes can be difficult to deal with, there are other positive changes occurring that can offer light to an otherwise dark time. One of these changes is the addition of a handicapped accessible restroom to the Memorial building. 

After two years of planning and discussion, generous financial gifts from OPC members and behind the scenes work of the Trustees and the Facility Planning Committee, the handicapped accessible restroom is becoming a reality.  Beginning this week, the space for the restroom is being prepared with removal of all items in the former copy room and finding them new homes throughout the church.  Next week, new walls will be built and the plumbers and electricians will begin the rough-in of the mechanical to the restroom. Work is expected to be substantially complete by the end of May and hopefully the restroom will be almost finished by the time OPC is able to reopen and have in-person services. 

Careful attention is being paid to ensure proper distancing of the contractors whenever possible. Much of the work to build out the restroom is being completed by a single person and the work of other contractors will mainly be completed in the basement of the building. The relatively small size of the bathroom will for the most part restrict work in the room to one contractor at a time – and while that is normally a hindrance, we are able to use it to our advantage and social distance. Through careful scheduling everyone is working to keep the contractors safe.

Keep an eye out in future Voice newsletters for additional updates and photos of the work as it progresses. 
Your Stewardship Matters

Although we cannot currently gather together for worship, mission, or Christian education – our congregation adapted each of these areas, and more, to the current realities in this pandemic.

With the evolution of our ministry, your stewardship remains as vital to ever as we increase mission support of our community partners, gather for worship via livestream, offer creative and original Christian education content, and faithfully care for our church staff. Your gifts matter and make an impact as we respond together to the impact of COVID-19.

In lieu of a contribution to the physical offering plate, we would encourage you to mail your pledge/tithe to the church office or give through one of these digital avenues. To give online both conveniently and securely, you may access our online giving opportunity from your computer at https://onrealm.org/oxfordpresbychurch/Give .

To give via QR code, scan the code in the image below with your phone and follow the brief prompts. If you’ve never given by QR code, take 114 seconds to view the video link earlier this in e-newsletter.

To give via text message, text opc1825 and your designated amount to 73256. For example, text "opc1825 25" to 73256 for an offering of $25 and follow the prompt.

Questions? Contact office - office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Living Into Hope

Christianity has tended to view the resurrection
as Jesus’s triumph over physical death.
But for Christians in the wisdom tradition
(who include among their ranks the very
earliest witnesses to the resurrection)
its meaning lies in something far deeper
than merely the resuscitation of a corpse.
 
Jesus’s real purpose in this sacrifice was to wager his own life
against his core conviction that love is stronger than death,
and that the laying down of self which is the essence
of this love leads not to death, but to life.

- Richard Rohr
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056