July 31, 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 32:22-31
Message: “The Impossible Journey: Family”
This joyful time of worship will also include the Sacrament of Holy Communion,
so you are invited to prepare elements of your own at home.

JOIN us for WORSHIP from your HOME.
Click   Live-stream   to join us for worship
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: Sunrise at the Iron Cross on the Camino de Santiago. Photo by Elliott Jones Boyle.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Prayer of Concern - Update on Igor Maksakov
Igor Maksakov, our church's long-time friend and fellow brother in Christ, is still in the hospital in Russia under what he calls an "intensive treatment" for COVID-19. His wife Nona is mildly ill and his daughter Polina is healthy. Please continue to keep Igor, his family, and the First Church in Zlatoust in your prayers.
Nominating Committee
A significant work in our congregation continues 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.
How Do We Understand the Bible in 2020?
If you missed the Zoom discussion with Pastor Marc over the weekend with the Interfaith Center of Miami University, you can view the recording of the full conversation  here .

For more information about the Oxford Interfaith Center, you can visit their  website .
Eradicating Systemic Poverty (ESP) - Update
The ESP Team has met several times during the month of July with agency/government leaders to learn more about the issues and challenges of local poverty and programs in place that seek to eradicate it or ease its impact.

Our zoom meetings have featured:

Amy Macechko, Director, Oxford Coalition for a Healthier Community;

Jason Bracken, Oxford City Council member;

Jeffrey Diver, Executive Director of SELF, Butler County Community Action Program.

Next week, August 4, we will meet with Brad Hoblitzell, Director of FRC (Oxford Family Resource Center)

We are still in the learning stages but have formed ideas of what needs to be done and how we can be of assistance. It has become clear, however, that there are absolute emergencies that need immediate attention—and—at the same time, a value in long-term solutions that will result in some people now in poverty moving on to permanent self-sufficiency—a vital outcome.

We continue to function within the limitations of COVID-19 lockdown, but have discovered there may be “work-arounds” that can be used to make progress.

We will keep you informed as we move forward.

Anne Bailey, convener, ESP Team, OPC
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 are interested in filling a bag. There are 8 bags left. The School bags give the children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning. The filled School bags will be picked up by August 29th.
Altar Flowers
Although in-person worship has not resumed, we welcome flowers for the altar. Max Stacy will deliver them to the church. After the service, they will be delivered in a safe way to our shut-ins by the deacons. If you wish to have your own flowers, we could make an arrangement for that. The Sundays needing flowers are September 13, September 20 and September 27.

Please call or email Marge Smith to place an order. Phone: 513-523-3895 or email: smithme2010@hotmail.com . The cost of the flowers is $20 and payment can be mailed to Nick Fears (our financial secretary) at the church. Thank you for your participation and generosity in supporting this aspect of our worship live-stream.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated blood during the July 29 Community Blood Drive!

Here are the results!
 
72 people registered to give blood!
58 were successful! (50 was the goal)
116% percent of goal!
4 First Time Donors! WOW!
Over 174 lives will be positively impacted!
 
Please mark your calendar for the next Community Blood Drive,  Wednesday, September 30 from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm (Seminary Community Room)
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

If we have no peace, 
it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

- Mother Teresa 
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056