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 February 2015


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From Our I-Pastor
BIrthdays and stuff 
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If you would like to see a recent Presbyterian Church service come to The Knolls on Tuesday, February 10 & 24.  The service will be shown in the Assisted Living dining room at 10:00 A.M. and anyone wishing to join us is welcome!   Becky Quay

 

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From Our Interim Pastor

   

What the 2015 Lenten Journey Means for OPC

 

Rev. Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor


 

Why observe Lent as a personal spiritual discipline? Why keep Lent with the Christian community here at Oxford Presbyterian Church? 

      

  In "The Liturgical Year", author Joan Chittister, writes that, "Lent calls each of us to renew our ongoing commitment to the implications of the Resurrection in our own lives, here and now...Lent requires me, as a Christian, to stop for a while, to reflect on what is going on in me.   I am challenged again to decide whether I, myself, do truly believe that Jesus is the Christ- and if I believe, whether I will live accordingly.   Lent is not a ritual.  It is time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out.  It is the act of beginning our spiritual life all over again, refreshed and reoriented.

 

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reflect

REFLECTIONS 

Dan Anderson-Little


 

Reflections on the History & Mission of OPC: 

Rev. Dan Anderson-Little

(Last October, we welcomed Dan Anderson-Little for a week-end visit to share his knowledge of one of the pastors who served Oxford Presbyterian Church in its formative years.  Dan is a 6th generation Presbyterian pastor whose own faith and ministry have been shaped by the ongoing faith heritage of OPC.)

 

"While Henry Little's tenure as the Pastor of the Oxford Presbyterian Church was brief (1831-1833), it was also very successful-some sources claim 267 new members in his short 2 year stint and other claim 297.  Either way, he was quite the evangelist.  But church growth was only one of the emphases of Henry's ministry and that of his contemporaries.  He was also an ardent champion of social justice, particularly in the areas of abolitionism and universal education for boys and girls.  No doubt, the congregation at Oxford was treated to his fiery sermons on the great causes of the day.  While there are no extant manuscripts of sermons preached by Henry at Oxford, I have found a copy of a sermon by Henry's son the Rev. George Obadiah Little which he preached on August 4, 1864 in conjunction with a national fast day during the Civil War.  

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update 

UPDATE FROM THE INTERIM TRANSTION TEAM

 

The Transition Team continues to move along the Interim Journey.  "Listening to the Spirit," an exercise coordinated by Pastor Hart and the Transition Team, was the focus of a Session Retreat in January.  Current members of Session and those just departing had completed an online survey early in the month.  The survey covered ten topic areas describing our church's life and ministry.  It included both forced choice and open-ended questions. The results were compiled by the Center for Parish Development, the originator of the exercise, and sent to Pastor Hart.  Session members gathered to discuss responses and identify three priorities in the life of the church for continuing study.

"Heart Cards" were given to the congregation during the service the last Sunday in January to gather input on the "Heart of Change."  Attendees were asked "What would you do for God if you were not afraid" and "What would Oxford Presbyterian do for God if we were not afraid."  Anonymous responses will be posted in the Molyneaux to challenge and encourage conversation about our future.

A Lenten series is also being planned to encourage small group bible study and conversation around five topics:  Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, Extravagant Generosity.  See more information in the newsletter.

These exercises, studies, and discussions will continue to generate dialogue and help us begin to focus on the critical questions: Why does the world need the church and our church in particular? And what is God calling us to be in this time and place?

 

Carol Burkhalter

Pat Gifford

Mary Jo McFadden

Diane Young

Janet Ziegler

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christianeducation
 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 


 

The following prayers and thoughts were found in a pamphlet of " meditations and prayers and thoughts for the family the student leaves behind..." prepared by the Center for University Ministry at Indiana University.  These thoughts pertain to parents of children of any age. 

         "It may sound strange to speak of the relationship between parents and children in terms of hospitality.  But it belongs to the center of the Christian message that children are not properties to own and rule over, but gifts to cherish and care for.  Our children are our most important guests, who enter into our home, ask for careful attention, stay for a while and then leave to follow their own way."

 

From "Reaching Out" by Henri Nouwen

 


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cares 

 

CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs

 

IN OUR PRAYERS:

Keep these friends in your prayers:

 

John Reller, Stacy Winn, Betty Barnhart, Evelyn Black, Diane Young, Denny Carlson, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, Sarah Soika, Brian Hitsman

 

Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayers

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CONCERNS

 

We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Paul Russell.  Paul was a friend to the entire congregation and will be sorely missed.  We remember Joy and the entire Russell family and pray for their peace.

 

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THANKS

 

Many thanks to the following for making the Celebration at the Manger such an amazing event:

 

The children and the youth for providing such a wonderful and meaningful performance

 

The parents of the children and youth for your support

Dick Munson, Tom Holmes, Grady Holmes, for making such a realistic Nativity structure

 

Nick Fears and Scott Walter for carefully transporting the Nativity structure to the church

 

Jeremy Jones for graciously directing the youth and adult ensemble 

 

Katie Saylor, Molly Todd and Emily Lykins for their creativity in making the props

 

Kent Peterson for providing the music to the ensemble and pianist

 

Joe Simpson, Trustee, for opening and closing the church

 

George Beverly for playing the piano

 

Pastor Hart Edmonds for supporting the change in the children's service this year

 

The sweet members of our congregation who stayed afterwards to dismantle the Nativity scene and help put the Sanctuary back to its normal state

 


 


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deacons

DEACONS

   

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.

  

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                   women

OXFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH WOMEN

  
 circles

 

THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON CIRCLE

will meet on February 17 at the Knolls of Oxford.  Prue Dana will lead the lesson, Lynn Cronk will do Mission Yearbook and Lawretta Clum will do the Least Coin.

 

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE

Will meet at the home of Janet Ziegler on February 3.  Janet Holmes is co-hostess, Connie Everhart will lead Devotions and Karen Simpson will present the program. 

 

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Those of you who are participating the Horizon Bible Study may have noticed a message on page 41 about The Assistance Program. It is under The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) We have long supported this program with an annual donation of $600. In the yearbook it is listed under Benevolences & Gifts given to the Retirement Fund (PCUSA.) We designate our donation for "Retired church workers financial & housing needs." In 2012 more that 1350 grants, with a total valued of $5.6 million were given to church workers and families in need. I was happy to see this program highlighted. For further information you can go to pensions.org and see the video A Gift from the Church to the Church.

 
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2015 HONORED WOMEN AWARD

Whom would you like to nominate to receive the Honored Women Award in 2015? Write a letter in which you detail the ways that she has served this church. Mail it to Paula Foltz, Chairperson,  414 West Chestnut Street, Oxford, Ohio   45056.  Nominations must be received by March 1, 2015.

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OPW Scheduled Social Events

2015

 

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

OPW Women's Retreat  

9-1 Western Lodge  

Program to be announced - Roberta Crain           

 

OPW Coordinating Committee

Molyneaux Lounge, 7:30 p.m.

February 25 and May 27

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SESSION

session

 

Instead of a regular meeting, the Session held a retreat, at the church, on Saturday morning, January 24.  The emphasis was on sharing priorities among the leadership of OPC and practicing gratitude and thanksgiving.

Following some discussion the session members divided into three groups to discuss the results of an online survey taken by the elders.  This survey covered:  God's Calling for Our Future, the Place of our Calling, Practicing Our Faith and seven other topics.  By the end of the meeting it was evident that three priorities were dominant: 1) God's Calling for Our Future  2)  Tangible Resources Serving Christ (facilities)  3) Practicing Our Faith (spiritual learning, Bible Study).

 

The only action taken was approving a motion to renew Hart Edmonds contract for another year, which will happen in June 2015.

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annoucements

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

LENTEN STUDIES

 

WHERE IS GOD CALLING US TO DEEPEN THE PRACTICE OF OUR FAITH?

"Christian practices are those essential activities that create openings for God's Spirit to shape us. . . .Practices express and fulfill our intention to become a different kind of person. . . .As we learn to listen for God, to invite God in and work with God, our lives are shaped.  God uses our efforts to change us from the inside out.  We become new creations in Christ, and we arrive at places we never expected."  Robert Schnase

 

Join friends at Oxford Presbyterian on an exciting journey through the forty days of Lent as we explore five Christian practices: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity.  In small study groups, we'll explore Robert Schnase's Forty Days of Fruitful Living, Practicing a Life of Grace. Our shared reading and discussion will enhance our individual Lenten practice, as well as move our congregation forward on our interim journey.

 

There will be several opportunities to join in these small group studies and sharing each week during Lent beginning the week of February 22:

 

Sunday, following worship, 11:15 to 12:30, Christian Ed. office.  Dates: 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22

 

Sunday afternoon, 4:00 to 5:15, Molyneaux or in homes (TBD).  Dates: 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22

 

Monday afternoon, 1:30 to 2:45, Country Kitchen, The Knolls.  Dates: 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

Wednesday noon, 11:45 to 1:00, (lunch) Molyneaux.  Dates: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

 

Thursday evening, 6:00 to 7:15, (light dinner before choir) Molyneaux. Dates: 2/26. 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26

 

Suggestions for other times/locations are welcome when you sign up.  If you are unable to attend a small group discussion, or prefer a self-study, the books can also be used as a daily devotional.

Sign-up for one of the study groups in the Molyneaux Lounge following worship on January 25, February 1, and February 8.  If you would like to be a small group leader or co-leader, please indicate that when you sign up. 

 

Books will be available for $8 in the Molyneaux on Sunday, February 15.

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If you would like to see a recent Presbyterian Church service come to The Knolls on Tuesdays, February 10 & 24.  The service will be shown in the Assisted Living dining room at 10:00 A.M. and anyone wishing to join us is welcome!   Becky Quay

 

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To add your voice to a letter DENOUNCING DEATH THREATS to the pastors, leaders, and congregations in Barranquilla, Colombia GO TO:

 

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7245/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19233

 

(This is the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship website. "It is a wide network of peacemakers who engage issues of both national and international import. Our call is to be movers and shakers within the PC (USA) and beyond, encouraging one another to take seriously God's call to God's people to participate in God's nonviolent work of love, peace, and justice in the world.")

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The 26th annual African American Read-In will be held on February 19th, 2015 from 11:30 -2 in the Howe Writing Center in King Library. Refreshments will be served.

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volunteer 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Bird Tales©

 

What is Bird Tales© and how to get involved

Bird Tales© is a volunteer driven, intergenerational program that incorporates sight, sound, and touch to connect people living with dementia to nature and encourage social interaction. The program uses bird models and bird cards and other materials to foster interactions with nature and others. To learn more about Bird Tales© and how to get involved, please contact Jenn Dibert via email or telephone! DISCLAIMER: You don't have to be bird savvy or know anything about birds to become a volunteer!

 

CONTACT ME!

Jenn Dibert Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University 396 Upham Hall Oxford, OH. 45056

Cell: (937) 206-7915 Office: (513) 529-2914 dibertjl@miamioh.edu

 

Hours: At minimum, 1 hour per week starting on the week of February 16th

 

Volunteer must agree to at least 11 hours of service during Spring Semester 2014-15 at one of the following sites.
        

Monday 2:00-3:00 PM (2/16-5/11) @ Oxford Adult Day Center (ADS)
        

Wednesday 2:00-3:00 PM (2/18-5/13) @ Liberty Nursing Center of Oxford (LNCO)
        

Thursday 3:00-4:00 PM (2/19-5/14) @ The Knolls of Oxford (TKO)

 

Training: Volunteers are required to attend 2 training classes prior to volunteering.  These classes will take place during the first two weeks of the academic semester and are offered on two separate days.  If you aren't able to attend one of the classes, there will be make up classes the week before Bird Tales© starts.
Week 1           

  • Wednesday 1/28: 5:00-6:30PM
  • Friday 1/30: 1:00-2:30PM

Week 2           

  • Wednesday 2/04: 5:00-6:30PM
  • Friday 2/06: 1:00-2:30PM                 

Week 3           

  • Wednesday 2/11: 5:00-6:30PM
  • Friday 2/13: 1:00-2:30PM

**Training is a must before working with the program, however the aforementioned dates and times are mainly for students.  I can be flexible in training community volunteers and family members.**


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TAX INFORMATION


 

A friendly reminder from Jean Hitsman:

To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, do not file your 2014 income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgement of your contributions from the church.  Some of your contributions may not be tax-deductible if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgement of your contributions from the church.

 

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AN ADDED BONUS

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio 

 

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

 

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short, enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. 

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. 

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the future.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. 

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

 

Thanks to Sarah Miller for sharing

 

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Oxford Presbyterian Church Staff

web page: www.oxfordpresbychurch.org

Telephone: 513-523-6364

Fax: 513-523-8215

Seminary Building: 513-523-7411

 

 

Interim Pastor: Pastor Hart

Music Director: Kent Peterson

Organist: Lynn Jacobs

Pastor Emeritus: Dr. Joseph R. Hookey

Parish Associates: Dr. Bruce Bueschel, Rev. Diane Ziegler

Administrative Assistant:

Elaine Patterson: office@oxfordpresbychurch.org

Financial Secretary:

Jean Hitsman: finance@oxfordpresbychurch.org

Director/Teacher C.C.N.S.:

Sarah Mapel: 207-3630

Newsletter Editor:

Nancy Moeckel, moeckenj@miamioh.edu

 

 

OFFICERS OF OPC

 

SESSION

Class of 2017:

Mary Jane Roberts, Jeff Smith, Robert Smith, Janet Zeigler, Tip Ziegler

 

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 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 2017

Danny Cross, Connie Everhart, Matt Lykins, Jean O'Connell, Breanne Parks

 

 

Trustees

 

Class of 2015: Tom Holmes, Nick Fears

 

Class of 2016:Chris Adryan, Joe Simpson

 

Class of 2017: Lisa Brunckhorst, Bill King

 

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Deadline for the March, 2015 Newsletter is February 20, 2015

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FEBRUARY  BIRTHDAYS

 

 

1       Lucy Ferris

4       Lawretta Clum

5       Elsa Friede

5       Finnigan Friede

5       Eric Staley

9       Steve Hawley

10     Jennifer Bailer

11     Carl Vance

14     Steve Reed

14     Katherine Butterfield

14     Karen Remley

15     Will Hesford

16     Ginny Layton

17     Sue Siegel

18     Susan King

21     Leanne Staley

21     Ethan Crist

21     Jeremy Crist

22     Robert Swanson

23     Dave Wilson

23     Ruth Keebler

23     Pastor Hart Edmonds

23     Tim Richmond

25     Kristie Marcum

25     Katie Saylor

27     Tom Holmes

27     Missy Friede

 

 

February Fuzz for Our Fine Friends

 

For Elaine:  Happy Ground Hogs Day!

 

February is: (among many many more)

Adopt a rescued rabbit month, National African American History Month, National Time Management Month, Sweet Potato Month, National Mend a Broken Heart Month.Bird Feeding Month

 

Feb 4 1932 First Winter Olympics held in the U.S Pres. Roosevelt inaugurates the games in Lake Placid, New York.

 

FEB 5,1972 Screening of airline passengersand luggage becomes mandatory in the U.S. (really, that long ago?)

 

On February 10, 1962, Astronaut John Glen Jr. became the first American to orbit the earth.

 

FEB 16 1923 King TutankhamenThe boy king's burial chamber is unsealed by Howard Carter.

 

Feb 14 is St. Valentines Day

  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets. (is that ALL????)
  • Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine's Day. (is that ALL???)
  • Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine's Day. (is that all?)

Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.

 

 

"The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" is a two-day event held on the second Monday and Tuesday in February in New York City.  It is often referred to as the "World Series" or the "Super Bowl" of dog shows. It is also the second oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States. The Kentucky Derby is the oldest.

 

Feburairy is the most misspelled of all the months.

 

February 25 is International Sword Swallower's Awareness day.  (I made a point of putting this in the newsletter, pretty sharp, eh?-ed)

 

February can pass without a single full moon. The next time this will happen is in 2018.

 

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From Our Interim Pastor

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Is this also, perhaps, a time for the beginning of a refreshed and reoriented spiritual life for the Oxford Presbyterian Church as it prepares for the next chapter in its life?

 

Plans are underway for a Lenten experience this year at Oxford Presbyterian Church through the forty days of Lent in which we will explore five Christian spiritual practices:

 

 Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity.

 

Notice those modifiers:  Radical, Passionate, Intentional, Risk Taking, Extravagant.

Imagine how they might take us deeper into an understanding and practice of our faith. In small study groups, we'll explore Robert Schnase's Forty Days of Fruitful Living, Practicing a Life of Grace. Our shared reading and discussion will enhance our individual Lenten practice, as well as move our congregation forward on our interim journey.

 

This is why I believe this year's Lenten Journey is important in the life of this church.   Jesus taught a way of life and invited people into a relationship with God that was vibrant, dynamic, and fruitful.   He said, "I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit.... My father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples." (John 15:5, 8).   Jesus wanted people to flourish.  I also believe Jesus wanted the community of his followers to flourish.

 

Will you join in this Lenten Journey?  I am asking you to participate in this Lenten experience with a number of ways to do so.  Ash Wednesday, February 18 is a time to prayerfully begin the Lenten Journey.  For 5 Sundays, beginning February 11 the preaching themes will address the Five Practices of Fruitful Living.  Beginning that first week of Lent we will offer a number of options to join a small group centered on these faith practices. If you are unable to join a small group, you may also request the study book, which offers daily meditations over the forty days of Lent.  So, there's a way for everyone at OPC to participate:  Weekly worship emphasizing the five practices of fruitful living, daily meditations and readings, and then the option for participating in a small group with a number of meeting option.

 

I am inviting you to participate as a way of expressing your love for God. I am also inviting you to participate as a way of contributing to the renewal and flourishing of the church you love.  You have a gift of love and faith to offer God and your church.


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REFLECTIONS
Dan Anderson-Little
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George was only 25 at the time and no doubt, he learned his rhetorical style from the Old Man.  George's sermon was entitled "The Mission of Our Government."  Here are a few samples from that sermon:

 

I believe if this nation were willing by common and united consent to treat the negro as a man, make him free, give him a right to vote, that this year would close the campaign; and I believe when victory does come this will be the state of feeling then existing in the nation. War has brought us this far, and war alone can bring us to the haven of peace. I see before us many fierce battles, many repulses like that before Petersburg, with all their consequent bloodshed, misery and suffering, because we will not repent and humble ourselves in the dust before God, and be willing to acknowledge man as man, and live up to the high doctrine advocated in the Declaration of Independence...

 

...We are battling, whether we confess it or not, for the freedom of man everywhere. It is a moment to struggle, in which the fate of the oppressed and downtrodden in every land is wavering in the balance. It is not a war for the interest of any party, but a war for the oppressed.

 

Rev. Little certainly didn't mince words.  And what strikes me in particular is that his critique of the nation wasn't simply directed toward the slave-holding South, but also toward the North which had not yet embraced the full humanity of the African American slaves.  What also strikes me is that the issues that the church had to wrestle with in the mid-19th Century aren't all that different than those we are wrestling with in the early part of the 21st Century.  Ferguson, Missouri lies just a few miles from where I am launching a new church and the rallying cry of the Ferguson protesters (and protesters around the nation) "Black lives matter" echoes the cry of George Little.

 

In a time like ours when we feel so much uncertainty as the church, it is tempting to pull back and try softening our prophetic witness.  We hope that a broad appeal will result in broad acceptance.  But our forbearers in the 19th Century remind us that the church, first and foremost, must always be true to its calling.  According to our Book of Order, one of the Great Ends of the Church is "The promotion of social righteousness."  The church of the 21st Century will take many different forms than the church of the 20th Century or the 19th
Century.  But the content of our witness, the core of Gospel, never changes.  Our challenge is to remake the container and at the same time preserve the contents of it."

 

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Christian Education Full Article 


 

The old oak outside my window just keeps on growing.  It seems to know much better than I how to bend with the wind and change through the seasons.

In the spring, it looks like a huge umbrella, a toy parasol which a child might use for make-believe.  In the fall, it glows warm and bright, with outstretched arms like Saint Francis.  Its naked limbs in winter glisten with ice and snow, and in summer the tree appears to be an old, old sage, solid and peaceful.

In my life, Lord, I pray to be like that tree---through all the changes with my children and the rest of the family.  Keep that tree before me as a lesson and a friend, asking on this day, your blessing of peace.  Amen


 

Change, change in our families as well as change occurring in our church.  Our 2-5 graders have positively received the new Spark Curriculum and this spring our preschool class will also be using the Spark materials.  The Christian Education Committee is reviewing its responsibilities for the next year.  Some activities will be continued such as VBS and in other events there may be some changes.  


 

February 1 don't forget to pick up your subs prepared by our High School Students. Profits from this fundraiser will help our youth go on their Mission Trip to Atlanta. If you didn't place an order they may have a few left for sale.

 

The good news is now we have 12 signed up for the Mission Trip.  Your contributions are very much appreciated.  Watch for further reports from Jenn Burns, our interim youth director.    

On February 1 also watch for the Middle School Youth collecting money for "Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday" that will go to feed the hungry and be donated to our Oxford Community Choice Pantry. 

 

Katie Saylor and Leanne Staley have been working on a Mission Trip for Middle School Youth.  The parent meeting will be February 8 after church for this Kirkmont Trip on May 15-17.  If you have a middle school youth please plan to attend.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 18th.  On February 22nd, the children will take home fish banks.  The families will fill these banks with change to be collected for One Great Hour of Sharing.  The money collected will help disaster victims around the world

 

On February 22

in the Molyneaux materials will be available for children and families about Lent. Please stop by the Molyneaux to receive these materials.    

        

Upcoming Dates:

 

February 1 

  • Sub sale and Souper Bowl of Caring

February 8 

  • Middle School Parent Meeting Regarding Kirkmont Mission Trip
  • Fellowship for Middle School and High School Youth

February 20        

  • Winter Jam in Cincinnati

February 22        

  • Lenten Materials Available in the Molyneaux for Children and Families 
    • Fellowship for Middle School and High School Youth

    March 15   

    • Spaghetti Dinner 5-7 p.m. Fund Raiser for Mission Trip

    May 15-17 

    • Middle School Youth Mission Trip to Kirkmont

    June 21-27

    • Senior High Mission Trip to Atlanta- Door Mission

     

    We invite you to bring your children to church school in February. Children go to the sanctuary for the first part of the service and they are dismissed to classes following the children's story.  The following classes are available:

     

    0-2 years:  Nursery (1st Floor)

    3-4 years old: Nursery Preschool    Room (1st Floor)

    Kindergarten and 1st Grade: K/1st grade   Rm (2nd Floor)

    2nd through 5th Grades:  Art Room   (2nd    Floor)

    Grades 6-8:  Geneva Room (2nd        Floor)

    Grades 9-12:  AV Room (2nd Floor)

     

    Welcome our youth in the Sanctuary. Middle Schoolers and High School Age Students will now be attending the 10:00 a.m. worship service once a month. 

    If you have questions about the Christian Education Program please contact any member of the CE Committee, Lynn Cronk, Sarah Miller, Dick Munson, Katie Saylor, Mary Shinn, Leanne Staley, Jennifer Walter and Diane Young.  

     

    A huge thanks to Jennifer Walter for recruiting Church School Teachers.

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