September 27, 2019
Sixteenth 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: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Sermon: “Sharing our Mission Experiences”

(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.
Adult Christian Education (ACE)

Adult Christian Education at OPC is thriving! Throughout 2019, there have been many opportunities to learn and grow our faith. During Lent, a number of forums were offered to learn about different spiritual practices. During the summer, our popular “Ripped from the Headlines” series from 2018 returned for a well-attended and considerate discussion on the topic of abortion, facilitated by Anne Bailey.

This fall, Carrie Ann Sharitt is leading discussions on four books ( see next article ) covering social justice themes; high school youth and adults are welcome! And finally, ACE encourages everyone to participate in one of the five Called to Life groups currently being offered, which are vital to the continual forward thinking and planning of OPC’s priorities and mission. All are welcome to ACE activities; the more church members and friends participate, the more you will feel connected to your sisters and brothers in Christ.
OPC Book Club
Please join us this month in reading "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stephenson.

A discussion, led by Carrie Ann Sharitt, will take place in October. Happy reading!

Availability : Oxford Lane Library (Amazon ~$13)
Does it seem like your “best laid plans” often go astray?
Or have you experienced a time when your plans went smoothly, and you felt an alignment with what God wanted and what you hoped for? How do we get more of the second and less of the first? This is what we will explore in next weeks’ study in Called to Life!  Jeremiah 29:11-14 will give us some insights. You can still join us in this lively and engaging study. Call Pat Gifford at 513-255-5416 to find a class that fits your schedule. 
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.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
First Annual 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.

Saturday, September 28, 6 p.m. - Christianity
Oxford Presbyterian Seminary Church ~ 104 East Church Street
(Corner of Church and Poplar)

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story” (1996) Chronicles the life of Dorothy Day, (1897 – 1980) an American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert.  
OPW Fall/Thank Offering Gathering
 Come to the Seminary after worship on Sunday, September 29 for a feast of a potluck lunch! It’s the OPW Fall Gathering/Thank Offering event.

And if that’s not enough, we are LUCKY to have the Russia Mission Team, Pastor Lawrence, Ginny Layton, Karen Shearer, Robert Smith and Nancy Wilson join us! Now that’s going to be a Moment for Mission!

The team will share their experiences and answer questions as we enjoy our meal. What can we (OPC) do to strengthen our relationship with our Russian Sister Church? How can we (OPC) support their endeavors in growth? Come share your ideas!
Lunch on Us! (for college students)
Join Pastor Marc and Carol Klumb for Lunch on Us! Sunday, September 29th . We will meet in the Molyneaux Lounge right after worship.
Youth Group News
Calling all youth! This Sunday, 6:30-8:00
 (supper included)!
 
Join us 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
Financial Secretary's Vacation

Mary Martin, our Financial Secretary, will be on vacation beginning Monday, September 30 until Friday, October 4.

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. 
OPC Seminary Cinema - Fall 2019 Screening Events
Spirituality in films you might not otherwise have the chance to see

  • Sunday, October 6 – First Reformed (R)

FREE and OPEN to ALL!
3:30 p.m. – Pre-film Discussion
4:00 p.m. – Film

Each event in the Sanctuary of the Seminary Church at 104 E. Church St. (corner of Church and Poplar)
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 
COME ON DOWN! THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

Climb up those stairs to your closets, bedrooms and attics, THEN COME ON DOWN and help make sure the PRICE IS RIGHT on the gently used items you donate to the OPW Fall Rummage Sale. You’ll find our rummage sale studio at the Seminary Building. You won’t need tickets to be in the audience at this special show taping. Drop off and Drop in are scheduled for Saturday October 12, 10 am-12 pm and Sunday October 13, from 2-5 pm. Reruns of the best of Drop off and Drop in play continuously 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. We spun the wheel and the showcase prizes can be checked out on Friday October 18, from 10 am to 3 pm and on Saturday, October 19 from 10am to noon. Clean up begins at noon. Find the items you just have to have and take them home, but only if THE PRICE IS RIGHT! (TPIR is a Nerd Griffon production. All rights reserved,)
Mission and Outreach - Kids Coalition Against Hunger Event
2019 World Food Week of Action
Impact the World – Today and Tomorrow –
with Just Two Hours of Your Time!

An estimated 925 million people globally will go hungry today. You are able to change that reality. During the 2019 World Food Week of Action, join your hands and heart with dozens of others to bring nutritious food to children and families around the world.

Volunteers from across the campus and community will come together for the Kids Coalition Against Hunger. Our goal is to package 15,000 nonperishable meals critical to school children, youth and families in our community and around the world. All are invited to join us!

Kids Coalition Against Hunger Event
Sunday, October 20, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (clean-up to follow).
Oxford Presbyterian Church - Seminary Community Room. All are invited to join us!

Register here .
Christian Education
Thank you to Carol Richmond and Emily Lykins for teaching Sunday School to grades 3-4-5 in September!

Thanks to Noel Albarran for serving as our September acolyte (and to Spencer Lykins for filling in one Sunday)!
Living Into Hope
Every act of love, gratitude and kindness; 
every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and 
delight in the beauty of his creation; 
every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or walk; 
every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings, 
and for that matter one’s fellow non-human creatures; 
and of course every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching, 
every deed which spreads the gospel, 
builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, 
and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world 
– all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, 
into the new creation which God will one day make.
- N. T. Wright
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