June 22, 2018
(Image: The Sea of Galilee.)
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday!
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Message: “When the Seeds of Faith Survive the Storms of Life”
Upcoming Events
Relay for Life
Saturday, June 23
1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Uptown Parks Oxford

Join the Oxford Presbyterian Church Relay for Life Team in the worlds' largest fundraising event against cancer. The Relay is an event to raise money for Cancer Research for prevention and to help find a cure. 
Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, June 30 | 10:00 a.m.
Oxford Presbyterian Church Courtyard
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
- Psalms 150
Bring your dogs and cats… bring your gerbils and birds… bring your rabbits and fish…bring your friends
and grandchildren with their beloved pets.

You may also bring a photo of a pet (living or passed) for a blessing.
Children may also bring a stuffed animal if they wish.
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.

This Sunday, June 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., join hostess Joy Russell at The Knolls Clubhouse, 100 Creekside. 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.
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.
Worship at The Knolls

Join us in The Knolls Country Kitchen on Tuesday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. for worship with Pastor Lawrence. If you need a ride, please give Becky a call at 523-5747. This gathering takes July and August off, see you again in September.
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
Location: Oxford Presbyterian Church
(Meals will take place at Oxford United Methodist Church)

  • Fri July 6 - 5-8 PM, dinner served
  • Sat July 7 - 9:45 AM-1 PM, lunch served
  • Sun July 8 - 9:45-11:15 AM, lunch served with congregation invited

Registration:  Please fill out a paper form (available in the Molyneaux Lounge) for your children (grades entering Pre-K through leaving 5 grade) and for volunteers (student helpers/volunteers 6 grade and up, adults).  Online registration is also available via the OPC website:  oxfordpresbychurch.org/vbs

It takes many, many people to get this going. We are in need of volunteers to help with:

  • registration
  • Sunday luncheon / (set up, serving, clean up) All congregation members are invited to join us after service for a luncheon and fellowship at the Oxford United Methodist Church. We ask each person to bring a dish to share. (entrée, salad, dessert) Questions? — Please contact Emily Lykins.
  • photographer
  • craft co-leader/helpers
  • team crew leaders and co-leader/helpers
  • setup on July 5 & 6
  • tear down/clean up July 8 during and after luncheon

Set up: Thursday July 5 - 4:30-8:30 PM and Friday - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m . Any youth in the OPC Youth Group available are asked to join us in helping with the set up. Dinner/lunch will be provided. If any student is in need of documentation for needed service hours, please let Mary Shinn know and she will get that to you.  Adult volunteers also welcome!

Supplies/donations:  We are collecting paper towel and toilet paper tubing, oatmeal / cornmeal canisters with lids and other cylindrical containers with lids, assorted brightly colored tissue paper and streamers, multi-colored ribbons of assorted colors and lengths

Mandatory training for all volunteers held at OPC
(only one session needs to be attended): 
Sunday July 1, 1-2 p.m. or Thursday July 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Questions? — Please contact Prue Dana
Mission Trip Update
The Sr. High Youth from OPC are having a blessed time serving in the community this week in Charleston, SC. We thank you for the support and prayers throughout our time spent preparing, traveling, and preaching the Gospel to others.
Handicap Ramp Construction
The Facilities Planning Committee has been working on a ramp for the main entrance to the sanctuary. After a year-long process that included study of every conceivable configuration of a ramp, the Facilities Planning Committee has found a design that is ADA compliant and will integrate with the architecture of the building.
The Facilities Planning Committee is pleased to have the planning steps in this process completed. The Session voted unanimously on 6.18.18 to turn this project over to the Trustees for execution. We hope to start construction this summer.
We look forward to supporting all our members and guests in attending church despite having a physical limitation by including a building structure that will allow every person to enter the sanctuary easily and safely, using a common entrance.
Many thanks to the committee for their long and careful work, and to the many members who made significant contributions to this ramp!
An architectural rendering and features of the construction can be found the Molyneaux lounge.
Light Fixture Repair

The deterioration of one of the hanging light fixtures in the Memorial sanctuary has resulted in one of the glass inserts dropping to the pew cushion, and another hanging precariously. The area under this fixture has been roped off for safety. Trustees are working to repair the fixture as soon as possible.
The 2018 General Assembly
The 223rd General Assembly (GA) of the PC(USA) concludes in St. Louis on Saturday, June 23. Among the initial actions of this GA was the election of the next moderator which again resulted in co-moderators. Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann were elected co-moderators and will serve for a two-year term until the next GA gathers in Baltimore.
Cintrón-Olivieri, who grew up in Puerto Rico, is an ESL teacher and ruling elder at First Spanish Presbyterian Church in Miami. Kohlmann currently serves as Resource Presbyter for the presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England. 
You can follow the GA activities and business by going to http://www.pcusa.org/browse/news-post/tag/ga223/
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Hosting Families for Foreign Students

Dear community of the Presbyterian Church,

I am hosting a foreign exchange program at Miami University this summer (July 14- August 8). The program will bring 20 college students from six different Latin American countries (Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador) to be in Miami for four weeks learning about the United States' institutions. One of the program components is for the participants to spend a weekend with local families. I would like to know if there are any members of the Oxford Presbyterian Church community who would be willing to host a student during the weekend of July 20-22 (afternoon of Friday July 20 until the afternoon of Sunday July 22). The students will return to the dorms on that Sunday. There also will be a small stipend of $100 per student to help with the cost of hosting. If there is any person or family interested in hosting during that weekend of July, please feel free to contact me, Juan Carlos Albarran, at my work email albarrjl@miamioh.edu . Thanks.
On the Way with Ashley Boyle
Ashely has hiked over 150 miles on the Camino de Santiago and having the time of her life! She has seen some remarkable architecture; she is taking pictures and doing some sketching of buildings. She was in Logrono, Spain, during their Festival of San Bernabe, their Patron Saint. It was crazy, but fun. She attended mass during the festival, and exited with the choir, which turned into the procession that started a parade!
Ashley has made many new friends (no surprise to anyone!) and she is keeping track of all of the people she has met and what country or which U.S. state they are from.  
Recently, Ashley has developed some very sore Achilles tendons. She and her family appreciate all our prayers of support! 
Habitat for Humanity
Finishing up!

Habitat Volunteers needed for Saturday, June 23. Work begins at 8:30 a.m. and extends through the afternoon. All you need to do is appear at Carter Court. Lunch is provided. Contact Prue Dana (523-6579) know if  you can help.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, 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.
Live Into Hope
We are only the light bulbs, and our job is just to remain screwed in!
-   Desmond Tutu
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056