June 15, 2018
(Image on cover: Wheat fields in Galilee.)
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Mark 4:26-34
Message: “Seeds of Faith”
Upcoming Events
Senior High Youth Mission Trip

Our congregation continues to grow in mission locally, nationally, and internationally. Tomorrow - Saturday, June 16 – twelve Senior High youth and three adult leaders travel for a week of service in Charleston, South Carolina. Please keep this faithful group in your prayers as they experience this time of mission, faith formation and lifetime memories.   
Congregational Concern

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Louise Limper will be held Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Reception immediately following the service in the Molyneaux Lounge.
Blessing of the Animals
Join us on Saturday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the courtyard of the Memorial Facility as we Bless the Animals. 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.
Ripped from the Headlines -- What Can a Presbyterian Do????
Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say about current events in our country and world? What do other Presbyterian Christians think? Would you welcome an opportunity to discuss topics in a supportive environment where all views can be heard and respected? We tend to avoid difficult subjects, but maybe we should talk more and not less!
Adults (including YOUTH) are encouraged to attend and/or lead summer gatherings called Ripped From the Headlines for discussion of current events through a Presbyterian lens. There will be a different topic each week, chosen by that’s week’s leader. Topics and locations change each week – check back here each week for details. You do not need to have attended previous gatherings to come. Gatherings are on Sunday afternoons, 3-5.

Please make note that there is no gathering this Sunday ...it’s a day to celebrate fathers! The next ‘Ripped...’ will be Sunday, June 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the home of Joy Russell. The subject will be the challenges of airline travel in today’s world. Some of the things travelers may face include: searches before and after flying (particularly when traveling to other countries), use of comfort animals and how that affects everyone on board, courtesy (or lack thereof) to other passengers (for example, how does one respond when sitting next to a crying child?). You may have your own experiences to share and how your faith as a Christian guided your actions. All are welcome to the conversation! You’re also welcome to come and participate as a listener only.
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet June 19 for their last meeting of this year and Prue Dana will lead the final lesson, Lesson 9, “In Community with all the Saints”. Karen Shearer will conduct the Least Coin and Becky Quay has Mission Yearbook. Reservations for the optional $8, 12 o’clock lunch at the Café at the Knolls are due by Friday June 15 to Lynn Cronk at 513-524-8574 or lcronk@woh.rr.com . The study begins at 1:30 p.m. on the 19 in the Country Kitchen. Visitors and guests are always welcome to join this circle.
Relay for Life
Our Oxford Presbyterian Church Relay for Life team is starting their fund raising efforts for this year's campaign. The Relay is an event held in uptown Oxford to raise money for Cancer Research for prevention and to help find a cure. This year's event is on Saturday, June 23. If you have donated in the past, or if you would like to donate this year, please let one of our members know. Members this year include: Jennifer Lake, Janet Holmes, Candace Crist, Paula Foltz, Leanne Staley, Becky Quay, or Debbie Davidson.
Deacons Children's Food Drive
Many children depend on school lunches and need extra food at home during the summer.

The Deacons respectfully request donations this summer between June 17-July 29th. Food and Monetary donations may be dropped off at church services or any other time during the summer.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make a check out to the Oxford Presbyterian Church with "Children’s Food Drive" in the note field and place it in the donation plate during offering.

The money will be used to purchase food for the Oxford Choice Food Pantry.
According to the Oxford Choice Food Pantry, there is a real need for canned fruit right now. Other needs include: cereal, spaghetti sauce, canned meals (such as Chef Boyardee or Kroger meals) and peanut butter.

Toilet paper, child personal care items like body wash, deodorant, shampoo and hair conditioner are also appreciated.
Noon Hour Concerts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

A series of Wednesday noon hour concerts will be hosted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on June 27, July 11, 18, and 25. The concerts, which will feature chamber music in solo and small ensemble performance, have been organized by Dr. Bruce Murray, former chair of Miami's Department of Music, and will feature a variety of artists from SW Ohio and other places. The concerts will take place at 12:15PM and are free, with voluntary offerings gladly accepted.
Vacation Bible School
Oxford Presbyterian Church
101 N. Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 523-6364

Oxford Presbyterian Church is pleased to host this year’s Vacation Bible School, in partnership with Faith Lutheran, Oxford United Methodist and Holy Trinity Episcopal. Our theme for this year is "Praise the Lord Psalm 150 . " Children ages preschool through 5th grade will be learning about the ways in which we praise our Lord.

Vacation Bible School: Oxford Presbyterian Church
We are looking forward to Praise the Lord, our 2018 VBS
Friday, July 6 - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (dinner included)
Saturday, July 7 - 9:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Sunday, July 8 - 9:45 a.m. - Noon (lunch included)

Can you volunteer? We still need 2 volunteers for the nursery and group leaders.

Register online: oxfordpresbychurch.org

Participant and Volunteers forms available outside the church office.
Follow the 2018 General Assembly -- St. Louis, MO, June 16-23
As the 223 rd General Assembly begins tomorrow in St. Louis, this is a great time to witness a constant within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We have a representative form of church governance. People in the pews have a voice and a vote.

Bill Tammeus, a Presbyterian elder who writes an award-winning Faith column for The Kansas City Star and The Presbyerian Outlook once described Presbyterian governance in Catholic publication with the following words:

“Each congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has a board of elders, called the session, and, usually, a board of deacons. Both are elective offices, though those ordained to those positions take exactly the same ordination vows that our pastors take (with one exception having to do with presiding over the two sacraments).”
 
“How do people get elected? They are nominated by a nominating committee, the members of which are elected by a congregational vote. That committee then finds people to serve as elders and deacons – names then brought back to the congregation for a vote.”
 
“Each congregation also is a member of a regional governing body called a presbytery. It is made up of an equal number of lay members (or ruling elders, as we call them) and pastors (teaching elders). Presbyteries meet regularly to do such things as approve seminary students for ordination and offer programming help for member churches.”
 
“Presbyteries also are the bodies that can propose changes to our Book of Order. It, together with a book full of historical statements of faith, makes up our official constitution.”
 
“Presbyteries, in turn, are members of a geographically wider body called a synod, a level of governance increasingly called into question for the ways in which it sometimes overlaps the responsibilities of presbyteries and the General Assembly.”
 
“Throughout this system, people have a voice.”
 
The General Assembly, a biennial meeting of the PC (USA), acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports, recommendations, and overtures from synods, presbyteries, and others. Commissioners to the GA are elected by each of its 173 presbyteries.
 
You can follow the GA activities and business by going to https://www.pc-biz.org/#/
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Habitat for Humanity

Finishing up!

Needed for our new extended rotation on June 23 are 5 volunteers and lunch for 20.

We will be working on Wednesdays 8:30 to 4 and Saturdays 8:30 to 4 through July.
Please see Prue Dana if you can help.

There is NO workday this Saturday June 16.

Monetary donations are accepted. Please write a check made out to the Oxford Presbyterian Church, put Habitat in the note-field, and place in the offering plate. If you prefer to donate cash, place the cash in a Pew Envelope, write Habitat on the Pew Envelope, and place in the offering plate.
Your Stewardship Matters
A person may decide either to accept or reject Christ, but once he or she accepts Christ,
it is not for that person to decide whether or not to be a steward,
for one becomes a steward when one becomes a Christian.
-     Luther Powell
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056