January 15, 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: Mark 1:4-11
Message: "Continuous Improvement"

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Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Congregational Retreat - "Realizing Our Call!"
As we enter 2021 and look at the year ahead, we yearn to come together as a congregation and fulfill our call to do the work of the Lord.

Please join us as we gather online 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. In preparation for our time together, we offer these short videos for you to view prior to the retreat. Please click here to access the retreat video playlist on our OPC YouTube channel.

If you would like to practice logging on to Zoom, connect with Pastor Lawrence on Friday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. by clicking on the link below or calling the phone number listed.

Meeting ID: 878 4924 6336
Passcode: 763638

By phone dial +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 878 4924 6336
Passcode: 763638

Years of study, prayer, reflection and action have brought us to this point in time. We are excited about this opportunity to gather in a unique way to envision our journey ahead!
A Special Note On Worship This Sunday
Ordination and Installation of Officers will take place in worship this Sunday. Pandemic safety precautions preclude our ability to gather in person for a tradition that includes the ancient Christian symbol of the laying-on of hands. On the other hand, Zoom offers us an opportunity to be present together in real time to offer our prayerful support to the new complement of gifted congregational leaders – Deacons, Trustees and Ruling Elders.
 
The worship livestream will begin at 10 a.m. on the OPC Facebook page. Following the Offering and Prayer of Dedication, the livestream will transition to Zoom at this link.
 
Worship will continue on Zoom with the Ordination and Installation of Officers within five minutes after the Prayer of Dedication. Then on Zoom, all will be ready for the Annual Congregational Meeting beginning immediately after worship.
Congregational Meeting & Annual Report
Another first in our generations of faithful ministry... on Sunday we hold our first Annual Congregational Meeting of Oxford Presbyterian Church ONLINE via Zoom.
 
The same Zoom link will bring you to close of worship with the Ordination and Installation of Officers and then the Annual Meeting of the Congregation
           
Our Annual Report is digital this year. Click here to read how Jesus moved within our congregation in 2020, we share the good news with words, photos and stats.
 
Join us as we give thanks to the Lord for a year of resilient ministry at Oxford Presbyterian Church as we Seek God, Serve Others and Share Christ’s Love with All.
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Our life together as a Body of Christ is more important than ever throughout these days. Join your brothers and sisters in our faith community for connection, conversation, as well as spontaneous moments of hope and encouragement.
 
Join us after the Congregational Meeting at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper bonds of fellowship in the midst of this pandemic. If time permits, we'll share our reflections on these questions prompted by worship: What do you know of your own baptism? What special memories do you cherish when witnessing the baptism of others?
 
Meeting ID: 836 5120 3672
Passcode: 916856
Worldchanging 101 at Youth Group Meets
CORRECTION Youth Group is back this coming Sunday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. (not 7:45) 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 book is available in both paperback and Kindle form. If you would like for the church to provide you with a physical copy of the book, please contact Pastor Marc.
Confirmation Class Meets Monday, January 18
Our next confirmation class will be meeting in the Seminary Building next Monday, January 18th at 7:45 P.M. Carrie Ann will be leading a lesson on blessing and service. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact Pastor Marc.
Offices Closed
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the offices at OPC will be closed Monday, January 18.

Regular hours resume, Tuesday, January 19 at 8:30 a.m.
Creating a Healthy Community
Oxford COVID-19 Plasma Drive - January 19

The Oxford community will sponsor a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma drive Tuesday, January 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oxford Presbyterian Church, 104 E. Church St., in the Seminary Community Room (white building on the corner of Church and Poplar).

It is open only to qualified donors eligible to give COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) for the treatment of critically ill coronavirus patients.

CBC is calling on CCP donors to “Fight, Heal, & Give” to help supply convalescent plasma to hospitals inside and outside the CBC region. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a Kroger $25 gift card and the “Support the Fight Against COVID - Donate Convalescent Plasma” t-shirt. First-time convalescent plasma donors must have proof of positive test for COVID-19 and be free of symptoms for at least 14 days. They must register at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220. If you have previously donated convalescent plasma with CBC please make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220. Total appointment slots available: 10 (Goal 15).
February Newsletter
Don't miss the deadline!

Please submit all articles to Nancy Moeckel at moeckenj@miamioh.edu by Wednesday, January 20

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Our beloved newsletter editor for the last 11 years will be retiring July 2021.

If you are interested in collecting, organizing and editing content for the monthly church newsletter, please contact Pastor Lawrence or the church office.  
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Vi Suit is spending some time at Woodland at Manor rehabbing from a fall. Recently she has been eating in the dining room, usually with one person at a table, and thinks the food is very good. Some activities, like Bingo, have been happening, with distancing observed. Vi spends her time reading, a bit of television watching, and walking in the halls. A seamstress in earlier years, Vi worked in a fabric shop years ago, kind of like a kid in a candy shop. She was one of the coordinators of the quilt project which now hangs in the Memorial hallway.

Mickey Preston was a Reily girl. She attended the Reily church when Robert Foster was the pastor. Her family moved from a farm on State Line Road into the “town” of Reily - a big deal at the time. As a senior in high school she worked at the old Talawanda Theater and continued there for five years. She met Herbert Preston at a dance at LeSoursville and soon was married in the Lutheran Church when it was still on Church Street. Mickey worked for David Maxfield Sr. in his architectural office for 16 years, a new and interesting field for her. Then on to the the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity where she spent her last 25 working years as an assistant editor of the fraternity’s magazine. Once computers started to appear Mickey decided enough was enough and it was time to retire. And she still does not have a computer!

Genee Hesse, a resident of Woodland Manor, was ecstatic when she answered the phone on January 11. “I am going out for a ride with a friend today!” The first she will have been out in a car for many months. Genee is a people person and the lockdown has been especially hard on her. Genee and Leroy were married in 1965 and began their lives together on the farm Leroy had purchased a few years earlier. They raised cattle, corn, soy beans, and a few pigs (“which were not that profitable”). A friend had fixed her up with Leroy and it was the perfect match. Before joining OPC they were members of the College Corner Presbyterian Church. Genee sang in the choir, was active in the women’s society, and inherited the position of the society treasurer from her aunt.
COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund
The new year presents so many challenges and opportunities as we all care for one another through this pandemic. Our ministry remains in close communication with our community mission partners. Our partners report that the CARES Act funding in 2020 was a great help that enabled them to respond to the pandemic last year. As we enter 2021, that funding is no longer available.

If you know of a neighbor who has been impacted by this pandemic, our ministry is actively prepared to assist. The congregational response to the COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund has been generous. Please contact our church office if you know of a family or individual who has been impacted by this pandemic. We stand ready to help.
Community Blood Drive Results
THANK YOU for a fantastic blood drive on Friday, January 8.

Here are the overall results!
 
26 people registered to give blood!
25 were successful! (20 was the goal)
126% percent of goal!
1 First Time Donor!
Over 150 lives will be positively impacted as a result of total donations!
 
Mark your calendar for the next Community Blood Drive, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Seminary Community Room)

APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED
To schedule an appointment click HERE
Sponsor Code #321
Your Stewardship Matters
You rarely have time for everything you want in this life,
so you need to make choices.
And hopefully your choices can come
from a deep sense of who you are.
Fred Rogers
 
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

We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe,
by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are,
but by showing them a light that is so lovely
that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.

-  Madeleine L’Engle
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056