April 26, 2019
Second Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Luke 17:11-21
Message: "There is a Kingdom in Me"
 
(Note on image: 2019 Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women)

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. The new facility was dedicated in 2017. Many small contributions can add up to make a large project possible, as the Birthday offering shows us. 
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Welcome our Guest Worship Leader
This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Charles Dickerson, Jr. as our Worship Leader . A native born Oxford resident. Rev. Dickerson occasionally serves as a Pulpit Supply Minister.

Rev. Dickerson is looking forward to sharing worship with the OPC family this Sunday.
Facilities Planning Team Survey
D ear OPC Congregation,

The Facilities Planning Team wants to hear from you! 

With major renovation of the Seminary church complete, facility planning attention is returning to the Memorial building. Construction of an accessibility ramp has been turned over to the Trustees and will begin shortly. 

We seek your input in helping to select future upgrades. In addition to the accessibility ramp, a variety of possible Memorial upgrades were suggested earlier including: 
  • accessible bathrooms
  • elevator / lift
  • covered walkway (enclosed portico) 
  • expanded fellowship space
  • remodeled / enlarged kitchen
  • more welcoming narthex.
  • meeting space.

The listed items are by no means exhaustive. We anticipate many responses that are not on this list.

Your responses to the survey will help determine our next steps.

If you haven't yet responded, please click on this link and fill out survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZTTRHCP

We would appreciate your response by Sunday, April 28th.

Thank you! The Facilities Planning Team looks forward to using your ideas and input to shape our next steps for the Memorial. 

Facilities Planning Team Co-Chairs Jenny Bailer and Joe Simpson
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Puff Memorial Lecture

"Evangelicals, the End Times, and the Religious Right in Modern America"

April 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
100 Art Building

Feeling besieged by secularism, family breakdown, and government encroachment, American evangelical Christians took to the pulpit and airwaves in the second half of the 20th century to explain how biblical prophesies about the end times made sense of a ravaged modern world. By the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans reached out to evangelicals, and together they built the Religious Right. In the 2016 presidential election, no group supported President Trump more enthusiastically than white evangelicals. Dr. Sutton's talk helps explain why.

Dr. Sutton is Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University. His books include American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism and Jerry Falwell and the Rise of the Religious Right.
Ramp Construction Update
  • Initial work has begun on the accessible ramp entrance into the Sanctuary of the Memorial Church building. The large maple tree out front and some landscaping plants have been removed/relocated in preparation for demolition that will begin next week. The existing entrance will be usable this Sunday, but it will be unavailable for May and June.

  • A more detailed schedule will be shared in the next week or two as subcontractors are scheduled.  Since the scope of work is on the exterior of the building and requires a relatively dry environment, it is important to note the schedule is subject to the whims of Mother Nature. 

Congregants attending Sunday services will be able to enter the sanctuary through the courtyard entrance and those that typically migrate towards the rear of the Sanctuary may want to plan to arrive a few minutes early to be able to make your way back. We will have three parking spots reserved during the week for construction related activity - the handicapped spot directly in front of the ramp construction and two spots on the east side of North Main St. We are working with the City of Oxford to make these spots available on Sunday mornings.

We will continue to keep you updated in future weeks about what is happening and what you can expect with the construction of this exciting addition to our church.
Seminary Cinema Presents: "Fundamentalism on Film" Series
Seminary Cinema returns for the month of May with a companion series to the upcoming April 29th Puff Lecture, "Evangelicals, the End Times, and the Religious Right in Modern America."

We will be screening three films over the following Saturday afternoons and engaging in discussions led by Matt Benzing. The three films will be: "Take Shelter" (5/4), "Jesus Camp" (5/11), and "The Apostle" (5/18). Discussion will begin at 3:30 p.m. Movie will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Please note that (due to the nature of the Puff topic), some of the films in this particular series may be more mature in nature and not suitable for younger audiences. Please check the bulletin and newsletters over the coming weeks for more details and mark your calendars!
Become 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, please let Pastor Marc, Pastor Lawrence and/or Bridgite know that you are interested. Join us for a New Members Experience in Pastor Marc's office on May 5th and May 12th at 11:30 a.m. New Member Sunday will be May 19th during worship.  (Please note time change).
#Take3Oxford trash pick-up event
OPC and Holy Trinity Episcopal will join forces and pick up rubbish together after worship on Sunday May 5. Participants will meet at 11:45 a.m. on the front steps of Holy Trinity at 25 E. Walnut Street.

Please come dressed for the elements, and bring gloves and a trash pick-up stick if you have them. Disposable gloves, garbage bags, and a small number of additional pick-up sticks will be provided. We expect to have a great time caring for creation in the blocks around Holy Trinity until 1:00 p.m. that day.

All ages and abilities are welcome.
College Student Dinners and Discussions!
Join us for some D&D!
(Dinner and Discussion...for college students!)

Our next campus ministry Dinner and Discussion will be  Sunday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. (Please note time change).

We will gather at the home of Pat and Jack Gifford (6511 Morning Sun Road) for a warm, delicious meal, and a casual discussion on the topic of "Who is Jesus?" led by Pastor Marc. If you need directions or transportation, please let Carol or Pastor Marc know. Hope to see you there!
Rummage Sale
It’s sing along time, team! Follow the bouncing ball…Take me out to the ball game, Take me out to the Seminary…Donate your this and Donate your that…We don’t care if it’s just your old hat. (Hum the rest quietly, please.) It’s time to knuckle down, Winsocki, and get those “that’s” packed up and donated to the rummage sale. Remember that ALL proceeds go to OPW missions, and in the process, with the great prices on great, gently used “thats,” the community benefits too. It’s a win-win, and who doesn’t like winning! It causes us to start grinning! And that’s better than sinning and sometimes even better than singing!

Sunday May 5, from 2-5, at the Seminary begins drop off! The following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are drop off, sort, set out and price days, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. 

Sale days:  Thursday May 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday May 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12-noon, Pack up, 12-noon to 1:00 p.m.-ish, (a slightly Pirate-d song) We are Fam-il-y, Come to the Seminary ‘n See, We are Fam-il-y!
Tuesday Evening Circle
The Tuesday Evening Circle will meet in the home of Janet Holmes on May 7. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome. Anyone needing a ride should call Karen Simpson, 523-8363.
Confirmation Sunday
Join us for worship on May 12th to officially welcome our confirmands as members of Oxford Presbyterian Church.

We will be celebrating the gifts that Grady Holmes, Isabel Lykins, Isabella Walter, Jens Bartel, Kylee Fears, and Zeke Groom bring to the church!
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Sunday School Teachers and 2nd Adults Needed!
If interested in making a difference in a young person's Christian Education, please contact Jenn Walter,
(513) 593-4883, jenn.walter@miamioh.edu
Deacons' Blood Drive
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated blood during the April 23 OPC and McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth joint blood drive!

We are pleased with the combined results reported by the Community Blood Center:

  • 58 people registered to give blood
  • 53 were successful (the goal was 40)
  • 133% of goal
  • 3 first time donors

Over 159 lives will be impacted as a result of the total donations!

Again, the selfless giving of OPC members, friends and the Oxford community is certainly evident by the success of this important life-saving event!

Many thanks!
The Deacons
Living Into Hope
If it is really true that in going to his death
he took upon himself, and in some sense exhausted,
the full weight of the world’s evil - 
there clearly then is a task waiting to be done. 
The music he wrote must be performed. 
The early disciples saw this and got on with it.
When Jesus emerged from the tomb, 
justice, spirituality, relationship, and beauty rose with him. 
Something has happened in and through 
Jesus as a result of which the world is a different place, 
a place where heaven and earth have been joined forever. 
God’s future has arrived in the present. 
Instead of mere echoes, we hear the voice itself: 
a voice which speaks of rescue from evil and death, 
and hence of new creation.
- N. T. Wright
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