November 27, 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: Isaiah 64:1-9
Message: "Dreaming of Home"

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Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Advent Devotionals
The Season of Advent is an intentional time of preparation for the miracle of Christmas. Advent begins this Sunday, November 29. 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! 
Our next confirmation lesson will be this coming Monday, November 30 at 7:45 P.M. Pastor Marc will be leading a lesson on the sacraments. We will be meeting via Zoom this week, so check your e-mail for login information over the weekend. If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact, Pastor Marc.
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

For questions or a catalogue see Prue Dana, Becky Quay, Janet Ziegler.
COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund
Throughout this pandemic, OPC strives to maintain our mission of connection and care. If you know of a neighbor who has been impacted by this pandemic, our ministry is actively prepared to assist. The congregational response to the COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund has been generous. Please contact our church office if you know of a family or individual who has been impacted by this pandemic. We stand ready to help.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
McCullough-Hyde Community Blood Drive
Wednesday, December 2 from 9am – 4:30pm
at the Oxford Presbyterian Seminary Building
on the corner of Church and Poplar streets.
 
All blood donors will be tested for the antibodies to COVID-19. Having a positive antibody test may indicate that you have had or been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. A positive COVID-19 antibody test does not mean that you currently are infected with COVID-19, only that you have recovered or been exposed at some point in time. 
 
All donors must have an appointment.
Call 937-461-3450 or click HERE to schedule your appointment.
Chancel Flowers
Chancel flowers are needed for Sunday, December 27 and January 10, 17, 24 and 31. Max Stacy will deliver them to the church. After the service, they will be delivered in a safe way to our shut-ins by the deacons. If you wish to have your own flowers, we could make an arrangement for that.

Please call or email Marge Smith to place an order. Phone: 513-523-3895 or email: smithme2010@hotmail.com. The cost of the flowers is $20 and payment can be mailed to Nick Fears (our financial secretary) at the church. Thank you, for your support.  
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 
Connecting as the Beloved Community
Marty Miller is looking forward to son, Mark, and his wife Kathy, visiting Oxford this week. They are all very aware of the distancing and other safety measures to keep each other healthy. Marty schedules two half hour visits per week with Ruth at Woodland Manor. She is on one side of a window, and he on the other. Ruth’s language skills seem to be gone, but she does appear to recognize Marty when she sees him.

Jane Baer so appreciated Pastor Lawrence’s visit recently. “He seems like a nice man.” Jane has a hospital bed in her living room - an adjustment for her. “It’s not like I think a living room should be.” The chancel choir is still in her thoughts. She happily reminisced about her time in the soprano section. 

Cornelia Browne is finding life at the Knolls very quiet. It is difficult to welcome new residents because of the restrictions on visiting one another. The pandemic has not interfered with her knitting, as she continues to turn out prayer shawls. Currently she is reading “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. Cornelia still enjoys cooking for herself, sometimes coming up with an unusual dish that seems to whet her appetite.
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
You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.
-  Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), missionary to India 

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

If we hope to understand behavior,
and ultimately to change it,
we need to see the stories behind it.

-   Seth Godin
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056