November 22, 2019
Reign of Christ

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

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6: 4-6, Leviticus 19: 18, Luke: 10: 25-28
Guest Speakers: Mark Hare and Jenny Bent

(Image: Mission co-worker Jenny Bent with a child whose parents participate
through the Community Health Evangelism ministry in the Dominican Republic.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Welcoming Missionaries
In worship this Sunday, we welcome Mark Hare and Jenny Bent. Mark, an Ohio native and Michigan State University grad, has been a PC(USA) missionary for the past 22 years, working as a agriculturalist on the slopes of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jenny, the daughter of a Moravian pastor in Nicaragua, is trained as a medical technician. She works with the Community Health Evangelism, an international health program that focuses on using local resources for the physical and spiritual needs of those they serve in the southwest Dominican sugarcane fields.

If you would like more information about Mark and Jenny, you can turn to the PC(USA) mission website . Then click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner. This opens a search bar; type in Mark Hare and you’ll find a list of articles.

After worship, gather with Mark and Jenny in the Community Room of the Seminary for a mission presentation and potluck! Bring your crock pot creation, side dishes, or dessert to the Seminary kitchen.
Offering of Letters
The Peacemaking Committee is asking again for 7 minutes of your time during Fellowship time to write letters to your congress people this Sunday, November 24.

All the writing materials and suggestions for letters and addresses of our Congress will be available in the Molyneaux Lounge following worship and in the Community Room of the Seminary where there will be a luncheon for/presentation by Mark Hare and Jenny Bent.
Text Carol 513-330-2387 for info and transportation~~~call the church office for everything else.
Seminary Cinema
Sunday, November 24 – They Shall Not Grow Old (R)

3:30 p.m. – Pre-film Discussion presented by Matt Benzing
4:00 p.m. – Film

Join us in the Sanctuary of the Seminary.

FREE and OPEN to ALL!
Youth Group News
This Sunday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. the Youth Group is joined by a guest speaker, the Rev. Sarah Palmer, Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Sarah will be speaking to us about prison outreach ministry here in Oxford.

Youth are encouraged to bring any toiletry items that they would like to donate to the meeting tonight (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soap, etc.). Dinner begins at 6:30 P.M. Bring a friend and hope to see you there!
Celebration at the Manger 2019 Sign-Ups and Rehearsal Schedule
Thank you to everyone who signed-up to participate in Celebration at the Manger! We are looking forward to our performance on December 15. 

The rehearsal schedule is as follows:
  • Sunday 11/23 Distribute scripts and parts, read-through songs during Sunday school.
  • Sunday 12/1 Rehearse lines and songs with any who are in attendance at Sunday school.
  • Sunday 12/8 Full rehearsal during worship--participants will be dismissed to rehearsal after lighting of advent candle. 
  • Thursday 12/12, 6:30-8 Choir rehearsal for all singers.
  • Saturday 12/14 1-3 Final Dress rehearsal 
  • Sunday 12/15 Performance followed by pizza party fellowship in Seminary Building.
Card Shower
Betty Barnhart will be celebrating her 99th birthday on Tuesday, November 26th. If you wish to join in a shower of Christian Love, please send a card to:

Betty Barnhart
62 Scarlet Oak Circle
Oxford, OH 45056.
Church Services at The Knolls
Come join us on November 26 at The Knolls as we view recent Presbyterian Church services on DVD. We will be in the Activity Room at 2:00 p.m. Please note the time change.
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 cost of the poinsettias this year will be $16.50. Order forms are available outside the church office and in the Molyneaux lounge.

The last day to order is Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Advent Workshop & Chili Lunch
Please join us Sunday, December 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Seminary after worship. Have some fun designing your own Make-n-Take crafts and enjoy some delicious chili served by our youth. Tickets $5 per person or $20 per family (sold at the door).

All funds from the chili lunch benefit youth mission trips.
Advent Materials will be distributed December 1
You're Invited to a Book Signing - Jim Maynard
Jim Maynard's new book "For Honor and Love" has just been published. It's a historical novel set in Oxford and Miami University during World War II. It tells the story of two young students who fall in love and whose lives were changed on December 7, 1941, when the United States was attacked without warning at Pearl Harbor. He goes to war in combat in submarines in the Pacific and she remains in Oxford and becomes a reporter for the Oxford Press and tells the story of the war on the home front. " For Honor and Love "is a gripping story of love, courage and faith amid the chaos of war. 

A book signing is scheduled for December 1 after church at Fridge and Pantry across the street from 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and then until 3:30 at Books and Brew one block down the street and across from the seminary. 

Jim writes"I am grateful for those in our church community who have told me some of their stories during the war and for the many who gave me so much encouragement and support in my twilight years."
Creating a Healthy Community
Training Opportunity -
Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World

Monday: December 2nd 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital/TriHealth
Conference Room (2nd Floor)

Lunch will be served!

RSVP: 513.523.5200 or president@oxfordchamber.org
Cookie Walk - Sweets for the Sweet
We need you …

Can you bake cookies? We need you! Your delicious cookies, packaged and wrapped a-dozen-to-a-plate

Can you make candy? We need you! Your delectable delights, packaged and wrapped a-dozen-to-a-package

Can you help sell goodies? We need you! On Saturday, December 7th, to welcome guests, stock goodies, serve coffee

Can you help pack it up? We need you! On Saturday, to help put away what may be left and Sunday morning to continue the goodies sale

We need you … please contact Debbie Davidson, 513-255-0092, or Carol Klumb, 513-330-2387, to let us know. Signup sheets are available outside the church office and in the Molyneaux lounge.
Safe Haven Farms
December 8th will be here soon and that means our annual visit to Safe Haven Farms to decorate their community center. We have had so much fun in
the past years putting up the Christmas decorations.

The farmers, as those young autistic adults are called, are delighted with "our supreme decorating skills." It's a joyful time of fellowship as we work together to make the Hatton Center a Christmas delight!

We will meet behind the church at 1:00 to carpool to Safe Haven, or you may go directly there. The address is 5970 No Mans Road in Middletown, OH.

You do not need to bring anything except a joyful heart and a willingness to bring a festive feeling to these farmers.

Questions? Get answers from Karen Shearer who will also have driving directions if needed.
Altar Flower Calendar
The 2020 Calendar is now available. It is located next to the Molyneaux Lounge.
The cost for an altar flower arrangement is $20.00.
Save the Date
Celebrate the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas season with your church family at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24th at the Candlelight of Christmas Eve Service.
Your Stewardship Matters

This is the miracle that happens
every time to those who really love:
the more they give, the more they possess.
-    Rainer Maria Rilke
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056