April 5, 2019
Fifth Sunday in Lent
  Scripture - Jeremiah 29:11-14
Reflections on Our "Call" with Pastor Lawrence and Anne Bailey
 
(Note on image:  Jeremiah by Rembrandt )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
O.P.W. Friendship Breakfast

You are invited to the Oxford Presbyterian Women’s Spring Friendship Breakfast, Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m., at the Seminary. We’re having a Pot-Luck breakfast buffet. Please bring an item to share (coffee cake, do-nuts, bagels, egg casserole, quiche, grits, etc.). Coffee, juice and fruit will be provided. Bring a friend!
OPC Lenten Study, 2019
What is a Spiritual Practice?

A spiritual practice is any regular and intentional activity that establishes, develops, and nourishes a personal relationship with the Divine in which we allow ourselves to be transformed ( www. http://spiritualpractice.ca/what/what-2/ ) A Daily Spiritual Practice establishes and provides us with a foundation upon which we can build a new perspective of life and our role in the experiences of life. A Daily Spiritual Practice deepens and expands the awareness of your connection to your Source https://innervisionsworldwide.com/daily-spiritual-practice/
 
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. ~ Seminary (104 E. Church St). Brown bag lunch encouraged, beverages provided. Childcare provided at the Memorial.

This Sunday ~ April 7 – Lectio Divina
  • Led by Associate Pastor Marc van Bulck. In Christianity, Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation, and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's word.
College Student Dinners and Discussions! 
Join us for a campus ministry dinner  Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 P.M.   We will gather at Carol and Cal Klumb's home (4 Olde Stone Court) for a warm, delicious meal, and a casual discussion on the topic of prayer led by Pastor Marc. Our next dinner/discussion night will be Sunday, May 5th at the home of Pat and Jack Gifford. If you need directions or transportation, please let Carol or Pastor Marc know. Hope to see you there!  
Facilities Spring Clean-up
Saturday, April 13 ~ 10:00 a.m.
(outdoors - Memorial and Seminary Church)
Palm Sunday
Big happenings...A live donkey will be outside the church on Sunday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m., then there will be a procession of palms at 10:00 a.m. Children and youth ~ please meet in the Narthex at  9:45 a.m.  to prepare for the processional of palms.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing: Fish Banks are available to “kids of all ages” in the Molyneaux Lounge. We encourage everyone who wants to contribute in this way to take one home. We will be collecting them back Palm Sunday. In addition, we will receive the OGHS special offering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We invite you to give generously on April 14.
Presbyterian Triennium
Don’t forget to register for Triennium! The deadline is on April 14th. The cost is $100 per person and we will cover the rest! If you need any financial assistance please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help. If you have any questions you can contact our Registrar, Emily Lykins, at  e_lykins@yahoo.com  or our Youth Director, Jake Smithers, at  youth@oxfordpresbychurch.org . You can register online at:  https://triennium-medical.pcusa.org/participant_information/
Deacons' Lenten Food Drive
The Oxford Choice Pantry will be relocating their facility to Merry Day Park and rebranding as Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS). Our church has a goal of contributing $10,000 dollars towards this facility. As has been our annual tradition, the Deacon’s Lenten Food Drive will run until Sunday, April 14th. 

This year the money donated for the Deacon’s Lenten Food Drive will be applied towards our Church’s $10,000 goal to support TOPSS. Donations can be placed in the offering plates with the note “Lenten Food Drive” on the memo line of the check or on the outside of the envelope if the donation is cash. Thank you for your support of this worthy and necessary effort.

Canned good and boxed pasta will also be gladly accepted, please place these in the basket located in the back of Church.
Easter Special Music Fund
and Spring Flower Fundraiser
This year Spring flowers will be placed at the front of the church on Easter Sunday. Cost is $16.00.

 Orders are due by April 15.

Order forms are available outside the church office.
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on April 16 at 1:30 in the Country Kitchen at the Knolls.
Reservations for the optional noon lunch in the café are due by Friday, April 12 to Lynn Cronk. Visitors and guests are always welcome. 
Maundy Thursday
April 18, 2019 at The Knolls. We will begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by our worship service at 6:15 p.m. Contact the church office, 513-523-6364 or office@oxfordpresbychurch.org, to make your reservation. Visit our website to pay online . Meal reservation at a cost of $10.00 per person due by April 15.   Registration forms are available outside the church office. No reservations required to attend the Worship Service only.
Good Friday – Walk of Witness
On Good Friday, April 19 invite friends and neighbors to join your OPC family and our brothers and sister in faith from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for a Walk of Witness. We will gather at Oxford Presbyterian Church around 11:50 a.m.

At noon, we’ll begin a time of prayer and scripture readings in which we depart OPC on foot taking turns carrying a homemade, life-size wooden cross. Following a reading of the Passion at the uptown Memorial Park, we will continue walking along High and Poplar while stopping for a series of readings and prayers. The walk will conclude at Holy Trinity around 1:00 p.m. All are invited!
Easter Vigil
An ancient tradition of Christians, the deeply moving Vigil begins by kindling the Easter fire outside and then processing into the Sanctuary. Together we are drawn into the story of salvation, moving from the culmination of Lent to the dawning of Easter. This Worship Service hosted by Campus Ministries will be held on the evening of Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 P.M. at the Seminary Church.

All are invited! Come let your heart, mind, and body be engaged in an experiential celebration of the new life we are given in Christ!
Deacon’s Spring Blood Drive Coming Up!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the Spring blood drive sponsored by the Deacons and McCullough-Hyde Memorial/TriHealth Hospital. Appointments are encouraged online at  www.donortime.com . Please use sponsor code #324 when registering. The Community Blood Center donor coach will be located on Church Street adjacent to the hospital and OPC. For registering to donate, each individual will receive a limited edition “Hero” tumbler-style travel mug. So be a hero and give blood to save lives!

Thank you,
The Deacons
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, and join us for a New Members Experience in Marc's office on May 5th, 12th, and 19th at 9:00 A.M.
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 4:30 p.m. Movie will begin at 5:00 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!
Save the Date
Friday, May 24th - Saturday, May 25th
Friday at 9:00 p.m. - Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
Come Join Us for Lots of Fun!!
Your Stewardship Matters
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through 
life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. 
You need to be able to throw something back. 
- Maya Angelou
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