October 30, 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 15:51-58
Message: "Lovers of God"
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 or in the SANCTUARY.
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on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Click Required Registration to join in person worship.
so you may be comfortable with our health and safety precautions
as we live into Christ’s teaching to love our neighbors as ourselves.

to enhance your worship experience

Click Sunday School to connect with teachers
and activities to nurture faith

(Note on above image: November’s Stewardship Focus on the third aspect
of our congregation’s mission "Sharing Christ’s Love with All."
See the article in “Ministry News” for more information.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
All Saints' Day: Remembering God’s Beloved Children
The Christian Church has long marked November 1 as All Saints’ Day. This Sunday, as in years past, we will speak aloud those members of Oxford Presbyterian Church who died since All Saints’ Day last year. It is always a poignant moment when we read in worship the names of those who have activated our gifts of faith, hope and love.

In addition to members of the congregation, we invite you to send us the names of those family members and friends that we miss and mourn. Please click here to send the names of your loved ones by Saturday, October 31. Together in worship we will give thanks to Living God for the blessing of these saints in our lives.
November Stewardship Focus on “Sharing Christ’s Love with All”
On the shortest day of the year in 2019 when light and hope were most precious, the ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church traveled throughout the community to share the good news of Jesus’ birth. Several intergenerational teams traveled to many homes and nursing homes to sing carols and witness to the coming Light of the World as we deepened our congregational commitment to “Sharing Christ’s Love with All.” 
Be Still and Know that the Lord is God
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 the community and university know Oxford Presbyterian Church is a place for a holy rest and peace.
"Faith and Science" at Youth Group:
Walk in the Woods with Dick Munson!
Dick Munson will be leading the Youth Group in a Walk in the Woods this Sunday, November 1 at Hueston Woods (weather permitting). We will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. (please note the time change this week) at the parking lot of the Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve on Loop Road. Please plan on walking for about two hours, and dress for being outdoors (including shoes)!
Next Confirmation Class: Monday, November 9th!
Confirmation class will be meeting two Mondays from now, November 9th (no confirmation this coming Monday). Carrie Ann Sharitt will be leading a lesson on Grace and Gratitude. Please check your e-mail over the next two weeks for updates on whether we will be meeting again outside (weather permitting). Don't forget to decorate the front of your notebook with your name and a picture that illustrates your faith story! If you would like to be added to the confirmation class e-mail list, 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
Free COVID-19 Testing

Are you having COVID-19 symptoms and are uninsured? The City of Oxford is partnering with McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital to offer free testing until December 31, 2020.

  • At no cost to the patient

  • Without the need to collect identification/ documentation from the patient

  • Name and contact information will be asked of the patient only for the purposes of following-up on test results

For more information click here.
Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc
My how time flies! Seems like it was just a week or so ago when you received your pledge mailing requesting your gifts in support of the work of our church in 2021. Many of you have already returned your pledge cards and your prompt response is much appreciated. Others are obviously still in pondering mode and praying over the amount of your gift. There may also be a few who have set your card aside and plan to send it a bit later, if you can recall where you placed it.

If you have not yet pledged for 2021, now would be a good time. Our church is already contemplating ways in which we can continue Seeking God, Serving Others and Sharing Christ’s Love in the year ahead. Your pledge helps define the degree to which we can make a difference throughout our community and our world. Through the inspiration of the scriptures, we are called to service in God’s name. Through the support of your gifts that service is possible as God activates those gifts.

During the pandemic we have experienced a new normal. Our congregation has made necessary adjustments and has engaged God for the safety of ourselves and for others. We have mourned losses suffered and long for the day when we can physically interact in a COVID-19 free world. In the meantime, we have again opened our doors for limited worship attendance and continue to follow protective guidelines. Progress is pending but continuing and new needs accumulate. We who are Christ’s disciples are called upon to reach out and make a difference. Join that effort with your pledge.
Your Impact in the Midst of a Pandemic
Your generosity to the COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund is making a difference in our community. Recently one of our community mission partners, the Family Resource Center, referred a family to us for assistance. A father with two young children needed help to make a rent payment so that they may remain in their home during this pandemic. Thanks to your giving to the COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund, our congregation was able to quickly assist this family. The father was so grateful that he reached out to our staff and wanted us to share his heartfelt appreciation. In his words, “Thank You and God Bless You.”

Our congregation continues to work closely with our ministry partners during this pandemic to identity the greatest needs in order to allocate funds as quickly as possible.

Thank you for all that you are doing to spread the love of Jesus Christ out into the world through your giving to the COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund. Thank you for the countless forms of mission and service you extend to neighbors and friends though they may be invisible to the outside world. Thank you for reaching out to those who are isolated at home, those who are grieving the death of a loved one, and those facing the unknowns of surgery and cancer treatment. Thank you for being God’s people as we face adversity together.
Thank You
With heartfelt appreciation, I thank you all at OPC for your prayers, cards, and wishes for a speedy recovery from my recent fall. At my age, "speedy" is not easy. What is easy, however, is having my strong faith, wonderful family, and amazing friends. Blessings to you all for your caring ways.

- Jo Anne Bogard 
Daylight Savings Ends



Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday at 2:00 a.m. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour!
Your Stewardship Matters
One of the dangers of chasing a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.
-  C.S. Lewis

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

When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, they progressively cease to reflect the image of God. One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only to the object itself but also outward to the world around.

-  N.T. Wright
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