March 12, 2021
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

In preparation for worship,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: John 3:14-21
Message: "Again & Again: A Love Supreme - Part II"

JOIN us for WORSHIP from HOME.
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on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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and activities to nurture faith
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Worship in the Sanctuary - March 21
Soon and Very Soon... Gather Us In...There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit... I Come with Joy... Great Is Thy Faithfulness... So many hymns may describe our feelings of returning to worship in the sanctuary!

We’re so excited that in the midst of this pandemic, local conditions are once again approaching healthy and safe levels for our RETURN to WORSHIP in the Memorial Church Sanctuary.
As you continue to practice healthy precautions and receive vaccinations, we are preparing to gather in person for worship on Sunday, March 21. Registration is now open for those wishing to join in-person worship on the 21st.
Please carefully review these vital guidelines so you may be comfortable with our health precautions as we live into Christ’s teaching to love our neighbors as ourselves.
With the return of in person worship, we’re dedicated also to offering the weekly worship livestream for those who wish to worship from home.
Our Body of Christ is committed throughout this pandemic to offer everyone the deep peace, abundant grace and genuine freedom to make the best and healthiest choice as we grow in faith.  
With faith, hope and love, we
return to glorify the Triune God in the sanctuary as a
renewed ministry that is
reformed and always reforming. 
Fellowship in the Virtual Molyneaux Lounge
Gather online with your brothers and sisters in our faith community for connection, conversation, as well as spontaneous moments of hope and encouragement.
Join us this week after worship at this link on Zoom as we explore deeper bonds of fellowship.
Lenten Creation Care Podcast Series
Podcasts are a great way to explore new ideas. This Lent, the Christian Education Committee teamed up with the Caring for Creation team to develop a series of “Caring for Creation” podcast.

Listen to this week's podcast linked HERE and then join members of our Caring for Creation team on Sundays on Zoom starting at 11:45 am for a coffee hour discussion.
Information for Zoom Meetings is here (please scroll to bottom of document for more information)
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Lenten Reflections
Each Wednesday throughout Lent, members of the OPC Staff will be offering individual messages of hope on our YouTube channel and social media pages. Click here for this week's Lenten Reflection ... from Bridgite Dickerson.

Join us this Lent as, again and again, we bring all of who we are to Christ and trust that God will meet us with hope, time and again, along the way.
Confirmation Meets on Monday, March 15
Our next confirmation class will be meeting Monday, March 15 at 7:45 p.m. Carla Blackmar Rice will be leading our lesson entitled "All Good Gifts." For more information, please check the weekly confirmation e-mail blast.
The Connections Committee - Spring Fling!
The Connections Committee Invites YOU to a
“First Day of Spring” Fling!
Saturday, March 20, begins at Noon
Bring your own lunch and beverage
Peffer Park or the Gazebo at the Community Park
Happening at both places.
Come to relax, chat, breathe fresh air and connect with friends!
Mask and social distance.
Campus Ministry Discussion Group
Pastor Marc will be leading a four discussion group nights for college and campus students called "Worldchanging 101" based on the lessons in the book by the same name by David LaMotte. The discussion group will be over Zoom every other Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The dates for these discussion nights are March 22, April 5, and April 19.

To register for one (or all) of these discussion nights, please contact Pastor Marc. All materials will be provided.
Caring for Creation Team -
A Voyage Through "50 Ways to Help Save the Earth" in 2021

Please join the Caring for Creation team as we explore Rebecca Barnes' Book "50 Ways to Help Save the Earth How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference" in our OPC Newsletter throughout 2021. You can read our introduction to the book here.

Copies of the book are available for pickup in the Church office.
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Jean O’Connell is feeling much lighter in spirit as she has had her second shot. It is hard not seeing family inside her own home. Jean misses the rummage sale "Rats" as she was an avid worker. She is still finding joy in life, sparked partly by the interest in bird watching developing with her 10 year old grandson. On a recent walk they spotted a screech owl, evidently a rare bird to see. Her culinary skills are multiplying, branching out to recipes that make her meals more exciting. Jean has also gone back to her painting class at the Middletown Arts Center, reconnecting with old friends.

Charles and Barbara Skipper (Watch for Sherrie in a later edition)
Chuck now describes his station in life as "Licensed Household Executive", an advancement over his previous position as "Assistant Licensed Household Executive." Perhaps there is a sprint course, in his future, on this subject. He is a devoted reader of the New York Times and the New Yorker. Currently he is engrossed in "An Empire On The Edge" by Nick Bunker. It is set at the time of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution. Barbara has contributed much to the life of both OPC and the Oxford community over many years. She now is absolutely delighted to have no responsibilities and just enjoy life. One of her pleasures is walking for a half hour, most every day, around the neighborhood. Her quote, "It is time to give someone else the opportunity to polish the Presbyterian brass."
Spring Cleaning - File Cabinets

OPC has several file cabinets we are no longer using that are looking for new homes. Both 2-drawer and 4-drawer cabinets are available and delivery is available.  Please contact the church office if you are interested.
Your Stewardship Matters
To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything
 He has given us – and He has given us everything.
Every breath we draw is a gift of His Love,
every moment of existence is a grace,
for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
- Thomas Merton

Your time, talent and treasure are truly vital to this ministry. If you are worshipping with us via the livestream, in lieu of a contribution to the physical offering plate, we would encourage you to mail your pledge/tithe to the church office or give through one of these digital avenues. To give online both conveniently and securely, you may access our online giving opportunity from your computer at
To give via QR code, scan the code in the image below with your phone and follow the brief prompts. View a video tutorial here on giving through QR code.
To give via text message, text opc1825 and your designated amount to 73256. For example, text "opc1825 25" to 73256 for an offering of $25 and follow the prompt. View a video tutorial here on giving via text message.
Questions? Contact office -
Living Into Hope

It is love that asks, that seeks, 
that knocks, that finds, 
and that is faithful in what it finds.

-   Augustine of Hippo
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056