April 6, 2018
(Image: An image from Kim Logsdon on the Easter theme “Practicing Resurrection) 
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!
Second Sunday of Easter
Scripture: 1 John 1:1-2:2
Message: “Practicing Resurrection: When Practice is More Than Belief”
Upcoming Events
New Members Class
We welcome all interested people to explore membership at the Oxford Presbyterian Church!! To find out more about the Presbyterian Church and specifically the Oxford congregation, join Pastor Lawrence for a series of Inquirer’s Classes on April 8 and April 15 at 11:30 in the Molyneaux lounge.
Join the Choir!
“To sing is to pray twice.”

The above quotation, often misattributed to St. Augustine, is actually of anonymous origin. Despite that fact, singing remains an integral aspect of worship. As you read this, I want to encourage you to seriously consider joining us in the Chancel Choir as we strive to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. 

Recent life transitions in the congregation have generated substantial challenges to the choir as we seek to fulfill our role in the worship life at OPC. In addition to our overall numbers dwindling, placing greater responsibility on those remaining, we are now missing an entire voice part which renders the vast majority of the music in our substantial library difficult to satisfactorily perform.

Thus, I am making a sincere plea to you, please consider joining the choir. By way of persuasion, I offer you dear reader the following rationales: Singing in a Choir Offers 11 Surprising Health Benefits! Backed by reputable scientific research, researchers have discovered tangible physical, psychological, emotional and social benefits to singing in a choir. 

If you are not moved by the personal benefits to joining us in the Choir, perhaps I could entice you on spiritual grounds? SEEKING God we strive to know and love God and to sing praises to God. SERVING OTHERS we follow our Servant Savior, serving to help bring fullness of life and the beauty of musical worship to others. SHARING CHRIST’S LOVE WITH ALL, we proclaim the unconditional love of Christ through our thoughts, words, songs of praise, deeds and actions, filled with joy and hope.

Please prayerfully consider this request. I am a gentle shepherd of my choral flock but I do work them hard. We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:30-8:30pm during the academic school year and 9:00am every Sunday prior to Worship. I also encourage you to inquire of any choir member for their personal perspective on singing in the Choir.

Yours in Christ,
Kent Peterson 
Congregational Concerns

There will be a Service of Witness to the Resurrection for the life of Betty Reinhart - Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church. Reception following service in The Seminary.
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. Becky Quay shows recent church services on DVD in the Country Kitchen at 10:00 A.M. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Join us Tuesday, April 10, Pastor Lawrence will be leading worship. If you would like to join us, but need a ride, just give Becky a call at 523-5747.
OPW Spring Brunch
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Molyneaux Lounge
10:00 a.m. ~ Noon

Program: Our featured event is Dr. Scott Parkinson presenting a program on the Seminary Church and OPC Pastors of the past. This should be a wonderful opportunity for all the women, children, grandparents, and friends of OPW. Reservations sheets are available in the Molyneaux Lounge, and outside the church office. Forms may be placed in the offering plate, Administrative Assistant mailbox or contact the church office, 513.523.6364, office@oxfordpresbychurch.org to make your reservation. Ladies of our two circles will be providing our brunch. Bring along your friends. Please reserve a place for yourself and any guests. This is so we know how much food to prepare. See you there! Reservations due by April 12.
Spring Cleanup

Calling all youth and adults - we need your help with spring clean on Saturday, April 14. Raking, trimming and mulching at the Memorial from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Gloves, trowels, rakes and wheelbarrows needed.
Tuesday Afternoon Circle

The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet in the Country Kitchen at the Knolls on April 17 at 1:30 p.m. If you can join us for lunch, call Lynn Cronk. Please make reservations by Friday April 13. The lunch is $8 and begins at 12 noon at the Café. Our study begins at 1:30 in the Country Kitchen. 
Creating a Healthy Oxford
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community:  Deliberate Dining
As part of Better Together Week, a week of initiatives that invite us to engage well across lines of religious difference, Miami Hillel, the Office of Community Engagement and Service, and Oxford Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Deliberate Dining Party. 

You are invited to join the dinner party on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Shriver’s Bystrom Room for delicious Mediterranean food and table discussions about topics related to identity and interfaith and social justice, as well as to hear about a new initiative that challenges us to “pay it forward”!

All are welcome to attend. To register, please visit: https://MiamiOH.formstack.com/forms/2018_deliberate_dining_party_registration

Peace, Shalom, & Salaam
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)
Thank you to all who generously responded to the OGHS offering on Palm Sunday. Over $141 in pennies and nickels, dimes and quarters were prayerfully deposited into the coin banks. God will turn this offering into linens and blankets through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. These linens and blankets will give children around the world a sense of warmth and safety.
That’s not all. Over $ 1550 given through the designated envelopes will support three ministries within the Presbyterian Church that make a significant impact in lives around the world. These ministries are: Presbyterian Hunger Program, Self-Development of the People, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. It’s remarkable how God uses our gifts to bring the gospel to life!
Your Stewardship Matters
To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us –
and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His Love,
every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
-    Thomas Merton
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