March 20, 2020
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 5:8-9
Message: " Catharsis"

(Image from the 2019 Russian Mission Partnership Journey inspired by Sunday’s scripture "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God." Photo by Dr. Robert S. Smith)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Faithfulness Together in this Season of COVID-19
The Psalm for this Sunday is Psalm 23.
 
If you have a moment, read through that Psalm now.
How is the Holy Spirit speaking to you anew through this cherished passage in a time of pandemic?
In a time of social distancing?
In a time of uncertainty, if not also fear?
 
Throughout this week, we witnessed extraordinary acts of grace and generosity, care and connection extended by members of this church family to one another, neighbors, and community members.
 
All ages, from youth in high school to seniors in the Third Thirty have reached out to one another with prayer, phone calls, cards, assistance in setting up electronic equipment, running errands, and much more. 
 
As we creatively and strategically adapt to the realities emerging day by day, we created a “Network of Care.” The “Network of Care” is a growing list of adults who are ready to provide meals, pick up groceries and medical supplies, and much more.
 
The Holy Spirit moved among our Youth Group as well this week. At the initiative of the youth, the Youth Group will be partnering with the Third Thirty group in reaching out to church family members. The youth strive to connect with and care for those who live alone or have a home bound family member.
 
The “Network of Care” and the Youth Group are ready to help!
 
Please contact our church office at 513.523.6364 or email if you have a need, or know of anyone who has a need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
When you let our ministry know of a need, you are giving us a gift. 
We want to help anyone in need.
We want to love and serve the Lord God and our neighbors.
 
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
Worshiping Together in this Season
THIS COMING SUNDAY, rather than worshiping in-person, we will again 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.
 
Recordings of our first Worship Livestream on March 15 are also available on the church’s YouTube channel.
 
Follow along with Sunday’s worship bulletin here . If you would like a bulletin sent to you via email please click here .
 
Our Worship Livestream will offer a word of hope and encouragement for all ages, including young family members!
 
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!
Serving Together in this Season
After much prayerful discernment, the church office is currently closed to visitors due to the precautions in place for COVID-19. While the church office is closed to visitors, it remains actively staffed as continually engage our congregational mission in -   
Seeking God, 
Serving Others,
Sharing Christ’s Love with All.
 
While in-person meetings are cancelled through Sunday, April 5, we seek to hold as many of these previously scheduled meetings through online platforms. For the latest information on upcoming ministry events, please check the  church calendar, visit our  Facebook page , or contact the church office.
 
Please reach out to anyone of our staff members through a phone call - 513.523.6364 or email .
April Newsletter
Don't miss the deadline!

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

Articles are due TODAY - Friday, March 20, 2020.
Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action
March 27-29 is the Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action. OPC joins with faith communities around the Oxford area in urging you to participate in the 2020 Census. The census counts every person living in the United States on April 1 – no matter where they are from, why they are here, and whether they are document. When you complete your census form, you should count everyone living you in your home as of that date. Learn more about who to count at  2020census.gov/en/who-to-count

The census is easy, safe, and important. In 2010, 73% of Butler County residents self-responded to the census. This year, with your help, we hope to secure an accurate amount of representation and resources for Butler County.
CANCELLED - Introducing Third Thirty
The first meeting of the 3rd 30 (those 60 years of age and onward) scheduled for Sunday, March 29, has been cancelled. We look forward to beginning the series of gatherings when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

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.
Deacon Community Blood Drive
Oxford Presbyterian Church in partnership with McCullough-Hyde Hospital – Community Blood Drive.

Tuesday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Appointments Encouraged

Register online: www.DonorTime.com

Sponsor Code #324

Your participation is critical to keeping the blood supply strong.  It is safe to donate blood. The Corona Virus does not pose any risks to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives. Donating blood ensures a safe blood supply. In times of disaster or public health crisis, it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives.
Stewardship in this Season
Our stewardship continues to be a vital faith expression of who and whose we are. Our giving in this season supports our ongoing work of being church as we continue to serve our neighbors in need, offering a livestream of worship, and sustain our ministry during these unprecedented times. 
 
Please 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 https://onrealm.org/oxfordpresbychurch/Give . 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. Questions? Contact office -  office@oxfordpresbychurch.org  
Spiritual Resources for Your Journey in This Season
Lent is a time to reflect, to grow, to pray, and to prepare for Easter. This year’s Lenten devotional  Becoming a Beloved Community: A Matthew 25 journey to the cross , from the Presbyterian Today, invites us on a thought-provoking journey to see firsthand how Jesus’ words to “feed the hungry” and “clothe the naked” still change lives today.

These devotionals will be available on the bench in the portico if you would like to stop by for a copy.
Living Into Hope
 
Excerpts from a pastoral letter to congregations in the PC(USA)
from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
and President of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett.
 
We are holding each of you in prayer.
Like the rest of the country,
our Presbyterian communities are physically separated,
but we are still deeply connected through our common humanity,
 spirituality and strong faith in God…
 
… We pray for God’s comfort and grace
as we walk forward together during these uncertain times.
We have heard from government leaders and health experts,
now let us turn to the Scriptures to find out where biblical people found faith,
hope and courage in the face of pestilence.
Over 100 times the Bible tells us, “Don’t be afraid.”
 
In Psalm 27:1, David tells us why:
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
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