March 26, 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 5:10-11
Message: " For Righteousness’ Sake"

(Image from the 2019 Russian Mission Partnership Journey inspired by Sunday’s scripture “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” Photo by Dr. Robert S. Smith)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
The Voice Arrives Early This Week!
Happy Thursday to all of you! What a week of changes it has been. At OPC, we believe that we are still the Church together even during this time of pandemic. It is so important for us to stay connected, informed, and updated as we live faithfully into these ever-changing days. This week, instead of our ordinary release on Friday, "The Voice" is arriving early so that you can receive the most current updates about the goings on here at OPC.
Worshiping Together in this Season
In light of the fact that the Coronavirus epidemic shows no signs of abating, we will continue to  live-stream  our Sunday worship services as long as the current emergency persists. This means that we will be observing Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday in very nontraditional ways.

While we are all learning new ways to connect and worship digitally together, and we want to reach out to you personally to help answer any questions you may have about connecting to our worship service. If you are uncertain about connecting to our livestreamed worship service, our greeters would love to help you get it set up so that you can join us on Sunday morning. Please email the church office, and we will be happy to help.

Also watch for future communications regarding special activities aimed at helping you with your personal and family worship practices during these holy days. We plan to hold a traditional, celebratory Easter worship service later in the year when it is safe for us to gather to do so.

As we continue to live-stream we will strive to elevate the connection, meaning and inspiration through each worship experience. This Sunday you will have the opportunity to click on links of the hymns to sing along in the worship service.

Remember that you may also request the worship bulletin via email by contacting the church office .

Since the Maundy Thursday worship service will be live-streamed , we will no longer be taking reservations for dinner at the Knolls.

Similarly, we will no longer be taking orders for Easter Lilies. We encourage you to give instead to the other traditional pre-Easter offering which is the Special Music Fund. Gifts to the Special Music Fund may be mailed to the church office or made by clicking here .
Serving Together in this Season
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. 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. The “Network of Care” is ready to help!
Learning Together in This Season
Connect with Sunday School Online!
As many of us are socially distancing over the next few weeks, we here at Oxford Presbyterian Church want to continue to find ways to stay connected with our families and children.

Check our Sunday School website over the next few Sundays for updates, videos, and lesson plans from your Sunday School teachers here at OPC that you can learn from home. Visit our Sunday School website.
Youth Group Google Hangout!
Youth Group will be meeting Today over Google Hangout at 6:30 p.m. for a time of conversation, checking in, and discussion led by Elliott. If you would like to participate, please add your e-mail to the Sign-Up sheet . If you need help, please contact Pastor Marc, and he will work with you to get something set up for you to participate. 
Social Distancing on Us (formerly known as  Lunch on Us )
Attention campus students! Bring your lunch from home for a Google Hangout this Sunday at noon. Our discussion topic this month is “How do we avoid internalizing negativity during pandemic?” Please send  Pastor Marc  your e-mail address this week, so he can add you to the invite!
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.
Prayer Shawl
Do you know someone who needs a Prayer Shawl? If you have a friend or relative to whom you would like to give a Prayer Shawl, please contact Cornelia Browne, 513-524-7716 or email .
April Newsletter
In order to encourage safe and healthy practices, our offices here at Oxford Presbyterian Church are closed. The April newsletter will be available on the website and sent via e-mail this month. If you need help accessing the newsletter, please contact our church office .
Creating a Healthy Community
Pat Gifford and the Swittens team are making masks for McCullough Hyde and TriHealth using their approved patterns. We started this week making surgical masks with a pocket for a filter (the hospital inserts these) and will be making N-95 mask covers. These are to build a stockpile in case the hospitals in the network have temporary shortages for non-critical use. The masks made by volunteers are washed and sterilized by the hospital when they receive them.

Can you help? We need 1/8" or 1/4" elastic! It takes two 10" long pieces for each mask. All the stores are out and our Amazon orders won't be here until mid-April. If you have any and are willing to donate, you can leave in a labeled bag on the bench under the church portico when you are on a grocery run. Or call Pat (513-255-5416) or email at  gifforp@miamioh.edu  and she will pick up from your porch. Thank you in advance!!
Connect with the Pastors on Facebook!
In order to better stay connected, Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Marc are moving to two new Facebook pages specifically for members of OPC to share images, stories, and to interact over social media. If you are already friends with them on Facebook, please be sure to "reconnect" with them and each other via these new accounts! (Note: you may need a Facebook account to access these pages).

Pastor Lawrence

Pastor Marc
Your Stewardship Matters

During these days of social distancing, our connections to one another and our mission in the community matter more than ever before. Your gifts matter and make an impact as we adapt together to COVID-19 in our neighborhood. 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 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  
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