March 13, 2020
JOIN us for WORSHIP from your HOME on this Third Sunday in Lent. Protect yourself and others, please do not come to church.
This Sunday, join us for a new worship experience via livestream at  https://www.facebook.com/OxfordPresbyterianChurch . For more information, please see "Faithfulness Together in This Season" below.

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: Matthew Matthew 5:6-7
Message: “Hunger at the Heart of Life”

(Image from the 2019 Russian Mission Partnership Journey inspired by today’s scripture “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Photo by Dr. Robert S. Smith)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Faithfulness Together in This Season...
More than ever, Christ calls the church to be faithful and connected, missional and prayerful in the midst of the COVID-19 (the coronavirus) pandemic. 

This is a time to be faithful. THIS COMING SUNDAY, rather than worshiping in-person, we will instead LIVESTREAM our WORSHIP service via FACEBOOK LIVE. You can connect to the livestream at the following link: ( https://www.facebook.com/OxfordPresbyterianChurch ) at 10:00 A.M. Sunday morning.  NOTE: You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to stream the service.

Follow along with Sunday’s worship bulletin here: https://tinyurl.com/OPCWorshipMarch15 . Please send your joys and concerns for "Prayers of the People" to Pastor Marc at -  pastormarc@oxfordpresbychurch.org . We hope to see you “in virtual worship” this Sunday!

Additionally, all other in-person gatherings scheduled for  this Sunday afternoon ( Adult Christian Education, Seminary Cinema, Youth Group, etc.) have been cancelled. Our church staff continually seeks out the latest health information as well as guidance from local health professionals to help equip our ministry with the most effective practices to protect your health.
 
This is a time to be connected. If you feel ill, please call our church office. We will gather a circle of care around you. We are ready to drop off food, send cards, run errands and much more for anyone who feels ill. Likewise, if the Holy Spirit puts someone on your heart and mind, reach out to them. Give them a call, send them a card, contact them by email or social media.
 
This is a time to be missional. As you may know the governor has ordered schools across the state closed for a three week spring break. Our congregation may be called upon to provide meals for community members, students and others for whom community services, school, and other patterns change. If you are available to provide meals - or know of anyone who would benefit from a meal - please email our church office at -  office@oxfordpresbychurch.org . 

This is a time to be prayerful. Join us in praying for God’s healing presence to surround all those who are ill or in quarantine - as well as family members and loved ones directly impacted. Pray for medical professionals and all those who are working to keep us healthy and safe. Let us pray for one another.
Caring and Connecting
The daily news of COVID-19 requires wisdom and discernment, hope and honesty. In all times we turn to Scripture for guidance and comfort. In Psalm 46:1-3, the psalmist engages the reality of challenging times with these words of great assurance:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
 
As our congregation seeks to respond faithfully to the developing news surrounding COVID-19, we are cancelling the Session Meeting on Tuesday, March 17 as well as the OPC Book Club scheduled for Thursday, March 19. For information on other upcoming ministry events, please check the church calendar ( http://oxfordpresbychurch.org/calendar/ ), visit our Facebook page, or contact the church office.
CANCELLED - Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Oxford Museum Association in Partnership with the McGuffey House & Museum
Annual Meeting at Knolls of Oxford @ Commons Auditorium on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 is CANCELLED.
April Newsletter
Don't miss the deadline!

Send email to Bridgite in the church office and/or directly to Nancy Moeckel at moeckenj@miamioh.edu .

Articles are due by Friday, March 20, 2020.
Introducing Third Thirty
MEF (Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship Committee) invites our "third thirty" (those who are 60 years of age and onward) to gather for informal and interactive conversations. These gatherings will offer fellowship and opportunities to discuss issues that arise in our lives today and those we might anticipate to come. Participants can share experiences, express joys and perhaps, concerns of aging, as well as investigate issues that the group itself identifies for further discussion. We envision these gatherings to be occasional, as determined by the participants.
 
The first gathering of the Third Thirty is scheduled to take place after worship on  Sunday, March 29 , at 11:30 in the Seminary. We will offer a light lunch and starter ideas for discussions and look forward to suggestions for future conversations.
 
As our congregation continues to respond to COVID-19, please call the church office or check the church facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/OxfordPresbyterianChurch/ ) for the latest information.
Deacon Lenten Food Drive
Our traditional Lenten Food Drive will take place until Palm Sunday, April 5 . The following items are needed and much appreciated: peanut butter, spaghetti, tuna and personal items customers are not able to purchase with SNAP benefits such as, body wash (no bar soap, please), shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent and toilet paper. You may drop your donations off in the narthex. Monetary donations can be placed in the offering plates with the note “Lenten Food Drive” on the memo line of the check or on the outside of the envelope if the donation is cash.
Living Into Hope

The entire biblical revelation involves gradually 
developing a very different consciousness, 
a recreated self, as we see in both Jesus and Paul. 
The sacred text invites us, little by little, 
into a very different sense of who we are: 
We are not our own. 
Your life is not about you; you are about Life! 
We gradually find ourselves part of the Great Vine.
Once we are consciously connected to the True Vine, 
our life will bear much fruit for the world.

- Richard Rohr
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056