March 16, 2018
(Image: Detail from the mosaic of Jesus Christ Pantocrator ("Sustainer of the World")
in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.)
Join Us for Worship at 10:00 a.m. Sunday!
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Scripture: John 12:20-33
Message: “The Time for Commitment Is at Hand”
Including: Blessing of the Deacon’s Prayer Shawl Ministry,
and Ordination and Installation of Deacon
Upcoming Events
All the Families of the Earth
Shalom! What a meaningful journey last Friday to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati as illustrated by the image on the right.

All are welcome to join in our visit to the Plum Street Temple tomorrow – Saturday, March 17. We’ll be leaving on Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. from the alley between the church and the hospital. After the Bar Mitzvah service, we’ll have a tour of the temple and dialogue with Rabbi Danziger. As we dressed modestly out of respect for our hosts at the Islamic Center last Friday, please also dress modesty for our visit to the temple. Please let our church office know by this – Friday – afternoon if you would like to join this pilgrimage to ensure that we have the right number of seats available for our carpool.  

Invites friends and neighbors as we explore how God’s words may yet be fulfilled that through the children of Abraham and Sarah all the families of the earth will be blessed.
Easter Flowers & Special Music Gifts
This year Spring flowers will be placed at the front of the church on Easter Sunday. Cost is $16.00. The number of flowers will be limited to the first 36. Contact the church office, 513-523-6364 or, if you would like to purchase a flower in celebration, honor or memory of a loved one. Monetary donations can be made to the Special Music Fund. Flower orders are due by Tuesday, March 29.

Order forms are available outside the church office, and can be placed in the offering plate or the Administrative Assistant mailbox.
Least Coin Offering
This Sunday the Least Coin Offering will be received to support the Community Meals.
Congregational Concerns
There will be a Service of Witness to the Resurrection for the life of Roberta Crain tomorrow - Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church. 
Our sympathy and prayerfully support are also extended to the family of Betty Reinhart. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Betty’s life will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. also at Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Please keep Roberta’s and Betty’s families in your prayers and care during this time.

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Dear Friends in Christ,

You have surrounded me with your care and appreciation of my sister, Marilyn Retting, since her death. Your cards and a beautiful prayer shawl encircle me with God's love. I thank Him for all of you, my Presbyterian Church family. ~ Carol Burkhalter
Tuesday Afternoon Circle
The Tuesday Afternoon Circle will meet March 20. We will meet for lunch at the Knolls followed by our study at 1:30 in the County Kitchen area of the Assisted Living area. If you would like to join us for lunch, reservations are TODAY. Visitors are always welcome.
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) until 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

Through your continual generosity in support of this ongoing effort, 106 lbs. of food has already been delivered to the Oxford Choice Pantry.
Special Mission Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing - March 25
Received on Palm Sunday, One Great Hour of Sharing is a special offering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The offering enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. We invite you to give generously on March 25.
Maundy Thursday
Thursday, March 29
5:30 - Simple Meal ~ 6:15 - Worship Service
(The Knolls)

On this night called Maundy Thursday , we remember and celebrate the final supper Jesus shared with his disciples in the context of Passover. This event, which reveals the holiness of all subsequent meals eaten in Christ’s name, institutes the mystery of his abiding presence in the church’s celebration of the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. The name Maundy is taken from the first words of Jesus as he washed the disciple’s feet, “I give you a new commandment.” (John 13:34). In Latin the word is mandatum .
In order to plan for this service of worship, the Worship & Music Committee asks that you indicate your plans for attending the Maundy Thursday worship service at The Knolls. You may attend both the simple meal and worship service, or only the Maundy Thursday worship service. Both the meal and worship service take place in the Great Room just off the lobby of the Main Entrance. Contact the church office, 513-523-6364 or, to make your reservations.

Meal reservations at a cost of $6.00 per person (due by March 27).

No reservations required to attend the worship service only. Reservation forms are available outside the church office, and can be placed in the offering plate or the Administrative Assistant mailbox.
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 / use Sponsor Code 321 . Choose Donor Login ”, you will be given instructions on what to do. Our goal is 24, currently there are 13 donors signed up. Please help us save lives!

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.
OPC Community Meal
Wednesday, March 28
Seminary Building
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

We need:
Lasagna, Salad, Bread,and Dessert

Please call or e-mail Bill Fisher at 524-4504 or if you can help. Volunteers needed for setup and clean up.
Good Friday – Walk of Witness
On Good Friday, March 30 invite friends and neighbors to join your OPC family and our brothers and sister in faith from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for a Walk of Witness. We will gather at Holy Trinity around 11:50 a.m. At noon, we’ll begin a time of prayer and scripture readings in which we depart HT on foot taking turns carrying a homemade, life-size wooden cross. Through a series of readings along Poplar and High, we’ll arrive at the uptown Memorial Park for a reading of the Passion. The walk will conclude at OPC.

Come and be a part of this reflective service in which we walk with Jesus and prayerfully consider how our Lord stretched out his arms to save the world and continues to transform us today.
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. Please make your reservation by Thursday, April 12. The reservation sheet may be placed in the Administrative Assistant mailbox or contact the church office, 513.523.6364, to make your reservation.

Reservation forms are available outside the church office, and can be placed in the offering plate or the Administrative Assistant mailbox.

Don't miss out on this exciting time! Faith, Fellowship, Food, Fun!! 
Save the Date: Vacation Bible School
Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 7
Colombia Partnership Network
Colombia Partnership Network
Seven travelers represented the Presbytery of the Miami Valley Colombia Partnership Network from February 15 to 21 on a presbytery-level delegation to our partner, the Presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia. We represented several of our Partnership’s Sister relationships: Covenant Presbyterian of Springboro, College Hill Presbyterian and Westminster Presbyterian in Dayton, and Kirkmont Center in Zanesfield. (Oxford Presbyterian and Troy Presbyterian also maintain sister relationships with Colombian congregations.)
During the Presbytery trip in February, they renewed old friendships, formed new ones, visited the North Coast Presbytery’s Reformed University and its American School (which teaches students preK through graduation), and participated in their Presbytery’s annual mission planning conference. On Sunday, February 18, the travelers were each able to worship with their respective Sister Church congregations. Haley Ingram and Jennifer Viceral attended Primera Iglesia (or First Presbyterian) and visited with friends that they had made there in 2010.   The Springboro Covenant travelers, Pastor Sarah Sparks-Franklin, Susan Stewart, and David Siegler headed out of Barranquilla to visit their Sister Church in Pital.   Our Kirkmont Center liaison Courtney Hemmmelgarn visited Seventh Presbyterian on behalf of Sister, Oxford Presbyterian Church, and College Hill Pastor Darryll Young visited Fifth Presbyterian Church, which is seeking a sister relationship with one of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley congregations.
Creating a Healthy Oxford Community
Habitat Update-get out your hammers!

For members and friends of the Faith Build effort, we are happy to announce that the Oxford Build on Carter Court will be restarted Saturday, March 24! The churches will be involved on a new schedule. One of the houses is structurally standing. With your help, it will be roofed and finished in June.

Please see your Habitat person to signup to work. Volunteers are asked to commit a day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding with cleanup at 3. Each of the 8 churches is committing 5 volunteers and lunch for 20. There will be others on the site.
Your Stewardship Matters
Stewardship is everything we do 
after we say, ‘I believe.’
- Clarence Stoughton, past president of Wittenberg College 
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056