December 18, 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 1:26-38
Message: "Dreaming for Days of Miracle and Wonder"

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on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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and activities to nurture faith
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Special Music Fund and Poinsettia Fundraiser


Thank you for your contributions to the Special Music Fund and Poinsettia Fundraiser.

Click HERE for the dedications. If you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact the church office.
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
The joy last Sunday from Celebration at the Manger continued through our time of Fellowship over Zoom.
 
Looking forward to connecting with your church family before Christmas? Join us this week after worship at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper connections for fellowship in the midst of this pandemic.

Meeting ID: 836 5120 3672
Passcode: 916856
Service of Comfort and Hope
Livestreamed - Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m.
This worship service during a season of the greatest darkness has become a very meaningful time of prayer, scripture and song for our ministry of pastoral care. Even if you are feeling “just fine” this Advent, you may find deep peace in our “Service of Comfort and Hope.” If you have a family member, friend or neighbor who is struggling this time of the year, please share this worship opportunity with them.
 
The “Service of Comfort and Hope” will be livestreamed from the Seminary Church this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Click here for the worship bulletin.

In a year in which there has been much loss, we are especially grateful to gather in a time of worship this Advent season trusting in this darkness, even now,
seeds are growing,
hope is being born,
and new dreams are being dreamed.
Youth Group Discussion on the Meaning of Advent
Youth Group will be meeting via Zoom this Sunday night from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We will be discussing the meaning of Advent and spiritual practices during this season.

Please check your e-mail for login information. If you would like to be added to the youth ministry mailing list, please contact Pastor Marc.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
Livestreamed - Thursday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
“No ear may hear his coming, 
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him,
still the dear Christ enters in.”
- From “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Phillip Brooks, 1868

On Christmas Eve, we joyously proclaim the story of Jesus’ birth with scripture, carols and candlelight. The coming of Emmanuel into our world is a promise we welcome always, and particularly in this year when we experienced so much of our world as we knew it turned upside down. Worship is our act of hope as Jesus is born into this world and into our lives once again. 
 
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
Peace Light of Bethlehem
Memorial Church Courtyard - Thursday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Over the last several years, every Candle in the sanctuary on Christmas Eve was lit from the Peace Light of Bethlehem. While the Peace Light has not followed its customary journey from Bethlehem to Oxford, this year it comes to us by way of Louisville KY where it has been burning since last Christmas. 
 
We extend a special invitation to families and individuals – to join us at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve in the courtyard to receive the Peace Light of Bethlehem. We will follow health precautions such as wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance. 
 
After a brief time of sharing in prayer, you will be invited to take the light of Bethlehem home as you prepare to join us for the livestream of the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the evening. Candles and candle holders will even be provided for you.
 
This is a great time to pick up your own Candlelight Kit for worship at 7:00 p.m. Read more about Candlelight Kits in the article that immediately follows.
Candles for All!
We will continue the beloved tradition of candle-lighting during the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols. Our ministry would love to provide you with candles and paper discs for each one gathering with you for worship on Christmas Eve as well as neighbors, family members and friends.
 
Contact our church office to request your Candlelight Kit that you may pick up on, or even before, Christmas Eve. 
OPC Holiday Hours
Regular Hours:
December 21 - December 23
Monday - Wednesday (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- Items due for the Bulletin on December 21st
- Items due for the Voice on December 22nd
- Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Regular Hours:
December 28 - December 30
Monday - Wednesday (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- Items due for the January Voice on December 29th
- Items due for the January Bulletin on December 29th
- Closed New Year's Eve and New Year's

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 
Christmas Joy Offering
The Christmas Joy Offering has been a Presbyterian tradition for over seventy-five years. The Christmas Joy Offering will be distributed to the Presbyterian Church Board of Pensions for its assistance programs for retired missionaries / church workers in need and also to develop our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

You may mail your checks payable to Oxford Presbyterian Church with the notation: Christmas Joy Offering. Thank you for your generosity! 
Card Shower


Nancy Sturgeon will be celebrating her 90th Birthday on December 30th.

If you wish to join in a shower of Christian love, please send your birthday wishes to Nancy.

Contact the church office for a mailing address.
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Carol and Cal Klumb - Carol’s knitting needles are flying as she continues to make Mabel Kramer Christmas stockings. Her mother passed away in October, very peacefully but it has been a difficult adjustment for the family. Cal has been a wonderful, optimistic support. He can be found with his nose in a book much of the time. Recently Carol acquired nine books, so she thinks she has him supplied for a while.

Chuck Crain - Along with Tom Fey and several others, the "Oxford Presbyterian Widowers Club” took advantage of warmer weather, buying their lunch at Skyline Chili and eating it in the uptown park. This is on hold for a few months. Chuck has changed the venue of his exercise from walking every day, in the summer, to exercising at Anytime Fitness. He joined daughter, Christine and her family in Springboro for a small family gathering at Thanksgiving. Instead of exchanging gifts this Christmas they are doing a soup and bread meal and a White Elephant exchange. This will certainly add some frivolity to the day. Chuck is enjoying his time as a deacon.

Mickey Simonds - is missing having people in for social occasions, but has learned to appreciate Zoom meetings. Her book club met, in warmer weather, at the gazebo in the community park. Mickey is a cyclist. The cycling group of 12 or 13 will ‘Call a ride’ when it is reasonable weather - just did a ride on December 10th. Mickey finds there is more time to read, and she is sending more Christmas cards than in recent years. More discretionary time in her life.
Congregational Concern
I lift up my eyes up to the hills, 
from where will my help come? 
My help comes from the LORD, 
who made heaven and earth. 
- Psalms 121
 
Dick Nelson, a cherished and long-time member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church family passed away Monday, December 14 at Woodland Country Manor. Please keep Marian, their daughter Jody Platt and family in your prayers.

Cards of sympathy may be mailed to:

Marian Nelson
Woodland Country Manor
Somerville, OH 45064
Shop & Support Our Fundraiser for Oxford Presbyterian Women
It's never been easier to change a life for the better. When you buy handmade gifts and home decor using the web link below, 20% of your purchase will be donated to Oxford Presbyterian Women.

You'll do a world of good by supporting this Serrv & Earn fundraiser. We hope you'll shop and share the web link: serrv.org?a=oxford2020.

For questions or a catalogue see Prue Dana, Becky Quay, Janet Ziegler.
Your Stewardship Matters
Generous living in Advent, and throughout the year, is about approaching each day with an open heart, an open mind, and an open hand. What can you do today to live more generously? What generous and faithful living choices can you make today that will make a difference in the future?
 
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

God never seems to weary of trying to get himself across. 
Word after word he tries in search of the right word. 
When the Creation itself doesn’t seem to say it right
– sun, moon, stars, all of it
– he tries flesh and blood.

-  Frederick Buechner
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056