June 7, 2019
Pentecost Sunday

In preparation for worship, we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Message: "As the Spirit Swirls Through Time"

Please join us in celebrating Pentecost Sunday
by wearing the traditional color of RED , to remind us of the fire of the Spirit.
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Pentecost Offering
"God, from my youth you have taught me"
- Psalm 71.7

During Pentecost, we celebrate that the Holy Spirit has opened the doors to faith in Jesus Christ. Just as many of us were nurtured in faith during our youth, we give to support these ministries and offer ourselves in service to the faith formation of other youth and young adults.

The Pentecost Offering received in worship on Sunday  unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world. Please share gladly and give generously to the Pentecost Offering!
Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday school begins Sunday, June 9th. During the summer months, our elementary age children (K-5) will have a combined class in the 3rd-5th grade classroom.

Preschool and Nursery care is available.
Ramp Construction Update

Construction on the ramp continues. Monday, June 10 is the expected stone and cap delivery with installation as weather permits. Monday, June 17 is the tentative railing install. 

Trustees continue to work behind the scenes on the finishing touches.

If you have any questions about the construction, please ask any member of the Trustees.
Hueston Woods Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday - Sunday June 8 & 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pioneer Farm
6924 Brown Rd.
Oxford, OH

$4.00 per adult (children under 12 admitted free)

This outdoor juried show is held on the historic ground of the Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm located four miles north of Oxford, Ohio and typically consists of around 80 exhibitors from all over the midwest.
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet at The Knolls on June 18th at 1:30 p.m. in the Country Kitchen.

Reservations for the optional noon lunch are due by Friday, June 14th to Rosemary Fisher.

Visitors and guests are always welcome.
Vacation Bible School
 Vacation Bible School: "God is Love" Vacation Bible School, June 21st-23rd! This year the ecumenical VBS will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Friday, June 21st 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (dinner included)
Saturday, June 22nd 9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Sunday, June 23rd 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch included)

Register online: oxfordpresbychurch.org

Click Here: Child Participant
Click Here: Volunteer ( Helpers, teachers, group leaders are  all  needed for our VBS. Please see Prue Dana if you can help.)

VBS Service Project collections:  Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach is a volunteer organization based out of West Chester, OH which directly impacts children in foster care and their families by offering necessity items as well as enrichment opportunities to help children become more fully integrated into their communities.

WE NEED YOUR HELP to COLLECT:
- Card games (new)
- stuffed animals 6-8 inches (new)
- full size new toothpaste and toothbrushes
- full size new 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash

Collection date: Sunday June 16th
OPC Relay for Life
Our church will be fielding a Relay for Life team this summer for the event that takes place on Saturday, June 22, 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm in uptown Oxford. Relay for Life is an annual event through the American Cancer Society where people help raise money for research and education to help fight Cancer. We are always looking for new people who would like to join our team and join us in raising money to fight Cancer. 

As a team, we work together to raise money by asking our friends, co-workers, and family to financially sponsor us as members of the team. We also spend time together in fellowship during the Relay event as well as during a yard sale that we will have on Saturday, June 29. Our church as fielded a team since the start of the Relay in Oxford, and we have perennially been one of the highest fund raising teams in Oxford. In 2017 and 2018, we raised over $15,000 and we were the number one team in all of Oxford. Our church team usually has about 12 members and we are always looking for more people to join us. If you are interested in joining us in this fun, worthy cause, please contact Janet Holmes, 513-255-7229.

There are also luminaries available to purchase in the name of a loved one who has passed due to cancer or in honor of ones who have survived or are fighting cancer.  Luminaries can be purchased for $10 in the Memorial courtyard after service.
Still Seeking Funds for Choir Intern Program
The choir intern program introduced last fall proved to be exceptionally successful. The four Miami student interns embraced within our member choir not only enhanced the overall quality of the worship experience, but also strengthened our student mission goals and provided an enriching interaction for the involved students and members.

Current efforts to fund this program for the coming year have been progressing and giving now stands at $6,000 which is half of the total amount needed. Considering that the program is set to begin again as students return in September, we are hopeful that additional gifts will be forthcoming to maintain the established momentum. Please prayerfully consider this avenue for giving. For more information, please contact Special Gifts Coordinator, Bill King, at 513-523-2546 or kingwl@miamioh.edu
Journals and Reflection Questions
Summer is a great time to rest and reflect on "What's next." "What's next for me?" "What's next for our congregation?" Journals from the Myrtle Collaboration team are freely available in the lounge this Sunday for you to jot down your reflections on the questions we've been asking. Take these journals to your porch or backyard, to the cabin or the beach.  

Our reflection questions for June are:
  • How do I experience the Spirit of God who blows through closed doors and sets our heads on fire? 
  • How is the Spirit of God seeking to transform us, both as individual and as a people?

Click here for a list of all the reflection questions. 
Church Directories
Please pick up your copy of the Church Directory in the Molyneaux lounge.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
A Tour of Five Oxford Gardens
& Garden Marketplace

Saturday, June 29, 2019 
Open from: 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. 
Rain or Shine

All proceeds go toward the beautification projects in the Oxford Community. Thank you for your support!!

Sponsored by:
Des Fleurs Garden Club

Tickets available at:
Shademakers, Oxford Kroger, Whistle Stop, OCAC and White Tail Acres Nursery, Brookville, IN 

Online at:  www.desfleurs.org 
Cinema Soul
A new blog is starting up as a companion to the Seminary Cinema program!  Cinema Soul  will feature reviews of current and classic films and articles about faith and media. The first article is about the new Elton John biopic  Rocketman . Read it here:   https://mattbenzing.blogspot.com/
Women's Conference - Montreat Conference Center
Montreat Women’s Conference is being held August 9-11 and the theme is “The Greatest of These is Love”. It is a great time of worship, fellowship, and fun! Carrie Ann Sharitt is arranging for a group from several small churches to attend the conference together. Cost is $262 per person ($237 registration plus $25 for food). The lodging has graciously been provided for us. The conference starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday with worship and ends on Sunday after the conclusion of 11:00 a.m. worship.

The conference keynote speaker is Valerie Kaur and Amy Grant is the “special” musical performer on Sunday morning. There will also be numerous small groups offered on Saturday. To register for the conference (or read more information) you can go to

To reserve a spot in the house rented by Carrie Ann, please send a check for $25 to church by the end of June with "Women's Montreat" in the memo line. Register on the Montreat website and remember to register for the Commuter Package ($237)! The price increases starting at the end of June.

If you have questions then please contact Cindy at 706-577-1743
Summertime, Baseball and the Body of Christ
OPC will once again join Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Faith Lutheran at the Great American Ball Park on Sunday, July 21 to cheer on the Cincinnati Reds as the hometown team faces the St. Louis Cardinals. Forty seats in section 416 (rows Q & R) have been reserved for our congregations as well as 14 accessibility spaces behind those rows if needed. 

Invite your family, friends and neighbors! These tickets will only be $22 per seat. 

We may always add more to the reservation if we exceed the original allotment. Contact the Oxford Presbyterian Church office for your ticket by email ( office@oxfordpresbychurch.org ) or call 513.523.6364.

Reserve your tickets as soon as possible. All are welcome!
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Record breaking flooding and tornadoes have devastated lives and communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi. Your hearts, like ours, have been broken as the fatalities increase.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is strongly engaged in responding to flooding and tornadoes in twenty presbyteries and six synods. Because of your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, PDA has been able to respond immediately, offering initial grants and National Response Team members to assist with assessments, and will be able to respond throughout the long term recovery. Church damage grants have been disbursed to support affected churches’ continuing ministries, such as food pantries and emergency shelters, to be able to assist their communities in this time of great need. Click  here  to learn more.
Thank you!
Gratitude expressed by a member of our church family -  For Sherry Skipper and the little garden she created at the Seminary building with perennial plants from Presbyterians and a few annuals. A spark of light for us all.
Living Into Hope
The question for me is whether we still believe in a God
who acts like the Spirit of Pentecost. 
Do we still believe in a God who blows through closed doors
and sets our heads on fire? 
Do we still believe in a God with power to transform us,
both as individual and as a people, 
or have we come to an unspoken agreement
that our God is pretty old and tired by now, 
someone to whom we may address our prayer requests
but not anyone we really expect to change our lives?
- Barbara Brown Taylor
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056