August 17, 2018
(Image: The Lamp of Wisdom in Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, England)
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Proverbs 9:1-6 & John 6:51-58
Message: “The Word of Wisdom”
Upcoming Events
Congregational Meeting Sunday, August 19
for the election of the Nominating Committee immediately following worship.
Church School Teachers Needed
Can you imagine your name here?

Want to talk more about it? Contact Jenn Walter. or sign up in the Molyneaux Lounge
Creating a Healthy Oxford
Welcome Back Walkabout
The 2018 Welcome Back Walkabout is fast approaching and we need your help! Please consider volunteering for this important project ( sign up here ). 
What is Walkabout?
Walkabout is an annual program (in its 15th year!) in which small groups of volunteers visit off-campus students in their rental houses and apartments at the beginning of fall semester. The volunteers welcome students back to town and provide useful information about living in Oxford. In addition to information, they also give chocolate chip cookies to each house that answers the door. 
Why do we need Walkabout? 
College towns have dealt with challenging student behavior for decades. Walkabout is based on the premise that interacting with students on their own doorstep makes them more aware of the broader Oxford community and makes a positive impact on behavior.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers will visit between 20-30 off-campus properties during their 2-hour volunteer shift. You'll have a brief conversation with the students you reach about the Oxford community - city ordinances, local services, and community expectations of responsible and respectful behavior. This year, we'll also be offering students the opportunity to register to vote. We'll provide the information and talking points!     
How many volunteers / who are you looking for? 
We need about 150 volunteers. We welcome people of all ages, including community members, faculty, staff, and students. Children and pets are always nice additions to teams. The greater the diversity of participants, the better we represent the full community. 
When is it? 
Monday, August 27
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Volunteer time slots are from 4-6 and 6-8pm 
If you are able to participate, please fill out the  Walkabout Volunteer registration form.

We hope you can join us for the 2018 Walkabout effort! Thank you in advance for your participation!
Church Newsletter

Don't forget to turn in your articles! All submissions for the September Newsletter are due Monday, August 20.  Please submit to Nancy Moeckel: .
If you don’t receive the newsletter but would like too, please contact the church office at 523-6364 or email: to be placed on our mailing list.
Apply to be a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer for 2019
The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 20 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local mission partners working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.
Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.
Applications are open October 1, 2018 for 2019 placements. Learn more here -
Seeking a Youth Director
We are actively seeking a part-time (up to 19 hrs.) Youth Director. The candidate must be committed to teaching and leading our youth as well as learning and growing as a person of faith. She/he should have a biblical grounding in Reformed theology to develop and lead youth groups for Middle School and High School youth, plan and lead Confirmation classes, and coordinate a summer youth mission trip.

We are looking for a person with extraordinary interpersonal skills, who can help our youth know and understand God, welcome curious minds, and provide spiritual guidance. Excellent organization, written and verbal communication, social media and computer skills are also important for a person in this position. Christ-centered, creative, energetic, and collaborative, the qualified candidate will report to the Pastor/Head of Staff with input and support of the Christian Education Committee

For the complete Youth Director Position Description, go to , also check us out on Facebook at . Please send resume, references, and cover letter to express your interest in this position to Pastor Lawrence Bartel, by August 17. 
Online Giving
Our current online givers will be receiving a letter in the mail this week as well as a follow up phone call introducing our new online giving website - REALM. REALM opens our congregation to many new avenues of supporting our church’s mission in the digital age. Stay tuned to learn about these new avenues to support the ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church.
Ripped from the Headlines
What wonderful and meaningful conversations we had during this summer as part of our "Ripped from the Headlines" small group gatherings! Discussions centered around such topics as: the 2nd Amendment, challenges of airline travel, upholding one's beliefs in difficult times, civil discourse, global warming, and the tension between Israel and Palestine ... all through the lens of being a Presbyterian in today's world. Thanks to everyone who attended! A special thank you goes to our hosts/hostesses: Rick & Anne Bailey, Joy Russell, Nancy Moeckel, Ellen Buerk, Bella & Jenn Walter, and Pastor Lawrence Bartel. Blessings to all! ~Your Adult Christian Education
Mark Your Calendar
Oxford Presbyterian Church Blood Drive
at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital Blood Mobile
Wednesday, October 17 ~ 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Appointments Encouraged.
Please sign up online: / use Sponsor Code #324
Living Into Hope
Faith does not come into being out of nothing, inadvertently, unprepared, as an unearned surprise. Faith is preceded by awe, by acts of amazement at things that we apprehend but cannot comprehend. . . Callousness to the mystery is our greatest obstacle.
-     Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
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