July 12, 2019
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
In preparation for worship,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.
 Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Sermon: "Love and Law"

(Note on image: see July Stewardship Focus on Mission and Outreach)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
2019 Mission in Russia
A team of five members from Oxford Presbyterian Church were commissioned in worship on Sunday, July 7th for the 2019 Mission in Russia journey. The team is travelling with our PC(USA) mission co-worker, Ellen Smith, to Chelyabinsk and Zlatoust in Russia.

We invite the congregation to prayerfully follow along the 2019 Mission in Russia journey on Facebook for all updates.
July Stewardship Focus - Mission and Outreach
Ministry and mission for Oxford Presbyterian Church takes on so many forms as we meet the needs of our community, nation and world. The work of Mission and Outreach is our July Stewardship Focus.  

Food Insecurity is a major focus of your Mission and Outreach (M&O) Committee. Our stewardship of time, talent and treasure led us to becoming Certified Presbyterian Hunger Action Congregation. We’ve taken huge steps this year with a goal to raise $10,000 for TOPSS new building in Merry Day Park. With your generosity, OPC is well on the way to exceeding the goal. M&O is also organizing an intergenerational group to work at TOPSS on July 13th and July 27th (see next article for more details). Together our ministry is making a difference in the lives of families throughout the Oxford community and around the world.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Mission and Outreach - TOPSS Workdays

HURRY.  SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THIS SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY.  SIGN UP NOW SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT.

As an OPCer, YOU have the chance to help make a difference.   There are two special Saturdays, July 13 and July 27, to join in.   On these days, just 12 people each day will help at TOPSS (the old name: Oxford Community Choice Pantry) at the current location, by  cleaning, stacking, shelving, organizing, contributing and learning.   We will work from 10 to noon, and then join in fellowship with BYOBBL (bring your own brown bag lunch).  Dessert provided!!  To claim YOUR space, contact Anne Bailey ASAP (email:  baileyae@miamioh.edu  or phone 523-1034).  Meet your fellow helpers at 400 West Withrow. See YOU there!
Summer Family Movie Night!
Join us for a screening of Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” for children and family of all ages
at the Seminary Building on Saturday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. (hosted by MEF).

Admission is free, and popcorn will be provided.

Hope to see you there!
Ripped From the Headlines, Summer, 2019 - The popular summer OPC Adult Christian Education series returns! 
Seminary Church
Sunday, July 14th
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Topic: Abortion (Anne Bailey, Leader)

The goal of this series is to encourage civilized discussion of "topics of our time" from a Presbyterian and Christian perspective. We live in a polarized world where real and thoughtful discussion of “hot button issues” is difficult at best and impossible at worst. In our Ripped from the Headlines discussions, kind and compassionate Christians have an opportunity to listen to others with whom they may agree or disagree, but can do so respectfully, while maintaining their love and respect for one another.

The goal is to discuss and listen in order to appreciate and understand the thoughts of others. By so doing, we hone our own views and come away with a deeper sense of perspective.

The first topic this summer is perhaps the most difficult topic to discuss: abortion. Abortion has been in the news often recently and this will no doubt continue as the election looms. Can Christians disagree on abortion? Can Presbyterians hold divergent views on this topic and still call themselves Christians? Are there middle of the road views that are as valid as those at the ends of the spectrum? What does the Bible really say? What do our own denomination’s theologians say? Abortion is a timeless topic, always discussed and debated, never “solved”.

Through the Ripped from the Headlines series of discussions, we do not seek to come to consensus or agreement. We seek to listen, talk and understand one another. We will no doubt have places of agreement and places where views diverge. Through civil discussion we work to bring people of differing opinions together, not drive them apart. We encourage healing in the divide, not further polarization.

We hope you will join us for our first discussion of 2019!

Snacks provided. Bring your reusable water bottle if you have one! Bring yourself, a friend if you choose, and an open mind!
Community Change Offering
Please remember to bring your change to make a change. On Sunday, July 21st, the colorful buckets will make their reappearance as we take up our Community Change offering. This offering does make a difference and is used for our part in making our community better. This year our collections are going to support TOPPS.
Summertime, Baseball and the Body of Christ
OPC will once again join Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Faith Lutheran at the Great American Ball Park on Sunday, July 21 to cheer on the Cincinnati Reds as the hometown team faces the St. Louis Cardinals. Forty seats in section 416 (rows Q & R) have been reserved for our congregations as well as 14 accessibility spaces behind those rows if needed. 

Invite your family, friends and neighbors! Tickets cost $22 each and checks can be made payable to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. 

We may always add more to the reservation if we exceed the original allotment. Contact the Oxford Presbyterian Church office for your ticket by email ( office@oxfordpresbychurch.org ) or call 513.523.6364.

Reserve your tickets as soon as possible. All are welcome!
Myrtle Collaboration Update
We continue our series of updates on the Myrtle Collaboration by answering your questions.

Will the journals be collected?
Another great question. No, the journals are yours and will not be collected. Our prayer is that the journals will be a tool for your answers to the reflection questions, observations and insights through the summer. Feel free to include prayers, scripture passages and inspirational phrases. 

As a tool, the journals may yield an awareness that you wish to share with the Myrtle Team. We can’t wait to hear such experiences from you!

Who is on the Myrtle Team?
Though many are helping in a variety of capacities, the core team is John Bailer, Pat Gifford, Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Marc. Please reach out to any of us with stories, questions or concerns.
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 Wednesday, July 31st  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:
sausages and burgers, buns, salads, chips and sodas.

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.
Summertime Stewardship
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Are you traveling over the summer and wish to stay current on your stewardship support of our ministry? Don't worry, there are ways to give easily remotely, even automatically!

MAIL gifts to the office at 101 N Main St, Oxford, OH 45056
BANK BILL PAY mails checks remotely, one-time or on a recurring schedule – contact your bank to set this up
ONLINE by simply clicking HERE
SMART PHONE by texting OPC1825 and your designated amount to 73256. For example, text "opc1825 25" to 73256 for an offering of $25.
You're Invited - Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting
Mission and Outreach would like to invite members of OPC to their August 1st Mission and Outreach meeting to listen to Marilyn Sasser who will speak about the Oxford Free Clinic. All are welcome to hear Marilyn speak about the Oxford Free Clinic at 5:30 p.m. in the Molyneuax Lounge and welcome to stay for the presentation about the Oxford Free Clinic or for the entire meeting.
Summer 2019 Joint Worship Service
Sunday, August 4th we join our brothers and sisters of Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC). Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of OUMC at the corner of Church and Poplar Streets. Come and celebrate our unity as the body of Christ! No service or Sunday School at OPC Memorial Church.
No matter how you fill them, come by and get your scoop(s) .
Ice Cream Social
Sunday, July 21st, at the Seminary,
right after church.
Church Nominating Committee
A significant work in our congregation has just begun behind the scenes of our visible ministry this summer. 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 a few times 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.

This committee is co-moderated by Buzz Green and Nancy Moeckel, with Pastor Lawrence as an ex officio member. At the brief congregational meeting, on August 18, immediately after worship, we will officially elect the 2019 Nominating Committee.

Call Bridgite in the church office, 523-6364 or email her at  office@oxfordpresbychurch.org with your interest or suggested names. Please check before you recommend, to be sure that the person is willing to serve.
Cinema Soul 
Summer's here and with it a new Marvel Superhero movie. While  Spider-Man: Far From Home  is a fun popcorn flick, Matt Benzing finds some serious themes amid the laughs and thrills. 
Your Stewardship Matters
God’s work done in God’s way will never lack for funds. Generosity is contagious.
- J. Hudson Taylor
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056