August 23, 2019
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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 13:10-17
Sermon: "Waiting"

(Note on image: see August Stewardship Focus on Worship and Music )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
August Stewardship Focus – Worship and Music
Ministry and mission at Oxford Presbyterian Church takes on so many forms as we answer Christ's call in our community, nation and world.

Blessing of the Animals

Our animals, both pets and working animals, are vitally important to our emotional and physical well-being. In addition, animals are God’s creations along with humans. Who can imagine heaven without animals? (Not trying to stir up a theological debate here.) In 2018 pet lovers gathered in the courtyard of the Memorial Church for a special event centered on receiving God’s blessing for our dogs and cats (all animals were invited to be blessed). Following the reading of scriptures and stories about the importance of animals, each animal was blessed and presented with a certificate indicating their blessing. It was a great success and outreach to our community. Another Blessing will be held on October 5, 2019.
Christian Education News
The Christian Education Committee expresses a deep and heartfelt  THANK YOU to JENN WALTER  for serving as our Chair for the last almost two years. We are very grateful for all the hard work and leadership. Thank you, Jenn! Candace Crist and Emily Lykins are currently serving as co-chairs of Christian Education.

We now have people lined up to teach Sunday school through the entire 2019-20 year. Thank you to all the wonderful folks who volunteered!

Youth Group - mark your calendars for our fall kickoff event...a pool party!! Grab your swimsuit, bring a friend or two, and plan to join us on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Lykins' home (4 West Bull Run, Oxford). Dinner will be provided!
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! 
A dult C hristian E ducation / Myrtle Collaboration
“What’s the meaning of my life and my work?”

Do you feel pulled in multiple directions---work, family,
and other commitments?

Are you wondering where God might be leading you next?

Do you wonder where God might be leading your church family and how you can be a part of the journey?

Explore these questions in Called to Life, a new opportunity, sponsored by the Myrtle Collaboration and Adult Christian Education, for small groups to gather for conversation about our callings:

  • How to listen for God
  • Why we are all called to serve others
  • How challenges and struggles shape our sense of calling

Join us for conversation and prayer about God’s call in each of our lives and how we discern our congregational call. Small group sessions begin the week of September 15 and continue through the week of October 20. Sessions will meet at various times during the week for an hour and a half. Watch the Bulletin and Voice next week for specific days and times. Registration begins Sunday, September 1.
Prayer Shawls
Knitters and crocheters are needed to help make more prayer shawls. If you can help, please contact the church office 513.523.6364. Cornelia Browne will supply the yarn in early September.
2020 Mosaic of Peace
Join the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program to experience the remarkable region of Israel and Palestine, encounter its diverse people, explore its rich history and complex current situation, and engage with those who seek its peace. Participants will be inspired by the stories of Christian peacemakers in the Holy Land, walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace and encounter contemporary Palestinians and Israelis.

Registration is now open for this 11-day conference from March 15-28, 2020. For more information, please contact Pastor Lawrence who has served as previous co-director of this journey, pick up a brochure at church, or go to the website at  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/mosaic/
Seeking Those with Leadership Gifts
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord.
1 Corinthians 12:4
 
Do you know someone with gifts for leadership and ministry? Consider recommending those members of Oxford Presbyterian Church whom you feel have demonstrated gifts for leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation.
 
Recommendations for the offices of Ruling Elder, Deacon, and Trustee may be made online ( Nomination of Church Officers ). Printed brochures will be in our Sunday bulletin and available throughout the church.
 
The election of church officers is at the heart of what it means to be Presbyterian. The Nominating Committee greatly appreciates your insight in helping them gather names this week as they prayerfully engage this exciting time of discernment.
Congregational Care
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for David Wilson will be held Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.
in the Sanctuary of the Memorial Church.
Your Stewardship Matters
The idea of inheritance affirms that there are enduring and resilient networks of meaning and relationship into which one is placed,
and these are fundamental to the shape of society.
- Walter Brueggemann
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