August 2, 2019
Summer Joint Worship Service
August 4, 2019

In preparation for worship,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.
 Scripture: Luke 12:13-21

Sermon: "The Incomparable Joy of Today"
by Pastor Lawrence
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion

Sunday, August 4th we join our brothers and sisters of Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC). Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of OUMC at the corner of Church and Poplar Streets. Come and celebrate our unity as the body of Christ! No service or Sunday School at OPC Memorial Church on August 4th.
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Third Thirty Workshop
AUGUST 10, 2019
8:30 am – NOON

The Third Thirty Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley wants to make the “golden years” joyful, fulfilling and productive. The network aims to empower people, maximize opportunities, and meet the challenges of aging. Facilitators at the workshop will share presentations and offer conversational guidelines to be used in individual congregations.

Topics will include: downsizing, health during aging, end of life issues and other pertinent
subjects. Through this presbytery wide network ideas can be shared. 

This free half day workshop will be held at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1541 South Smithville Road in Dayton. Coffee and snacks will be available beginning at 8:00 am. A light lunch will be provided at noon at no charge. Presbytery contact: Janet E. Miller, Third Thirty Network Lead, (937-219-7314)

Judy Fisher (523 3489) plans to go and invites all those interested to accompany her.
Altar Flowers
Altar flowers are needed for Sunday, August 11th. Please contact Marge Smith (523-3895) by Monday, August 5th if you would like to give the altar flowers. The cost is $20. It can be put in an envelope, labelled with name and purpose and dropped in the Financial Secretary's mailbox.
 MEF - Intergenerational Canoeing Adventure
Join in the fun on Sunday, August 11th at 1:30 pm in Brookville, IN at  Morgan's Canoe Rental  to enjoy time and fellowship on the river.

We will be paddling down the scenic Whitewater River for 7 miles soaking in the beautiful sights and sounds along the way. All are welcome.

For more information contact Leanne Staley at 513-649-0291 or visit Morgan's Outdoor Adventures website . A last summer adventure to paddle our way into the new school year. 
Sunday School News
Sunday School teachers almost filled!  The Christian Education committee is so thankful for all of our enthusiastic volunteers and Sunday School teachers! We have Sunday School teachers lined for every month except for the months of September 2019 and April 2020. If you would be willing to prayerfully consider teaching one of those months, please sign-up in the Molyneaux Lounge!

Second Adults for Sunday School!  If you would be willing or available to consider assisting Rhonda in our preschool nursery room, please add your name to the sign-up sheet located in the Molyneaux Lounge.
Donate Blood - Donate Life
On August 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth is holding another blood drive. Please consider being a donor.

For more information contact the hospital at 523.2111. The next joint blood drive between OPC and the hospital will take place in October.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
The 2019 Welcome Back Walkabout is fast approaching and Miami University seeks our help! Please consider volunteering for this gracious way of greeting our student neighbors in Oxford (sign up  here )
What is Walkabout?
Walkabout is an annual program (in its 16th 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? 
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 throughout the year.

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. University staff will provide the information and talking points!  

How many volunteers / who are you looking for? 
Miami is seeking about 150 volunteers. All ages are welcome, 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 26
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Volunteer time slots are from 4-6 and 6-8 pm 

If you are able to participate, please fill out the Walkabout Volunteer registration form without delay  here

We hope you can join us for the 2019 Walkabout effort! 
Journals and Reflection Questions
Summer continues to be a great time to rest and reflect on "What's next." "What's next for me?" "What's next for our congregation?" Journals from the Myrtle Collaboration team are freely available in the lounge for you to jot down your reflections on the questions we've been asking. Take these journals to your porch or backyard, to the cabin or the beach. 

Our reflection questions for August are:

  • How do I live out multiple callings in service to others?
  • How can Oxford Presbyterian Church help me to listen to Jesus’ call?

Click  here for a list of all the reflection questions.
Summertime Stewardship
Are you traveling over the summer and wish to stay current on your stewardship support of our ministry? Don't worry, there are ways to give easily remotely, even automatically!

MAIL gifts to the office:
101 N Main St, Oxford, OH 45056

BANK BILL PAY mails checks remotely,
one-time or on a recurring schedule –
contact your bank to set this up

ONLINE by simply clicking  HERE

SMART PHONE by texting OPC1825 and your designated amount to 73256. For example,
text "opc1825 25" to 73256 for an offering of $25.
Living Into Hope

There is not an act of kindness or generosity, not an act of sacrifice done,
or a word of peace and gentleness spoken, not a child's prayer uttered,
that does not sing hymns to God.
- Thomas Merton
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056