July 24, 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 29:15-18
Message: “The Impossible Journey: All the Stolen Voices...”

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(Note on above image: A road marker on the Camino de Santiago.
Photo by Elliott Jones Boyle.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
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.
Prayer of Concern
Please keep our beloved brother in Christ, Igor Maksakov, in your prayers this month. This past week, the church received word that Igor has sadly contracted COVID-19 and is receiving care in the hospital. We would ask that you would please hold Igor and his family in your prayers this month.
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.
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.
Community Blood Drive - Wednesday, July 29
Oxford Presbyterian Church will host the McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital Community Blood Drive  Wednesday, July 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  in the Seminary Building, 104 East Church St., Oxford.

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.
Summer Small Group Book Discussion
“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.
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.

School bags filled and returned to the church will be picked up by August 29.
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.
Seminary Exterior Upgrades!
As a result of some storm damage last year, the Seminary building has received a new roof.

The old roof (photo 1) had begun to leak and damage the interior of the building. A crew came and tore off the old shingles down to the plywood decking (photo 2), replaced several rotted areas of decking with new plywood, and dried in the roof with underlayment all in the first day.

The second day, the crew returned to start shingling (photo 3) and finished late in the evening with installation of the final shingles (photo 4) and extensive clean-up to make sure there was no debris and nails left around the building. An important part of the project includes the addition of a new ventilation system which will help circulate and remove overheated air and moisture in the attic. This helps extend the life of the roof, reduce energy costs, and reduce indoor temperature variations.

In the next two weeks, work will continue with the removal of the old chimney on the north-east side of the Seminary which has started to deteriorate and become unsafe. Once the chimney has been removed, new gutters and downspouts will be installed to help divert water off the roof and away from the building.
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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

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The Winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

-  John Muir
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