Commencement

Next week Oxford Area High School will be holding its commencement ceremony, better known as graduation. Commencement and graduation are interchangeable in this instance, even though one means beginning and the other means ending, because graduation is both. In fact, every ending is a beginning.
And yet…
And yet, we come to places in our lives where we want to see new life, new growth, but we refuse to let anything end so that new growth can begin. We believe we can have it all. We use our DVR’s to record more television than we can possibly watch in a year, let alone a week. We schedule another activity for the kids, then complain that we don’t do enough as a family, so we add a family activity to the list, then freak out when our kids fall behind in their schoolwork.
Life is not about having it all: it is about having all that matters. Does your busy schedule serve you by giving you the fulfilling life you want, or are you just serving your busy schedule?
Jesus Christ came that we might truly live, and that life comes with death. First and foremost, it comes with his death on the cross. But it also comes with us choosing to let parts of our lives die that prevent us from experiencing Life with a capital L. Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls in to the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)
What seeds are you refusing to let go of, that are keeping you from the real abundance that Jesus has for you?

Welcome, to Oxford United Methodist Church

18 Addison Street, Oxford, PA 19363   610-932-9698

Thanks for stopping by to take a look around.  The website is still in its infant stage, but there are links to crafter information, and to giving to the church online.  Here’s a current schedule for upcoming events:

Tuesday, May 19:  Finance Committee at 7:00pm

Harvest Fair Planning Meeting at 7:30pm

Wednesday, May 20:  Missions Committee at 6:30pm

Senior Choir at 7:30pm

Thursday, May 21:  Softball Game at 6:30pm (at Harmony Park)

Friday, May 22:  Breakfast Prep at 9:00am

Saturday, May 23:  Buffet Breakfast from 7-10am (Adults- $6, Kids 3-10 – $3, Under 3 – Free)

Sunday, May 24:  Informal Worship, with Holy Communion

at   8:30am

Sunday School for all ages at 9:45am

Traditional Worship at 10:55am

Behold, The Pastor Is Making All Things New(er)!

If you look to your left, you’ll see the promised website updates happened sooner than expected.  There is some crafter information available for the Harvest Fair, and a donation button for you to give to God through the church.

(But, Pastor, can the site look, you know, a little nicer?  Like with pictures, and stuff?)

That’s next, I hope.

In the meantime, let’s give our praise to the One who truly makes all things new, the One who makes it possible to start each day with hope for ourselves, for those we love, for our relationships with one another.  Let us give thanks and praise this day to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

No one came to this page today without some brokenness, even if you’re having a great day.  Jesus Christ offers healing to you, that you might be made whole, that you might share the wholeness of his love with others.

So, pray this prayer:  Great God of Heaven and Earth, I thank you for this day, and every day you give me to enjoy your creation, and to discover your Son within all those I encounter.  I confess that I am often blinded by my fears to that love you offer.  I have allowed my fears to box me in, and I have bruised myself, crashing into the walls I have created.  Free me, God, for joyful obedience.  May the power of your Son’s love bring new life where I only see death.  And by your Spirit guide me to places of real joy and real fellowship.  Amen.

So, here’s what’s on tap for you at OUMC:

Thursday, May 7 at 7:00pm:  We are hosting the National Day of Prayer Service in our Fellowship Hall.

Friday, May 8 at 6:30pm:   Softball game at the A.A. fields.

Saturday, May 9 from 10am to 2pm:  Matthew Terry is having a fundraiser for his American Music Abroad trip.  A silent auction of jewelry and some other items, plus several vendors will be there, with a portion of their proceeds going to Matthew’s trip.

Saturday, May 9:  Youth Spaghetti Dinner is POSTPONED.

Sunday, May 10 at 8:30am:  Informal worship with Holy Communion

Sunday, May 10 at 9:45am:  Sunday School for all ages.

Sunday, May 10 at 10:55am:  Traditional Worship beginning with our monthly hymn sing, and featuring our Spirit Bells and our OUMC Band.

Monday,  May 11 at 6:30pm:   Softball game at the A.A. fields.

Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30pm :  Mother-Daughter Banquet

Coming (and not Coming) Soon

As Christians we live in a world of now and not yet:  Our faith in and following of Jesus Christ brings us certain things now, and other things not yet.  So it is with our church calendar:  we have some things happening, and others coming soon:

Thursday, May 7 at 7:00pm:  We are hosting the National Day of Prayer Service in our Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, May 9 from 10am to 2pm:  Matthew Terry is having a fundraiser for his American Music Abroad trip.  A silent auction of jewelry and some other items, plus several vendors will be there, with a portion of their proceeds going to Matthew’s trip.

Saturday, May 9:  Youth Spaghetti Dinner is POSTPONED.

Sunday, May 10 at 8:30am:  Informal worship with Holy Communion

Sunday, May 10 at 9:45am:  Sunday School for all ages.

Sunday, May 10 at 10:55am:  Traditional Worship beginning with our monthly hymn sing, and featuring our Spirit Bells and our OUMC Band.

Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30pm :  Mother-Daughter Banquet

And for our website, soon:  a page for the 2015 Harvest Fair, and a donation button, so you can help support our church.