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

Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Scripture: Romans 3:21-31
Message: "The Solas: Sola Fide"
       *  a Call to Worship in the style of "Reader's Theater"
   featuring Martin Luther,  John Calvin and  Pope Paul III
       * Receiving the 2017 Thank Offering of Presbyterian 
         Women, and
      * the Reception of New Members.


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 today, but don't let that stop you. 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.

Teacher Orientation

Sunday, October 22 at 9 a.m.
Art Room at Memorial
Quiche and Coffee
Photos for name badges
What's happening this fall?
th Anniversary of the Reformation

All Teachers and those interested in teaching are invited.  Questions call
Lynn Cronk 524-8574 / Reservations call Bridgite 523-6364
Journey Through the Bible
Bible Study and Discussion will continue this Sunday.  Enjoy a moment of fellowship in the lounge following worship. Around 11:30 p.m. join us in the Sanctuary where we'll begin our exploration of scripture together.  All are welcome!
The OPW Women's Fall Gathering
The OPW Fall Gathering will be held Sunday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m. 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! 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. 

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 camps.

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

Changing Lives One Family at a Time

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.  
Our Faith in Action

The next Community Meal sponsored  by OPC
will be Wednesday, October 25
Please signup to bring:
Community Meal Volunteer/Donation  
  Lasagna,  Bread,  Salad,  Dessert

If you have any questions or wish to sign up,
call or e-mail Bill Fisher
at 524-4504 or fisherwf@miamioh.edu
*Monetary donations always accepted
The insert in Sunday's bulletin may be completed and placed in the
offering plate or the Administrative Assistant mailbox.
Creating a Healthy Community

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Tuesday October 24th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 
LCNB National Bank ( Community Room on the 2nd Floor)

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Lunch will be provided. 

To Register, Please Contact: Amy Macechko, Coalition for a Healthy Community - Oxford Area, 513-273-3390, macechkoa@talawanda.org
Collegiate Chorale Fall Concert
Oxford - Hall Auditorium
Friday, October 27 at 7:30 the Miami University's Collegiate Chorale and Men's Glee Club presents its Fall Concert "We Rise Together."
Fall Harvest Event
Great food, pumpkin carving, games and more - come celebrate the abundance of the fall harvest!  The campus, congregation and community are invited to the AFS Exchange Student Dinner and Fall Harvest Event on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  Festive costumes welcome!
This event at the Seminary Church is co-sponsored by Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship (MEF) as well as Progressive Christian Campus Ministry (PCCM).  You too may help serve by clicking on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet: www.volunteersignup.org/QC4XQ
Come and celebrate God's abundance!  
Per Capita
Per capita or per head...  is a set amount of money per member that congregations contribute to the larger Presbyterian Church (USA). This per capita is used for the expenses of our PC(USA) mission co-workers, leadership development, new church development, and General Assembly meetings to name just a few.
We urge every member to give toward your per capita of $46.26.  Your contribution not only connects you with the work of the church throughout the world, this also allows finances reserved in 2017 to fully cover our congregational per capita to be used instead to support the missions of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. 
Per Capita envelopes are available in the Narthex or by contacting the church office.  And thank you as we seek...serve... and share!
Mosaic of Peace
When asked what he would do today if he knew the world would end tomorrow Martin Luther is said to have replied, "I would plant a tree".  The olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane stand as beacons of hope through generations of uncertainty, war and even betrayal. 
The Mosaic of Peace, presented by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, is a unique opportunity for you to walk among the olive trees in Gethsemane as well as meet the olive farmers of today who bridge the Israeli and Palestinian divide through working side by side in a fair trade company.  This peacemaking conference from April 29-May 12 presents you with the occasion to touch the ancient stones of Solomon's Temple and meet the "living stones" who are today's residents of the land called holy.
Registration for the Mosaic of Peace ends on November 15.
For more information, please contact Pastor Lawrence who will be serving as a co-director of this journey, pick up a brochure from the bulletin board across from the staff offices, or click here - https://www.presbyterianmission.org/mosaic/
Deacons Blood Drive
Thank you to all the donors who helped make the blood drive a success.  There were 20 successful donors!  As a result of the donations over 60 lives will be positively impacted.
Celebration at the Manger

children  and  y outh  of  Oxford  Presb y terian  Church  will  soon  be  receiving invitations  to  participate in  the  Celebration  a t h Manger  event  that  will  take place during worship service on December 17th. Families of children and youth, please  note  the  following  important  dates  and  times  for  rehearsals:
Sunday , November 26 -  10: 15 a. m. - Geneva room
Sunday, December 3 -  10:15 a.m. - Geneva room
Su nday , December 10 -  10:15 a.m. - Geneva room
Saturday , December 16 -  1:00-2:30 p.m. - Sanctuary
Living Into Hope
You cannot in one glance survey this most vast and beautiful system
of the universe, in its wide expanse, without being completely overwhelmed
by the boundless force of its brightness."
-   John Calvin

Oxford Presbyterian Church

101 N. Main Street

Oxford, OH 45056




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