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From Our I-Pastor
BIrthdays and stuff 

Come to The Knolls to see recent Presbyterian Church services on DVD.  They will be shown in the Assisted Living dining room at 10:00 A.M. on May 10 & 24.  Becky Quay
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From Our Interim Pastor
"What the Outsiders Intuit"
Rev. Hart Edmonds
Have you ever wondered what people are thinking about when they worship in a congregation for the first few times.   I would like to think that their question is this:  What is God Doing Here?  I suspect that is what people are considering in a variety of ways.   The church in worship seeks to deepen its relationship with the God who is at work. Outsiders or recent worshippers may sense this and get glimpses of God's action.   Worshippers may reveal- in many ways-  that God is at work in their lives, protecting them in danger, providing for their needs, guiding them through confusion, loving them intimately, and forgiving their massive debts (Matt 18: 27).   

From Our Interim Associate Pastor
Pastor Cheryl Edmunds
You're Cordially Invited
to Attend Our
Taize Contemplative Prayer Service
Sunday, May 1, 2016
A TAIZE EVENING PRAYER service will be held Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.  A time of table fellowship and conversation will precede the service at 5:45 p.m.
The Miami and Oxford musicians who were with us last time will be joining us again.  If you have not yet had a chance to sample this style of worship and prayer don't miss this next opportunity.  We are still in the start-up phase of getting this new worship opportunity on solid footing. 
YOU are needed to support the efforts of all those who want to add this service and fellowship dinner to the outreach efforts of our church.  The musicians have been superb and the atmosphere of music and prayer allows an experience of centering and openness to God.
Come join us!
The 2016 Confirmation class will be departing for a mission trip to Cincinnati on May 13, 2016.  We will be serving dinner at the St. Seraph School on Friday evening and then going to worship at the Valley Synagogue.  The synagogue is having a special guest that night who is a renown storyteller.  What a great opportunity!
We will be staying overnight at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church and then helping at Matthew 25 ministries on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  After lunch and debriefing of our experience we will visit the butterfly exhibit at Krohn Conservatory and enjoy some outdoor activities.  Saturday night we will be cooking dinner together and making final plans for Confirmation Day.
On Sunday morning we will be attending the contemporary Worship Service at Knox Presbyterian Church before returning to Oxford.

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY is MAY 22.  Please join us for worship as we welcome these young people into full membership in the church.  

Pastors Hart and Cheryl Edmonds continue a worship series on the Brief Statement of Faith, which is a contemporary expression of what Presbyterians believe about their faith in today's world.  The Confirmands have been memorizing this statement of faith and along with their mentors have been talking about what it means to them to say that we trust in God in these ways.  We hope you will join them and us as together we center our worship in the One to whom we all belong.  Each of the Sundays below offers a segment of the Brief Statement of Faith.
May 1 -  Acts 16:9-15 - Paul's Macedonian Dream
"The Gift of a Resurrected Life: Part 5 - Witness"
 Communion Sunday & "Women of the Year Award Presentation"
In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior
May 8 -  Mother's Day, Choir Appreciation & Jamieson Awards
"The Gift of a Resurrected Life: Part 6 - Covenant"
         "Mothering/Fathering God"
Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant,
Like a mother who will not forget her nursing child,
like a father who welcomes the prodigal home,
         God is faithful still.
May 15 -  Pentecost - 
Acts 16: 16-34   Conflict over the slave girl's freedom
 "The Gift of a Resurrected Life: Part 6: Courage"
 In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage
to unmask idolatries in church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
May 22 -  Trinity Sunday - CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
 "The Gift of a Resurrected Life: Belonging"            
In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit
We trust in the one triune God, the holy one of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
May 29    Guest Preacher: Rev. Jackie Pinkowski

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Dinner and Conversation 5:45 PM
Prayer Service  7:00 PM
Please visit or call the church office for a dinner reservation or visit www.oxford presbychurch.org to register on line.

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May Church School
Nursery      Rosemary Fisher
Preschool   Lynn Cronk, May 29 Bill  Fisher
Grades k-2  Sarah Miller and Deb Sayer
Grades 3-5  Lee Fisher
Grades 6-7  Prue Dana and Katie Saylor
Grades 8-12 Jenn Burns
May 1, Nursery, Preschool, Grades k-2 and Grades 3-5.  Communion Sunday, Middle School and High School in the Sanctuary.  Jamieson Grads and Graduates from H.S. and College are honored.
Lydia- Acts 16:9-15
We can learn and teach about love.



 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
We are saddened to learn Lucy Ferris passed away April 18. 
A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:00 a.m.
At the church.  Reception in the Molyneaux Lounge afterwards to greet the family.

We will celebrate on May 25th with Julie and Chris O'Connell the 2nd anniversary of the baptisms of their sons, Josh and Sam.
Sharing a sweet moment with the Teckmans enjoying the ice cream social at Woodland Manor 
Photo by Sarah Miller


Hillary Roethlisberger lives in Boise, Idaho. Hillary had attended Princeton Seminary to obtain her M.Div./MSW degree.  However, at that time Hillary chose to focus on mental health and transferred to Michigan State where she earned a Master's in clinical Social Work (MSW).  After working in the mental health field for 13 years, Mrs. Roethlisberger is ready to return to Seminary and complete her M.Div.  Hillary will be moving with her husband (Mike), 8-year-old daughter (Haidyn), and 6-year-old son (Asa) to Holland, Michigan this summer to attend Western Theological Seminary.  Hillary and her family chose this Reformed Seminary, as it is close in proximity to her husband's family who will be a great support system for their young family during this journey.  The Western Theological Seminary is not a Presbyterian Seminary but is credited by the Association of Theological Seminaries. 
Hillary has participated as Ministry Associate at the Second Presbyterian church in Saginaw Michigan where she participated in weekly worship service, presented sermons and directed worship, was responsible for weekly hospital and shut-in visitations, oversaw and coordinated youth program and coordinated the annual mission trip.
Hillary worked with the Boise Christian Counseling program.  She also worked with the Genesis World Mission, in Boise Idaho, directing oversight of staff and program development, budget development of mental health and social services, represented the agency to community partners and made public presentations to businesses, educational institutions and Churches.
Danny Cross
Please be mindful that there is a box by the Church Offices where you may continue to drop off food for the Oxford Choice Food Pantry anytime.  Monetary donations may be placed in the offering plate anytime after the drive as well.

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.




Will meet May 17, at 1:30 at the Knolls.  Lynn Cronk is leading the lesson, Betty Reinhart the Mission Yearbook and Prue Dana the Least Coin. To join the group for noon lunch at the café, let Lawretta Clum know by May 13.

The May 3 meeting of the Tuesday Evening Circle will be at the home of Violet Suit. The co-hostess is Jo Reinhart who is also doing the program. Ginny Layton will give the devotions.


The annual Friendship Brunch of OPW on Saturday, April 16 was filled with smiles galore!  Around 30 people celebrated with great food, good fellowship and tons of fun as we ate in the cozy Molyneaux Lounge.  Wearing our bandanas we proceeded to our camp out sing along in our sanctuary. Pam Deahl, MaryJo McFadden and Sue Wilson led us in memorable songs of our young years.  A tent and a roaring campfire set the mood for a musical morning.  If you were unable to attend, you missed a spirited event!
Karen Shearer
Presbyterian Women's Retreat
June 4,  9:30-1:00
Western Lodge
Breakfast and lunch provided.
Pastor Cheryl will give the program and there will be installation of new leaders and the Birthday Offering will be dedicated
MAY FRIENDSHIP DAY 2016 WILL BE CELEBRATED SUNDAY, MAY 1, 3 to 4: 30 p.m. at the Darrtown United Methodist Church. The theme features a common image of a table.   Finding Grace at the Table: The Amazing Expanding Table.
Finding Grace at the table invites us to consider the table as a place of reconciliation. We ask you to come to the table to find the grace necessary to do God's work of reconciliation in your family, church, community, the movement of Church Women United, and the world. The Least Coin Offering will be collected and dedicated. All are invited.
This year's Birthday Offering has a theme.
When Hallie Paxson Winsborough, superintendent of the Woman's Auxiliary in the PCUS, visited Miss Dowd's School for Girls in Kochi, Japan, in 1922 and saw the great need, she challenged members of the auxiliary to give one penny for each year of their lives (or a dollar if a woman preferred not to reveal her age) to the school. The idea of giving to a specific mission project each year caught on. Since then, the Birthday Offering has helped launch nearly 100 major mission projects that continue to improve the lives of women and children around the world today. 
There are four recipients: Heartland 180, Overland Park, Kansas. This new program serves boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who have been part of the criminal justice system. Heartland 180 conducts intensive training sessions on character building, core values and life skills for these at-risk youth; Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Oakland, California. In this area manufactured or mobile homes are often the only affordable options for individuals and families with low-incomes. Nearly two-thirds of these homes were built before 1980 and need significant repairs. This grant will enable Habitat to partner with more than 100 individuals and families to repair their manufactured homes, ensuring safety and stability for these households; Direct Action and Research Training Center, Miami Florida. This Center (DART) hopes to use the grant to train clergy and lay leaders in more than 20 communities on how to stop the flow of children into the school-to-prison pipeline; Building Minds in South Sudan, Pittsford, New York. The goal is to increase access to education for girls in the Republic of South Sudan. The Birthday Offering gift will fund the construction of a girls' primary school, for levels one through eight, in Majok-Keen, a village in Warrap State, South Sudan. With six classrooms, a large multipurpose building and two blocks of latrines, the school will serve approximately 600 girls.
The goal for this year's offering is $500,000. The actual grant amounts for these worthwhile programs will depend on the 2016 offering.
The Birthday Offering will be dedicated at the Women's Retreat, June 4.
May is the time for graduating and we would like to recognize the Seniors who are graduating from High School and wish them the best in their future endeavors as they go out into the world as young Christian adults. The Jamieson award is given to a senior or seniors who have made a significant contribution to the church and its youth activities and has been given since 1966.
The S.R. and Luna Weede Jamieson Award Fund is a gift from members and former members and friends of the Women's Society of Seminary United Presbyterian Church and Mrs. Floyd Farquer (Lucille) daughter of Dr. and Mr. Jamieson, with whom they lived after leaving Oxford for El Paso Texas.
Rev. S. R. Jamieson was pastor of the Seminary Church from 1914 to 1922.  Originally the Seminary Women's Society was asked to make the award of $10.00 each spring.  The award might be increased at the discretion of the executive committee. 
The Jamieson's were always interested in young people and fully realized their importance to the church and to the community.  Mrs. Jamieson's grandfather was also a Presbyterian Minister and graduated from Miami in 1829, the 4th graduating class. 
In 1992 Quincy and Jean Butterfield increased the Jamieson Scholarship Fund in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.  S.R. and Luna Weede Jamieson were pastor and wife for the Seminary congregation when Jean's parents were newlyweds.  Upon their retirement, the Jamieson's returned to Oxford to live, and in December 1942 Dr. Jamieson officiated at the marriage of Quincy and Jean.
This year's recipients- It has been over 100 years since Rev. Jamieson preached at the Seminary church and today the award has increased to $200. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Jamieson Award. 
Each recipient now receives a certificate, a check for $200 from the Presbyterian Women, and his/her name and photo are entered in the Jamieson Scrapbook that is kept in the Molyneaux Library on the PW shelf.  A Jamieson Plaque also hangs on the wall outside the former Christian Education Office listing previous award winners.    Previously Jean Butterfield wrote to all the recipients and asked for an update on their lives and activities. 
This year there are four award winners and they will be announced and awarded the first two Sundays in May.   Watch for further information about the four 2016 recipients of the Jamieson Award. 
At the April meeting of session
Pentecost Offering, an annual offering, was approved.  This offering supports young adult volunteers in mission to at risk children and young adults.  A portion of the money may be retained in the local community and the major portion is used by Presbyterian Mission Agency.
The contract of interim associate pastor Cheryl Edmonds was extended through September 30, 2016.
Time was spent discussing leadership development.
Tom Poetter gave a detailed report from the Seminary Renovation Team.  The congregation will be informed, in upcoming weeks, about the next steps in the process of bringing the Seminary back to life.
Proposed 2016 - 2017 CCNS budget was received.  Enrollment for next year - MWF class is full; T TH class has 7 enrolled, room for 5 more.
Session voted, at the March meeting, to object to, and request a hearing, re authorization for Kofenya to obtain a liquor license.  This vote was rescinded at the April meeting. It was learned, after the March meeting, that the license in question was being purchased from another business in Oxford - it was not a new license.  If Kofenya did not purchase it, some other business in town no doubt would.  It did not add to the number of liquor permits in town.  The department of liquor control was notified that OPC objected to the permit but did not request a hearing.
Judy Fisher

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Barbara Skipper shares:
Back in the day, the Skippers hosted many wine and cheese parties.  Daughter Sherrie was a youngster and still at home at this time.  After communion one Sunday, Barbara took the time to explain to Sherrie the meaning of communion.  She explained that the ceremony included bread and wine.  Sherrie piped up, asking, "but what about the cheese?"
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.  Send your write-up to Nancy at moeckenj@miamioh.edu. Or call (523-6003) and we can chat

The Lord's Baseball Game
Bob and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game.  The Lord's team was playing Satan's team.  The Lord's team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. 
They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate whose name was Love.  Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single because Love never fails.  The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love.
The next batter up was named Godly Wisdom.  Satan wound up and threw the first pitch.  Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass:  Ball one.  Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked, because Godly Wisdom never swings at what Satan throws.
The bases were now loaded.  The Lord then turned to Bob and told him He was now going to bring in His star Player.  Up to the plate stepped Grace.  Bob said, "He sure doesn't look like much!"
Satan's whole team relaxed when they saw Grace.  Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch.  To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen.  But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by.  He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground; then it continued over the fence for a home run!
The Lord's team won!
The Lord then asked Bob if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base but could not win the game.  Bob answered that he did not know why.
The Lord explained, "If your love, faith, and wisdom had won the game you would think you had done it by yourself.  Love, Faith and Wisdom will get you on base but only My Grace can get you Home.
Psalm 84:11, "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."
Sue Wilson
Answer to the question of the month:

Seeking God, Serving Others, Sharing Christ's Love With All

Three of us from OPC, Jean O'Connell, Karen Shearer, and Janet Ziegler, found that Ferncliff is "a fer piece" from Oxford, OH.  With nearly eleven hours driving time (and a few rest stops) ahead of us, we headed for the nonprofit Presbyterian-related summer camp and retreat facility known as Ferncliff.  We had valuable cargo in the trunk: 100 hygiene kits.  Each of the kits contained specific items:  1 hand towel, 1 wash cloth, a regular-size bar of soap in original packaging, 1 wide-toothed comb, fingernail or toenail clippers, a toothbrush, and 6 band-aids.  Those items for the kits had been donated by OPC members, by OPW, and by the Mission and Outreach Committee.
On Monday, with the journey behind us and our suitcases deposited in our sleeping quarters, we looked over the conference site, sensing almost immediately that the four-day stay in Arkansas would likely acquaint us with a remarkable resource:  the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center campus of 1200 acres, located just 10 miles west of Little Rock.  This facility has a long history.   Since 1937 Ferncliff (www.ferncliff.org) has provided programming and lodging for summer camps, meetings, workshops, retreats, and conferences.  The current conference center and the youth facilities there can each accommodate groups of up to 150.  Ferncliff warehouses items for both Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Church World Service and is the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance call center.   Executive Director David Gill, who has been at the facility for nearly 20 years, says "Faith, fun, and service go together at Ferncliff."
We were housed in the Eco Center that was built with funds from the Presbyterian Women's Birthday Offering.  The Center is a great location to learn more about the environment and about how to live more sustainable lifestyles.  The building is one of the largest straw-bale buildings in the U.S.  It is a steel pavilion-style building of 5300 square feet; the walls are 1200 bales of straw and rice hulls (native to the area.) The straw bales are covered, inside and out, with three coats of natural hydraulic lime that volunteer construction workers mixed up on the building site.  While a conventional new home will have an R-value of 13 to 15 in the walls, straw bale walls have an R-value around 33.  Quite an energy savings!  It took 4 months-with many hands-to complete the Eco Center job.
The Center (solar powered, radiant floor heated) can sleep 24.  Our sleeping quarters, with a floor made from recycled conveyer belts from a nearby factory, offered 6 beds and a "bath."  Local volunteer woodworkers had specially crafted our wooden twin-size beds.  (The woodworkers, known as the  "Over the Hill Gang," come to the wood shop to work on projects benefitting Ferncliff).  Seventeen other women (including our co-leaders) completed our group housed at the Center.  The other participants came from Alabama, Arizona, California Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, and Wisconsin.
Within walking distance from the Eco Center is a large warehouse where we worked on the hygiene kits.  In 2004 Ferncliff received a $200,000 grant from the Presbyterian Women's Birthday Offering to build an 8,000 square foot storage building for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA*) and Church World Service (CWS).  In 2006, 250,000 pounds of kits a year passed through the warehouse, and that number holds pretty constant to this day.  [CWS pays Ferncliff 26 cents a pound for all the materials that come from Ferncliff.  That per pound amount helps pay the operating costs for the warehouse.]  Each camp session, the campers assemble 100 kits as part of their camp experience. 
Altogether, our women's group brought with us more than 1100 hygiene kits and supplies.  For the large part of two days of our week we worked in the warehouse, inspecting and repacking many kits and then packing additional ones using supplies that were purchased.  Our kit-constructing process:  We created an assembly area with a line of workers standing on both sides of waist-high metal tables.  The items to be bagged were placed in the center of the long tables.  Each packer selected and then carefully wrapped the required loose items with the towel and washcloth, put the "towel roll" neatly into the plastic bag, and gave each bag "a hug" to push out the air before zipping it closed.  We completed 1300 kits in those two days!  And, to our surprise, they weren't in storage long.  All of the kits that we brought and all that we packed while we were there were taken by truck to Louisiana the next day to address the needs of people whose homes were flooded or washed away by the tornadoes that swirled through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
*Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency response and refugee program of our denomination, committed to the long-term recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and has designated funds for responding to specific disasters. PDA had its beginnings following WW II, serving refugees worldwide.  At that time it was known as Presbyterian World Service.  The name was changed in 1996.  
On Thursday one of our field trips took half of the group (including Jean) to Little Rock.  Second Presbyterian Church provided us with a bus and one of our group leader's friends from Second Presbyterian was our tour guide.  She was a delightful woman who shared her personal experiences with us.  The first stop was an historical spot, Little Rock's Central High School, where in the '50s, there was a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights.   The courage of nine students' demands for equal rights is celebrated at a museum close to the high school.   Prior to arriving at the museum, our tour guide shared her personal experience at school.  She was in school when the "Little Rock Nine" were attempting to segregate the school in 1957.  There was violence and lots of demonstrations.  The governor closed all the high schools in Arkansas for 1958-59 to avoid segregation.  Our guide had been a senior in high school.  Because of the school closings, her family sent her to Tennessee so that she would graduate.  Many students did not finish high school because of the situation.  The museum displays showed us what the students who were trying to segregate the school went through.  It was a moving exhibit about courage, change, and a fight for equality.   Throughout Little Rock, there are several statues in memory of the segregation struggle. 
Our next stop was a tour of Heifer International Headquarters.  The Heifer mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.  Since 1944 the organization has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.  We toured the many displays, which show how the work of the organization is carried out.  In addition to improving lives, their building complex is a great example of their good stewardship of the earth's resources.  If the complex were torn down today, it would be 70% recyclable.  The lighting adjusts to daylight to conserve and water is conserved by collecting water from roofs and parking lots.  The water, running into huge cisterns, is reused in many ways.  The building is a model for conservation of resources.
Heifer International is located next to the Clinton Presidential Library, so we were able to have an enjoyable visit there also.  When the library was built, the Heifer building influenced the construction of the library.  It was decided that the library, like the Heifer building, be a "green" building that incorporated many aspects of environmentally sensitive structures and that attained an ecological rating as high as that of the Heifer International building.  
To conclude our trip, our delightful Presbyterian tour guide gave us a tour of her hometown, Little Rock, which left us quite impressed.
Rather than explore the two Little Rock sites, the second field-trip group, which Karen and Janet joined, traveled to Heifer Ranch and Global Village, in Perryville, Arkansas.
The story of Heifer Ranch begins with a relief worker, Dan West, a farmer from the American Midwest and a member of the Church of the Brethren who had gone to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker.  He returned home to his Indiana dairy farm determined to help those in need to become self-reliant.  In 1944, through his efforts, the first shipment of dairy cattle embarked on a campaign that would change the lives of millions.  And Heifer International became a reality.
The Heifer Ranch is located on 1,200 acres of beautiful countryside surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains.   It is a hands-on campus for education about world hunger and solutions through agriculture and animals.  It truly is an inspirational learning center and working farm.  The Heifer mission is to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
For more than 70 years, Heifer Ranch has provided animals and environmentally sound agricultural training to people in those countries struggling for food and income that can help individuals become self-reliant.  A few years into the project, it became evident that transporting animals across the ocean was not an ideal situation.  So the Heifer Project now has in place the ability to "Pass on the Gift."  In the last 40 years, the Ranch no longer serves as a "holding farm" for shipments of livestock.  Instead, the countries served by Heifer have established farms where animals such as cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chicks, ducks, llamas, fish, and even bees, are raised.  Each family that has received an animal through the Heifer Project promises to pass on the first female offspring to another family in need, thereby doubling the impact of the original gift.  This arrangement is called "Passing on the Gift." And arrangements of such "gifting" are transforming acts!
The Heifer Ranch works in over 30 countries, including the U.S.  The Heifer cornerstones for just and sustainable development include accountability, sharing and caring, sustainability and self-reliance, improved animal management, nutrition and income, gender and family focus, genuine need and justice, improving the environment, full participation, training and education, passing on the gift, and spirituality.  The entire Heifer program is based on theses values.  The organization strives to teach that one person really can make a difference in ending hunger and poverty.
There are many opportunities for hands-on access to the work of this global humanitarian organization.  Site visitors learn how others around the world experience life.  The Ranch offers many programs for people of all ages to see how we can make a difference. 
By 2020, Heifer aims to end hunger and poverty for 4 million families in those communities that the organization has reached.
Yes, this trip did take us a "fer piece."   We found that our horizons expanded during the time we spent with this group of women coming together from so many areas of the country:  as we studied Bible passages together, as we cooperated to assemble hygiene kits for people in distress, as we explored the stories of the Little Rock area, and as we shared our faith stories.  Praise be to God!



We offer Betty Reinhart thanks for a substantial gift creating the Roy and Betty Reinhart Family Mission Fund.  This is a restricted fund with the income to be used for youth and intergenerational church member's mission trips.
My granddaughter is Allie Marks who will graduate from Talawanda High School May 26.  She is a varsity soccer player, a varsity swimmer, member of the National Honor Society and plans to major in premed in college.
Mary Jane Roberts
SEMINARY RENOVATION UPDATE... Following worship Service on May 8 come and hear about what the Seminary Renovation Team has proposed for the Seminary.  They are hoping to have the Seminary building open and fully functional by August.  Questions?  Please contact Tom Poetter or Dave Wilson
After worshipping together at The Hopewell Church on June 5th an intergenerational activity will take place navigating a specific set of GPS coordinates attempting to find a geocache (container) hidden in the Hopewell Cemetery.  A second cache will be hunted around the Hueston Woods Covered Bridge. If you have any questions about the geocaching experience please contact Leanne Staley at LeanneStaley1@gmail.com. Let's have some fun!!!
Come to The Knolls to see recent Presbyterian Church services on DVD.  They will be shown in the Assisted Living dining room at 10:00 A.M. on May 10 & 24.  Becky Quay
The 191st birthday of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and our long time members. The flowers include Heather and Scottish broom to represent our heritage.
Did you know that the Curry Family donates these beautiful birthday bouquets each year?  They modestly never mention this, but we wanted you all to know.  To continue sharing their beauty, one bouquet was delivered to the Woodland Manor dining room and the other bouquet to the Knolls.
Making it a little easier to Share Christ's Love with All!
With the help of some of our great members, our website has recently undergone a spring-cleaning.
When you visit the site you will see a few obvious changes - like rotating photo banners on the home and youth pages, or the addition of a Miami University Community member page with information for Students, Faculty and Staff.  
Two special updates that will help you both see and SHARE events and news.
Our most recent Facebook posts are now displayed in the right sidebar of the website.  
There are two links at the bottom of each post - VIEW ON FACEBOOK and SHARE. 
You can click view on Facebook even if you don't have an account.  By viewing the post on Facebook you can see photos that may be associated with the post.
By clicking SHARE, you can share the post on Facebook, twitter, and even email if you don't have social media accounts.
The second update is the addition of an eNews Sign Up link in the right hand column - use this link to be added to our monthly newsletter list.
Please check these updates out and help us SHARE!
Kim Logsdon

Community Meal is an on-going ministry of serving our community.  OPC serves the community meal on fifth Wednesdays of the month, at 5:30pm in our Seminary Building.
There is a box by the church office to place items for the Community Meal Pantry Needs.  If you would like to donate money for this meal, please indicate "community meal" on your check.
We need cooks, people to set up, people to serve, and people to clean up. If you can help, call the church office.
Pantry Needs:  bleach, detergent, multipurpose cleaner, dish soap, mouthwash, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, diapers (NB, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), wipes, baby shampoo, baby lotion, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner
--Danny Cross
The Oxford Relay for Life
Coming up on June 25, 2016!
Our church team (Oxford Presbyterian Church) has a goal of raising $10,000. If you would like to join us for this WALK to raise money to fight cancer, then please go to www.relayforlife.org/oxfordoh and sign up.  As a team member, we ask that you raise $100 from friends & family, help us in our booth for at least an hour that day, and walk representing our team for at least an hour.   We will have a yard sale in May to raise additional money.   The signup deadline is May 7th.
Dear Session and Church Members:
These last two months will be very busy, as we focus on the end of the school year events such as learning the letters W, X, Y, Z, springing into spring, going on our park field trip, and preparing for our graduation celebration.
We are already working hard to develop great classes for the 16-17 school year. We will be holding a 16-17 school year parent orientation meeting, May 19, 2016, to inform new and returning families of the upcoming year (forms, handbooks, scheduling of field trips, etc.).
16-17 School Year Enrollment Numbers: Right now we have received applications and contracts from families for the 2016-17 School Year. We have only a few spots left in the T-TH AM class. Families with interest need to enroll as soon as possible to reserve their place.
As of 4/18/16: We have 16 children enrolled in MWF A.M. Class (0 spots available)
We have 7 children enrolled in T-TH A.M. Class (5 spots available)
ODJFS State Inspector should be surprising us at any time. Everything in the classroom and all the office documents are ready for her arrival. I have worked hard to make sure that the site and all required documentation is in order.  We do need to give the playground a little TLC, but hopefully we can work together to impress the state inspector on her future visits.
I have completed the proposed budget for 2016-17 and met with S & F Committee to present the budget. A copy of the proposed budget was sent to each session member for review. 
If you would like to keep up with CCNS, please follow us on Facebook: CCNS Oxford Preschool or visit our website: http://sarahkmapel.wix.com/ccnsoxfordpreschool
I am very thankful for the support from the Oxford Presbyterian Church and CCNS families. I hope that we can continue to strengthen the partnership between CCNS, OPC and our community. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
Sarah Mapel
April 18, 2016

Care for Creation Day, April 23
About 20 folks joined together at the Fernald Reserve for this event.  We had the opportunity to learn about the site's Cold-War-era history, to enjoy the unique features of the nature preserve, and to learn about the ecological restoration in progress, led by ecologist Harold.  After lunch, we went to work and planted over 500 trees!  Well, yes, they were little trees. We also planted some hickory nuts and redbud seeds.  (A dibble is a special spade that makes a slot in the ground that accepts a little tree seedling).  It is a truly interesting place to visit.  Plan on going soon. Thank you Pastor Cheryl for making this happen.
Deadline for the June/July Newsletter is May 20, 2016


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
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
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
Class of 2016:Chris Adryan, Joe Simpson, Keith Payne
Class of 2017: Lisa Brunckhorst, Bill King
Class of 2018:  Tom Holmes, Nick Fears


Deadline for the June/July 2016 Newsletter is May 20, 2016
Oxford Seniors
Oxford Seniors has taken over the former Sage transportation system the McCullough-Hyde Hospital used to operate; it is now called "Medical Wellness Transport."  It is provided at minimal cost for non-emergency transportation, such as appointments, rehabilitation and counseling services within Oxford.  It is available to all residents within a 20-mile radius of the senior center and operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.  Appointments for pick-ups can be made by calling (513) 523-1717.
Oxford Seniors continues to offer rides for seniors in Oxford and surrounding areas by calling (513) 523-8100.
The Oxford Adult Day Care Center operates at Faith Lutheran Church.  This service gives some relief to persons who are caring for older adults with special needs.  Nurses are on staff at all times and activities are provided throughout the day to engage the clients.  If you or someone you know can make use of this service, contact the center at (513) 523-0464.
A packet of materials outlining the programs available at and through the senior center is available in the church library; better still, stop by the center and see for yourself what we have to offer.
Help Wanted
Part-time bookkeeper for non-profit senior center in Oxford, OH.  Candidate should possess an Associate's degree in accounting or business administration or equivalent business experience.  Knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles is essential with a preferred working knowledge of the QuickBooks accounting software package, Excel and Microsoft Word.  Send resume and letter of inquiry to Joan Potter-Sommer, Executive Director at jpottersommer@oxfordsenior.org    
Joan Potter-Sommer
Oxford Seniors
922 Tollgate Drive
Oxford, OH  45056
Phone:  (513)523-8100

2       Lisa Brunckhorst
3       JoAnne Hagerman
3       Joe Simpson
5       Joe Hookey
5       Lynn Cronk
6       Violet Suit
6       Michael Hughes
6       Katya Fisher
7       Breanne Parks
8       Valerie Green
8       Betty Wills
8       Ralph Jordan
9       Melanie Ziegler
9       Spencer Lykins
10     Phil Lindsey
13     Cia Beal
14     Genee Hesse
14     Ray Patterson
14     Nancy Gates
14     Bryson Fears
15     Bryan Richmond
16     Hank Thomas
17     Brent Bader
17     Katie Payne
17     Zachary Grajewski
18     Doug Gardner
19     Katie McDaniel
19     Amelia Johnson
20     Cathy Fujii
22     Rachel Grajewski
23     Dave Ferris
23     Keith Payne
24     Joan Teckman
25     Dennis Deahl
25     Jacob Bailer
26     Allyson Gayhart
26     Autumn Saylor
27     Sarah Soika
27     Mark DeGennaro
27     Kyle Gardner
28     Charles Teckman
28     Melissa Chase
29     Cristina Hunter
30     Candace Crist
31     Debbie DeGennaro

May Mayhem for our Celebrants

May is National:
Military appreciation, ALS awareness, brain cancer awareness, mental health awareness, Jewish American heritage, Lyme disease awareness, bike, guide dog and foster care month

May 3 is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
The National Day of Prayer is held annually on the first Thursday in May.  This day of observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people "to turn to God in prayer and meditation."  The modern law formalizing the annual National Day of Prayer observance was enacted in 1952.
"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order. (prove me wrong!)
Question of the month
How many books of the bible start with the letter "J?"
Look for the answer somewhere in the newsletter......
Can You:
Say the months of the year in alphabetical order
According to old Cornish superstition, it is unlucky to buy a broom during the month of May.
You blink about 12 times every minute.
May 18th (Second Sunday) is Mother's Day
68% of people plan to call Mom on Mother's Day, totaling 122.5 million phone calls
50% of households give Mother's Day cards, totaling some 152 million cards
The name "jaguar" comes from a Native American word meaning "he who kills with one leap."
The world's smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever (and Peggy!)
Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming


From Our Interim Pastor
Full Article
Have you ever wondered what people are thinking about when they worship in a congregation for the first few times.   I would like to think that their question is this:  What is God Doing Here?  I suspect that is what people are considering in a variety of ways.   The church in worship seeks to deepen its relationship with the God who is at work. Outsiders or recent worshippers may sense this and get glimpses of God's action.   Worshippers may reveal- in many ways-  that God is at work in their lives, protecting them in danger, providing for their needs, guiding them through confusion, loving them intimately, and forgiving their massive debts (Matt 18: 27).  
Consider another way for regular worshippers to see things as outsiders might experience the worshipping people of God in this place. It is important for all of us to be sensitive to the feeling, tone, and atmosphere of our congregational life, for this is what outsiders will pick up.  So what illuminating intangibles might outsiders note that would attract them further or give them pause to wonder about the spirit of this church?  Give some thought to the following ways to take a look at how we worship together, drawn from the book Worship & Mission After Christendom,by Alan Krieder and Eleanor Kreider.
  1.  People who are at home:  Do the worshippers seem relaxed or tense?   Do they seem to feel at home with each other?   Is there room for spontaneity?   Are they physically at ease?
  2. Humility:  Does the church seem to be a place where people can agree and disagree safely without wounding each other or breaking fellowship?   Do they express disdain for the people with whom they disagree-inside or outside the church?    In prayers, testimonies, or over coffee, do members dismiss other Christians, gays, soldiers, poor people, rich people, Muslims, the United States, prominent politicians?   Do the members reveal attitudes that diminish others:  "I used to be an evangelical/liberal."
  3. Questions and answers:  Is there room, in this community, to accommodate people at different stages of faith and to allow for the vigorous questioning that is appropriate?  Some outsiders whose lives are in disarray may want firm guidance; others may want to know that it is safe to express their doubts and struggles without someone immediately setting them right.
  4. Grace:   Does the church seem to be a culture of grace?   Does the church's common life and worship convey that because of God's love and forgiveness there is room for failure as well as success; for people whose lives are messed up or who don't speak well or dress properly?  Is it possible for the church's members to be less than perfect?
  5. Risk:  Do the members seem to be addicted to security, or do they expect that God will intervene to show them new ways forward?   Are they trying to hold on to the familiar, or are they willing to take risks and to sacrifice convenience and comfort?   Is the new a joy, not a burden; an opportunity, not a threat?
  6. Transparency:   Can the members talk truthfully about their lives, with praise and struggle?   Or about prayer, God, and God's work or silence in their experience? Is there room for testimony? Do we share honestly about where we are in our faith life?
  7.  Conflict:  Do their worship services give any indication how the members deal with differences within the congregation? Or is there a kind of pretend Kum ba Yah agreement to pretend that people never have tough disagreements?
  8.  Power:  Does one person or a clique seem to dominate?   Who exercises power, and how does the community make decisions?   If leadership is unclear, outsiders may feel uncomfortable.   But outsiders will also notice how many voices are heard and whether there is room for the voices of women, children, the elderly, and the disabled.
  9. Ritual and icon:  Do the worship services provide room for mediated imagery as well as the spoken word?  Does the community value symbols, ritual gestures, and works of visual art?
  10. Meals:  Does sharing food seem important to the church members?   Is their approach to Communion joyful and expectant?  Are they aware of God's presence as they celebrate the feast?  Do they make a connection between their observance of Lord's Supper and other shared meals and potlucks?   Are they involved in feeding hungry people?    Are they a community of many tables, eating in members' hospitable homes?  When the members profoundly realize that eating is primal and that it is central in building relationships and forming community, outsiders are fascinated.

What is God Doing Here?  That's the ongoing spiritual question we all need to engage from time to time, as people who love this church.  Outsiders may observe that in worship Christians reaffirm their faith in the God whose kingdom of justice, peace, and joy Jesus proclaimed and which, they believe, God is actively bringing in difficult situations today, often using improbably people.    The outsiders may even sense God working in their lives, addressing them personally. 

Is God present Here?   That's a fundamental question for us all.   For outsiders, and for insiders who sometimes may feel like outsiders, "God, in the midst of a worship service, because of the word and actions of the service (or despite the words and actions of the service,) can call outsiders to become insiders. "  Where have you experienced God speaking to you and present with you in this place among these people who worship?

Pastor Hart Edmonds
Eastertide 2016


Full Article
May Church School
Nursery      Rosemary Fisher
Preschool   Lynn Cronk, May 29 Bill  Fisher
Grades k-2  Sarah Miller and Deb Sayer
Grades 3-5  Lee Fisher
Grades 6-7  Prue Dana and Katie Saylor
Grades 8-12 Jenn Burns
May 1, Nursery, Preschool, Grades k-2 and Grades 3-5.  Communion Sunday, Middle School and High School in the Sanctuary.  Jamieson Grads and Graduates from H.S. and College are honored.
Lydia- Acts 16:9-15
We can learn and teach about love.
May 8    Nursery through High School Classes meet.  One Jamieson Grad will be honored.
Paul and Silas- Acts 16:16-40
I'm happy God is always with me.
May 15  Nursery through High School Classes meet.
The Holy Spirit- Acts 2:1-4, 36-42, The Holy Spirit helps us share the good news. 
May 22  Nursery through Middle School Classes meet.  Confirmation Sunday
Praise God- Psalm 8, Praise God for creation! 
May 29  Summer Schedule Begins- Only Nursery and Preschool Class Meet.  
Praise God- Psalm 8
Praise God for creation!

We need you!  Whether you have taught for forty years or this is your first year as a teacher you are needed.  Many of our regular teachers do not teach in the summer.  Volunteers are needed to fill the summer schedule from May 29 through August 14.  During the summer months we only have the nursery and the preschool room open.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Molyneaux Lounge.  Sign-up for one Sunday or an entire month.  Also a Fall Sign-Up will be available.
Call Lynn Cronk at 524-8574 or lcronk@woh.rr.com with questions or for more information.  Thanks for considering this opportunity. 
Thirty-three teachers were recognized on April 17th as teachers in our church school, adult education classes and our 45-56 group.  They were awarded a Jerusalem Cross, a cross that contains four crosses that signify four quarters of the world and the four evangelists.  The 4 smaller crosses also comprise a larger cross so five crosses in all that signify the wounds of Christ.  The symbolism goes back to the 11th century and in the 20th century it signified world evangelism. 
Special recognition was given to teachers that teach on a regular basis.  Also we have four workers who have amassed 148 years of service they include Prue Dana, 37 years, Becky Quay as Sunday School Superintendent 31 years, Deb Sayers, 36 years, and Sarah Miller 44 years.  Thank you teachers!
These are our teachers that made Christian Education happen last year:  Libby Birch, Jenn Burns*, Margaret Butcher, Katie Curry, Marilyn Curry, Roberta Crain, Prue Dana*, Debbie DeGennaro, Sandy Drewes, Gwen Fears, Nick Fears, Lee Fisher, Bill Fisher, Rosemary Fisher, Chris Gudorf, Janet Holmes, Angie James, Bill King, Susan King, Carol Klumb*, Emily Lykins, Amy McGoldrick, Sarah Miller*, Dick Munson, Breanne Parks, Joy Russell, Becky Quay*, Deb Sayers*, Mary Shinn, Katie Saylor*, Leanne Staley, Jenn Walter. 
*Teachers participating on a regular basis. 
I just wanted to take a moment to update you on what is going on and what is coming up with the youth in the church! This past month seemed to fly by, but it is probably because of all the craziness.
We started out this month with an outing to see God's Not Dead 2. If you have not had the opportunity to see this film I highly recommend taking the time out with your family or friends to go to the theater. The film was relevant and moving, there were a few tear jerking moments and we definitely left the theater in high spirits with a new sense of strength in our beliefs and support for God.

On the 17th we had the pancake breakfast fundraiser for the 2016 Mission Trip.  Jenn Walter did an excellent job in planning and publicizing the event. The pancakes were delicious, the servers were smiling and helpful, and over all it was joyous way to start the morning and put everyone in a great mood before service.

Chefs on Duty
(Pancake photos by Jenn Walter)
We want to thank all those who came in early for the breakfast; all those who helped plan, serve, or clean up the event. DUE TO ALL OF THIS HARD WORK, WE WERE ABLE TO RAISE OVER $400!


Minute for Mission
A big shout out and thank you to Greg Hughes for volunteering to be the male chaperone for the mission trip in June!!!!
We have successfully raised almost all of the money needed for the trip, that is true blessing. 
Luckily, we have a Car Wash May 21st from 10:00-1:00, at Rodbro Insurance, 5950 Fairfield Rd (across from Kroger).
During the month of May we will also begin collecting canned food for the community gifts in Princeton IL. Every church attending the GROUP Mission trip week in Princeton is asked to bring a donation of canned goods for the local food pantry. Keep your eyes open while cleaning out those cabinets and hutches during your spring cleaning, bring them to church and look for the posters telling you where to drop off your canned goods!
We will also begin collecting tools for the trip.  See the tool list below, if you have any of these tools to lend.
Tool List:
3 paint roller extension handles
3 utility knives
3 chalk lines and chalk
3 chisels
3 caulking guns
3 circular saws
3 levels
3 pry bars
3 square measures
3 extension cords
3 ground fault interrupters
2 five-gallon water jugs
2 family size cooler on wheels
2 spade shovels
Box of rags
Drops cloths
1 wrench and socket set
2 paint bucket hooks
2 sixteen-foot extension leaders
2 eight ft. stepladder
2 electric drills with bits
2 posthole diggers
1st: Jamieson Award Recognition
No Sunday School due to Communion
8th: Jameison Award Recognition
21st: Car Wash Fundraiser
10:00-1:00 at Rodbro Insurance
22nd: Last day of Sunday School
7th: Youth/Mission Trip Lock In
19-26th: Mission Trip
Any questions feel free to contact the church office office@oxfordpresbychurch.org
Or you can contact me, Jenn Burns at: burnsjennf@gmail.com
God Bless

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(and here's your bonus for reading this section:  there was the person who sent ten different puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

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