September 18, 2020
In preparation for worship at home,
we encourage you to read the Scripture passage
and reflect on what God’s word might be to you.

Scripture: Philippians 1:21-30
Message: "All Things Now Living"

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(Note on above image: September’s Stewardship Focus on the first aspect of our congregation's mission "Seeking God." See the article below for more information.)
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
The World Is Full of Love
The world is full of love that goes unspoken. It doesn’t mean that it is felt less deeply…
In the message last week, Pastor Lawrence shared this wisdom of midwives who served the impoverished East End of London in the 1950’s. In 2020, we may learn from the resilience of these health care providers. We may be inspired by those who brought new life into the world following the devastation of World War Two.

We rejoice that in the midst of these challenging days precipitated by COVID-19, our congregational expressions of love through worship, fellowship, and mission have found many new forms with many other forms to be revealed throughout the days to come.

A joint outdoor worship service with our brothers and sisters in faith at Oxford United Methodist Church is one of these new forms. You are warmly welcomed to outdoor worship this Sunday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. in the amphitheater at the Oxford Community Arts Center (the OCAC amphitheater is on corner of Elm and Walnut).

Here are a few items you’ll want to know before joining us for outdoor worship on Sunday morning:
  • Masks are required.
  • The parking lot is reserved for those who need to use it for accessibility reasons. All other parking will be on the streets surrounding the OCAC.
  • Physical contact with anyone outside your family unit is not permitted. To prevent community spread of COVID-19, it is imperative that each individual and family practice healthy social distancing before, during and after worship.
  • Bring a chair. The lawn will be marked out with colored flags -
  • White flags are for individuals/couples; six feet apart from one another.
  • The orange flags are reserved for families; they are spaced ten feet apart.
  • There is a concrete pad that will have chalk markings six feet apart from one another for those in wheelchairs.
  • Those attending are asked to print off bulletins of the service and bring them with you, or you can access the liturgy through your digital device.

This Sunday you will also have the opportunity to join us for the weekly worship livestream from the Memorial Church sanctuary via Facebook at 10 a.m. 

Both the outdoor worship opportunity and the weekly worship livestream reflect our commitment throughout the pandemic to offer everyone the deep peace, abundant grace and genuine freedom to make the best and healthiest choice for themselves.
 
In the midst of these challenging days, may we be inspired by the wisdom of Jenny Lee, one of the midwives who served the East End of London. 
 
The wise will always learn.
The generous will always find they have more to give.
Thus, we cross the threshold into freedom,
into progress, into embracing all that’s new.
The world shifts around us, and we shape ourselves to fit.
Imperfect and beautiful, wounded and thriving,
delicate, invincible, forever moving on.
 
Time is not the tide.
It moves in only one direction.
Go forth with courage and in hope.
Change is not loss.
We must run with it, dance with it, give it all we have.
September Stewardship Focus – Seeking God


When faced with the many changes created by COVID-19, the Senior High and Middle School Youth Group continues to evolve and thrive. In the midst of summer vacation, they met virtually for a summer series discussing and reflecting on the book Stamped. This fall a 21-Day Challenge on race, equity and equality kicks off the Youth Group calendar. With all of Christian Education, the Youth Group is committed to growth, development and transformation as people and as disciples of Christ.  
Connect with Sunday School Online!
Social distancing? No problem! Virtual Sunday School lessons for all ages are available on our church school page! You can view and download meaningful lessons from our Sunday School teachers and volunteers every Sunday morning as well as review past lessons from over the summer. Hope to see you there!
Nominate the Next Generation of Congregational Leaders
Seeking God...Serving Others... Sharing Christ's Love with All
That is our mission at Oxford Presbyterian.

The creative, faithful, and committed leadership of Deacons, Ruling Elders and Trustees brings this ministry to life.
Now, please take a prayerful moment. 
Who in our congregation does the Holy Spirit bring to mind as you hear our mission statement?
Who in this Body of Christ deepens this mission and serves as Jesus served?

Prayerfully consider who you will nominate today. 
To nominate Elders, Deacons and Trustees, please click here.
If you have any questions please reach out to the co-chairs of the Nominating Committee, Buzz Green or Ginny Layton.
MS / Senior High Youth Group: 21-Day Challenge
Following off of our summer book discussion series, Stamped, MS and Senior High Youth Group is participating in a 21-Day Challenge on Sunday nights at 6:30 pm. Each week our youth are challenged to choose one short article, podcast or film clip from this list on the topic of race, equity, and equality curated by Presbyterian pastors and social justice advocates. We will gather together for three weeks on Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss what they read or listened to this week, what they learned, what challenged them, what made them think, and what did they find themselves learning (or unlearning)?

Our 21-Day Challenge is a commitment to continue our own growth, development, and transformation as people and as disciples of Christ. If you would like to learn more, please check out this month's newsletter article from Pastor Marc.
October Newsletter
Seen any good movies? Got a favorite actor or actress you won’t miss? Or did you waste your time and want to save others the same fate? 
Let us all know what and who is on your short list. Give us a brief enticement in a few sentences. Also, please rate your selections using the following scale:
No snacks (not worth it)
Popcorn (enjoyable)
Popcorn and milk duds (a great show)
Popcorn, milk duds and a Coke (an absolute must see)
Send your suggestions to Nancy Moeckel, moeckenj@miamioh.edu by September 20 for the October newsletter. Come on, join in the fun! 
COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund
Lately we’ve heard from our community mission partners such as the Family Resource Center (FRC) that pandemic related challenges for our neighbors are on the rise.  

With the expiration of the eviction moratorium and the supplement to unemployment benefits, an increasing number of families and individuals throughout the Talawanda School District are facing a crisis as they try to stay in their home or pay for utilities and other significant expenses. 

As our ministry receives a greater number of larger requests, Mission and Outreach asked Stewardship and Finance if a COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund might be created. This fund will enable us to support local individuals and families through our community mission partners with an immediate and flexible response.

The COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund will be dedicated to responding to pandemic related crisis while ensuring that the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund continues to be a resource in emergency community assistance for non-pandemic related requests.

Knowing that our income may be also impacted by this pandemic, we invite those with extra resources to consider making a special gift to the COVID-19 Emergency Outreach Fund. Gifts may be made by mailing a check to the church with “COVID-19” in the memo or by calling our Financial Secretary, Nick Fears, at 513-523-6364. One hundred percent of your gift will go to help those who need emergency help making ends meet. 

During this time, when more people are experiencing income, housing and food insecurity, our ability to assist the most vulnerable in our community becomes gospel living indeed!
Confirmation Class
If you are in 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th Grade and are interested in learning more about confirmation this year, please contact Pastor Marc. This year's teachers will be Pastor Marc, Carla Blackmar Rice, and Carrie Ann Sherritt. An informational meeting with calendar and lesson information will be held in September, so keep your eyes open for that date coming soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more, please contact Pastor Marc to add your name to the list.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Jobs Now!

What is the JOBS NOW! Program?

A FREE employment program to teach you the skills you need to find a new or better job, overcome barriers to employment and discover community resources.

Participants will:

  • Attend a 6-day skills workshop
  • Gain opportunities for better employment through job search assistance
  • Create or refine resume
  • Practice job interview skills
  • Work one-on-one with a job coach to find job leads

Transportation is available.

Next session September 22 – October 1
Meets Tuesday – Thursday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Classes will meet at the Family Resource Center
5445 College Corner Pike
Oxford, OH 45056

To Register, call Jackie Cooley (513) 204-9336
Oxford Community Blood Drive -
at Oxford Presbyterian Seminary Building
Oxford Presbyterian Church will host the McCullough-Hyde Hospital Community Blood Drive Wednesday, September 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Seminary Building, 104 E. Church St., Oxford.

Donors must make an appointment and wear a face mask. If a donor does not have a mask, one will be given. Click here to schedule your donation.

New Policies:
All CBC employees will be wearing masks and gloves.
Donors will have their temperature taken immediately at the registration area.
All cookies/snacks and juice are individually wrapped and provided by CBC. 
CBC staff continually wipes down all equipment.
No volunteers needed and no homemade food allowed at canteen.
Crop Walk 2020
It will come as no surprise that Crop Walk 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. However, the Greek Community and other student organizations at Miami University are collecting canned goods and other food products, as well as monetary donations that will be given to TOPSS (Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services) at the end of September, just as would occur if the traditional walk happened.

Meanwhile, local church members and community members are being asked to donate money that will go to Church World Service, as well as TOPSS, as a substitute for “not walking as a group and staying safe”.

Over the years, the CROP Hunger Walk has been a community led fundraising event to help end hunger and other life-threatening issues. Through the walk, there has been global solidarity with the millions of people who walk miles every day for food and water.

Last year, 2019, Church World Service supported families in 55 countries throughout the world as they worked to overcome hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster.

These challenges continue throughout the world today and are compounded by the recent spread of COVID-19. Please consider donating to: CWS CROP Hunger Walk. Your donation can be sent to Oxford Presbyterian Church, 101 North Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056. Please donate by or before October 10, 2020.

Anne Bailey and Prue Dana, coordinators
Chancel Flowers
Although in-person worship has not resumed, we still need flowers for the chancel. Max Stacy will deliver them to the church. After the service, they will be delivered in a safe way to our shut-ins by the deacons. If you wish to have your own flowers, we could make an arrangement for that. The Sunday needing flowers is October 11.
 
Please call or email Marge Smith to place an order. Phone: 523-3895 or email: smithme2010@hotmail.com. The cost of the flowers is $20 and payment can be mailed to Nick Fears (our financial secretary) at the church. Thank you, for your support.  
Your Stewardship Matters
When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’
-  Erma Bombeck

With the continuation of this pandemic, your stewardship remains as vital to ever as we increase mission support of our community partners, gather for worship via livestream, and faithfully connect in new and creative ways. Your gifts matter and make an impact as we respond together to the impact of COVID-19.

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

 There is not one blade of grass,
there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.

–  John Calvin
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056