January 1, 2021
In preparation for worship,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: John 1:1-18
Message: "Let Jesus Show!"

JOIN us for WORSHIP from HOME.
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on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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and activities to nurture faith
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Join us this week after worship at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper connections for fellowship in the midst of this pandemic.

Meeting ID: 836 5120 3672
Passcode: 916856
Confirmation Class Meets Monday, January 4th
Confirmation class will be meeting via Zoom this coming Monday, January 4 at 7:45 p.m. a lesson on election and predestination led by Pastor Marc. Check your e-mail over the weekend for login information. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact Pastor Marc.
Card Shower


Marty Miller will be celebrating his 80th Birthday on January 10th.

If you wish to join in a shower of Christian love, please send your birthday wishes to Marty.

Contact the church office for a mailing address.
Congregational Meeting




The Annual Congregational Meeting of Oxford Presbyterian Church will take place on Sunday, January 17 following worship. Please turn in Committee Reports to the church office by Monday, January 4.
Creating a Healthy Community
Be part of a lifesaving team by donating during January National and Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month.

Community Blood Drive
Friday, January 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seminary Community Room
104 East Church St., Oxford
(white building on the corner of Church and Poplar St).
 
Donors get free testing for COVID-19 antibodies
 
All donors must have an appointment.
Click HERE to schedule your appointment.

The goal is 30 successful donations.
Save the Date: January 16, 2021 for a
“Realizing Our Congregational Calls” Retreat
Please join us as we come together to consider how best to move forward from our multiyear discernment process of individual and congregational call. Join us for an update on Eradicating Systemic Poverty and Caring for Creation, an inspirational reflection by Rebecca Barnes, Coordinator of the PCUSA Hunger Programs, and a call to commit to action in 2021. We will gather for a morning retreat via ZOOM on Saturday, January 16, at 9:00 am. Follow this link to participate.

Meeting ID: 835 2936 8711
Passcode: 541576
Youth Group Meets on Sunday, January 17th
Youth Group is back on Sunday, January 17 at 7:45 p.m. with a new 6-week book club series entitled, "Worldchanging 101" based on the book (by the same title) written by David LaMotte. The book explores the complexities and ambiguities around how communities can affect real change and impact without feeling paralyzed or overwhelmed. The curriculum is co-written by author David LaMotte and Pastor Marc.

If you are interested in participating in this 6-week series at youth group and would like a copy of the book, please contact Pastor Marc.
Shop & Support Our Fundraiser for Oxford Presbyterian Women
It's never been easier to change a life for the better. When you buy handmade gifts and home decor using the web link below, 20% of your purchase will be donated to Oxford Presbyterian Women.

You'll do a world of good by supporting this Serrv & Earn fundraiser. We hope you'll shop and share the web link: serrv.org?a=oxford2020.

For questions or a catalogue see Prue Dana, Becky Quay, Janet Ziegler.
Offering of Letters
Dear Members and Friends, 

It’s time to write letters focused on hunger to our friends who have just gotten elected and are on their way to Washington to represent us.
 
Please take 7 minutes of your time to ask for their support. If you write a letter, Prue Dana will mail them!

Full letter writing kits are available in the church office.

Blessings,
The Peacemaking Committee 
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Charles Teckman has recently returned from spending two weeks in Nashville with son, David, and family. David drove to Oxford, to be the chauffeur, even though Charles assured him that he was perfectly capable of driving himself! This led Charles to tell the story of how he got his first driver’s license. He grew up in Darrtown, where his father had a trucking business, hauling milk from farm to dairy, animals to stockyards, etc. It was wartime, drivers were scarce, so Charles, at the age of 14, helped out when he was not in school. To be on the right side of the law, he needed a driver’s license. His Dad had a patrolman friend and the three met for lunch one day at Hyde’s Restaurant in Hamilton. The patrolman talked with Charles about driving, among other things, and when they finished lunch said, “You just passed your driver’s test”. The license indicated that he could drive only for “Harry Teckman trucking”. And Charles has been driving ever since.

Janet Ziegler had a segmented Christmas celebration. Daughter Diane’s family came at one time, Stephanie and family at another time, and grandson, Scott, yet another time. Diane is particularly conscious of pandemic restrictions as her mother-in-law lives with them and is of an age that is susceptible. The Ziegler house is becoming much more organized as Janet digs through boxes and shelves of “important stuff”. She is doing more reading these days so may be a source of book recommendations for the rest of us.

Arly Allen is keeping busy researching a book that he is writing. Jo Reinhart reminisced about the days when she, and Jan, and their mother, Betty, baked many, many Christmas cookies. Some went to the church bazaar, or more recently the Cookie Walk, and also to neighbors and friends. Jan also took poinsettias to friends in the holiday season. During warm weather Jo highly recommends “weed therapy” as a calming pastime. Perhaps luckily, she says her lawn has lots of weeds, making for convenient treatment.
Congregational Concern
I lift up my eyes up to the hills, 
from where will my help come? 
My help comes from the LORD, 
who made heaven and earth. 
- Psalms 121

Marian Nelson, a cherished and long-time member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church family passed away Sunday, December 27 at Woodland Country Manor. Please keep Dick and Marian's daughter, Jody (Jim) Platt, granddaughter, Emily, family and friends in your prayers.

Cards of sympathy may be mailed to:

Jody Platt
1296 Roundhill Dr.
Hamilton, OH 45013
Chancel Flowers
Chancel flowers are needed for February 14, 21 and 28. Max Stacy will deliver them to the church. After the service, they will be delivered in a safe way to our shut-ins by the deacons. If you wish to have your own flowers, we could make an arrangement for that.
 
Please call or email Marge Smith to place an order. Phone: 513-523-3895 or email: smithme2010@hotmail.com. The cost of the flowers is $20 and payment can be mailed to Nick Fears (our financial secretary) at the church at 101 N. Main St. Thank you, for your support.  
Your Stewardship Matters
Generous living in Advent, and throughout the year, is about approaching each day with an open heart, an open mind, and an open hand. What can you do today to live more generously? What generous and faithful living choices can you make today that will make a difference in the future?
 
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

"Resurrection is always announced with Easter lilies,
the sound of trumpets, bright streaming light.
But it did not happen that way.
If it happened in a cave, it happened in complete silence,
in absolute darkness, with the smell of damp stone and dug earth in the air.
Sitting deep in the heart of Organ Cave, I let this sink in: new life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb,
or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark.”

- Barbara Brown Taylor
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056