May 1, 2020
(Image: “Sun” a painting by Edvard Munch)
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.

Choir Appreciation Sunday
Scripture: Acts 2:42-47

Worship this Sunday features favorite hymns of comfort and hope selected by our cherished worship leaders, the Chancel Choir.
Tune into the live-stream early (as early as 9:50 a.m.)
to be welcomed into our worship service of song and praise.

This joyful time of worship will also include the Sacrament of Holy Communion, so you are invited to prepare elements of your own at home.
JOIN us for WORSHIP from your HOME.
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Click   Sunday Bulletin and Hymns   to enhance your worship experience
Click   Sunday School   to connect with teachers and activities to nurture faith
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
“Pie Jesu” From the Requiem by Gabriel Faure

A gift from the music ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church during this Season of Easter - “Pie Jesu” sung by Maureen Kelly.
The Miami University Men's Glee Club - Virtual Home Concert
While we may not be in person, we're still sharing our song with all of you! check out our website, mugleeclub.org , where you can also get the link to the video, download your program for the concert and enter in a raffle for some prizes!

You heard us right! Enjoy the sounds from the Men's Glee Club from the comfort of your own home.

All you have to do is check out our video at 7:30 p.m. on May 1st! This video will feature music from our traditional pieces, as well as some of our performances from recent tours.
Choir Appreciation Sunday
In keeping with public health official’s guidelines for flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection rates, the Oxford Presbyterian Church has opted for live-streaming our services until such time as it is deemed safe and appropriate for us to gather together once again as a congregation for corporate worship.

In accordance with social distancing dictates, our Chancel Choir is on an indefinite hiatus. Despite this fact, the Worship & Music Committee believes it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions to our worship experience made by the Chancel Choir and our Organist, Lynn Jacobs.

To that end, this coming Sunday will be Choir Appreciation Sunday albeit without the Choir present. Our worship team has created a service of liturgy and hymns (suggested by the choir) to honor and thank all of the music makers at the Oxford Presbyterian Church. We hope you can join us for this special service! - Kent Peterson
Learning Together in This Season
Online Sunday School This Week!
Don't forget to check the church website for new updates, videos, and lesson plans from your Sunday School teachers here at OPC on Sunday morning.

Bookmark our church school page here .
Youth Group: Fixing, Helping, and Serving
Sunday night youth group will be meeting over Zoom this Sunday night at 6:30 P.M. for a discussion on fixing, helping, and serving with Elliott. Login details will be available in the weekly youth ministry e-mail blast this weekend. If you would like to be added to the weekly youth ministry e-mail, please contact Pastor Marc for details.
May Newsletter
As we continue to encourage safe and healthy practices, the May newsletter will be available on the  website  and sent via e-mail. If you need help accessing the newsletter, please contact our  church office .
Anywhere? Anytime?
Sure you may be familiar sending notes, emojis and images via text message. Did you you know that you may also support the ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church via text message from your phone anywhere at anytime? You certainly may!

Simply follow the steps found later in this e-newsletter and a few quick taps of your screen later, you’ve made a difference in the life of OPC, the community and the world.

Or – you may watch this brief  video  to learn how easy online giving really is.

And – Thank you!
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
If you are able, please donate peanut butter (medium to large jar), 1-2 cans of tuna, and toilet paper. TOPSS (Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services) is in great need of these items. You can either purchase these items or donate what you have at home as long as the expiration dates are in 2020 (or beyond).

To drop off:
Date: Thursday, May 7th
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Place: 400 W. Withrow (behind Mt. Olivet Cemetery)

Just drop off outside your vehicle, wave, and that's it!
2020 Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women
The Birthday Offering is one of Presbyterian Women’s offerings received in the spring each year. It gives women a tangible way to celebrate the blessings in their lives. The Birthday Offering funds up to five projects each year, in amounts of $75,000 to $150,000 each.

Since 1922, the Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering has helped fund mission projects that improve lives. In 2015 the Birthday offering provided a $100,000 grant to the Seventh Presbyterian Church, Barranquilla, Colombia, in partnership with Oxford Presbyterian Church, to improve the facilities and services of the Bethesda Christian Community Center, Barranquilla. This year’s Birthday Offering will support a Center for Social Assistance to the Disabled, Family, & Children Assisted Living Facility, in Davydova, Russia, and GAP Ministries in Augusta, GA. We encourage you to mail your Birthday Offering to the church office, 101 N. Main St., Oxford. Make checks payable to Oxford Presbyterian Women. Your generosity is appreciated.
Congregational Concern
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life . . .
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:38-39
 
Marietta Bowlby, a cherished and long-time member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church family passed away peacefully on April 28, in Oxford, OH. A private family burial will be held on May 2nd in St. Marys, OH, and a visitation for family and friends will be announced at a future date. Please keep Tom Poetter, Marietta's son, and his family in your prayers.
These Days Daily Devotions



These Days , a quarterly devotional from the Presbyterian Church (USA), is continuing free access through May.
Handicapped Restroom Update
Although the picture may not illustrate all of the work that has taken place, construction is progressing quickly with the handicapped accessible restroom. The plumbers and electricians have finished their rough-in which has enabled the drywall to be hung. Over the next week or so the drywall will be finished, the drop ceiling will start to take shape and the walls will be painted.  

Wall and floor tile will follow, but are dependent on the installation of two new wood doors which will arrive in a couple weeks from the factory. This may slow the progress down slightly, but we are still looking forward to having the restroom up and running around June 1st.
Your Stewardship Matters

Although we cannot currently gather together for worship, mission, or Christian education – our congregation adapted each of these areas, and more, to the current realities in this pandemic.

With the evolution of our ministry, your stewardship remains as vital to ever as we increase mission support of our community partners, gather for worship via livestream, offer creative and original Christian education content, and faithfully care for our church staff. Your gifts matter and make an impact as we respond together to the impact of COVID-19.

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 QR code, scan the code in the image below with your phone and follow the brief prompts.

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. If you've never given by text message, take 122 seconds to view the video link earlier in this e-newsletter.

Questions? Contact office - office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Living Into Hope

It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, 
let alone resurrection wonder, to another. 
It's the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, 
to circumvent expectations and assumptions. 
Wonder can't be packaged, 
and it can't be worked up. 
It requires some sense of being there 
and some sense of engagement.

- Eugene H. Peterson
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056