September 21, 2018
(Image: Saint Paul painted by Adam Elsheimer)
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Acts 9:1-20 & Galatians 1:13-24
Message: “The World Around Us: Changed People Change the World”
Ministry News and Upcoming Events
Lectionary Bible Study



Lectionary Bible Study, Led by Mary Shinn, continues on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Join us Sunday, September 23 at 9:00-9:45 a.m. in the Preschool classroom. 
Habitat for Humanity


Saturday, the 22nd of September at 9:00 a.m. and 10 am. there will be 2 house dedications for Habitat on Carter Court and Fuller Way. Come and see what the Faith Build has participated in! The Carter Court House is ready to be moved into and the Fuller Way has the walls up. 
The Crop Walk



Sunday, September 23, 12:30 p.m. beginning and ending at the Uptown Parks. Signup and pledge envelopes are available after church and at the walk. See Prue Dana.
Church Services at The Knolls


If you are unable to attend some of our church services on Sunday mornings, we have another option for you. Join Becky Quay and Pastor Lawrence in the Country Kitchen at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25. 
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality


Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Led by Billie Maynard, continues on Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. To sign up, call the church office at 523-6364.
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, September 28-29. Please call the church office at 523-6364 for information.
“The World Around Us”



Join us 3 Mini-festivals celebrating "The World Around Us". Music, food samples, children's crafts, stories and pictures from church members who hail from other countries. Each festival will be held at the Seminary building from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please join us (all ages welcome)! Thursday, October 4; Wednesday, October 17; Tuesday, November 13. If you would like to attend but need a ride, please contact the church office at 523-6364 or office@oxfordpresbychurch.org.
Mark Your Calendar



All members are encouraged to attend the Congregational Meeting called by Session for Sunday, October 7 following the 10:00 a.m. service.  At the meeting the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee will present their recommended candidate for the position of Associate Pastor for Family Ministry and Campus Ministry; the congregation will then have opportunity to vote on that recommendation.
Rummage Sale
Chance of a lifetime to appear in Oxford Presbyterian Women’s trendy, “Rummage Sale: A Star is Born.” An epic of epic epicness. It’s no Picnic setting it all up. We need your help. It may be Ferris Bueller’s day off, but you are called upon to help price, setup, display, pop popcorn and more. High Noon is not the time to come.

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.)
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.

Already 41 people have registered toward our goal of 75. Register today for these two hours that will impact the world around us.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community


Holy Trinity is collecting gently used and clean coats for adults, youth and children until October 25. Please bring to the Chapel of St Bede entrance of Holy Trinity, 25 East Walnut St which is open 24/7.
Hurricane Florence
As news comes in daily of the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is organizing a response that will help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days. “Our hearts break and rise up in prayer for the people along the Atlantic coast and the inland areas of the Carolinas,” says the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA director. “Right now, we need the church’s prayers and financial assistance.”

PDA has been in communication with Presbyteries, congregations and pastors in the area to provide resources and guidance. Kraus and her colleagues in the Presbyterian Mission Agency and throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are working with our partners to meet immediate needs and support long-term recovery.

PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the PC (USA). It is committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and has designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

To support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence, click here ( https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000194/ ). 
You’ll be taken to the PC(USA) website to donate securely and quickly.

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.
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.
 
Anyone interested in volunteering, contact the church office at 5223-6364 or office@oxfordpresbychurch.org.
Your Stewardship Matters
A study by James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science , shows that when one person behaves generously, it inspires observers to behave generously later, toward different people. In fact, the researchers found that altruism could spread by three degrees—from person to person to person to person. “As a result,” they write, “each person in a network can influence dozens or even hundreds of people, some of whom he or she does not know and has not met.”
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