March 30, 2018
(Image: “The Risen Lord” by Dr. He Qi a professor at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary in China.)
Join Us for the Celebration of Resurrection: Easter Sunday at 10:00 a.m.!
Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
Message: “Joy! Oh, Joy!”
Including the Sacrament of Holy Communion
AND special music throughout worship
Celebrate the Passion and Resurrection 
Good Friday, March 30, 12:00 p.m. Walk of Witness
from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to Oxford Presbyterian Church.  We begin at noon at Holy Trinity. If inclement weather keeps us from walking from church to church, we'll adapt the liturgy to movement through the facility of Holy Trinity.

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.

Easter Day Service, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – Celebrate the Resurrection with us on Easter Day ! Our Youth and Worship and Music Committee will be hosting Fellowship time in the Courtyard. Tables will be filled with lots of treats for everyone to enjoy. A Easter egg hunt for our younger children will take place. Don't miss the fellowship and fun!!
Upcoming Events
Easter Giving
Easter is full of new beginnings and gratitude for signs of new life in our midst. There are many ways to support the growing and vital ministries of OPC – with our time, talent, and sharing of resources.

To make a special Easter gift, consider using our convenient electronic giving program. Please visit the giving tab on our church website or click here for a direct link:

It takes just a few minutes to make recurring and one-time contributions.
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 Molyneaux Lounge.
Deacons Community Blood Drive
Thank you to all OPC members and friends who generously gave of their time to donate blood for the Deacon's Spring Blood Drive! The Community Blood Center was pleased to report the following results: 27 people registered to give blood! 26 were successful! (goal was 20) 130% percent of goal! Over 78 lives will be positively impacted as a result of total donations! Blessings to all, The OPC Deacons. 

Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School on Easter, April 1,
for K-2, 3-5 and middle school. Preschool and Nursery care will be available.
Tuesday Evening Circle

The Evening Circle will meet April 3. Our hostess is Debbie Davidson. Janet Holmes will give the devotion. Janet Ziegler will present the program. Anyone needing a ride should contact Karen Simpson, 523-8363.
Become A Member of Our OPC Family!
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.
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!! 
Altar Flowers

Altar flowers are needed for April 22 and 29 and May 27. You may sign up on the calendar which is located next to the water fountain or call Marge Smith at 523-2895.
Youth Group News
Mitch Hardy shared this announcement at our meeting for parents and students last Sunday: Effective June 30, 2018, I will be resigning as Interim Youth Director at Oxford Presbyterian Church. This was a difficult decision to make, but one that was made carefully and prayerfully. Over the past couple of years, I have spent time asking God in prayer "In what ways can I best use the gifts you have bestowed upon me for your glory?"

As many of you know, along with serving as Youth Director, I am also a full-time student at Miami University. I am currently a Junior, majoring in Instrumental Music Education. Through lots of time spent in prayer and in discussion with those close to me, I believe that music education is the field the Lord is calling me to serve in.

This is a difficult decision for me to make. I have loved every minute working for the Youth Ministry and have adored working with the congregation and staff at OPC. However, I feel that this an appropriate time for me to step away from my responsibilities as Interim Youth Director. I will be heading into my Senior year at Miami University, where I will be Student Teaching the entirety of the Spring Semester. Along with that, I will be beginning to search and apply for available Band Director positions in the area.

I want to thank Pastor Lawrence Bartel, the staff at OPC, the CE Committee, the parents, and students for supporting the Youth Ministry over the past two years. I will continue to work with enthusiasm for the coming months as we continue in fellowship at Youth Group and as we prepare for the Sr. High Mission Trip. The future is bright for this ministry, and I am excited to see the ways in which the Lord will work in the lives of the students in the Oxford Community. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at or (513) 907-5641.
Creating a Healthy Oxford
On Wednesday, April 4, the Center for American and World Cultures at Miami University invites the community and our congregation to the Cesar Chavez Day Celebration. At 6:00 p.m. in the Great Room of MacMillan Hall, a panel of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders will discuss how their faith communities decided to join the National Sanctuary Movement.

The celebration then continues at 7:30 p.m. in The Interfaith Center (16 S. Campus Ave.) for a contemplative dinner to reflect on the spiritual values that drove Cesar Chavez’s work. Pastor Lawrence and Marcy Miller from Hillel at Miami University will share the blessing for this meal. Both events free and no registration is necessary.
Living into Hope
The proclamation of Easter Day is that all is well.
And as a Christian, I say this not with the easy optimism
of one who has never known a time when all was not well
but as one who has faced the Cross in all its obscenity as well as in all its glory,
who has known one way or another what it is like to live separated from God.
In the end, his will, not ours, is done.
Love is the victor.
Death is not the end. The end is life.
His life and our lives, through him, in him.
Existence has greater depths of beauty, mystery, and benediction
than the wildest visionary ever dared to dream.
Christ our Lord is risen.
-    Frederick Buechner
Oxford Presbyterian Church | 101 N. Main Street, Oxford OH 45056