February 12, 2021
Transfiguration Sunday

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 9:2-9
Message: "Worthy Questions"

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(Note on above image: The Transfiguration in stained glass
at Chartres Cathedral, France.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Virtual Ash Wednesday Service
Join us online here for a Virtual Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. Home kits are available now with all you need for this profound and meaningful time that begins the Season of Lent. Each home kit includes ashes from last years' palms as well as a communion set for each member of your family.

Please contact the church office if you would like to pick up a home kit or have one delivered to you.
Lenten Devotionals
Lent is a time to reflect, to grow, to pray, and to prepare for Easter. This year’s Lenten devotional Again and Again invites us to return to the practices that transform and renew. This wonderful resource for your family includes art, reflections, and poetry that can help deepen your spiritual life as we walk through the season of Lent together.

Please let us know if you would like a Lenten devotional by contacting the church office and requesting your copy. It can be mailed to you or you can pick it up. 
Introducing a Lenten Podcast Series on Creation Care
CE invites you to journey on a new path of Lenten study this year ~ A Lenten podcast series on Creation Care. You can listen to the weekly podcasts as you take a walk or as you sit in the comfort of your home.

Click on this link to access the podcasts.
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Join us for Virtual Fellowship this Sunday following the Postlude. If you have questions or need help, please contact Pastor Lawrence or Pastor Marc. As time permits, we will reflect together on these worship themes. The awe of the Transfiguration invites us to transformation. What worthy questions arise for you as we live, work and strive in the valleys of life? What have you learned from your own mountaintop moments with Jesus? The glory of the mountain sustains and energizes us but it must not captivate us. How are you overcome the tendency to dwell on the mountaintop and instead return to the journey of ministry to which we are called?
 
Join us this week after worship at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper bonds of fellowship. Our life together as the Body of Christ is more important than ever as we overcome this pandemic with resilient faith, hope and love.
Worldchanging 101 at Youth Group
Youth Group will be meeting via Zoom this Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. Our 6-week book study of "Worldchanging 101" by David LaMotte continues with Chapter 9, "Community." The book is available in both paperback and Kindle form.

If you would like for the church to provide you with a physical copy of the book, please contact Pastor Marc.
OPC Offices Closed
In observance of President's Day, the offices at OPC will be closed Monday, February 15.

Regular hours resume on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m.
Confirmation Meets on Monday, February 15
Our next confirmation class will be meeting this coming Monday, February 15 via Zoom at 7:45 p.m. Pastor Marc will be leading a lesson on how our church is governed "decently and in order" as officers, elders, and deacons. Check your e-mail over the next week for login information. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact Pastor Marc.
Oxford Presbyterian & McCullough-Hyde - Community Blood Drive
Oxford Presbyterian Seminary - Community Room
104 E. Church St. (Bldg. on the corner of Church & Poplar)

Wednesday, February 17
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED
Sponsor Code #321

COVID-19 Antibody test will be performed on all blood donors as part of our standard testing.
Engaging in our Call!
Great discussion, resources identified, meaningful feedback, committed discernment...and more questions! All good things that came from the January Retreat, “Realizing our Call.” Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, 38 congregational leaders participated in a retreat via ZOOM on January 16.

Keynote presenter, the Rev. Rebecca Barnes, Coordinator of the PCUSA Hunger Program, encouraged us to dare to act because we dare to hope. Eliminating systemic poverty and caring for creation are connected and she suggested interlocking pathways to address both personal and congregational calls. She also reminded us that this is God’s work and that we enter this work to help as we can, we need not feel as if we have to shoulder it all. Her presentation was recorded and is available by clicking here.

The retreat incorporated three breakout sessions that each directly related to our retreat’s theme. Summary comments may be viewed here and specific comments here

Both of our Call Teams are reviewing the comments and are discerning ways to integrate the calls more fully into the life of the congregation as well as continuously improve communication with the congregation and the community!
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Lindsey, Mike and Anthony Sunderhaus have been operating from home. Mike is a teacher in the Hamilton school system and finally is now back in the classroom. Anthony is a third grader and Lindsey is an engineer with P&G. Anthony does well at home scholastically but missed the socialization. The family is playing a lot more board games and are finding hiking trails they did not know existed. Last summer they bought a camper, which was a very smart move, and have enjoyed the independence that it has given them. Weekends used to be the time to prepare meals for the week. Being home during the week has changed that routine. Cooking happens on a daily basis making weekends more available for family activities. 
 
Jim and Dolly Thomas were on the road often, pre-pandemic. Not so much since March 2020.Their interest in genealogy has filled their empty time. Dolly has been working on her family roots for some years. This has culminated in a book about her grandmother, Kate Wing. Jim’s curiosity about his own family blossomed so they are now following those branches of the family tree. Dolly commented, “Do you know how many Jim Thomas’s there have been in this world?” A challenge to pursue.
 
Judy and Danny Cross are not only dealing with the pandemic, but also with Danny’s illness. His immune system is compromised due to the treatments he is receiving so they are extraordinarily careful. He generally feels alright during the day or two following treatment, then not so good for several days. Judy grew up on a 200 acre farm near Somerville. She and Kenneth were married in the Memorial Building of OPC by Rev. Thomas. Kenneth worked for the Standard Oil Dealers in Millville for thirty years. He built their house on Brown Road from lumber harvested on her father’s farm. 
Media Content Creators Needed!
The communications team at Oxford Presbyterian Church is so thrilled with our new audio-visual upgrades to our sanctuary and our facilities...and now it’s time to start dreaming about how to use them! We are looking to put together a new Media Content Team of volunteers to help envision, oversee, and curate the ways that we communicate across all forms of digital, physical, and social media. If this is an area that you might have some interest in, please contact Gene Krebs or Pastor Marc.
Love in Action - COVID Vaccinations
Navigating the process required to schedule a vaccine appointment may take persistence and patience. As a result, volunteers from our church family are ready to assist and guide you through the appointment process. If you encounter any difficulty in this endeavor, please contact the church office.
Thank You From Christian Education!
The Christian Education committee would like to extend a big thanks to our parents and families who participated in our Sunday School survey. As we seek to stay connected with one another, your feedback makes a big difference! Thank you!
Thank You - Virtual Chili Workshop
A big thank you to Nancy Parkinson and her nutrition students from the OPC, the ESP Team, and the Oxford community for providing the virtual Valentine's Day cooking workshop! The chicken chili recipe is perfect for the weather and the cloth bags, with all ingredients included, helped everyone feel as if s/he received a special Valentine's Day present as well as a delicious, warm meal. The workshop was also fine entertainment!
Cozy Chicken Chili Workshop 
Thank you for your support of the Cozy Chicken Chili Workshop last night! 

We had over twenty people in attendance! We made 50 chili making kits and distributed 20 to Miami Students and the rest to community members including families at the Family Resources Center (FRC) and Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS). The kit included all of the ingredients to make the chili, a wooden spoon, container for leftovers and a sweet treat bag of chocolates. Miami nutrition students, Audrey, Emily, Kaitlin and Alexa assisted in the organization, production, editing, presentation of the event. They researched the nutritional analysis of the recipe too. Many thanks to all of you who supported and participated in this fun and informative event.

Your Stewardship Matters
That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all,
and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
-  Simone de Beauvior

Your time, talent and treasure are truly vital to this ministry. 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

Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.

-  Billy Graham
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056