October 2, 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: Philippians 3:4-14
Message: "Instruments of Peace"
This joyful time of worship will also include the Sacrament of Holy Communion,
so you are invited to prepare elements of your own
if you are joining us through the livestream.

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

to enhance your worship experience

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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
Peace. Grace. Freedom. – Worship in Phase Two
We’re so excited to gather in person as the body of Christ for worship this Sunday – World Communion Sunday. Required registration is now open for those wishing to join in-person worship on Sunday, October 4. On this first Sunday worshiping again in the Memorial Church sanctuary, our attendance will be limited to ten individuals.

Please carefully review these vital guidelines so you may be comfortable with our health and safety precautions as we live into Christ’s teaching to love our neighbors as ourselves.

With the return of worship in person, we’re dedicated to offering the the full weekly worship livestream for those who are more comfortable worshipping from home. 
 
Our Body of Christ is committed throughout this pandemic to offer everyone the deep peace, abundant grace and genuine freedom to make the best and healthiest choice as we grow in faith.  

With faith, hope and love, we
return to glorify the Triune God in the sanctuary as a
renewed ministry that is
reformed and always reforming. 
October Stewardship Focus on “Serving Others”
The pandemic induced our ministry to seek many new and creative ways to carry out our mission of “Serving Others.” Many of the churches partnering in the weekly Community Meals ceased that portion of their mission during the quarantine. With inspiration from one of our partner churches, OPC began delivering meals to community members. In the image above, Bill Fisher and his daughter Emma, home from university, delivered subs and homemade cookies along with bags of dry goods. Over the coming months, we will continue to adapt this mission that traditionally provides a homemade, health, and nutritious meal to members of the community.
Prayer and Meditation in the Sanctuary
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” (Psalm 122)

This summer our congregation extended a call for your discernment about the new seeds of ministry the Lord is sowing in the midst of this pandemic. Your wonderful response revealed a yearning for prayer and meditation in the sanctuary.

The sanctuary of the Memorial Church is open for prayer and meditation from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. When you arrive at the portico door through the Memorial Garden, you’ll be checked-in at the Wellness Table. You will be given two papers to take with you into the sanctuary.

The first is an optional prayer guide that you may take home with you. The second is a sheet to leave behind indicating the seat needs to be sanitized before it is used again. Available pews will be marked for social distancing.  
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Gathered on World Communion Sunday, October 4, the Peace & Global Witness Offering draws Presbyterians together as active peacemakers and provides education and exposure to those who show us how to do this work well. It allows us to create resources for dealing with conflict and nurturing reconciliation and stand in support of our global brothers and sisters, because the peace of Christ belongs to people everywhere. 

Share your offering on Sunday in worship, by sending it to the church office, or clicking here for online giving and select "Peace Offering" from the drop down menu.

Thank you for your global witness. Thank you for planting the seeds of peace by giving generously in the Offering this Sunday, October 4.

Peace at all time in all ways. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Precious Jesus



A gift from the music ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church during this Season of Pentecost - Precious Jesus sung by Aaron Garner.
Small Group Fellowship in the Seminary Church Community Room
Another new seed God is sowing in our ministry is a desire for small, informal groups of church members to gather for fellowship in the Seminary Church Community Room.

The Community Room will be available to be reserved for small group fellowship from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Small groups are defined as those ten or fewer in number.

Reservations may be made by contacting the church office. To ensure that the healthy protocols are maintained, we will begin with one small group a week. 
The 21-Day Challenge: An Adult Christian Education Small Group
Following off of our summer book discussion series, Stamped (and the small group for youth and adolescents by the same name), Pastor Marc will be leading a special 21-Day Challenge small group for adults as part of our commitment to continue our own growth, development, and transformation as people and as disciples of Christ.

Each adult participant will be challenged to choose one article, podcast or film clip each week from this list on the topic of race, equity, and equality. 

We will then gather together on Thursday evenings via Zoom to discuss and share which item on the list you chose. How did it make you think this week? What did you learn? What did you unlearn? What resonated with you? What do you struggle with? How did you find yourself engaging?

The dates for the adult small group are:
  • Thursday, October 8 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 15 - 7:30 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Bridgite at the church office, and she will add you to the 21-Day Challenge mailing list with Zoom login info.
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 Sundays after worship on October 18 and November 15.  Simply contact Pastor Lawrence for more details.
Trees for Life – Postponed until Spring 2021
The pandemic has postponed the distribution of seedlings for the Trees for Life program until the Spring of 2021. However, this just means that the trees being given away next Spring will be bigger, have better root systems, and will be of greater variety than previously planned. Be of good cheer for Arbor Day of 2021 will have even greater significance than we expected. Trees for Life will be back and better than ever!
Thank You
Dear OPC Family,

Thank you for the cards, flowers, phone calls, emails and prayers that I have received. I am still getting therapy to get stronger before chemo. Your acts of kindness are greatly appreciated.

Danny Cross
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated blood during the September 30 Community Blood Drive!

Here are the results!
 
60 people registered to give blood!
51 were successful! 52 was the goal)
98% percent of goal!
2 First Time Donors! WOW!
Over 153 lives will be positively impacted!
 
Please mark your calendar for the next Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, December 2 from
9:00 am – 4:30 pm (Seminary Community Room)
Your Stewardship Matters
Gratitude makes every day sacred. Expressing our gratitude is a gift to the giver. Gratitude for small things makes every day a gift.
Sue Bender

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

Mature spirituality points to life on the other side of death,
the victory on the other side of failure,
the joy on the other side of the pains of childbirth.
It insists on going through—not under, over, or around.

-  Richard Rohr 
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056