March 15, 2019
Second Sunday in Lent
  Scripture - Matthew 17:1-12
Message: "Transfiguration on a Hill"
 
(Note on image: A cross at Bunker Hill at Kirkmont Center,
the second highest point in Ohio.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Faith In Action - Trees for Life
We are called by Christ to Care for Creation.  Among the many actions that Christians may take is the growing and planting of trees to replace trees lost to disease, invasive species and climate change. Church and community members, particularly youth, are invited to take an active role in ameliorating climate change by beginning the process of growing trees for planting throughout the community.

Take the first step. Meet tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Dick Munson,
6751 Brown Rd. We will learn how to care for our adopted seeding trays.

Earth-keeping today means insisting on sustainability – 
the ongoing capacity of natural and social systems to thrive together – 
which requires human beings to practice wise, humble, responsible stewardship, 
after the model of servanthood that we have in Jesus.
-from the 202nd General Assembly of the PC(USA)
Lenten Materials
The beauty of the church year is in its rhythm following the ministry of Jesus and in its invitation to walk daily with Christ through the midst of change. Lent is a time to reflect, to grow, to pray, and to prepare for Easter. During Lent at OPC there are many resources for your journey as you practice listening, praying and preparing.

One of these resources is the Lenten Devotional, Awakening to God's Beauty , to nurture a daily practice of cherishing and giving thanks for God's beauty all around us. This and other Lenten resources are available in the Narthex and Molyneaux Lounge. There are Lenten Devotionals and Calendars for adults and youth. 
Our Connectional Presbytery - Reily Presbyterian Church
Reily Presbyterian Church hosts a Soup & Sandwich Supper on Saturday, March 16 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Menu: soup-sandwich-pie-beverage
Cost: $10.00
Address: 6370 Peoria Reily Road
(Carry-out also available)
Kirkmont Sunday at Oxford Presbyterian Church
Join us for worship this Sunday, 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.  
Community Change Offering
Sunday, March 17 we will receive the Community Change Offering
for the Community Meals. Let's make some noise!
OPC Lenten Study, 2019
What is a Spiritual Practice?
  • A spiritual practice is any regular and intentional activity that establishes, develops, and nourishes a personal relationship with the Divine in which we allow ourselves to be transformed (www. http://spiritualpractice.ca/what/what-2/) A Daily Spiritual Practice establishes and provides us with a foundation upon which we can build a new perspective of life and our role in the experiences of life. A Daily Spiritual Practice deepens and expands the awareness of your connection to your Source https://innervisionsworldwide.com/daily-spiritual-practice/
 
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. ~ Seminary (104 E. Church St). Brown bag lunch encouraged, beverages provided. Childcare provided at the Memorial.

This Sunday ~ March 17 - Pilgrimage / Thin Places
  • When journeying with intention, pilgrimage may be a walk across the yard or to a sacred site in another hemisphere. Any such place where we encounter the presence of the Living God becomes a thin place. From thin places in Oxford to the Holy Land, South Africa to Scotland, this session will explore the spiritual practice of pilgrimage. We will consider how the great treasure discovered along a pilgrimage continues to change our lives on the spiritual journey inward long after we return home.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
A Celebration of Latin American Music

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford will present A Celebration of Latin American Music on Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. A reception at the church will follow the concert.

The program features the Misa Criolla, by Ariel Ramirez, performed by the Holy Trinity Church Choir, William Bausano, choir director, and guest instrumentalists. The concert also includes solo performances by Thomas Garcia, guitar, Phillip Roberts, organ, and Holy Trinity’s Choral Scholars.

A free will offering will be taken at the door. The church is located at 25 E. Walnut Street in oxford.
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on March 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Country Kitchen with Prue Dana leading the lesson and Pat Gifford in charge of the Mission Yearbook. Karen Shearer will conduct the Least Coin. Visitors and guests are always welcome.
Spring Rummage
The Spring Rummage Sale is heating up even as you read this! There will be a team meeting at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday March 20, at the Seminary Building. This is a great time to be present to help with this major fund raiser/community benefit event.  Rummage needs everyone to help.  Many hands make light work.  Come on.  Huddle up. It’s a great team to belong to. Rummage Sale Week: May 6-11.
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
Installation Service for the Rev. Marc van Bulck
The installation of Rev. Marc van Bulck to Oxford Presbyterian Church as the new Associate Pastor for Family and Campus Ministries will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, March 31st in the Memorial Building Sanctuary at 4:00 P.M.

Mark your calendars, and we hope to see you there!
O.P.W. Friendship Breakfast
Celebrate Friendship!

Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m.
The Seminary
104 E. Church St.
(white building on the corner of Church and Poplar)

Invite someone to O.P.W’s Spring Breakfast . Pot-luck buffet. Music. Election of new officers.
Lenten Food Drive
As is our annual tradition, the Deacon's Lenten Food Drive has begun and will continue 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.
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
Don't miss the April newsletter deadline. Please submit all articles to Nancy Moeckel ( moeckenj@miamioh.edu ) by Wednesday, March 20. 
Living Into Hope
We have all known the long loneliness 
and we have learned that the only solution
is love and that love comes with community.
Dorothy Day, 20th century
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056