February 28, 2020
First 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: Matthew Matthew 5:1-3
Message: "Blessed in Mission Partnership"

(Images from the 2019 Russian Mission Partnership Journey inspired by Sunday’s scripture “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Photos by Dr. Robert S. Smith)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Blest Be the Tie that Binds
Mission and Outreach (M&O) welcomes Bishop Igor Maksakov back to Oxford as a representative from our sister church in Zlatoust, Russia.  

M&O enthusiastically invites the congregation and community to a luncheon with Igor tomorrow, 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.
Lenten Devotional
Lent is a time to reflect, to grow, to pray, and to prepare for Easter. This year’s Lenten devotional Becoming a Beloved Community: A Matthew 25 journey to the cross , from the Presbyterian Today, invites us on a thought-provoking journey to see firsthand how Jesus’ words to “feed the hungry” and “clothe the naked” still change lives today.

Copies of this Lenten resource is available in the Narthex and 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 today - 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.
One Great Hour of Sharing
This Sunday, March 1, we’ll be sending home the familiar Fish Banks with our Church School children. The gifts raised go to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, food to the hungry, and help to empower the poor and oppressed. IMPORTANT: Fish Banks are not just for our young disciples. If you wish to contribute in this way please see Carol Klumb after service to get your very own Fish Bank. We’ll be collecting them in on Palm Sunday, April 5. If you’d like to see an interactive world map that shows where OGHS recipients are located follow this link:  http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/oghs70 .
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 this Sunday, March 1  from 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Seminary - Community Room. Anne Bailey and Pastor Lawrence will kick off this series with an introduction to the author and study of Matthew 5:1-3. 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.

Next discussion: Sunday, March 8.
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 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Next film: Sunday, March 8 – Philomena (PG-13)

For more information, visit our Seminary Cinema  Facebook page .
Youth Group
Bring a friend  for dinner at  Youth Group this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Amy Bartel will be leading us in a special Lenten art project this week. We'll be meeting in the youth room upstairs. Hope to see you there!

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 .
"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, and Pastor Lawrence.
Tuesday Evening Circle
The Tuesday Evening Circle meeting will be held on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the home of Violet Suit. Jean O’Connell is the co-hostess. Janet Holmes will do the program. Debbie Davidson will give the devotion.

Anyone needing a ride should contact Karen Simpson.
Administrative Assistant's Vacation
Bridgite Dickerson, our Office Administrator, will be on vacation beginning Monday, March 9 until Friday, March 13. Worship bulletins for Sunday, March 8 and March 15 will be prepared on Tuesday, March 3.  Please turn in all announcements for bulletins and Friday's Voice articles (March 6 and 13) by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 4.

Joni Marcum will be covering the office Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
OPC Book Club
In March, we will be reading  I Was Hungry  by Jeremy Everett which focuses on how we can actively address food security within our communities. Our book discussion will be on Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Molyneaux lounge.
The Way of the Cross at Holy Trinity
During this Lenten Quiet Day, we will reflect on five events in the final days of Jesus’ life which occurred between Palm Thursday and Easter morning. Participants will encounter the scriptures of Holy Week in a deeply personal way in order to turn the tables on behaviors that may interfere with a deeper relationship with Christ within.

Bring a bag lunch, a notebook, a curious mind, and an open heart.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020.

To register: Please send an email with your name, address, and contact information to: holytquietday@gmail.com . Deadline is March 6, 2020 .
Easter Special Music Fund and Spring Flower Fundraiser
Spring flowers will be placed at the front of the church on Easter Sunday. Cost is $16.00.

Orders are due by April 1, 2020

Order forms are available outside the church office and in the Molyneaux lounge.

Donations to the Special Music Fund also gratefully received.
Deacons - Community Blood Drive
Oxford Presbyterian Church in partnership with
McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Register to give blood between March 2 and April 25,
and receive a pair of limited-edition argyle socks.

Appointments Encouraged


Sponsor Code #324
Maundy Thursday
The Maundy Thursday meal and service will be held at The Knolls on Thursday, April 9 . We will begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m., consisting of soup, salad, assorted sandwiches, cookies, and a drink.

Meal reservations at a prepaid cost of $11.95 can be given to Bridgite Dickerson, Office Administrator, Pam Deahl, or Karen Shearer.  Please make your reservations by March 30 . Reservation forms are available outside the church office and in the Molyneaux lounge.

The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. You do not have to attend both the service and the meal. We hope to see you there.
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 n ow / email   info@kirkmontcenter.org   or call 937.593.2141
Living Into Hope

N.T. Wright shares,
Tell someone to do something, and you change their life – for a day; 
tell someone a story and you change their life.  

What story are you telling others today?
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