The Oral Roberts University campus is home to unique architecture in many of its structures, with gold tones and unorthodox shapes. One building is an echo of the large tents that held the revivals of Christian televangelist Oral Roberts. Students, faculty, staff and administrators gather twice per week in Christ’s Chapel for a 60-minute chapel service. No classes are held during this time, and campus dining closes for chapel attendance.
Life.Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, which is described as “a growing multi-ethnic denomination.” Life.Church has multiple campuses located in eight states, using video streaming to allow different churches to hear messages from the senior pastor Craig Groeschel or another pastor on staff. The church says its “mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. That’s how we’re able to make a difference, and it’s the driving force behind everything we do.” Founded in 1996, the church celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.
For two weekends in June and July, approximately 6,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses from northeast Oklahoma and Kansas visited the Tulsa area to attend the religious group’s three-day annual conventions, held at the University of Tulsa’s Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Deron Spoo, lead pastor of the First Baptist Church Tulsa, has stewarded his 2,,000-plus congregants and overseen an impressive amount of church growth and expansion for the past 17 years. He has spent these years formulating thoughts for his recently published book, “The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas.”
The St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Annual Dinner Extravaganza will be Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets are $100 each, which includes dinner, music by The Grady Nichols Band, 99 drawings for $100 and the chance to win the 2017 Ford Mustang pictured at the right or $25,000.
Since relocating in June 2016 to Tulsa from his command in Jackson, Mississippi, Salvation Army Area Commander and Captain Ken Chapman has formed a strong opinion about the people in the community. He says, “People here are incredibly friendly with an incredible work ethic. It’s very impressive and refreshing.”
In July, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Northeast Oklahoma will attend their 2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Regional Conventions, to be held at The University of Tulsa’s Donald W. Reynolds Center, 3208 E.n8th St., and they are inviting the public.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church is hosting its Annual Dinner Extravaganza April 30 at the Hard Rock Hotel. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Lori Fullbright will emcee with the Fabulous MidLife Crisis Band providing entertainment.
First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa hosted a ribbon cutting on Oct. 1 to commemorate the opening of the 8:10 Building located at 810 S. Cincinnati Ave. in downtown Tulsa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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. 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.