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A ‘Momentum’ of truth: College students gather to be encouraged in the Gospel
Sep17

A ‘Momentum’ of truth: College students gather to be encouraged in the Gospel

EDMOND—Edmond, Henderson Hills’ entrance hall resembled a combination of a college campus and a family reunion on Sep 6 as nearly 1,000 college-age young adults teemed into the building. They poured into the church from all over the state for Momentum, a Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Collegiate Ministry event. The event consisted of three segments, the first being a worship service. Oklahoma band Soul Society led...

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Broken Arrow, First excels in loving special needs families
Aug13

Broken Arrow, First excels in loving special needs families

BROKEN ARROW—Laughter and music filled the children’s area at Broken Arrow, First, July 23-27 as Champion’s Camp commenced. Short kids, tall kids, little kids and big kids filed into the church through a tunnel of sponsors and volunteers cheering and dancing every morning. Each kid was a champion. Each kid mattered. And each kid had a special need or handicap. Champion’s Camp was formed six years ago with the mission to “serve persons...

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‘Pray for Caleb’ 5K event has powerful results in participation, prayer
May05

‘Pray for Caleb’ 5K event has powerful results in participation, prayer

NEWCASTLE—“We just want Caleb to be fully restored. Our big prayer is that God, in a way that only He can, heals Caleb’s brain in such a way that it’s no mistake that God did it.” These were the words of Jeremy Freeman, pastor of Newcastle, First, in his interview with the Baptist Messenger just four and a half months ago. Freeman spoke of his son, Caleb, who, in December 2017, was involved in a car wreck. The wreck left Caleb, 16, in...

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Lost things: The Heart & Hand Thrift Center story
Oct15

Lost things: The Heart & Hand Thrift Center story

BETHANY—There’s nothing quite like a good treasure hunt through a thrift store. Whether someone is just looking for a new crystal candy bowl or eagerly searching for the last element of their Fall Festival costume, thrift stores seem to be such a treasure trove. Antique hunters and quiet browsers alike are guaranteed to find more than a good steal when entering Heart & Hand Thrift Center on Council Road and N.W. 23rd Street. Amid...

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The greatest fight of all: WWII veteran twin brothers honored for their service
Aug31

The greatest fight of all: WWII veteran twin brothers honored for their service

MCALESTER—As nations around the globe clashed in devastating war, young men from each of those countries packed their duffle bags, kissed their loved ones goodbye and ran off to fight battles. World War Two (WWII) enlisted many teenagers in their armies. Among those young men were McAlester twin brothers, Claude and Clyde Stokes. At age 19, the twins said goodbye to the family farm tractor and said hello to a U.S. WWII tank. Before...

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