February 14, 2020
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

In preparation for worship,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26
Message: "Impossible"

(Image: The Sea of Galilee from the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount.
Photo from the 2018 Mosaic of Peace.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Community Change Offering
Please remember to bring your change to make a change. On Sunday, February 16, the colorful buckets will make their reappearance as we take up our Community Change offering. This offering gathered by our young stewards does make a difference as 100% goes to increase food security throughout the community.
Youth Group
Youth Group will be meeting for dinner at 6:30 P.M. in the classrooms upstairs Sunday night! Elliott will be leading us in a lesson on "How Do We Read the Bible?"

Bring a friend, and we hope to see you there!
Office Closed
In observance of President's Day, the office at OPC will be closed Monday, February 17 .

Regular hours resume on Tuesday, February 18 at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on February 18 in the Country Kitchen at The Knolls. Pat Gifford will conduct the lesson. An optional lunch for $8 is available at noon in the café by making reservations with Lynn Cronk, 524-8574 or  lcronk@woh.rr.com  by today - Friday, February 14 . Visitors and guests are always welcome to attend this lunch and meeting.
March Newsletter

Don't miss the deadline!
Please submit all articles to Nancy Moeckel at  moeckenj@miamioh.edu
by Thursday , February 20, 2020
Celebration of Life - Jack Gifford
Please join The Gifford family in a Celebration of Life for Dr. Jack Gifford.

Friday, February 21 ~ 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Goggin Ice Arena, Club Lounge .

You are invited to bring notes of remembrance, pictures, and/or share stories of how Jack impacted your life.
Attention, Campus Students!
LUNCH ON US! is back next Sunday, February 23! We will be meeting in the Molyneaux Lounge directly following worship and then making our way to lunch uptown. Join us for a great meal and discussion!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Youth Fundraiser
February 25, 2020 at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
Oxford Presbyterian Seminary Church
104 E. Church St. (white building on the corner of Church and Poplar)
 
Cost: $5/ Person or $20/ Family
Includes: 3 pancakes, 2 sausages, juice, coffee/tea

Funds raised will go to support the Urban Youth Mission Experience to Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL
July 19-24, 2020

Tickets can be purchased after worship in the Molyneaux Lounge, Sunday, February 16, next Sunday, February 23 or at the door on Tuesday, February 25.
Ash Wednesday
The forty days of Lent begins Wednesday, February 26 known as Ash Wednesday. Join us for a light supper in the Seminary Church at 5:30 p.m. You may bring bread or fruit to compliment the soup that will be provided.

Following dinner, ashes from Palm Sunday palms will be used during the worship service that begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Seminary Church. Communion will be served. All are invited to attend these events that usher in the Lenten Season.

For all who have their palms from Palm Sunday 2019, please bring them to worship next Sunday, February 23. Place them inside the specially marked box located in the narthex. After worship, these palms will be burned to create the ash for the Ash Wednesday worship service.  
Honored Woman
The Honored Woman Award  is given annually to more than a thousand women nationally who have willingly, joyfully, and faithfully served their church. At Oxford Presbyterian Church you may nominate a woman for this award by sending a letter of nomination to Lynn Cronk at 165 Hunter Woods Drive, Oxford, OH 45056 or  lcronk@woh.rr.com . In the letter detail their work or contributions they have made with their time and talents serving Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Deadline for submissions is  February 28, 2020 . If you have questions regarding a nomination, please contact Lynn at 513-524-8574. Only nominees nominated in letters received in 2020 will be considered.
Giving Statements
End of the year giving statements were sent out on February 5. If you have not received your statement or have any concerns about your statement, please contact Nick at finance@oxfordpresbychurch.org.
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Save the Date - 2020 Puff Memorial Lecture
"Solving America’s Hunger Crisis,” 
Monday March 2, 5:00 p.m.

With more than 40 million Americans experiencing hunger and poverty, we are a nation in crisis. How can our country stand idly by while our neighbors go hungry? How can the Church? Author of  I Was Hungry: Cultivating Common Ground to End an American Crisis , Jeremy K. Everett, believes most of us want children to have ample access to food and adults to be able to find work that can sustain a family—and that most of us feel that the processes towards these ends do not have to pit us against each other. Everett will discuss our collective calling to the hungry and evidence informed ways we can all participate in ending hunger and poverty together from the grassroots level all the way to the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

Everett is the founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. The Collaborative integrates research and practice through projects such as: the Texas Hunger Initiative, the Research Fellows program, the Global Hunger and Migration project, and the Hunger Data Lab among others .
Kirkmont Spring Retreat
Friday-Sunday, April 17-19 , and registration is open! This year's theme is "I See You." The retreat is open to all youth grades 7-12 and adult leaders. Registration fees are covered by OPC. Information and registration forms are available from Pastor Marc or on the church website. Registration forms are due to Pastor Marc (either by print or e-mail) by Wednesday, April 1st. All youth will need to bring their Participant Information Form with them to the retreat. The cost of the retreat is covered by OPC.

Living Into Hope

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; 
therefore, we must be saved by hope. 
Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; 
therefore, we must be saved by faith. 
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; 
we are saved by love.

-Reinhold Niebuhr   
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056