November 16, 2018
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Revelation 22
Message: "Real, Relevant & Reformed: For the Healing of the Nations"

(Image: Chapel of Thanks-Giving in Dallas, Texas. Chapel design by Philip Johnson and stained-glass design by Gabriel Loire.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Christmas Season Kickoff Events
Cookie Sale 
Cookies, SERVV Gifts, Cookie Café  

Saturday, December 1st
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Memorial Church 
101 N. Main Street 
corner of Church & Main

To volunteer for the Cookie Walk, please fill out the sign-up sheet in Sunday's bulletin and place in the offering plate or the Administrative Assistant mailbox.


Workshop & Luncheon
Make-n-Take Crafts, Homemade Chili

The Advent Workshop is free and open to all ages.

To register for the Chili Luncheon Fundraiser, please use the link provided Registrations/Event or you may register in person.

Sunday, December 2nd
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seminary Church
104 E. Church Street 
corner of Church & Poplar

Call Paula Foltz (523-9873) or Carol Klumb (280-6136) if you have questions.

Proudly sponsored by Oxford Presbyterian Church and Oxford Presbyterian Women.

~~~ All proceeds benefit missions and support youth programs ~~~
Real, Relevant and Reformed – 2019 Stewardship Campaign
Thank you for your enthusiastic and generous participation in our 2019 Stewardship Campaign. Pledges are still being made – and joyfully received – for the financial support of our growing ministry in 2019.

If for any reason you pledged at one time yet haven’t pledged over the last several years, this is the opportune time – this is the year to begin again. 

If you are new to this body of Christ, we extend a personal invitation for you to make a pledge to the ministry of OPC. Pledge cards are available throughout the church.

Thank you for investing in the future of Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Thank you for engaging our mission to seek God,
serve others and share Christ’s love with all.

Thank you for inspiring others to participate in this ministry of God’s grace.
Community Change Offering


Sunday, November 18, we will receive the Community Change Offering for the Community Meals.

Let's make some noise!
Bread for the World Offering of Letters Sunday, November 18
The Peacemaking Committee is asking again for 7 minutes of your time during Fellowship time to write letters to your congress people. Bread for the World Sunday arrives this year at a fortuitous time. Celebrated November 18, it comes a few months after the Senate passed the Global Food Security Reauthoriization Act, right around the midterm elections and right before Thanksgiving.

This annual event which mergers prayer and advocacy is an opportunity for faith communities to live out God’s vision of a world without hunger. Please stop in the Molyneaux Lounge following service to write letters for Bread for the world. Sample letters and pens and letter writing materials will be available.  

Here’s another way you can help end hunger: send Bread for the World Christmas cards to your friends, family and co-workers. Multiple designs are available all using dramatic images to convey messages of peace, and hope. The images reflect the world in which Bread for the World seeks to make a difference.
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
Here Are 2 Convenient Ways to Support the Ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church:

Online:

Click the GIVE button on our website: https://oxfordpresbychurch.org/Give Or scan the QR code on your mobile device and select Giving from the menu icon upper left. From both options, select "Online Giving" Page.

Enter the amount you want to give, select a fund, and enter your email address.

Click GIVE and enter your payment information to complete the transaction.

If you have a login, you can log in when prompted and complete your transaction or schedule a gift.

Text :

Text opc1825 and (your designated amount) to 73256. For example text "opc1825 25" to for an offering of $25.

Click the link to receive in your text message response.

Follow the prompts to give.

Text giving even saves your payment information so you can quickly give again.
BackPack Food Program
Many children who receive free and reduced-price school meals are left without the nutrition they need on the weekends and holiday breaks.
The BackPack Program, a partnership between St. Mary’s and the Shared Harvest Food Bank, aims to reduce this nutrition gap by discreetly supplying 175 students from Kramer, Bogan and Marshall schools with a bag of food each Friday throughout the school year.

The cost to sponsor one student for a year is $50, though any amount is welcome. Checks can be made to Oxford Presbyterian Church with “BackPack Food” in the memo line.

This is a Mission and Outreach Committee collaboration with St. Mary’s as we address local food insecurity. Any questions, please contact St. Mary’s at 523-2153.
Office Holiday Hours
In Celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday the office hours will be as follows:

Monday, November 19 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 20 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 21 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Thursday, November 22 - Closed
Friday, November 23 - Closed

Please submit any bulletin announcements no later than 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20. Bulletins will be run at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21.

Voice submissions due by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21.
 
Please expect to receive The Voice e-news on Friday, November 25th!
Tuesday Afternoon Circle


The Afternoon Circle will meet November 20th at 1:30 p.m. in the Country Kitchen at the Knolls.

Visitors and guests are welcome!
Safe Haven Farms
Sunday, November 25. At 1:30 p.m. we will gather in the alley between our church and the hospital to carpool to Safe Haven Farms. Yes, it's that time already to decorate the Hatton Center for the holidays! The "farmers" at Safe Haven are autistic young adults who delight in the Christmas decorations that we put up for them. All the decorations are already there just waiting for us to use and turn their center into a magical place. Won't you please join us? If you'd rather not carpool, drive directly to Safe Haven Farms at 5970 No Mans Road, Middletown, OH 45042. Let Karen Shearer know if you can help so we don't leave anyone behind!
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Kiwanis invites you to....

 Ring the Joyous Bells!
 
At Kroger... Be a Bell Ringer and Make Change Happen.
 
Volunteers can sign up on the Kiwanis Website at www.oxfordkiwanis.org and schedule a date and time.
 
Each shift is one hour long, and one can volunteer for as many shifts as desired.
 
Currently, times are available on November 23, 24, 30 and December 8,14,17,21,22, and 24. 
Youth Mission Trip Chili Lunch
What ?  Chili Supper

When ?  December 2nd at 11:30 p.m.

Where ?  Seminary Building (corner of Church & Poplar)

How much ?  $5 / person or $20 / family

Our youth will be selling tickets during coffee hour in the Molyneaux Lounge on Sunday, November 18 and Sunday, November 25. All proceeds will go towards funding our youth mission trip for the summer of 2019. Help our youth be able to practice their discipleship by serving others through this mission trip! Click the link provided to pay online: https://onrealm.org/oxfordpresbychurch/PublicRegistrations/Event .
Special Music Fund and Poinsettias
The Worship and Music Committee of Session hopes to make each of the worship services as meaningful as possible. Congregational participation is a crucial ingredient in that effort. One example of participation is seen in the enthusiastic response to the opportunities to honor or memorialize others with the purchase of flowers to enhance the beauty of the sanctuary throughout the year, particularly at Christmas and Easter. It has been suggested that opportunity be given to honor or memorialize others with a gift to the Special Music Fund in lieu of, or in addition to the purchase of flowers. The Special Music Fund is for the express purpose of providing a small honorarium for guest soloists or instrumentalists or musical events not included in the regular worship and music budget. Contributions to this special fund will be welcome at any time, but members and friends of the church are invited to make contributions during the Christmas and Easter seasons. One may designate a person or persons to be memorialized or honored. Such gifts will be noted in the church bulletin.

The cost of the poinsettias this year will be $16.50. P lease fill out the form in Sunday's bulletin and place in the offering plate or the Administrative Assistant mailbox.

The last day to order is Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Mitten Tree
Beginning November 25 and lasting through December 16 the Annual Mitten Tree will be in our sanctuary. Help provide a Christmas gift to a needy child in Oxford. Please take a mitten from the tree, put your donation ($40-$50) into the envelope inside the mitten, and bring both to the Molyneaux where you deposit your mitten and envelope into a basket. Then write your name beside the child's name on the list by the basket. You are done! Children's names are provided by the Oxford Resource Center. Parents shop at Walmart under the supervision of the Resource Center so that your money truly goes for a child's gift. Thanks for making the holidays happy for those less fortunate children in our community. Questions? Contact Karen Shearer.
Living Into Hope
When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’
- Erma Bombeck
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056