Thursday, December 14, 2017


2017 Advent Calendar

First Presbyterian Church + Oxford, Mississippi
Calendar of Events for Advent 2017

Saturday, November 25
Daily PYF Christmas Tree & Wreath Sales Begin, Main Parking Lot, 9 am-7 pm

Wednesday, November 29
Advent Bible Study, 10:30 am, Session Room (Repeats Dec. 3, 9:45 am, F’ship Hall)

Sunday, December 3
Advent I Worship*
Holy Communion, Both Services

Tuesday, December 5
A Service of Wholeness & Healing, 5:30 pm*

Wednesday, December 6
Advent Bible Study, 10:30 am, Session Room (Repeats Dec. 10, 9:45 am, F’ship Hall)
Ecumenical Noonday Worship & Luncheon*
With Adam Estes, Saxophone & Amanda Johnston, Piano

Sunday, December 10
Advent II Worship*
A Festival of Lessons and Carols, 5:00 pm*
Joseph W. Garrison, Conductor
With Matthew McMahan, Organist, & Diane Wang, Piano/Flute

Tuesday, December 12
A Service of Wholeness & Healing, 5:30 pm*

Wednesday, December 13
Advent Bible Study, 10:30 am, Session Room (Repeats Dec. 17, 9:45 am, F’ship Hall)
Ecumenical Noonday Worship & Luncheon*
With Artina McCain, Piano
Children’s Christmas Pageant, 6:00 pm

Sunday, December 17
Advent III Worship*
PC(USA) Joy Gift Offering

Tuesday, December 19
A Service of Wholeness & Healing, 5:30 pm*

Wednesday, December 20
Advent Bible Study,10:30 am, Session Room
Ecumenical Noonday Worship & Luncheon*
With Samuel Metzger, Organ
All-Church Double Decker Bus Caroling Ride, 5:30 pm

Sunday, December 24
Advent IV Worship (One Service Only, 11:00 am)*

Christmas Eve Worship
Family Service with Christmas Story, Candlelight, 4:00 pm
Traditional Service with Homily, Candlelight & Communion, 5:30 pm*
NOTE: Nursery Available for 5:30 pm Service Only
White Christmas Offering, Both Services:
Please Bring Unwrapped, Non-Perishable Food Items for the Pantry

*Nursery Available

10th Annual Christmas Tree Sale!

Our FPC parking lot is full of energetic youth tending to 185 beautiful, fresh North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas trees. It’s their only fundraiser of the year and proceeds will send more than 20 of our youth to the Montreat National Youth Conference in June, 2018. There are trees of all sizes to fit any home, as well as beautiful fresh wreaths! Tree lot hours are daily, 9:00 am-7:00 pm on 10th Street between Van Buren and University Avenues. Delivery is available. Check, cash or credit cards accepted.

Buy your tree from FPC! For more information, call the church office at 234-1757.

2 Outreach Opportunities Await You

Doors of Hope needs your help! One of the ways Doors of Hope helps each client get back on his/her feet financially is to help with household supplies and toiletries while families are in the program. Currently they are in need of the following items: liquid detergent for clothes; standard pillows; tall kitchen trash bags; toothpaste; crock pots; shaving cream; and dishwasher detergent. You can donate the items above by bringing them to the church office marked “Doors of Hope.”

More Than a Meal continues soon! Mark your calendars and plan to join your FPC MTaM team on February 13th, 2018. All MTaM events are held at the Stone Center on Tuesday nights from 4:00-6:00 pm. To join our team or learn more about how you can help extend a Christian hand and hope through this dynamic outreach, e-mail coordinator Tricia Barrios Showalter at or call her at 236-5420 (h) or 801-6521 (cell). 

Welcome Ole Miss Students!

Welcome to Ole Miss! Whether you’re returning for another year or just arriving for the first time, First Presbyterian Church is pleased to serve as your church home away from home.

One service of worship is held at 11:00 am (with communion) through September 3. Beginning September 10 and continuing through December 17, two services are held in the sanctuary at 8:30 am (with communion) and 11:00 am (communion first Sunday of every month). Dress ranges from casual to suit-and-tie, so please join us dressed in a way that you are comfortable.

In addition, UKirk Ole Miss is a student faith community supported by First Presbyterian and the Presbytery of St. Andrew. Although UKirk is by Presbyterians, it’s not just for Presbyterians! College students of all backgrounds are welcome to join us at 6:00 pm each Tuesday of the school year, in the UKirk Building at 302 S. 11th Street just across from the sanctuary. We start by enjoying a free meal together, provided by local families and congregations, then typically have a worship service with communion.

This Fall, our theme is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Mister Rogers asked this question at the beginning of his TV show for nearly forty years, and it’s still just as relevant today. How should we navigate living as fellow humans, and what does God have to do with it? Our official kick-off is at 6:00 pm on August 29 on the front courtyard of FPC in Oxford.

Find the most up-to-date information about UKirk Ole Miss, including other fellowship and service opportunities, visit or contact campus minister Allison Wehrung at

Sign up to help in the nursery today!

New Nursery Volunteer Info! Members are needed each and every Sunday morning to help in our busy nursery! If you have an hour or two to share with our littlest and cutest Presbyterians, please contact Elizabeth Miers at or use this convenient SignUpGenius link: SignUpGenius

Columbarium Q & A

Columbarium FAQs

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e. urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains). The term comes from the Latin columba (dove) and originally referred to compartmentalized housing for doves and pigeons called a dovecote.

Where are they found on a church campus?

Columbaria can be located in any number of places on church grounds: in an interior space of the sanctuary, in a wall of an existing building or, in our case, along the exterior wall of a building.

Isn’t the installation of a columbarium rare these days?

No. As the number of cremations rises, more and more churches are installing columbaria. In 1970 there were only 88,096 cremations in the United States, while in 1999 there were 606,307 cremations. It is projected that, by 2015, 1.2 million cremations will take place, accounting for nearly 50% of all funeral arrangements. In Oxford, only 500 burial plots remain at Memorial Cemetery and a columbarium will soon be installed there. Other downtown churches will offer columbaria in the near future as well, along with the University of Mississippi.

What are the benefits of a columbarium at First Presbyterian Church?

There are at least three primary benefits:

Spiritual Site for Final Repose - It affords church members and their families the opportunity to have their final resting place within the shadow of the church, which has been a central part of their lives. It is a sacred site of beauty and dignity where their loved ones can visit and meditate any time;

Simplicity of Planning - It eliminates the pressures of choosing a burial site, casket, vault and monument. Also, there is no need to plan for interment and memorial services at different locations;

Faithful Stewardship - The costs of cremation and a niche in the columbarium are significantly less than the combined costs of a casket, burial site and marker.

What does ours look like?

The initial, 7,200-pound, 60-inch high x 47-inch wide x 18-inch deep columbarium is centered immediately adjacent to the west exterior wall of the sanctuary. It faces the side courtyard, which serves as a natural gathering space for committal services. Created by Interglo Stone Company via Batesville Marble Works, it is made of a brick-colored granite and consist of 36 niches. Each niche faceplate can have up to two names engraved upon it. If and when all 36 spaces are sold, the columbarium will be expanded along the west wall. Existing shrubbery will be relocated.

I want my final resting place to be at FPC. How can I buy a space in the columbarium?

Details for purchasing a niche, including costs and policies, are available from the church office. An electronic copy of the policy governing the columbarium can be downloaded and printed using the hot link below.

Columbarium Policy

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December 17, 2017 + Third Sunday of Advent
8:30 am (with communion) and 11:00 am
John 1:6-14
“God the Invader”
Rev. John M. Semmes

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