March 2, 2018
(Image: "Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments" in a sixth century mosaic at St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai.
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. Sunday!
Third Sunday of Lent
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17
Message: “ The Dream is Ours to Evoke
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion  

Upcoming Events
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.
A Death in the Church Family
Betty Reinhart passed away on Wednesday morning. Our sympathy and prayerful support are extended to the Johanna, Jan and the entire Reinhart family. The family is planning a Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Thanksgiving for Betty’s life at a later time.  
 
We give thanks to the Lord for Betty and the many ways she embodied God’s love to her family, friends, and community.   
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 TODAY or the Seminary prior to the 11:00 a.m. Memorial 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 2:00 p.m. 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:
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.

Lenten Materials
Lenten Calendars and devotionals for adults and children are available in the Molyneaux Lounge.
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!
Tuesday Evening Circle
The Tuesday Evening Circle will meet Tuesday, March 6 in the home of Jean O’Connell. We will be carpooling so if you need a ride call Karen Simpson, 523-8363.
Mustard Seed Investment Group
The Mustard Seed investment group will meet next Wednesday, March 7 at the home of Judy Fisher, 5 Robin Court, at 7:30 PM for fellowship and and discussion of the group’s portfolio. Members contribute $50 a quarter to grow the portfolio. Proceeds are distributed once a year for mission. Meetings generally last one to two hours. Visitors welcome. Call Joe Simpson 513.280.2377 for information or a ride.


Lenten Study Group - The Way
Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m., Seminary Church Facility – Wrap up of the study.
Lenten Study Group - All the Families of the Earth
In 2017 we journeyed through the Bible. Early in that journey we met Abraham and Sarah. In Genesis 12, God called this family to leave their home and begin a journey in which “all the families of the Earth shall be blessed.”

In this Lenten Study Group, we are learning about the historical context and present day relationships between the children of Abraham and Sarah. In particular, we will focus on the relationships of Jews, Christians and Muslims living in the land called holy.

On Friday, March 9 th you are invited to join the study group on a journey to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati for Friday Prayers. We will gather at the Memorial Church facility to carpool and leave at 11:45 a.m. After observing Friday Prayers, we will have the wonderful opportunity to engage in a conversation with the Imam. Time permitting, we will stop for dialogue and refreshments before returning to Oxford.

To plan transportation needs, please contact Pastor Lawrence if you are interested in this journey.  Please feel free to bring a friend… OPC membership is certainly not a prerequisite!
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.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Each year the children are given One Great Hour of Sharing (“OGHS”) fish banks at the start of Lent and we collect them on Palm Sunday.

The children are encouraged to find coins under couch cushions, on car floors, or anywhere else they might find loose change. Collections received will go towards one of the many OGHS projects.

Please encourage your child to add coins to their fish bank.
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.
Church Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter is another way to stay connected to church life here at OPC. If you don't receive a copy of the newsletter, please contact the church office: 513-523-6364 or email: office@oxfordpresbychurch.org and we will place you on our mailing list. Please let us know if your preference is mail to your residence or send via email.
Sunday School
Preschool teacher needed for April and May - If interested, please contact Jenn Walter at 513-593-4883 or jenniferwalter37@yahoo.com
Mission Co-Worker Spotlight – Joshua Heikkila
Oxford Presbyterian Church supports the worldwide ministry of several mission co-workers through the Presbyterian Church (USA). Joshua Heikkila is one of these mission co-workers and also a good friend of the congregation. Since 2009 Josh as served in Ghana as the PC (USA) regional liaison for West Africa. While we eagerly look forward to Josh’s visit to Oxford over the weekend of May 26-27, click the following link to read his recent article in Mission Crossroads Magazine how U.S. and Ghanaian Presbyterian congregations inspire one another through mission partnerships: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/its-all-about-people-and-relationships
 
Photo: A midwife at the Dzemeni maternity clinic in Ghana, supported by First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, Connecticut, weighs an infant to check on healthy growth and development. (Photo by Josh Heikkila)
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community

You may have been following the concern around rising plastic pollution in the news – including research that suggests there may be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by the year 2050. In response to public outcry around plastic pollution in the UK, the Church of England encouraged parishioners to give up plastic for Lent.
Here in Oxford, a new group called #Take3Oxford encourages action to reduce plastic pollution and litter in our community and waterways through an extremely simple practice – picking up and properly disposing of three pieces of litter a day

This initiative is loosely organized on social media, you can encourage others to participate by posting a picture of your pictures to the Take3Oxford Facebook group or by including the hashtag #take3oxford in your Instagram post.

Photo: Lola in a wagon with her 3 pieces of trash. 
Your Stewardship Matters
We are surrounded by God’s benefits.
The best use of these benefits is an
unceasing expression of gratitude.
- John Calvin
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