March 29, 2019
Fourth Sunday in Lent
  Scripture - Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Reflections on Our "Call" with Pastor Lawrence and Kent Peterson
 
(Note on image:  The Prodigal Son by Rembrandt )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
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 Saturday, March 30 . If you have any questions contact our Youth Director, Jake Smithers at  Youth@oxfordpresbychurch.org
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 31 – Meditation (labyrinth at OPC)
  • Life for many in 2019 feels out of balance. The spiritual practice of meditation brings balance to lives buffeted by the demands of daily living. Meditation also offers the practitioner deeper insight, wisdom, and peace for those contemporary realities over which we have no control. From ancient to contemporary practices in the Christian tradition, this session will explore a variety of meditation techniques including praying the daily office, centering prayer, examen and more.
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 Sunday, March 31st in the Memorial Building Sanctuary at 4:00 P.M.

Reception immediately following service in the Community Room of the Seminary Church.

We hope to see you there!
Early Bird Registration Deadline - Sunday, March 31
Please consider joining twenty-six pilgrims who have already signed up for the Oxford Presbyterian Church’s eight-day guided tour of Scotland from May 25 to June 2, 2019. The Spirit of Scotland leader is Pastor Lawrence in association with Rev. James Wallace (Church of Scotland). Ecumenical and welcoming, interested friends and neighboring congregations are invited to join this exciting spiritual journey of our sacred heritage.

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.  While tour registration will remain open, the Early Bird discount ends March 31, 2019

Inquiries can be addressed to the following:
Pastor Lawrence, 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. This promises to be an incredible journey of the heart, mind, and spirit through some of the most scenic parts of Scotland.
Tuesday Evening Circle
Evening Circle for April 2 will meet at the home of Debbie Davidson, 6027 Vereker Dr. at 7:30 p.m. Debbie will be her own co-hostess. Janet Holmes is doing the Program and the Devotions.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Faces of Aging - Growth and Opportunity

In conjunction with a Miami University conference sponsored by the Scripps Gerontology Center, the Oxford community is warmly welcomed to two insightful lecture opportunities. Dr. Margaret Gullette, aging pioneer and award winning author of  Ending Ageism or How Not to Shoot Old People  will be offering a free lecture at the Lane Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4.

Later that evening at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Gullette is giving the key note lecture, "Confronting Ageism or How Not to Shoot Older People" at the conference opening reception at the Shriver Center. This event is also free and open to the public.
Nutrition and Food Insecurity Conference
Recently, someone said to me, “I can still taste that flavorful soup you made Nancy.” The joy and excitement she shared with me about that experience, reminded me of the passion I have for teaching others about nutrition.

On April 4 and 5, 2019, our nutrition students at Miami University will host the Eighteenth Semi-Annual Nutrition Conference with an emphasis on food insecurity. Leading researcher Dr. David A. Holben from the University of Mississippi will present the keynote session on Thursday April 4, 2019, from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm, in 152 Shideler Hall.

More sessions on Friday include a variety of topics. Please feel free to join us for any or all of the sessions. For more information about this event, contact Nancy Parkinson at parkinns@miamioh.edu
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.
Mark your calendar:
Facilities Spring Clean-up
Saturday, April 13 ~ 10:00 a.m.
(outdoors - Memorial and Seminary 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.
Maundy Thursday
April 18, 2019 at The Knolls. We will begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by our worship service at 6:15 p.m. Contact the church office, 513-523-6364 or office@oxfordpresbychurch.org, to make your reservation. Visit our website to pay online: https://oxfordpresbychurch.org/news-events/ . Meal reservation at a cost of $10.00 per person due by April 15.   Registration forms are available outside the church office. No reservations required to attend the Worship Service only.
Deacon’s Spring Blood Drive Coming Up!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the Spring blood drive sponsored by the Deacons and McCullough-Hyde Memorial/TriHealth Hospital. Appointments are encouraged online at  www.donortime.com . Please use sponsor code #324 when registering. The Community Blood Center donor coach will be located on Church Street adjacent to the hospital and OPC. For registering to donate, each individual will receive a limited edition “Hero” tumbler-style travel mug. So be a hero and give blood to save lives!

Thank you,
The Deacons
Kirkmont Sunday - A Message from Amanda Ark
Hello Oxford Presbyterian Folks! 

It was such a joy and a pleasure to be invited to speak at your church about the joys of camp and the love God has for all of us! Thank you so much for all your kind words about my sermon as well as your joy and welcoming to me and my family. My aunts, cousin, and parents were all impressed with your church and your congregation and your ability to welcome all no matter their race, creed, or identity! I hope to visit you all again at some point! And I also hope to see any number of you up at Kirkmont Center this summer! 

Remember: "Be of good courage and know that you are loved!" 

May the Peace of the Creator be with you,
Amanda Ark 
Living Into Hope
I have found it very important in my own life to try to let go of my wishes and instead to live in hope. I am finding that when I choose to let go of my sometimes petty and superficial wishes and trust that my life is precious and meaningful in the eyes of God something really new, something beyond my own expectations begins to happen for me.
- Henri Nouwen
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056