May 24, 2019
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Scripture: Acts 16:9-15
Homily: "Called Beyond"

(Note on Image: Bank Church constructed in 1838 as the Oxford Theological Seminary of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. at the Seminary Church
We will gather in the Seminary Church for worship Sunday, May 26 . In preparation for worship, we encourage you to read the Scripture passage and reflect on what God’s word might be to you through the following questions:
 
Scripture: Acts 16:9-15
When have you felt God calling you through prayer, other people, music, dreams or a sudden insight?
F or further reflection:
  • Did this call require you to cross over to a new frontier?
  • How have challenges and struggles shaped your calling?
  • How has your calling changed over the seasons of your life?
Ramp Construction Continues
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. - Proverbs 24:3-4

We have experienced a flurry of activity over the last couple weeks on the handicapped accessible ramp project. In a short period time we’ve seen the removal the existing stairs, excavation, and pouring the concrete for the footers, foundation walls, and walk surface. 

Now that this worked has been completed there will be a 2-3 week pause where little visible work will be accomplished. Vendors and subcontractors have been waiting for the concrete to be in place so they can take final measurements in order to custom make our concrete top caps and steel railings. We are also waiting for the manufacturer to pour a special run of the faux limestone to meet our color preference. 

Once all of these materials arrive on-site they will installed over a several day period and then we’ll be ready for landscaping as the last step before final completion of the project. 

If you have any questions about the construction, please ask any member of the Trustees.
Youth Lock In
In celebration for the end of the school year, we’ll be having a Youth Lock-in today - Friday, May 24th.

We’ll meet at the Memorial Church Building at 9:00 p.m. and pick up will be at the Seminary Church Building on Saturday, May 25th at 8:00 a.m. Come join us for lots of fun!
OPC Offices will be closed Monday, May 27th
in observance of Memorial Day
Community Table
Every fifth Wednesday, Oxford Presbyterian Church hosts the weekly Community Table . Our next opportunity to respond to food insecurity in the Oxford community will be on Wednesday, May 29th at 5:30 p.m. in the Seminary Church at 104 E. Church St. (white church on the corner of Church and Poplar)

We need:
Dinner Salad (Ham, Tuna fish, pasta, you name it)
Bread and Dessert


We need volunteers:
Setup at 4:30 p.m. / Serve 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Clean up from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Call or email Bill Fisher at 524-4504 or fisherwf@miamioh.edu if you can help. Any dry goods for the dry goods pantry are also accepted.
Oxford Presbyterian Women's Retreat
Ladies, "Let’s Unplug and Retreat"  to a peaceful farm at 6381 Todd Rd. (Cloudland Retreat Center), June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Take this time to listen to God speaking to you through the Word, Nature, and Art.

Reservations are due Sunday, May 26. Retreat cost is $15.00. Breakfast and lunch provided.

To make your reservation, please register online , email Jean O’Connell, oconnelljm17@yahoo.com , or Ginny Layton, laytonvh@miamioh.edu . Jean O’Connell is the contact person: 513-593-5894.

Reservation sheets are available outside of the church office and in the Molyneaux Lounge. Ladies of all ages are invited!
Historic Hopewell Church - Worship Service
Sunday, June 2nd worship service will be held at Historic Hopewell Church at 9:30 a.m.  Following worship, the Trustees of Historic Hopewell will offer guided historical tours of the church facility and the surrounding cemetery.

NO 10:00 a.m. service or Sunday School will be held at OPC on June 2nd.
Vacation Bible School
 Vacation Bible School: "God is Love" Vacation Bible School, June 21st-23rd! This year the ecumenical VBS will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Friday, June 21st 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (dinner included)
Saturday, June 22nd 9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Sunday, June 23rd 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch included)

Register online: oxfordpresbychurch.org

Click Here: Child Participant
Click Here: Volunteer ( Helpers, teachers, group leaders are  all  needed for our VBS. Please see Prue Dana if you can help.)
Thank You, Jake!
If you are a parent of one of our youth here at the church, you may have already heard the news that Oxford Presbyterian Church is saying farewell to Jake Smithers this week. Over the past school year, Jake has served as our Director of Youth Ministries here at OPC. Last week, Jake shared with Lawrence and myself that the month of May will be Jake’s final month with us here at the church and that he will be returning to Kirkmont Center as a staff member for the summer.

Over the past year, Jake has been leading Middle School and Senior High Youth Group on Thursday and Sunday nights, teaching confirmation class, coordinating fall and spring retreats at Kirkmont Center in addition to preparing three of our youth to travel to Purdue University this July to attend the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium (Candace Crist and I will be accompanying our three youth as the back-home adult leaders for Triennium in Jake’s absence).

Over the next few weeks and months, you may be hearing a lot more about new plans for youth and family ministry here at OPC as we look ahead to the fall...as well as some new opportunities for you to get involved! Candace and I will also be in touch with the youth and parents who are participating in Triennium this year about what they need to know as we get closer to the trip.

In the meantime, however, I hope you will take a moment this week to thank Jake Smithers for his service to our youth and young adults. We here at OPC wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter of God’s call on his life.

Blessing and peace this week,
Pastor Marc
Creating a Healthy Community -  54th Annual Hueston Woods Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday - Sunday June 8 & 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pioneer Farm, 6924 Brown Rd., Oxford, OH

$4.00 per adult (children under 12 admitted free)

This outdoor juried show is held on the historic ground of the Hueston Woods Pioneer Farm located four miles north of Oxford, Ohio and typically consists of around 80 exhibitors from all over the midwest.
Summertime Stewardship
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Are you traveling over the summer and wish to stay current on your stewardship support of our ministry? Don't worry, there are ways to give easily remotely, even automatically!

MAIL gifts to the office at 101 N Main St, Oxford, OH 45056
BANK BILL PAY mails checks remotely, one-time or on a recurring schedule – contact your bank to set this up
ONLINE by simply clicking HERE
SMART PHONE by texting OPC1825 and your designated amount to 73256. For example, text "opc1825 25" to 73256 for an offering of $25.
Living Into Hope
Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; 
therefore, we must be saved by hope. 
Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; 
therefore, we must be saved by faith. 
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; 
we are saved by love.
- Reinhold Niebuhr
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