December 7, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent 
Scripture: Luke 1:68-79
Message: “The Songs of Advent: Stunned into Silence. Prepared to Sing.”   
Including:
A sermon dialogue with Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Marc &
special music by the Miami University Tuba Quartet

(Note on Image: For Advent, we will be featuring the photography from our mission journeys to Russia and Colombia. Today's image from the 2014 journey to Russia
is inspired by this Sunday's Advent image of Peace.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Congregational Concerns
Longtime member of the former Morning Sun Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth Howard, passed away on Wednesday, November 21. A resident of Oxford for many years, Lizz taught in the Systems Analysis and later Computer and Information Technology departments of the Miami University Regional Campuses. 

With the deep connection of the Seminary Church and Morning Sun Presbyterian Church to the Historic Hopewell Church, a Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Lizz will be held Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Seminary Church. A reception will immediately follow in the Community Room.
Advent Calendars & Devotionals
Advent began Sunday, December 2.

This rich and meaningful season prepares us for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas. Advent is a time of expectant waiting for the good news of great joy. Yet for too many in our culture, Advent is forgotten in our rush to attend festive parties and purchase special gifts.  

From Advent Calendars to Devotionals, a variety of resources for the season are available for all ages of our OPC family in the narthex and lounge.
 
Or if you prefer to follow an online devotional, then Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has a resource for you.  As part of the PC(USA), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers a daily Advent devotional through this link – http://www.pts.edu/devotional_1 
Lectionary Bible Study


Lectionary Bible Study, Led by Mary Shinn. You're invited to join us Sunday, December 9th and 23rd at 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. in the Preschool Classroom.
Oxford Presbyterian Women's Christmas Tea

Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge. Jean Derickson will lead us in the Carol Sing. Karen Simpson will read a Christmas Story. Everyone is welcomed to attend. Contact Karen Simpson, 523-8363, k.simpson2007@yahoo.com . if you have any questions.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Ceremony of Carols

The Choraliers will perform Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with special guest, harpist Jacquelyn Davis. The Miami University Chamber Singers will perform additional sacred choral works.

Friday, December 7 - 7 & 9 pm
Location: Kumler Chapel

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets online use the link provided: www.miamiOH.edu/boxoffice   
Church Services at The Knolls
If you are unable to attend some of our church services on Sunday mornings, we have another option for you. Becky Quay shows recent church services on DVD in the Country Kitchen at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 11 and notice this change Thursday, December 27 ( Christmas falls on the 4th Tuesday) . If you would like to join us, but need a ride, just give Becky a call at 523-5747
Mitten Tree
The Mitten Tree will remain in the sanctuary until Sunday, December 16 . Help provide a Christmas gift to a needy child in Oxford. Please take a mitten from the tree, put your donation ($40-$50) into the envelope inside the mitten, and bring both to the Molyneaux where you deposit your mitten and envelope into a basket. Then write your name beside the child's name on the list by the basket. You are done! Children's names are provided by the Oxford Resource Center. Parents shop at Walmart under the supervision of the Resource Center so that your money truly goes for a child's gift. Thanks for making the holidays happy for those less fortunate children in our community. Questions? Contact Karen Shearer.
Annual Christmas Celebration at Historic Hopewell Church
Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m.

6471 Camden College Corner Rd.
College Corner, OH 45003

Hopewell Church is located northwest of Morning Sun, Ohio and north of Hueston Woods State Park. It is about one mile west of State Route 177 on Camden-College Corner Road. Parking is limited, so you may want to arrive early.
Celebration at the Manger
Sunday, December 16, the children and youth of Oxford Presbyterian Church will present the fifth annual Celebration at the Manger program during the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Children (those who are pre-K through 5 grade) are invited to act in the program or play an instrument. Youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to narrate, serve as ushers, play an instrument, and/or sing in the choir.

Rehearsal will be held during Sunday school (10:20-11:00 A.M.) on December 9th. Dress rehearsal will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Mission in Russia 2019
Everyone interested in serving in the congregation's missional journey outward through Mission in Russia 2019 should join us for a brief informational meeting in the sanctuary of the Seminary Church at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 16. If you're not able to be a part of this meeting, please see Bill Fisher of the Mission and Outreach Committee for information and registration.  
Nativity on Film
Join us at the Seminary,104 East Church Street on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:30 p.m. for a look at how the Nativity has been interpreted on film from the silent era to the present.

Miami University Librarian Matt Benzing will be presenting clips that view the birth stories of Jesus through various contexts and cultures, from Hollywood to Bollywood, from traditional settings in ancient Palestine to contemporary re-imaginings around the world.

Lift your voices! Join in the Chorus! Sing Hallelujah!
Come, be a part of a lively holiday evening! All are welcome! Our annual caroling excursions to the Knolls, Woodland Manor and homes of others who can’t get to worship services will take place on Friday, December 21 from 5:00 to approximately 7:00. We will meet at the Seminary promptly at 5:00 and then break into groups…we will need plenty of cars/drivers! The Youth will join us before their lock-in that same evening! We have song books, bells, and lots of enthusiasm!  

Returning to the Seminary, we will have a pizza dinner together, thanks to Membership, Fellowship, and Evangelism Committee. Also included, the famous LaRosa’s chocolate chip cookies!! 

Be a part of this meaningful holiday event! Please sign up after worship on Dec. 9th or 16th in the Lounge, or call/text Pat Gifford at 513-255-5416. This will help us plan groups and numbers for dinner!!
Candlelight Christmas Eve

Celebrate the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ with your church family at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24 at the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service.
Advent Kick-off Thank You
What a glorious week-end of a youth chili lunch, advent crafts and our OPW Cookie Walk. You were generous with your stewardship of talents, time and money. THANK YOU for your support!

Jake Smithers, Carol Klumb & Paula Foltz
Kiwanis invites you to....
Ring the Joyous Bells!
 
At Kroger... Be a Bell Ringer and Make Change Happen.
 
Volunteers can sign up on the Kiwanis Website at www.oxfordkiwanis.org and schedule a date and time.
 
Each shift is one hour long, and one can volunteer for as many shifts as desired.
 
Currently, times are available on December 17,21,22, and 24. 
Backpack Program
Many children who receive free and reduced-price school meals are left without the nutrition they need on the weekends and holiday breaks.
The BackPack Program, a partnership between St. Mary’s and the Shared Harvest Food Bank, aims to reduce this nutrition gap by discreetly supplying 175 students from Kramer, Bogan and Marshall schools with a bag of food each Friday throughout the school year.
 
The cost to sponsor one student for a year is $50, though any amount is welcome. Checks can be made to Oxford Presbyterian Church with “BackPack Food” in the memo line.
 
This is a Mission and Outreach Committee collaboration with St. Mary’s as we address local food insecurity. Any questions, please contact St. Mary’s at 523-2153.
Flower Calendar 2019


A new calendar for Altar Flowers for 2019 has been placed near the water fountain next to the Molyneaux Lounge and is ready for January entries.

Thank you for a great 2018 year. People were so generous to help when we needed altar flowers.
Living Into Hope
For outlandish creatures like us, 
on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, 
Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning – 
not home but the place through which we must 
pass if ever we are to reach home at last.
- Frederick Buechner
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056