July 17, 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 28:10-19a
Message: “The Impossible Journey: When God Walks Into the Room”

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: Pilgrims' boots in O'Cebreiro on the Camino de Santiago.
Photo by Elliott Jones Boyle.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
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. Wednesday night, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. 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 Sunday, August 9 at 11:30 a.m. 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.
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 .
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.
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.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Black History Tour

After over a year of research and writing, it’s officially done! The self-guided Black History Tour is HERE!

Stop by Enjoy Oxford, 14 W Park Place, Suite C and pick up a copy or check it out online .
Open Forum: A Community Discussion with BLM Oxford
The Interfaith Center of Oxford will be hosting an open forum with Black Lives Matter of Oxford via Zoom on Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:00 P.M. The forum will be an open discussion on how we as neighborhoods can best support efforts for racial justice in our communities. You can log on via Zoom here .

For more information,  click here .
Zoom Event: Hosted by The Interfaith Center of Oxford
How Do We Understand the Bible in 2020? - Rev. Marc van Bulck

How has Scripture been interpreted and re-interpreted throughout our lives? How has it impacted us, shaped us, and what are the ways that we read it in a modern world?

Join us Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Click here for details.
Community Blood Drive - Wednesday, July 29

Community Blood Center is seeking new donors to help meet the demand for blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors must make an appointment and wear a face mask . Click here to schedule your donation  or call (937) 461-3220.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new “It’s Time to Save A Life” t-shirt and will be automatically entered in the “Wake Up & Donate Blood Drive” drawing to win a custom Sleep Number bed.

New Policies:
  • All CBC employees will be wearing masks and gloves.
  • Donors will have their temperature taken immediately at the registration area.
  • All donors must wear a face mask. If a donor does not have a mask, one will be given to them.
  • All cookies/snacks and juice are individually wrapped and provided by CBC. 
  • All donors must have an appointment.
  • CBC staff continually wipes down all equipment.
  •  No volunteers needed and no homemade food allowed at canteen.
Community Meal
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Our next opportunity to respond to food insecurity in the Oxford community will be Wednesday, July 29. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, meals will be purchased and delivered to families at Parkview Arms.

In the months to come, we will work with the other churches in town as well as the Family Resource Center and TOPPS to organize a broader coverage for those who can use support in dry goods and food. This is a new start for us, and while it removes the fellowship aspect of these meals, we hope it can continue to serve well those who need this support.
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 place God calls you to is the place where 
your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

- Frederick Buechner
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056