March 22, 2019
Third Sunday in Lent
  Scripture - Isaiah 55:1-9
Message: "Hear and Ho"
 
(Note on image: A pilgrim in the labyrinth at Columba's Bay on the Isle of Iona, Scotland)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
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 24 - Walking the Labyrinth (labyrinth at OPC)
  • Experience meditation in motion! Learn a bit about the origins of the labyrinth and methods often used for meditating while walking. We'll try different methods and then discuss our experiences. 
Community Change Offering
Sunday, March 24 we will receive the Community Change Offering
for the Community Meals.  Let's make some noise!
One Great Hour of Sharing Fish Banks
This Sunday, March 24th, we’ll be sending home the familiar Fish Banks with our Church School and Confirmation Class students. The gifts raised go to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, food to the hungry, and help to empower the poor and oppressed. IMPORTANT: Fish Banks are not just for our young disciples. If you wish to contribute in this way please see Carol Klumb after service to get your very own Fish Bank. We’ll be collecting them in on Palm Sunday, April 14th. If you’d like to see an interactive world map that shows where OGHS recipients are located follow this link: http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/oghs70 .
Last Week for Early Bird Registration
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, from May 25 to June 2, 2020.

A brochure, with the dates, itinerary, costs, booking form, and credit card payment information, is available on the OPC homepage:   https://oxfordpresbychurch.org 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.

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.
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. 
The Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice
All week, a large canvas labyrinth will be available in the Seminary Church for prayerful walking and meditation. Experience this spiritual practice on your own or in a group. If you or a group would like to reserve a time to walk the labyrinth, please contact our church office.  Wednesday morning, March 27 from 9-11 a.m.   the labyrinth will be open for anyone who would like to stop by the Seminary Church to engage this ancient and yet contemporary Christian spiritual practice.
Special Visitor
Former resident of Oxford and member of OPC, Lawretta Clum will be visiting from Montana. Friends of Lawretta’s may greet her and other family members at The Knoll’s in the cardroom (next to the Auditorium) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25.
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 30 . 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
You are invited to the Oxford Presbyterian Women’s Spring Friendship Breakfast, Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m., at the Seminary (*Please note this changed date. *) We’re have a Pot-Luck breakfast buffet. Please bring an item to share (coffee cake, do-nuts, bagels, egg casserole, quiche, grits, etc.). Coffee, juice and fruit will be provided. Bring a friend!
College Student Dinners and Discussions! 
As the Spring semester comes to a close, all college students are invited to join us for two dinners coming up (Sunday, April 7 and Sunday, May 5).  We will gather for a warm, delicious meal, and a casual, conversational topic discussion led by Pastor Marc. More details (when/where) will be announced soon, so mark your calendars!
Deacons' Lenten Food Drive
The Oxford Choice Pantry will be relocating their facility to Merry Day Park and rebranding as Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS). Our church has a goal of contributing $10,000 dollars towards this facility. As has been our annual tradition, the Deacon’s Lenten Food Drive will run until Sunday, April 14th. 

This year the money donated for the Deacon’s Lenten Food Drive will be applied towards our Church’s $10,000 goal to support TOPSS. 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. Thank you for your support of this worthy and necessary effort.

Canned good and boxed pasta will also be gladly accepted, please place these in the basket located in the back of Church.
Easter Special Music Fund
and Spring Flower Fundraiser
This year Spring flowers will be placed at the front of the church on Easter Sunday. Cost is $16.00.

 Orders are due by April 15.

Order forms are available outside the church office.
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
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community

Miami University will again be hosting 20 participants from Latin America this summer as part of the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders. The program includes a 2-night homestay July 12-14 and we are seeking multiple host families. If you are interested in hosting a student this summer, please contact Heather Harper at  harperhm@miamioh.edu
Become A Member of Our OPC Family!
We welcome all interested people to explore membership at the Oxford Presbyterian Church!! To find out more about the Presbyterian Church and specifically the Oxford congregation, please let Pastor Marc, Pastor Lawrence and/or Bridgite know that you are interested, and join us for a New Members Experience in Marc's office on May 5th, 12th, and 19th at 9:00 A.M.
Your Stewardship Matters
Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.
- Billy Graham
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