September 6, 2019
Thirteenth 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: Jeremiah 18:1-11
Sermon: "Formed. Reformed."

(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.

This past July, three youth delegates from our church (Jens Bartel, Zeke Grooms, and Eli Walter) attended the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University (accompanied by adult advisers, Pastor Marc and Candace Crist).

Our delegates joined over 4,000 Presbyterian Youth and another 1,000 adult advisers from churches all over the country for a week of dynamic worship, engaging speakers, recreational activities, and small group discussions with youth and adult leaders from across the country. This year's theme was "Here's My Heart," which comes from the lyrics of the beloved hymn, "Come Thou Fount." 
Congregational Concerns
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for  David Wilson  will be held Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.
in the Sanctuary of the Memorial Church.
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. 

Three Saturdays and one Sunday in September, for the whole Oxford and Miami community.
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 7, 6 pm. - Buddhism
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church ~ Undercroft 25 East Walnut St.
(Corner of E. Walnut and S. Poplar St.)

“The Cup” (1999). Two young boys at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery convince senior monks to hook up a satellite dish so they can watch the World Cup soccer matches.
Welcome Back Picnic
This SUNDAY! Following worship join the Membership, Evangelism, and Fellowship Committee in the courtyard for the   Welcome Back Picnic!  It is an annual tradition to welcome back students, faculty, members on summer vacation…everyone… to thank the Lord for rest and joy of the summer, to kick off a new school year, and continue opportunities for members and friends of OPC to  S eek, S erve, and Share!
A dult C hristian E ducation / Myrtle Collaboration
Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s the meaning of my life and my work?”

Do you feel pulled in multiple directions---work, family, and other commitments?

Are you wondering where God might be leading you next?

Are you curious as to where God might be leading your church family
and how you can be a part of the journey?

Join friends at Oxford Presbyterian Church as we explore these questions and more in Called to Life!, a six-week, small group study, sponsored by the Myrtle Collaboration and Adult Christian Education. Register after worship Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Picnic! During the week call (523-6364) or email ( ) the church office with your preference. Last chance to register is Sunday, September 15!

  • Sunday after worship: 11:30-1:00 at the Seminary upstairs. Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20. Facilitators: Juan Carlos Albarran, John Bailer
  • Monday morning: 10:00-11:30 at The Knolls Country Kitchen. Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21. Facilitators: Joy Russell, Billie Maynard
  • Monday evening: 6:30-8:00 at Judy Fisher’s home. Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21. Facilitators: Judy Fisher, Carol Schaber
  • Thursday morning: 10:00-11:30 at Susan and Bill King’s home. Dates: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Facilitators: Susan King, Bill King
  • Thursday evening: 5:30- 7:00 in the Molyneaux. Dates: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Facilitators: Bill Fisher, Carla Blackmar-Rice

If you can’t make one of your group sessions, you are welcome to join another that week. Participant’s Guides will be available Sunday, September 8 following worship, please pick one up to help prepare for the first gathering.

If you are unable to attend a small group discussion, or prefer self-study, you may use the Participant’s Guides on your own. Questions from the study will also be posted on the OPC Facebook page.
Church Services at The Knolls
Come join us on September 10 & 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. If you want to know more about it or need a ride, give Becky Quay a call at 523-5747.

Hope to see you there!
Youth Team
OPC is strengthening it's youth ministry with a new Youth Team! Led by Pastor Marc, the following individuals are serving as part of the team: Candace Crist, Tom Holmes, Emily Lykins, Mary Shinn, Leanne Staley, and Molly Todd.

This committee has developed a youth program for the fall, starting with the kickoff event of a pool party (see next article).

For the remainder of the fall, youth gatherings will occur on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm and will include fun outings, lessons, service projects, and more.
Christian Education News
Youth Group Fall Kickoff Event...A Pool Party!! Grab your swimsuit, bring a friend or two, and plan to join us on Wednesday, September 11 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. , at the Lykins' home (4 West Bull Run, Oxford).

Dinner will be provided!
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Afternoon  Circle  will kick-off the year by having Rev. Marc van Bulck lead the group with the first lesson “Words of Love: I Am Your God; You Shall Have No Others” in the Country Kitchen at the Knolls at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday September 17. An optional lunch for $8 is available at noon in the cafe by making reservations with Rosemary Fisher by Friday, September 13 at 524-7748. New members and guests are always welcome. For further information call Lynn Cronk at 524-8574.
Chancel Choir
Do you like to raise a joyful noise? If so, please prayerfully consider joining the Chancel Choir! Prerequisites for membership include the enjoyment of making music in a group setting, a commitment of time, a rudimentary knowledge of music reading, and an ability to match pitch. If you are uncertain of the commitment, perhaps consider joining for a proscribed period of time, for example, from now through Christmas and see how the experience resonates in your life. Men and altos (lower voiced women) are particularly in demand. 

We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:30-8:30 in the Geneva Room (upstairs). We also have a “brush up” rehearsal every Sunday morning at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary prior to the Service.
OPC Book Club
Nearly two years ago, members of OPC read “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving. Starting in September, members will begin meeting monthly to discuss books with social justice themes. All are welcome including youth who are reading along with their parents. The initial books selected include  Accidental Saints (September),   Just Mercy (October),   Love Undocumented (November),  and Inspired (December / January). 

We hope you will read along and join us for discussion over brown-bag dinners (bring your own dinner). This group is open to everyone and anyone who would like to participate!

Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm in the Molyneaux Lounge.  Accidental Saints   by Nadia Bolz-Weber can be found at the Oxford Lane Library or on Amazon (~$8). For more information, contact Carrie Ann Sharitt at   
Save the Date - 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 .
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 ( Nomination of Church Officers ). Printed brochures will be in our Sunday bulletin and available throughout the church.
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 this week as they prayerfully engage this exciting time of discernment.
PDA responds to Hurricane Dorian
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’ I saiah 41:13

Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as a category 5 hurricane on September 1, 2019. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is still monitoring Hurricane Dorian as it affects the Atlantic coast of the U.S. PDA is currently in communication with one of our partners in the Bahamas, Bahamas Methodist Habitat, as well as U.S. presbyteries in the path of Dorian. 

PDA is in communication with several international response organizations, including Church World Service (CWS) and ACT Alliance, as well as National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and Puerto Rico VOAD. In conversations with ACT Alliance and CWS, PDA is identifying the best time and best way to travel to the Bahamas as part of a damage assessment team to implement a rapid, timely and effective emergency response to Hurricane Dorian’s impact; identifying needs, local capacities and providing updated information.

As learned from previous disasters and the shared experience of many relief organizations, the best way to respond to a disaster is through monetary donations. As USAID indicates, “Cash donations are the most efficient form of assistance. Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods. Cash donations also allow relief supplies to be purchased in markets close to the disaster site, which stimulates the local economy, thereby boosting employment and generating cash flow.”

If you would like to support PDA’s response, please designate gifts to DR000194  online  or by check with “DR000194-Dorian” on the memo line to Oxford Presbyterian Church.  
An Update from TOPSS
Thank you Oxford Presbyterian Church for your financial and spiritual support to the pantry!

The status of the new building is "on hold" for the time being. The funding needed did not appear and the time-frame for exiting our current location began to impinge on the construction timeline. In short, we need to have a place by next July. TOPSS in not giving up on a new building. The site, permits and plans are ready.

We are looking for a temporary location so that we may continue operations as we seek additional donations for the new building. Currently, we are in conversation with the Family Resource Center about using two of their buildings. Since our clientele and theirs overlap so much, it makes sense to co-locate and work together. Ultimately, the intent of the new building was to enable this same cohesion.

Once TOPSS is in the temporary site, active fundraising will pick up again. When the funding is available, the TOPSS facility will be built.
Your Stewardship Matters
When I die, God isn’t going to ask me 
“Did I create the Earth in six days or five days?”
but “What did you do with what I gave you?”
 - Richard Cizik
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056