Oxford Presbyterian Church U.S.A  | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056

(Image - St. Columba's Bay on the Isle of Iona, Scotland)
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10
Message: "The Solas: Sola Gratia"

Trinity Knot Seek Serve Share
Discover Oxford Presbyterian Church - A Class for Inquirers
and New Members
A cherished hymn begins:
Called as partners in Christ's service,
Called to ministries of grace,
We respond with deep commitment
Fresh new lines of faith to trace.
Have you been visiting Oxford Presbyterian Church (OPC) or worshipping with us regularly?  If so, then please join our Discover OPC Class for Inquirers and New Members in the lounge after worship.
Least Coin Offering
Sunday, October 15 we will collect the Least Coin Offering
Let's make some noise!
THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE will meet Tuesday October 17 at 1:30 in the Country Kitchen.  Prue Dana will lead the study with Karen Shearer conducting Least Coin and Lynn Cronk Mission Yearbook. Reservations for the optional lunch at noon due to Rosemary Fisher by Friday October 13.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.  For more information contact Prue Dana or Lynn Cronk. 

  • On Sunday, October 15, OPC's youth will attend a special outing at the Freedom Summer Memorial on Miami's Western Campus. They will be listening to Mrs. Sibyl Miller and her friend as they recount their experiences recruiting and registering voters during the Freedom Summer of 1964. We will eat lunch in town at noon (location TBA) and head out to Western immediately afterwards. The talk will occur around 1:00 p.m.
  • All Sr. High youth (9-12) are invited to a dinner and movie night at the Bartel residence on  Sunday, October 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   We will enjoy enchiladas while laughing along with Napoleon Dynamite.  Come see if you can quote more of the movie than Mitch!  Bring a dessert if you like.  All are welcome!
  • The entire congregation is invited after worship on Sunday, October 29th to share a meal of soup and salad and desserts at the Seminary building from 11:30-1:30 PM which will be hosted by our Youth Group as a fundraiser for their summer mission trip to Charleston, S. C.
  This will be our first youth group fundraiser for this year.  Funds will be
  used to offset costs for the mission trip, spring youth retreat at the
  Kirkmont Center and for the summer PYC and junior PYC Kirkmont
  Tickets are $5/person or no more than $20/family .  Tickets are
  available  for purchase after service in the Molyneaux Lounge or at the
  door on  October 29 th .

  Donations are needed for soup, salad, bread or dessert.  If you are able
  to help, please sign up in the Molyneaux Lounge, contact Mary Shinn
  513-523-2662 (leave message please) or at akiikimom@gmail.com
Oxford Presbyterian Church
Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, October 17 ~  2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
104 East Church Street (The Seminary Building)

Urgent request: we need you to help us save lives! Signup to donate today.
We need 15 more donors to sign up in order to have a successful drive.
1)   You must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent)
2) You must weigh at least 110 pounds
Appointments Recommended:
To Donate Blood:
You are encouraged to sign up online at www.Donortime.com
Use Sponsor Code 321
If you would like the church office  to sign you up, please call 513.523.634.  You will need to provide your name, date of birth, phone number, and time available. (See Sunday's bulletin insert for more details)
Any questions about donor eligibility contact CBC  at:
1-800-388-4483  or 777-4428
Register to donate at www.DonorTime.com
OPW Women's Fall Gathering

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the OPW Women's Fall Gathering Sunday October 22, 2:30pm in the Molyneaux Lounge.  Karen Shearer, Carol Burkhalter and Sue Wilson will describe their adventures from the Mission trip to Columbia.  You've heard some, but by no means all the good stories. Robert Smith and Dave Wilson will present slides.  There will be sweets and treats!
SERRV Catalogs
The SERRV catalogs are here! See Prue Dana in the lounge after the service. Our order of $300 plus guarantees us free shipping. Get your shopping done now with fair trade items and chocolates, coffee and olive oil and spices. The catalogs will be available at the Oct. 22nd Women's Gathering and items to be sold will be at the Cookie Walk.  
Our fifty-year+ members will be honored on Heritage Sunday, but we won't reveal here all the special plans for Sunday, October 29.  However, to further the Celebration, we are  asking you all to share some memories of your times as a member of Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Who was pastor when you first joined OPC?  Who was in the congregation with you?  What was life like in Oxford at that time?  What has changed about the buildings, services, and traditions? How has being a member of OPC influenced you?  Please share your memories.

We'll include these memories in the next several issues of the newsletter.  The deadline for the November issue is October 20, but don't let that stop you from sending me something. Send our editor what you have even if it's after this date.  Call 523-6003 to dictate a story, send email to moeckenj@miamioh.edu or drop a note in Nancy's mailbox at the church.  We are waiting to hear from YOU.
Fall Cleanup
The Trustees have selected Saturday, November 4 from 10-12 as the annual fall cleanup.  We will rake the Memorial and Seminary properties as well as pick up the gazillion acorns that we have been blessed with this year.  It is getting harder for those church members who traditionally do most of the work to continue.  We are hoping for a few new younger, stronger volunteers to help.  We need rakes, gloves and assistance.  Pizza will be provided at noon for the workers.  Please RSVP to Lisa Brunckhorst via email or at 523-1241 to give some idea of the number of people we can plan on.
Our Faith in Action

Meet Tanner...

Some of you have heard Mary Shinn's request for prayers for Tanner Young, his brother Owen Young and their mother, Nichole Smith.  Tanner's story was also shared with the youth group.  Tanner and his brother were recently reunited with their mother and moved into nearby Trenton, Ohio.  Tanner was enrolled to start his 9th grade at Edgewood High School but before school started, he fell sick.  The doctors thought he had strep throat but after completing some tests, determined he needed to be admitted to ICU as Tanner did not have strep throat.  He was diagnosed with a staph infection, pneumonia, and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  Due to having to take care of Tanner, his mother lost two jobs.
Since I last requested your prayers for this family, Tanner has moved out of ICU but remains in the hospital where he is receiving chemotherapy. 
Your continued prayers are needed for Tanner and his family.  OPC has already provided prayer shawls for this family.  Members of our youth group will be standing at the doors at the end of worship Sunday for anyone who would like to financially help the family during this time of crisis.  We have a limited number of Tanner Strong bracelets available if you would like to take one as you make a contribution to help this family. 
The youth group and any other congregation members who would like to demonstrate support for Tanner, his family, and for any others who have been affected by cancer in their lives, can join us in Cincinnati on Thursday, October 19th to walk in the  "Light Up the Night" to be held in Yeatman's Cove.  ( No school for Talawanda students on the following Friday, October 20th.) The walk begins at 7 PM wit h additional "festivities" starting at 5:00Tanner's team is called "Tanner's Warriors" and is headed by his mother Nichole Smith. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds for research and is a means of showing support for cancer survivors and those struggling with this horrible disease now.   The youth group will meet at OPC at 5 PM on October 19th to share rides.  We will need volunteers to drive.  ahead of time for a t-shirt and additional information.

The Youth Group invites you to join them in mission as we share the love of God with Tanner and his family.
Our Faith in Action: Part II

Please help Homeless Children in Butler County, Ohio
Are you aware that there are homeless Children in Butler County, Ohio? Many don't see homelessness in our area, but it does exist. Families who are evicted end up living in their cars, hotels, or couch surfing. In Butler County there are currently over 500 children on record as being homeless, representing hundreds of families struggling with homelessness.

As a community,it's time to do something about this.  Family Promise of Butler County located in Hamilton, Ohio began serving some of these families on September 11, 2016. Please Join the OPC Mission and Outreach Committee and become involved with Family Promise of Butler County.

On October 24 you have a chance to learn more about Family Promise.  Please consider joining other OPC members by attending "Keeping the Promise" Breakfast on October 24, 2017 in Hamilton for just one hour (7:45 am to 8:45 PM).  The Continental breakfast is being prepared and served by Butler Tech Culinary Students.   If you need a ride please or plan to attend please contact Dave Wilson (523-8848) or the church office (523-6364).  Prior registration for this event is required.  For further information and registration to attend this event go to the following website:  http://familypromisebutlercounty.com/?event=keeping-the-promise-breakfast&event_date=2017-10-24


Join us for an hour on your way to work to hear more about Family Promise of Butler County and how it is helping homeless children.  
In the Church Library
Is there a tension between faith and science?  Does faith provide a context for scientific discoveries? In the October 9th edition of The Presbyterian Outlook, a geologist, pastor, neurologist, seminary professor and healthcare ethicist share perspectives on the vital and generative intersection of faith and science.  Next time you're in the church library, take a moment to read any of the feature articles written by Presbyterians from across the nation.
Creating a Healthy Community

Candlelight Vigil as We Rise Up Against Domestic Violence
Old Hamilton Court House
Hamilton, OH 4501
October 17, 2017
5:45 p.m.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  YWCA's annual Week with Violence Campaign is October 16 through October 20, 2017.  Join us as we Rise Up Against Domestic Violence.  Sponsored by YWCA Hamilton.
Your Stewardship Matters
There cannot be a surer rule,
nor a stronger exhortation  to the observance of it,
than when we are taught that all the endowments which we possess
are divine deposits entrusted to us for the very purpose of
being distributed for the good of our neighbor.
-   John Calvin

Oxford Presbyterian Church

101 N. Main Street

Oxford, OH 45056




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