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Recent Presbyterian Church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls in the Assisted Living dining room.  The services will begin at 10 A.M. on Tuesdays, June 10 and 24.  Anyone wishing to join us is welcome.

THANKS TO BECKY QUAY

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From Our Pastors

 

As the apostle Paul begins his letter to the Philippians, a church he dearly loved, he tells them that he thanks God every time he remembers them, "constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now." The same prayer is on our hearts as we give thanks for all of you, and for our partnership as pastors and people over the last 16 years.  It has been our deep privilege to walk with you in the ministries of the church and in the events of your own lives over these years.  

 

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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.

 

 
THANK YOU from Christine Garton to the congregation for the lovely reception after worship May 11!  The Garton family appreciates all the work that went into planning and preparing, as well as for the gifts and cards presented.  Thank you to all of you for your outpouring of well wishes and support!  New contact information for the Gartons will be listed in the next newsletter.  Please keep in touch!   

 

 


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CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs

 

 

 

IN OUR PRAYERS:

 

Keep these friends in your prayers:

Mary Lee Keebler, Jean Woodruff, Evelyn Black, Diane Young, Denny Carlson, Herb Preston, Adele McLaren, Stacey Winn, Joyce Trump, Helen Martin, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, Brian Hitsman, Sydney Stivers.

 

JOYS

 

Congratulations to our newest members, Jordan Chase, Noah Curry, Olivia DeGennaro,  Valerie Green, Tristan Gayhart, Sydney Rollins.

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We share in the pride that Kim and Russ Logsdon feel for their son, Alex.  He loves wrestling, and will continue the sport when he attends Heidelberg University in the fall.  Among his many awards is the Scholar-Athlete award.  Congratulations Logsdons!  See the full details in a wonderful article from the Oxford Press May 16

 

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DEACONS

 

 

Angel Report: Angels received 14 cards, 31 visits, and 6 errands from their Deacons.  10 friends received caring cards and we wrapped 2 aching souls in prayer shawls.  The Kindness Fund sent flowers to 2 friends, to remind them that we care.

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Rummage Rats REPORT

(Rummage Action Team Specialists)

 

The Rummage Sale was a huge success.  Thank you and thank you again to everyone who worked, sorted, set up, donated, and shopped.  We raised about $1,600 for our missions.  Originally, the Deacons were going to share in the funds raised, but the RATS came to a unanimous, executive decision.  ALL the monies raised will go to the Oxford Presbyterian Women's missions. 

 

What becomes of the Rummage Residue? 

We donated lots of leftovers to Safe Haven Farm for their June yard sale.  (their leftovers go to the Salvation Army).  We donated leftover towels and blankets to the animal shelter.  They were very grateful. Small suitcases and satchels go to Butler County Children's Services, for foster children.  These children often move frequently, and are very happy to have a suitcase of their very own.  We donated select items to Dove House, a woman's shelter.  While the actual location is not revealed, for resident's safety, the drop off is at the YWCA in Hamilton.  Finally, anything leftover went to ShareFest.  And, what is leftover from ShareFest goes to the Salvation Army!

So, when you donate your gently used items to the rummage sale, just think of how far-reaching and much appreciated these items are.  And even though the rummage sale is a lot of work, it's so worth it.  We had a woman at the sale who thanked us for making so many useful and needed items available for such modest prices.  She was grateful, and so are we.  Thank you all once again.

 

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SUMMER FOOD DRIVE

Sunday, June 8

 

The Deacons invite you to donate to a special food drive for the Oxford Community Choice Pantry.  Extra food is needed in the summer, since children are not at school for lunch.  Items needed for this special drive:  cereal, peanut butter, tuna, tomato sauce and canned beans (not green, but pork and beans, kidney beans, high protein kinds).

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Knitters Needed

Prayer shawl inventory low!

Contact Cornelia Brown for yarn, patterns, questions (well, answers really)

ANY shawl is a prayer shawl, when it is knitted or crocheted or woven or quilted with LOVE.

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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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The Gene and Faye Santavicca Scholarship has been awarded to a deserving young man, Garth Adams.

 

 


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                   women
Oxford Presbyterian Church Women 

 

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THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE 

will meet at 1:30, on June 17, in the Knolls of Oxford Country Kitchen.  Lynn Cronk is the Bible Study leader, Lawretta Clum will present the Mission Yearbook and  there is a blank on my chart for Least Coin.  Who will it be?

 

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE

will meet June 3 at Nancy Sturgeons home for the JUNE PICNIC.  Remember the time moves up to 6:30.  Debbie Davidson will conduct devotions and Billie Maynard will direct the program 

 

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THE OPW ANNUAL WOMEN'S RETREAT

will be June 7th at 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Western Lodge on Western Campus. The Theme is "The Importance of Your Story" led by Rev. Diane Ziegler.  The Birthday Offering service, along with the installation of leaders will also take place.  A luncheon and fellowship time will follow.  Please join us for breakfast and lunch as we gather to renew our spirit in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Contact Roberta Crain, 523-1026 or crainrw@miamioh.edu with questions and to make reservations.  A check for your lunch choice should be made payable to the Oxford Presbyterian Women.  

 

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NEW OFFICERS WERE ELECTED AT OUR SPRING GATHERING:

Jean O'Connell will serve another term as OPW Secretary

Karen Shearer will become the Coordinator of Ways & Means 

 

These officers will join the other OPW Coordinating Team members:

Sue Wilson, Moderator

Janet Ziegler, Treasurer

Roberta Crain, Coordinator of Gatherings

Karen Simpson, Coordinator of Studies & Mission Interpretation

Deanna Maxwell, Coordinator of Issues & Action

 

In addition, these nominees will serve as new members of OPW Committees:

Becky Quay, Search Committee

Pat Gifford, Honored Women Committee

 

A big THANK YOU to Debbie Davidson.  
She has served as Coordinator of Ways and Means, as a member of the Search Committee, and as a Chair of the Cookie Walk Sale, and is now retiring from the Coordinating Team.

 

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Would you like to join a Circle?   Circles are small groups of women who meet together for friendship and Bible Studies.  They meet once a month, nine months of the year.  OPW has two active Circles.  One meets the first Tuesday of the month in the evening.  The other meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the afternoon.  Visitors are always welcome.  

 

Would you be interested in forming a new Circle?  A group of five friends could form a new Circle.  There is some interest in forming a Circle that meets in the morning.  There is some interest in forming a Circle that makes crafts.  If you would like to join or have ideas for a new Circle, call Sue Wilson, 523-8848.

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Grant Proposal Submitted! 

Deanna Maxwell and Sue Wilson have been working on writing a grant proposal to assist our Sisters in the Seventh Presbyterian Church of Barranquilla, Colombia.  Deanna communicated with our Colombian partner, Mabel Jimenez, with the vital help of Judy Rymer who translated the emails and documents.  Mark Barnes assisted with getting endorsements from the Miami Valley Presbytery and the North Coast Presbytery of Colombia.  The grant proposal asked for funding to build and equip a new Community Center that will provide services for displaced women and children and victims of domestic violence.  The proposal was submitted just before the May 15th deadline to the National Presbyterian Women's Office in Louisville.  If the proposal is selected in September, funding will come from the Birthday Offering.

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DID YOU KNOW?

For more than 25 years the k-1 class has been making tray favors for meals on wheels.  They make about 30 for each holiday:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter.

The first Sunday of each month they make thinking of you cards for people on the prayer list.  Inside they write a new church word. Love, joy, alleluia, prayers, hope, caring, and the list continues. This year we have been learning about parables and how the lesson can help us to live in today's world. These children are very caring and loving and ready to be helpers in their world.

 

 
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CONGREGATION NEWS

Volunteer Opportunity!!!

 

  Lisa Brunckhorst is coordinating the volunteer schedule.  She can be reached at lbrunckhorst@woh.rr.com if you can give an hour or two to help.  Come to meet some of our phenomenal international athletes and everyday heroes in person.  Join us this year at our very special version of the Tour de France, American style. 
 

 

June 17 through 22nd some very special bicyclists will be racing through Oxford Time Station 41 on their way across the United States.  Christoph Strasser of Austria will be trying to win the toughest endurance bicycle race in the world for a third time in four years, while raising money for a children's orphanage in Austria.   David Zabriskie, a Tour de France stage winner who rode with Lance Armstrong and anti-doping Colorado team Garmin-Cervelo, will compete on a team with motorcycle national champion Micky Dymond and raising money for bike safety.  Andrew Johnston, a professional cyclist who retired after developing chronic myelocytic leukemia in 2004, will be riding with the Georgia Chain Gang for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   Three teams of riders averaging over 60 years old will be competing from Austria, Germany and the United States to prove that age is just a number.

These are just a few of the 274 bicyclists from 21 countries who will be competing in the Race Across America, one of the most respected endurance races in the world.  It begins in Oceanside, California and competitors race through the Mojave Desert, Rocky Mountains and Appalachian mountains to finish 2993 miles later in Annapolis, Maryland.  The bike racers annually raise collectively in excess of $1.5 million for a wide range of charitable causes in addition to competing in the race. 

RAAM is one continual stage, open to professionals and amateurs alike.  Once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line.  Teams have a maximum of nine days to finish, racing 350-500 miles a day.  Solo riders have a maximum of twelve days to complete the race, balancing speed with the need for sleep.  Each racer/team has a support vehicle with crew following them across the country handling food, navigation, and bike repairs, so that the racers can focus on racing. Why race RAAM?  Reasons included raising money for a charitable cause, setting a record, seeing the country, or the pride that comes with adding their name to the finishers list. Four women from Pennsylvania are riding for pulmonary hypertension research.  There is a soloist and firefighter team riding for fallen firefighters.  A London team is led by a rugby player raising money for asthma after his friend's daughter died from it.  A group of New York real estate executives are riding for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.  Two paralyzed Austrians are competing on handcycles to support Young Challenged Athletes in their country.  Several riders and teams are racing for children in their community with serious diseases to help pay medical expenses.  A group of Las Vegas policemen are raising money for a local charity in memory of their fallen comrade.  Most riders can tell you similar stories regarding the charity they have chosen.   Each year the Lon Haldeman award is given to the team raising the most money for charity.  There is minimal prize money for winning the race.

Oxford is fortunate to be chosen as Time Station 41, located at 550 S. Locust, in the TJ Maxx parking lot.  The riders check in at each time station across the United States and you can follow their progress on the RAAM website at www.raceacrossamerica.org once the race begins so you know when to expect your favorite riders.  Volunteers at the station will also be keeping track of the racers 24/7 at the station which has internet access and at the website www.ohioraam.org.   Spending time with the racers and crews, and just cheering the ones who go flying by is an uplifting experience for everyone

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ANNOUCEMENTS  

 

fridayniters  

 

FIRST FRIDAY NITERS

  

Will not meet in June.  (There will still be a first Friday in June, though.  It is the 6th.)  Watch the bulletin for July news.

 

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MUSTARD SEED INVESTMENT GROUP SEEKS MEMBERS

 

If you would like to join a small investment group of fellow congregants, learn a little about investing, and support mission giving, please consider joining the Mustard Seed Investment group.

 

The group meets four times a year in members' homes, contributing $50 each quarter.  The value of our portfolio currently fluctuates around $20,000 dollars at present.   For the fourth year, we have contributed to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, raising the amount to $600.  The beneficiary is determined by vote of the members.  As the value of the portfolio grows we hope the amount distributed will grow as well. The portfolio is the property of the church.

 

We will meet June 4th at 7:30 at the home of Bill Fisher, 4883 James Rd.  Please visit with us to see if you are interested.

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What's in a Name...YOU!!!

And how do our Interim Pastor, Hart Edmonds, new members, and visitors know what your name is?  You got it...WEAR YOUR NAME TAG!! Many of us are out of the habit of wearing nametags.  So grab it off your dresser or from your car, or if you have been careful, off the rack in the Narthex entry at church, and PUT IT ON every Sunday.  Then drop it back in a basket strategically located by the door as you leave the Sanctuary or in the Molyneaux Lounge. If, by chance, you have lost, washed, or otherwise disabled your name tag, please call Elaine Patterson in the office, 513-523-6364 or drop her a note at office@oxfordpresbychurch.org to arrange for a new one.

(tag, you're IT)

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Recent Presbyterian Church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls in the Assisted Living dining room.  The services will begin at 10 A.M. on Tuesdays, June 10 and 24.  Anyone wishing to join us is welcome.

THANKS TO BECKY QUAY

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Oxford Presbyterian Church

www.oxfordpresbychurch.org

Telephone: 513-523-6364

Fax: 513-523-8215

Seminary Building: 513-523-7411

 

OFFICERS OF OPC

 

SESSION

Class of 2014:

John Curry, Janet Zeigler, Robert Smith, Mary Shinn, Bill Fisher

 

Class of 2015:

Carol Burkhalter, Diane Young, Brent Bader, Jenny Bailer, Mary Jo McFadden

 

Class of 2016:

Pam Deahl, Lynn Cronk, Pat Gifford, Tom Poetter, Rich Drewes

 

Answer to June Question of the Month:

The study of flags:  the word comes from the Latin "vexillum," meaning "flag" or "banner."

 

Deacons

 

Class of 2014:

Nancy Moeckel, Barbara Mecklenborg, Jennifer Walter, Dave Wilson

 

Class of 2015:

Jay Baird, Marilyn Curry, Sue Wilson, Paula Foltz, Ruth Miller, Martin Miller

 

Class of 2016:

Janet Holmes, Deanna Maxwell, Lawretta Clum, Cornelia Browne, Molly Todd, Jay Baird

 

Trustees

Class of 2014: Chuck Crain, Lisa Brunckhorst

 

Class of 2015: Tom Holmes

 

Class of 2016: Chris Adryan, Joe Simpson

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Answer to the JULY question of the month: about 7 pitches

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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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   FACILITIES PLAN UPDATE:

 

Background:

Two years ago, a Facilities Master Plan Team was working on a plan for all our facilities to determine how they might be improved to better serve our mission and programs.  Priorities which emerged included accessibility and better gathering, welcoming space.  In the process, major structural issues were discovered at The Seminary.  The facilities master plan was put on hold and a Seminary Options Team  (SOT) was appointed and charged with making a complete assessment of The Seminary's condition along with projected costs to stabilize or to improve the building.  The SOT did extensive research, gave regular updates to the congregation, and held a congregational forum for input on whether or not to include The Seminary in the overall facilities plan. 

 

Report to Session:

The Seminary Options Team presented its findings, including a detailed summary of the congregational forum on Seminary options, to the Session at the April 15, 2014 Stated Meeting.  The Session received the report along with an eight-chapter notebook of supporting material and after a 1 1/2 hour discussion dismissed the SOT with thanks for their wonderful job of clarifying options for the Seminary.  

 

Session Recommendation:

The Facilities Master Plan Group will work with an architect to address repairs and improvements to BOTH the Seminary and Memorial buildings. 

 

The plan will be presented to Session with associated costs, followed by a financial feasibility study to determine whether or not the plan can be implemented.

 

An endowment fund for facilities maintenance must be included in any funding plan.

 

Additional notes: 

The feasibility study would be conducted by an outside, professional group.  If Session determines following the feasibility study that the congregation would not be able to support the plan financially as recommended by the Session, then modifications would be made to the proposed plan that would bring it within the financial reach of the congregation.

 

The Session has decided after hearing from the congregation that it prefers not to approach this issue as a simple either/or referendum on The Seminary in isolation from the full scope of all our facilities.  The Session's approach will be to motivate the congregation to support and fund a whole-facility plan that would include The Seminary if possible as well as make necessary modifications to the Memorial building so that all the church's facilities will better serve the church's mission.     

 

The Session will re-constitute the Facilities Master Plan Team which will begin working as soon as possible with an architect to craft a plan.  You'll be hearing later about the time frame for bringing the plan to the congregation and conducting a feasibility study.  

 

Mark and Barbara Barnes

 

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A Successful Party!

 

The May 4 celebration of the retirement of Mark and Barbara, at the Knolls, was a fun filled event.  As we know, a picture is worth a thousand words, even in this digital age.  So these pictures, snapped by our invertebrate photographer, Nancy Moeckel, tell the story.  Captions by our own Judy Fisher. (with some add-ons by Nancy)


I can 't believe that Mark really told that story.
The Biker Mamas (tattoos not visible in this photo)
The backside of the selfie. (Does this count as an eifles then?)
"Now, home for a nap"
When will this thing be over?
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BIRTHDAYS

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

 

2       Sarah Miller

2       Sandy Richardson

2       Bill Fisher

2       Justin McGoldrick

2       Madyson Bommer

3       Marlene Vaughn

3       Sherry Schilling

3       Craig James

4       Olivia DeGennaro

4       Dylan Gardner

5       Joyce Bolon

5       Mark Garton

7       Jim Sturgeon

8       Bill King

8       Joni Marcum

10     Rachel Mehl

10     William Bommer

11     Scott Kuehn

13     Scott Hartman

13     Mitch Poetter

14     Janet Holmes

15     Kelly Richmond

16     David Maxfield

17     Maxine Peters

17     Joe Wespiser

17     Pat Roberts

17     Turner Rollins

19     Adele McLaren

19     Gwen Fears

21     Judy Fisher

21     Ian Pacey

21     David Smith

22     Charles Skipper

22     John Baer

22     Christine Garton

23     Opal Wespiser

23     Andrea Johnson

13     Grady Holmes

27     Kate Wespiser

27     Linda Hesford

28     Betty Reinhart

28     Jane Hollingsworth

28     Cheryl Ferris

29     Connie Everhart

 

JUNE JEWELS

 

The summer solstice falls on June 21 at 6:51 A.M. EDT.

The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. 

 

June is National

Candy Month, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Dairy Month, Iced Tea Month    

June is National Turkey Lover's Month. Americans consume more than 353 million pounds of turkey during June

 

June 4 is Aesop's birthday.  I'll leave the moral of knowing this up to you.

 

Father's Day is the 15th                     

 

 

FLAG DAY IS THE 14TH

You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag.......sing the rest, you know the lyrics!)  (who wrote this song?)

the President and Governors of the State can order flags on government buildings to be flown at half-staff. There are 6 American flags on the moon!

 

 

 

 

QUESTION OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE.

What is vexillology?

Look for the answer somewhere in the newsletter.

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JULY BIRTHDAYS

 

1       Jay Baird

1       Janet Stuckey

2       Elizabeth Lane

4       Jack Vaughn

5       Roberta Crain

6       Ann Hardy

6       Isabella Walter

10      Nancy Moeckel

12     Will Hazleton

12     David Kraushar (14)

13     Richard Ziegler

14     Jim Maynard

15     Dave Kraushar (Dad)

16     Judy Spencer

16     Jean Vance

16     Barbara Jena

19     Gil Siegel

19     Amanda McGoldrick

20     Reba Deiss

23     Bruce Bowerman

23     Tristan Gayhart

24     Joyce Trump

24     Ashley Richardson

25     Karen Shearer

26     Peg McKillop

26     Vicki Pacey

29     Alexandra Hazleton

30     Matthew Green

31     Janet Feazell

 

JULY GEMS

 

July is National Blueberry Month, Ice Cream Month, National Hot Dog Month

 

Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. (In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday)

 

France's Eiffel Tower can grow by more than 6 inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.

 

The first bathing suit for women was created in the 1800s. It was long sleeved with woolen bloomers.

 

July 12 - Full Moon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year.

 

Strange book titles:

How to Land a Top-Paying Pierogi Maker's Job by Ashley McFadden

Does God Ever Speak Through Cats? by David Evans

I Told You I Was Sick: A Grave Book of Curious Epitaphs Nigel Rees

 

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.

 

Question of the month for July:  what is the average life span of a major league baseball?

 

There are a total of 2430 games played in a regular season of the MLB

 

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From Our Pastors

Full Article

As the apostle Paul begins his letter to the Philippians, a church he dearly loved, he tells them that he thanks God every time he remembers them, "constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now." The same prayer is on our hearts as we give thanks for all of you, and for our partnership as pastors and people over the last 16 years.  It has been our deep privilege to walk with you in the ministries of the church and in the events of your own lives over these years. 

It is deeply meaningful to walk with individual persons through good times and bad - to accompany people through births and deaths, confirmations and graduations, weddings and funerals, hospitalizations and health crises, and the troubles and joys of family life.  You have shared your lives with us, and it has meant a lot to us.  We are richer for all these experiences. 

It has also been a deep privilege to walk with you, the congregation as a whole, as we have answered God's call to be the church of Jesus Christ on this corner of Main Street and Church Street in Oxford, Ohio.  From here, our ministries touch one another, our larger community, and indeed the whole world.  We have been continually discerning who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do in this place and at this time.  And throughout the congregation, there has been an outpouring of your talents and gifts and offerings, to enhance ministries of compassion and witness in Jesus' name.  Together we have been planting seeds together, and we offer that work to God's glory, asking God to bring the harvest according to God's will.

When the search committee first interviewed us, in October of 1997, they asked us, "What is your style of ministry?  How do you go about your ministry?"   After some moments to think, we offered a variety of comments and examples, but what first popped out of our mouths was this:  Our style is to love our congregation - both as a whole, and each particular person in it.  We like to put down deep roots.  And the love we have shared together - love of God, love of one another, and love of our neighbors far and near - has been meaningful to us.  But that also makes it harder to say farewell.  We do so, however, with thanksgiving for all that has been, and with hope and trust in God for all that will be.  We know God will prosper the life and ministry of this church in the next chapter of your congregational life, and will go with us too into the next chapter of our lives. So with joy and thanksgiving, we pray for God's blessings for each of you and all of you together.  And we too will thank God every time we remember you, praying with joy for your because of our partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

                           Mark and Barbara

 

  

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Thank you!  Thank you!

 

We cannot thank you enough for the wonderful retirement celebration on May 4.  Every element of the celebration was special.   We were overwhelmed by the creativity, beauty, humor, delight, and spirit that pervaded the whole celebration and its elements.  We are so grateful for

 

 The beautiful setting and the exquisite flower arrangements that graced each table

 

*The wonderful buffet brunch spread of delicious foods

 

 The extraordinary organization that insured that everything went so smoothly   

  • The humorous anecdotes and the funny gifts

The creative songs - "ditties" 1, 2, and 3, set to Beach Boys tunes  that were performed so well in singing and actions

 

  • The beautiful brass Stousland door plaque that highlights our name and several favorite activities
  • The lovely stained glass art work of the Memorial Building, made by Bill King, with a frame to display it
  • The colorful stained glass art work of the PCUSA seal, made by Louise Griffing, to hang in a window
  • The most generous "love offering" from the congregation - that will help make it possible for us to plan a trip to the British Isles that we have long wanted to take and hardly thought possible
  • The beautiful scrapbook filled with pictures, memories, and the cards and letters that mean so very much to us
  • The warmth, laughter, support, and spirit throughout the gathering of such wonderful people!

 

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Christian Education Full Article 

  

  

THANK YOU from Christine Garton to the congregation for the lovely reception after worship May 11!  The Garton family appreciates all the work that went into planning and preparing, as well as for the gifts and cards presented.  Thank you to all of you for your outpouring of well wishes and support!  New contact information for the Gartons will be listed in the next newsletter.  Please keep in touch!

  

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who have taught or volunteered in our Sunday School program during the 2013-2014 school year!  Today we recognize the following people for their service: Elaine Patterson, Alyssa Klein, Paula Green, Linda Hesford, Debbie DeGennaro, Greg Hughes, Michael Hughes, Lisa Gayhart, Marilyn Curry, Amy Kraushar, Missy Friede, Jenn Walter, Mary Shinn, Angie James, Emily Lykins, Amy McGoldrick, Roberta Crain, Jenn Burns, Sara Smith and Christine Garton.  Apologies to anyone who may have been omitted from this list! 

THANK YOU to our long-term volunteers in the Sunday School program.  These individuals teach their classes during the entire school year.  Sarah Miller & Deb Sayers teach our K-1st grade class, and Prue Dana and Katie Saylor teach our middle school class.  Becky Quay is our Sunday School Superintendent, taking attendance, making sure kids make it to their classes, and bringing refreshments to the younger classes. 

  

THANK YOU to the congregation for your prayers and financial support for the 2014 Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey.  The trip happens June 5-15, and we ask for your continued prayers for the 6 youth and 3 adults heading to NJ to do home repairs for Hurricane Sandy victims.  This trip would not have been possible without your support.  Thank you!!!

  

CONGRATULATIONS to Jordan Chase, Noah Curry, Olivia DeGennaro, Tristan Gayhart, Valerie Green, and Sydney Rollins!  These 8th & 9th graders were confirmed as full members of our church on May 11.

  

CONGRATULATIONS to our graduation Talawanda High School seniors!  Ethan Crist, Jeremy Crist, Maya DeGennaro, Alex Logsdon, Scott Richmond, Matt Rudolph, Sam Poetter, and Matt Snell will be recognized during worship June 1.  Our 2 Jamieson Award winners will also be announced and recognized during worship June 1. 

  

Summer Sunday School will start June 8.  Children ages 3 through entering 1st grade will meet in the preschool classroom and children entering 2nd-5th grade will meet upstairs in the drama room (called Dramadary).  We will NOT have Union services with Oxford United Methodist Church this summer, so our summer Sunday School schedule will run through August 17.  CHILDREN WILL GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL BEFORE WORSHIP.  There is no children's message or children's worship bags during Summer Sunday School.  Teachers will be in the classroom at 9:50 AM.  Sunday School will not meet 6 due to the 4th of July holiday or July 13 due to Vacation Bible School. 

  

No Sunday School during the summer for middle or high school youth. 

  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE SUBSTITUTE NURSERY WORKER LIST!  Breanne Parks is our excellent nursery worker year-round, but we need to have a list of 5 people she can contact to cover the nursery if she is away or is sick.  You will be paid $20 each Sunday you sub.  Anyone who is 15 years old or older by June 1 (including ADULTS) is eligible to be on the sub list.  Contact Christine Garton ASAP if you'd like to be on the list.  

  

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!

  

Pleasant Vineyard Ministries is a LOCAL summer camp just outside of Oxford that has openings for children this summer.  Please visit www.pvmcamp.com for more information.  The Maynards, who are members of our church, own and run the camp. 

  

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.  Adult volunteers are needed.  If you would like more information, please contact Katie Saylor at KatieLynnSaylor@gmail.com.

  

VBS 2014 registration is online!  You can register children at https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/hl/OxfordVBS2014/gpgs/home.aspx.  ADULT VOLUNTEERS CAN GO TO THIS SITE TO SEE WHAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AND TO REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER. 

  

Christine Garton's last Sunday will be June 22 and her last day in the office will be June 24.  The Christian Education Committee is hard at work planning and recruiting volunteers for Sunday School and programs for summer and fall.  Please contact any member of the Christian Education Committee with questions, suggestions, or to volunteer.  Contact our church secretary or consult your church directory for committee member contact information.  The committee includes:

Lynn Cronk: co-chair

Sarah Miller: co-chair

Dick Munson

Mary Shinn

Jenn Walter

Diane Young

  

The Christian Education Committee needs new members to help out, especially during the staff transition!  The committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the youth room for 1 hour.  Please contact a committee member for more info or to become a member.

Please sign up to teach Sunday school on the sign up sheet located by the coffee station or e-mail Mary Shinn at shinngroom@frontier.com with your interest and availability.  Teaching assignments are per month but with a co-teacher to coordinate if unable to attend all Sundays.  There will be two groupings for the summer--1.  Entering 

preschool through entering 1st grade and 2. Entering 2nd grade through entering 5th grade. 

 

 

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