February 21, 2020
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: Matthew 17:1-9
Message: “Awfully Close to God”

(Image: Traditional Site of the Mount of Transfiguration.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Celebration of Life - Jack Gifford
Please join The Gifford family in a Celebration of Life for Dr. Jack Gifford.

Today - 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 this Sunday! We will be brainstorming a new updated name for the group this afternoon. We’ll meet in the Molyneaux Lounge right after worship and head over to Fridge and Pantry.

Hope to see you there!
Youth Group
Youth Group  will be meeting at Holy Trinity this Sunday night for a “Shrove Sunday” party from 6:00-8:00 p.m (NOTICE: We’re meeting a half hour earlier than we usually do) Please e-mail John Harper at johnharper54@gmail.com if you can bring a side dish!

Would you like to help out with meals at Youth Group?   We are looking for parents to help bring dinner on Sunday nights at 6:30 P.M.  If you would like to help out, you can sign up online .
Creating a Healthy Community
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and
Black History Month, join The Interfaith Center for:

"When Religion Gets It Right"
with the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.

February 23, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
16 S. Campus Avenue, Oxford OH 45056

RSVP for free to reserve your seat

For more information click here .
Blest Be the Tie that Binds
Mission and Outreach (M&O) eagerly welcomes Bishop Igor Maksakov back to Oxford.  As a representative from our sister church in Zlatoust, Russia, Igor will join us for a week of ministry on Monday, February 24. Together we will visit addiction treatment programs as well as Safe Haven Farms. We will worship and fellowship together.  

M&O enthusiastically invites the congregation and community to a luncheon with Igor on Saturday, February 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Seminary Community Room. Along with Russians, we love soups and stews in wintertime. Please bring a soup or bread to share. Come and learn the latest about our Russian Mission Partnership.
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 23 or at the door on Tuesday, February 25.
Ash Wednesday
The forty days of Lent begins Wednesday, February 26  known as Ash Wednesday. There will be a light supper in the Seminary Community Room 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. in the Sanctuary of the Seminary. 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.
"Walk-By" Ashes: Pastor Marc and Pastor Lawrence will be available in the church office between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. this coming Wednesday, February 26 (Ash Wednesday) if anyone would like to stop by and receive the imposition of ashes.
OPC Book Club
This month, the book club is reading  I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes to Invisible People  by Terrence Lester which was recommended in Sojourner’s Magazine.  He has worked extensively with those living in poverty, and walked hundreds of miles from Atlanta to Washington DC to raise awareness for poverty.

We will be discussing this short book on Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Molyneaux lounge.
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.
Adult Christian Education - 2020 Lenten Series
We warmly welcome you to join in any or all of the discussion sessions, based on the book: “Beatitudes from the Back Side A Different Take on What it Means to be Blessed” by J. Ellsworth Kalas.

Discussions begin Sunday, March 1 from 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Seminary - Community Room. Please feel free to bring your brown bag lunch. We hope you will join us; bring a friend or two!

Stop into the church office to purchase your book ($14.50) and let Bridgite know of your participation in the series.

(... and a note of deep gratitude from Adult Christian Education (ACE) – Jenny Bailer has stepped out of the Co-Chair role to pursue other OPC initiatives. Thank you, Jenny, for your past help with ACE! Candace Crist is continuing to lead ACE efforts, with help from Pastor Lawrence.)
Lenten Seminary Cinema Series - The Beatitudes
As we journey through Lent toward Easter, our congregation will engage the Beatitudes through worship, study, and the arts. Our Seminary Cinema curator, Matt Benzing, has selected a fantastic line up of movies that bring the comfort and challenge of the Beatitudes to real life. Some scenes may make us laugh out loud or move us to tears. Each movie will elicit meaningful conversation and inspire us to consider how Jesus would walk among us in 2020 proclaiming….  Blessed are the… Blessed are the…

March 1, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. -  The Florida Project   R (for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material)  A gritty, unsentimental film about spiritual and economic poverty, told from the point of view of children living in a rundown motel in the shadow of Disney World. While  The Florida Project  is a tough film it has moments of humor and grace. Willem DaFoe was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the motel manager.

Matthew 5:1-3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Solving America’s Hunger Crisis” - 2020 Puff Memorial Lecture
Monday, March 2, 5:00 p.m. -
Farmer School of Business 0025

With more than 40 million Americans experiencing hunger and poverty, we are a nation in crisis. 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.
"Solving Hunger in Oxford" - Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, March 3, 4:00 p.m. - Seminary
A town hall meeting featuring Jeremy Everett in conversation with Oxford community leaders and Miami University faculty: Jason Bracken, Michael Conger, Ann Fuehrer, Scott Kenworthy, Lawrence Bartel.
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.

Kirkmont Summer Camp

Registration is open! If you would like information regarding summer camp, or if you would like to sign up, you can register now / email  info@kirkmontcenter.org  or call 937.593.2141
Join Our Team
We are actively seeking to fill two vital and behind-the-scenes positions in our growing ministry.

The Sexton has the primary responsibility to provide essential maintenance and event services throughout the Memorial and Seminary church buildings and grounds. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a high degree of initiative, ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks. The position is generally expected to work an average of twelve hours per week.
The Financial Secretary has day-to-day responsibility for documenting the financial transactions of the congregation. The successful candidate will show fluency in accounting procedures, experience with QuickBooks, adaptation to new technologies and proactive problem solving. The position is generally expected to work approximately nineteen hours per week. 
For the complete position descriptions, go to www.oxfordpresbychurch.org/news-events/ , also check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OxfordPresbyterianChurch
Please send resume, references, and cover letter to express your interest in this position to Pastor Lawrence Bartel, office@oxfordpresbychurch.org  
We will begin reviewing applications on February 27, 2020.
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How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; 
we can start now, start slowly changing the world!

- Anne Frank
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