September 20, 2019
Fifteenth 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: Luke 16:1-13
Sermon: "Holy Mischief"

(Note on image: see September Stewardship Focus on Christian Education )
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
September Stewardship Focus – Christian Education

Ministry and mission at Oxford Presbyterian Church takes on so many forms as we answer Christ's call in our community, nation and world.
OPC Acolytes

One of the wonderful ways to help children feel part of our worship service is to include them! And a great way to encourage them to serve is by lighting light our altar candles. Every month, one of our youngsters volunteers to be our acolyte .

Next time you see one of them helping out by doing this, let them know you appreciate it! They love to be noticed and valued and Christian Education loves the connection between our children and adults!
October Newsletter

Don't miss the deadline!
Please submit all articles to moeckenj@miamioh.edu
TODAY, September 20
Nancy Moeckel, editor
Oxford - Memory Cafe
A social space where people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their care partners are welcomed. Monthly gathering provides opportunities to socialize with each other and with Miami students, enjoy music, art, games, foods, or other fun activities. Program will vary each month.

Oxford Memory Cafe
Oxford Lane Library
Third Friday afternoon of each month
September 20, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
441 S. Locust Street, Oxford, OH 45056
Contact: Arvind Kochar at a.kochar@lanepl.org
Called to Life! Blossoms among 55 participants & facilitators this week!
In the first week of an Introduction to the Called to Life! series we explored the meaning of call vs vocation (no difference!), experienced prayer through lectio divina, and spent time reflecting on God’s challenge to Moses and the Israelites to “choose life!” and how that was a call to action. We also practiced listening skills and asking contemplative questions as participants viewed videos from the Lives Explored stories of personal call. The enthusiasm was contagious as we seize this opportunity to understand personal call and to discern congregational call for OPC! You can still join us. In our first lesson next week we explore How God Calls! Call Pat Gifford at 513-255-5416 to find a class that fits your schedule.
Youth Group News
Calling all youth! This Sunday, 6:30-8:00 at the Seminary: come join us (supper included)!
 
Join us in for games, Bible studies, topic discussions,
fun fellowship nights, and mission service projects. Middle School and Senior High will meet for food together and then splitting up into different groups

For more information, please contact Associate Pastor Marc van Bulck
Multi-Faith Film Festival
Sponsored by local faith communities

To be  multifaith  is to feel an affinity
with aspects of more than one religion,
philosophy or world-view, and perhaps
to believe that no one is superior to the others. 

 A meal of homemade soup and bread, movie and conversation about Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith. Free and open to the public.

Sunday September 22, 1 p.m. - Judaism  
Hillel ~ 11 E Walnut St ~ Oxford, OH       
   
“The Chosen” (1981). In 1944, two Jewish kids in Brooklyn become friends. One is from a very conservative family and the other is more liberal. Issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations, and the formation of Israel cause friction.
Church Services at The Knolls
Come join us on September 24 at The Knolls as we view recent Presbyterian Church services on DVD.

We will be in the Activity Room at 10:00 a.m.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Stand Up to Suicide -
Attend QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

Open to all Oxford community residents and students

Monday, September 23rd - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Oxford Seniors ~ 922 Tollgate Drive

RSVP to Amy Macechko: macechkoa@talawanda.org or 513.273.3390

Learn more about QPR at www.qprinstitute.com
Worthy Conversations
Prometheus Banned: A Discussion on Science, Technology and Censorship.

Tuesday 9/24 at 4:00 pm in 320 King.
Refreshments will follow.

Participants

  • Dr. John-Charles Duffy, Department of Religion
  • Dr. Karthik Vishwanath, Department of Physics
  • Dr. Michael Hicks, Department of Philosophy
  • Dr. Steven Sullivan, Department of Biology

Hosted by Computing and Engineering Librarian Matt Benzing. So often, discussions on censorship and intellectual freedom revolve around literature; yet the topics are also relevant within STEM fields.  Evolution and its Critics Environmental Data Proliferation of Lethal Technology Thinking Critically About Historical Censorship Narratives in Science  are some of the topics that will be addressed. Please join us and feel free to bring your voice to the discussion.  
OPC Book Club

Please join us this Wednesday, September 25 for the book discussion of " Accidental Saints " led by Carrie Ann Sharitt. We will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Molyneaux Lounge (bring a brown bag supper).

All are welcome including youth who are reading along with their parents.
Crop Walk
The annual Crop Walk for hunger will soon be here! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 28, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Uptown Park.

The Crop Hunger Walk is a community and Miami University fundraising event that will help to end hunger throughout the world. Although the walk is a Greek Week event, it is important for Oxford, in that 25% of the proceeds go to TOPSS, our local food pantry. You can register online if you want to walk (or run) and ask friends to support you. Register here . For more information, see Prue Dana in the Narthex Sunday following worship.
OPW Fall/Thank Offering Gathering
Would you come to church each Sunday if the building were cold  throughout the winter months , if it were very crowded and if there were not even indoor plumbing? Members of our Sister Church,  First Church of Zlatoust  do. Let’s talk about that and other things over a potluck lunch on  Sunday, September 29 , right after worship. The Russia Mission Team will be guests of OPW at the Fall Gathering. What a time this will be. First, OPW will gather the Thank Offering, a moment to give back in gratitude for all our blessings.

Then, we’ll adjourn to tables for a shared meal and a discussion about the recent mission trip our team, Pastor Lawrence, Ginny Layton, Karen Shearer, Robert Smith and Nancy Wilson took in July. Hear and learn firsthand, just as our team did! Come join in!

Food may nourish your body, but community will nourish your soul. (Kim Samler)
This is indeed our sister church!
Staff Vacations

Bridgite Dickerson, our Office Administrator, will be on vacation from Monday, September 23 until Friday, September 7th. Mary Martin, our Financial Secretary, will be on vacation beginning Monday, September 30th until Friday, October 4th.

Please email any financial questions to finance@oxfordpresbychurch.org .
You're Invited - Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting
Mission and Outreach would like to invite members of OPC to their October 3rd Mission and Outreach meeting. Guest Speaker via Skype: Sara Henken, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Colombia.

All are welcome to hear Sara’s Skype presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the Molyneuax Lounge. Of course you are warmly welcomed to stay for the entire meeting.
Blessing of the Animals & Blessing of the Trees
Join us on  Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m.  in the courtyard of the Memorial Facility as we Bless the Animals  and Bless the Trees . Bring your dogs and cats… bring your gerbils and birds… bring your rabbits and fish…bring your friends and grandchildren with their beloved pets. All animals are welcome and must be securely restrained. 
Become a Member of our OPC Family
We welcome all interested people to explore membership at the OPC!! To find out more about the Presbyterian Church and specifically the Oxford congregation, please let Pastor Marc, Pastor Lawrence and/or Bridgite know that you are interested. Join us for a New Members Experience in Pastor Marc's office on October 6 and October 13 at 11:30 a.m. New Member Sunday will be October 20 during worship.
Deacons Community Blood Drive
Oxford Presbyterian Church Blood Drive at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital. Location: Blood Mobile - Thursday, October 10 - 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Appointments Encouraged.

Sign up online: DonorTime.com/Sponsor Code 324
Fall 2019 Rummage Sale 
BREAKING NEWS! THIS JUST IN. BREAKING NEWS! SEMINARY BUILDING ABLAZE WITH ACTIVITY! (OPC) Oxford Presbyterian Women, in an effort to make available to the community, low priced, gently used items, will hold an extraordinary Fall Rummage Sale. In precedented benevolence, ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO MISSIONS, LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL! “You’ll find gently used items in your basement, garage, shed, closets and if you look closely, even in your attic!” a Rummage Team member was overheard to say. In response, an average citizen, just like you, announced, “I’m going to rush my items to the Seminary, and help sort and price while I’m there,” Reporters on scene reveal that donations will be accepted at the Seminary on Saturday October 12, 10 am-12 pm and Sunday October 13, from
2-5 pm.  Donations and volunteer workers will be received on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 14, 15, and 16, from 10 am to 6 pm each day. The doors open for the sale on Thursday October 17 from 6 to 8 pm. Mox Media members report to this reporter that it is possible for Elvis to make a surprise visit that night!  Other shopping days include Friday October 18, from 10 am to 3 pm and old bags are for sale on Saturday, October 19 from 10 am to noon. Clean up begins at noon. 
Congregational Concern
Christine Rose moved to the Oxford in 2018 and worshiped with our faith community for several months. Now receiving hospice care Christine welcomes our prayers and cards of concern.

Her address is: 306 North Main St., Apt. 1, Oxford OH 45056.
Your Stewardship Matters
One of the simplest things you can do to make a positive impact
on the future is to make a Will.

King David bequeathed assets to his son so that Solomon could build the Temple.
His prayer: “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you...all of this abundance we have provided for building you a temple for your holy name, comes from your hand,
and it all belongs to you.” (1 Chronicles 29:14 & 16).

Including a gift (also called a bequest) to the ministry of Oxford Presbyterian Church in your Will creates an enduring legacy that impacts generations in Oxford
and around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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