October 23, 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: 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Message: “Summons to Faith”

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(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
Service of Witness to the Resurrection – Joan M. Teckman
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.
 
And now these three remain:
 faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love
– I Corinthians 13

Joan M. Teckman passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Woodland Country Manor. Joan was a lifelong member of Oxford Presbyterian Church. She brought a great deal of energy and dedication to our ministry including her role as volunteer parish nurse for many years.
 
Joan’s family invites you to join them in a livestream of a Service of Witness to the Resurrection tomorrow, Saturday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. Please continue to lift up Joan’s family in your prayers including Charles, Nancy, Dave, Tim and Jeff.
Reformation & Heritage Sunday
This Sunday we recall the rich heritage of the Protestant tradition and Oxford Presbyterian Church.

It was on All Hallows’ Eve (the day before All Saints’ Day), October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany and sparked the Reformation.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) grew out of that Reformation in the sixteenth century under leaders such as John Calvin and the Scotsman John Knox. Thus on the last Sunday of October we give thanks for Reformation leaders and we honor our 50 plus year members.
October Stewardship Focus on “Serving Others”
Oxford Presbyterian Women’s commitment to mission is quite simply extraordinary. Through mission giving and fundraisers OPW serves others through generous support of mission partners in the community and around the world. A favorite OPW fundraiser is the Cookie Walk. This event in early December features handcrafted cookies and specialty candy made by the wonderful bakers and artisans in our congregation. Fairly traded coffee, tea, and gifts from SERRV round out this sweet mission fundraiser that deepens our congregational commitment in “Serving Others.” 
A Holy Rest
Living with faith, hope and love through these challenging days draws deeply from our well of spiritual resources. As we hold faith together, we invite you and members of the Oxford community to a sacred still point in the Sanctuary of the Memorial Church.

In this brief video, Pastor Lawrence welcomes all to a self-directed time of meditation and prayer in the Sanctuary from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please share this opportunity with others. Let our neighbors throughout Oxford know Oxford Presbyterian Church is a place for a holy rest and peace.
"Faith and Science" at Youth Group!
Social Distance Cinema - "Cosmos: The Immortals"
Youth Group will be meeting in the sanctuary of the Seminary Building Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. as we continue our 3-week series, "Faith and Science." This week is Social Distance Cinema with a special screening of "Cosmos: The Immortals" starring astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse-Tyson with a short discussion to follow.

Please note: all seating in the Seminary Building will be spaced apart for social distancing. Facial coverings are required! In observance of safety precautions, we will not be serving dinner, so be sure to eat ahead of time!

The following Sunday, November 1st, Dick Munson will be leading the Youth Group in a Walk in the Woods at Hueston Woods. Check your e-mail this weekend for details. If you would like to be added to the Youth Ministry e-mail chain, please contact Pastor Marc.
Confirmation Class on Monday night! 
Confirmation class will be meeting at Carrie Ann Sharitt's on Monday night at 7:45 p.m. (3751 Darrtown Rd, second barn on the right). We will be meeting outside and social distancing. Facial coverings are required! Please dress warmly. If you would like to learn more, please contact Pastor Marc.  
Congregational Meeting

On Sunday, November 8, OPC will hold a Special Congregational Meeting immediately following worship to elect the next classes of Elders, Deacons, and Trustees.
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 in the downstairs community room of the Seminary Building (as well as over Zoom for those who would prefer to connect virtually) on November 8 and 15 at 11:30 a.m. New Member Sunday will be held on November 22. If you would like to attend the meeting in person or over Zoom, please contact the church office to sign-up so that we can help connect you in the way that best meets your needs.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Talawanda School District
Remote Learning Food Program

The USDA has granted all schools that participate in the National School Meal program the opportunity to provide breakfasts and lunches to ALL children ages 1-18 for FREE through the remainder of the school year!

We invite children who are not affiliated with TSD to participate! Click here for more information.
Where Does That Continuing Commitment Come From?
It’s that time of year when we maintain a focus on the future as we pay tribute to the past. The pledge campaign is underway which will provide the support for Seeking God, Serving Others and Sharing Christ’s Love in the coming year. At the same time, we salute our heritage and those who came before in building our community of faith which defines us today.

We’re not sure if those who came together to worship in that small log church named Hopewell in 1808 were in the process of planning their 1809 pledge campaign, but they certainly were expressing their commitment to their Creator and their community. Their arduous journey from South Carolina to Preble County, Ohio was a very real testament to their faith and their desire to establish a better world. A related commitment continues today as we continue our own journey of generosity in building a world around Christ’s teachings.

We give of our time, our energy and our resources to do the work of our church. These gifts we offer freely within our abilities and know that God activates our gifts. During this Heritage Sunday we will pause to join hands with all those saints who came before. Concurrently, we reach out to all those who will become our future as we define our commitment through our gifts. Prayerfully consider how you can help.
Your Stewardship Matters
A Harvard study showed that giving is contagious. It found that acts of altruism can spread by three degrees - from person to person to person. That means one generous act from you can influence dozens or even hundreds of people.

Your generous stewardship during this time of pandemic has truly impacted the lives of many people far beyond our congregation. We’ve increased mission support of our community partners, we’re now offering a much improved worship experience via livestream, and we are seeking to faithfully connect in new and creative ways. We cannot engage this ministry to which we are called without you. 

If you are worshipping with us via the livestream, 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

The thing about light is that it really isn’t yours;
it’s what you gather and shine back.
And it gets more power from reflectiveness;
if you sit still and take it in,
it fills your cup, and then you can give it off yourself.

-   Anne Lamott
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056