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 February  2016


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SPECIAL ITEMS

From Our I-Pastor
Interim Transition  Team
BIrthdays and stuff 


On Feb. 9 & 23 at 10 A.M., recent church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls in the Assisted Living dining room.  Ample seating is available, so please feel free to join us.
Thank you!
Becky Quay
 
All are welcome!

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From Our Interim Pastor
   
The Spirit of Lent
Pastor Hart Edmonds
 
The Lenten Season begins this year on February 10, Ash Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with meditative music, Scripture readings and the imposition of ashes.   You are invited to consider what Lenten disciplines and commitments you will make this year to deepen your faith and sense of hunger for the presence of God's Spirit in your life and in the life of your church.  Fasting has long been a tradition in some parts of the wider church that we Protestants are learning to appreciate. Fasting from eating on a regular basis during Lent is a reminder that we make our lives open to receive the fullness of God's love in our lives.  Perhaps this year we might consider "fasting from apathy", from the feeling that we can't make a difference in the world, that our prayers aren't really effective, that our faith doesn't help transform lives, that a passion for justice and peace are just na´ve longings.  I would invite you to consider a "fast from apathy" with me during the 40 days of Lent.


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worship
WORSHIP SCHEDULE
 
February and Lent
 
Feb 7 - Jason Santos preaching
General Assembly Associate for Collegiate and Young Adult Ministries
 
Worship Series Begins - Lent can be a time of taking inventory of our lives. Themes of repentance became prominent as the church developed the liturgical year and Lent as a preparation for renewing dedication to the faith. To repent means literally to "Turn Around"-to find new direction. This concept of change and the change-making actions of Jesus will guide our spiritual journey this season and we will wrestle with our fear of change, the inevitability of change, the difficulty in changing and the life-giving new lease on life and call to service that change can bring.  - Marcia McFee
 
February 10 - Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 PM
"Rock Bottom"      
John 8:1-11
 
February 14  
"Courage"
 Luke 14:22-36
 
February 21   
"Ruts"
 Mark 2:23-3:6
 
February 28 -
"Everything Changes"
 John 12:25-26
 
March 6  
"Choices"
 Luke 14: 7-24
 
March 13  "Solutions" 
 John 12:1-11
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maize
TAIZE
Sunday, February 21, 2016 

Fellowship Meal, Conversation
5:45 PM
Contemplative Prayer Service
7:00 PM
 
If you did not get a chance to join us for contemplative prayer
in the style of Taize, this is your chance. 
Join others for a fellowship meal and conversation about
the evening's scripture before entering our candlelit sanctuary
for a prayer service.
Those who attended in November experienced a calming quiet experience of God in the readings and chants of this service.  Plan to invite friends and neighbors.  Last month our student musicians and cantors were wonderful.

ANSWER to the question of the month:
In Washington, D.C.


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christianeducation
 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

CONFIRMATION CLASS
meets February 7th & 21st following worship
This month we are learning the Jesus section of the Brief Statement of Faith and continuing our work on prayer beads. We will be joined by Confirmation mentors on February 7th.
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Teachers for February
Nursery      Leanne Staley
Preschool   Angie James
K-2             Sarah Miller and Deb Sayers
3-5             Debbie DeGennaro
6,7             Prue Dana and Katie Saylor
8-12           Jenn Burns
 
Themes for Preschool and Grades 3-5 Teaching and Healing (Mark 1:21-28), Jesus Goes to Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30), The Disciples (Luke 5:1-11, 8:1-3) Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4-10) 
Jesus Heals (Mark 1:29-39)
Naaman is Healed (2 Kings 5:1-19)
The Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9). 

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CARES, CONCERNS, JOYS AND THANK YOUs
 

IN OUR PRAYERS:
 Keep these friends in your prayers:
Marilyn Young, Genee Hesse, Robbie Wells, John Reller, Stacey Winn, Betty Barnhart, Cathy Fey, Marilyn Rettig, Sarah Soika, Bob Douglass
Lord in Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayers
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JOYS
The Renewal of Baptism Vows Ceremony  
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JOYS and THANK YOUs
Our Sunday School
Our Teachers and Our Children
What a Blessing


 



















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deacons
DEACONS

Save the date: Deacons Blood Drive March 29th.
(be sure to drip by, er make that drop by) 
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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  February 16 at the Knolls of Oxford. Mary Hay will co-lead the lesson, Lawretta Clum will do the Mission Yearbook and Prue Dana will do the Least Coin.

THE TUESDAY EVENING CIRCLE
meets February 2 at the home of Connie Everhart.  Her co-hostess is Karen Simpson.  Janet Holmes will lead the devotions and Nancy Sturgeon will lead the program

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2016 HONORED WOMEN AWARD
REMEMBER
Nominations must be received by
March 1, 2016
 
Write a letter detailing the reasons you have nominated your heroine and send it to: Jean Derickson 2650 Oxford Millville Road, Oxford, Ohio 45056.   
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Offering of Letters Review
 
The Offering of Letters for Bread for the World held last November was very productive. We sent 25 letters to our Congress persons which, when combined with many thousands from other churches, helped them have the courage to support and pass a major budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This budget included $80 billion of relief from harmful automatic budget cuts or sequestration, over the last two years.
This is a huge win. The relief means that there will be additional funding available for programs of both defense and non-defense spending.
 
Congressional leaders were urged and came through with funds for those who are struggling with hunger, WIC, Headstart, low income housing assistance among others.
 
Thank you to all who wrote letters. It does not cost us anything and it tells our elected leaders that we care about others and want our government to care too.  Prue Dana

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SESSION
session
The regular session meeting for January was replaced by a Saturday Leadership Retreat at Pat Gifford's home.   In preparing for the coming year in the life of the church, with hopefully a new pastor, emphasis was placed on sharing leadership in a fruitful and faithful manner. The Pastor Nominating Committee presented the Ministry Information Form for approval by the session.
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INTRODUCING
A NEW COLUMN
 
WANTED:  a guest columnist for the March newsletter.  Help save this column.  Donate your words before this column starves.

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Lynn Jacobs and her husband Doug found a document describing a bit of the early history of a Presbyterian Church in West Carlisle, Ohio, The document, Our Yesterdays, was written by Florence Mikesell and is just the kind of history, recollection and sharing that this column is seeking.  While we may not be able to relate to some of the names and places, we can all certainly relate to some of the happenings in the church.  Seems there was one leading force in the village, a certain William Brown.  He came to town in 1822 and established the first store, became the first Justice of the Peace, the first postmaster and one of the incorporators of the Presbyterian Church!  Brown and his companions, their wives and children were the first 24 charter members.  By 1849, when they sold pews, there were fifty men's names listed.  Sadly, the records do not show the cost of the pews.  In 1852 there was quite a discussion concerning Psalmody, the singing of the Psalms.  This practice was voted DOWN because it would "tend to distraction of church service, mar the peace, weaken the bonds of union, produce great dissatisfaction and be attended with no good." 
Then there is a discussion of role of "the verger"...a man "whose task it was to see that no one slept during services.  His tool to do this with was a long pole; this he wielded on anyone caught nodding.  One such gentleman was highly insulted when he was prodded because he claimed that he had his eyes closed to keep out the vanities of the world." 
 
FYI-In medieval times, the verger (spelled "virger" in England and older texts) was the Protector of the Procession. The verger led the way for the procession as it moved from the vestry around the church or cathedral and into the front doors.
The procession often moved through crowds of people and animals, and the verger was there to clear a pathway with his virge (mace or "Staff of Office").  Seems our West Carlisle Presbyterian verger took his duties very seriously!

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Do you know something about the church you want to share?  It can be a person, an event, your special memory, a story, whatever.  Others would love to know what you know. 
Please share.  With interest and response, this will be a permanent column.  Send your write-up to Nancy at moeckenj@miamioh.edu. Or call (523-6003) and we can chat.
 




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FROM THE INTERIM TRANSITION TEAM
 
Moving forward!!  The Mission Study Team, which included members of the Interim Transition Team, completed their work and presented the results to the Presbytery Committee on Ministry in October and to the Congregation in November.  The Transition Team assisted in refining the key directions for the future and finalized those with the Session in December.  The Pastoral Nominating Committee has since referred to these Key Directions for 2016 and Forward as they prepare the Ministry Information Form for Session approval and use in hiring a new Pastor.  These key directions, evolving from our mission statement to "Seek God, Serve Others, and Share Christ's Love with All" will provide guidance as well as benchmarks as Oxford Presbyterian Church continues God's work!  Where will you find your calling?
 
Pat Gifford
For the Interim Transition Team
 
KEY DIRECTIONS FOR 2016 FORWARD
 
SEEK
Practice intentional faith development.
  • Conduct annual church-wide Lenten Bible study.
  • Create regular small group sessions on understanding faith and spirituality in order to deepen our faith and share it with others.
  • Develop small, ongoing seeker groups, based on interest, area of concern, fellowship, that meet on a regular basis.
  • Worship passionately through word and music.
  • Focus on unique and meaningful ways to serve congregation and connect with our neighbors through worship, i.e. Taize
SERVE
Develop mission and outreach to and with Miami University community, students/faculty/staff.
 
  • Use Ad Hoc committee, student interns, and interested others to develop strategies to reach out, engage, and serve these neighbors.
  • Provide welcoming, inclusive environment for student study, learning and involvement
   Encourage ongoing mission to reach out to the underserved and             vulnerable in the Oxford area and Talawanda School District.
  • Identify immediate and long terms needs of children, homeless, poor, older adults and other neighbors in our community
  • Address needs of young singles, families, and children in our congregation and community.
    Focus on intergenerational worship, faith development, and                   community building.
  • Move toward Sunday School for all and worship service for all model
  • Embrace young families as integral to the growth of church congregation
SHARE
Adopt a radical hospitality mindset.
Encourage, live, and share our faith.
Continue building faith relationships with international congregation partners in Russia and Colombia. Use Seminary to serve the community and implement our OPC outreach/mission programs.
  • Seek input from community
  • Develop strategy for scheduling, staffing, maintenance of Seminary

 
missionstatement
OUR MISSION STATEMENT AT WORK
Seeking God, Serving Others, Sharing Christ's Love With All

Our Mission and Outreach Committee hosted Ross and Mary Hunter as they shared stories, experiences and pictures of their missionary work in Ecuador.  Ross and Mary have years of experience equipping pastors to spread the Word of God to the hard to reach areas of Ecuador, and have developed study groups for women. 
 
Mary shared clothes, instruments, and many other items of Ecuadorian culture with the children as she described daily life.


Ross spoke of his and Mary's experiences, and expressed their deep gratitude for the support our church provides.
 





(Have you seen or been involved in other moments of "our mission statement at work?"  Be sure to submit that story to the newsletter. ----ed.)

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outreach
 
MISSION AND OUTREACH COMMITTEE
 
Do you want our church to reach out to those in need?
Are you interested in helping our church better serve the needs of our brothers and sisters both near and far?  Do you have ideas or interest in how we could make a difference for people in need in our community? Do you want us to support other missions in the world? 

Please consider joining the Mission and Outreach Committee.   

This spring the Mission and Outreach Committee will primarily focus their meetings on ways in which our church can better serve the needs of people regionally as well and nationally and internationally.  We are seeking ideas and concrete plans in which we can collectively make a difference, and encourage church member participation.  Please consider joining or attending the Mission and Outreach committee.   Normally we meet the second Wednesday each month at 7:00 PM in the Molyneaux Lounge.  Due to Ash Wednesday we will meet the following day this month on Thursday, Feb 11 in the Molyneaux lounge at 7:00 PM.   

Hope to see you there.  Questions?  Contact Dave Wilson 523-8848.

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announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS
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PLEASE READ AND HEED this important announcement about announcements.
 
 
We want to keep you informed!
Please submit any announcements to
the office by 2:00 p.m. Wednesday
for inclusion in the weekly bulletin
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On Feb. 9 & 23 at 10 A.M., recent church services on DVD will be shown at The Knolls in the Assisted Living dining room.  Ample seating is available, so please feel free to join us.
Thank you!
Becky
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First Friday Niters will not meet in February
(although, as usual, there will still be a first Friday, so worry not)
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A FRIENDLY REMINDER
 
To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, do not file your 2015 income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgment 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 acknowledgment of our contributions from the church.
 
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GRAB THIS CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE!
 
Volunteers are needed to help with another Taize service, which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 21, 2016.  Contact Pastor Cheryl to be a part of this opportunity.
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FOR 2016, THE PER CAPITA IS $26.87
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CALL FOR SHARING
Newsletter Liaisons Required
This is a call to you who meet monthly in a church committee to share with the newsletter what is happening in your group.  We have some such committees who report to the newsletter regularly, i.e. Christian Education and Session.  Some committees report when an event is upcoming, i.e. Deacons and their blood and food drives. (Well, I perhaps should rephrase that to blood drives and food drives, to make sure we all understand these are separate events).  This is a call for each committee to appoint a Newsletter Liaison who would send a simple email (or phone call or note in the mailbox) to the newsletter editor with information to share.  Just a sentence or two (or more is good).  What is your committee planning, what's upcoming, fun things that have happened.  We need to share more of what is going on in our church with each other.  This is one way to start.  I'll be pestering you.

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COMMUNITY
 community
Looking for a fulfilling, satisfying way to serve your community?
 
Become a home delivered meal volunteer serving homebound clients.  Choose your day, Monday through Friday, from 10:30a.m. to 12:15p.m.
 
You may be a weekly regular, or you can be on our sub list to be called as needed to deliver meals.
 
Here are some quotes from our current volunteers saying what they liked about delivering meals:
 
  • Interaction with fellow volunteers.  Providing assistance to the clients.
  • The feeling of helping someone who needs it.  The faithfulness of my drivers and delivery persons.
  • I feel like I'm contributing to a positive program to help people.  This program actually assists people every day.
  • Like getting out with others.  Enjoy seeing the clients.  Like knowing I'm doing a valuable service.
  • Feeling of helping others, gets me out of the house.  Keeps me active.  Give back to community.  Helping those who can't get out.  Visiting and fellowship. 
  • The clients appreciate what we do and seem to enjoy seeing us for a short visit. 
  • I have always liked to feed people and so now that I don't do that much at home, it gives me a way to still help to see people get fed.
  • Working, talking to other volunteers.  Feeling of doing something worthwhile and needed.
For more information contact Jennifer Marcum at Oxford Seniors
523-8100 or jmarcum@oxfordsenior.org  


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staff
 
Oxford Presbyterian Church Staff
Telephone: 513-523-6364
Fax: 513-523-8215
Seminary Building: 513-523-7411
 
Interim Pastor: Pastor Hart Edmonds
Interim Associate Pastor: Pastor Cheryl Edmonds
Music Director: Kent Peterson
Organist: Lynn Jacobs
Pastor Emeritus: Dr. Joseph R. Hookey
Parish Associates: Dr. Bruce Bueschel, Rev. Diane Ziegler
Administrative Assistant:
Bridgite Dickerson: office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Financial Secretary:
Director/Teacher C.C.N.S.:
Sarah Mapel: 207-3630
Newsletter Editor:
Nancy Moeckel, moeckenj@miamioh.edu
 
 
OFFICERS OF OPC
 
SESSION
 
Class of 2016:
Pam Deahl, Lynn Cronk, Pat Gifford, Tom Poetter, Rich Drewes
 
Class of 2017:
Mary Jane Roberts, Robert Smith, Janet Zeigler, Gwen Fears, Kim Logsdon
 
Class of 2018:  Carol Klumb, Amy McGoldrick, Katie Payne, Deb Sayers, David Wilson
 
Deacons
 
 
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
 
Class of 2018: Karen Shearer, Lee Fisher, Virginia Layton, Ginny Staberg, Joni Marcum
 
 
Trustees
 
Class of 2016:Chris Adryan, Joe Simpson, Keith Payne
 
Class of 2017: Lisa Brunckhorst, Bill King
 
Class of 2018:  Tom Holmes, Nick Fears

 
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Deadline for the March 2016 Newsletter is February 20, 2016
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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 Fun for our Friends
 
February is National
            Black History Month
            Feed the Birds Month
            Great American Pie Month
            National Library Lovers Month
            American Heart Month (lub-dub)
            Spunky Old Broads Month (you know who you are)
            National Hot Breakfast Month
 
 
February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day, also known as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
 
(peggy is doing her part to celebrate-what a good dog!)
 
 





On Feb. 11, 1911, the first art contest was held. Winners were selected by a drawing
 
 
February 22 - Full Moon.This full moon was known by Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. Since hunting is difficult inthis harsh weather, this moon has also been known by some tribes as the Full Hunger Moon.
 
Five bright planets adorn morning during the first half of February. Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury stretch from west to east across the sky an hour before sunrise.
  
 
February 29 events
1904- Theodore Roosevelt appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus
1940 - "Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars
1940 - Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
1972-Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year
(MLB average salary in 2015 is $3.39M)
 
The leap year's extra day is necessary because of the "messiness" of our Solar System. One Earth year (a complete orbit around the Sun) does not take an exact number of whole days (one complete spin of the Earth on its axis). In fact, it takes 365.2422 days, give or take.
 
 
QUESTION OF THE MONTH!
There are three houses, one is red, one is blue, and one is white. If the red house is to the left of the house in the middle and the blue house is to the right of the house in the middle where is the white house?
Find the answer somewhere in the newsletter.
 
King George called the American Revolution "the Presbyterian Revolution". At least eleven of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence were Presbyterians.
 
Words of wisdom
"A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks." -Charles Gordy
 
"If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you."


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pastors
From Our Interim Pastor
Full Article
The Spirit of Lent
Pastor Hart Edmonds
 
The Lenten Season begins this year on February 10, Ash Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with meditative music, Scripture readings and the imposition of ashes.   You are invited to consider what Lenten disciplines and commitments you will make this year to deepen your faith and sense of hunger for the presence of God's Spirit in your life and in the life of your church.  Fasting has long been a tradition in some parts of the wider church that we Protestants are learning to appreciate. Fasting from eating on a regular basis during Lent is a reminder that we make our lives open to receive the fullness of God's love in our lives.  Perhaps this year we might consider "fasting from apathy", from the feeling that we can't make a difference in the world, that our prayers aren't really effective, that our faith doesn't help transform lives, that a passion for justice and peace are just na´ve longings.  I would invite you to consider a "fast from apathy" with me during the 40 days of Lent.
This year our Lenten Study will be Engage: Mission which was selected by a team of leaders who taught last year's study.  The focus is on how we "become relevant in the cultural landscape in which we live, and how we become a disciple-making, mission-engaged congregation of joyful Christians."   In this newsletter you will learn more about how you can become "engaged" in a Lenten time of study and fellowship with others in this church.  The 5 Sundays of Lent during which the Lenten study will take place are February 14, 21, 28, March 6 and 13.   Holy Week is March 20-27.
 In her book on The Liturgical Year,Joan Chittister unpacks the meaning of Ash Wednesday:  "Ash Wednesday, an echo of the Hebrew Testament call to sackcloth and ashes, is a continuing cry across the centuries that life is transient, that change is urgent.  We don't have enough time to waste time on nothingness.  We need to regret the time we've spent playing with dangerous distractions and empty diversions along the way.    We need to get back in touch with our souls, "Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return." It is a time to listen to Jesus who proclaimed in Galilee, "Turn away from sin and believe the good news." (Mark 1:15)
Our 40 days of inner testing in the Season of Lent are like Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness.  After Jesus committed himself to the mission God intended, and expressed his commitment through baptism, the gospel of Mark says the Spirit "drove him out into the wilderness." (Mark 1:12)  It's really not so different for us.   The Spirit drives us into wilderness, too, where we contemplate God's call and reflect on our responses to events and emotions which test us.  
As we begin the year 2016, there is much to test our faith and discipleship occurring in the world.   Millions of Americans struggle to find work and support their families.  Many wonder about the ongoing power of hope.   Events in the world add to our wondering about the goodness of God.  The sad and terrible tragedy of warfare in Syria and Iraq continues with the loss of tens of thousands of lives and a worldwide refugee crisis.  And here in our own nation, it sometimes feels that the political battles ahead will only result in winners and losers, instead of seeking the common good.  All of this intensifies  our struggle to trust in the goodness and love of God.   "Why God?"  we ask.  "Have you abandoned the vulnerable and poor of the world?"  Those are also questions that the Psalmist asked repeatedly.  Jesus himself would identify himself with suffering humanity on his way to the Cross, but he also continues to ask us:  "Have you fed the hungry?  Have you responded to human suffering?"
During Lent, our worship gatherings and centering on the message of scripture remind us that God invites us all to live humble lives filled with justice and kindness.  When we fall short of this vision, scripture assures us that God will forgive us and help us start fresh.   When we err because we take over-much upon ourselves, Genesis reminds us that we are made from the dust of the earth.  When we fall short because of feelings of fear or desolation, we're reminded we are made in God's image.   The miracle of incarnation, of Holy Spirit in flesh, is that both these reminders are true.   One reminds us that we are always in need of holy love, and the other that love is ours for the asking.
Prayers for Lent:  "Sacred Heart, teach us to carry your cross, so by the power of the Spirit we can heal the earth, each other, and our souls. Amen."  "Holy One, open my heart and my will to receive your grace, to receive your love, to receive your call, through the power of your Spirit, in the love of Christ Jesus. Amen."


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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
chrisedfull 
Full Article
CONFIRMATION CLASS
meets February 7th & 21st following worship
This month we are learning the Jesus section of the Brief Statement of Faith and continuing our work on prayer beads. We will be joined by Confirmation mentors on February 7th.
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Teachers for February
Nursery      Leanne Staley
Preschool   Angie James
K-2             Sarah Miller and Deb Sayers
3-5             Debbie DeGennaro
6,7             Prue Dana and Katie Saylor
8-12           Jenn Burns
 
Themes for Preschool and Grades 3-5 Teaching and Healing (Mark 1:21-28), Jesus Goes to Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30), The Disciples (Luke 5:1-11, 8:1-3) Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4-10) 
Jesus Heals (Mark 1:29-39)
Naaman is Healed (2 Kings 5:1-19)
The Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9). 
 
Meeting Times in February
February 7, Communion Sunday
  • Nursery, Preschool, Grades k-2, and Grades 3-5 will have class.  Middle School and High School youth attend worship and participate in Communion. 
February 14th, President's Day Wknd Only the Nursery and the Preschool Class are available.
 
February 21th,
All classes meet
  • Collection of change by the children for Mission. Money will be used to purchase meat for the next Community Dinner
February 28th
All classes meet. 
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Lenten Materials Available
Lent begins February 10th on Ash Wednesday.  The 40 days during Lent are often a time of reflection, study and prayer.  Lenten Calendars are available for Children, Teens and Adults beginning Sunday February 7th in the Molyneaux Lounge.  Also present are devotional books for adults, Reflections from the writing of C.S. Lewis, Mercy, Passion and Joy, and Were You There?, daily devotional for children ages 6-12.  A Biblical Bookmark is also available, Living Lent as People of the Resurrection, which includes daily Bible Readings.  Stop by the Molyneaux during coffee hour and pick up these free resources. 
 
Walking the Labyrinth
The Labyrinth will be set up In the Art Room during Lent. Walking the pathway can be a personal, spiritual journey of reflection.
 
Also note that CE Committee will be meeting Thursday February 11th at 6:30.  This is a change of date due to Ash Wednesday falling on the 2nd Wednesday
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Hello Everyone!!!!
From Jenn Burns
 
Just some updates on the youth programs in the church, as well as some reminders for upcoming events. January has been a pretty low-key month, but it is making up for the chaos of the end of the year. I want to extend a thank you to everyone who helped, attended, or donated towards the Chili Lunch that followed the Celebration of the Manger. We were able to raise $300 towards our goal of $12,000! So thank you so much!
 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
And Important Dates
  • January 29-30th Lock-IN
  • February 7th Souper Bowl of Caring and Jason Santos
  • February 19th Winter Jam
  • February 28th Spaghetti Dinner
  • February 29th Deadline to sign up for the Mission Trip
 
 
LOCK-IN
January 29-30th from 7pm-7am
at the church
All youth in 8-12th grade are invited! We will fill the night with food, games, and movies, all the while learning about each other and growing in our faith. All youth are welcome to bring pillows, blankets, games, movies, snacks, and friends! While we won't have much sleep, we will have a lot of fun!
 
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
February 7
Youth will be standing with pots to accept donations. All gifts will be given to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry. The perfect way to feel better, after losing first round in the Playoffs, is to give back to the community. Maybe next year Bengals! Who Dey!
 
The 7th is also the day Jason Santos will be speaking in church so there will be no Sunday School. This is so the youth and I can gain the most from the experience and learn how to open up and become a more intergenerational accepting congregation. Let's learn how to grow together as we grow in our faith!

WINTER JAM
February 19th
ALL are welcome to follow the line of cars from the church to U.S. Bank Arena for Winter Jam!!!! For just $10.00 cash at the door you can see the largest Christian Concert in The World. Bands such as Crowder, For King and Country, Sidewalk Prophets, and Red will be there to perform. We have made this journey to Cincinnati the past two years and we are opening this experience up for the rest of the congregation as well. Bring your family and friends for an awesome night of great music and worship with the people you care the most about. It will be an unforgettable experience I promise!
 
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER
February 28
We will be having our Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for the Mission Trip at the Methodist Church. More information will be released as the event approaches. Last year we had all different types of pasta from spaghetti, fettuccini, to lasagna with breads and desserts! So be there at 5:00 pm, Sunday February 28th at the Methodist Church and all youth going on the mission trip will be there to serve you! All donations and tickets purchase will go towards the Mission Trip in June.
 
DEADLINE FOR THE MISSION TRIP
February 29
All youth interested in attending the Mission Trip June 19-25th in Princeton Illinois must have a deposit of $50 turned into the church by the end of February. There is still time to sign up; there are still spots available! The GROUP mission trip will be an experience that isn't soon forgotten. The theme this year is EXTRAordinary.
 
Thank you all, for all that you do to keep the youth involved and motivated through their faith. I will see you all around the church!
God Bless,
Jenn Burns

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