January 22, 2021
Third 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: Mark 1:14-20
Message: “This Radiant Assurance”

JOIN us for WORSHIP from HOME.
Click Live-stream to join us for worship
on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Click Sunday Bulletin to enhance your worship experience

Click Sunday School to connect with teachers
and activities to nurture faith

(Note on above image: “Mending the Nets” by Winslow Homer)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Our life together as the Body of Christ is more important than ever as we overcome this pandemic with resilient faith, hope and love. Gather online with your brothers and sisters in our faith community for connection, conversation, as well as spontaneous moments of hope and encouragement.
 
Join us this week after worship at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper bonds of fellowship. As time permits, we will reflect together on the worship themes. What might be our own response to Christ's call of discipleship? What wisdom might those first century disciples have for us to learn from today? Where are Christ's works of abundant love already present in the world around us?

Meeting ID: 836 5120 3672
Passcode: 916856
Worldchanging 101 at Youth Group
Youth Group will be meeting in the Seminary Building this Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.  Masks and/or facial coverings are required, and there will be temperature checks at the door. This week, we will be focusing on Chapters 3 & 5 of the book, "Worldchanging 101" 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.
COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund
As COVID cases continue around Oxford, our community faces 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.
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Bill and Susan King were able to attend the wedding of their granddaughter, Abigail, in Lexington KY in January. It was a socially distanced affair enjoyed by all. Virtual meetings of Kiwanis, Current Events, and weekly phone calls to OPC and Oxford friends have become the norm. MoJo, a now 7 month old frisky, gray kitten, is keeping Bill and Susan entertained and warm at night. More reading, more Netflix, more quilting, more puzzles, more cooking, more work in the shop, sound familiar?

Eric Staley seems to have adjusted well to the pandemic style schooling. Computer games, that once were viewed by many parents as a waste of time, are serving Eric as his social contact. He hops on his bike and pedals to Timothy Lane, where he challenges Grandma and Grandpa King to card games. He is also developing quite a talent for cooking.

David and Leanne Woods miss the routine that was a part of their lives. Leanne has been teaching for 28 years and this, by far, has been the most stressful. They have completed 25 jigsaw puzzles - can this be a record? Both enjoy traveling and are eager to be able to get "on the road" again. To help ease this lack in their lives they have a new exercise bike. It has an attachment that can be programmed to show various places throughout the world. It almost feels as though they are riding through foreign parts and yet have never left Oxford.
Media Content Creators Needed!
The communications team at Oxford Presbyterian Church is so thrilled with our new audio-visual upgrades to our sanctuary and our facilities...and now it’s time to start dreaming about how to use them! We are looking to put together a new Media Content Team of volunteers to help envision, oversee, and curate the ways that we communicate across all forms of digital, physical, and social media. If this is an area that you might have some interest in, please contact Gene Krebs or Pastor Marc.
Confirmation Meets on Monday, February 1
Our next confirmation class will be meeting on Monday, February 1 at 7:45 p.m. Carla Blackmar Rice will be leading a lesson on living a covenant life together. Check your e-mail over the next week for updates on meeting location. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact Pastor Marc.
Explore Presbyterians Today’s snazzy digital edition!
Presbyterians Today’s sleek online digital edition lets you thumb through the magazine just like the familiar paper copy.

Navigating is a breeze. If you’re on a mobile phone or tablet, you can swipe with your finger to move around pages. On a desktop computer, use your mouse or keyboard.

Reading Presbyterians Today has never been easier! We invite you to explore the new digital edition today!
Card Shower Thank You


Thank you to all in the congregation for the cards and best wishes in celebration of my 80th birthday. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.

Marty Miller
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
 
Marlene Vaughn, a cherished and long-time member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church family passed away Monday, January 18. Please keep Jack and family in your prayers.

Cards of sympathy may be mailed to:

Jack Vaughn
10 Bull Run Dr.
Oxford, OH 45056
Annual Report of Our Ministry
Thank you to all who gathered online for the first Annual Meeting of the Congregation via Zoom. It’s not too late to prayerfully read our digital Annual Report. Click here to read how Christ moved within our congregation in 2020 as we share the good news with words, photos and stats.

Please contact our church office for copies of the 2021 Annual Budget as well as the forthcoming 2020 Financial Statements.

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.
Your Stewardship Matters
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
“If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
“If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Our time, talent, and treasure are among our most precious resources. Whenever we share them with one another, we share them with God. As disciples of Jesus Christ, in this current moment we are called to think about the ways in which our commitments to stewardship may make an impact on our community, nation and world. Frederick Buechner once said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
 
The Lord is certainly calling us to serve the community, nation and world in such a time as this. We encourage you to be part of the mission and ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church through your stewardship and financial gifts.
 
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

Miracles are a retelling in small letters
of the very same story which is written
across the whole world in letters
too large for some of us to see."

-   C.S. Lewis
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056