December 11, 2020
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 1:46-55
Special Presentation: Celebration at the Manger

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(Image above: drawing by Oliver Rice)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Celebration at the Manger
Join us for worship this Sunday - online only

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. as we present the 7th annual Celebration at the Manger program. Invite your family, friends and neighbors.

There will be animals, angels, shepherds, prophets...wise men, Innkeepers, an Emperor…Oh, and Jesus will be there too! 

All are welcome! We look forward to seeing you then!!

Presented by the children and youth of Oxford Presbyterian Church.
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
What a delight to connect with our brothers and sisters in faith for fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge following worship on Sunday. We caught up on the latest news and shared favorite Christmas traditions around the dinner table. 
 
Join us this week after the Celebration at the Manger at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper connections for fellowship in the midst of this pandemic. (Donut holes and coffee optional.)
 
Meeting ID: 836 5120 3672
Passcode: 916856
OPW Christmas Tea: "Listen to the Angels”
OPW’s traditional Christmas Tea will become virtual this year on December 13th at 2:00 pm. You are invited to wear your Christmas sweater or sweatshirt, make a cup of tea at home, grab a cookie, and also bring your favorite Angel ornament as you settle down in front of your computer or iPad screen. We are in for a special musical treat with Kate Trybus, OPC’s music intern, singing our favorite Angel hymns, as we hum or sing along at home with our speakers on mute. Karen Simpson will read a Christmas Story and Karen Shearer will read the Mabel Kramer tradition. All are welcomed to join us by signing in at this link on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 897 7558 7838
Passcode: 559546

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Meeting ID: 897 7558 7838
Passcode: 559546
Confirmation Class next Monday Over Zoom!
Confirmation class will be meeting this coming Monday, December 14 at 7:45 p.m. over Zoom. Carla Blackmar Rice will be leading a lesson on God's providence. Check your e-mail list over the weekend for the login link. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact Pastor Marc.
Mitten and Shoe Tree
Due to the pandemic, our annual Mitten and Shoe Tree is not on display. However, we are not collecting monetary donations. Your gift of $40-$50 will bring a gift at Christmas time to a local child. A gift of $12 will bring new shoes to an orphaned child in Russia. Please don't let this annual giving die out. Note on your check payable to our church, "mittens," shoes, or both.

Wednesday, December 16th is the last day to donate.
How Do You See Emmanuel?
Visio Divina, Latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine spiritual practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery.
 
Our printed devotion this Advent, Those Who Dream, offers us the opportunity to explore art created by a collaboration of artists and pastors. Join us in a small group setting for Advent Visio Divina on Sunday, December 20 at 11:45 a.m. Please contact Pastor Lawrence for meeting details.
Service of Comfort and Hope
Well-meaning greetings of “Merry Christmas” may be a contrast with the feelings any one of us experience at this time of the year – particularly in a time of pandemic. In any given year, those living with the recent death of a loved one, adapting to life after a separation or divorce, struggling to find meaningful employment, facing a family crisis or living with mental illness - this may be a very isolating season. 2020 bears little resemblance to any given year.
 
The ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church offers you and all those who dream of a better world a “Service of Comfort and Hope.” This is a time to come together for prayers and laments, to mourn the losses and griefs of the year while affirming beyond a shadow of doubt that “God will set things right all over the earth.” (1 Sam. 2:10)
 
The Service of Comfort and Hope will be livestreamed from the Seminary Church on Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m.  
 
Join us online for a time of spacious rest, comfort and healing through this gracious time of music, scripture and prayer.
 
We find the real meaning of Christmas when hope and light shines a little brighter in the darkness.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
Click here to view a special message from Pastor Lawrence, inviting you to join us for a joyous and meaningful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols from the Memorial Church Sanctuary at 7 p.m. – ONLY on the livestream. 
 
This Christmas Eve, a delightful and inspiring selection of scripture and special music will lift the spirit, warm the heart, and prepare us to receive the good news of Emmanuel – God-with-Us.
 
Watch this special message to learn more about how the Peace Light from Bethlehem came to us this year and how to receive your own Candlelight Kit.  
Offering of Letters
Dear Members and Friends, 

It’s time to write letters focused on hunger to our friends who have just gotten elected and are on their way to Washington to represent us.
 
Please take 7 minutes of your time to ask for their support. If you write a letter, Prue Dana will mail them!

Full letter writing kits are available in the church office.

Blessings,
The Peacemaking Committee 
HELP! for the Family Resource Center (FRC)
The Oxford Presbyterian Church ESP (Eradicating Systemic Poverty) Team heard from the Family Resource Center (FRC) this week that one of its family clients is in need of a washer and dryer. If you or someone you know is moving or downsizing and has a used but functioning washer and dryer to donate, this family would be grateful. Even if only one of the two is available (washer or dryer) this would help. If so, contact Anne Bailey: baileyae@miamioh.edu.

AND... we are still on the hunt for a bed or mattress! Pick-ups will be arranged for collecting all items.
COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund
Throughout this pandemic, OPC strives to maintain our mission of connection and care. If you know of a neighbor who has been impacted by this pandemic, our ministry is actively prepared to assist. The congregational response to the COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund has been generous. Please contact our church office if you know of a family or individual who has been impacted by this pandemic. We stand ready to help.
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Sue Wilson is collecting used candles, or stubs, to be used by the farmers at Safe Haven Farms. They are making fire starters that will be sold in the farmers market at the farm. Call her at 524-7446 if you have used candles to aid this cause.

Lynn and Brad Cronk are overflowing with Christmas trees. There are three lovely ones in the house and the “littlest tree”, lit with LED lights, in their back yard. Lynn is playing bridge, online with friends, at least three times a week. She has written and published a cookbook, which should be a winner, knowing her expertise in the kitchen. Brad, the craftsman, has been making comfort crosses for the deacons.

Joni and Danny Marcum have not seen their grandchildren for months, which is difficult. Ellie, age 3, has been taking pictures of herself, and her brother so Grandma does not forget what she looks like. Joni has increased her consumption of books on history, even re-reading some. Pre pandemic, Granddaughter, Ellie, asked Joni, “Would you like me to read you a book?” She found her Bible, then announced, 'This is the Bible by Sandra Boynton.’ “ Seems that when Joni reads to the children she always tells them the name and author of the book. 

Joe and Karen Simpson and Robert, did manage a trip to Hinsdale, IL at Thanksgiving to visit Cory and his family. Charlie, 5, and Molly, 3, are always excited to have Uncle Robert to play with. Joe is a whiz at finding their way, via backroads, when they travel. Karen enjoys the virtual OPC Circle meetings. The computer glitches around town are keeping Joe busy, as he is “the guy” when it comes to such problems.
Advent Gifts This Christmas!
During one of the strangest seasons of Advent in recent memory, Oxford Presbyterian Church would like to extend a big thank you to the Christian Education Committee for the ways that they are seeking to stay connected with our young families.

This year, the Christian Education Committee delivered beautiful Advent calendars and Advent wreaths to all of our families with children and youth as we continue to observe this important tradition during a pandemic.
Connecting In Every Way
If you, or someone you know, does not have access to the online materials sent from the church (i.e. the weekly Voice, monthly Newsletter) and would like to receive the materials in your post office mailbox, please contact our church office. We would be happy to provide further engagement with the ministry of OPC!
Creating a Healthy Community
A HUGE Thank you to everyone who generously donated blood during the December 2nd Blood Drive.

Here are the results!
 
  • 77 people registered to give blood!
  • 68 were successful! (50 was the goal)
  • 136% percent of goal!
  • 4 First Time Donors! WOW!
  • Over 204 lives will be positively impacted as a result of total donations!

Please mark your calendar for the next Community Blood Drive, Friday, January 8, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Seminary Community Room)

APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED
To schedule an appointment click HERE
Sponsor Code #321
Per Capita
Each year, Oxford Presbyterian Church makes contributions to our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), to support our worldwide mission as well as denominational ministry such as new church development, Youth Triennium, General Assembly, and leadership development in our Presbytery – to name just a few. The contributions, referred to as the “per capita” payments, are based on the number of our confirmed members.
 
We encourage every member to give toward your per capita of $52.20. Your contribution not only connects you with the work of the church throughout the world, this also allows finances budgeted by our congregation to pay the per capita in 2020 to be used instead in support the missions of the Oxford Presbyterian Church.
 
If you haven’t already contributed to your per capita for 2020, it’s easy. Simply, send a check for the total amount to the church office. To ensure proper credit, please write “2020 per capita” in the memo field.
 
Thank you for your continued generosity to the Body of Christ that is the PC(USA).
Food Drive Update: Thank You!!!
We are pleased to report that last Sunday's No-Contact Food Drive sponsored by the Deacons and the OPC Youth Group collected 955 pounds worth of donations to support TOPSS (Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services). A huge thanks to everyone who drove by with donations, to our youth group for their hard work loading and unloading a Seminary Building filled with food, and a special thanks to Nick Fears for the use of his trailer!
Your Stewardship Matters
“You often say, ‘I would give, but only to the deserving.’ The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.”
- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Your generous stewardship during this time of pandemic has truly impacted the lives of many people far beyond our congregation. We’ve increased mission support of our community partners, we’re now offering a much improved worship experience via livestream, and we are seeking to faithfully connect in new and creative ways. We cannot engage this ministry to which we are called without you. 

If you are worshipping with us via the livestream, 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

“It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.”

- Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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