July 5, 2019
Fourth 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: 2 Kings 5:1-14
Sermon: "A Great Power"
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion

July's Reflection Questions for the Myrtle Collaboration Journals
* What does the world need of me?
* Where does my life meet a need in the world? 

(Note on image: see  July Stewardship Focus on Mission and Outreach )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
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. Now through October, our Stewardship Team will amplify the stories of four key areas of our ministry - Mission and Outreach, Worship and Music, Christian Education & Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship. Beginning this week, we highlight one of the many ways our congregation shares the Good News of Jesus Christ and supports the abundant life God wills for all people. The work of Mission and Outreach is our July Stewardship Focus.  

OPC’s Mission and Outreach Committee, among other animating goals, aims to be involved with those projects that help fight hunger. Indeed, our major focus for 2020 and beyond is addressing food insecurity. For these efforts, we just received certification from the PC(USA) as a Hunger Action Congregation!

Timed with World Food Day, last fall OPC gathered together over 100 volunteers from communities of faith and organizations throughout the region to pack over 15,000 nonperishable meals. Our partner organization last year, Rise Against Hunger, delivered these meals to the Dominican Republic. Mark your calendars for this year’s Fall Food Insecurity Event, October 20. Your stewardship support touches lives and satisfies deep hunger in Oxford and around the world!
2019 Mission in Russia
A team of five members from Oxford Presbyterian Church will be commissioned in worship on Sunday for the 2019 Mission in Russia journey. From Tuesday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 17, the team will travel with our PC(USA) mission co-worker, Ellen Smith, to Chelyabinsk and Zlatoust in Russia.

The Friendship Star Quilt featured in the image on the right will be presented to our sister church in Zlatoust, Russia. Anyone who helped sew the Russian quilt, please contact the church office at 523-6364 so that your name can be included in a letter as helping with the quilt.
Ramp Construction Update
Step by careful step. With the railing installed, the next phase of ramp construction is slated for this weekend. Grouting the limestone and placing the concrete cap will be completed as weather permits.

If you have any questions, about the construction, please ask any member of the Trustees.
Building Request Forms


Facility Building Use Request forms have been revised for easier use. The forms can be found on the website and outside the church office.

If you need assistance filing out the forms or have any questions, please stop by or contact the church office
at 523-6364.
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.
Myrtle Collaboration Update
We continue our series of updates on the Myrtle Collaboration by answering your questions.

What’s next?
Later this summer of 2019 we will move into the second and third phases - listening to God’s call in our congregational life and God’s call through our neighbors. 

Late in 2019, we will apply for a grant of up to $30,000 to turn the listening into a new or renewed ministry. We are not in competition with any other congregation or organization. The grant is earmarked for OPC. It is simply and truly God’s amazing grace.
 
That new or renewed ministry will be focused on enhancing God’s call in every season of our lives. Starting now, Oxford Presbyterian Church will explore a new or renewed ministry as we become more fully a congregation that calls each one of us to lives of meaning and purpose at every age – in every stage of life.

Why the name Myrtle?
We are so glad you asked! Myrtle, and the more common name Esther, are both translations of the same Hebrew name – that is “Hadassah.” Esther was a young Jewish woman whose life was threatened by the genocide planned by Haman – a powerful official in the empire of King Ahasuerus. 
 
Yet that plan took a turn King Ahasuerus selected Esther to be the new queen. That event gave Esther’s uncle Mordecai the courage to tell Esther - You have been called for such a time as this.
 
You have been called for such a time as this - That is the essence of the Myrtle Collaboration. 
Save the Date - 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)
You're Invited - Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting
Mission and Outreach would like to invite members of OPC to their August 1, 2019 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.
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.
Living Into Hope
People of our time are losing the power of celebration.
Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained.
Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence
or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state--it is
to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle...
Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to
the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.
- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
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