January 29, 2021
Fourth 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 1:21-28
Message: “Cries and Power”

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: “Jesus Christ Dispossesses" by Meister Konrad von Friesach)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
OPC Church School Survey
Hello parents! OPC Christian Education Committee is interested in hearing from you. We want to know how we can best meet the educational and spiritual needs of our youth during this time of virtual gathering. Please take a minute to complete a survey by clicking on this link. Thank you!
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. How do we as Christians "renounce evil and its power in the world?" When and where have you seen that happen? What are some of the ways that you have sought to do that in your own life and witness as a Christian?

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. Our 6-week book study of "Worldchanging 101" by David LaMotte continues. This week, we will be focusing on Chapter 8, "Paved with Good Intentions." 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 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.
Virtual Chili Workshop
Please join us for a fun and creative time on Thursday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m.! Nancy Parkinson and her Miami Nutrition students will be hosting a live virtual cooking class. We will be making a delicious chicken chili to enjoy on a cozy winter evening. This class will be offered to Oxford community residents and part of the greater work of our call to "Eradicate Systemic Poverty." Make a reservation with Nancy Parkinson by completing the order form for your Chili Kit. Click here for the link. Reservations need to be made by Monday, February 8. The chili kit will include the food supplies to make your own pot of chili, as Nancy’s students share nutritional benefits of this classic comfort food. 
Virtual Ash Wednesday Service
Join us for a Virtual Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. We will be distributing home kits prior to the virtual worship service.

Please contact the church office if you would like to pick one up or have one delivered to you. 
Creating a Healthy Community
Oxford Presbyterian & McCullough-Hyde
Community Blood Drive
At Oxford Presbyterian Seminary Bldg.

Wednesday, February 17
9:00am – 4:30pm

APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED
Sponsor Code #321

Covid-19 Antibody test will be performed on all blood donors as part of our standard testing.
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Carol Bowers has resided at the Knolls for many years and loves her independent style of living. One day a stray kitten showed up at her door. Being a cat lover, that started while growing up on the farm near Van Wert, she took “Kitty” in. They are now great companions. Carol enjoys reminiscing about her loving family on the farm, and the early days when she and George were first starting out. Her daughter, Mary Beth, calls frequently from her home in Ithaca, NY.

Jenn Walter and Scott are both working remotely. This has been a blessing to Jenn as she spent two months in Arkansas, with her Mother, following the death of her father. Chase, Eli and Bella are responding to the virtual learning scheme in their individual ways. The family is doing more cooking together since not going out to restaurants. “Slowing down is a good thing - enjoy the peace” is Jenn’s mantra.

Carol Schaber and Tom felt the immediate restrictions of the pandemic as they had planned trips to Morocco, Thailand, and a cruise on the Danube in 2020. Did not happen. They Zoom weekly with their children and families, and have a weekly dinner with their "germ bubble” friend, Debbie Hogue. Tom is plying his construction skills at the nearby home of a daughter, remodeling her basement. Carol keeps USPS busy delivering notes she writes to friends and attempting to catch up on delicious reading that has stacked up forever (still behind with The New Yorker magazine).
Card Shower Thank You
The Sturgeons (and Holmes families) would like to thank everyone for the cards for mom's card shower as well as the amazing turn out for her birthday parade. Nancy received over 127 cards (we thought 90 would be great for her 90th birthday). And the parade had over 60 cars which added up to over 100 people. Our church family was extremely well represented as well as the Oxford Fire Department and Police. Grady's ice hockey team was returning on a huge Charter Bus from an ice hockey tournament in Bowling Green, OH. They arrived, at mom's house, on that huge bus at about 5:30 pm. All of the players got off of the bus and sang Happy Birthday to "Grady's Grandma". It was a warm, fuzzy display of teenagers doing something kind and memorable. Thank you to everyone who came out to share in her Birthday.
Thank You
I'd like to thank everyone for your kind cards and messages of Gratitude for Celebration at the Manger. OPC's practice of gratitude makes it easy to want to volunteer.

Carla Blackmar Rice
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.
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.
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!
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
“God’s grace is a gift that is freely given to us. We don’t earn a thing when it comes to God’s love, and we only try to live in response to the gift...the movement in our relationship to God is always from God to us. Always."
-Nadia Bolz-Weber

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

“Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when our disgust for our own being, our indifference, our weakness, our hostility, and our lack of direction and composure have become intolerable to us. It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection of life does not appear...sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: 'You are accepted.'”

-Paul Tillich
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056