November 6, 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: Matthew 25:1-13
Message: "Our Gifts. Our Time. Our Work."

JOIN us for WORSHIP from your HOME or in the SANCTUARY.
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on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

If you will be joining us for worship in-person
so you may be comfortable with our health and safety precautions
as we live into Christ’s teaching to love our neighbors as ourselves.

to enhance your worship experience

Click Sunday School to connect with teachers
and activities to nurture faith

(Note on above image: November’s Stewardship Focus on the third aspect
of our congregation’s mission "Sharing Christ’s Love with All."
See the article in “Ministry News” for more information.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
In-Person Worship
In this season of thanksgiving, we lift up a prayer of gratitude for the grace, peace and freedom to worship both in-person and through the livestream. We are so grateful for the deep care and great love extended by all those who worship with us on Sunday morning. This allows us to make a change to our in-person worship practices as we remain under the capacity of our sanctuary for social distancing.
 
Those who wish to join us for worship this Sunday in the sanctuary will no longer be required to register for worship ahead of time. 
 
As we communicate this change, we affirm our commitment to following the latest health guidance including contact tracing. We will continue to record the names and brief contact information for all who join us for in-person worship. An usher will welcome you as you enter the sanctuary doors off of Church Street and assist you at our Wellness Table. If you join us regularly for in-person worship, please contact our church office by Friday if you’d like your name on a list for faster check in.
 
Click HERE to read how we seek to protect your health and wellbeing for worship in-person.
Special Congregational Meeting
On the second Sunday of November, the Oxford Presbyterian Church Session traditionally calls a Special Meeting of the Congregation to elect the next classes of ministry leaders. This congregational meeting will take place this Sunday, November 8 both in person and on Zoom. We’ll begin approximately 5 minutes after our worship concludes and will officially start when a quorum of members are present.  
 
Nominations for Trustee are:
  • Rick Bailey (Class of 2023)
  • Tom Holmes (Class of 2023)
  • Joe Simpson (Class of 2021)

Nominations for Deacon are:
  • Cornelia Browne (Class of 2023)
  • Jill Grajewski (Class of 2023)
  • Stephanie Hartman (Class of 2023)
  • Savannah Hofer (Class of 2023)
  • Becky Quay (Class of 2023)
  • Joni Marcum (Class of 2021)

Nominations for Ruling Elder are:
  • Matt Benzing (Class of 2023)
  • Danny Cross (Class of 2023)
  • Pat Gifford (Class of 2023)
  • Deb Sayers (Class of 2023)
  • Jenn Walter (Class of 2023)
  • Steve Flee (Class of 2021)

Accessing the meeting by electronic device (computer, laptop, tablet, etc.):

Accessing the meeting by touch-tone phone (audio only):
  • Dial this phone number: 1-312-626-6799
  • When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 840 0602 4670
  • You should not need it, but in case there are issues, the meeting password is: 640485
  • If you don’t hear anything, don’t worry; the meeting may not have officially begun yet.
November Stewardship Focus on “Sharing Christ’s Love with All”



The youth group spent an evening in November 2019 collecting toiletry items with the Rev. Sara Palmer for the Women’s Dayton Correctional Center.
New Member Experience!
If you are interested in learning more about membership at Oxford Presbyterian Church, we invite you to join us for a New Member Experience facilitated by Pastor Marc. We will be meeting over Zoom this week directly following the congregational meeting after worship. Keep an eye on your e-mail for more details and login info. If you are interested in joining, please contact the church office for more information.
"Faith and Science" at Youth Group:
Walk in the Woods with Dick Munson!
After rescheduling last Sunday due to high winds, our Walk in the Woods with Dick Munson is back on for this Sunday! We will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. (please note that youth group is meeting earlier than usual this week) at the parking lot of the Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve on Loop Road. Please plan on walking for about two hours, and dress for being outdoors (including shoes)!
Confirmation Class on Monday, November 9th @ 7:45 PM!
Confirmation class will be meeting this coming Monday, November 9th at 7:45 P.M. Carrie Ann Sharitt will be leading a lesson on Grace and Gratitude. We will be meeting at the barn again this Monday (weather permitting) - 3751 Darrtown Road, second barn on the right. Don't forget to decorate the front of your notebook with your name and a picture that illustrates your faith story! If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, please contact Pastor Marc.
You Can Help Change Lives
Since, 1888, the Thank Offering has been changing peoples’ lives. The offering was started as an annual Thank offering to our Lord, expressing gratitude for special blessings. Since its inception, 26 million dollars have been given to nearly 1700 causes worldwide. This life-changing offering makes a difference. Please show your gratitude and share your blessings by giving as generously as possible and writing a check to Oxford Presbyterian Women (note Thank Offering on check). Send your check to OPC, 101 N. Main, Oxford, OH 45056 or to Debbie Davidson, OPW Treasurer, 6027 Vereker Dr., Oxford, OH 45056, or give electronically by clicking on GIVING on the church web page at oxfordpresbychurch.org and selecting Thank Offering.

Look for your special mailing with a Thank Offering envelope and more information.

Nancy Moeckel and Jean O’Connell for Oxford Presbyterian Women Coordinating Committee. 
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Oxford Empty Bowls 2020

Walk-Up Bowl Sale
Bowls and other handcrafted pottery items will be available outside the Oxford Community Arts Center on Saturday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Anytime between now and November 30, we hope you'll gather with loved ones safely at home and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread using your bowls from Oxford Empty Bowls!
Rounding Third and Heading for Pledge Sunday
As our journey of generosity continues, we find ourselves just one weekend before pledge Sunday and the formal conclusion of our stewardship drive for 2021. We have been progressing well but have a ways to go before we can be assured that we will be secure in meeting our goals of seeking God, serving others and sharing Christ’s love with those in our community and our world in the new year.

Our journey through 2020 has been challenging to say the least. The covid-19 pandemic greeted us as we began the year and remains an unwelcomed guest into the year upcoming. While we necessarily modified many of our practices and procedures, we never considered modifying our faith. Our ministers and staff creatively carried on in new ways and our congregation bravely accepted and adjusted to change. That old adage that Presbyterians can’t adapt to change was proven decidedly inaccurate. The strength and guidance derived from the scriptures enabled us to carry on in difficult times.

Carrying on was made possible in 2020 with your generous gifts and each of those gifts was activated by a grateful God. Now we anticipate an unknown future which hopefully will shed the virus and bring the return of somewhat normal. Your gifts will be even more essential as we continue the work that God has assigned. If you have not yet pledged for 2021, now is the time to do it.  

Gratefully.
2021 Stewardship team
Card Shower



Betty Barnhart will be celebrating her 100th Birthday on Monday, November 16th. If you wish to join in a shower of Christian love, please contact the church office for details.
"Oxford Sustainability" Newsletter
Check out OPC's Monthly "Oxford Sustainability" Newsletter: As part of OPC's effort to answer our call to "Care for Creation," we have created a monthly round-up of local opportunities to advance environmental sustainability. You can check out this month's newsletter and subscribe by going to: https://opccaringforcreation.substack.com/  
Oxford Presbyterian Church Earth Care Congregation Effort
Oxford Presbyterian Church is forming an Earth Care team with the goal of becoming an Earth Care Congregation. If you are interested in participating in our first team meeting (it will be on Zoom) please mark your availability using this link. To find out more about the process of becoming an Earth Care Congregation, check out the following links:

Green your Church webinar recording

Check out Presbyterians for Earth Care’s additional resources including the Guide to Starting a Church Earth Care Team, Powerpoint of Green your Church presentation, and handouts from the webinar. 
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 by November 20.

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.
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.
 
Please use the form below to order a flower or contribute to the special music fund. Checks should be marked for flowers or the Special Music Fund. The cost of the poinsettias this year will be $16.50
 
The last day to order is Sunday, December 6, 2020.

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR PRE-ORDERED POINSETTIAS ON DECEMBER 21, 22 OR 23 BETWEEN 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. IN THE MEMORIAL CHURCH SANCTUARY.


Payment can be mailed to Nick Fears (Financial Secretary) at the church or placed in the offering plate. Please make your checks payable to Oxford Presbyterian Church and note Poinsettia and/or Special Music Fund on the memo line.
Your Stewardship Matters
At its best, giving is an act of worship.
- Cornelius J. Dyck (1740-92), colonel under the command of Gen. George Washington

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

First we receive the light, then we impart it. 
Thus we repair the world.

-   Ancient Jewish wisdom
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