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Join Us for Lent and Easter 2019

Tuesday, March 5th
6:00 pm

Shrove Tuesday  Pancake Supper
and Talent Show

 A  fellowship dinner of pancakes followed by talents of all types from the talented of all ages. Reservations requested. Call the church office 341-3300.

Wednesday, March 6th
7:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Service

Worship with the Imposition of Ashes..

Saturday, April 6
8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Lenten Spiritual Retreat

 Lent: 40 days of reflection on what Christ’s journey to the cross, his death, and resurrection mean for us and the world. Join us as we set aside one day for our Lenten spiritual retreat. We will have time for silence, time for reflection, time to share and time to grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus and one another. One day can change your life. Lunch and childcare provided.

Sunday, April 14th
9:40 a.m.

Sunday School
11:00 a.m.
One Service Only

“My Song is Love Unknown”

Lenten Cantata with
The Chancel Choir and
Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, April 18th
6:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday
Communion and Tenebrae Service

A Tenebrae worship of prayers and Bible readings that takes us from the garden to the crucifixion.

Friday, April 19th
6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Good Friday Day of Prayer
Church-wide exploration and prayer

The Lenten Day of Prayer will prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week leading to Easter. It will not only offer time for private contemplation but also hands-on interaction with various prayer practices. No experience necessary! Walk the labyrinth, create, read scripture, and encounter God in new ways. Come as you are. Come anytime throughout the day from 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.. Stay as long or short as your schedule permits. Parents, there will be hands-on prayer experiences for you and your children to share together! Start them early learning the spiritual discipline of prayer while having fun! Our seasonal Prayer Days are essential for the spiritual well-being of our souls.

Saturday, April 20th
10:00 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Giant egg hunt with crafts,, refreshments, pictures with the Easter Bunny and the telling of the Easter story. This event is fun for all ages and is held rain or shine. Be sure to arrive a few minutes early with your Easter basket

Sunday, April 21st
Easter Sunday
6:30 a.m.

Sunrise Service
At Mitch Park

8:00—9:15 a.m.
Easter Breakfast
Easter morning is a very special time in our Christian Life. After attending the Sun Rise Worship Service, come and join your church family for breakfast. Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 9:15 am, and then you can attend your favorite Sunday school class. It is always rewarding to have fellowship with fellow believers. Don’t miss this opportunity.

9:40 a.m.
Sunday School

11:00 a.m.
One service only
Worship and Celebration

With the Chancel Choir, Worship Team, and Santa Fe Winds.

Our Lenten offerings have no cost.  Childcare provided for all worship services, please contact church office 405-341-3300

March Mission Projects

“For I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did for me.’”  Matthew 25: 35-36, 40.

Mission projects are often chosen to fulfill the words of Jesus quoted here. Our church’s involvement with NSO (Neighborhood Services Organization) feeds, clothes, houses, and shows love and concern for the families who are going through a tough time in life.

During the month of March, we ask our members to support the NSO families by bringing to the church cleaning and paper products. Families who receive SNAP (food stamps) are not able to purchase these products through their SNAP benefits. Here’s a list of possible products for you to donate:

Toilet paper
Paper towels
Windex
Dish soap
Laundry soap
Pledge or other furniture cleaners
Bathroom cleaners

CE Corner

Hi, and welcome to the first of what we plan to be a regular feature of the newsletter – the CE Corner.  As a group, our Christian Education committee is excited to welcome Laurel to our fold.  Working with her to discover how best to integrate her goals and plans with ours also gives us an opportunity to evaluate what we do and how we do it.  We are proud of our program and believe that it has been able to provide value to the congregation.  However, we want to ensure that we continue to adapt and grow so that Christian Education remains a strength of our church.  To that note, everything we do is on the table.  If there is something you like, let us know.  If we do something that you feel no longer adds value to the church, let us know.  And, most importantly, if there is something you would like to see us start doing, please let us know.  Ideally, we would like to see you at one of our meetings, but if you let Laurel, Mitch, Dave, Bev, Stephanie McGee, Jenn, or Lisa know – we will be sure to discuss your feedback.

One of the first items of feedback we are working on is communication.  That is what this section will be about – communicating to you what we are working on so you can make decisions regarding participation in Christian Education as a student, a teacher, or volunteer.  We also hope this will make inviting others to join our church easier.

On that note, we decided to start by sharing what our adult classes are studying.

  • Contemporary Sunday School (Meets in the fellowship hall by the kitchen, led by Craig Cole)

o A class that does deep dives into rotating books of the bible and discusses how they relate to current events and challenges.

  • Discovery Sunday School (Meets in the Choir Room, led by rotating individuals)

o A class that follows the lectionary.  By doing so, allows for a deeper discussion of the sermon lesson and scriptures of the day.

  • Connections Sunday School (Meets in the Sanctuary, led by David Lautenschlager)

o A class that studies works, both fiction and non-fiction, that have a basis in scripture and/or theology.  Currently studying the book Personal Faith with a Passion by Ray Dykes.

We are blessed in this opportunity to serve Christ through our service to you.  We hope to see you soon – as a student, a teacher, a volunteer, or any role you feel called to in Christian Education.

 

We Welcome Laurel Hall as Director of Youth and Education

Laurel grew up an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Letters with Distinction, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Laurel married Ward Hall in 1996 and taught middle school French at Westminster School. The two welcomed their first child, daughter Arden, in 1999. For six years the family re-located to Paris, TX and during that time welcomed their second born child, son Brink, in 2001. While they lived in Paris they were active members of Holy Cross Episcopal Church. The family moved back to Oklahoma City in 2004.

Laurel began her seminary journey at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2014. She graduated in 2018, having won the seminary’s Frederick Boechner Award for Excellence in Preaching. For the last eighteen months, Laurel has served the congregation of Connecting Point/The North Campus of Westminster Presbyterian Church as Pastoral Intern. Prior to that she served Westminster as Youth Intern, writing curriculum and teaching high school Sunday School, taking students on mission trips, and spearheading a college ministry.

Laurel also served Boy Scouts of America Troop 4 as Chaplain for several years. Laurel has been a certified yoga instructor since 2003 and earned her 500-hour master teacher certification with Holy Yoga in 2012. When she’s not at church, Laurel loves to cook, exercise, and cheer for the Thunder and the Sooners.

Brink, Laurel, Ward, and Arden Hall