August 9, 2019
Ninth 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 12:32-40

Sermon: " Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Kin-dom on Earth as it is in Heaven "

(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. The work of Worship and Music is our August 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.

Trees for Life
The Psalms declare that all creation WORSHIPS God!

We often hear about the effects of climate change and what it means (or should mean) to Christians who are taught to take care of God’s creations in a most direct form of stewardship. But rarely do worship opportunities arise that provide us with a way to take things in hand and make a difference. When word come out that our youth were looking for ways to start to repair our environment, an idea came to mind for our Worship and Music Committee that pointed the way.

Growing and distributing trees to replace those lost to disease, insect attack, construction, and most importantly, climate change, was the goal. Approximately 850 acorns were collected locally from two oak species and planted in seed trays in April. By mid-summer many of the acorns had sprouted and grew into small trees large enough to transplant into the home and natural landscapes. Following a Blessing of the Trees, approximately 400 small trees will be distributed the Fall of 2019 or in the Spring of 2020.

As Psalm 96 declares,  Then all the trees of the forest shall SING for JOY!  This is stewardship in a most positive form!
Third Thirty Workshop
MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
DAYTON, OHIO
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, janetoptimist@gmail.com (937-219-7314)

Judy Fisher (523 3489) plans to go and invites all those interested to accompany her.
 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 month of September 2019. If you would be willing to prayerfully consider teaching, please sign-up in the Molyeneaux 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
Food Insecurity exists in many unexpected places - including Miami University. About twenty percent of Miami University students experience hunger from time to time. Of these about twenty five percent of those experience food insecurity regularly. Seniors and off campus students often experience the greatest need. The Miami University Food Pantry serves anyone with no questions asked. This helps individuals in need overcome barriers such as needing to provide ID, proof of income or address, etc. 

In preparation for the arrival of students, a small team of Oxford Presbyterian Church members will help the Miami University Food Pantry be ready for the new academic year. On Saturday, August 17th this team will move boxes into the Miami Food Pantry housed in the Outpost at 406 Withrow. There the group will clean, and sort through can food, throw away outdated food and take the food getting close to expiration to TOPSS.

Let us join our hands and hearts in prayer with others who are working for an end to hunger.
Christian Education News
Two of our youth, Eli Walter and Cora Friede, have kindly agreed to alternate Sundays as our nursery workers beginning August 18...big thank you to both of them for providing care for our little ones!

2019-20 Sunday School Teachers : please mark your calendars for Sunday, August 18th at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy a special breakfast and brief orientation  upstairs in the elementary Sunday School room. Christian Education Committee members look forward to treating you to breakfast and giving you our brand new curriculum for this year. Thank you for volunteering to teach our youngsters!

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!
Special Congregational Meeting


A brief congregational meeting, will be held on August 18th , immediately after worship.

We will officially elect the 2019 Nominating Committee.
Save the Date - 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!
A dult C hristian E ducation / Myrtle Collaboration
In July, seventeen church members and friends gathered in the Seminary for another  "Ripped from the Headlines" discussion. The topic was abortion, a difficult one, yet one that is important to discuss. Anne Bailey did a wonderful job
of facilitating a deep and respectful discussion.

Thank you Anne! And thanks to all who came, shared, listened, and prayed together.
Coming in September, A dult C hristian E ducation will combine efforts with  The Myrtle Collaboration, which has provided an opportunity and a gift to pursue congregational calling. Watch for news of a six-week study,  Called to Life , beginning mid-September which will give us an opportunity to explore personal and congregational calling in a small group setting. Several sessions during a week will provide a choice of time and day that fits your schedule! Join us!
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.
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 of September 11 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the home of Matt & Emily Lykins (dinner provided)! Youth are encouraged to bring a friend or two and join the fun!

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.

Having this youth ministry team in place gives the church time to find the best match for the open position of youth director. And when the new youth director comes on board, the team will continue to provide support to the youth ministry and director. Thanks to Pastor Marc and the team for serving in this vital ministry!
Please share the News!
Our Christian Education Ministry is seeking a part-time (up to 19 hrs.) Director of Youth Ministries. For more information regarding the position, a complete position description, or to express interest in applying, please contact Associate Pastor Marc van Bulck at pastormarc@oxfordpresbychurch.org.  
Cinema Soul
In  Cinema Soul , Matt Benzing has a new essay about  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood , the latest film by Quentin Tarantino, and the elusive nature of truth. Read it here.
A Letter to the Presbytery of the Miami Valley Following the Tragedy in Dayton
The Lord be with you.

Following the mass shooting in Dayton on August 4, I requested a Human Caused Disaster Response Team through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). That request has been granted. A two-person team comprised of the Rev. Katherine "Cully" Culpepper and the Rev. Ed Spence will be with us August 11-14.

Human Caused Disaster Response Teams provide a ministry of companionship and presence throughout the various phases of a human-caused disaster from impact to recovery. The team will share resources available to us and gather with us to create space for questions and to decompress. Cully and Ed will be available to meet with individuals and with groups.

Additionally, if you or others you know are finding life difficult right now, the national Disaster Distress Helpline is available with 24/7/365 confidential, multi-lingual emotional support for anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. More information on distress warning signs & risk factors + additional resources at  http://bit.ly/2V5ugdf

Let us continue to pray, in word and action, for God's healing presence for all affected by the natural and human-caused disasters that have impacted those living within the bounds of our presbytery.

Grace and peace,
Terry Kukuk
Executive Presbyter
Your Stewardship Matters
Stewardship is everything we do after we say, ‘I believe.’
- Clarence Stoughton, former president of Wittenberg University 
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