May 29, 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: Act 2:1-21
Message: "Ready"

JOIN us for WORSHIP from your HOME.
Click   Live-stream   to join us for worship
on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

to enhance your worship experience

Click   Sunday School   to connect with teachers
and activities to nurture faith

(Note on above image: The Holy Spirit on Pentecost in the spirit of Celtic Christianity. Image by John Stuart, a Scottish pastor serving in Knoxville, TN )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Are You Inclined to Worship in Perso n?
Will you be inclined to attend worship in person under the conditions of Phase Two in our reopening plan?

When the time comes to safely enter Phase Two, we wish to have the worship space fully prepared.  Your feedback on potential worship participation in Phase Two will be very helpful in order to learn whether or not we will need to prepare a second worship site .
 
Please follow the link to read the conditions for worship in Phase Two and answer a TWO question survey about your potential worship participation.
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
A gift from the music ministry of the Oxford Presbyterian Church during this Season of Easter. Ellie Wilmes, our alto Student Choral Intern, shares her rendition of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
Pentecost Offering
"God, from my youth you have taught me"
- Psalm 71.7

During Pentecost, we celebrate that the Holy Spirit has opened the doors to faith in Jesus Christ. Just as many of us were nurtured in faith during our youth, we give to support these ministries and offer ourselves in service to the faith formation of other youth and young adults.

The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.

Please share gladly and give generously through   online   giving to the Pentecost Offering!
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 .
Food for Thought (Campus Ministry) -
Virtual Interfaith Discussion with Geneva Blackmer this Sunday!
This Sunday at noon, our campus students are invited to bring their favorite lunch from home and join us for a virtual discussion on interfaith relationships and service with Geneva Blackmer, Program Director of the Interfaith Center of Oxford. Geneva will discuss what interfaith work looks like here in the Oxford community, and we'll have a Q&A to follow. Check your e-mail on Friday evening for login info. If you are not on the mailing list, please contact Pastor Marc, and he will be happy to help you get connected. Bring your favorite lunch...and any interfaith questions you've always wanted to ask!
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
McCullough-Hyde Community Blood Drive
at Oxford Presbyterian Church Seminary
Community Room - 104 E. Church St.

Wednesday, June 3
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ALL DONORS MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT
Sponsor Code #324

Temperature taken upon arrival
Mask or face covering required (mask available)

NO walk-in appointments accepted
Eradicating Systemic Poverty
As a PC(USA) Matthew 25 Congregation, Eradicating Systemic Poverty is a primary call for our congregation along with Caring for Creation.

Several members of the Mission & Outreach and "Called to Life!" teams recently met to establish a distinct OPC task force that will have as its mission Eradicating Systemic Poverty, primarily locally but beyond as well.

This task force will work with community organizations to clarify issues that contribute to poverty and how to address these issues.

As convener of the ESP Task Force, I invite those of you who may be passionate about the ongoing issue of systemic poverty to get in touch with me.

Anne Bailey
Oxford Presbyterian Women's Retreat – CANCELLED

Due to concern regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and in collaboration with the CDC guidelines, the annual OPW - Women's Retreat scheduled for June 6 has been cancelled.
Worship at Historic Hopewell Church – CANCELLED
Sunday, June 7, join us for a livestream of worship at 10:00 a.m. from the Memorial Church Sanctuary of Oxford Presbyterian Church.

The Worship and Music Committee, after much discussion, have informed the Trustees of Hopewell Church that we would not be going there for worship this year due to the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a painful decision and one that was not taken lightly. We fully expect to return next year.

The Pastors investigated the possibility of doing a live stream service from the Hopewell site but discovered the cell signal at that location was too weak.
Love in Action
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Attention Students!

Could you use a new, unused Chrome Book? If you are interested, please contact Sue Wilson ( 513-524-7446) for more information.
Virtual Vacation Bible School - June 26th
Register by Sunday, June 21st for:
Online video links and supply box delivery

Dear Families and Friends:

A new theme, new plan, and new format for new times!

As Vacation Bible School approaches, we need your help in bringing this curriculum 
to our community.

Friday, June 26th  is our goal to send out an online link for each of the three days of VBS. Each of the three links will be about a 30 min. long video designed to lead families through interactive songs, dramatic stories, lively games, yummy snacks, and creative crafts all led by congregation members from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford United Methodist Church, Oxford Presbyterian Church, and Faith Lutheran Church. In addition, each registered family will receive a supply box of resources to complete the crafts and games presented in our  Journey With God VBS .

So... as you can see, we need your help to make this happen. 

We need: 
  • Volunteers to film a craft or game or snack tutorial (from 1 to 3 min long). Thank you to the people who have already expressed interest in this area. We will be reaching out to you soon. But we need more! We will guide you through the process and parameters, but want your input on ideas for what crafts and games you would suggest. Videos will need to be completed and sent to us by Sunday, June 14th.
  • help with iMovie editing between the dates of Monday, June 15th to Wednesday, June 24th. If you have iMovie experience, we need your help.
  • shopping, packing, and delivering supply boxes. These boxes need to be delivered by June 26th so families can participate anytime after they receive their VBS video link.

If you or anyone in your family can help with any of these tasks, please respond to this email or contact anyone of our committee members.

Lara Freidline, Faith Lutheran Church,  larafreidline@gmail.com , 513-254-1026
Bonnie Kretschmer, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church,  bkretsch@frontier.com
Marc van Bulck, Oxford Presbyterian Church,  pastormarc@oxfordpresbychurch.org

Sincerely,
Your VBS Committee
Ministry in the Modern World
Certain members of the church family received on Wednesday morning a very unusual message asking for a favor and purported to be from Pastor Lawrence. The message is a scam -- do not respond or interact with the sender of that message. The subject line of the message will likely read "BLESSINGS"

Someone has set up a fake email account ( pastorlawrence.oxfordpresby@gmail.com ) to impersonate Pastor Lawrence. This a phishing scheme seeking to exploit the trust built up through our ministry. This pattern of nefarious intent has also been experienced by other congregations. These phishing messages have been reported to Gmail.

If you receive any unusual emails, we would appreciate it if you would call the church office and let us know. We wish to track any discernible patterns.

Thanks again for your work throughout our ministry - including this ad hoc cyber-security task force.
Living Into Hope

The question for me is whether we still believe in a God who acts. 
Do we still believe in a God who blows through closed doors and sets our heads on fire? 
Do we still believe in a God with power to transform us,
both as individual and as a people, 
or have we come to an unspoken agreement that our God is pretty old and tired by now, 
someone to whom we may address our prayer requests
but not anyone we really expect to change our lives?

– Barbara Brown Taylor
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056