February 7, 2020
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

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 5:13-20
Message: "Translation & Transformation"

(Image: The light of Christ shining in a church at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes in Galilee. Photo by Amir Zahoor on the 2018 Mosaic of Peace.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Youth Group Slide Show
Check out a special video presentation of some of our favorite images from youth group this year. The video will be playing in the Molyneaux Lounge before and after worship on Sunday, February 9.
Organic Gardening Workshop at the OPC Seminary Building
It may still be gloomy winter in Oxford, but it's never too early to start planning for a bountiful summer harvest! Join Craig Harkrider, Farmer and Owner of Stoney Hedgerow Farm at the Seminary Community Room on February 9 from 2-5 p.m. , to learn organic vegetable gardening skills that will help you grow healthy produce while also protecting creation. Craig is a fixture at the Oxford Farmer's Market, known for his wonderful peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and many varieties of garlic. Entry $10, all attendees receive $5 in "market bucks" for use at the Oxford Farmer's Market. Tickets available  here .  
Youth Group
Youth Group will be meeting at Oxford Presbyterian Church, Sunday, February 9 at  6:30 p.m. Come and meet our new pastoral intern, Elliot Jones Boyle!

Join us for dinner, and bring a friend!


See you Sunday!
Church Services at The Knolls
Join us on February 11 and 25 at The Knolls as we view one of our recent Presbyterian Church services. Services are held in the Activity Room of the Healthcare wing and will begin at 10 A.M. Anyone wanting to join us is welcome.
Souper Bowl of Caring
A huge thank you to our youth volunteers who helped collect food items and raised $287.95 to support TOPPS Food Pantry here in Oxford in celebration of Souper Bowl of Caring. Thanks to Bella Walter, Eli Walter, Kylee Fears, and Bryson Fears for helping out and a deep heart of gratitude to everyone who donated and contributed. Thank you for your generosity!
Ash Wednesday
The forty days of Lent begins Wednesday, February 26  known as Ash Wednesday. Join us for a light supper in the Seminary Church 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. on the second floor of the Seminary Church. Communion will be served. All are invited to attend these events that usher in the Lenten Season.
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.
Called to Life Retreat 
The participants in the Called to Life Retreat on January 18 were full of ideas and enthusiasm!! We have enough vision for a generation and projects for three congregations!! Three groups were formed, "Caring for Creation," "Eradicating Systemic Poverty," and "Life Skills/Life's Guiding Hands," to create proposals for projects to support our Calls. Click here for more details.
Mission and Outreach - Matthew 25 Congregation
It’s official. Oxford Presbyterian Church is a Matthew 25 congregation in the PC(USA). 
 
What is a Matthew 25 congregation? Matthew 25:31–46 calls every follower of Jesus to actively engage the world. In doing so our faith comes alive as we impact the world around us and are transformed ourselves. Convicted by this gospel passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.
 
After several months of prayer and discernment, our Session approved at the January meeting a proposal from the Mission and Outreach Committee to become a Matthew 25 congregation with a focus on eradicating systemic poverty. The Mission and Outreach Committee took a moment at the February meeting to officially register online as a Matthew 25 congregation and deepen our commitment to Christ’s call in our lives today.
Mission and Outreach - Colombian Peace Report
On January 23 Karen Shearer, Robert Smith, Sue Wilson, and Melanie Ziegler attended a Miami Valley Presbytery presentation given by Angélica Munera Cervera, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Cartagena on the North Coast of Colombia.

Pastor Angélica updated members of OPC and others of the Colombian Mission Network from the Miami Valley as to the current status of the Colombian peace accords and her congregation’s special project (PAZES) on teaching children how to build peace in their own communities.

For this project, the congregation adopted a methodology is based on Montessori educational philosophy.

In this practice of peace, the children sit at a peace table or sit on the floor in a circle. The children take turns and talk about their emotions or conflicts and work on resolution. 
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
kroger plus card
Kroger Plus Card

Do you shop at Kroger's and have a Kroger Plus Card?  If so you can help the Deacons of the Oxford Presbyterian Church reach out to those in need in our church and community.  Here's how! To participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, one must have a Kroger Plus Card and a Kroger.com account, and will have to register with the Rewards Program. To sign up for the Rewards Program:

  • Go to Kroger.com
  • Click on "Save"
  • Click on "Kroger Community Rewards"
  • Click on "See more details to enroll today!
  • Click on "Sign In" (enter email address and password) OR Click on "Create an Account" (if you do not have one)
  • Either way, once enrolled, select Oxford Presbyterian Church as the recipient of Kroger's donations. Our organization ID # is KT661
For Your Offering
OPC invites you to choose the most convenient giving avenue so that we may all fully participate in our ministry and mission. Offerings of  checks  and  cash  are always welcome in the offering plate.

To give  online  both conveniently and securely, scan the QR code on the pew card with your phone and follow the brief prompt. You may also access the same online giving opportunity from your computer at  https://onrealm.org/oxfordpresbychurch/Give . 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. Questions? Contact office -  office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Youth Kirkmont Spring Retreat
Youth Kirkmont Spring Retreat is 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.

Registration forms and informational packets are available on the church website or from Pastor Marc. Please return the registration form to Pastor Marc (by print or e-mail) by Wednesday, April 1st. We'll see you there!

Your Stewardship Matters

Avarice, greed and so forth are all based 
on the mathematical truism that the more you get, 
the more you have. 
The remark of Jesus that it is more blessed to give 
than to receive (Acts 20:35) is based on the human truth
that the more you give away in love, the more you are. 
It is not just for the sake of other people 
that Jesus tells us to give rather than get, 
but for our own sakes too.

-   Frederick Buechner
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056