September 28, 2018
It's time for the 2018 Thank Offering of Presbyterian Women . An envelope is included in the October newsletter. Eighty-three applications were submitted for grants from the 2017 Thank Offering. Sixteen of the projects were chosen for funding. Twelve of the projects are ministries serving people in need in the United States. Four of the projects are international. More that 40 percent of the projects funded are health ministries. Projects are detailed in the July/August 2018 Horizons. The Thank Offering will be dedicated at the October 14 Fall G athering of the Oxford Presbyterian Women .
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Acts 10:25-48
Message: “Christ's Character Revealed in the World Around Us”
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Tuesday Evening Circle


The Tuesday Evening Circle will meet October 2 at Billy Maynard's house, 135 Wayside Circle, Hamilton. We will be carpooling. Anyone needing a ride should contact Karen Simpson, k.simpson2007@yahoo.com , 523-8363. Visitors are welcomed.
The World Around Us

Christian Education is delighted to invite you to our first ever Mini-Festival! This festival will celebrate two of our church members and provide an opportunity to learn about their home countries: Juan Carlos Albarran from Cuba and Kathy Hardy from Scotland. Thursday, October 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge (note the change of location) . All ages welcome...bring the family!
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality


Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Led by Billie Maynard, continues on Thursday, October 4th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room (note the change of location) . To sign up, call the church office at 523-6364.
Congregational Meeting
We have a Guy!
And what a Guy!

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee has a candidate, and not just any candidate. Over the past year, we have read countless Personal Information Forms, gone searching the internet for background, interviewed at least ten people, hosted five in Oxford, and are glad that the labyrinth we have traveled has brought us to this unique, warm, special guy.

And we’d love to tell you who he is, but we can’t. He is currently a solo pastor at a small church and wishes to hold off an announcement on our part until he tells his congregation. He has chosen to do this after the Oxford congregation votes on October 7, in a congregational meeting after the service where we will get to see him in action.

But you can have a sneak peek on Saturday, October 6 in the Molyneaux Lounge, from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon, where we will have a meet and greet. You can have some personal interaction with a man who calls himself extroverted, a nerd, and whom a former executive presbyter says has the “woo” factor—he has a bright, engaging personality that just “woos” people in.

Come on Saturday, October 6, have some tea, punch, snacks and cookies, and see why the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee is overjoyed that this young man has chosen to join our wonderful staff and lead our Family, Youth and Campus Ministries.
Rummage Sale
“Rummage Sale-A Star is Born—The sequel.”  Top critics are proclaiming the sequel “Better than the original.” “Worth the price of admission!” “Stunning set decoration.” “Loved the plot—donate, help price and set up, buy, take down—what an origina!” Join the crowds down at the newly “air cooled” Seminary. Walk, run, bicycle or call a Taxi Driver, but get there before this short run experience leaves town. Fun, surprising Audience Participation—bring your friends, your extra towels, sheets, books, clothes, toys, WHATEVER. You’ll whoop with delight as you open boxes, you’ll gasp with wonder as you set up displays, and you’ll roar with laughter as you price! Special senior discount show times: Monday October 8 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Tuesday October 9 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Wednesday October 10 ( 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Become a Member of Our OPC Family 

We welcome all interested people to explore membership at the Oxford Presbyterian Church!! To find out more about the Presbyterian Church and specifically the Oxford congregation, join Pastor Lawrence for a series of Inquirer’s Classes on October 14 and 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Associate Pastor’s Office. 
Youth News
Both our high school and middle school youth had their first meetings, and they went great! Our high school group talked about possible trips for this year. A visit to a corn maze, a ski trip, canoeing, and many more possibilities are in the works! Our first middle school group might’ve been small because of the homecoming parade, but we still managed to have fun. Nina proves to do so in the photo, where she’s playing with homemade streamers made from VBS last year.

Our high school group will begin regular meetings again every Sunday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. starting October 14th. Our middle school group will continue regular meetings on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We hope our youth groups will be included in community service throughout the year.

To start off, we encourage the youth and their families to bring coats that are no longer needed to the meetings. Holy Trinity Episcopal church will be donating these coats to needy Latinos in Hamilton, Ohio. If you’re donating a coat, please make sure they’re here before October 25th. If you aren’t part of our youth group, or don’t have youth who attend, feel free to drop the coat off to OPC during office hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you think any of your youth and their friends will enjoy our youth group, encourage them to come! Anyone is welcome. 
Rise Against Hunger
Oxford Presbyterian Mission and Outreach with CE, MEF, Music and Worship and Session are hosting a Rise Against Hunger Event on October 21, 2018. This is a meal packing event where meals consisting of Rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins are packed and then shipped around the world to people who are in need. Set up for the Rise Against Hunger event runs from 12:30 – 2:00 pm, the event from 2:00-4:00 pm with clean up after. Oxford Presbyterian Church has invited other churches, other faiths, and the Miami University Community to participate. Note that there are two shifts, one for set up and one for the event. You may sign up for one or both. You must be signed up to participate. Please sign up for this event at  http://events.stophungernow.org/OxfordPres2018 .  

There are several ways that you can support this you can go to the link above and give money on-line and this will show up on the website. If you prefer you can write a check to Oxford Presbyterian Church with Rise Against Hunger in the note-field, or place cash in a pew envelope with Rise Against Hunger on the envelope. Donations not made through the web site will not show up on the website.  There is an excellent video about Rise Against Hunger at the bottom of the website.

As of today, 49 people have registered toward our goal of 75 volunteers. Become a missionary! Register today for these two hours that will impact the world around us.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
2018 Hike-A-Thon Plus
Saturday, September 29
From 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
Miami University Natural Areas

Learn, discover, and explore with over twenty Hike-a-thon partners. Open to all campus and community plus four-legged friends on leash.

DIRECTIONS:
Driving - Access from Rt 73, .7 miles from campus
On foot or bike (access above or use Oxford Area Trails from Bonham Rd)
Volunteers Needed to be Greeters
We are constantly seeking to make our Sunday services warm and inviting. We are looking for volunteers to be greeters on Sunday morning to welcome worshipers as they enter the church. In addition, we are looking for someone who would be willing to schedule greeters for each Sunday.

Greeters are needed on Sunday, October 14 and 28. All Sundays in November and December.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering, contact the church office at 5223-6364 or office@oxfordpresbychurch.org.
Peace & Global Witness Offering
Gathered on World Communion Sunday, October 7, 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. 

As we support this Offering, we share the peace of Jesus Christ with one another, beyond the doors of Oxford Presbyterian Church, beyond the limits of Oxford, and beyond borders that may feel very distant.

For example, in giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering you become active peacemakers who share in the struggle for human rights and democracy with church partners in Madagascar.

Thank you for your participation in this Offering next Sunday, October 7.

Peace at all time in all ways. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Living Into Hope
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
-   C.S. Lewis
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