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Bridges of Faith: Investing in Tulsa’s Youth

By DEWEY F. BARTLETT, JR.

Last summer, the Mayor’s office launched Bridges of Faith as a pilot program to serve youth in the north Tulsa community. This pilot program matched dozens of churches to help each other provide safe, fun and educational activities for Tulsa youth. I’m pleased to tell you it was a resounding success, serving more than 200 youth each week in the North Tulsa community.

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OBU Praise Emsemble to Lead Worship in Tulsa

David’s Creed to Lead Worship at South Tulsa Baptist

David’s Creed, Oklahoma Baptist University’s praise ensemble, will lead worship at South Tulsa Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, Feb. 24, during the 6 p.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend.

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Sound & Spirit Of Tulsa Slated

Sound and Spirit of Tulsa is an interfaith gathering of gifted performers celebrating the diversity of the city. This year’s program will be narrated by Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. Many of Tulsa’s best musicians and vocalists will participate, and the event is slated to benefit the least advantaged students of our city.

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Catholic Charities Hosts Adoption Workshop

Catholic Charities Adoptive Parent support group meets once a month to learn about and share with one another the journey through the adoption process. Married couples, in Catholic and other Christian faith expressions and backgrounds, gather to learn about expanding their family through adoption.

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South Tulsa Baptist Church Reaches Out

By K.J. WEBB

Dr. Ted Kersh, senior pastor of South Tulsa Baptist Church, has a powerful vision for the 2,700-member church he pastors. Kersh says, “When I became a pastor here, I began to think about what God wants for South Tulsa Baptist Church. As we developed our mission statement I realized that our vision and mission is straightforward: to stay connected to God and change the world.”

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Bernadette McQueen Changes Lives with Ministry

By K.J. WEBB

One thing Bernadette Mechelle McQueen, M.A., a native of Alabama and graduate of Tuskegee College, never expected is that she would end up homeless, spending months living in her car in Tulsa. “My journey to Tulsa started a long time before I realized it,” says McQueen. “God put in me an awareness of Tulsa and the desire to live in Tulsa years before I actually moved here. ORU was the first college I applied to, and after a visit years later, after my son was born, I knew that I would be back. I just didn’t know what for, or when,” she says.

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Ministries Help Those in Need in Greater Tulsa

By K.J. WEBB

Various ministries for the poor help those in need in Tulsa. Two of these ministries, Restore Hope and Iron Gate, are highlighted here.

The ongoing poor state of the economy and continued unemployment has adversely impacted many Americans across the nation. Among the unemployed are thousands of job seekers who have given up looking for jobs, lost unemployment benefits, and no longer appear on the unemployment rolls.

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RHEMA Lights Shine Bright

The RHEMA Christmas Lights Display was introduced in 1982 with approximately 60,000 lights. This year, more than two million lights will illuminate the RHEMA campus from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Day from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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Thinking Out Loud — Beautiful Butterfly

By John T. Catrett, III

The grief process has been compared to many things, but the one I like most is that of the transformation sequence of the butterfly. We grievers can find ourselves stuck inside the dubious, but familiar, security of the cocoon of grief, or we can feel “stuck” because we see no way forward. What can we do? Do we want to do anything?

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Thinking Out Loud — Giving Voice to our Sorrow

By John T. Catrett, III

A precious minister friend was dying. Loved by so many, he still shouldered his responsibility to his faithful members of the community of the redeemed. He kept a diary, and one of his entries reads, “My life doesn’t exist by itself. It is woven into the fabric of our family and friends. As I grow weaker and less able to care for myself, the fabric loses some of its strength. What I have to do is keep reminding myself that I am not dying alone, that part of my family, church family and friends are dying with me…”

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Thinking Out Loud - Congratulations, You Survived Christmas Without Your Loved One at Your Side!

By the time you read this article Christmas will be over and you have survived that celebration and also the hurdle of the New Years party! This is especially true if you have lost a loved one recently.

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Who Was the Real St. Valentine?

Many early Christian martyrs were named Valentine, which can make it confusing when trying to figure out just who is being honored on Valentine’s Day.

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Thinking Out Loud-Snowflakes?

John T. Catrett, III

No two snowflakes are the same, and grief is as unique as a snowflake. No one person grieves the same or on the same schedule as another. Nor is there a right way or correct length of time to grieve. All of us have to cope in our own distinctive way and on our own exclusive time schedule. In reality there is no ‘normal’ way to grieve, but there is one basic need we all experience during this time of loss—someone to simply observe and recognize the depths of the pain that we are going through in losing a very significant person in our lives.

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Thinking Out Loud- Major Life Changes Creates a New Normal

John T. Catrett, III

At 55 years old I was a widower, and a minister at a local church in Oklahoma, so I had to plan my return to work. But first, there were thank you notes to write, business matters to settle and some more grieving and adjusting to face. Unexpectedly, a family called and wanted me to conduct a funeral for their loved one. Instantaneously, emotions and questions flooded my heart and mind. Could I bring comfort to this hurting family while I was still reeling from the sting of death in my heart? Would my words really comfort them? What if my tears flowed with theirs? How would that help?

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Thinking Out Loud: Strive to be a Pippa

John T. Catrett, III

Nestled in the hills of eastern Kentucky near the Virginia border is a small town of Pippa Passes, population 300. The Alice Lloyd College that is located in the city adds 600 students. If you research this city and college on the web, you will find them very interesting.

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