February 15, 2019
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Scripture – Luke 6:17-26 
Message: “The Stories We Live: Sacred Woes”
 
(Note on image: A level plain near the Sea of Galilee perhaps not so different from the one where Jesus might have preached in this Scripture reading.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Last Chance! Schedule your Photo Session TODAY!
If you are new members and aren’t in the directory, if you missed having your picture taken last time, if you have had a life change, if you are a student affiliate, or just want a new picture …we’ve got you covered. We are updating our picture directory!  Lifetouch photographers will be at the Seminary, TOMORROW, February 16th from 11:30 to 5:00 . You can register for your appointment online now by going to  https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/ykh4g8yx/  or calling Pat Gifford at 513-255-5416.

Please note that those of you currently in the directory do not need to have pictures taken again.
 
In addition to new and updated pictures, we will be able to add new information and make corrections to the current directory.  If you have changes, please contact Bridgite Dickerson in the Church office at 523-6364 no later than Thursday, February 21.  All those in the directory will get a new copy with the additions later this year.
Youth News - WinterJam
Our Youth Group is going to WinterJam!

This is a Christian music concert that travels across the entire country. Tomorrow (February 16th) we’ll be going to the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Newsboys, Ledger, and many more artist will be there. We are so excited and can’t wait have this experience!

Keep us in your prayers for a fun and safe time at WinterJam 2019! 

After Church, we will be showing a slideshow of the Youth Program so far this year. Come join us during coffee hour in the Molyneaux Lounge to see what we’ve been up to.
OPC Offices will be closed
Monday - February 18th
in Observance of Presidents' Day
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on February 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Country Kitchen. Visitors and guests are always welcome.
Seminary Cinema and Dinner
The final presentation in our “Spirit of Scotland” film series is certain to be a family favorite! Greryfriars Bobby is the true story of a dog that touched the heart of Edinburgh.


Join us Sunday, February 24 in the Sanctuary of the Seminary Church for this film for ALL ages.  Following the film, MEF will be hosting a potluck in the Community Room to which all are invited! The potluck is a revival of the Supper Club once held regularly at the seminary building. Bring your crock pot creation, side dishes, or dessert to the Seminary kitchen prior to the movie.
 
This handicap accessible facility is located at the corner of Church and Poplar at 104 E. Church St. Pre-film discussion begins at 3:30 p.m. Film starts at 4 p.m.

FREE and OPEN to ALL!
The Honored Woman Award 2019
Each year, Oxford Presbyterian Women present the Honored Woman Award to one or two women who have faithfully, willingly, and joyfully given their time and talents to the work of the church. We celebrate their many contributions to the mission, growth, and welfare of OPC and its vibrant congregation. Please consider thoughtfully any woman in our congregation whom you admire for their organizational skills, ability to lead or teach, willingness to participate regardless of task, and dedication to assisting those in need. Then write a letter of nomination detailing her work and send it to Jo Reinhart at jreinhart16@woh.rr.com , or mail it to 175 Stone Creek Drive, Oxford OH 45056. If you have questions, please contact Jo by email or call 513-523-4742.

A new letter of nomination is needed each year, even if a woman has been nominated previously. We owe a debt of gratitude for the continued service of our past Honored Women but can give the award only once to an individual.
 
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019.
World Day of Prayer
All are invited to attend the Church Women United World Day of Prayer, March 3, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Oxford United Methodist Church, 14 N. Poplar.

We are pleased to have as a special guests Patricia Ellis, master storyteller to share the theme with us. The soloist is Kiyaa Bowens.
Youth News - Save the Date
The youth are hosting their annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner fundraiser on March 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Seminary building.

Tickets will be sold after worship service on February 24 and March 3. $5/person or $20/family.
OPC Lenten Study, 2019
Join in an exploration of Spiritual Practices
 
Spiritual Practices to Listen for the Voice of God…
Keeping the Sabbath between Sundays
 
What is a Christian Spiritual Practice?
  • A daily Spiritual Practice establishes and provides us with a foundation upon which we can build a new perspective of life and our role in the experiences of life. A Daily Spiritual Practice deepens and expands the awareness of our connection to our Source (innervisionsworldwide.com/daily-spiritual-practice). A spiritual practice is any regular and intentional activity that establishes, develops, and nourishes a personal relationship with the Divine in which we allow ourselves to be transformed (spiritualpractice.ca/what/what-2/).

Presenters needed!
  • Do you have an interest in, or experience with a particular spiritual practice such as Ignatian Examen, Taizé and Taize Chants, Music as Spiritual Practice, Jesus Prayer, Yoga, Using Technology as a Spiritual Practice, or another practice?

  • Consider leading a session a Sunday afternoon! Contact Jenny Bailer, 255-6973, jbailer006@gmail.com to reserve your date and topic.

Meeting times: Sundays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Seminary Church

  • March 10 – topic open

  • March 17 - Pilgrimage / Thin Places – Pastor Lawrence

  • March 24 (labyrinth at OPC) – topic open

  • March 31 (labyrinth at OPC) – Meditation – Pastor Lawrence

  • April 7 – Lectio Divina – Pastor Marc

  • April 14 – topic open


Join in to learn about Christian Spiritual Practices to deepen faith.
Altar Flowers
Altar flowers are needed for March 15 and March 3. Please sign up on the Flower Calendar next to the Molyneaux Lounge or contact Marge Smith (523-3895). The cost is $20. It can be put in an offering envelope, labelled with name and purpose.
Kirkmont Sunday at Oxford Presbyterian Church
Join us on March 17, to learn about the impact Kirkmont has on Youth that attend camp during the summer. Amanda Arks will be giving reflections on the transfiguration of Jesus and how Kirkmont Center shaped her own and others transfigurations. After service we will be having an informational meeting about summer camp 2019, in the 3rd-5th grade Sunday School classroom. All are welcome to the meeting. There are camps for all ages; children, adults, and families. Come join us to learn more about programming, dates, rates, and any other questions you might have! If you are unable to attend and would like more information, contact our Youth Director, Jake Smithers, at  youth@oxfordpresbychurch.org.  
Souper Bowl for Caring
On February 3rd, youth collected non-perishable food items to donate to Oxford Community Choice Pantry. In the photo, Zeke and Isabel are counting, organizing, and packing the donations. Our goal was to collect 150 items. We went over our goal and the final number was 216 items! 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table, so thank you to everyone who made a contribution.

We are making a difference in the community,
and wouldn’t be able to do it without your support.
Faith In Action
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OPW Box Tops for Education

The Menaul School was founded in 1896 by Presbyterian minister Rev. James A. Menaul in the heart of Albuquerque. It was originally a Presbyterian mission boarding school for Spanish-speaking boys from Northern New Mexico. Today, Menaul serves young people of all faith backgrounds, grades 6 through 12 - boarding and day students, both international and domestic. Menaul School, although now independent of the Presbyterian Church (USA), remains grounded in the reformed Christian tradition and has gained a reputation for producing young people with excellent values, ethics, and moral character. Menaul accepts students from all cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, and more than 70% of students are self-identified as individuals of racial or ethnic minorities. Fifty-two percent of our students receive financial assistance.
 
With the boxtop from many products in our kitchens, you may help provide financial assistance for a student at Menaul. Throughout the year, Oxford Presbyterian Women collect the boxtops and then send them off to the Menaul school where your few snips are transformed into a brighter future for student through education. Please place your boxtops into the specially marked envelope found in the office hallway.
Wednesday, February 20th
Living Into Hope
Life is short
we have but little time
to gladden the hearts of those who travel this way with us.
Oh, be swift to love
And make haste – to be kind!
- Henri-Frederic Amiel
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056