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The Oxford Presbyterian Church rejoices in the unanimous vote to elect Lawrence H. Bartel as their next pastor!  Pastor Lawrence’s first day will be October 4th, and his first Sunday leading worship will be October 9th.


Worship 10 o’clock Sunday Morning

Oxford Presbyterian Church Clergy: Pastor Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor;   Pastor Cheryl Edmonds, Interim Associate Pastor

Worship Schedule

Sunday, September 4

Communion Sunday
Greetings from Russia – Igor Maksakov

Topic: “God’s Work in Our Hands”

Sunday, September 11

Farewell Interim Pastor Hart Edmonds
Topic: “On the Road”

Sunday, September 18

Least Coin Offering
Topic: “Our Dangerous Friendship With God”

Sunday, September 25

8:45 AM 3rd Grade Bible Breakfast (Art Room)
10:00 AM 3rd Graders recognized during service
Topic: “The Foot-Washing Friendship of Jesus”

Please join us after worship to celebrate the Interim Ministry of Rev. Cheryl Edmonds.
A light luncheon will be served in the Courtyard.


I believe that I received a great gift.

Lawrence H. BartelPastor Lawrence Bartel’s Statement of Faith

This gift is a story of abundant life that I didn’t create and couldn’t image in my wildest dreams.  One generation joyfully and sacrificially passed this story of amazing grace onto the next until it was mine to receive.  Through my personal experiences and reflections, I claim this story of salvation as authentically my own in which I am a word within the Word.  I believe that it is by God’s grace alone that I continue to recognize, embody, and share this great gift of faith with others.

I believe this gift is a story about God who created everything that was, is, and will be, with a word.  The Israelites heard God’s word as freedom from oppression, justice in the face of tyranny, and life-giving commandments in a time of chaos.  Our ancestors of faith gifted us with many images and names of God the creator, including the very name that God spoke from the burning bush, I Am.  I continually seek communion with the Great I Am through prayer and spiritual practices, scripture and song, art and creation, and the ongoing witness of God’s children through the ages.

I believe this gift is a story about God becoming flesh and dwelling among us as the Word.  By his teaching and his way of life, Jesus of Nazareth opened the hearts and minds of those around him to know a transformative, intimate relationship with God.

Through the power of the Spirit, Jesus touched people in such a way that they were healed in body, mind, and soul.  Jesus took fish, grain, and grape in his hands and after blessing them opened our human senses to the miracles of abundance present all around us.  Jesus walked the way of love to the cross where he opened his arms to embrace the brokenness of the world, and in his resurrection redeemed it for all time.  I believe Jesus transformed the lives of many disciples and apostles who carried the good news of great joy to the north and south, east and west.

I believe this gift is a story about God still inspiring, speaking, and acting through the Holy Spirit.  During the darkest ages, the Holy Spirit sustained communities of Christians through worship and the sacraments, fellowship and mission.  In this time of great change, the Holy Spirit sustains us still.

I believe the Holy Spirit gathers Christians together into sustainable communities of transformation and lifelong learning, authenticity and accountability.  From Australia to Palestine, Mexico to India, South Africa to Scotland, I’ve experienced first hand the Holy Spirit taking the diverse threads of Christian culture, practice, and language that incline toward orthodoxy and parochialism, and weaving them into a rich tapestry that is the church of Jesus Christ today.  I’ve felt the Holy Spirit burning within me while walking on pilgrimage in Spain, France, and Galilee alongside followers of Jesus from around the world.  This journey of faith brings me such great joy.

This is God’s gift for all to receive.  This is the gift of faith.

Learn about Pastor Lawrence (.pdf) 


FREE POST WORSHIP LUNCHES

There will be free post worship lunches hosted by church members open to all college students and their families on the following dates:

August 28
September 11 – All Church Welcome Back Picnic and entertainment on the church lawn at 101 N. Main St.
September 18
September 25


TAIZÉ WORSHIP SERVICES

Quarterly Taizé Services are offered.  These inclusive and contemplative services help inspire and ground us together in our lives of faith.  The OPC pianist and choir members provide music leadership.  College student cantors and other student musicians who play violin, cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, and guitar also provide the musical leadership.

Join Us Tuesday, October 11, 2016
5:45 pm – Dinner and Conversation (Reservations Required)
7:00 pm – Prayer Service (No Registration Necessary)

Contact the church office: 513-523-6364 or email us at: office@oxfordpresbychurch.org to make your dinner reservation.  Registration form available below.

Registration Form


Oxford Presbyterian Church
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

Thursday, October 20, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
in the Seminary Building
104 East Church St., Oxford

Appointments Recommended

Visit: www.Donortime.com or call: 1-800-388-4483
Use Sponsor Code 321

Donate Blood


Do you shop at Kroger’s and have a Kroger Plus Card?  If so you can help the Deacons of the Oxford Presbyterian Church reach out to those in need in our church and community.  Here’s how! To participate in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, one must have a Kroger Plus Card and a Kroger.com account, and will have to register with the Rewards Program. To sign up for the Rewards Program:

  • Go to Kroger.com
  • Click on “Community”
  • Click on “Kroger Community Rewards”
  • Click on “Create an Account” (if you do not have one) OR Click on “Click Here to sign in”
  • Either way, once enrolled, select Oxford Presbyterian Church as the recipient of Kroger’s donations. Our organization ID # is 80717

OPC’s 2016 Per Capita Contribution is $26.87