August 28, 2020
In preparation for worship at home,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15
Message: "I Will Be..."

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(Note on above image: A painting depicting the burning bush by Yoram Raanan)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Nominating Committee
The gospel reading for last Sunday - Matthew 16:13-20 - told the story of the moment when Jesus asked his disciples, Who do you say that I am?
 
Simon replied,You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

Jesus answered saying - ... you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church

What a moment – Jesus not only welcomed a working class fisherman to be part of his ministry of good news – Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter and put him in charge of the whole MOVEMENT!

Our ministry is looking for the next generation of leaders to build the movement and ministry of our congregation in the midst of the global pandemic. We are seeking leaders for this body of Christ with energyintelligenceimagination and love. We invite you to take a few moments right now and consider people you will nominate for the following roles:

Deacon - This is a role rooted in compassion and connection for those in our community who need intentional care - seniors, those experiencing transitions, grief or illness, and many more. Consider people who have an active prayer life, naturally reach out to others during tough times and are gifted at following up with people.

Elder - The elders, in partnership with the staff, are responsible for nurturing the faith and life of the congregation. This is first a role of spiritual leadership and second of program leadership. Consider people who are already invested in OPC with their time and talents, those with enthusiasm for the furthering of the Gospel and those with vision.

Board of Trustees - The trustees are responsible for the church facilities and areas of specific financial resources that enliven our ministry. Consider people who are committed to OPC and have skills in facility maintenance, accounting, insurance, etc.

Prayerfully consider who you will nominate today. 
To nominate Deacons, Elders and Trustees - please click here.
If you have any questions please reach out to the co-chairs of the Nominating Committee, Buzz Green or Ginny Layton.
Join us for Virtual Youth Sunday on September 6!

Our middle school and senior high youth will be leading us in worship on Sunday, September 6th for a special Virtual Youth Sunday! You can stream the worship service on our church Facebook page at 9:50 a.m.
Confirmation Class
If you are in 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade and are interested in learning more about confirmation this year, please contact Pastor Marc. This year's teachers will be Pastor Marc, Carla Blackmar Rice, and Carrie Ann Sherritt. An informational meeting with calendar and lesson information will be held in September, so keep your eyes open for that date coming soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more, please contact Pastor Marc to add your name to the list...
MS / Senior High Youth Group: 21-Day Challenge
Following off of our summer book discussion series, Stamped, MS and Senior High Youth Group will be participating in a 21-Day Challenge beginning on Sunday evening, September 13th. Each week (beginning with the week leading up to 9/13), each youth will be challenged to choose a short article, podcast or film clip from a list on the topic of race, equity, and equality curated by Presbyterian pastors and social justice advocates. Each Sunday evening for three weeks, we will gather together via Zoom to discuss which item on that list they chose, what they learned, what challenged them, what made them think, and what did they find themselves learning (or unlearning)?

Our 21-Day Challenge is a commitment to continue our own growth, development, and transformation as people and as disciples of Christ. OPC will be offering small group options for adult groups as well.
CCNS Status
CCNS will stay consistent (as previous years) and continue to follow Talawanda School District. We plan to reopen January 5, 2021, but will revisit the plan at the end of the first quarter on October 16, 2020. Starting the week of September 7, 2020, I plan to provide families with a weekly virtual circle time session via zoom meeting (weekday to be determined) until classes begin face to face. This will be a no charge to families. If TSD decides to reopen after the first quarter, we will plan to reopen on October 20, 2020, as long as CCNS is compliant with Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (I don't see any reason why we won't be compliant) and we receive approval from the OPC Session to use the CCNS space for October 20, 2020 or January 5, 2021.
 
Sara Lake
Director and Teacher
Virtual Rummage Sale
ALL THE FUN, and BENEFITS
 NONE OF THE CLUTTER

The Oxford Presbyterian Women are following the Ohio Governor’s recommendations to keep us safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. In order to practice social distancing and safety for our workers and our community customers we have decided not to hold a Fall Rummage Sale this year. 

This will of course affect our OPW revenue and our ability to support our missions. If you would like to help support our missions, you can send a check to OPW and write rummage in the memo line. Mail checks to OPW, Debbie Davidson, Treasurer, 101 N. Main St., Oxford, OH 45056. And thank you!
Community Meal Update
The pandemic has caused major disruptions to the way the church conducts business, but Molly Bowers Franklin at United Methodist has helped us find a way to continue on with Community Meals.

Most of the churches involved with Community Meals have dropped that portion of their mission after the Ohio shut down in mid-March. Getting started back up is tricky, and it really can’t involve the fellowship so many in our church have enjoyed every fifth Wednesday of the month.

Molly’s solution is food delivery. Yes, this takes some of the “community” out of the Community Meals, but it has also helped us narrow down food needs. On July 29, Bill Fisher and daughter Emma, home from Athens, Ohio, and a spike in the corona virus case count there, took ten Subway subs and chips, and cookies she had made earlier that day, to ten tenants at the Park View Arms. We also had bags of dry goods, including toilet paper, toothpaste, pain reliever and body wash. A benefit to this method is that Lisa, the manager, gives us the names of those she feels are the most in need.

In the future, we look to talk to the Family Resource Center and TOPPS as well as the other churches to find other ways we can deliver food to more of those in need of this service. We would hope to have more of our congregation involved, as having a homemade, healthy, nutritious meal is one of the hallmarks of our contributions to this community. 
Your Stewardship Matters

The best investment with the least risk and the greatest dividend is giving.
— Sir John Templeton 

With the continuation of this pandemic, your stewardship remains as vital to ever as we increase mission support of our community partners, gather for worship via livestream, and faithfully connect in new and creative ways. Your gifts matter and make an impact as we respond together to the impact of COVID-19.

In lieu of a contribution to the physical offering plate, we would encourage you to mail your pledge/tithe to the church office or give through one of these digital avenues. To give online both conveniently and securely, you may access our online giving opportunity from your computer at https://onrealm.org/oxfordpresbychurch/Give.
 
To give via QR code, scan the code in the image below with your phone and follow the brief prompts. View a video tutorial here on giving through QR code.
 
To give via text message, text opc1825 and your designated amount to 73256. For example, text "opc1825 25" to 73256 for an offering of $25 and follow the prompt. View a video tutorial here on giving via text message.
 
Questions? Contact office - office@oxfordpresbychurch.org.
Living Into Hope

God wills, comprehensively, our well-being
 not just my well-being as an individual 
but the well-being of all of us and of the whole of creation. 
In short, God wills our salvation, 
our healing, here on earth. 
The Christian life is about participating in the salvation of God.

— Marcus Borg
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056