Oxford Presbyterian Church U.S.A  | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056

(Note on image: Inspired by this Sunday's Advent theme of Love, photographer Steve Gifford affirms that "Love is a mother Killdeer keeping the kids safe and warm.")
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!

4th Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38, 46-55
Message: "Words within the WORD: Real, Honest & Whole"

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Celebrate the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ with your church family at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the 
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service!

Sunday School 
Only Nursery and Preschool classes are available Sunday, December 24 and December 31.  Children's Bulletins, Nativity Word Search, Coloring Books, Bible Stories and Activities Books, and bags are available for children in Grades  3-5 in the Narthex.
Honor God's Gift of Jesus this Sunday
The Christmas Joy Offering has been a Presbyterian tradition for over seventy-five years.  This offering supports the ministry of the Presbyterian Church Board of Pensions in 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.  Christmas Joy Offering envelopes will be available Sunday for us to leave a gift of gratitude as we celebrate the indescribable gift of Jesus Christ by supporting leaders in our church - past, present and future.
Alternative Christmas Gifts  
What Christmas gift do you get the person who already has everything?  A gift that will help the person who has nearly nothing!  Donate to the Bethesda Christian Community Center in your friends or family member's name.  Your donation will help furnish the newly completed Center so that their mission can continue and expand to provide services for the displaced women and children in Barranquilla, Colombia, Beautiful handmade cards are available for Alternate Giving Donations in the Molyneaux each Sunday in December following the services.
Last minute gifts of Fair Trade Coffee, bean soup, chocolate and spices are available in the Lounge during Fellowship Time.
OPC Office Holiday Hours
Closed -  Monday and Tuesday
December 25 and December 26
Open for the rest of the week - 
Wednesday - Friday,  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Church Service at The Knolls
If you've missed any of our recent church services, join us in The Knolls Country Kitchen on Tuesday, December 26 at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome.  If anyone needs a ride, please call Becky Quay at 523-5747.
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2017 Pledging Reminder
For the past several weeks we have been focused on pledging for the coming year. We have had an encouraging response to date and are currently building a budget to reflect projected income for 2018. At this time, we also need to address pledging for the current year. We are within the final month of 2017 and are operating on a budget built on the basis of last year's pledging. Just a reminder, if you are able, please complete those pledged 2017 donations by the end of December.  
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community

The Deacon's Advent Food Drive
The Deacons request your donations of food and money for the Advent Food Drive. Food and Monetary donations may continuously be given throughout Advent.
Please leave bags of food in the Narthex and if you prefer to make a monetary donation, please make a check out to the Oxford Presbyterian Church with Advent Food Drive in the note field or  if cash, mark pew envelope Advent Food Drive.  The Deacon's will use the money to purchase food for the Oxford Choice Food Pantry.
Oxford Choice Food Pantry needs canned fruit, canned vegetables; spaghetti sauce, cereal, and peanut butter. One specific items is meals in a can (e.g. Chef Boy-Ar-Dee-type food like ravioli and others, including Kroger brand). We always put them in the bags and for some reason have not been getting as many as in past years in food drives. Toilet paper, personal care items like body wash, deodorant, shampoo and hair conditioner. New: We are collecting plastic bags for use in the Oxford Choice Food Pantry.
Please leave bags in the food pantry box in the hallway past the offices.
Consider A Special Gift at the End of the Year
During the past year we have been grateful for those individuals who chose to make a special gift to the Oxford Presbyterian Church. These gifts address needs not routinely supported via the operating budget. As we approach the end of 2017, it is a good time to consider supporting additional special funding needs while benefiting  from an associated tax deduction.

A complete listing of opportunities available can be obtained in the church office or contact Bill King (513-720-7345) for a personal consultation.

The Mitten Tree
With your help a donation of $2,380.00 was given to the Family Resource Center for the purchase gifts for needy children in the Oxford Community. Thank you for your generosity!
No Strings Attached
Your Christmas gift is here just in time!  The newly updated Oxford Presbyterian Church website ( http://www.oxfordpresbychurch.org/) has been a labor of love to offer the stories of our ministry with the world.  We hope you enjoy browsing the new site and find it helpful. Feel free to share this gift with friends!

PLEASE Sign up to be a Greeter
in the months of January and February!!
Come around 9:30 a.m.
*Individuals (2 singles), a couple or a family
Choir members can be Greeters too!
Contact: Jan Reinhart (513.523.4339)
*Please indicate if you would like a postcard reminder
Mark your calendar
The Presbyterian Saturday for Habitat, Carter Circle is January 13. We are committed for 5 volunteers and lunch for 20. Those who work should come to the site at 8:30 a.m. Depending on the weather, we will work until 3:30 p.m. Work will break at noon for lunch. 
The UU's have started the build working on the sub flooring. The Lutherans worked on Dec. 16. St. Mary will be working January 6.
Can you help? Please contact Prue Dana pdana@woh.rr.com
Living Into Hope
'The Word became flesh,' wrote John, 'and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth' (John 1:14) That is what incarnation means.
It is untheological.  It is unsophisticated.  It is undignified.
But according to Christianity it is the way things are.
-  Frederick Buechner

Oxford Presbyterian Church

101 N. Main Street

Oxford, OH 45056




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