November 30, 2018
First Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20
Message: “The Songs of Advent: Unspeakable”  
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion

(Image: For Advent, we will be featuring the photography from our mission journeys to Russia and Colombia. Today's image from the 2014 journey to Russia is inspired by this Sunday's Advent theme of "Hope".)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Cookie Sale
The Oxford Presbyterian Women invite you to their Annual Cookie Sale

Saturday, December 1st
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge

Memorial Church 
101 N. Main Street 
corner of Church & Main

Crafts & SERRV Gifts also available.
All proceeds benefit missions.

Any cookies and crafts may be dropped off today (Friday) until 7:00 p.m.
Alternative Christmas Gifts
christmas gift
What Christmas gift do you get the person who already has everything? A gift that will help the person who has nearly nothing! Donate to the Bethesda Christian Community Center in your friend's or family member's name. Your donation will help furnish the Center so that their mission can continue and expand to provide services for the displaced women and children in Barranquilla, Colombia. Beautiful handmade cards will be available for a Alternate Giving Donation of $25 each card at the Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 1 in the Molyneaux Lounge.
Welcome Associate Pastor Marc van Bulck
Friends and Families! All ages welcome to celebrate
Sunday, December 2
THREE!!! Special Events

A Chili Luncheon/Fundraiser
Eat! Enjoy a delicious assortment of chilis and sides and desserts served by youth from local churches. Proceeds will help support a summer mission trip. $5 per person and max $20 per family

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.

Meet Marc van Bulck
Be inspired! Marc is the new Associate Pastor for the Oxford Presbyterian Church. He is a man of many talents, he will love meeting and talking with you, and he just may even do a little magic trick for you, too.

**Come to the Oxford Presbyterian Seminary Building
(at the corner of Church St. and Poplar)
From 11:15 a.m. (after the Memorial Church Service) until 2 p.m.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Collegiate Chorale and Men’s Glee Club

Winter Concert
This evening, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Miami’s Hall Auditorium.
 
Enjoy a wide variety of seasonal and sacred songs performed by these exceptional choral ensembles.
 
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets online use the link provided: www.miamiOH.edu/boxoffice     
Holiday Mode Train Expo!
Trains…Trains…& More Trains
An amazing 4,800 sq. ft. model train layout! Over 1 mile of track with interactive displays throughout!
 
Open House with Sports Memorabilia, Art, and Video Game Room, Raffle items & Cookies and Cocoa for Sale
 
Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
Location: 3088 Oxford-Millville Road Oxford, Ohio
All vehicles must park at Marshall School
Shuttle service provided.
 
$10.00 Adults/$7.00 Children (under 12)
 
All proceeds benefit Local families living with Multiple Sclerosis & Other Local Charities
 
Not handicap Accessible
 
For more information contact Verda: Verdamarie@yahoo.co m
Church Services at The Knolls
If you are unable to attend some of our church services on Sunday mornings, we have another option for you. Becky Quay shows recent church services on DVD in the Country Kitchen at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 11 and notice this change Thursday December 27 ( Christmas falls on the 4th Tuesday) . If you would like to join us, but need a ride, just give Becky a call at 523-5747
Mitten Tree
The Mitten Tree will be in our sanctuary until Sunday, December 16 . 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.
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.
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 Thursday, December 6 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Episcopal 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 9 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, k.simpson2007@yahoo.com . if you have any questions.
Annual Christmas Celebration at Historic Hopewell Church
Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m.

6471 Camden College Corner Rd.
College Corner, OH 45003

Hopewell Church is located northwest of Morning Sun, Ohio and north of Hueston Woods State Park. It is about one mile west of State Route 177 on Camden-College Corner Road. Parking is limited, so you may want to arrive early.
Celebration at the Manger
Sunday, December 16, the children and youth of Oxford Presbyterian Church will present the fifth annual Celebration at the Manger program during the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Children (those who are pre-K through 5 grade) are invited to act in the program or play an instrument. Youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to narrate, serve as ushers, play an instrument, and/or sing in the choir.

Rehearsals will be held during Sunday school (10:20-11:00 A.M.) on November 25th, December 2nd and December 9th. Dress rehearsal will be held on Saturday, December 15th from 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Young Adult Volunteer Program
The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the PC(USA) is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service in sites around the world and across the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith.
 
Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, all transportation costs covered and student-loan assistance during the year. For more info, please visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage - https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/yav/ 
Also, following @yavprogram is a great resource.
 
Young Adults are encouraged to prayerfully consider this life changing experience and keep the following dates in mind:
  • October 1st - Applications Open
  • January 1st -Round 1- (All sites available, early placement)
  • March 1st - Round 2 – (Final date to apply to international sites)
  • June 1st - Round 3 – (National sites only, limited spots available)
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