September 14, 2018
(Image: Philip and the Ethiopian depicted in an icon from the Eastern Orthodox Tradition)
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Acts 8:26-40
Message: “The World Around Us”
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
TONIGHT – The Harmonic Brass
Since 1991, Harmonic Brass has been renowned for a big elegant brass sound. Comprised of four gentleman and a charming lady from Munich, Germany, concert halls all around the globe welcome them to perform including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. The newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, writes about the ensemble... with its glamorous-virtuous way of performing [the Harmonic Brass] is one of the best of its kind worldwide . Click here for a video compilation of favorite musical selections - https://youtu.be/GgO0N_XHHtU
 
Savor the warm and beautiful sound of the Harmonic Brass filling the sanctuary of the Memorial Church TONIGHT in a FREE concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Congregational Concerns

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for the life of Tom Wilson will be held on Saturday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Our sympathy and prayerfully support are also extended to Susan Maxfield and family in the passing of her sister Linda Z. Willard.
Community Change Offering

 Sunday, September 16 we will receive the Community Change Offering
for the Community Meals.
Let's make some noise!
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet on September 18 in the Country Kitchen at 1:30. God’s Promise, I Am with You is the lesson book for 2017-2018. Books are available for $10, see either Prue Dana or Lynn Cronk. Visitors and New Members are invited to join this Circle for their first meeting of the new school year.
Youth News

The Middle School Youth Group will be meeting Thursday, September 20 at 6:30-8:00 p.m., and High School Youth Group will be meeting Sunday, September 23 at 5:00-6:30 p.m.

We’ll be deciding what we want to do throughout the year, interests, and events coming up.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – First Small Group Meeting
Engage a spiritual journey this fall that is both transformative and sustainable through healthy relationships, spiritual practices and much more. You are invited to be part of the 8-week series Emotionally Healthy Spirituality beginning on Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge . Don’t wait! Contact this small group facilitator, Billie Maynard (bmaynard1191@hotmail.com), for more information and reading resources.
Creating a Healthy Oxford
The Crop Walk

Sunday, September 23, 12:30 p.m. beginning and ending at the Uptown Parks. Join Greek and non-Greek student and community people in this Walk to end hunger. The signup and pledge envelopes are available after church and at the walk. Please see Prue Dana to sign up.
Bed and Breakfast for Miami Family Weekend
September, 28 and September 29



Our church is offering Bed & Breakfast accommodations for family & friends of Miami students, Sept. 28-29th. Please call the church office at 523-6364 for information.
“The World Around Us”
Oxford Presbyterian Church
Fall 2018 Christian Education – getting to know our neighbors!

Join us for 3 mini- festivals celebrating our members and friends who hail from other countries! Learn a bit about their homeland; how they connected with our church, their favorite cultural traditions, maybe even taste some food samples! All festivals held at OPC’s Seminary Bldg. (corner of Poplar & Church Streets) ALL AGES welcome!

Thursday, October 4 – 6:30-8:30 PM
Featured Countries:
  • Cuba (Juan Carlos Albarran) and Scotland (Kathy Hardy)

Wednesday, October 17 6:30-8:30 PM
Featured Countries:
  • Camino de Santiago (Elliott Jones Boyle), Including Blake Collins from the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Program

Tuesday, November 13 6:30-8:30 PM
Featured Countries:
  • Moldova (Angela Trubceac), Palestine and Israel (Mosaic of Peace Pilgrims) Janet Ziegler, Greg Hughes, Angela Trubceac & Pastor Lawrence Bartel
Rummage Sale
Coming Soon to A Seminary Near You!
Showing in proprietary 3-D (no glasses needed) on Thursday Oct 11 (6-8), Friday, Oct 12 (10-3) and Saturday Oct 13 (10-12)

A doc-u-comedy-mystery-love story of epic proportions! Including a cast of thousands! Thousands of gently used shoes, kitchen items, books, clothes, toys, purses, sports items, jewelry and many extras. If you weren’t Born Yesterday, you’ll plan on digging through your closets, attic, basement (not at midnight or during a storm), garage, kitchen, books and kids’ toy boxes (when they are at school). If you find a Treasure Island of items, donate them all to the Oxford Presbyterian Women’s blockbuster, “Rummage Sale: A Star is Born.”
You can make Deliverance of your donations
  • outside the ticket booth (Bridgite’s office),
  • at the Seminary
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.)

Saturday, October 6 by appointment
Sunday, October 7, after worship, at the Seminary until 2:00 p.m.
Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger seeks to address global food insecurity by mobilizing teams to pack thousands of meals in an exciting and meaningful event. This intergenerational mission experience is coming to the Seminary Church on Sunday, October 21st. 
 
In collaboration with committees throughout OPC, the Mission and Outreach committee has just opened online registration at http://events.stophungernow.org/OxfordPres2018
(There is an excellent video about Rise Against Hunger at the bottom of the registration website.)
 
To meet our goal of packing 15,000 meals, we are seeking 75 volunteers to pack meals consisting of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins. These meals are then shipped around the world to people who are in need. 
 
Invite your family members, neighbors and friends to make a difference by participating in Rise Against Hunger. Join members of community congregations as well as university students in this mission. After a brief cleanup from the event, Miami University’s Office of Community Engagement and Service is hosting a meal with the goal of discussing avenues we may address local food insecurity as well.

Donations may be made online with the link provided above or write a check to OPC with Rise Against Hunger in the note field or money enclosed in a pew envelope with Rise Against Hunger marked on the envelope. This event will cost OPC over $5,100.00 and donations are appreciated.
Seeking Those with Leadership Gifts
Now there are varieties of gifts,
but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord.
1 Corinthians 12:4
 
Do you know someone with gifts for leadership and ministry? Consider recommending those members of Oxford Presbyterian Church whom you feel have demonstrated gifts for leadership and a commitment to the life and ministry of this congregation.
 
Recommendations for the offices of Ruling Elder, Deacon, and Trustee may be made online through this link: ( Nomination of Church Officers).
 
The election of church officers is at the heart of what it means to be Presbyterian. The Nominating Committee greatly appreciates your insight in helping them gather names as they prayerfully engage this exciting time of discernment.
CCNS - Usborne Books Fundraiser
Usborne Books are some of Miss Sarah's favorites! She reads Usborne stories in the CCNS classroom, but they are her copies! By purchasing books (site below), you will also be helping CCNS gain their own Usborne Book Classroom Collection.

Monday (9/17) we will have books available for viewing at drop off or pick up. The online ordering will be available until September 21, 2018. If you have any questions please contact Miss Sarah: ccnsoxfordpreschool@gmail.com.

Calling All Sewers, Quilters, and Needle-Workers
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OPC has been asked to make a friendship quilt to take to our sister Church in Russia next year. Anyone interested in making a block for the quilt contact Rosemary Fisher at 513-524-7748. We look forward to starting this project as soon as possible.
Presbytery Stated Meeting at OPC
On Tuesday, September 11, Oxford Presbyterian Church hosted pastors, Ruling Elders, and guests from the 49 congregations of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Kudos and a huge thank you to the great team from the congregation (co-chaired by Judy Fisher and Pam Deahl) who infused the day with joy and grace!
Hurricane Florence
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your prayerful support for those affected by Hurricane Florence. PDA is delivering immediate aid to those impacted by Hurricane Florence on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Initial assessment suggests catastrophic destruction, but the full scope of the damage will not be known for many months.
The storm’s path cut across areas still recovering from Hurricanes Matthew (2016). While these winds and waters have meant loss and destruction, the work of PDA might become, as the Psalmist says, “a river whose streams make glad the city of God”.
PDA is deploying teams to affected presbyteries to meet with Presbyterian and community leadership to assist in coordinating relief efforts and mucking out homes and churches. After initial needs are addressed, PDA will remain—providing spiritual emotional care and Long Term Recovery to address unmet needs of those impacted. 

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the aftermath of storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. Amen.
Equal Exchange coffee (Presbyterian Fellowship) available.
 3 - 12 oz. bags, $7.34 a bag. See Prue Dana.
Live Into Hope
It seems to me that in joining a church you leave home and home town to join a larger world. The whole world is your new neighborhood and all who dwell therein – black, white, yellow, red, stuffed and starving, smart and stupid, mighty and lowly, criminal and self-respecting, American or Russian – all become your sisters and brothers in the new family formed in Jesus. By joining a church, you declare your individuality in the most radical way in order to affirm community on the widest possible scale.
-   William Sloane Coffin
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056