Gearing up for the 2019-20 campaign, management at OUMC announced a series of big changes the past 2 Sundays. On March 10, it was announced that the current pastor, Rev. Mark Terry, had been appointed to Covenant UMC in Springfield, effective July 1st. On March 17, the congregation learned that Rev. Bernard “Bern” would be the new pastor, also effective July 1.
“Terry has been a good fit for us,” an unnamed sourced shared with us. “Decent glove, high OBP, could play most positions in the field. But with Kefer we think we’ve got someone who can hit for power, and is an effective closer in tight situations.”
In reality, Bishop Johnson and her cabinet appoint the pastors to all the United Methodist Churches across Eastern Pennsylvania, and after 10 years under appointment at Oxford, Rev. Terry and his family will begin a new ministry at Covenant. His last Sunday in Oxford will be June 23. Rev. Kefer and his wife Vicky will be wrapping up their work with Zion UMC (Coal Township) and Clark’s Grove UMC (Paxinos) around the same time, and his first Sunday will be July 7. We are thankful for 10 years of ministry with the Terrys and are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the Kefers.
You might be visiting our site this week to learn more about the Chocolate Festival, or you might be visiting to find out more about us, because the United Methodist Church has been in the news this week, and you’re wondering how we feel about what happened and our special General Conference.
Many of us were hoping for a Pentecost moment, where the Holy Spirit would descend upon the delegates, bringing a moment of clarity to the church. That didn’t happen, so we are left to wrestle with the work of those nearly 900 delegates from around the world, and the outcome.
While it is unclear where the Church with a capital C is headed, our little church here in Oxford is still looking to worship God and love our neighbors in all that we do, and welcoming everyone to join us in all the things that go on here. Jesus Christ lived and died and lives again for everyone, and we believe the church is here for everyone as well. Even as we disagree on what that looks like.
If what happened in St. Louis makes it hard for you to come to our particular church, fine. But don’t let something that happened far away among strangers keep you from connecting with some other group of believers in your town. We are made for community, Christ is found in community, and you will find joy in community. God loves you where you are and as you are.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Illusionist and Comedian Tom Coverly! Next on the schedule: Our monthly breakfast on Saturday, Janauary 26 from 7am-10am. $7 for adults, $3 for kids 3-10.
will be in Oxford for One Show Only at OUMC on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00pm. This is a free, all-ages show, geared especially for youth ages 10-14.
“Tom Coverly is one of our favorite speakers . He is a very dynamic speaker who relates in a very positive way with our kids. His message is always straight from God and his heart. Another bonus is his awesome magic!”
On November 17th, join the 11 United Methodist Churches of Southern Chester County to pack 15,000 meals for school-children around the world. Bring a canned good to donate to our local food pantries, and stay for lunch and fellowship after the packing is done. You can register and/or donate at https://shn.secure.force.com/events/homepage?id=701f1000002zYB9AAM
Have you made your plans yet for the Easter holiday? Here is what is happening at Oxford United Methodist Church:
Sunday, March 25: Choir Cantata at the 10:55 service – children’s choir and Spirit Bells as well (8:30 worship service, and 9:45 Sunday School as usual)
Thursday, March 29: Holy Thursday Service with Communion and (optional) foot- or hand-washing at 7:00pm
Friday, March 30: Joint Good Friday Service at Allen AME Church (corner of 8th and Market Streets) at 6:00pm. (NOTE TIME CHANGE) Refreshments following the service.
Sunday, April 1: Community Sunrise Service at 7:00am on the green (intersection of Rts 10 & 472) Informal Easter worship at 8:30am, with Communion Sunday School at 9:45am Traditional Easter worship at 10:55am, with our Quarter Ringers handbell choir, and Communion