December 4, 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: Mark 1:1-8
Message: "Those Who Dream of Incarnation"
This joyful time of worship will also include the Sacrament of Holy Communion,
so you are invited to prepare elements of your own at home.

JOIN us for WORSHIP from HOME.
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on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Sunday Worship on Livestream Only
With cases of COVID-19 rising around Oxford and throughout the county, we seek to love one another and our neighbors by worshipping together this Sunday through the livestream only.
 
Tune in a few minutes before 10:00 on Sunday morning to enjoy beautiful sounds from the organ. Also, you’ll want to hear the special musical selections from Kathryn Mawer on the harp. Later in worship, join your brothers and sisters in faith through the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
 
Finally join us for Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge following worship! (read on for more details)
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Looking back, the weeks seem so precious when we joined together for in person worship in addition to the live stream. During those weeks we delighted in fellowshipping – at a safe distance – outside the sanctuary along Church Street following worship.
 
As a result of our temporary move back to Sunday worship on the livestream only, we warmly invite you to join one another for fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge following worship. 
 
Over the coming weeks join us after worship (around 11:15 a.m.) 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
HELP! For the Family Resource Center (FRC)
The ESP (Eradicating Systemic Poverty) Team and the FRC (Family Resource Center) both extend thanks to all of you at OPC for your generosity in donating winter coats, hats, and gloves, as well as household items.

As of today (Friday, Dec. 4) we are calling a close to our collection efforts as we have an ample supply of things needed for right now with the exception of beds or mattresses. If you have the latter and want to donate, email Anne Bailey: baileyae@miamioh.edu Arrangements will be made for pick-up.

FRC reports that the transitional units are currently fully occupied and case work is
in progress.

AND—we all owe a special thanks to Bridgite, who has been our “middle person” in
receiving winter apparel that makes its way to those who need it!
Special Music Fund and Poinsettia Fundraiser
The Worship and Music Committee of Session hopes to make each of the worship services as meaningful as possible. Congregational participation is a crucial ingredient in that effort. One example of participation is seen in the enthusiastic response to the opportunities to honor or memorialize others with the purchase of flowers to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary throughout the year, particularly at Christmas and Easter. It has been suggested that opportunity be given to honor or memorialize others with a gift to the Special Music Fund in lieu of, or in addition to the purchase of flowers.

The Special Music Fund is for the express purpose of providing a small honorarium for guest soloists or instrumentalists or musical events not included in the regular worship and music budget. Contributions to this special fund will be welcome at any time, but members and friends of the church are invited to make contributions during the Christmas and Easter seasons. One may designate a person or persons to be memorialized or honored. Such gifts will be noted in the church bulletin.

The last day to order is THIS Sunday, December 6.
 
No-Contact Food Drive!
This weekend, the Deacons and the Youth Group are working together to organize a "no-contact" food drive to help support TOPSS. The food drive will be taking place on Sunday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Seminary Building. Please load your food items into the trunk of your car, and remain in your vehicle (with masks on). Our youth will help unload your items into the Seminary Building. Items that TOPSS has requested of OPC: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned yams, canned pumpkin, corn muffin mix, other canned vegetables like corn, green beans, carrots, etc., and cranberry sauce or the gel in a can.
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!

Blessings,
The Peacemaking Committee 
Card Shower


Louise Griffing will be celebrating her 96th Birthday on December 10th. If you wish to join in a shower of Christian love, please contact the church office for details.
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 on Monday, December 14th @ 7:45 PM!
Confirmation class will be meeting on Monday, December 14 at 7:45 P.M. Carla Blackmar Rice will be leading a lesson on God's providence. Please keep an eye on the Voice, the bulletin, and the confirmation e-mail list over the next week or so for our meeting location. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact, Pastor Marc.
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.
Mitten and Shoe Tree
Due to the pandemic, our annual Mitten and Shoe Tree will not be on display. However, that doesn't mean 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.

Thank you from the children!
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 today: serrv.org?a=oxford2020.

Dedicating to fighting poverty through fair trade since 1949, Serrv International works with nearly 8,000 artisans and farmers in 24 countries to bring you the world's most beautiful handcrafts. #worldofgood

Thank you so much for your support!

 Fair wages
 Sustainable income
 Safe working conditions
 Education
  Equality

For questions or a catalogue see Prue Dana, Becky Quay, Janet Ziegler.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Faith Lutheran Church presents - Live Nativity

On Sunday, December 13, 4:00 p.m., the members and friends of Faith Lutheran Church invite the greater Oxford community to drive by our church grounds to see families from our Sunday School present a Live Nativity.

Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus will be in the stable. There will be Angels, Shepherds, Wise Men, and live sheep, so that the story from the scriptures comes alive anew!

Faith Lutheran Church is at 420 South Campus Avenue,
across from Miami University Student Health Center.

People are encouraged to travel south on South Campus Ave., from High St. or Spring St.
Turn right (west) onto Bern St. to see the Nativity Mural.
Chancel Flowers
Thank you for the great response for flowers for the altar. Flowers are still needed for January 31. Max Stacy will deliver them to the church. After the service, they will be delivered in a safe way to our shut-ins by the deacons. If you wish to have your own flowers, we could make an arrangement for that.

Please call or email Marge Smith to place an order. Phone: 513-523-3895 or email: smithme2010@hotmail.com. The cost of the flowers is $20 and payment can be mailed to Nick Fears (our financial secretary) at the church at 101 N. Main St.
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Robert and Marjorie Smith have missed their trips to Florida to visit Jennifer and her family - especially Thanksgiving. One grandchild was heard to moan, “It won’t be any fun without Me-a-ma and Grandpa!”

Robert’s frequent bridge games have been replaced with Bridge Base online. Marjorie appreciates the fact that people are stepping up to provide flowers for the altar at OPC with more enthusiasm than pre-pandemic. Robert has been doing some woodworking, splitting wood for the fireplace and following through with his passion for cooking. With both cooking it sometimes gets to be just a “bit too much togetherness”.

Candace Crist is sustained by 1) jigsaw puzzles 2) audio books 3) doing lots of baking and 4) board games. She visits her mother, Margaret Witmer, every day and they play at least three games of Rummikub each day. Daughter Lindsay, and her husband, very recently moved to Cleveland, courtesy of a new job. Candace is corresponding with friends a lot more than she did nine months ago. Zoom meetings are alright but, she really misses sitting next to a real person.

Diane Young and Cy spent a majority of their time, during warmer weather, working in their yard. Many trees had to be taken down on their wooded lot, so they are recreating that space into a park like setting that is pollinator friendly. Jens Bartel (bless you Jens) helped them spread 15 palettes of mulch (that’s 60 bags per palette!). Their grandson, Zander, is a sophomore at Miami, living in a residence hall, but they have not seen much of him. Diane is doing very little chocolate making and Cy has paused creating meals for the time being. Diane is missing choir and is ever hopeful that one day the choir will be back in the loft.
Your Stewardship Matters
We give and share with love so that gratitude can unlock the fullness of life. We trust in the paradox of the law of abundance -- by sharing and giving our lives are made richer. There are two keys to the treasure chest of generosity. With one key we impart freely of both material resources and spiritual plenty. With the other we gratefully accept all that comes back.
- Purposeful Planning Institute

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

When we start with yes - or a positive vision - we are more likely to proceed with generosity and hope, and we have a much greater chance of ending with an even bigger yes, which we would call “resurrection.”

- Richard Rohr
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056