Oxford United Methodist Church
Friday, February 12, 2016

Looking for a Way to Serve in Oxford.....Read on!

There are a myriad of ways that you can live out your mission aspirations in the Oxford area.  The following examples represent how you can meet your mission and service goals..

Oxford Community  Choice Pantry

North Locust Street at Withrow Avenue on the grounds of St. Mary's Cemetery
Contact Miles Johnson, Pantry Director, at oxchoicepantry@aol.com for specific information about how to become a volunteer.

Paper, Plastic or Both?

The Oxford Community Choice Pantry needs used shopping bags.  Leave them in one of the pull-lut bins in the The Bridge at OUMC or take them to the Pantry.

Oxford Family Resource Center

5445 College Corner Pike; 513-523-5859
Volunteers are needed to serve as receptionists and telephone contact persons.

Oxford Family Resource Center Thrift Store

Located behind the Family Resource Center. 523-2047
Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday and Thursday, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Volunteers, donations and shoppers needed!  The Thrift Store is open to the public.  It has a wide range of household items, clothing, children's torys, storllers, CDs and much more -- all priced to sell.  All proceeds go to support the mission of the Family Resource Center.

First Wednesday Community Dinners

Every Wednesday on of five Oxford churches serves a community dinner.  OUMC is responsible for the first Wednesday of the month.  Dinner is served in the OUMC Fellowship Hall at 5:30 p.m.  Everyone is invited for food and fellowship.  Specific details about this month's dinner can be found at the following webpage: Community Dinner

OUMC Dry Pantry

OUMC maintains a "dry pantry" of paper products, disposable diapers, laundry soaps and self-care items for distribution to persons who participate in the monthly community dinner event.  The pantry is stocked at the beginning of the month and it is usually empty by the end of the month.  The needs are great.  We urge congregational members to include dry pantry items in their weekly shopping list.  These items can be placed in the basket located in the entry to the Education Building or brought to the kitchen on the evening of our community dinner. 

PUSH (People United in Self Help)

OUMC works closely with PUSH to help our neighbors who are living in substandard housing.  Oxford has a very large population of such families.  We offer our hands to do simple home repair and maintenance work who find it impossible to complete such tasks.  Example projects include painting, weatherizing, window cleaning, carpet laying, and basic carpentry.
If you are able to work on projects like this, contact Ray Cook about a project.  His contact information is:
  • email: r.l.cook@att.net
  • office phone: 529-6094
  • cell phone: 513-280-0158

Treasures in trash

There are many little things that we ignore or throw away, but can mean a lot to someone else.
Put any of the following donations in the pull-out bins in the Bridge at OUMC. They will be sorted and delivered to the appropriate recipient.

For the Oxford Community Choice Pantry

     Plastic shopping bags
     Coupons of all sorts from newspapers and mailings

For homeless shelters in Cincinnati

     Motel soaps and shampoos (unopened) and towels
     Warm clothing for winter, especially coats for men 

For Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky

     Household and craft items
     Children's books and clothing in good condition
     Campbell's soup Labels for Education

For McCurdy School in Espanola, New Mexico

     Box Tops for Education from General Mills products

For Matthew 25 Ministries to use around the world

     Empty pill bottles—remove prescription labels but not manufacturer's labels

For international sight saving groups

     Used eyeglasses and cases

For missionaries around the world

     Used or excess Christian materials, daily devotionals, Sunday School materials, etc.
     Bibles, books, paperbacks, CDs, cassettes, tracts, etc.