October 25, 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 12:4-8
Sermon: “Everything You Gave Me”
Special Music with Scottish Bagpipes
Recognition of our 50+ year members

Heritage Sunday Fellowship
All are invited and encouraged to follow Robert the bagpiper to the Seminary after worship on Sunday. A special time of fellowship will take place in the Community Room of the Seminary. On display will be historical items that tell the rich heritage of our congregation's ministry and mission. During this time of fellowship, Carla Blackmar Rice will share Celtic tunes on the fiddle. Around 11:45 a.m., Robert, his wife, Louise, and daughter, Cami, will begin a presentation of Scottish piping and dancing in the sanctuary of the Seminary. Carla will round out the presentation with a fiddle tune and send us on our way.

(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.
You Can Join Us!
 
Why become a member?  You are always welcome to participate in our congregation whether or not you become a member. But we encourage membership because it presents an opportunity for you to make a personal commitment and for the congregation to publicly identify and welcome you. Members are also eligible to vote at congregational meetings and to serve on committees or to be elected as elders, deacons or trustees.     As part of its responsibilities,  Membership, Evangelism, and Fellowship contacts new visitors, assists the Pastors in identifying potential new members, and encourages them to participate in Inquirer classes to learn more about OPC and what it means to be a Presbyterian. MEF members also participate in the Inquirer’s class as needed.
 
If you are interested in membership at OPC :
 
  • Get acquainted. Introduce yourself to those around you before worship services. Then meet one of our pastors after the service for a friendly welcome and answers to any questions. Join us for fellowship after worship services. 
  • Get information. Join an Inquirer’s Class. Meet with our pastors to get more specific information about our faith, church and congregational life at OPC. Our pastors and our library in the Molyneaux Lounge have many resources at your disposal. The next Inquirer’s class will be held on Nov. 10 and 17, watch the Voice and Bulletin for details.
  • Be received. On a convenient Sunday, meet with the elected officers of the church, the elders, to be received formally, then we will recognize you as a new member by introducing you to the congregation during the Sunday worship services.
 
We invite you to join us on our journey to  Seek, Serve & Share!
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 today - Friday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. in Books and Brews and Monday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m. in Kofenya.
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 story.

--Anonymous
Youth Group News

This Sunday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for Youth Group in the Seminary Community Room for Cage Ball! Bring a friend!

Dinner included and costumes are optional.

Costume contest with prizes!!

For more information, please contact
Associate Pastor Marc van Bulck
513-523-6364
Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums Concert Fall 2019
Hear bagpiper, Robert Reid, and the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums on Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 pm in Sesquicentennial Chapel. This free concert is open-to-the-public and sponsored by Miami University Highland Pipes and Drums.
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.
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
Kids Coalition Against Hunger - Our Faith in Action
The Kids Coalition Against Hunger event was amazing!! 15,552 meals consisting of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and vitamins were packed for hungry children and families. Over eighty volunteers gathered from various faith communities across Oxford and the Miami University community in the Community Room of the Seminary.

Thank you to all those who shared the gifts of their hands and hearts to pack these meals for children and families in this community and around the world.
Giving Thanks for the “Saints” in Our Lives
Has someone you have known and loved died in the last year? Someone who was a role model of faith for you to follow? Or someone who has shared Christ’s life and light with you?

Join us in worship Sunday, November 3 as we remember and give thanks for all God’s faithful people who have shared with us the gift of life and the good news of Jesus Christ.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Holiday Food Drive Sunday, November 3
 
Oxford Kiwanis holds its annual Holiday Food Drive on Sunday, November 3, 1-4 pm. 
 
Kiwanis partners with the Oxford Community Choice Pantry. City residents and neighbors on Bonham Road and in Springwood are asked to put bags or boxes of food on their front doorsteps by 1 pm. Identified volunteers will pick up food and knock on doors Sunday, 1-4 pm.
 
Non-perishable donations needed include canned green beans or other vegetables, cranberry sauce, canned sweet potatoes, instant potatoes, canned gravy, pie fillings, dessert mixes, canned fruit and juices, canned beans and soups, pasta and rice products, canned meats (tuna, chicken), boxed dinners, bread and muffin mixes, cereals, and peanut butter. Any monetary donations will be used for bulk purchases of needed items. 
Special Congregational Meeting

Sunday, November 10 immediately following worship for the purpose of electing the next class of Elders, Deacons, and Trustees.
The SERRV and Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate Catalogs are here for your consideration for the holidays. Your order now, saves us the shipping. You may also order Bread for the World Christmas Cards.
See Prue Dana in the Molyneaux Library
Save the Date - Celebration at the Manger
Celebration at the Manger  (performed by children) will take place during worship on Sunday, December 15. Volunteers are needed! If you can help, please e-mail Carla Blackmar at: CABlackmar@yahoo.com
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
Your Gifts Matter!
Will you support our church with your pledge to grow our mission and meet the new challenges of 2020?

Please prayerfully consider how you may be a partner in this ministry by returning your 2020 pledge information before November 9, 2019.

Click  here  to learn about your gift's impact and how to pledge via email.
My Gifts Matter!...for Fellowship
We please God as we support each other through many opportunities to come together in fellowship. He wants us to “rejoice with them that do rejoice” (Romans 12:15). Fellowship encourages us to share our experiences and celebrate our communal relationships as we not only worship together but share who we are with friends in faith within a wide variety of venues. Whether we gather for meals, participate in small group discussions, view a film together or simply informally enjoy common interchange, we are doing God’s work. Your gifts (20% of our budget) make it possible to establish opportunities for fellowship.
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