July 10, 2020
In preparation for worship at home,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: Genesis 25:19-34
Message: “The Impossible Journey: The Bond”

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

to enhance your worship experience

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

(Note on above image: El Peregrino in Leon on the Camino de Santiago.
Photo by Elliott Jones Boyle.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Step by Prayerful Step – Phased Reopening
Thank you to everyone in the Oxford Presbyterian Church family for standing steadfast in your love for our neighbors throughout this evolving pandemic.
 
The latest information from the State of Ohio Health Advisory System assesses Butler Country as “Red / Level 3” out of four levels for COVID-19.
 
Our commitment to the well-being of the most vulnerable in the congregation and community resulted in pausing the re-opening plans following guidance from medical and public health professionals.
 
Phase Two is postponed until we may safely worship in person again.
 
This Sunday, and throughout the pandemic, join us here for the livestream of worship at 10:00 a.m.
 
We continue to monitor local health trends very closely and encourage you to do the same through the Butler County General Health District website .
 
For the latest information on our Phased Opening, visit the “news and events.” page of our congregational website.
 
If you know someone who would like to receive the latest information through the Voice, monthly newsletter, and more, please encourage them to contact Bridgite in the church office (513.523.6364 or office@oxfordpresbychurch.org ).
 
Through these challenging days, let us live out our calling as Christ’s disciples to worship, connect, witness and serve in new and creative ways. We may be sowing the seeds of the next reformation.  
Special Music from Russia
Our Russian mission partners, The First Church of Zlatoust, has brought their congregation back to services, albeit with distinct changes with concerns for COVID-19, as you can see.

Enjoy this video of the children's choir , aided by two of their adult choir members.
Summer Small Group Book Discussions
"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You:
A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning." Join us for a special discussion for MS/HS youth, parents, and community members through both large and small groups. Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. July 15, and 22 via Zoom.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Marc .
“I’ll Push You” is an inspirational exploration of the true meaning of friendship and generosity. It is the story of Justin and Patrick, two friends who embark on an ‘Impossible Journey’ when Patrick agrees to push his lifelong best friend Justin in a wheelchair across the 500-mile pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.
 
Join us for a fellowship-oriented discussion on the book this Sunday at 11:30 A.M. and August 9 via Zoom. With extra copies of the book available and a thematic approach in which you may share your reflections on as much or little of the reading as you wish, it’s not too late to let us know of your interest in participating. Simply contact Pastor Lawrence for more details.
Learning Together in This Season
Online Sunday School Through the Summer
 Sunday School is taking a break for the summer months, but there are still plenty of online church school resources available for children and families. Check the church website for continued updates and lessons for preschoolers from Rhonda Krehbiel, and feel free to browse our archived lessons from throughout the Spring.   

Bookmark our church school page here . We'll see you all back in the fall!
Spirit of Scotland
Planning for the future seems more complicated in a time of pandemic. For a dose of good news, you may wish to read these words from Jim Wallace in Scotland: Communities are starting to open up very slowly and cautiously. Scotland has had a lot of success in beating the virus due to a strict lockdown and a lot of public support. Tourism is reopening in the next week.
 
Jim is our tour director for the 2021 Spirit of Scotland. Rescheduled from 2020, join over twenty congregation and community members on this church tour of Scotland from Monday, May 24 – Tuesday, June 1, 2021. All are invited on this learning journey! 
 
Early bird registration is now open and continues through July 26. Everyone registering before that date receives a $200 discount from the regular rate. 
 
Find the brochure and booking form for the “Spirit of Scotland” here on our church website.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Benefit

Oxford Farmers Market Uptown has a wonderful program going on this summer for low income seniors (65+). Seniors can shop "for free" with our local produce vendors, and get healthy fruits and vegetables. Farmers are then paid by the USDA!

Please consider sharing this information, or applying yourself. 
Eradicating Systemic Poverty (ESP) Team of the OPC - Update
The ESP Team exists and has begun its task of eradicating systemic poverty. The team members are: Anne Bailey (convener), Danny Cross, Brianna Hanson, Carol Schaber, Carrie Ann Sharitt, Gene Krebs, Pat Gifford, Lawrence Bartel, Nancy Parkinson, Sandra Drewes, Melanie Ziegler.

We have met via zoom to establish short-term goals, recognizing that what we do will evolve over time. Besides keeping up with the latest poverty statistics and literature on poverty, following are some examples of what we are doing:

Nancy Parkinson and one of her students, Brianna Hanson, are assessing food insecurity in the Oxford/Talawanda area and developing nutrition education programs that will be used with at-risk populations. This will be continued throughout the year. Nancy and Brianna work closely with TOPSS.

Eleven social service and government agencies have been contacted by email, explaining who we (ESP) are and our goals; we’ve linked each of these agencies with a point person from our team so that we have a constant flow of information between the agency and the ESP Team. This allows community needs to be known and responses to be formed

We are learning as we travel forward. For example, people are poor for many reasons; thus, solutions for one problem may not help individuals and families with all problems. We also realize there are many agencies, even in our small region, working to assist in the fight against poverty, all with limited resources. Both individuals in need and the agencies that serve them are experiencing additional stress as a result of COVID-19.

We will continue to keep you informed.

Anne Bailey
School Bags
Church World Service School Bags may be picked up at the church. Contact Prue Dana (513-462-3404) if you would like to fill a bag that gives children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning.
August Newsletter
Please share for the August newsletter, deadline July 20 , fun things you have been able to do during the pandemic. Did you hike in the woods, read a good book, have a picnic at social distance, wear out the dog walking, make a permanent dent in your lay-z-boy, invent something cool?

Send your stories to Nancy Moeckel .
Nominating Committee
A significant work in our congregation has just begun behind the scenes of our visible ministry during these exceptional days. That work is the composition of the Nominating Committee who will help identify the next class of leaders for Oxford Presbyterian Church. 
 
Members of the Nominating Committee will meet via Zoom for prayer and discernment. Some work, mainly phone calls, may take place outside meetings. Service should end in October, when the slate for the new class of Elders, Deacons and Trustees is prayerfully completed.
 
Call Bridgite in the church office, 523-6364 or email her at office@oxfordpresbychurch.org with your interest or suggested names. If you are nominating another member, please check before you recommend to be sure that the person is willing to serve.
 
Thank you for joining with the Holy Spirit in this work so vital to our congregation at such a time as this.
The Voice
Are you receiving "The Voice from Church and Main" every Friday? This e-newsletter is great way to connect and stay up-to-date on the latest ministry information throughout the pandemic. Contact the church office ( office@oxfordpresbychurch.org ) to sign up or track down a missing edition.
Your Stewardship Matters

With the continuation of this pandemic, your stewardship remains as vital to ever as we increase mission support of our community partners, gather for worship via livestream, and faithfully connect in new and creative ways. Your gifts matter and make an impact as we respond together to the impact of COVID-19.

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

The work of salvation, in its full sense, is 
(1) about whole human beings, not merely souls; 
(2) about the present, not simply the future; and 
(3) about what God does through us, not merely what God does in and for us.

- N.T. Wright
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