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Presbyterian Church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls on Oct. 14 & 28.  We will begin at 10:00 A.M. in the Assisted Living dining room and anyone wishing to join us is welcome!





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From Our Interim Pastor


When the Past Offers Lessons & Inspiration for the Future

Rev. Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor


On the week-end of October 11-12 (Saturday Sunday), we will be welcoming Rev. Dan Anderson-Little from St. Louis, MO for a time of learning and discovery about the inspiring roots of Oxford Presbyterian Church.  Dan is a sixth generation descendant of Rev. Henry Little who served OPC during the period of the "Great Revival" from 1831-1833.  Dan and Hart became friends in St. Louis several years ago and have remained in contact.   Recently, the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy and the Lutheran Church (ELCA) have jointly appointed Dan and his wife Linda -a Lutheran Pastor- as new church development co-pastors in St. Louis.  That in itself is an innovative partnership!  Dan credits his forbearers, going back to Rev. Henry Little right here in Oxford, for passing on an adventurous missionary spirit.



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October 5   

World Communion Sunday /Peacemaking Offering

Communion celebrated by Intinction & Procession of Peace Symbols

Sermon:  "The Practices of Peacemakers" 


October 12   Guest Preacher: Rev. Dan Anderson-Little

Sermon:  "The Final Frontier"   Romans 12: 1-2  The sermon explores the values and history of OPC's founding generations of leaders for ministry in the 21st century.


October 19:                     

Sermon: "Envisioning the Church as a Sign" (First in a series on: "The Church as Sign, Foretaste, and Instrument") Theme:  If our church were being a more visible sign of the reign of God...

What would be going on?  

What would be different? 

How would we connect with each other and with those outside the church?


October 26                   

Sermon: "Envisioning the Church as Foretaste"

Theme: If our church were a more flavorful taste of the reign of God,

What would be going on?

What would be different?

 If we were to speak Of OPC like a satisfied diner, after a nice meal, what would we say to others who might then come and join in the feast?


November 2:               

Sermon: "Envisioning the Church as Instrument"

Communion and All Saints Sunday

Theme: If we thought of the church as a well seasoned instrument

of the reign of God,

What would we be doing or not doing?

What happens to an instrument that is unused or not well maintained?

How does it feel to have the right tool for the right job?

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45/56 Club

Students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited along with parents and siblings to attend the Upcycling/Recycling Workshop on Sunday, October 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  It will be held at Dick Munson's barn at 6751 Brown Road, Oxford (3 miles from the Post Office).  Bird feeders will be made from recycled iced tea jugs.  The theme is upcycling/recycling and care for birds as an act of stewardship that God requires.  Carpooling is encouraged.  An RSVP is appreciated to munsonrh@miamioh.edu so an ample amount of supplies are available. 








Keep these friends in your prayers:


Stacy Winn, Mary Lee Keebler, Betty Barnhart, Evelyn Black, Diane Young, Denny Carlson, Adele McLaren, Joyce Trump, Helen Martin, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, and Brian Hitsman.


Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayers


William Quay and Sarah Chernitsky were married on August 9, 2014 in Miami University's Formal Gardens.  William is the son of Richard and Becky Quay of Oxford, Ohio and Sarah is the daughter of James (deceased) and Linda Chernitsky of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  William and Sarah make their home in Oxford 



The rose bud with a blue bow is to celebrate the great joy of the arrival of Owen Matthew Todd.  The proud parents are Molly and Matt Todd.  And baby makes three.  Best wishes to the Todds 




This fall season we celebrate with the Wilson family the first anniversary (8/11/13) of the baptism of Emma Alexandra Wilson and Brooklynn Anastasia Wilson.  Emma and Brooklynn are the granddaughters of Dave and Sue Wilson.




A Memorial service for Joyce Bolon is planned for Saturday, October 4 in our sanctuary with a light reception following in the Molyneaux Library.




A memorial service for Martha Shriver will be Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m. In the Sesquicentennial Chapel on Miami University's campus.





Angel ReportDeacons took love outside the church to their angels with 5 cards, 2 calls, 17 visits and 6 errands. We sent caring cards to  24 folks, to let them know we do indeed care. We wrapped two souls in prayer shawls, surrounding them with love.  7 flower bouquets were delivered to friends and finally, this last month we all, Deacons and others responded to 29 prayer line requests.





As we reported last month, Deacons purchased 38 pairs of shoes for school kids.  We received a request for one more special pair.  A little boy had only his dad's old work boots to wear to school. His little feet did not fill the boots, and so he could not participate in gym, because he couldn't run and jump in those big ole shoes.  The school nurse let her deacon know of this need and the shoes, IN THE PROPER SIZE were delivered.  The nurse reported that the little guy jumped for joy when he was given his new shoes.  THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!!!!






Our prayer shawl supply is on the low side.  If you would like to knit or crochet or do what you do best to make a prayer shawl, WE NEED YOU!  There is no right or wrong way to make one, they do not need to be perfect (done is better than perfect anyway).  If you have a shawl started and would like some help to finish it, please let Cornelia Brown know.  Thanks.




Do you know someone who needs a Prayer Shawl? Shawls are given for comfort in times of illness or grief, as well as for celebration in times of joy.  If you have a friend or relative to whom you would like to give a Prayer Shawl, please call Cornelia Browne.












Lawretta Clum is leading Lesson 2 in our new study Reconciling Paul, Betty Reinhart will do the Mission Yearbook and Jean Butterfield will do the Least Coin.

Members of the circle may wish to go to lunch together at the Knolls at 12 noon. Please contact Lawretta Clum if you wish to attend. The cost is $6



will be carpooling to Billie Maynard's Hamilton residence, 135 Wayside Circle, behind Meijer's. Jo Reinhart is the co-hostess. Janet Holmes will lead the devotions. Karen Simpson is presenting the program, Lesson Two from the HORIZON'S BIBLE STUDY, "Paul in the Context of Ancient Corinth." We welcome visitors. If you need a ride please call Karen Simpson, 523-8363, k.simpson2007@yahoo.com.


OPW Honors Two Women for 2014


The Honored Woman Award is presented annually to those who have dedicated their time and talents to the work of their church.  Our two recipients this year have given willingly and joyfully in their efforts for our church.


Barbara Barnes carried out her duties as a Pastor with indefatigable grace.  It was clear that she loved her congregation and she communicated that love.  She had a special quality that allowed her to determine what an individual required and she responded to that.  Barbara was a very careful listener and possessed extra caring compassion for people.  Even though she was kept very busy in her many duties as Pastor, and thus had little available time, she was always available when needed.  Barbara was a supporter of OPW and a member of both Circles.  She attended OPW Gatherings and Retreats.  Her insights brought our Bible studies to life and her leadership for Retreat Programs was outstanding.


Marilyn Curry can be seen in church every Sunday with her husband, children, and grandchildren.  She has helped with the Rummage Sales, the Heavenly Boutique, and Cookie Walk.  She has been a Sunday School teacher for many years.  She is presently serving as a Deacon and has co-chaired the Blood Drive, served as Wedding Hostess, served on the Stress and Concerns Committee, and regularly visits shut-ins.  She has prepared dozens of dinners for church members in times of stress.  She has been a hostess for funeral dinners and receptions.  She has selected flowers from her own garden to take to people to enjoy.


Barbara Barnes and Marilyn Curry are the recipients of the OPW Honored Woman Award for 2014.





We'll be celebrating World Community Day on Sunday, November 2, beginning at 3 p.m., at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 25 East Walnut. Going beyond the regular program, we will be hearing voices from Freedom Summer. Details will be in our bulletins.

Karen Simpson, Oxford Presbyterian Church Key Woman.


The THANK OFFERING will be dedicated during the October 26 Fall Gathering, If the blue Thank Offering envelope distributed in the September newsletter has buried itself among your paperwork, there are more available.




Once again the RATS (Rummage Action Team Specialists) have been busy behind the scenes (

but not behind the walls) making plans for the 2014 Fall Rummage Sale, October 16,17, and 18.  Rather than asking any one person to chair and run the rummage sale we have again formed a team of volunteers that are each serving a leadership role to make this years Rummage Sale a success. The RATS are: Lawretta Clum, Deanna Maxwell, Jean O'Connell, Karen Shearer, Sue Wilson, and Dave Wilson.   Honorary Adjunct RATS: Pries Berry and Ginny Staberg; RATS advisors: Lynn Cronk and Nancy Moeckel.  The RATS want to remind folks that it is time for a fall cleaning and to get ready for winter.  What do we need? Clothing for Men, Women and Children, Household Items, Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry, Gifts, Toys, Books and more.  The Seminary is now open for donations each Wednesday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. until October 9 and during pricing and set up on Monday and Tuesday, October 13 and 14, from 9:00 am to 1:00 PMYou can also drop off items outside of Elaine's church office during the week until October 9 or call for a pick up 523-8848.  Please also note that the date for setting up the Seminary for rummage sale isSaturday, October 11, at 9 am, not Sept 11, as printed in the handouts.  Set up will involve setting up the tables and moving the boxes filled with items on top or underneath those tables.  It should only take about an hour, but we do need strong men to help with this.  Please let Sue Wilson know if you can help.

(Answer to the question of the month: The Grapes of Wrath)

Why should you support the Rummage Sale?

The RUMMAGE SALE supports the mission work of the Oxford Presbyterian Women, helps the environment by recycling gently used items, and provides an opportunity for all to find fantastic bargains and it helps those in our community that can not afford to buy new. Please donate gently used items, sign up to help or just show up Wednesday mornings to help for an hour or two or stop by for a visit and of course come and shop at our Rummage Sale.   Please stop by to shop and to say hello at the Seminary Oct 16 Thursday from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Friday Oct 17, from 10 am-3 PM 
and Saturday  Oct 18 from 9 am to noon. In addition to clothing for most everyone we also have kitchenware, an assortment of jewelry and wonderful knickknacks, antiques, and one of a kind items.  Please spread the word and be prepared to buy.   We have wonderful bargains and it will please you to know that when you buy something you are giving the Oxford Presbyterian Women money that goes back to the community to help those in need.   We hope to see you there.




OPC Scheduled Social Events



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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A Congregational Meeting has been called for after worship on October19th for the purpose of electing four members at large to the Nominating Committee




The First Friday Niters will meet Friday, October 3 in the Molyneaux Library for a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share and your own table service.



Presbyterian Church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls on Oct. 14 & 28.  We will begin at 10:00 A.M. in the Assisted Living dining room and anyone wishing to join us is welcome!







October 25 & 26

10:00 am til 4:00 pm                              

 (Both days)

5970 No Man's Road

Madison Twp. Middletown, OH 45042


Come visit Safe Haven Farms, and find unique upscale items from several artists for yourself and those on your Christmas shopping list.

Everyone is invited to tour the riding arenas and barn with horses, including miniature horses and alpacas. We also have chickens, ducks, cats and dogs.

Safe Haven Farms is a community of choice for adults with autism, established by parents and friends and located on 60 acres of farm and woodland.

The event is sponsored by the Safe Haven FarmsParent Group.

Visit our farm on our web-site: www.safehavenfarms.orgOPEN


A Season of Peace

is the theme of our Peacemaking emphasis this year. On October 5, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday and Peacemaking in our church through the Peacemaking Offering.


There are many factors in the world that divide us. They exist among the nations, in our communities, throughout congregations, in the midst of households across the globe, and within ourselves. Through these dividers, we as God's children become broken. Paul's letter to the Ephesians describes peace as a spiritual bonding agent, holding us together through the love of Christ. It restores our fractured pieces to a whole creating a connection between us. Through this, we experience the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) views peace as a core part of our identity and calling as believers. It is a central declaration of the gospel, calling us to model our lives in the pattern of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.


Your participation in the Peacemaking Offering promotes peace and justice efforts around the world and here in Oxford, Ohio.


Fifty percent of the Offering

funds the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, enabling us to bring in International Peacemakers, hold conferences, and advocate for active nonviolent solutions to conflict.


Twenty five percent

goes to our Presbytery supporting presbytery wide projects.


Twenty five percent

stays with our congregation. In the last year, we have supported our membership in Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. We have given both to our mission trips to Russia and to the Goal school project in Colombia, we have supported the Sojourners subscription, the community dinners and the program produced for the Freedom Dinners each year.


We look forward to continuing the Bread for the World membership and the offering of letters, the recognition of a Peacemaker in our congregation, a project of planting a Peace Pole as well as other needs that come up during the year.





 Gather old friends and new friends in small groups for fun, food, and fellowship! That is what "Time to Dine" is all about. The Membership, Evangelism, and Fellowship (MEF) Committee is forming new groups for gathering this Fall Winter. Sign up after church in the Molyneaux on September 28 (Today) or October 1, email Pat Gifford at gifforp@miamioh.edu, or call the office (523-6364),

Here's how it works: Sign up to participate and indicate if you would be willing to coordinate the first gathering. The MEF Committee will form groups of seven to nine people and a host individual or couple for the first get-together. The host will contact group members early in October to determine a date, time, and place to meet...it may be a potluck in the host's home or dining in a local restaurant. Have brunch, lunch, or dinner, whatever the group decides. Then share a meal and have a good time!!

Hopefully groups will dine in October, and then set a date and time for the next event.  Hosts and locations will change, based on the group's preferences.

It's Time to Dine, so be sure to sign up!



Bed & Breakfast: In October for Family weekend, Oct. 24-25, and in May for graduation May 16-17, Oxford Presbyterian Women facilitate hosting of bed and breakfast for family members of Miami University students.  Proceeds earned go to OPW missions.  If you could potentially serve as a host/hostess for either weekend please fill out this form and return it to the church office.



Yes I will provide Bed & Breakfast











Phone:  ____________________


Email: _____________________


Tell us a bit about the accommodations such as number of rooms, number of beds and sizes, do guests have a private bath or is it shared?






From Holly Gage



Hi Everyone,


This is my first correspondence with you as someone who is supporting me on my journey with Mercy Ships. I know this is earlier than promised but the plan has been so up in the air with the Ebola crisis in West Africa, I wanted to write and let you know what was going on with Mercy Ships.


Originally Mercy Ships was scheduled to be in port for 10 months in Guinea. When Ebola started spreading so rapidly throughout the country, Mercy Ships decided that we would not be able to go there. They then made arrangements with the country Benin which is directly west of Nigeria. Unfortunately Ebola came to Nigeria as well and if you look at a map, you will see that the area of Nigeria where the Ebola cases are, you will see how close that is to Benin. So, Mercy Ships decided that it would not be in the best interest of the crew to put into port in Benin. Those of us scheduled to serve were put on hold and told not to purchase any plane tickets until further notice.


I have been waiting on pins and needles worrying about what will happen. Mercy Ships is a hospital ship equipped to perform surgeries for otherwise healthy people; they are not equipped to handle illnesses such as Ebola or Aids or other contagious diseases. As well, you could imagine the problems that would ensue if one person were to come on board a ship of 450 people with Ebola. Although you contract the disease through direct contact with bodily fluids, we will all be living in close quarters and the likelihood of this disease spreading throughout the ship could be devastating. The outcome of this situation was that Mercy Ships needed to take some time to assess the situation and figure out where we could go to help the poor of Africa and at the same time keep the crew safe.


I am happy to announce that I have learned this week that we will be going to Madagascar. The ship will be getting into port on the east side of the island in Tamatave (Toamasina) sometime in late October. Madagascar is located off the south eastern coast of Africa. My first thought upon hearing the news was, "Do they speak French?" As some of you know, I have been doing a rather intensive study of French for the past 5 months so I am happy to say their official language is French.


More than 43% of the 22 million inhabitants of Madagascar are under the age of 20. Life expectancy for an adult is between 63 and 67 years of age. Access to medical care is beyond the reach of a large portion of the Malagasy people due to the expense and a lack of untrained medical professionals. Approximately 69 percent of the population lives below the national poverty level of one dollar per day.


I am very excited that the decision has been finalized and now realize that I although I don't yet know my exact dates of travel, (not sure when the ship will get into port as it has to travel from the Canary Islands with a stopover in Cape Town, South Africa for refueling and crewing) the tentative dates for arrival into Tamatave, Madagascar is expected to be in late October. As I was originally scheduled to arrive on the ship on November 9, I don't know if my arrival time will shift. Regardless of when I actually fly, I am looking forward to my time with Mercy Ships.


Thanks so much for your support. I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you and will keep you posted as I know more. In the meantime, feel free to look up information about Madagascar. It is the 4th largest island in the world and is known for its beautiful beaches (although I did read that you cannot swim in the Ocean near where the boat will be docked due to a large shark population), great climate and is home to about 14,000 plant and animal species not found anywhere else in the world.








October is going to be a very busy month at the Adult Day Service just as it is a busy time for farmers with them starting to bring in their years long work - Harvest.  October offers beautiful colors, smells, local festivals, Breast Cancer awareness and much more.  Take part in as much as you can and make as many memories as possible.  We will be busy making crafts to sell at the Holiday bizarre on November 8 at the Sr. Center which is one of our fund raisers for the year.  We will have a wide variety of crafts for every one of all ages to purchase.   As it starts to get colder you may not see us out as much but we will continue to take a trip to Liberty Nursing Center on the 7thand 21st  for Chair volleyball.  We will go to Woodland County Manor on the 28th for fun with our friends there.  We will be going to the senior center for Friday programs and carry in lunch on the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.   We will also go ride through Hueston Woods to enjoy the beautiful Fall Colors when weather permits. 


We will be making Chili on the 9th to celebrate National Chili Week.  We will also be making our "famous" corn casserole for the carry in lunches at the Senior Center.  We will make cookies to share with the Faith Table Ministry Public Dinner on the 8th. The Community Adult Day Service needs your help!!!  We are asking that you spread the word to all your friends, neighbors, churches, and family - Tell them that the Adult Day Service is wanting to grow and is currently accepting new clients.  I am available to talk with groups and give information on the programming we offer here at the ADS.  I can be contacted at 513.523.0464 or my cell is 513.708.9707.  Help us get the word out and let's build the ADS bigger than ever before. 


Thank you 

Debbie Curry, LPN/Director




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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




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



Class of 2014: Chuck Crain, Lisa Brunckhorst


Class of 2015: Tom Holmes, Nick Fears


Class of 2016: Chris Adryan, Joe Simpson



Oxford Presbyterian Church


Telephone: 513-523-6364

Fax: 513-523-8215

Seminary Building: 513-523-7411



Deadline for the November 2014 Newsletter is October 20, 2014


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)






         1       Jerry Collins

         2       Emily Jordan

         5       Christopher Jackson

         6       Ginny Snell

         7       Helen Martin

         9       Steve Friede

         10     Mark Hesford

         11     Eric Snell

         13     Molly Todd

         14     Jean Derickson

         14     Larry Niehoff

         15     Noah Curry

         17     Robert Douglass

         17     Abigail Curry

         19     Brady Saylor

         21     Stephanie Hartman

         21     Maya DeGennaro

         23     Charles Watson

         23     Pat Hawley

         24     Judy Rymer

         25     Sandy Drewes

         25     Keith McGoldrick

         26     Bonnie Stephenson

         28     Derek Jordan

         30     Gary Gayhart

         31     Bruce Bueschel

         31     Jacob Marado


October Outlandishness


Germany's Oktoberfest originally began on October 17, 1810, the wedding day of King Ludwig I.


October is:  adopt a shelter dog month, breast cancer awareness, CLERGY APPRECIATION MONTH, cookie month, national pizza month (I like mine with pepperoni-ed.) sarcastic month (like we even care) and popcorn month.


Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion in the U.S. 

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups rank as the most popular Halloween candy, followed by Life Savers, Baby Ruth, Tootsie Rolls and Milky Way. 



Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.


Question of the month:  Writer John Steinbeck titled his 1939 novel after a phrase from the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"? What is that title? (Look for the answer somewhere in this newsletter)


Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?  (No, they eat the fingers separately)


Incidents related to stairs are only second to automobile crashes as the major cause of unintended injuries. The two steps at the top and the two at the bottom are the four most dangerous steps in a staircase.


In June of 1974, the first U.P.C. scanner was installed at a Marsh's supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The first product to have a bar code included was a packet of Wrigley's Gum


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From Our Interim Pastor

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When the Past Offers Lessons & Inspiration for the Future

Rev. Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor


On the week-end of October 11-12 (Saturday -Sunday), we will be welcoming Rev. Dan Anderson-Little from St. Louis, MO for a time of learning and discovery about the inspiring roots of Oxford Presbyterian Church.  Dan is a 6th generation descendant of Rev. Henry Little who served OPC during the period of the "Great Revival" from 1831-1833.  Dan and Hart became friends in St. Louis several years ago and have remained in contact.   Recently, the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy and the Lutheran Church (ELCA) have jointly appointed Dan and his wife Linda -a Lutheran Pastor- as new church development co-

pastors in St. Louis.  That in itself is an innovative partnership!  Dan credits his forbearers, going back to Rev. Henry Little right here in Oxford, for passing on an adventurous missionary spirit.


In a dynamic period of renewal in the 1830s, with Rev. Henry Little, some 267 members were added to the rolls of the church.   You would think that Rev. Little would have remained to serve such a growing church, but he was a missionary with a vision for spreading the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ far and wide, along with the active support of his wife Sarah who was a schoolteacher.  That kind of adventurous leadership was often present in the first century of the Oxford Presbyterian Church among both pastors and members of the church.  Perhaps it remains as a part of the DNA of the church to this day that we might explore together.


After spending some time reading "A History of Presbyterianism in Oxford, Ohio 1818-1825-2000 by Phillip Shriver and Edith Foth Puff, I have come away inspired by the founding generation of church members and leaders.  They came to a frontier situation in Ohio, where there were no supportive institutions or wide-spread networks of churches. The early pioneer generations brought with them a lively faith and imagination for what the Spirit of God might accomplish with them.  Can you imagine that? Nothing was settled. Nothing certain.  Nothing entirely figured out because there was no simple off the shelf guide on how to found a new town, with a church and a school. So they used their imaginations, their faith, and trust that God was up to something in their efforts.  Are we willing to say the same about new ventures of ministry and mission in the 21st Century?   That is a key theme in the presentations Rev. Dan Anderson-Little will make during his visit October 11-12, Saturday and Sunday for worship.


On Saturday, October 11 at a time and location that will be announced, Rev. Dan Anderson-Little will make a presentation entitled "A Faith that Lived First in Our Grandparents". (30 min. followed by conversation)   The title comes from II Timothy 1 where Paul recalls the faith that first lived in Timothy's grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice--and Paul then goes on to say that he is sure that same faith now lives in Timothy!  Dan will tell lots of family stories that relate to his g-g-g-grandfather Henry Little, to his family history, and to the history of the Oxford Church.  Some of the stories will follow Rev. Henry Little after he left Oxford to trace his further missionary adventures in founding other Presbyterian Churches.


 At the conclusion of that quickly moving story on Saturday, Dan Anderson-Little will draw lessons on how the activities, adventures, and innovations of the founding generation at OPC can and does inform what we must do as a church in the 21st Century.   Dan's sermon on Sunday October 12 is entitled "The Final Frontier".  The scripture for that is Romans 12:1-2 and will make further application of OPC's history to the challenges and opportunities of ministry today.


Opportunity to Contribute to a New Church:  If members of Oxford Presbyterian Church desire to make a financial contribution to the new church development known as "Living Waters" in St. Louis, where Dan & Linda Anderson-Little serve as organizing co-pastors, there will be a special offering opportunity in worship on Sunday, October 12.


The following is a brief biographical sketch: 


Dan Anderson-Little and his wife Linda are the co-pastors of a new church development in South St. Louis County called Living Waters.  Living Waters is a joint project of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Linda is an ordained minister in the ELCA.  Prior to this ministry, Dan was, for 14 years, the Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City, MO. He has also served congregations in Kansas City, MO and Detroit, MI.  Dan is a sixth generation Presbyterian pastor and a fourth generation church planter.  He and Linda live in South County and have three kids, one in college and two in high school.


Pastor Hart Edmonds




Christian Education Full Article 


45/56 Club

Students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited along with parents and siblings to attend the Upcycling/Recycling Workshop on Sunday, October 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  It will be held at Dick Munson's barn at 6751 Brown Road, Oxford (3 miles from the Post Office).  Bird feeders will be made from recycled iced tea jugs.  The theme is upcycling/recycling and care for birds as an act of stewardship that God requires.  Carpooling is encouraged.  An RSVP is appreciated to munsonrh@miamioh.edu so an ample amount of supplies are available. 


Needed: Heavy Plastic Gallon Jugs

For the 45/56 Club, heavy plastic gallon iced tea jugs are requested for a bird feeder project.  A heavier plastic than what is found in milk jugs is required.  Please put the empty clean jugs on the bench outside of the former Christian Education office. AND PLEASE INCLUDE THE LID. Thank you. 


On World Wide Communion Sunday there will be infant care in the nursery and Sunday School for Preschoolers and for those in Grades K and 1.  There will not be Sunday School for those in grades 2 and up. 


Many Thanks to:

Jenn Walter for cleaning a door in the Art Room- 3 hours worth of work!

Diane Young, Mary Shinn, Jenn Walter, Angie James, Sarah Miller, and Lynn Cronk for providing food for the Teacher Orientation Workshop.

Dick Munson for providing Balloon Plants as favors for the Teacher Orientation Brunch.






Libby Burch, Jenn Burns, Lynn Cronk, Marilyn Curry, Prue Dana, Debbie DeGennaro, Gwen and Nick Fears, Missy Friede, Bill Fisher, Emily Goetz, Paula Green, Janet Holmes, Angie James, Carol Klumb, Amy Kraushar, Matt and Emily Lykins, Sarah Miller, D, ick Munson, Jean O'Connell, Breanne Parks, Katie Payne, Becky Quay, Deb Sayers, Katie Saylor, Karen Shearer Mary Shinn, Leanne Staley, Cassidy Venema, Chase Walter, Jenn Walter, Scott Walter



We have four individuals who represent 145 years service to Oxford Presbyterian Church.  They are:

Becky Quay

  • 29 years as Sunday School Superintendent

Deb Sayers

  • has been teaching k-1  for 35 years

Prue Dana

  • started in the nursery in 1975 and has now taught for 39 years,

Sarah Miller

  • has been teaching the k-1 class for 42 years.

Thank you ALL for you devotion, talent and love. 




Hello Everyone!

This past month of September was a hectic one with planning youth Sunday and creating a new youth group system that I am excited to tell you about. The youth went to watch "when the game stands tall" which was a moving and empowering film. We had 4 vehicles, 4 adults, 4 high schoolers, and 4 middle schoolers! 4 was our number this month!  We had an amazing time and such a great turn out!

I am so excited about this up and coming month and the new events and changes we have planned. But first...here are the important dates:


October 5th high school youth group

October 12th middle school youth group

October 18th Kings Island Halloween Haunt

October 19th fundraiser meeting for all parents and youth wanting to attend the mission trip!

October 26th Halloween Party New Youth Group Celebration 5-7:00pm.


Kings Island Halloween Haunt the 18th: we will meet at the church at 4:30. Bring friends and money for food and tickets!!!!


Halloween party 26th: we are looking for a host family for the newly designed youth group that will start that night.

Youth group will then be the 1st and 3rd Sunday from 5-7:00 hosted by volunteer parents or congregation members. Both middle and high school together for the first hour and separate the second hour for devotion. We are so excited to start this new era!

I hope everyone has a lovely October and can join us for some time of our events!

God Bless,

Jenn Burns

Youth Director



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