February 26, 2021
The Second Sunday in Lent

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 8:31-38
Message: "Again & Again: I Am..."

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Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Lenten Creation Care Podcast Series
Podcasts are a great way to explore new ideas. This Lent, our Christian Education Committee teamed up with our Caring for Creation team to develop a series of “Caring for Creation” podcasts. Each week, you are invited to listen to one of the podcasts linked HERE and then join members of our Caring for Creation team on Sundays on Zoom starting at 11:45 am for a coffee hour discussion of the week’s listening. Please contact Carla Blackmar-Rice if you have technical difficulties at cablackmar@yahoo.com and she will be glad to assist you.  
 
Information for Zoom Meetings is here (please scroll to bottom of document for more information)
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Lenten Reflections
In Lent, we're reminded that, again and again, we hold hope together throughout the Journey to Jerusalem. For Christians, engaging the forty days of Lent approximates a tithe - or a tenth - of each year. We need the forth days of Lent because this season shapes us into more faithful disciples.

Each Wednesday throughout Lent, members of the OPC Staff will be offering individual messages of hope on our YouTube channel and social media pages. Click here for this week's Lenten Reflection ... from Pastor Lawrence.

Join us this Lent as, again and again, we bring all of who we are to Christ and trust that God will meet us with hope, time and again, along the way.
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. 
Kids Fellowship 15!
Hello OPC Parents!

We hear that OPC kids are missing interacting with their church classmates, so we hope to brighten their spirits with the following announcement... 

This Sunday, February 28, OPC's Preschool teacher, Rhonda Krehbiel, will be hosting a virtual "Kids Fellowship 15" time for kids (PreK through 2nd grade) via Zoom, from 10:45-11:00 a.m. This fellowship time will be held in lieu of virtual church school on the 4th Sunday of every month. 

Here's how your child/children can to join the fellowship time:
Meeting ID: 875 9814 7959
Passcode: 173349

We hope that your child/children will join Rhonda and their classmates this Sunday auto 10:45am!
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Our life together as the Body of Christ is more important than ever as we overcome this pandemic with resilient faith, hope and love. Gather online with your brothers and sisters in our faith community for connection, conversation, as well as spontaneous moments of hope and encouragement.
 
Join us this week after worship at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper bonds of fellowship.
Service of Witness to the Resurrection - Becky Rudolph
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, the one who believes in me shall live, even though they die.”
John 11:25-26
 
Becky Rudolph passed away Wednesday, February 17. Becky’s family invites you to join them in a livestream of a Service of Witness to the Resurrection Sunday, February 28 at 12:00 p.m. The prelude will begin at approximately 11:50 a.m. Please continue to lift up Becky’s family in prayer as we surround them in care.
Youth Group Service Project at 4:00 p.m.
Youth Group will be meeting in the Memorial Building this Sunday evening at 4:00 p.m. (note the time change!) for an afternoon service project. We will be working with Jenn Walter to help sort out the Christian Ed meeting and storage rooms on the first floor. Masks and facial coverings are required, and there will be temperature checks at the door.
Honored Woman Award
As we anxiously anticipate the arrival of spring in 2021, we are again seeking from our congregation nominations for the Honored Woman’s Award. We wish to recognize that person who has given faithfully and selflessly to the betterment, growth and outreach of OPC. Please nominate by means of a letter indicating the contributions made to the church as a whole.
 
Letters must be received by February 28 to Susan King or Becky Quay to be considered. Kingsusanhenkins@gmail.com or Quayrh@miamioh.edu
Confirmation Meets on Monday, March 1
Our next confirmation class will be meeting Monday, March 1 at 7:45 p.m. Carrie Ann will be leading our lesson entitled "The Word and the word." Weather permitting, we will be meeting in the barn this week (3751 Darrtown Road). If you would like to be added to the confirmation class email list, please contact Pastor Marc.
Puff Memorial Lecture: Christian Approaches to Homelessness
The 2021 Puff Memorial Lecture - Christian Approaches to Homelessness - will be held virtually, and will feature Dr. Laura Stivers, of Dominican University.

Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m.
 
Dr. Stivers examines common Christian approaches to addressing homeless: a direct charity approach of providing soup kitchens or homeless shelters and a more structural approach of building low-income rental housing or inexpensive homes for ownership. She advocates for a hospitality as justice approach that shifts emphasis away from changing or transforming individuals and towards addressing the structural causes of homelessness and poverty, with particular attention to racial justice.

This lecture is an opportunity to better understand our missional call to Eradicate Systemic Poverty.

Click here to register for this lecture.
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Nancy and Roger Gates are spending quiet days in their home on Chestnut Street - not a whole lot different from pre-pandemic. Roger is retired from the Butler County prosecutors office, but still has a professional relationship with Southwest Regional Water District. Cognitively Nancy is fine. Her physical health, unfortunately, continues to decline. Talking on the telephone is not an option for Nancy as her throat muscles contract and she has burning mouth syndrome. One bright spot in her life is knitting. She cannot have any motion around her, as a result of her illness, but has become adept at knitting baby blankets without looking at the needles. These blankets are donated to a charity. Roger and Nancy miss their church family.

Jay Baird says his mantra is “steady as you go” - taking each day as it comes. He enjoys buying “high priced” bird seed and feeding the birds that come to his feeders. Much more time is spent watching these winged visitors as they come for a meal. Time spent reading has increased. His only in-person contact with the outside world is trips to the Kroger Store. Amelia, his Cairn Terrier, is Jay’s faithful companion.

John and Marilyn Curry keep amused by figuring out which phone is ringing and where it is. Sound familiar? Their 60th wedding anniversary was during the pandemic. They wanted to have a memorable celebration by going out to dinner. Drove to Cincinnati, checked out a few places that were not open, ended up doing drive through at a Chick-Fil-A. Certainly memorable. Marilyn gets out to ride her horse, Hayden, has been making masks, does lots of grandmothering - and keeps John on track. John is writing a biography, uncovering fun and interesting facts about his ancestors. Katie, a fifth year pharmacy student at Ohio Northern University, calls John with chemistry questions from time to time. Unfortunately the memory bank is so full some things get lost!
Administrative Assistant's Vacation
Bridgite Dickerson, our Office Administrator, will be on vacation beginning Monday, March 8 until Friday, March 12. Worship bulletins for Sunday, March 7 and Sunday March 14 will be prepared on Tuesday, March 2. Please turn in all announcements for bulletins and Friday's Voice (March 5 & 12) by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3. Cia Beal will be covering the office Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Creating a Healthy Community
Be a part of a lifesaving team.

Community Blood Drive
Friday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Seminary Community Room
104 E. Church St. (white building on the corner of Church and Poplar)

APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED
Sponsor Code #321

COVID-19 Antibody test will be performed on all blood donors as part of our standard testing.
Your Stewardship Matters
"Jesus establishes clearly that the...accumulation of things is an attempt...to evade dependency on God...Our security, according to Jesus, is in our relationship to God in whose hands lies our future."
- Tony Campolo

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

“The [one] who's a dreamer and never takes leave
Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe
Will never know passion, will never know pain.
Who sits by the window will one day see rain.
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead..."

- Jules Bass
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056