October 18, 2019
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Scripture: Romans 12:1-3
Sermon: “Cast Your Bread”

(Note on image: see October Stewardship Focus on
Membership, Evangelism, Fellowship )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
October Stewardship Focus – Membership, Evangelism, Fellowship
Ministry and mission at Oxford Presbyterian Church takes on so many forms as we answer Christ's call in our community, nation and world.
Having fun among all ages!

Pool parties, Seminary Cinema for kids and youth, summer canoe trips, family Time to Dine, Christmas caroling…great times together for adults and youth!! Membership, Evangelism, and Fellowship has encouraged and supported intergenerational activities at OPC. The 20/20 Vision goals included a “focus on Youth and inclusion in life of church to promote longevity of faith and participation.” An easy challenge to embrace as we cherish every moment we have with our children and teens!
Called to Life!
Where do you think God is calling our church? Where do you see our individual calls merging to support God’s call for the congregation?

 This will be an important focus for the "Called to Life!" Groups for the coming week. Be sure to attend! Even if you have not been able to make previous meetings, join us at one of the sessions. All are welcome and all voices are important! Contact the church office for meeting times, 513-255-5416.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Savor the beautiful sounds of our Choral Interns as they take the stage tonight at Hall Auditorium. Ellie, Kate, and Aaron will be singing with the mixed choral ensemble conducted by William Bausano and Jeremy D. Jones. The ensemble will present a diverse repertoire including 19th century compositions by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, in addition to works by composers of the 21st century.

Singing with the Men's Glee Club will be Caleb. They will offer a wonderful repertoire featuring works by living female composers, as well as other notable works including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald."

The concert begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here , at the Home Office, or at the door.
Community Change Offering
Please remember to bring your change to make a change. On Sunday, October 20, the colorful buckets will make their reappearance as we take up our Community Change offering. This offering does make a difference and is used for our part in making our community better. This year our collections are going to support TOPPS.
Mission and Outreach - Kids Coalition Against Hunger Event
All are invited to join us on Sunday, October 20 in The Seminary Church Community Room. Volunteers will come together for the Kids Coalition Against Hunger as we pack 15,000 meals in our mission to alleviate food insecurity within the community and around the world.

Registration not required. Come at 12:30-1:00 to set-up, 2:00-4:00 to pack meals, clean-up afterwards.

Register here .
Youth Group News
Calling all youth! This Sunday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. for pottery painting at You're Fired with Molly Todd.

For more information, please contact
Associate Pastor Marc van Bulck
November Newsletter

Don't miss the deadline!
Please submit all articles to  moeckenj@miamioh.edu
by  Sunday, October 20
Listening is an Act of Love
Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Marc warmly invite you to join them for “Listening is an Act of Love” on Friday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. in Books and Brews and Monday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m. in Kofenya.
Heritage Sunday
Your brothers & sisters in Christ of the Oxford Presbyterian Church request the honor of your presence as we celebrate Heritage Sunday, October 27. We will be celebrating our Scottish Heritage with bagpipers and dance. We also will honor our 50 plus year members. If you are a 50 plus member, we will have pews reserved for you in order to celebrate your long standing membership to our church. Also, on Heritage Sunday, we will be displaying items that have been donated in memory of loved ones. Some are unfamiliar to us, so if you have any information on the following, names listed below, could you please contact Pam Deahl ( deahlpb@hotmail.com ) before Heritage Sunday.

  • James F. Spitler, USMC June 10,1920 - February 22,1944 Engobi Island
  • Griffith Stafford June 6, 1908 - February 28,1943
  • Isaac Ellsworth Huffman
  • Robert H. Molyneaux
  • Mrs. Virginia Dare Brown
  • Benjamin H. Brown
  • O.T. Corson
  • Jessie Babcock Porter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry Butler
  • Flora M. Stephenson
We offer special recognition and THANK YOU to our 50 year + members! We have been blessed with your wisdom and dedication to Oxford Presbyterian Church.  
Jane Baer
John Baer
Jay Baird
Betty Barnhart
JoAnne Bogard
Ken Bogard
Carol Bowers
Fred Brower
Mary Jane Brower
Mary Isabel Caspar
Rodger Cromer
Danny Cross
Judy Cross
John Curry
Marilyn Curry
Debbie Davidson
Jean Derickson
Mel Derickson
Bob Douglass
Sandy Douglass
Tom Fey
Judy Fisher
Nancy Gates
Louise Griffing
Dick Keebler
Ruth Keebler
Margaret Keister
Jane Kelly
Bill King
Susan King
Randy Listerman
Susan Maxfield
Alan Mehl
Rachel Mehl
Marty Miller
Ruth Miller
Dick Nelson
Marian Nelson
Mary Niehoff
Mickey Preston
Jan Reinhart
Becky Rudolph
Barbara Skipper
Charles Skipper
Sarah Jane Soika
Nancy Sturgeon
Violet Suit
Charles Teckman
Joan Teckman
Dolly Thomas
Betty Tomblinson
Jack Vaughn
Marlene Vaughn
Dick Wespiser
Joe Wespiser
Kate Wespiser
Opal Wespiser
Jean Woodruff
John Woodruff
To be a follower of Jesus Christ is about connecting our stories with God’s stories.

--Anonymous
OPC Book Club
The October book club meeting will be at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 31 in the Molyneaux Lounge. All are welcome and high school students are encouraged to read along too as there is a YA version available ( “Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults”) .

Also, you can come for discussion even if you haven’t read the book! For more information, please contact Carrie Ann Sharitt at sharitca@miamioh.edu

Availability:
Oxford Lane Library
Amazon ~$13
OPC Community Meal
Our next opportunity to respond to food insecurity in the Oxford community will be Wednesday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m.
in the Seminary - Community Room at 104 E. Church St.
(white church on the corner of Church and Poplar streets)

We need:
Casseroles (any type)
Bread and Dessert

We need volunteers:
Setup at 4:30 p.m. / Serve at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Clean up from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Please contact Bill Fisher at 513.524.4504 or fisherwf@miamioh.edu  if you can help
Any dry goods for the dry goods pantry are also accepted.
For Your Offering
OPC invites you to select the most convenient giving avenue so that we may all fully participate in our ministry and mission. In the bulletins and pews racks on Sunday, you'll find a the latest card with three expedient paths for your offering. To give conveniently and securely,  scan the QR code  with your phone and follow the brief prompt. You may also access the same  online givin g opportunity from your computer by clicking here . 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. Questions? Contact the office -  office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Nurturing the Journey Outward
If you are interested in God's mission around the world, pick up a new copy of the Fall 2019 “Mission Crossroads” as you enter the sanctuary.

Mission Crossroads is a magazine focused on the worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God’s mission in the world.
From the Presbytery of the Miami Valley
How to Offer Emotional & Spiritual Care Following a Disaster
Wednesday, November 13
at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, Kettering

Presbytery of the Miami Valley will sponsor How to Offer Emotional & Spiritual Care Following a Disaster, a workshop to strengthen skills for offering hope to those surviving community-wide disasters. 

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. at  Fairmont Presbyterian Church , 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering. Welcoming and networking will begin at 8:30 A.M. The free workshop includes lunch. (Indicate your food preferences upon registration.)

My Gifts Matter!...for Mission
God tells us in Romans 12:4 that “we are many people, but in Christ we are all one body.” Our ministry of mission invites us to view those in our community and throughout the world as our brothers and sisters. Those lessons we learn in worship are applied in mission as we seek to extend our gifts for the benefit of all God’s people. We serve those in our community through our support for such programs as Habitat for Humanity, community dinners, the Backpack Program and Tuesday Clubhouse for at-risk Oxford children. Additionally, we reach out to the world through youth mission experiences, the 2018 Rise Against Hunger food supplies for the Dominican Republic, and partnerships with churches in Colombia and Russia. Your gifts, which represent 22% of our budget, matter for our ministry of outreach both locally and throughout the world .
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