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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 am on alternate Tuesdays 

THANKS TO BECKY QUAY

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From Our Interim Pastor

 

What's the value of interim/transitional ministry?

 

Rev. Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor

 

     Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the members and leaders of Oxford Presbyterian Church for welcoming me into the life of your congregation. You have opened your hearts and lives to me in a very caring way.  I am very glad to be serving Oxford Presbyterian Church as your interim pastor. As I shared with the Interim Pastor Search Committee, I feel called to this ministry.  One of the questions I often share as I begin my work with a congregation in transition is this: "What cross-roads are you facing at this time in your life?"  There are many ways you might respond to that question, and as we meet each other in different setting, I would be interested in your thoughts.

 

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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

August-September

 

August 3..........Communion Sunday "What's on the Menu?"  (Matthew 14: 13-21) Rev. Hart Edmonds

 

August 10..........Guest Preacher

 

August 17..........Joint Worship with the Methodist Church hosted at OPC

 

August 24.......... "Marks of the Christian Community" (Romans 12: 1-8) Rev. Hart Edmonds

Christian Education Returns with Children in Worship prior to Sunday School

 

August 31.........."Marks of the Christian Community" (Romans 12: 9-21)  Rev. Hart Edmonds

 

September 7........."Wherever Two or Three Gather....."  (Matthew 18: 15-20) Rev. Hart Edmonds

 

September 14.........."Welcome Back Picnic & Worship with Dixie-land Jazz Band"

 

September 21..........Commissioning of Sunday School Teachers & Worship Led by the Russia

Mission Trip Participants

 

September 28.........Youth Sunday

 


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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

 

 

 

Sunday school teachers and co-teachers are needed for the preschool class and the 2nd-5th grade class! Please consider volunteering your time for this very important ministry in our church. We are only asking that you devote one month of teaching. If interested, please call Jennifer Walter at (513) 593-4883 or email her at jenniferwalter37@yahoo.com

 

 

Hello everyone Jenn Burns here. Once again I want to tell you how excited I am to be the new youth director. I am ready to kick off the new year with the back to school cookout. Once again we will be having the cookout out at the Hughes'. We haven't picked a date yet, but I will keep you posted! Sunday School for all the youth starts August 17th! We will start working on the events for youth Sunday that will be September 28th. On that day the youth and I can share our experience at Union Beach in New Jersey on the mission trip, and tell you about our God sightings as well as fun stories about our trip through New York City!

   

 

 


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CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs

 

IN OUR PRAYERS


Keep these friends in your prayers :

Betty Barnhart, John and Jean Woodruff, Mary Bachman, Evelyn Black, Diane Young, Denny Carlson, Adele McLaren, Stacey Winn, Joyce Trump, Helen Martin, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Retting, Brian Hitsman

 

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JOYS

Jim and Nancy Sturgeon celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary!
 

 

Charles and Joan Teckman celebrated their 60thwedding anniversary!

 

 

May God bless you all and fill your lives with more 

love and happiness

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Congratulations to Tristan Gayhart, Allyson Gayhart and Joseph Gentry on their 4-H projects at the Union County (Indiana) fair! Their projects included baking, cake decorating, woodworking, Veterinary Science, Gun Safety, Hogs and goats.

(from proud Grandpa and Grandma - Ray and Elaine Patterson!)

 

 

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THANK YOU

 

To Our Church Family,

 

My heartfelt thanks for your unwavering acts of kindness and support during the last difficult years of Herb's life.

Mark and Barbara were always there for us and will be remembered always.  Thanks also to the many Deacons for their constant care and concern.  I am especially grateful to Paula Foltz and Karen Shearer for hosting the lovely reception at the funeral home.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank Pastor Hart and Elaine-for being Pastor Hart and Elaine.

 

Mickey Preston

 

 

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THANK YOU DESSERT LOVERS!

 

$407 WAS EARNED FOR OUR CHURCH RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM. THANK YOU TO EACH PERSON WHO BAKED AND BOUGHT A DESSERT!

 


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deacons

DEACONS

 

 

Angel Report: Deacons do not meet in July.  The Angel Report will be updated for the September newsletter!

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Not the best picture, but the best kind of person helping her friends

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Knitters Needed

Prayer shawl inventory low!

Contact Nancy Moeckel 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 Nancy Moeckel (until Cornelia gets back to Oxford)

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                   women

OXFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH WOMEN

 

 

 circles

 

THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE 

Watch for the September meeting info in the next newsletter

 

Question of the Month Answer:   

Johnny

 

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE

Will be on Sept 2 at Sue Wilson's house. Deanna Maxwell is the co-hostess. Billie Maynard will lead the devotions. 
Jean O'Connell will do the Program. We will be doing Lesson One of the 2014-2015

Horizons Bible study. This year's study is entitled Reconciling Paul

The study books have arrived and will be distributed by Circle Leaders at a cost of $8 each. If anyone wants their copy NOW please contact Karen Simpson, 523-8363, k.simpson2007@yahoo.com.

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OPC Scheduled Social Events

2014-15

 

October 26         

Fall Gathering -

2:30 in Molyneaux Lounge

Program:  Karen Shearer and Deanna Maxwell - Mission Trip to Russia

 

October 16, 17, 18       

Rummage Sale -

Seminary Building

 

 

December 14      

Christmas Tea 

2:30 in Molyneaux Lounge

Program:  Christmas Story - Karen Simpson, Songs of Christmas                                  

April 18

Friendship Breakfast - 10 a.m.

Program to be announced - Karen Shearer      

Election of Officers

 

May 7, 8, 9 Rummage Sale -

Seminary Building

 

 

June 6

OPC Women's Retreat  

9-1 Western Lodge      

Program to be announced - Roberta Crain       

 

OPC Coordinating Committee

 Molyneaux Lounge, 7:30 p.m.

September 24, October 22, February 25 and May 27

                 

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THE HOUSE COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR HELP!

 

     The House Committee is comprised of six members who rotate the monthly cleaning (checking weekly) of the Seminary kitchen and collectively thoroughly clean and organize the Seminary kitchen in the spring and the Memorial kitchen in the fall.  These two sessions, which take about two hours, are followed by fellowship over lunch at LaRosas.

      The Committee also has in the last two years made seasonal silk floral purchases and new bench cover for the Memorial Narthex as well as colorful and white lace vinyl tablecloths for the Seminary and kitchen supplies with 10% of money earned from OPW Rummage Sales.

     Betty Jane Reinhart has long been a very willing worker on this committee, and we want to thank her for her countless years of service.  However, she feels it is time for her to retire.

      We need someone to replace her to fully staff this important and necessary work of the church.  We have no evening meetings and one can complete the rotating monthly Seminary kitchen cleaning in an hour or less on your own schedule.

     Please consider joining this cheerful band of willing workers by calling co-chairs Sue Wilson, 523-8848 or Barbara Skipper 523-2810 to join the committee including Margaret Butcher, Mary Niehoff, and Rachel Mehl. 

 

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OPC WOMEN MISSION

Making a Difference

 

Virginia Parker Nursing Scholarship, Miraj Medical Center (Wanless Hospital) in India, receives $525 a year from our Benevolence budget. Our gift is in memory of Virginia Parker, a former Presbyterian mission partner with a strong Oxford connection. I once moderated a meeting, which got sidetracked by the question of exactly where she lived in Oxford. As I recall, Helen Zimmerman was one of the participants in the discussion. I got heck for cutting it short. The majority of Miraj's female nursing students come from rural areas and rural churches and have a very low socio-economic background. It helps us help women who help others. Miraj thanks us and asks for us to remember their healing ministry and educational program in our prayers. This benevolence is part of our global connection. We strive to support global, national, and local endeavors. I will post their latest letter on our bulletin board.

Karen Simpson

   

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Session Retreat on August 23 at the Knolls:  8:30- 3pm .

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Sparkle and Shine at OPC!

 

 

Sparkle and shine is Priscilla Park's specialty.  With 31 years on the Miami custodial staff, she's had a lot of experience!   We are pleased to welcome Priscilla as our custodian at Oxford Presbyterian Church.  She started work on June 12 with the responsibility for cleaning and maintaining the interior of the buildings, setting up for regular and special events as requested, and keeping the Trustees informed of needed preventative maintenance and major repairs.  Priscilla will be busy, working 15-20 hours each week.  She reports to Pastor Hart.

Congregational volunteers and committees are handling additional responsibilities formerly performed by the custodian.  Nick Fears, a Trustee, has volunteered to coordinate outside care of our two buildings this summer.  Trustees and other members of the congregation are maintaining the flowerbeds as well as planting and nurturing the flower urns at the front of the church.  Head ushers are opening the Memorial on Sundays and Trustees are responsible for closing it.  In this time of transition, let's all pitch in where we can to help keep our church home in tiptop shape!

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Worship on August 17th will be in our sanctuary with Pastor Hart preaching. We have invited the Methodist congregation. There will be a cookies and punch reception in the courtyard following worship with members of OUMC helping to provide cookies.

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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.  Anyone wishing to join us is welcome.

THANKS TO BECKY QUAY

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Precious Hearts of Oxford will hold an Auction on August 5 in our Seminary building. Doug Ross will be the auctioneer helping to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for children in Oxford. The auction will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 

For more information contact Deb Clark at preciousheartsoxford@gmail.com

 

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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

 

Deacons

 

Class of 2014:

Jay Baird, Nancy Moeckel, Johanna Reinhart, Jennifer Walter, Dave Wilson

 

Class of 2015:

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

 

Class of 2016:

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

 

Trustees

Class of 2014: Chuck Crain, Lisa Brunckhorst

 

Class of 2015: Tom Holmes, Nick Fears

 

Class of 2016: Chris Adryan, Joe Simpson

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Oxford Presbyterian Church

www.oxfordpresbychurch.org

Telephone: 513-523-6364

Fax: 513-523-8215

Seminary Building: 513-523-7411

 

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Deadline for the October 2014 Newsletter is September 20, 2014

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


  
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AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

 

2   Tom Crist

3   John Bailer

3   Amanda Bommer

4   Mary Niehoff

4   Sydney Rollins

6   Mary Bachmann

8   Mel Derickson

8   Cornelia Browne

8   Carol Burkhalter

8   Amy Burke

9   Louise Limper

9   Marjory Leflar

11 Elaine Patterson

12 Amy McGoldrick

13 Janet Ziegler

13 Bryce James

13 Jason Okeoma

14 Peggy Harrington

14 June Sheard

14 Diane Young

15 Matthew Lykins

16 Robert Smith

17 Eileen Jeck

18 Robert Simpson

18 Elijah Walter

18 Lauren James

19 Marjorie Smith

19 Cameron Shriver

22 Norah Green

25 Peggy Hughes

26 Sarah Barr

26 Harrison Green

28 Ross Hunter

28 Isabel Lykins

29 Sandy Douglass

29 Jennifer Harvey

29 Rob Rollins

29 Katherine Curry

31 Isabel Shoker

 

August Antics for our Celebrants

 

 

Question of the Month: Johnny's mother had three children.  The first child was named April.  The second child was named May.  What was the third child's name?  (as always, somewhere in the newsletter you can find the answer)

 

On August 9, 1974, Richard M. Nixon resigned from office, making him the first United States president to ever resign from office

 

"Q" is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any U.S. state. (if you are trying to think of it, it's Arizona)

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed ' I have a dream,' during his famous march on Washington August 28, 1963.

 

August is: National Family Fun Month, National Peach Month, National Golf Month, National Picnic Month

 

On Aug. 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Gallery and not recovered for two years.  Read: Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisaby R.A. Scotti. Picasso was a prime suspect!

 

 

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak between August 10 and August 13. A waning Gibbous Moon (the Moon's phase after a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that observers try their luck to catch some Perseids before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13.

 

 

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The 221st General Assembly (2014) Presbyterian Church (U.S.A>) June 14-21, Detroit Michigan: A Brief Summary

 

Election of the Moderator:  Ruling Elder Heath Rada from North Carolina was elected the Moderator of the General Assembly on the first ballot with 52% of the votes from a field of three candidates.  He has served as President of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond and the CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross.  As his Vice-Moderator he selected the Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia, pastor of Church of Forest Hills, a multicultural, multiethnic congregation in Queens, New York.  Historically, election of a Moderator on the first ballot is not common; the last Moderator elected on the first ballot was the Rev. Jack Rogers who served as the Moderator of the 213st General Assembly (2001).

 

Mid Councils Commission 2- Synod and Presbytery action:  The 219th General Assembly established a Special Commission to study the structure of the denomination and make recommendations.  The Commission's report to the last Assembly was sent back for further work by a somewhat restructured Commission.  This year the Commission brought a recommendation to reorganize the current 16 synods into eight in a collaborative process based on "an emerging sense of purpose, partnership, context, and call." The Assembly increased the number to 10-12 new synods and the Sinodo Presbiteriano Boriquen en Puerto Rico (Synod of Puerto Rico) successfully overtured to remain as is based on its cultural and geographic setting.  In related business the Assembly granted the request of the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii that Hanmi Presbytery be dissolved and the churches transferred to the corresponding geographic presbyteries.  Hanmi did present an overture asking for a delay in the dissolution.

 

Divestment: Middle East and Fossil Fuels:  Once again, the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI) brought a recommendation to divest from three companies whose business dealings with Israel help support the Palestinian occupation:  Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard.  After intense advocacy by outside groups before and during the Assembly, and impassioned testimony and debate in committee and on the floor the Assembly voted 310 to 303 to support divestment.  There were also numerous statements of support for both Israel and Palestine and a reaffirmation of the commitment to a two-state solution.  In partial response to a controversial study guide issued by a PC(USA)-affiliated advocacy group earlier this year the Assembly added a first point to the resolution that reaffirmed Israel's right to exist

The other matter was an overture to divest from companies that appear on the Carbon Tracker fossil fuel company list.  The Assembly chose instead to refer the matter to MRTI for their study and recommendation.

It is worth noting that one of the financial officers of the Board of Pensions explained to the Assembly that most of their assets are placed with private investment advisers and when they receive the divestment instructions they do no have to divest but can keep any current holdings but will not acquire any more listed stocks.

 

Marriage:  The Assembly took three actions related to Marriage regarding the PC(USA) Book of Order.  They approved an Authoritative Interpretation permitting pastors to conduct marriage services, and the session may approve the use of facilities for such services, for any marriage in jurisdictions where they are permitted and in accordance with the conscience of the pastor and session.  They approved a rewrite of W-4.9000, the section on marriage that, among other things now says marriage is between "two persons, traditionally a man and a woman."  Finally, they directed that a consultation process with presbyteries and churches be developed to promote reconciliation associated with these changes as the vote on the Book of Order amendment goes forward.

 

Other actions: The new translation of the Heidelberg Catechism was affirmed and the Belhar Confession will again be sent to the presbyteries for a 2/3 approval to be added to the Book of Confessions.  Modifications were made to the Peacemaking Offering and it will be renamed the Peace and Global Witness Offering.  A statement was issued about the need for due process regarding weaponized drones.  The 248 New Worshiping Communities were celebrated.  Mandatory background checks are used when hiring pastors but it was decided not to add it as a requirement of the call process in the Book of Order.  Per capita rate was set at $7.07 for 2015 and $7.12 for 2016.

 

Summary prepared by Stephen Slayards (steve@gajunkie.com).  Permission granted for redistribution in Presbyterian entities.

 

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From Our Interim Pastor

Full Article

 

What's the value of interim/transitional ministry?

 

Rev. Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor

 

     Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to the members and leaders of Oxford Presbyterian Church for welcoming me into the life of your congregation. You have opened your hearts and lives to me in a very caring way.  I am very glad to be serving Oxford Presbyterian Church as your interim pastor. As I shared with the Interim Pastor Search Committee, I feel called to this ministry.  One of the questions I often share as I begin my work with a congregation in transition is this: "What cross-roads are you facing at this time in your life?"  There are many ways you might respond to that question, and as we meet each other in different setting, I would be interested in your thoughts.

 

     There are many crossroads conversations going on today about the place of faith, the role of religion in general, and the purpose of the church in particular.  In fact, I believe two of the most important spiritual questions for many in our time are these:  "Why Christian?   Why Church?"   You know in your own life among your friends and family members that those two questions are far from settled for many people. We can no longer assume that those questions about commitment to faith and to church have been answered in compelling ways for people in today's world.  In fact, the fastest growing faith group today is known as "the spiritual, but not religious" crowd.  Yes, their numbers are growing.   Then there is this reality.  So much of our culture is oriented around moving away from people rather than closer to them. We live in a mobile culture in which people are used to moving every few years, and in which many folks will uproot without question to move for a higher-paying job. We have some of the highest rates of home ownership and some of the highest rates of depression.  We are some of the wealthiest and loneliest societies the world has ever seen.  Is it surprising then, that matters of faith and commitment to church are in such flux?  I believe, at the same time, this is one of the most exciting and creative moments to be engaged in ministry and to find ways to share our faith in Christ.

 

     At a transitional time in the life of a church, there can be a wonderful opportunity to revisit some fundamental questions about what the next chapter will be in the life of your congregation.  Here are three questions that we will be considering in different times and seasons:

  • Discovering our missional context-  "Why does the world need the church- and ours in particular?
  • Discerning God's call- "What is God calling us to be and do in this time and place?"
  • Embodying God's vision- "How will we shape our life and practice in faithful ways, to be the salt and light Christ calls the church to be?"

 

As time moves forward, I will be working with your church's session and members to address 5 Developmental Tasks:

  1. 1.   Coming to Terms with History: We will find ways to "tell stories" about your church's rich history of ministry and mission.  We will look for fun and creative ways to find those occasions where a moment in the church's life helped people say, "Surely God was in this place and time."   We will look at patterns of leadership and ways that challenged the church, and not focus only on successes. Sometimes, we learn a lot from our failures and not just our successes.
  2. 2.   Discovering a New or Renewed Identity:  One of the firmest foundations of Christian faith is that we worship a God who, in Christ, is continually "doing a new thing."   This means that we realize that sometimes we have "more memories that dreams in the church."  How do we learn to dream together, what fresh adventures God has in mind, while affirming that we do so because of the faithfulness of those who preceded us.
  3. 3.   Leadership Changes during an Interim:  You have experienced some major leadership changes in the last few months. Two beloved co-pastors retired; a Director of Christian Education moved on in new directions in her life; and a long time custodian moved on to new opportunities.  That's a lot of change.   This is a time to examine leadership needs and the gifts that members bring to the congregation. It will also be a time to assess future pastoral and staff leadership needs.  No doubt, you will experience a variety of feelings about all of these changes. You might think, 'What happened?"  "When did this practice end?"   And in the old comedy routine, you might ask, "Who's on first?  Who's on second?  Does anybody know what game this is?"
  4. 4.   Renewing Denominational Linkages and Other Connections:  Often, the interim time becomes an occasion to revisit the value of our Presbyterian heritage. What makes our way of faith still vital and relevant in today's world?   At the same time, the connections you have with other ministry and mission partnerships may also be reexamined in this time, in order to ask again about their meaningfulness.  What relationships and partnerships bring energy and purpose?
  5. 5.   Lastly, Commitment to New Directions in Ministry:  This involves more than just calling a new pastor. In fact, the biggest changes congregations are facing in today's world can't be isolated to changing pastors.  I've already referred to the deep cultural shifts going on.  A new pastor can't change all of that.  So, committing to a meaningful vision and mission becomes essential.  In time, this leads to a discussion and focus on the qualities of leadership you will seek in a new pastor.

 

     One church leader has framed the time of change and transition in these words: "New challenges are continually arising to test the church's commitment to the mission of the gospel.  When the church successfully meets a challenge, the door of history opens and the church goes forward in mission.   Otherwise, the door closes and the moment of opportunity is missed.  The time of opportunity for mission has never been greater than it is now." (Carl Braaten "The Apostolic Imperative")

 

   As your interim pastor, I believe this time of transition can be exceptionally fruitful in the life of the church you love.  I believe what we will do together matters.  I am asking for your help.  Will you join with me in making this interim chapter in the life of Oxford Presbyterian Church a time of growth and renewed purpose and energy?  I hope you will personally express your willingness to help me.  I also am asking for your prayers. 

 

Blessings!

Rev. Hart Edmonds

Interim Pastor

 

  

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Christian Education Full Article 

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Hello everyone Jenn Burns here. Once again I want to tell you how excited I am to be the new youth director. I am ready to kick off the new year with the back to school cookout. Once again we will be having the cookout out at the Hughes'. We haven't picked a date yet, but I will keep you posted! Sunday School for all the youth starts August 17th! We will start working on the events for youth Sunday that will be September 28th. On that day the youth and I can share our experience at Union Beach in New Jersey on the mission trip, and tell you about our God sightings as well as fun stories about our trip through New York City.  I have already been working on the list for the possibilities for mission trip next summer. I will be creating a packet of the possibilities to pass out to the youth and their parents. I'm hoping to discuss these during the meeting after church on September 7th so that we can make the big announcement of next summer's destination on youth Sunday! I want to involve everyone in the choosing process, that way as many youth can go as possible. These mission trips change lives, both the people we help and those doing the helping. I hope everyone is having a great summer, I can't believe it is back to school time already!  Faith, Hope and Love, Jenn

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL

Summer Sunday school continues in August with a class of preschoolers in the Preschool room for ages 3-through entering first grade.  On the second floor, students entering grades 2-5 are meeting in the AV room.  Breanne Parks will staff the nursery for those ages 0-2. 

 

Thank you to the following people who volunteered as summer Sunday school teachers and to Mary Shinn for summer Sunday school recruitment. They include Candace Crist, Lynn Cronk, Marilyn Curry, Prue Dana, Bill Fisher, Missy Friede, Christine Garton, Chris Gudorf, Grady Holmes, Mary Jane Roberts, Katie Saylor, Mary Shinn, Leanne Staley, and Jennifer Walter. 

 

School begins for Talawanda School District on Monday August 18th.  Children will be promoted to new Sunday school classrooms on August 17th, which will be as follows:

  • Nursery  0--2 year olds
  • Preschool 3-4 year olds- Preschool Room, 1st Floor
  • Kindergarten & 1st grade- 2nd floor
  • 2nd through 5th grade-Art Room 2nd Floor
  • Middle school/grades 6 to 8- Geneva Room, 2nd Floor
  • High school/grades 9 to 12-  AV Room, 2nd Floor

Members of the Christian Education Committee will guide the students to their new classes on August 17th.  Children will leave for their Sunday school classes from the sanctuary after the Children's message starting on this date.

 

This fall the preschool class will be using a nondenominational curriculum called Faith Weavers, which was the curriculum used in the past year and this summer.  The kindergarten/first grade class will continue to meet with a Presbyterian curriculum with Sarah Miller and Deb Sayers as in past years.  Grades 2-5 will be meeting in the classrooms upstairs using the We Believe Presbyterian curriculum.   Prue Dana and Katie Saylor will continue with instruction of the middle school students in the Geneva Room.  Jenn Burns, our new youth director in the AV Room, will teach the high school class. 

 

A huge thanks to Jennifer Walters for recruiting teachers for the Fall/Winter/Spring 2014-15 school year. 

 

We are in need of volunteer teachers willing to commit for a month at a time for several positions starting September 2014 through May 2015.

 

Ongoing sub teachers for all areas and grade levels are also needed.

Please contact Jennifer Walter at jenniferwalter37@yahoo.com or call 513-273-8020.

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PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FOLLOWING EXCITING EVENTS PLANNED

  • September 14, 2014--Welcome Back Picnic.  Bring a friend to Church this day! 
  • September 21, 2014-Commissioning of Sunday School teachers

 

THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME OF CHANGE AND EXPERIMENTATION FOR OUR CHURCH!

For example, we are trying out different church school curriculums, different age groupings, and approaches in teaching.  Your input as parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, children, youth, and congregation members is vital for our success.  Please let us know if there is anything that particularly appeals to you and your hopes for the future of Christian education. 

 

Any of the CE committee members can be contacted:

Lynn Cronk (chair/session elder)

Sarah Miller (co-chair)

Diane Young (secretary/session elder)

Mary Shinn (co-secretary/session elder)

Dick Munson

Jennifer Walter

Leanne Staley

Katie Saylor, liaison with VBS. 

 

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