January 8, 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: Isaiah 60:1-6
Message: "Whatever Is Foreseen in JOY, Must Be Lived Out Day to Day"
This joyful time of worship will also include the Sacrament of Holy Communion,
so you are invited to prepare elements of your own at home.

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

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Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Connecting as the Beloved Community 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 worship at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper bonds of fellowship in the midst of this pandemic. (Christmas cookies and coffee optional.)
 
Meeting ID: 836 5120 3672
Passcode: 916856
OPW Bible Study
The OPW fourth Zoom Horizons Bible Study using Into the Light, Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament will meet on Monday, January 11th at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Marc van Bulck. The focus of Lesson Four is Lamenting Death, which is timely during this pandemic. All are welcomed to join in this discussion.

Click here to join us on Zoom
Meeting ID: 861 2745 1953
Passcode: 435554

Dial by phone: 929.205.6099
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
Congregational Meeting & Annual Report
We’ve engaged many first throughout our two hundred years of ministry in Oxford as disciples of Jesus Christ. On Sunday, January 17 we’ll gather for another first - the Annual Congregational Meeting of Oxford Presbyterian Church ONLINE via Zoom at this link. Join us as we give thanks to the Lord for a year of resilient ministry.
 
Our Annual Report is digital this year. Click here to read how Jesus moved within our congregation in 2020 as we share the good news with words, photos and stats.
Youth Group Meets on Sunday, January 17
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.
Confirmation Class Meets Monday, January 18
Our next confirmation class will be on Monday, January 18th at 7:45 p.m. Carrie Ann will be leading a lesson on blessing and service. Keep an eye on your e-mail over the next week or so for more information regarding meeting location If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact Pastor Marc.
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.
CCNS News
CCNS is excited to announce that we were FINALLY able to open our doors on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. This week we had our “first day of school” week! The rest of January our theme of the month will be Winter!

Please be aware of the “CCNS Area” signs posted (near the CCNS classroom, OPC Women’s restroom area and Preschool Brown Door entryways (alley and front)) - as we continue to keep OPC and CCNS separate- safe social distancing. I will be taking care of all cleaning in the CCNS area for the remainder of the 2021 school year.

The staff, children and families were all excited for the children to be back in the classroom! We are doing a wellness entry ticket for each child daily to help encourage families to “check over” their child before sending to preschool and I am also checking temperatures upon arrival. We hope that with taking the time to do all these “extras”; we will continue to have class until May 2021!
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Mel and Jean Derickson are hunkered down right next to the golf course at Indian Ridge. Jean has given up driving, thus part of her independence, but knows it was the best decision. Mel still drives, despite multiple health challenges. The majority of their destinations are to various doctors offices. Granddaughter, Katie, is the mother of two boys, both full of vim and vigor. Katie’s husband works with Young Life, a Christian organization that focuses on youth and young adults. They recently moved to Newark, Ohio where he has a new job within the organization. While they were in Oxford, Young Life occasionally met in the Seminary Building. 

Randy and Layne Listerman  are breaking tradition this year. They are not going to Florida, as has been their getaway for some years. The virus threat has them staying very close to home. Layne is active on several committees at the Oxford Community Area Center - a passion for her. She is cooking every meal at home, a treat for someone who really enjoys being in the kitchen. Jigsaw puzzles are her addiction. Daughter Kelsey is employed, virtually, at Bogan Elementary School as a school psychologist. A trying time for school staff, students, and parents. The Listermans get out for some short walks when the weather cooperates.
COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund
Throughout this pandemic, OPC strives to maintain our mission of connection and care. 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.
Help Wanted - Newsletter Editor
Sad, but true. Nancy Moeckel our beloved newsletter editor for the last 11 years has announced her retirement effective 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.  
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.
Your Stewardship Matters
What is the use of living,
if it not be to strive for noble causes
and to make this muddled world a better place
for those who will live in it after we are gone?
Winston Churchill
 
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

Faith is taking the first step
even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

- Martin Luther King Jr.
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