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Driven to Serve
May19

Driven to Serve

OK Baptists serve school, communities after storms From hosting students from a flooded elementary school to feeding hungry victims of storm-ravaged areas, personally ministering to storm victims and cleaning up the debris left behind by those storms which generated tornadoes in Bridge Creek, Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma Southern Baptists have been busy since May 6. Del City, First Southern opened up its entire second floor of...

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Mission in Medford revitalizes church, town
May12

Mission in Medford revitalizes church, town

MEDFORD—When you have just about as many volunteers turn out for a city-wide clean-up project as your average Sunday worship attendance, it’s bound to revitalize your congregation. And, in fact, that was the whole idea behind ReVitalize Weekend, May 1-2 in this town of just more than 1,000 in Cherokee Strip Association as members of Medford, First led Mission in Medford (MnM), the first of what the association’s director of missions,...

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SCW close out 25th year with May 3 concert
Apr28

SCW close out 25th year with May 3 concert

The Singing ChurchWomen (SCW) of Oklahoma will present the final concert of their 25th Anniversary season May 3 at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills. The women, directed by Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma worship and music ministries specialist Randy Lind, will offer a two-hour concert of music they have sung through the years and some new pieces as well. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., is free and open to the public. In...

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Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams

Joe Williams is familiar to his innermost being with the terms Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Compassion Fatigue. You could almost say he wrote the book on them, or at least edited it. But, he had to deal with the terrible images of death and destruction on a deeply, intimately personal level before he could begin to help others deal with the images and issues that plagued them after tragedies such as the bombing of the...

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Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage

Oklahoma City Police chaplains Jack and Phyllis Poe weren’t inside the Alfred P. Murrah federal Building when a truck bomb exploded outside at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, but the after-effects of that explosion nearly tore their marriage apart. “One of the things we really didn’t understand is, as caregivers, we want to make a difference, but we didn’t realize that you can give yourselves away. And, Phyllis and I gave ourselves...

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