June 5, 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 12:1-9
Message: " The Impossible Journey: Numbers"
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.
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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: A photo of the Camino de Santiago by Elliott Jones Boyle.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Worship at Historic Hopewell Church – CANCELLED
Sunday, June 7, join us for a livestream of worship at 10:00 a.m. from the Memorial Church Sanctuary of Oxford Presbyterian Church.

The Worship and Music Committee, after much discussion, have informed the Trustees of Hopewell Church that we would not be going there for worship this year due to the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a painful decision and one that was not taken lightly. We fully expect to return next year.

The Pastors investigated the possibility of doing a live stream service from the Hopewell site but discovered the cell signal at that location was too weak.
Are You Inclined to Worship in Person?
Will you be inclined to attend worship in person under the conditions of Phase Two in our reopening plan?

When the time comes to safely enter Phase Two, we wish to have the worship space fully prepared.  Your feedback on potential worship participation in Phase Two will be very helpful in order to learn whether or not we will need to prepare a second worship site .
 
Please follow the link to read the conditions for worship in Phase Two and answer a TWO question survey about your potential worship participation.
"There’s work to be done my friends, right now."
These words from the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, call us to respond in such a time as this. The unjust killing of George Floyd stirred the souls of many across our nation and around the world.

Our congregational response will include action and learning, listening and witnessing. A vigil is planned for Monday, June 8 with remarks beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Uptown Park. While many will attend this event in person, others, due to the ongoing concern of large gatherings and COVID-19, may prefer to attend this vigil in a “spirit” of prayer, solidarity and commitment from your home.

If so, we encourage you on Monday at 7:00 p.m. to begin eight minutes and forty-six seconds of silent prayer and reflection. As you inhale, say to yourself, 'God I/we need you.' As you exhale, say to yourself, 'God I/we receive you.' We are suggesting this specific time because it is the amount of time that elapsed as Mr. Floyd lay on the ground struggling to breathe. Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
 
As we learn and listen, you may find these immediate resources helpful:
  • A video Message from J. Herbert Nelson II
  • Letter From a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Just Mercy a film about the work of Bryan Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative (free via Amazon Prime and other streaming services for the month of June)
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving (book available in the church library)
  • Statement from Brian Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary
 
It’s time for us to really get busy - doing the work of reconciliation and redemption in our communities and our cities. … There’s work to be done my friends, right now.
-  J. Herbert Nelson II
Eradicating Systemic Poverty
As a PC(USA) Matthew 25 Congregation, Eradicating Systemic Poverty is a primary call for our congregation along with Caring for Creation.

Several members of the Mission & Outreach and "Called to Life!" teams recently met to establish a distinct OPC task force that will have as its mission Eradicating Systemic Poverty, primarily locally but beyond as well.

This task force will work with community organizations to clarify issues that contribute to poverty and how to address these issues.

As convener of the ESP Task Force, I invite those of you who may be passionate about the ongoing issue of systemic poverty to get in touch with me by June 10.

Anne Bailey
Caring for Creation Email List
Carla Blackmar Rice is joyfully jump-starting work toward the "Caring for Creation" call by assembling a monthly email of the many wonderful (and COVID-safe) creation care opportunities going on in our community. We hope you will consider subscribing to find out more about these opportunities! Please email cablackmar@yahoo.com   to sign-up to receive these email updates.  
Musical Offering

A gift from the music ministry of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. Three selections with Doug Hamilton on violin & Michael Ronstadt on cello
Learning Together in This Season
Online Sunday School This Week!

Don't forget to check the church website for new updates, videos, and lesson plans from your Sunday School teachers here at OPC on Sunday morning.

Bookmark our church school page here .
Youth Service Opportunity
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Tom and Carol Schaber are looking for a middle school/high school student to help with some yard work this summer yard work, landscaping, minor painting, and running some summer errands. Must be able to get themselves to the Schaber's house (495 North Patterson Avenue). 3 hours per morning. $9.00 per hour. Flexible hours. For more information, please contact Tom Schaber at schabetc@gmail.com
Nicholas Payne


The picture of our handsome  graduating senior Nicholas Payne was mislabeled as Nick Fears in the June/July online newsletter. What an embarrassing mistake this is.

Everyone, please accept my apologies, and most especially the Payne family.

Nancy Moeckel, Newsletter Editor.  
Walk in the Woods
Our budding Caring for Creation team invites you to join us in an outdoor walking meditation on June 13, 10:00 a.m. at  Indian Creek Metropark 6500 Springfield Road at the trailhead for the Indian Mound Nature Trail. We will take a "staggered start" walk on the park's short trail loop, allowing both safe physical distance from each other, and room for observation and contemplation. Following our walk, we will gather in a large circle to reflect on this season in nature with others in our community.

Please sign-up  at this link  so we can ensure that we have planned adequately for physical distancing. June 20 10:00 a.m. is our planned "rain date" for this event.
Virtual Vacation Bible School - June 26th
Register by Sunday, June 21st for:
Online video links and supply box delivery

Dear Families and Friends:

A new theme, new plan, and new format for new times!

As Vacation Bible School approaches, we need your help in bringing this curriculum 
to our community.

Friday, June 26th  is our goal to send out an online link for each of the three days of VBS. Each of the three links will be about a 30 min. long video designed to lead families through interactive songs, dramatic stories, lively games, yummy snacks, and creative crafts all led by congregation members from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford United Methodist Church, Oxford Presbyterian Church, and Faith Lutheran Church. In addition, each registered family will receive a supply box of resources to complete the crafts and games presented in our  Journey With God VBS .

So... as you can see, we need your help to make this happen. 

We need: 
  • Volunteers to film a craft or game or snack tutorial (from 1 to 3 min long). Thank you to the people who have already expressed interest in this area. We will be reaching out to you soon. But we need more! We will guide you through the process and parameters, but want your input on ideas for what crafts and games you would suggest. Videos will need to be completed and sent to us by Sunday, June 14th.
  • help with iMovie editing between the dates of Monday, June 15th to Wednesday, June 24th. If you have iMovie experience, we need your help.
  • shopping, packing, and delivering supply boxes. These boxes need to be delivered by June 26th so families can participate anytime after they receive their VBS video link.

If you or anyone in your family can help with any of these tasks, please respond to this email or contact anyone of our committee members.

Lara Freidline, Faith Lutheran Church,  larafreidline@gmail.com , 513-254-1026
Bonnie Kretschmer, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church,  bkretsch@frontier.com
Caleb Henry, Oxford United Methodist Church, caleb.henry@oumc.org ,
Marc van Bulck, Oxford Presbyterian Church,  pastormarc@oxfordpresbychurch.org

Sincerely,
Your VBS Committee
A Conspiracy of Love
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
– Hamilton Wright Mabie
 
As birthday cards filled our mailbox day after day, it realized that I was an unsuspecting recipient in “a conspiracy of love.” YOUR love to be more precise. 
 
Thank you to all in the congregation who sent cards, emails, memes and more to celebrate my recent birthday. Your expressions of care were heartfelt and humorous, personal and poignant. Each one was so appreciated.
 
Celebrating events such as a birthdays, anniversaries and more in the midst of a pandemic and national unrest calls me to cherish this precious gift of life and the abundant life we have through Jesus Christ.
 
Celebrating these events with community – with you – during these challenging days reminds me of the wisdom of Dorothy Day,  We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.
 
Pastor Lawrence
Your Stewardship Matters
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life 
with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. 
You need to be able to throw something back.

- Maya Angelou
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