November 20, 2020
In preparation for worship,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23
Message: "You Gotta Serve Somebody"

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(Note on above image: Painting, "The Lamb" by Andrew King)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Step by Careful Step
How do we overcome a daunting challenge? Step by careful step.

The recent surge in local COVID-19 cases certainly appears to be daunting. Yet we continue to walk faithfully through this pandemic with Christ and one another. Click here to view a special message from Pastor Lawrence as we prepare to worship via livestream ONLY this Sunday.

Click here for the latest reports from the Butler County General Health District and the State of Ohio as well as guidance on Thanksgiving celebrations from the CDC.
Gratitude and Thanksgiving!
Last week we celebrated pledge Sunday which is the culmination of our annual stewardship campaign. Those of you who were in attendance or checked in online will recall what an inspiring service we experienced.

The Minute for Mission focused on stewardship…but it was so much more! Choir intern Caleb Orr testified regarding his early church experience as a youth and his spiritual regression as he left home for college. When he accepted a choir internship with the Oxford Presbyterian Church, he found not just a financial opportunity, but a redefinition of his journey of faith. This relationship has been a gift to him as he has been a gift to our church.

The service continued with an exceptional stewardship sermon reminding us that we have a benevolent God and have been blessed with a generous congregation. Over many years, in good times and bad, our congregation has remained dedicated to the work of the church and that dedication is reflected in their financial support. The sermon theme “from DIY to DIT” emphasized how much can be accomplished when we grow beyond doing it yourself to doing it together.

Even today while we practice social distancing, we are stronger together as we combine our individual gifts through our pledges. We rejoice in your pledge response this year as we look forward to a future filled with hope and new opportunities for extending our faith.

This Thanksgiving is a good time for us all to give thanks for the gifts that God has activated within the Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Gratefully,
The 2021 Stewardship Team
Stories Needed for the December Newsletter
We all know how much Pastor Lawrence loves to hear peoples’ stories. Do you have a Christmas story you can share? Do you have a fun family tradition or a sentimental one? Does your family ALWAYS do that, or eat that? Do you always tell that one story each year? Share a story for the December newsletter. Send your stories to Nancy Moeckel moeckenj@miamioh.edu TODAY.

Christmas will be different this COVID-19 year, but we still have our loving traditions and memories to hold on to and to pass on.
Advent Devotionals
Advent begins on Sunday, November 29. This year our congregation offers you two daily devotionals. Our printed devotion this Advent on the theme of “Those Who Dream” is a collaboration of pastors and artists. Each day offers something new: commentary, poetry, visual art, coloring pages, journaling and Sabbath prompts. As you walk through these prompts and readings day by day, may you dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Together, may we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world.

Please click here to request your copy to be mailed to you or pick one up at the church.

Our online devotional is provided by Presbyterians Today’s focused on the theme, “Let Us Light Candles: Matthew 25 and the work of Advent.” This extended online devotional brings to you the inspiring words in Howard Thurman’s poem “I Will Light Candles This Christmas.”

Click here to access this free devotional.
Confirmation Class on Monday, November 30th @ 7:45 PM! 
Confirmation will be taking a short break over the Thanksgiving holiday and will be back on Monday, November 30 at 7:45 P.M. Pastor Marc will be leading a lesson on the sacraments. Meeting location TBA (pending weather). Check your e-mail over the next few weeks for more details. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact, Pastor Marc.
Special Music Fund and Poinsettias Fundraiser
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 last day to order is Sunday, December 6, 2020.
 
Mitten and Shoe Tree
Due to the pandemic, our annual Mitten and Shoe Tree will not be on display. However, that doesn't mean we are not collecting monetary donations. Your gift of $40-$50 will bring a gift at Christmas time to a local child. A gift of $12 will bring new shoes to an orphaned child in Russia. Please don't let this annual giving die out. Note on your check payable to our church, "mittens," shoes, or both.

Thank you from the children!
No-Contact Food Drive!
This Advent, the Deacons and the Youth Group are working together to organize a "no-contact" food drive to help support TOPSS. The food drive will be taking place on Sunday, December 6 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Seminary Building. Please load your food items into the trunk of your car, and remain in your vehicle (with masks on), and our youth will help unload your items into the Seminary Building. Items that TOPSS has requested of OPC: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned yams, canned pumpkin, corn muffin mix, other canned vegetables like corn, green beans, carrots, etc., and cranberry sauce or the gel in a can.
Shop & support our fundraiser for - Oxford Presbyterian Women
It's never been easier to change a life for the better. Now thru (ongoing), when you buy handmade gifts and home decor using the web link below, 20% of your purchase will be donated to (Oxford Presbyterian Women).

You'll do a world of good by supporting this Serrv & Earn fundraiser. I hope you'll shop and share my web link today: (serrv.org?a=oxford2020)

Dedicating to fighting poverty through fair trade since 1949, Serrv International works with nearly 8,000 artisans and farmers in 24 countries to bring you the world's most beautiful handcrafts. #worldofgood

Thank you so much for your support!

  Fair wages
  Sustainable income
  Safe working conditions
  Education
  Equality
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Sarah Miller, one of our intrepid Sunday School teachers, is doing a lot of sharing during this time - recipes, books, family photos, fresh baked cookies. She is also suggesting interviewing Miami students, if you have a connection, and touching base with OPC 50 year members. Cards to friends that are living at Woodland Country Manor and at the Knolls are very much appreciated .

Connie Everhart is grateful that she is feeling so much better in her life, filled with the love of God. On a practical note, Connie is the proud owner of a brand new refrigerator, which not only keeps her food at the proper temperature, but also looks really good in her kitchen.

Prue and Steve Dana are enjoying being out of doors when they can. They are planning a Zoom Thanksgiving - Eric and Ephraim’s families in New York and Pittsburgh, Bob Zimmerman in New Mexico, and parents of daughters-in-law. Prue is glad that the younger generation is taking care of the technology. Although there will be no Cookie Walk this year, ordering from SERVV is still happening. Give Prue a call. 
HELP! For the Family Resource Center (FRC)
On behalf of the local FRC, your ESP Team (Eradicating systemic Poverty) is following up last week’s request for donations with a more specific list of items for the “now in operation” transitional housing here in Oxford. FRC received CARES funding for two transitional housing units. However, they are mostly unfurnished and thus household items, including furniture, are needed.

Large items needed include: bed frames, box springs, mattresses, dressers. Smaller items include: sheets and pillow cases, towels, wash cloths, blankets, pillows, kitchen towels, pots and pans, plates and glasses, silverware, kitchen utensils.

If you or someone you know have items to donate, please let me know and I’ll arrange to have them picked up. baileyae@miamioh.edu

Thanks so much—

Anne, on behalf of the ESP Team and FRC
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Kiwanis Club of Oxford
2020 Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The Kiwanis Club of Oxford has coordinated Salvation Army bell ringing at different locations in Oxford. We are again performing this service for the 19th consecutive year. Like last year, 90% of the contributions will go to the Family Resource Center here in Oxford. Kiwanis thanks Kroger of Oxford for permission to Bell Ring again this year.

Volunteers are needed and can access the Kiwanis website to schedule a date and time. Each shift is one hour long, and one can volunteer for as many shifts as desired. Upon completion of scheduling, the volunteer will receive a confirmation via e-mail. Volunteering as a family, as grandparents/grandchildren, or just as friends are highly desirable and make the time ringing more fun.   

There currently are available times on November 27, 28, 30 and December 4, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, and 24.

All money collected is deposited directly into a Salvation Army bank account, and all donations received are distributed to local causes.
Offering of Letters
Dear Members and Friends, 

It’s time to write letters focused on Hunger to our friends who have just gotten elected and are on their way to Washington to represent us.
 
Please take 7 minutes of your time to ask for their support. If you write a letter, Prue Dana will mail them!

Thank you!

Blessings,
The Peacemaking Committee 
Monthly Newsletter
Are you receiving the "Monthly Newsletter"? Should the way be clear we plan to return to mailing printed copies in January 2021. The newsletter is a great way to connect and stay up-to-date on the latest ministry information throughout the pandemic.

Contact the church office, if you would like to receive a printed copy.
Your Stewardship Matters
“When we focus on gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.”
- Kristin Armstrong

Your generous stewardship during this time of pandemic has truly impacted the lives of many people far beyond our congregation. We’ve increased mission support of our community partners, we’re now offering a much improved worship experience via livestream, and we are seeking to faithfully connect in new and creative ways. We cannot engage this ministry to which we are called without you. 

If you are worshipping with us via the livestream, 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. View a video tutorial here on giving through QR code.
 
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. View a video tutorial here on giving via text message.
 
Questions? Contact office - office@oxfordpresbychurch.org.
Living Into Hope

“You're gonna have to serve somebody, 
You're gonna have to serve somebody
It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,
But you're gonna have to serve somebody”

-Bob Dylan
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