October 16, 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: I Corinthians 3:5-9; 12:4-7
Message: “Many Gifts in Many Lives Over Many Years”

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

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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: October’s Stewardship Focus on the second aspect of our congregation’s mission "Serving Others." See the article in “Ministry News”
for more information.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
October Stewardship Focus on “Serving Others”
An estimated 925 million people globally will go hungry today. Our commitment to the gospel work of Eradicating Systemic Poverty calls us to respond with hearts and hands. Late in 2019, during the World Food Week of Action over 80 youth and adults from the congregation, community and neighboring churches packed over 15,000 meals critical to school children, youth and families in our community and around the world. Oxford Presbyterian Church distributed a portion of these meals locally and our mission partner, Kids Coalition Against Hunger, distributed the majority of the meals to schools around the world.

Give Me Jesus



A gift from the music ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church during this Season of Pentecost - Give me Jesus sung by Caleb Orr.
Cultivating Our Spiritual Life in Christ
This fall Adult Christian Education will also be offering a small group focused on two 20th century classics on the foundation of our spiritual life in Christ - Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen.

Join us for a fellowship-oriented discussion on the unique insights Bonhoeffer and Nouwen provide on connecting to the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Both authors provide a bridge from individual discipleship through the faith community to the greater world that God so loves. 

We’ll be meeting after worship this Sunday and on November 15.  Simply contact Pastor Lawrence for more details.
Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Marc Are On the Hot Seat for
"Faith and Science" at Youth Group!
Youth Group is back this Sunday night at 6:30 P.M. over Zoom for our next 3-week series, "Faith and Science." This week is "Ask the Pastors Night" with Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Marc taking YOUR submitted questions on faith and science (moderated by Kylee Fears). Be sure to check your e-mail this weekend for more information. If you would like to be added to the Youth Ministry e-mail chain, please contact Pastor Marc.
 Confirmation Class begins this month!
We are excited to kick off this year's confirmation class with a virtual informational meeting on Monday, October 19 at 7:45 p.m. The class will meet every other Monday evening at 7:45 p.m., and this year's teachers are Pastor Marc, Carla Blackmar Rice, and Carrie Ann Sharitt. If you have not yet signed up to participate in confirmation and would like to learn more, please contact Pastor Marc about attending this month's informational meeting.  
New Member Experience This Fall!
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 directly following worship via Zoom on Sunday, November 8 and Sunday, November 15. New Member Sunday will be November 22. If you are interested in registering, please contact Bridgite at the church office.
Chancel Flowers
Chancel flowers are needed for Sunday, November 15 and November 29. 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.  
Free Resources from Presbyterian Women
A Thank You Offering Box
Presbyterian Women’s Thank Offering has supported thousands of ministries and programs since 1888. Today more than $26 million has been given in grants. This year we are not having a thank offering program but you can still give by collecting coins in this cardboard box. When filled you may share it with your Circle or donate directly to Presbyterian Women churchwide to support PW Thank Offering
 
Prayer and Beyond: Faithful Response in Times of Trouble, a pocket-sized leaflet meant to be a reminder of God’s presence in difficult times. We are reminded that though we experience hardship and disaster, in God, we find the courage and the strength to face the difficult times and to persevere.

These free resources are available at the church.
Cares and Concerns
Vi Suit is now at Woodland Country Manor. She is in room 601 and also is reachable by telephone, 523-2345. Currently no visitors, but cards and calls are welcome.
 
4166 Somerville Rd.
Somerville OH 45064
513-523-4449

"Vi is truly thankful for everyone's cards, prayers, and support as she continues her physical therapy and recovery."
God Activates Our Gifts…in good times and bad
This Sunday we will kick off the annual campaign for 2021 pledging which is an essential step in planning for progress in achieving our mission of Seeking God, Serving Others and Sharing Christ’s Love. As we continue our journey through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all impacted by unprecedented change and adjustment in our daily lives. Our faith has been our refuge and guidance through these difficult times and will continue to serve us in the days and months ahead.

Our campaign theme is “God activates our gifts” as we respond to the text from 1 Corinthians 12:4-7. Those gifts that we extend in addressing His works are even more important at this time of uncertainty and concern throughout our congregation, our community and our world. Please reflect prayerfully as you determine your pledge for the coming year. Consider the blessings you have been given, the suffering and needs of others, and the opportunities we all have to make a difference. Know that the scriptures assure that God will activate your gifts in the year ahead!

Appreciatively,
2021 Stewardship Campaign Team
Your Stewardship Matters
You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
- John Bunyan

With the continuation of this pandemic, your stewardship remains as vital to ever as we increase mission support of our community partners, gather for worship via livestream, and faithfully connect in new and creative ways. Your gifts matter and make an impact as we respond together to the impact of COVID-19.

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

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore we must be saved by hope.
 
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete
sense in any immediate context of history;
therefore we must be saved by faith.
 
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
therefore we must be saved by love.
 
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of
our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint.
Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.
 
-  Reinhold Niebuhr
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056