March 1, 2019
Transfiguration Sunday
 Mardi Gras Jazz Worship Service
Scripture - Luke 9:28-36
Message: “Transfigured Through the Stories We Live”
Including Special Music by Ted des Plantes and his Dixieland Jazz ensemble
 
(Note on image: Traditional Site of the Mount of Transfiguration .)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
The Honored Woman Award 2019
Each year, Oxford Presbyterian Women present the Honored Woman Award to one or two women who have faithfully, willingly, and joyfully given their time and talents to the work of the church. We celebrate their many contributions to the mission, growth, and welfare of OPC and its vibrant congregation. Please consider thoughtfully any woman in our congregation whom you admire for their organizational skills, ability to lead or teach, willingness to participate regardless of task, and dedication to assisting those in need. Then write a letter of nomination detailing her work and send it to Jo Reinhart at jreinhart16@woh.rr.com , or mail it to 175 Stone Creek Drive, Oxford OH 45056. If you have questions, please contact Jo by email or call 513-523-4742.

A new letter of nomination is needed each year, even if a woman has been nominated previously. We owe a debt of gratitude for the continued service of our past Honored Women but can give the award only once to an individual.
 
The deadline for submissions is TODAY - March 1st
Memorial Service - James P. Sturgeon
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord . Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)
 
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Thanksgiving for Jim’s life will be held tomorrow, Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Memorial Church. Immediately following the memorial service, a light luncheon will be held at the Seminary Church. More information may be found  here .
Mardi Gras Jazz Worship 
The Spirit of Mardi Gras will infuse worship this Sunday morning – March 3rd. 
 
We are enthusiastic about welcoming back to worship Ted des Plantes and his Dixieland Jazz ensemble. Ted des Plantes is a Cincinnati based multi-instrumentalist who has been involved with numerous traditional jazz groups in a career spanning over 50 years. Invite family, neighbors and friends to this inspiring worship service featuring many favorite hymns and songs as the Spirit of Mardi Gras comes to Oxford through the sounds of Dixieland Jazz. 
LUNCH ON US (for college students)! 
Join Pastor Marc and Carol Klumb for Lunch On Us! at Fiesta Charra directly following Sunday morning worship after our  time of  fellowship. If you're interested in getting involved with campus ministry, feel free to join us! We hope to see you there.
World Day of Prayer
All are invited to attend the Church Women United World Day of Prayer, March 3, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Oxford United Methodist Church, 14 N. Poplar.

We are pleased to have as a special guests Patricia Ellis, master storyteller to share the theme with us. The soloist is Kiyaa Bowens.
Pancake Dinner Fundraiser
Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner will be on Tuesday, March 5, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Seminary building, $5/person or $20/family. This is our youth's biggest fundraiser! Tickets may be purchased after worship in the Molyneaux Lounge this Sunday, March 3 or at the door on Tuesday, March 5.

Or visit our website to  pay online .
Tuesday Evening Circle
The Tuesday Evening Circle will meet in the home of Janet Holmes on March 5. Nancy Sturgeon will lead the program and Jean O’Connell will lead the devotions.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome. Anyone needing a ride should call Karen Simpson,
523-8363.
Ash Wednesday
Please join us for our Ash Wednesday worship service March 6th in the Seminary Building.

We will gather together for a soup and bread supper in the Community Room at 5:30 p.m. with worship to follow in the Sanctuary at 6:15 p.m. Soup will be provided and we ask those attending to bring one of the following to be shared among us: fruit dish, savory bread or sweet bread.

For all who have their palms from Palm Sunday 2018, please bring them to worship this Sunday. Place them inside the specially marked box located in the narthex. After worship, these palms will be burned to create the ash for the Ash Wednesday worship service.   
Administrative Assistant's Vacation
Bridgite Dickerson, our Office Administrator, will be on vacation beginning Monday, March 11th until Friday, March 15th. Worship bulletins for Sunday, March 10th and March 17th will be prepared on Tuesday, March 5th. Please turn in all announcements for both Sunday's by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7th.

Joni Marcum will be covering the office Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
New building. New mission. New name. The Oxford Community Choice (OCCP) pantry is evolving into something bigger, better, and more visionary now called TOPSS! Join us for worship on Sunday, March 10 to learn more about TOPSS vision to address local food insecurity. Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS) is about surviving and thriving in the community. Everybody eats!
Spirit of Scotland 2020
Registration is open for our eight-day guided tour exploring our sacred heritage, sponsored by the Oxford Presbyterian Church, from May 25 to June 2, 2020. If you ever dreamed of walking the historic streets of Edinburgh and Stirling, sauntering across the holy isle of Iona, witnessing the majestic beauty of the Scottish Highlands, or exploring St. Andrews’ ancient university and golf course, the Spirit of Scotland is for you. The tour leader is Pastor Lawrence in coordination with Rev. James Wallace (Church of Scotland). Ecumenical and welcoming, interested friends and neighboring congregations are invited to join us for this exciting spiritual journey.

A brochure, with the dates, itinerary, costs, booking form, and credit card payment information, is available on the OPC homepage . Click on “Spirit of Scotland” under News, Events, and Calendar.  Early Bird Deposits (with discount) are due March 31, 2019, and we are encouraged by the enthusiastic response to date. Printed information is also available outside the church office.

Informational Meeting: Sunday, March 10, immediately after the service in the Molyneaux Lounge.

Inquiries can be addressed to the following:
Pastor Lawrence Bartel, pastorlawrence@oxfordpresbychurch.org , (315) 369-5225; Ellen Buerk, ebuerk@hotmail.com , or Will Hazleton, hazletwa@miamioh.edu , (513) 461-1812. We are available to meet with interested participants, answer questions, or supply additional information. Please join us for this incredible journey of the heart, mind, and spirit in exploring our sacred heritage.
OPC Lenten Study, 2019
Join in an exploration of Spiritual Practices

Spiritual Practices to Listen for the Voice of God…
Keeping the Sabbath between Sundays

Meeting times:
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ~ Seminary Church
(white building on the corner of Church and Poplar)

  • March 10 – Allyship and Activism as Spiritual Practice
  • March 17 – Pilgrimage / Thin Places
  • March 24 (labyrinth at OPC) – Walking the Labyrinth
  • March 31 (labyrinth at OPC) – Meditation
  • April 7 - Lectio Divina
  • April 14 (Palm Sunday) – Caring for All Creation

Details: These will be informal sessions with lots of active group participation, suitable for mature middle schoolers and up. Childcare for younger children will be provided in the Memorial preschool and nursery areas. As it is over the lunch hour, please feel free to bring your lunch and eat it during the presentation. Beverages provided.

Shall we keep the theme going? Several additional people let me know they “may” want to present on a Spiritual Practice. We want everyone to be included so will extend this and call it Lent and Beyond if more folks contact me—so feel free to let me know if you want to present a topic! We’ll keep it going for as many weeks as we have people!

Questions? Contact Jenny Bailer, 255-6973, jbailer006@gmail.com to reserve your date and topic. 

Join in and learn about Christian Spiritual Practices to deepen faith.
Lenten Food Drive
As is our annual tradition, the Deacon's Lenten Food Drive will stretch from Sunday, March 10th until Sunday April 14th. This year, our request will be a little different. As you may know, the Oxford Choice Pantry will be relocating their facility to Merry Day Park and rebranding as Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS); they have charged congregations around the community to meet or exceed our previous monetary donations in an effort to meet building and maintenance costs for their new facility. 

Our church has been asked to contribute as much as $10,000 dollars for the new facility.In lieu of canned goods or boxed pasta, which we will still gladly accept, please consider donating money to this worthy and necessary effort. If you wish, donations can be placed in the plates during offering, with the note "Lenten Food Drive" on the memo line of each check or on the outside of the envelope if the donation is cash. Thank you for your past and future efforts to help those less fortunate have a brighter day and a brighter future.
Kirkmont Sunday at Oxford Presbyterian Church
Join us on March 17, to learn about the impact Kirkmont has on Youth that attend camp during the summer. Amanda Arks will be giving reflections on the transfiguration of Jesus and how Kirkmont Center shaped her own and others transfigurations. After service we will be having an informational meeting about summer camp 2019, in the 3rd-5th grade Sunday School classroom. All are welcome to the meeting. There are camps for all ages; children, adults, and families. Come join us to learn more about programming, dates, rates, and any other questions you might have! If you are unable to attend and would like more information, contact our Youth Director, Jake Smithers, at  youth@oxfordpresbychurch.org.  
Presbyterian Youth Spring Retreat
This event is hosted by the Miami Valley Presbytery. Youth from grades 7-12 are able to attend. This is being held at Kirkmont Center on April 5th - 7th, and it’s free to go! The theme for the weekend is, “Got Thanks?” Why: To worship, sing, hear God’s Word, think, pray, grow, play, make new friends and get together with old friends. You get a free tee shirt too! If you’re interested, pick up a permission form at the church office. Permission forms are due March 30th. If you have any questions contact our Youth Director, Jake Smithers at  Youth@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
We are going to Purdue University to attend Triennium this summer, July 16th - July 20th! This is for incoming freshman to graduated seniors. The price to attend is $100. If you’re interested in going, you can register on the Triennium website . The deadline to register is April 14th. If you have any questions contact our Registrar, Emily Lykins at  e_lykins@yahoo.com
SAVE THE DATE
OPW Spring Friendship Breakfast
Saturday April 6th ~ Seminary Building ~ 10:00 a.m.
Living Into Hope
From the perspective of the Bible, 
hope is not simply a feeling or a mood or a rhetorical flourish. 
Hope is the very dynamic of history. 
Hope is the engine of change. 
Hope is the energy to transformation. 
Hope is the door from one reality to another… 
Hope is believing in spite of the evidence and watching the evidence change.
- Jim Wallis
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056