Oxford Presbyterian Church U.S.A  | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056
oxfordpresbychurch.org
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(Image "Christ in the Wilderness" by Russian artist, Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoĭ, in 1872.)
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!
 
First Sunday of Lent
Scripture: Mark 1:9-15
Message: "Called by the Lord of the Dance"

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Congregational Concerns
Marilyn Rettig died early Sunday afternoon. There will be a Service of Witness to the Resurrection on Saturday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church. 
 
Our sympathy and prayerfully support are also extended to the family of John Trump who died early Monday morning.  A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church. 
 
Please keep Marilyn's and John's families in your prayers and care during this time.
Adult Lenten Study at OPC - 2018
 
Lent has traditionally been a time for contemplation and study. This year at OPC will be no different!

Two study groups will be offered. Feel free to join one or both groups, and attend as you are able. It is ok to miss sessions, and please attend even if you haven't been able to keep up with the readings . Also feel free to bring a friend...OPC membership is not required!
 
Books are available in the church office, 523-6364, office@oxfordpresbychruch.org . If you are able to pay the cost of $10 per book, it will help defray the church's expense and would be gratefully accepted. OPC bought books at a discounted rate and is unable to return them so we are hoping to sell all that we have.
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The Way of Life -  reading "The Great Spiritual Migration" by Brian McLaren
 
First two weeks led by Ellen Buerk; second two weeks led by college students Abby VanGorder and Griffin Barrington
 
Sunday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Ellen Buerk's home, 520 N. Patterson, Oxford (street dead ends into Ellen's driveway. Parking available at the house). Chili, barley soup, cornbread and cookies will be served. - 
Part I of the book "The Great Spiritual Migration"
 
Sunday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Ellen Buerk's home, 520 N. Patterson, Oxford (street dead ends into Ellen's driveway. Parking available at the house). Light dinner will be served. - Part II of "The Great Spiritual Migration"
 
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m., OPC Seminary - Part III of "The Great Spiritual Migration"
 
Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m., OPC Seminary - Wrap up of the study
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All the Families of the Earth  - reading "The Lemon Tree" by Sandy Tolan
and "Blood Brothers" by Elias Chacour, with optional journeys/field trips
 
Led by Amir Zahoor and Pastor Lawrence
 
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.,
OPC Seminary - "Understanding Israel" & "Understanding Palestine"
Saturday, Apr. 7, 10 a.m., OPC Seminary - "The Lemon Tree"
Saturday, Apr. 21, 10 a.m., OPC Seminary - "Blood Brothers"
 
Optional Journeys/Field Trips complement the study:
 
Friday, March 9 at 12:45 p.m. , Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, 8092 Plantation Dr, West Chester Twp, OH 45069. Friday Prayers followed by conversation with the Imam
 
Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. , Plum Street Temple, 720 Plum Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.  Bar Mitzvah followed by conversation with the Rabbi
The Honored Woman Award Deadline Drawing Near
honored woman symbol
Nominations are due by March 1 for the Honored Woman Award!  Each year the Oxford Presbyterian Women present this award to a special woman who has dedicated her time and talent to the work of the church.  The selection is made through nominations from the congregation.  If you have seen or worked beside a woman who has faithfully served the Lord and His church, please send a letter of nomination to Pat Gifford, at
gifforp@miamioh.edu , drop in my mailbox at church, or send to 6511 Morning Sun Rd., Oxford, 45056.  A new letter of nomination is needed each year, even if a woman has been nominated previously.  We are so grateful for the continued service of our Past Honored Women; however, the award is only given once to an individual. If you are unsure if a special woman has received the award previously, please contact Pat. Other members of the Honored Woman Committee are Johanna Reinhart and Carol Burkhalter will also gladly accept letters of nomination.

Lenten Materials
As we prepare for Lent, materials are available in the Molyneaux Lounge.  There are Lenten Calendars and devotionals for adults and children.
Sunday School
There will be no Sunday School for preschoolers through 5th graders on February 18 . In lieu of Sunday school, Carol Klumb will be hosting a "Crafts with Carol" upstairs in the Geneva room for this age group.
The Deacon's Lenten Food Drive
Please leave the donated items for the Oxford Choice Pantry in the Narthex, (the front entrance to the Sanctuary) from February 18 -March 24. Monetary donations can be made during offering by writing a check with "Deacon's Food Drive" in the note field or placing cash in a pew envelope with the "Deacon's Food Drive" on the front.
 
Items needed: "Big Three": Spaghetti, Tuna & Peanut Butter

Other Items: Canned meals (Spaghetti O's, Ravioli, Chef Boyardee). Varieties of cereal, canned fruit and vegetables.

Personal Care Items:Toilet paper, body wash, deodorant, shampoo and hair conditioner
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on February 20th with Special Guests Dave and Sue Wilson speaking about "Angels".   After their talk, Lynn Cronk will be presenting the lesson, "Cloud of Witnesses the Community of Christ in Hebrews".  The optional lunch at the Commons is at 12:00 p.m. with the Circle beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Country Kitchen.  Visitors are always welcome.  
Youth Group News

Spring Retreat:  If your student is interested in attending Spring Retreat, you must fill out the Google Form below by Sunday, March 4. The retreat is April 6-8 and takes place at Kirkmont Retreat Center.   Sign-up for Spring Retreat here:  https://goo.gl/forms/hfN340zzdfBzcai52
 
Summer Camp:  The Youth Ministry at Oxford Presbyterian Church is offering an opportunity for students having completed grades 7-12 to attend the Presbyterian Youth Connection Camp at Kirkmont Center (PYC Jr. for those students having just completed 6th grade). From June 24-30, students will spend time engaged in activities within their selected track (Sports, Science, Art, Robotics or Music) and will learn more about their faith. Check out the Kirkmont Center website for more information. Please email Mitch Hardy if your student is interested in attending by Sunday, March 4. 
 
Mission Trip:  We are in need of one male chaperone for the 2018 Sr. High Mission Trip to Charleston, SC. If you are interested in helping out, please reach out to Mitch Hardy ASAP!  
2018 World Day of Prayer All God's Creation is Very Good
will be celebrated Sunday March 4, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church.  World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement led by Christian women who come together to observe a common day of prayer and action. This year's worship was written by the Women of Suriname and focuses on the many rivers and creeks, the rich tropical rainforest and great biodiversity.   All are invited.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
The Oxford Chapter of Habitat for Humanity builds housing for low income families in Oxford that otherwise would not be able to afford a home. The Mission and Outreach Committee is requesting the congregation's help in meeting the Oxford Presbyterian Church's pledge to fund the two homes that the Oxford Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is building in 2018.  Please write a check made out to the Oxford Presbyterian Church, put Habitat in the note-field, and place in the offering plate.  If you prefer to donate cash, place the cash in a Pew Envelope, write Habitat on the Pew Envelope, and place in the offering plate.  Thank you for your generosity.
 
A Journey to Colombia
The Colombia Partnership Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley (PMV) requests your prayers and blessings for their current journey to our partner Presbytery of the North Coast (PNC) in Barranquilla, Colombia from February 15 to 21. 
 
This partnership has spanned 23 years and includes annual visits by Colombian young adults who participate in our Presbytery's, Sister Churches', and Kirkmont Center's summer ministries; shared worship, spiritual, and musical events; northbound and southbound delegation trips between Sister Church congregations; and mutual support of each presbytery's pastoral and social justice ministries.
 
We currently have five Sister Church relationships between congregations of the PMV and congregations of the PNC.  One of these Sister Church relationships is the strong partnership between Oxford Presbyterian Church and the Seventh Presbyterian Church of Barranquilla, Colombia.  Our Network intends to renew our partnership agreement during this trip and explore new avenues of shared ministry.
Your Stewardship Matters
One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realize your need for God.
If everything seems to come simply by signing checks,
you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.
-    C.S. Lewis

Oxford Presbyterian Church

101 N. Main Street

Oxford, OH 45056

513-523-6364

office@oxfordpresbychurch.org

www.oxfordpresbychurch.org 

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