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 March  2014
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From Our Pastors
       Confirmands
     Blood Drive
BIrthdays and stuff 

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Deadline for the April
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FROM OUR PASTORS 

  

  

 

We invite you to journey through the season of Lent with your church family.  The season of Lent begins this month with Ash Wednesday (March 5). Just as Advent is a season of preparation for Christ's coming, Lent is a season of preparation for Christ's resurrection.

 

As we journey as Christ's people through each year as Christ's people, we are actually immersing ourselves in the life of Christ. We move from Christ's incarnation among us (Christmas); through Christ's resurrection (Holy Week and Easter); through Christ's ascension (the 40th day after Easter); and Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and sustain disciples (Pentecost). As we journey through the cycle of each year, we are shaped by following the pattern of Christ's life.

 

 

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christine
christianeducation 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

 

Christine Garton, Director of Christian Education, can be reached at cgarton@OxfordPresbyChurch.org or you can call or text her cell phone at 850-276-3231.

 

 

Christine Garton is having thyroid cancer surgery March 26 and will be out of the office through April 8. 

 

THANK YOU to Patrick Tenna and Lucy Soika for donating the meat and cheese for the Super Bowl sub sale from SDS Pizza!   

 

THANK YOU to everyone who purchased subs for the February 2 Super Bowl Sub sale!  We made $301.89.  All proceeds benefit the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey. 

THANK YOU to our February 2nd-5th grade Sunday School teachers Angie James, Emily Lykins, Mary Shinn, and Christine Garton.  

 

HELP!!!  SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED for the 2nd-5th grade workshop rotation classes.  Teachers commit to teaching one workshop for 2 Sundays in a 3-Sunday block.  If you are willing to teach Sunday School, please contact a member of the Christian Education Committee or Christine Garton ASAP.  We are trying to schedule volunteers for the rest of the school year.   

 

 


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CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs

 

IN OUR PRAYERS

 

 

Keep these friends in your prayers:

Adele McLaren, Stacey Winn, Joyce Trump, Helen Martin, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, Brian Hitsman, Becky Rudolph

 

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We join the Crist family in giving thanks for the life of Tom's father, Rev. B. Wayne Crist.  Please keep Tom and Candace and their children in your prayers as they mourn this loss.

 

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THANK YOU to Grady Holmes and Dave Butcher.  We really want to pile on the thanks!  Shovel the thanks on even!  They shoveled snow around the church to keep us all safe.

 

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Thanks for 19 years of sharing your talent, Lynn.

 

 

 

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deacons
DEACONS

 

Angel Report: Angels received 7 cards, 2 calls, 20 visits and 1rides/errands.

 

We delivered flowers to 3 friends and sent cheer and remembrance via 14 caring cards.

Deacons and the choir and others helped Becky Rudolph with dinners as she recovers from her broken arm.  Despite the pain, Becky is considering breaking her other arm, as she was overheard declaring that the meals are delicious. 

 

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Do you know someone who needs a Prayer Shawl? We have all shapes, sizes and colors available.  If you have a friend or relative to whom you would like to give a Prayer Shawl, please call Cornelia Browne.

 

 


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                   women
Oxford Presbyterian Church Women 

 

 circles

 

THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE 

will meet on the 18th of March  at 1:30 in the Country Kitchen.  The Optional Lunch is at noon and reservations are due by March 14th to Lawretta Clum.  Christine Garton will be leading the Bible Study.  Prue Dana will read the Mission Yearbook and Lynn Cronk will conduct the Least Coin.  New members and visitors are always welcome. 

 

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE

will meet on March 4 at the home of Jean O'Connell.  Karen Simpson is Co-Hostess, Janet Holmes will lead devotions and Janet Ziegler will lead the program.

 

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Church Women United in Oxford will celebrate the World Day of Prayer on March 9 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's.

The theme is Streams in the Desert and was prepared by WDP Egypt.

Anyone wanting further information and/or a ride to the celebration should contact Karen Simpson, 523-8363, k.simpson2007@yahoo.com.

 

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.

  • *     It is a movement initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions.
  • *     It is a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration to which all people are welcome.
  • *     It is a movement which brings together women of various races, cultures, and traditions in closer fellowship, understanding, and action throughout the year.

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  Important Definitions

 

Full Definition of RUMMAGE SALE

:  a usually informal sale of miscellaneous goods; especially 

:  a sale of donated articles conducted by a nonprofit organization          (as a church or charity) to help support its programs

:held on Thursday May 1, Friday May 2, and Saturday May 3, 2014

 

Full Definition of COORDINATE or CO-ORDINATE 

        - vb

  1. ( tr ) to organize or integrate (diverse elements) in a harmonious operation
  2. Dave Wilson, Sue Wilson, Deanna Maxwell, Lawretta Clum, Nancy Moeckel, Ginny Staberg
  3. Many, Many, Many others, to be arranged.
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annoucements
ANNOUCEMENTS  

 

meeting  

 

 

On Sunday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. we will celebrate "Heritage" Sunday at Oxford Presbyterian Church. 

Those who have been members for 50 or more years will be honored.

 

 

Bagpipers and Scottish dancers will be part of this celebration.

  

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Retirement Celebration

May 4, 2014

 

Mark and Barbara Barnes have earned a joyful celebration as they retire from active service in pastoral ministry.  Plans are underway to mark this mile-stone on Sunday May 4, 2014, in the Commons at the Knolls.  A luncheon will be served at noon, followed by a program that only OPCer's can produce.  RSVP's will be received by Judy Fisher (fisherrh@miamioh.edu or 523-3489) or by calling the church office (523-6364) until Tuesday, April 15.  Hurry, space is limited.

 

NON-deductible contributions toward a gift(s) for Mark and Barbara can be sent to Jean Hitsman, financial secretary, with a notation indicating the purpose of the money.

Mary Jo McFadden is putting together a book of remembrances.  Do search your memorabilia for items that would be suitable and get them to Mary Jo.

 

Suggestions?  Questions? Contact Mary Jo McFadden  (maryjomcf1118@gmail.com or 560-3054) or Judy Fisher, co-chairs.

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2014 Oxford Presbyterian Church Photo Directory

We want you to be a part of our "family album" and directory!   Get to know others in the congregation!

 

Photo sessions are coming soon: 

  • Thursday, March 13--2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Friday, March 14--2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 15--10:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

You will want to reserve your appointment soon. You do not need to be a memberof the congregation to participate. Here's how to sign up:

 

Option #1:  Go to our website www.oxfordpresbychurch.org, and click on the link and follow the instructions to make a reservation online.

 

 

Option #2: Sign up with a member from Membership, Fellowship and Evangelism committee in the Molyneaux Lounge following worship services on February 16, 23, or March 2, 9.

 

Option #3:  Call the OPC office at 513-523-6364 for assistance.

 

When you make your reservation on line, a 10 minute photo shoot appointment is automatically slotted for 1-6 people, 20 minutes for 7-12 people.  Please arrive 5 minutes ahead of your allotted time.  Check-in is in the hallway at the bottom of the Christian Education stairwell. Pictures will be taken in the Molyneaux Lounge.  After your appointment the photographer will show you digital proofs from which you may select your favorite pose. You may choose to order more prints, but that is entirely optional.  Please allow approximately one hour for the whole appointment. 

 

For those of you who register online, there is a brochure available at church which provides tips for your photo session.  You can pick those up on Sunday after worship or in the church office.

 

IF YOU HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN FOR THE DIRECTORY, YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE 8 X 10 PHOTOGRAPH AND A FREE DIRECTORY. 

We greatly appreciate your support in achieving 100% participation.

 

Membership, Evangelism and Fellowship Committee

 

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Answer to the question of the month

the scent of rain on dry earth.

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Hear Them Walking!  Part II

 

Once again the Oxford Presbyterian Church has joined with our Mission Partners in Russia (The First Church of Zlatoust and The Chelyabinsk Mission) to serve the children in the orphanages of their communities.

Continuing with an outreach that has provided the resources for over 400 pair of shoes, slippers, or boots, the 2014 contribution to this effort will be an additional 110 pair of foot coverings.  Such a response may be one of the positive feelings about this winter.

The offering of the Oxford Presbyterian Church will be sent to our friend Igor Maksakov, Bishop of the Chelyabinsk Region and President of the Theological Institute, for distribution to the First Church.

 

  

Imagine, if you will, the faces of the orphan children when they

 

receive the needed foot ware.

 

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FREE CONCERT!

 

On Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m., the University of Virginia Men's Glee Club and the Miami University Men's Glee Club are combining for a free concert in our sanctuary. Make plans now to attend this hour-long performance of two outstanding choral groups. Voluntary donations will be taken at the door to help defray the tour expenses of the University of Virginia Men's Glee Club.  

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The Oxford Presbyterian Blood Drive is Thursday, March 13 from 2 PM to 6 PM at the Seminary

 

Requirements:

1)    You must be at least 17 years old  (there is no upper age limit)

2) You must weigh at least 110 pounds

 

You are encouraged to sign up online at www.DonorTime.com

 

Our church code #: 321

 

1)    Fill out this sheet with name, phone numbers and time available

2)    Place in Collection Plate

 

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Day phone # ___________________________

 

E-mail ______________________________

 

Preferred appointment time

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 (Questions about donor eligibility contact CBC at: 1-800-388-4483 or 777-4428.)

 

Register to donate at www.DonorTime.com 

 

FOR A PRINTABLE BLOOD DONOR FORM CLICK HERE

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EASTER SPECIAL MUSIC FUND AND SPRING FLOWER ORDER

2014

 

This year Spring flowers will be placed at the front of the church on Easter Sunday. Cost is $15.00.

 

I would like to donate to the:

 

Special Music Fund _____________

                                               (Amount)

 

Spring Flower _________________

                                     How Many?

 

Please indicate what you would like in the bulletin (in celebration of, in honor of, in memory of, etc.)

 

 

I would like to donate my flower to the Deacons to deliver to their 'angels'   ____________

 

Amount: ________ Check # ______

 

Your Name ___________________

 

Telephone or e-mail _____________________________

 

Orders are due by April 7

 

FOR A PRINTABLE SPECIAL MUSIC/EASTER FLOWER FORM

 

 

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Help spread the news-share what's happening with you and your family by sending info to Nancy Moeckel, your newsletter editor.  (moeckenj@miamioh.edu)


  
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SEMINARY OPTIONS TEAM

 

 

The Seminary Options Team is a new column that will be in every newsletter until the charge to the Team is complete.  

 

The Team has selected an engineer to complete a detailed inspection of the Seminary, in early March, which will include cost estimates. This will give us (the congregation) an idea of what it may cost to stabilize the Seminary.  The Team is also striving to fill in the blanks for other options (sell or demolish, for example) so that when a report is made to the congregation mid-May we will have sufficient information to make a decision on the Seminary Options.

 

 

The future of the Seminary is an important decision and needs YOUR participation.

 

Seminary Options Team Members

 

  • Rich Drewes (chair) 664-6919 drewesra@gmail.com
  • Brad Cronk      524-8574  bcronk@woh.rr.com
  • John Curry      523-3598   jcurry1@woh.rr.com
  • Steve Flee       523-4037   sflee@woh.rr.com
  • Pat Gifford      523-2227   gifforp@miamioh.edu
  • Tom Holmes    523-3857  holmest2@frontier.com
  • Mary Lee Keebler  524-7464   keebleml@miamioh.edu
  • Nancy Moeckel 523-6003  moeckenj@miamioh.edu
  • Tom Poetter   664-8226   poettets@miamioh.edu
  • Joe Simpson    523-8363   simpsojc@miamioh.edu
  • Barbara Barnes 523-6364 bbarnes@oxfordpresbychurch.org
  • Mark Barnes    523-6364  mbarnes@oxfordpresbychurch.org

 

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ANY MEMBER with your comments, questions, concerns, ideas and support.  

 

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lenten

LENTEN CELEBRATIONS
  

Small Group Opportunities for Lentadultstudy

 

We invite you to participate in small group study and fellowship during the season of Lent. 

 

Each group will meet four times, using a study called "The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus."  Each week we'll watch a 10 minute DVD clip of a place mentioned in the gospels where Jesus carried on his ministry (the desert, the Jordan River, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, and so forth).  The DVD visuals are paired with a Bible story that enhances the theme, in order to help us explore what it might mean for our own lives.

 

Group 1 will meet from 2-3 p.m. on the Monday afternoons of March 3, 10, 17, and 24.  It will be held at the Knolls, but is open to everyone in the church community. Christine Garton is the leader.

 

Group 2 will meet at church in the Molyneaux Lounge before choir on Thursdays, March 20 and 27, and April 3 and 10, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.  Carol Burkhalter is the leader. 

 

Group 3 will follow the "house church" model, meeting at the home of Mark and Barbara Barnes for a simple dinner from 6:00 - 6:30 (ready to eat when you arrive),  followed by a 45 minute study for adults while children's activities in the basement rec room are led by a college student.  This group is open to all ages but can accommodate adults with young children.  Group 3 will meet on Thursday evenings March 20 and 27, and April 3 and 10.  Mark and Barbara Barnes are the leaders.

 

Sign-up sheets are available in the Molyneaux Lounge and the Narthex. You may also call or email the church office or email  bbarnes@bizwoh.rr.com.   

 

 

Other Special Events in Lent:

 

 

The Fifth Annual Talent Show Pot Luck!

Saturday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Seminary. Come with a pot luck dish to share, and enjoy fellowship, inspiration and laughter! To perform or bring displays, see posters in the Narthex and the Molyneaux Lounge, or call the church office. Performers may include singers, dancers, instrumentalists, storytellers, poets, athletes, and comedians.  Displays may include art, woodworking, quilting, needlework and handiwork, and collections of various kinds. A silent auction will benefit the Youth Summer Mission Trip to New Jersey.  Contact Christine Garton to donate new or gently used items or gift certificates for services for the silent auction. 

 

 

Concert by Miami Men's Glee Club and University of Virginia Glee Club Monday March 10

Our church is hosting this 7:00 p.m. concert in our sanctuary, and providing an early dinner for the visiting UVA choir. The concert is free, but freewill donations will be received to help with travel expenses for the UVA Choir.   Come to enjoy a great concert, and bring friends and neighbors!

 

Easter Egg Hunt in our Courtyard

This Easter Egg Hunt for children and their families will be held on Saturday April 12 at 2:00.  

 

 SPECIAL, INFORMAL WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Ash Wednesday Supper and Service

- Wednesday, March 5 from 6:00 to 7:15, in the Seminary building.  We'll share a simple 45-minute meal followed by a half hour worship of song, scripture, prayer and the imposition of ashes.  Soup and drinks provided; if you can, bring bread, cheese or fruit to share. 
 

 

Maundy Thursday Agape Meal and Worship - Thursday, April 17 from 6:00 - 7:15 at the Seminary building.  As Jesus gathered with his disciples for a "last supper", we will gather to eat a meal, remember Jesus' last supper and his teachings in the upper room, and share the communion bread and chalice around our supper tables.  Agape is the ancient Greek word for self-giving love.

 

Community Good Friday service, 12:05 - 12:50 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Join friends from our church and other churches for a 45-minute service of readings, prayers, music and sermon as we remember Good Friday and give thanks for Jesus' sacrifice for us. The service is designed so you can attend over your lunch hour.  It will be held at the United Methodist Church, with our pastors and the Methodist pastors leading.

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS

 

Deacons' Blood Drive Thursday, March 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Seminary.  Sign up online at www.DonorTime.com.  Our church code is # 321. Or fill out a simple registration sheet at church.  (CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM)

 

Our Next Community Meal is Wednesday, April 30. You can help cook, set up, clean up, and/or bring paper goods or toiletries for our guests.  The community meals provide meals for those in our area who don't always eat well enough.

 

 

Sunday Worship Service During Lent:

 

March 9, Lent 1  The Matthew 4:1-11 passage on the temptations of Jesus, and will explore "Traveling through the Wilderness".  We will install a deacon and an elder to a new term of service.  One Great Hour of Sharing Banks and Lenten Family Packets will be distributed.

 

March 16, Lent 2  The John 3: 1-17 passage on the visit of Nicodemus to Jesus will explore "Born from Above". We will celebrate the baptism of Alice Laura Ellison.

 

March 23, Lent 3

On this Heritage Sunday, we will celebrate the 189th anniversary of our congregation, including honoring our 50+ year members. A bagpiper will provide special music, and mother and daughter dancers will perform Scottish dances for 15 minutes immediately after worship. 
 

 

March 30, Lent 4 The john 9: 1-41 passage on the healing of the blind man will explore 'Now/See".

 

April 6, Lent 5 Friends of the Groom Christian drama group will help lead worship as they enact Bible stories and sacred drama throughout the service.  We will also participate in the sacrament of communion.    

 

April 1, Lent 6:  Passion/Palm Sunday (Holy Week begins) A Readers Theater presentation of the passion narratives (the last week of Jesus' life).  Members of our confirmation class will participate in the dramatic reading.  There will also be a children's procession with palms as the service begins.

 

April 8, Easter! We will celebrate the miracle of resurrection in two services(8:30 and 10:00) filled with special music and joy!  The 8:30 service will include communion.

 

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birthdays

 

 

March Birthdays

 

 

 

2       Mickey Simonds

2       Greg Hughes

2       Mike Snell

4       Nancy Shoker

5       Billie Maynard

5       Jameson Thomas

8       Susanna Smith

11     Richard Wespiser

11     Debbie Davidson

14     Mark Boardman

14     Nicole Jordan

15     Evalou Middaugh

16     Kyle Shriver

18     Alan Mehl

18     Ethan Kraushar

18     Sam Garton

19     Randy Shoker

19     Emma Fisher

21     David Marado

22     Bill Sheard

22     Dan Cross

22     Deborah Bommer

22     Lindsay Crist

24     Marilyn Curry

24     Jill Grajewski

24     Trevor Richmond

25     Richard Fisher

25     Teruo Fujii

26     Anne Goodell

26     Marian Nelson

26     Pat Spitler

29     Jan Cromer

29     Brad Cronk

29     Deborah Snyder

29     Kennedy Johnson

30     Fred Brower

 

 

March Musings, Mostly

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM EDT

SPRING ARRIVES!!!!!!

 

The buzzards will have returned to Hinckley and the swallows to Capistrano

 

 

March is National Nutrition Month, Red Cross Month, Science Month, Craft Month, Frozen Food Month and Noodle Month.

 

Juliette Low founded the Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912

 

Walter Cronkite made his last appearance as a CBS anchor - March 7, 1981.

 

 

You should compost, because a rind is a terrible thing to waste.

 

 Only female mosquitoes bite and drink blood. Male mosquitoes do not bite, they are vegetarians and feed on the nectar of flowers.

  

Roadside Church Sign: A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing

  

Warren Buffett has offered $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect March Madness bracket this year.  There are 9 quintillion ways to fill out the bracket, but hey, go for it.

 

A Rolls Royce takes 6 months to build, a Toyota takes 13 hours.

 

Question of the month

 

What is petrichor?

 

 

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pastors
From Our Pastors 
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We invite you to journey through the season of Lent with your church family.  The season of Lent begins this month with Ash Wednesday (March 5). Just as Advent is a season of preparation for Christ's coming, Lent is a season of preparation for Christ's resurrection.

 

As we journey as Christ's people through each year as Christ's people, we are actually immersing ourselves in the life of Christ. We move from Christ's incarnation among us (Christmas); through Christ's resurrection (Holy Week and Easter); through Christ's ascension (the 40th day after Easter); and Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and sustain disciples (Pentecost). As we journey through the cycle of each year, we are shaped by following the pattern of Christ's life.

 

The word Lent comes from an old English word for spring - lencten, meaning, literally, lengthen. The hours of daylight lengthen during the springtime. In the Christian church, disciples prepare by special attention to the practices of the Christian faith, with the hope that as the days lengthen, their faith will strengthen.

 

We invite you to participate in this journey through Lent toward the joy of Easter. We will begin with gathering on Ash Wednesday for a simple meal and a brief, informal service including the imposition of ashes. We will end with a joyful service of rejoicing on Easter day, with glorious music. In between there will be many opportunities for prayer, worship, study, fellowship and growth. See the brochure enclosed with this newsletter and available at the church for all the details. 

 

The Lent brochure details opportunities for:

learning and fellowship (Small Group Studies offered in three sections);

fellowship and fun (Talent Show Pot Luck March 9);

musical inspiration (The Miami Men's Glee Club and University of Virginia Glee Club concert hosted in our sanctuary March 10);

special worship including Heritage Sunday with bagpiper and Scottish dancers March 23; Friends of the Groom Christian drama group April 6; Palm/Passion Sunday Readers' Theatre presentation of the Passion April 13

sacraments:  communion March 23. April 6 and April 13, baptism March 16;

Holy Week events - Maundy Thursday Agape Supper and communion April 17, and Good Friday Union Service held at Methodist Church April 18. Also, an Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard April 12.

 

We pray for many blessings for you in this profound and special time. May Lent this year be a springtime for your soul, that you may experience God's love and mercy in a deep way, and you may greet Easter renewed and refreshed in faith.

 

                                                  --Mark and Barbara

 

 

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Christian Education Full Article 

  

  

Christine Garton is having thyroid cancer surgery March 26 and will be out of the office through April 8. 

  

THANK YOU to Patrick Tenna and Lucy Soika for donating the meat and cheese for the Super Bowl sub sale from SDS Pizza!   

  

THANK YOU to everyone who purchased subs for the February 2 Super Bowl Sub sale!  We made $301.89.  All proceeds benefit the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey

THANK YOU to our February 2nd-5th grade Sunday School teachers Angie James, Emily Lykins, Mary Shinn, and Christine Garton.  

  

HELP!!!  SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED for the 2nd-5th grade workshop rotation classes.  Teachers commit to teaching one workshop for 2 Sundays in a 3-Sunday block.  If you are willing to teach Sunday School, please contact a member of the Christian Education Committee or Christine Garton ASAP.  We are trying to schedule volunteers for the rest of the school year.  

  

The ALL-CHURCH TALENT SHOW & POTLUCK DINNER will be held on Saturday, March 8 @ 5:30 PM in the Seminary.  Talent is needed!  Not only are we looking for musical acts, singers, dancers, comedians, and any other talent you can perform for the audience, we're also looking for submissions of visual arts, such as paintings, photography, crafts, etc.  All submissions are welcome!  Please sign up on the easel outside the Molyneaux Lounge or contact Dick Munson at beaver1948@juno.com or 513-374-2118.  PLEASE BRING A POTLUCK MAIN DISH OR SIDE DISH TO SHARE IF YOU ARE ABLE.  DRINKS, BREAD, & DESSERT WILL BE PROVIDED

  

SILENT AUCTION benefitting the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey will be held during the All-Church Talent Show on Saturday, March 8.  If you have any new or gently used items or certificates for services you would be willing to donate for the auction, please contact Christine Garton. 

  

Bags of INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED candy are needed for the Easter Egg Hunt.  Please leave donations on the bench outside of Christine Garton's office by Sunday, April 6.  Thanks in advance!  

  

YOUTH NEWS

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet March 2 & March 16 from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM in the youth room with high school intern Jenn Burns.  Lunch will be provided.

  

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP will meet March 9 & March 23 from 11:15 AM-12:15 PM in the youth room with middle school interns Emily Goetz & Cassidy Venema.  Lunch will be provided.  

  

Monthly Youth Outing will be announced in Sunday School, Youth Group, e-mail, the youth group Facebook page, and the bulletin.  The youth interns and Christine need the youth's input on a fun outing or service project for the month of March.  Please share your ideas!

YOUTH RETREAT AT KIRKMONT CENTER APRIL 4-6!!!  The annual spring youth retreat (for all youth in grades 7 through 12 and their adult advisors) will be held April 4-6, 2014 at Kirkmont Center!  The event is planned and hosted by the Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Celebrate God's grace, peace, love and creation by relaxing, singing, playing outside, worshipping, reflecting, seeing old friends, and making new ones!  Andrew Kang Bartlett from the Presbyterian Hunger Program will be the guest speaker as participants explore this year's theme, "Food for Thought: Following God's Recipe."  COST IS $40.  OUR CHURCH WILL PAY THE OTHER $35 OF THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE WEEKEND!  Please contact Christine Garton to sign up by Sunday, March 23. 

Youth volunteers are needed to hide Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 PM.  Event will happen rain or shine.  If you can help, please contact Christine Garton.

FAMILY NEWS

Lenten resources will be available on a table in the Molyneaux Lounge starting March 2.  Please feel free to take anything on the table that you will use.  There will also be a list of websites, apps, and other electronic resources on the home page of our church website, www.OxfordPresbyChurch.org.

  

The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 12 @ 2 PM, rain or shine.  Children up through 5th grade are invited.  The community is welcome to attend!  Youth helpers are needed to hide eggs @ 1:30 PM.  Adult helpers are needed to host the refreshments after the hunt.  Refreshment set up will happen @ 1:30 PM in the Molyneaux Lounge.  If you can help, please contact Christine Garton. 

  

A self-directed Lenten Workshop will be available in the Molyneaux Lounge after worship on Palm Sunday, April 13.  Come by and do a few activities, and feel free to take materials home.  Hope to see you there!

  

Kirkmont Center's summer camp schedule is online!  Go to www.kirkmontcenter.com to see the schedule and to register your child or youth for summer camp.  Our church has scholarship money available to ANY camper from our church.  Register your child or youth for camp, then contact Christine Garton so the church can pay HALF of your camper fees!  Diane Ziegler will be available after worship March 2 in the Molyneaux Lounge with more information and camp brochures. 

  

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held July 11-13 at Faith Lutheran Church.  The theme is "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides."  All children ages 3 through entering 5th grade are invited.  Youth entering 6th-12th grades are invited to be helpers.  And adult volunteers are needed.  A list of volunteer needs will be published soon.  If you would like more information, please contact Christine Garton.

  

ADULT NEWS

Please see the Lenten study schedule in this newsletter for more information about the study.  3 different groups are meeting.  We will be using "The Way" DVD study by Rev. Adam Hamilton.    
(click here to go to Lenten study more information)       

  

 

COLLEGE STUDENT NEWS

A new Spiritual practices college student study is being held for 4 weeks starting Tuesday, February 25 and ending Tuesday, March 18.  We will meet at the Campus Ministry Center located at 16 S. Campus Ave. across from King Library.  The study will be based on the book Soul Tending.  Participants do not have to read anything in advance, though you are asked to bring a journal or blank notebook to each session.  If you are interested in this study, please e-mail or text Christine Garton.  Rides to and from the study are available if needed.   

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CONFIRMAND SPOTLIGHT

 

Our church is blessed to have 8 wonderful 8th & 9th grade youth in our confirmation class this spring.  Between now and May we will get to know some of our confirmands better through a written interview form they filled out.  Please continue to pray for these young 
people and their adult sponsors throughout the confirmation process. 

  

Name: Olivia DeGennaro

How long have you lived in Oxford?  My whole life.

Do you have any siblings?  Yes, 2. I am the youngest.

What school do you attend?  Talawanda High School

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?  Softball & field hockey

What are your favorite things to do in Oxford?  Go out to eat or see a movie.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Hang out with friends.

What's your favorite movie or TV show?  Anything on the Food Network.

If you could have a free, all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  Croatia, because it is a     beautiful place.   

What do you want to explore during confirmation class?  Other churches and religions.

What would you like the congregation to know about you?  I enjoy being active and doing sports.

  

Name: Emily Kraushar

How long have you lived in Oxford?  15 years.

Do you have any siblings?  Yes, 2. I am the oldest.

What school do you attend?  Talawanda High School

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?  Drama

What are your favorite things to do in Oxford?  Walk around        uptown.

What do you like to do in your free time?  Sing, act, draw, be with friends.

What's your favorite movie or TV show?  Harry Potter

If you could have a free, all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  Paris or Italy, because      I've always wanted to go there.      

What do you want to explore during confirmation class?  God's feelings towards atheists.

What would you like the congregation to know about you?  I question the existence of God. 

  

Name: Sydney Rollins

How long have you lived in Oxford?  Since 2005.  9 years.

Do you have any siblings?  Yes, 1. I am the youngest.

What school do you attend?  Talawanda Middle School

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?  Soccer, cross-country, track, piano, marimba. 

What are your favorite things to do in Oxford?  Play soccer at the park.

What do you like to do in your free time?  I bake, play soccer, hug my dog & guinea pigs. 

What's your favorite movie or TV show?  I love the show Friends.

If you could have a free, all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  Sydney, Australia because there are so many cool things to do there and it's after my name. 

What do you want to explore during confirmation class?  What is the difference between God and science.

  

 

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KIDS CORNER

    

KIDS CORNER: LAZARUS*

 

His name means "God helps."  Find him in the Bible in John 11:1

 

         Jesus cried when Lazarus died.  Jesus may have cried other times.  But this is the only time the Bible says Jesus cried. 

         Lazarus was Jesus' friend.  So were Lazarus's sisters, Mary and Martha.  Lazarus and his sisters lived together in Bethany.  This village sat on the side of a hill called the Mount of Olives.  Bethany was only about a 15-minute walk from Jerusalem.  So when Jesus visited Jerusalem, he stayed at Lazarus's home.  When Lazarus got sick, Mary and Martha asked Jesus to come help.  They knew Jesus could heal their brother.  But Jesus was out of town, and he didn't come in time.  He arrived four days after Lazarus died.

         Martha ran up to Jesus and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died" (John 11:21).

         Jesus asked to see where they buried Lazarus.  Mary and Martha led him to the tomb, followed by a crowd of weeping friends.  At the tomb, Jesus cried.  Maybe he was sad because the people didn't believe he could raise Lazarus from the dead-even after all the miracles they had seen him do. 

         "Lazarus, come out!"  Jesus shouted.

         And Lazarus came out-still wearing his grave clothes.

 

TRIVIA QUESTION: How many days did it take Jesus to arrive after Lazarus's death?  4 days.   

        

 

*Taken from Who's Who & Where's Where in the Bible for Kids by Stephen Miller.  

 

 

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