June 29, 2018
(Image: A Market in Israel)
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Mark 5:21-43
Message: “Tragedy. Touch. Trust.”
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion
Upcoming Events
Blessing of the Animals
For many people, pets are channels of unconditional love and great joy. Created by God, our pets are certainly loved by the Lord. With your cats and dogs… gerbils and birds… rabbits and fish… and more… please join us tomorrow, Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. in the courtyard for a Blessing of the Animals as we continue to be a blessing to each other.
 
Bring your friends and grandchildren with your beloved pets. 
Bring a photo of a pet (living or passed) for a blessing. 
Children may also bring a stuffed animal if they wish. 
 
All animals are welcome and must be securely restrained.
Deacons Children's Food Drive
Many children depend on school lunches and need extra food at home during the summer.

The Deacons respectfully request donations this summer between June 17-July 29th. Food and Monetary donations may be dropped off at church services or any other time during the summer.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make a check out to the Oxford Presbyterian Church with "Children’s Food Drive" in the note field and place it in the donation plate during offering.

The money will be used to purchase food for the Oxford Choice Food Pantry.
According to the Oxford Choice Food Pantry, there is a real need for canned fruit right now. Other needs include: cereal, spaghetti sauce, canned meals (such as Chef Boyardee or Kroger meals) and peanut butter.

Toilet paper, child personal care items like body wash, deodorant, shampoo and hair conditioner are also appreciated.
OPC Offices Closed Wednesday, July 4
Vacation Bible School
Location: Oxford Presbyterian Church
(Meals will take place at Oxford United Methodist Church)

Time:
Fri July 6 - 5-8 PM, dinner served
Sat July 7 - 9:45 AM-1 PM, lunch served
Sun July 8 - 9:45-11:15 AM, lunch served with congregation invited

Registration:  Please fill out a paper form (available in the Molyneaux Lounge) for your children (grades entering Pre-K through leaving 5 grade) and for volunteers (student helpers/volunteers 6 grade and up, adults).  Online registration is also available via the OPC website:  oxfordpresbychurch.org/vbs

It takes many, many people to get this going. We are in need of volunteers to help with:

  • registration
  • Sunday luncheon / (set up, serving, clean up) All congregation members are invited to join us after service for a luncheon and fellowship at the Oxford United Methodist Church. We ask each person to bring a dish to share. (entrée, salad, dessert) Questions? — Please contact Emily Lykins.
  • photographer
  • craft co-leader/helpers
  • team crew leaders and co-leader/helpers
  • setup on July 5 & 6
  • tear down/clean up July 8 during and after luncheon

Set up: Thursday July 5 - 4:30-8:30 PM and Friday - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m . Any youth in the OPC Youth Group available are asked to join us in helping with the set up. Dinner/lunch will be provided. If any student is in need of documentation for needed service hours, please let Mary Shinn know and she will get that to you.  Adult volunteers also welcome!

Supplies/donations:  We are collecting paper towel and toilet paper tubing, oatmeal / cornmeal canisters with lids and other cylindrical containers with lids, assorted brightly colored tissue paper and streamers, multi-colored ribbons of assorted colors and lengths

Mandatory training for all volunteers held at OPC
(only one session needs to be attended): 
Sunday July 1, 1-2 p.m. or Thursday July 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Questions? — Please contact Prue Dana
Special Guests at VBS!
Oxford Presbyterian Church and the churches of the Presbytery's Colombia Partnership Network eagerly await the arrival this week of the MAJUP Youth Praise Band from the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Cartagena, Colombia 
MAJUP (Ministerio de Alabanza Juventud Presbiteriana, or
Presbyterian Youth Praise Ministry) is a praise band consisting of
seven youth and two adult leaders from the Cartagena Church. They
have made the focus of their ministry both praising God through lively music in
Spanish and English, and seeking wider awareness of the decades-long conflict
in Colombia and efforts to bring a lasting peace.
For much of July, MAJUP will share their message via a concert tour in congregations throughout the Presbytery as well as part of a week-long (July 15-20) youth camp experience (Camp Paz y Alabanza) that features sharing Spanish language, Hispanic/Latino culture, and the rhythms and powerful message of praise music at Kirkmont Center.
 
MAJUP will be joining us for VBS on Saturday, July 7th . Following lunch, be inspired by the music and message of MAJUP through a brief concert in the sanctuary of the Memorial Church.
VBS Dinner Donations


The VBS team needs your help! The Oxford Presbyterian Church is responsible for Sunday’s meal. We will be ordering fried chicken but we’re still in need of side dishes and desserts in order to feed the 200 hundred people expected to attend. If you are able to make a donation please fill out the form in Sunday's bulletin. Donations will need to be dropped off at Oxford Methodist Church Sunday, July 8 after 9:00 a.m.  Please contact Emily Lykins at 513-291-1559 or e_lykins@yahoo.com.

Completed forms may be place in the offering plate
or the Administrative Assistants mailbox.
 
Ripped from the Headlines -- What Can a Presbyterian Do????
There will be no gatherings July 1st and July 8th. The next meeting Ripped from The Headlines meeting will be July 15th. We plan to discuss the idea of standing up, standing for, and upholding one’s own beliefs and morals in these difficult times. How does a Christian stand by their beliefs when so many things are going on to challenge keeping one’s composure, how to discern what is most significant? The meeting will be led by and held at Nancy Moeckel’s home, 3900 Kehr Rd., 3:00-5:00 p.m.

All are welcome whether or not you have attended any meetings in the past. Please consider joining this discussion in a supportive atmosphere where all views are encouraged and accepted.
Handicap Ramp Construction
The Facilities Planning Committee has been working on a ramp for the main entrance to the sanctuary. After a year-long process that included study of every conceivable configuration of a ramp, the Facilities Planning Committee has found a design that is ADA compliant and will integrate with the architecture of the building.
 
The Facilities Planning Committee is pleased to have the planning steps in this process completed. The Session voted unanimously on 6.18.18 to turn this project over to the Trustees for execution. We hope to start construction this summer.
 
We look forward to supporting all our members and guests in attending church despite having a physical limitation by including a building structure that will allow every person to enter the sanctuary easily and safely, using a common entrance.
 
Many thanks to the committee for their long and careful work, and to the many members who made significant contributions to this ramp!
 
An architectural rendering and features of the construction can be found the Molyneaux lounge.
Bed and Breakfast…..for a Cause
*Who? You, we hope!

*Why? Hospitality for Miami students’ families and support 4 local OPW Benevolences .

*What? Do you have a bedroom and bathroom to offer?

*When? Any of the following:

Miami’s Family Week-ends: beginning Fri./ Sat., Sept.28-29, 2018; May Graduation Weekends; future Homecoming Week-ends; Future Move-in/ Move-out Week-ends.

*Where do I sign up? Contact Paula Foltz 513-523-9873

**We need 8 host homes by August 15, 2018, in order to publicize this project to students.

Sponsored by MEF (Mission, Evangelism, and Fellowship in partnership with OPW (Oxford Presbyterian Women).
Summer Time




Summer is when our committee work continues at the convenience of each committee. For the latest information on your committee's meeting, check out the church calendar… https://oxfordpresbychurch.org/calendar/
Fall Rummage Sale



Mark Your Calendars, IN PENCIL.  We, OPW, are planning a Fall Rummage Sale, providing the Seminary is ready and the Creek don't rise. The dates to mark are: October 11, 12 and 13. Stay tuned for more later and start that decluttering now!  
Summer Stewardship

Members of the Stewardship and Finance Committee urge all church members to keep their pledge giving up to date. Church offering income tends to lag during the summer vacation period, yet our bills continue at a normal pace. Thank you all.
Thank You!
To: All My Friends in the Oxford Presbyterian Church:

I have been touched by the many cards I've received from you. They definitely have strengthened my spirits and contributed to my healing.

The expression of caring will be with me for a long time - THANK YOU!

Steve Dana
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Hosting Families for Foreign Students

Dear community of the Presbyterian Church,

I am hosting a foreign exchange program at Miami University this summer (July 14- August 8). The program will bring 20 college students from six different Latin American countries (Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador) to be in Miami for four weeks learning about the United States' institutions. One of the program components is for the participants to spend a weekend with local families. I would like to know if there are any members of the Oxford Presbyterian Church community who would be willing to host a student during the weekend of July 20-22 (afternoon of Friday July 20 until the afternoon of Sunday July 22). The students will return to the dorms on that Sunday. There also will be a small stipend of $100 per student to help with the cost of hosting. If there is any person or family interested in hosting during that weekend of July, please feel free to contact me, Juan Carlos Albarran, at my work email albarrjl@miamioh.edu . Thanks.
Claiming Time for Spiritual Growth



If you are seeking a resource to create more time for the Lord in your life, pick up a new copy of July-September devotional “These Days” as you enter the sanctuary. These daily devotionals are great tools to create a gracious space of abundant life apart from our culture that rewards hurry and busyness as symbol of importance and achievement. 
Your Stewardship Matters
Jesus establishes clearly that the greedy accumulation of things is an attempt by persons to evade dependency on God. The one who greedily hoards possessions in order to establish security for the future lacks the faith that Jesus expects of those who follow Him. Our security, according to Jesus, is in our relationship to God
in whose hands lies our future.
-   Tony Campolo
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056