August 30, 2019
Twelfth 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: Jeremiah 2:4-13
Sermon: "Starting to See the Cracks"
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion

(Note on image: see September Stewardship Focus on Christian Education )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
September Stewardship Focus – Christian Education
Ministry and mission at Oxford Presbyterian Church takes on so many forms as we answer Christ's call in our community, nation and world. The work of Christian Education is our September Stewardship Focus as we highlight the many ways our congregation shares the Good News of Jesus Christ and proclaims the abundant life God offers to all.

OPC has a group of regular preschoolers including Eloise, Claire, Lola, and Oran. The children climb onto their chairs and listen to the day's bible story, enthusiastically interjecting with questions, sometimes about the lesson, sometimes about the cool rock they saw in their yard that morning.

We also have a sweet group of Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders. They recently made a trip downstairs to see the rose window and were inspired by shapes and colors. In this photo Anthony and Emilia are making stained glass window “Live in the Light” cards for church members on the prayer list. The K-1-2 class makes card each month for our friends who are ill, shut-in, or in nursing homes.
A dult C hristian E ducation / Myrtle Collaboration
Have you ever asked yourself, “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?

Are you curious as to where God might be leading your church family
and how you can be a part of the journey?

Join friends to at Oxford Presbyterian Church as we explore these questions and more in Called to Life!, a six-week, small group study, sponsored by the Myrtle Collaboration and Adult Christian Education. Register after worship on Sept.1, 8, and 15. During the
week call (523-6364) or email ( office@oxfordpresbychurch.org ) the church office with your preference.

  • Sunday after worship: 11:30-1:00 at the Seminary upstairs. Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20. Facilitators: Juan Carlos Albarran, John Bailer
  • Monday morning: 10:00-11:30 at The Knolls Country Kitchen. Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21. Facilitators: Joy Russell, Billie Maynard
  • Monday evening: 6:30-8:00 at Judy Fisher’s home. Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21. Facilitators: Judy Fisher, Carol Schaber
  • Thursday morning: 10:00-11:30 at Susan and Bill King’s home. Dates: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Facilitators: Susan King, Bill King
  • Thursday evening: 5:30- 7:00 in the Molyneaux. Dates: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Facilitators: Bill Fisher, Carla Blackmar-Rice

If you can’t make one of your group sessions, you are welcome to join another that week. Participant’s Guides will be available Sunday, September 8 following worship, please pick one up to help prepare for the first gathering.

If you are unable to attend a small group discussion, or prefer self-study, you may use the Participant’s Guides on your own. Questions from the study will also be posted on the OPC Facebook page.
In Observance of Labor Day
OPC offices will be closed Monday, September 2nd
Tuesday Evening Circle
The Evening Circle meeting will be September 3 in the home of Karen Simpson, 1325 Dana Dr., Oxford. Connie Everhart is the co-hostess. Ginny Layton will do the program and Debbie Davidson will lead the devotion.

Anyone needing a study book should contact Karen Simpson. The price is $10.
Chancel Choir
Do you like to raise a joyful noise? If so, please prayerfully consider joining the Chancel Choir! Prerequisites for membership include the enjoyment of making music in a group setting, a commitment of time, a rudimentary knowledge of music reading, and an ability to match pitch. If you are uncertain of the commitment, perhaps consider joining for a proscribed period of time, for example, from now through Christmas and see how the experience resonates in your life. Men and altos (lower voiced women) are particularly in demand. 

We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:30-8:30 in the Geneva Room (upstairs) beginning September 5th. We also have a “brush up” rehearsal every Sunday morning at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary prior to the Service.
Welcome Back Picnic
Sunday, September 8 , following worship is the   Welcome Back Picnic!  It is an annual tradition to welcome back students, faculty, members on summer vacation…everyone… to thank the Lord for rest and joy of the summer, to kick off a new school year, and continue opportunities for members and friends of OPC to  S eek, S erve, and  S hare!
Youth Team
OPC is strengthening it's youth ministry with a new Youth Team! Led by Pastor Marc, the following individuals are serving as part of the team: Candace Crist, Tom Holmes, Emily Lykins, Mary Shinn, Leanne Staley, and Molly Todd.

This committee has developed a youth program for the fall, starting with the kickoff event of a pool party (see next article).

For the remainder of the fall, youth gatherings will occur on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm and will include fun outings, lessons, service projects, and more.
Christian Education News
Youth Group 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
Memory Cafe
A social space where people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their care partners are welcomed. Monthly gathering provides opportunities to socialize with each other and with Miami students, enjoy music, art, games, foods, or other fun activities. Program will vary each month.

Oxford Memory Cafes:

Oxford Lane Library
Third Friday afternoon of each month, 2:30-4:00 pm
September 20, October 18, November 15, 2019
441 S. Locust Street, Oxford, OH 45056

Oxford Community Arts Center 
First Monday evening of each month, 6-7:30 pm
October 7, November 4, December 2, 2019
10 S. College Ave, Oxford, OH 45056
OPC Book Club
Nearly two years ago, members of OPC read “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving. Starting in September, members will begin meeting monthly to discuss books with social justice themes. All are welcome including youth who are reading along with their parents. The initial books selected include  Accidental Saints
(September),   Just Mercy   (October),   Love Undocumented (November),  and Inspired (December/January). 

We hope you will read along and join us for discussion over brown-bag dinners (bring your own dinner). This group is open to everyone and anyone who would like to participate!

Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm in the Molyneaux Lounge.  Accidental Saints   by Nadia Bolz-Weber can be found at the Oxford Lane Library or on Amazon (~$8). For more information, contact Carrie Ann Sharitt at shartica@miamioh.edu   
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.
Oxford Community Picnic
Pastor Marc and Pat Gifford were thrilled to represent OPC at the Oxford Community Picnic on Thursday. The picnic is an Oxford tradition and a great opportunity for folks in the community to connect with local organizations. Folks could stop by the OPC table
and pick up information on the Welcome Back Picnic, Campus and Youth Ministry, CCNS, Seminary Cinema, and our fall Blessing of the Pets. And speaking of pets, Pat and Marc were even joined by a very special "pastoral assistant"...Pastor Marc's dog, Bella!
Living Into Hope
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
-    Mother Teresa
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