July 19, 2019
Sixth 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.
 Scriptures: Nehemiah 1:1-4; John 5:19-21

Sermon: "Catching God's Vision: Restoring God's World"
by Pastor Arun Paul of the Oxford United Methodist Church

(Note on image: see July Stewardship Focus on Mission and Outreach)

In worship this Sunday, we warmly welcome the congregation of
Oxford United Methodist Church in the sanctuary of the Memorial Church,
Sunday, July 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Ice Cream Social following worship at the Seminary. All are invited!
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
July Stewardship Focus - Mission and Outreach
Hilda (not her real name) sits close to the dry goods table every Community Meal. OPC hosts the Community Meal at the Seminary Church every fifth Wednesday of the month. The first evening we had dry goods available, there was a free-for-all before the meal was even served. That wasn't expected. Now people fill out a small form to choose four items. If anything is left over, they can then take what they wish. That way everyone gets at least something they feel they need. But Hilda still keeps an eye on the table just in case.

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.
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.
Sunday, July 21st, at the Seminary, right after worship  with our friends from Oxford United Methodist Church
Mission and Outreach - TOPSS Workday
Don't miss out on this opportunity to be of service. You'll have Fun, You'll Help the Community and You'll Feel Good.

As an OPCer, YOU have the chance to help make a difference. On Saturday, July 27, just 12 people may 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! Sponsored by Mission and Outreach Committee.
The Myrtle Collaboration: Looking Back...to the Future, pt. 1
The Sankofa Bird! The OPC Myrtle Team was recently introduced to this icon through study and reflection with other church teams in the Louisville-based Myrtle Project. This symbol from a tribe in Ghana is based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward and its head turned backwards. The Akan believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. To the Akan, the wisdom of learning from the past ensures a strong future.
 
So, it is with OPC! Looking back to the last 10-12 years we can see the continuing efforts of our congregation to find and renew God’s call to Seek, Serve and Share. Significant efforts occurred through Guide Group discussions in 2008, the Holy Conversations project in 2010, the Seminary Options discernment and subsequent stabilization and remodel 2013-2017, and several studies during the Interim period 2014-2016, including the Five Practices of a Fruitful Conversation and the Mission Study for the PNC. With Pastor Lawrence’s guidance we have identified and continue to work on Vision 2020, goals in several areas aimed at focusing OPC on its Inward and Outward Journey. And now the Myrtle Project…. (continued next week).
Much Joy in the Journey
Wednesday evening, the OPC team of five returned from the 2019 Mission in Russia. While the luggage is unpacked, the greatest treasures from the journey can't be physically unpacked. Instead the greatest treasures are the stories of how Jesus Christ is moving through our sister church in Zlatoust.

Over the coming weeks and months, our team can't wait to share the stories and experiences from this mission partnership journey. For a glimpse into the worship last Sunday at Zlatoust, click on this link for a short video - https://www.facebook.com/OxfordPresbyterianChurch/videos/341350196786284/ .
Summer 2019 Joint Worship Service at OUMC
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.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
Greetings from the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium! This year's theme is "Here's My Heart," which comes from the lyrics of the beloved hymn, "Come Thou Fount." We are thrilled to be joining over 4,000(!) Presbyterian Youth at Purdue University for a week of dynamic worship, engaging speakers, great recreational activities, and small group discussions with youth and adult leaders from across the country! Our youth delegates this year are Jens, Zeke, and Eli accompanied by Adult Advisors Candace Crist and Pastor Marc van Bulck.
Resources for Our Contemporary Times
from the Mission and Outreach Committee
A Webinar from the PC (USA) Office of Public Witness

Speaking Truth to Power:
A Faithful Response to U.S. Detention and Asylum Policies

Tuesday, July 23rd 3 pm (EST)
Click here to register

Current asylum policies have vastly reduced the number of asylum seekers accepted into the United States and forced many asylum seekers to wait for months in exceedingly dangerous situations while their cases are processed through U.S. courts. Meanwhile, U.S. detention policies have led to the deaths of over twenty people detained in detention centers and the separation of thousands of families.

Learn how Christians may follow Jesus' teaching in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Join this timely webinar to learn more about our migrant brothers and sisters, why they are seeking asylum, and how we can advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. Speakers will discuss how the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other organizations are responding to this movement of people across national borders and how we may engage the gospel today.
Living Into Hope
Every act of love, gratitude and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of his creation; every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings, and for that matter one’s fellow non-human creatures;
and of course every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching, every deed which spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption,
and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world – all of this will find its way,
through the resurrecting power of God,
into the new creation which God will one day make.
- N. T. Wright
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