February 23, 2018
(Image: “Get Thee Behind Me Satan” by French artist, James Jacques Joseph Tissot, between 1886-1894.)
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. Sunday!
Second Sunday of Lent
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
Message: "The WHAT and the HOW Behind the WHO"
Upcoming Events
Lenten Study Group - The Way
  • The purpose of our study is to use the book "The Great Spiritual Migration" as a vehicle for understanding each other and our church through our stories and sharing with each other, as desired.

  • We will be meeting in Ellen Buerk's home again (520 N. Patterson) this Sunday (Feb. 25) at 7:00 PM with light dinner provided.

  • This Sunday's discussion will focus on Part I "The Spiritual Migration" of the book - pages 19-67.

Lenten Materials
Lenten Calendars and devotionals for adults and children are available in the Molyneaux Lounge.
The Honored Woman Award Deadline Drawing Near
Nominations are due by March 1 for the Honored Woman Award! Each year the Oxford Presbyterian Women present this award to a special woman who has dedicated her time and talent to the work of the church. The selection is made through nominations from the congregation. If you have seen or worked beside a woman who has faithfully served the Lord and His church, please send a letter of nomination to Pat Gifford, at gifforp@miamioh.edu , drop in my mailbox at church, or send to 6511 Morning Sun Rd., Oxford, 45056. A new letter of nomination is needed each year, even if a woman has been nominated previously. We are so grateful for the continued service of our Past Honored Women; however, the award is only given once to an individual. The image on the left is a sketch of the pin awarded to each Honored Woman.

If you are unsure if a special woman has received the award previously, please contact Pat. Other members of the Honored Woman Committee are Johanna Reinhart and Carol Burkhalter will also gladly accept letters of nomination.
The Deacon's Lenten Food Drive
Please leave the donated items for the Oxford Choice Pantry in the Narthex, (the front entrance to the Sanctuary) from February 18 -March 24. Monetary donations can be made during offering by writing a check with "Deacon's Food Drive" in the note field or placing cash in a pew envelope with the "Deacon's Food Drive" on the front.
Items needed :
"Big Three": Spaghetti, Tuna & Peanut Butter

Other Items : Canned meals (Spaghetti O’s, Ravioli, Chef Boyardee)
Varieties of cereal, canned fruit and vegetables

Personal Care Items : Toilet paper, body wash, deodorant, shampoo and hair conditioner
Youth News
Spring Retreat:  If your student is interested in attending Spring Retreat, you must fill out the Google Form by  Sunday, March 4.  The retreat is April 6-8 and takes place at Kirkmont Retreat Center. Sign-up link:  https://goo.gl/forms/hfN340zzdfBzcai52

Summer Camp:  The Youth Ministry at Oxford Presbyterian Church is offering an opportunity for students having completed grades 7-12 to attend the Presbyterian Youth Connection Camp at Kirkmont Center (PYC Jr. for those students having just completed 6th grade). From June 24-30, students will spend time engaged in activities within their selected track (Sports, Science, Art, Robotics or Music) and will learn more about their faith. Check out the Kirkmont Center website for more information.  Please email Mitch Hardy if your student is interested in attending by Sunday, March 4. 

Mission Trip
We are in need of  one male chaperone  for the 2018 Sr. High Mission Trip to Charleston, SC. If you are interested in helping out, please reach out to Mitch Hardy ASAP!
Memorial Receptions
Dick Fisher:
Immediately following the memorial service, a light luncheon will be held at the Seminary Building. Contributions of desserts for this event are welcome. If so desired, desserts may be dropped off at the Memorial Church on Friday, March 2 or the Seminary prior to the 11:00 a.m. service on Saturday, March 3. If you wish to bring a dessert or have questions, please contact Diane Young at 255-6051 or cyoung9999@yahoo.com .

John Trump:
Because of John’s love of potluck meal fellowship, the Deacons will host a potluck at the Seminary Building after the memorial service. Ham and rolls will be provided. Anyone attending may bring salads, side dishes or desserts. For convenience, Deacons will be available at the Seminary to accept potluck dishes starting at noon on March 10. Anyone with questions, please contact one of the following Deacons:
Special Congregational Meeting

The Session has called a Special Congregational Meeting to vote on the correction to Pastor Lawrence’s terms of call for 2018. An Excel spreadsheet formula error and Board of Pensions calculation error generated a series of incorrect figures in the Pastor’s compensation that were not noticed until after it was approved by the congregation in January. This very brief congregational meeting will take place immediately after worship on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
A Singular Jesus in a Pluralistic World
On Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. in Room 104 of the Shriver Center, Ben Witherington III will present a lecture on “A Singular Jesus in a Pluralistic World.” Witherington is the Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of What Have They Done With Jesus? Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History – Why We Can Trust the Bible . Sponsored by the History Department of Miami University as the Edwin M. Yamauchi Lecture, this talk is free and open to the public. 
2018 World Day of Prayer All God’s Creation is Very Good

World Day of Prayer will be celebrated Sunday March 4, 3 to 5 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church. World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement led by Christian women who come together to observe a common day of prayer and action. This year’s worship was written by the Women of Suriname and focuses on the many rivers and creeks, the rich tropical rainforest and great biodiversity.  All are invited.

Bridgite Dickerson, our Administrative Assistant, will be on vacation beginning Monday, March 5th until Friday, March 9th. Worship bulletins for Sunday, March 4th and March 11th will be prepared on Tuesday, February 27th. Please turn in all announcements for both Sunday's by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th.

Office Hours:
Monday, March 5 - Wednesday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 8, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Save the Date: Deacons Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 27 ~ 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(The Seminary Building)

Appointments Recommended
To Donate Blood:
You are encouraged to sign up online at www.Donortime.com / use Sponsor Code 321 . Choose Donor Login ”, you will be given instructions on what to do.

If you would like us to sign you up, please contact the church office at 513.523.6364, give your name, date of birth, phone number, and preferred appointment time.

Questions about donor eligibility contact:
CBC at: 1-800-388-4483 or 777-4428.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
We Need Volunteers!

Meals on Wheels are 
More Than Just a Meal

Not only does Oxford Seniors provide a hot, nutritious meal to the home bound clients in our area, we also provide a daily face to face visit that our clients look forward to, in a way we are their life line.

Last year one of our home delivered meal drivers, found a client who had fallen during the night and we were able to call 911 for the client. If it was not for our driver, who knows how long this client would have been lying on the floor.

If you would like to be apart of our Meals On Wheels/Home Delivered Meal Program, to help our clients, we are looking for volunteers to deliver meals on any day Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. You may choose which day you can volunteer.

The routes begin at McCullough-Hyde/Tri Health. We send 2 people out on every route; one to drive and one to deliver the food.

We can pay mileage of $.30/mile for those volunteers who drive and need to be reimbursed. If you do not take reimbursement from Oxford Seniors, you can claim your mileage on your taxes.

If you are not available on a weekly basis, we are always in need of subs Mondays through Fridays to be called on as needed.

For more information call Jennifer Marcum at the Oxford Seniors 523-8100 or jmarcum@oxfordsenior.org
Living Into Hope
Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for
feeling what it’s like to live inside somebody else’s skin.
-   Frederick Buechner
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056