January 18, 2019
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Scripture - Luke 3:7-17
Message: “The Stories We Live: Loved by God. Called by God."
Including Ordination and Installation of Church Officers

(Note on image: The Judean wilderness beyond the Jordan River valley.
Photo by Amir Zahoor on the 2018 Mosaic of Peace.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
January Retreat
Members and friends of Oxford Presbyterian Church are welcome to join new and returning trustees, deacons, and elders for our annual retreat - tomorrow - Saturday, January 19th from 9:30 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. in the Seminary Church.

In worship, dialogue and assessment, we will celebrate the Lord's guidance in the past and present as we discern where the Holy Spirit is leading our future ministry.
Annual Congregational Meeting of Oxford Presbyterian Church
Sunday, January 20th following worship.
Sunday School News


There will be no Sunday School for preschoolers through 5th graders on January 22 . In lieu of Sunday school, Carol Klumb will be hosting a "Crafts with Carol" upstairs in the Geneva room for this age group.

Community Change Offering
Sunday, January 20 we will receive the
Community Change Offering for the Community Meals.
 
Let's make some noise!
Winter Weather Events
When winter weather blows into Oxford and impacts any of our scheduled ministry events, we strive to do everything we can to communicate any change quickly and thoroughly. 
 
For changes in our Sunday morning worship plans, please be sure to check your email, the church’s Facebook page, or WLWT (TV Ch. 5) before you leave the house. 
 
For all other ministry events check both your email as well as the church’s
Facebook page. 
 
Every blessing to you and yours this wintertime.
OPC Office Closed - Monday, January 21st
in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 21
John Dolibois Room
Shriver Center

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.
Events begin at 11:00 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Terence Moore
Iona Abbey
SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND - EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
Early bird registration is now open for The "Spirit of Scotland." This eight-day guided tour exploring our sacred heritage in Scotland will be led by Pastor Lawrence in coordination with Rev. James Wallace (Church of Scotland). Ecumenical and welcoming, interested friends and neighboring congregations are invited to join us in May 2020 for this exciting spiritual journey.

The brochure and booking form for the "Spirit of Scotland" are now available on our church website and by clicking here -  https://oxfordpresbychurch.org/news-events/ 

Next Tour Informational Meeting:  Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m., in the Seminary.

Inquiries can be addressed to the following:
Rev. Lawrence Bartel,  pastorlawrence@oxfordpresbychurch.org ; Ellen Buerk, ebuerk@hotmail.com , or Will Hazleton,  hazletwa@miamioh.edu
Chariots of Fire –  Coming to Seminary Cinema
The Academy Award winning film Chariots of Fire is a story of athletic triumph, deep faith and connection to Scotland.

Join us on Sunday, January 27 in the Sanctuary of the Seminary Church for this film. This handicap accessible facility is located at the corner of Church and Poplar at 104 E. Church St.
 
Pre-film discussion begins at 3:30 p.m.
Film starts at 4 p.m.

FREE and OPEN to ALL!
Faith in Action - Community Table
Every fifth Wednesday, Oxford Presbyterian Church hosts the weekly Community Table. Our next opportunity to respond to food insecurity in the Oxford community will be on  Wednesday, January 30th  at  5:30 p.m.  in the Seminary Church at 104 E. Church St. (white church on the corner of Church and Poplar)

We need:
Stews (any sort), Bread and Desserts
 
We need volunteers:
Setup at 4:30 p.m.
Serve at 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Clean up at 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Call or email Bill Fisher at 524-4504 or  fisherwf@miamioh.edu  if you can help.  Any dry goods for the dry goods pantry are also accepted.
C.C.N.S. - 2019-2020 School Year Enrollment
Priority Enrollment Families (OPC families, CCNS alumni & Current CCNS families) please note: All priority applications should be turned in to Sarah Lake by January 28, 2019. Starting January 29, 2019, contracts will be given to our priority families. We will fill quickly and with that being said, you have 30 days from when you receive your contract to make your final decision and return to Miss Sarah. She needs the contract back before the 30 days expire- if your contract isn’t returned within the 30 days, your spot will become available to the next family in line.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Lake at ccnsoxfordpreschool@gmail.com.
 
Priority Enrollment: January 14, 2019
Open Enrollment: February 4, 2019 
Youth News - Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday

On Sunday, February 3rd from 11:30-12:30 the Youth
will be collecting nonperishable foods to donate to
Oxford Community Choice Pantry.

Our goal is to collect 150 items to alleviate hunger to families and individuals in need who live in the local area.

OCCP serves approximately 300 families in the
Talawanda School District. Help us reach our goal!
Updating our Picture Directory!
If you are new members and aren’t in the directory, if you missed having your picture taken last time, if you have had a life change, if you are a student affiliate, or just want a new picture …we’ve got you covered. We are updating our picture directory! Lifetouch photographers will be at the Seminary, Saturday, February 16th from 11:30 to 5:00. You can register for your appointment online now by going to https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/ykh4g8yx/ . MEF members will also be available to register you after worship on January 20, 27, February 3, and 10. Register soon, as we only have one day for photography sessions.

Please note that those of you currently in the directory do not need to have pictures taken again.
 
In addition to new and updated pictures, we will be able to add new information and make corrections to the current directory. If you have changes, please contact Bridgite Dickerson in the Church office at 523-6364. All those in the directory will get a new copy with the additions later this year.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Have you been to a conference lately and now have a drawer full of fun little swag items?  Did you get four hundred and thirty seven free calendars in the mail?  Do you have more key chains than you have keys?  If you answered YES to even one of these questions, WE NEED YOUR HELP.  The local nursing home on Fairfield Road, Premier Estates of Oxford is in need of prizes for their Bingo games.   Prizes can be anything from a calendar to a stress ball, small picture or fuzzy stuffed animal, comb or brush or lotion, etc. No food or candy since many residents are on special diets.  Mission and Outreach will have a donation box outside Bridgite’s office until February 10. Bingo games are frequent, so there is a continuing need and staff at the facility are truly appreciative of our donations, offering free hugs in return for the prizes.  Ask Nancy Moeckel,  moeckenj@miamioh.edu or 523-6003 if you have questions.
Mission in Russia
What is the reality of being a Christian in a former Communist country? How do Protestants express their faith in an overwhelmingly Orthodox country? You are invited to participate on a journey to Russia in July 2019 to answer these and many other questions with our sister church, the First Church in Zlatoust.
 
For more information, please contact Bill Fisher of the Mission and Outreach Committee. Interested in applying to be a member of this mission team? Then click on this link - https://goo.gl/forms/0pcSJPEKRkCoT09J2
February Newsletter
The deadline for news for our February newsletter is upon us (Sunday, December 20).

Send your write-up to Nancy Moeckel at moeckenj@miamioh.edu or call 513.523.6003.
2019 Stewardship Campaign
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As a result of the 2019 stewardship campaign, we have received a total of 117 pledges. Of this total, 11 were new pledging units. Your financial commitment is greatly appreciated and enables Stewardship and Finance to more accurately plan for 2019. The Stewardship team wishes to thank all those who have pledged for their generosity and support.
Living Into Hope
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
-   Martin Luther King Jr.
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