November 29, 2019
First Sunday of Advent

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

Scriptures: Luke 1:5-25
Message: "What Can't Wait"
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion 

(Image: “Hope” by John Stuart, a Scottish pastor serving
Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Activity Bags
NEW!   Children's Activity Bags are available for little ones to use during worship. The bags are located just inside the narthex doors. Thank you to Candace Crist for this inspired idea and for creating the bags, and to Joe Foltz for thoughtfully researching and proposing the items to be included!
Advent Workshop
Friends and Families! All ages welcome to celebrate
Sunday, December 1

An Advent Workshop
Have fun!  Make and take memories that will help you and your family celebrate the wonders of the Christmas season this year and many more to come.

Come to the Oxford Presbyterian Seminary Community Room from 11:30 a.m. (after the Memorial Church Service) until 2 p.m.
Advent Materials and Devotionals
will be distributed December 1
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 THIS Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Mitten Tree
This year the Mitten Tree is sprouting shoes! Yes, mittens and shoes growing on the same tree! Suggested donations are $40-50 for mittens and $12.50 for shoes.

If your donations go for mittens, that money will be used by the Oxford Resource Center to buy Christmas gifts for needy children in and around Oxford. 

Donating money for shoes will help our friendly Russian children to have proper foot coverings on their feet. 

Help make Christmas even brighter for all of these children. Our tree will be in the sanctuary December 1st through the 22nd. Just take the mitten, shoe, or both from the tree and bring them into the Molyneaux where you may leave the item with your donation.
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 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.
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 at Fridge and Pantry immediately following worship until 1:30 p.m., then from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Books and Brew. Members of the Oxford Presbyterian Church family may purchase a copy of Jim’s book for $25 (a substantial discount). Additionally, Jim will generously donate net proceeds of purchases by OPC members to the fundraising efforts on behalf of our sister congregation in Zlatoust, Russia.
Youth News
In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there will be no Youth Group meeting this Sunday, December 1st.
Creating a Healthy Community
A Ceremony of Carols

On Friday, December 6, the Miami University Choraliers, William Bausano, conductor, will perform Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, in Kumler Chapel at 7 and 9 pm. The concert will also feature music for oboe, harp, and organ, performed by Andrea Ridilla, oboe, Heather MacPhail, organ, and Jacquelyn Davis, harp. Tickets are now on sale at the Miami University Box Office. 
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.
"Called to Life!" Congregational Retreat
Join us next Sunday, December 8 immediately following an abbreviated worship service for a two hour congregational retreat from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Seminary. All are ENCOURAGED to participate in this retreat whether or not you were able to participate in the small groups this fall.
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.
Church Services at The Knolls
Come join us on December 10 & 17 at The Knolls at 10:00 a.m. in the Activity Room, as we view a recent Presbyterian Church service on DVD. Pastor Marc will be joining us on December 17 and his visit will include communion.
Service of Comfort
There are many expectations of Advent and Christmas … joyful gatherings with family and friends…a world suddenly at peace. The intensity of the season often magnifies our emotions and sometimes reminds us of the losses we have experienced.
 
During such a season our congregation and community are invited to make the space and take the time to gather for a reflective time of worship through candlelight, mediation, and peaceful remembrance. All are invited to a Service of Comfort on Wednesday, December 11 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Oxford Presbyterian Church.
 
This service, sponsored by OPC and Holy Trinity, is created for all those throughout the community for whom Christmas is a difficult time. This gracious time allows those who have experienced loss, illness, separation from loved ones, and more – to encounter God’s mercy and love in a spacious setting during the Christmas season.
 
All are welcome. Come and hear words of hope as we seek the light of Christ in the midst of our darkness.
Oxford Presbyterian Women's Christmas Tea
Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge.

Jean Derickson will lead us in the Carol Sing. Karen Simpson will read a Christmas Story.

Everyone is welcomed to attend!

Contact Karen Simpson
523-8363 or k.simpson2007@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
Hear those sleigh bells ringing?
If not, they will be soon!  Save the date of Friday evening December 20  when MEF will coordinate our annual Christmas Caroling. We will gather at the Seminary Church around 5:30 and head out in groups to sing and bring cheer to those members who can't make it to church. We will return to the Seminary for a light dinner. ALL are welcome!! We will be joining forces with our youth as caroling is the first activity of their Lock-In!!! Watch the Voice and the Bulletin for more details!
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.
Living Into Hope

For outlandish creatures like us,
on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage,
Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning -
not home but the place through which we must
pass if ever we are to reach home at last.
-  Frederick Buechner
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056