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Kennedy centers career on kids: OBHC president retires after 32 years in ministry with children, adults
Dec08

Kennedy centers career on kids: OBHC president retires after 32 years in ministry with children, adults

Tony Kennedy ends his time as president of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) in 2016. This week’s Baptist Messenger shares of his experience and accomplishments that have happened during his leadership at OBHC. “We can provide children with acceptance, encouragement, education and activities,” said Tony Kennedy, president of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC), “but only God can move in their lives.  We don’t win every...

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A Thanksgiving ‘home going’ for Lyle Garlow
Dec05

A Thanksgiving ‘home going’ for Lyle Garlow

Thanksgiving 2016 will be memorable for the family of Lyle Garlow. The former associate executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) died Nov. 24, Thanksgiving evening. He was 89. For 35 years (1957-92), Garlow worked at the BGCO, serving first in the Religious Education Department and then his last 21 years as associate executive director. He held positions of program director at Falls Creek youth summer...

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BGCO chaplaincy program celebrates 30 years
Dec01

BGCO chaplaincy program celebrates 30 years

While the development of chaplain ministry has its roots in ancient history—as spiritual leaders provided encouragement and compassionate care to people who were constantly in crisis—the word “chaplain” originated in fourth century France. A traditional story relates the compassion of St. Martin of Tour, who, on one cold and wet night, was so moved by compassion for a beggar, he shared his cloak with him. Upon St. Martin’s death, his...

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Church from nowhere growing, serving community
Nov28

Church from nowhere growing, serving community

PAWNEE—Masham Church in Cimarron Association doesn’t understand that it’s in the middle of nowhere and, in this day and age, is supposed to just exist. For the past year, since Johnny Wagner took over the pastorate, the little church that couldn’t, has. It has grown from 12 to more than 40 in Sunday School and from 20 to around 60-80 in worship. Wagner has baptized 12, with three more awaiting baptism. Young families are joining the...

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2016 Missions Celebration focuses on orphans and international missionaries
Nov22

2016 Missions Celebration focuses on orphans and international missionaries

Women’s and Missions Celebrations took place prior to the opening session of the 2016 Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Annual Meeting at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. Baptists welcomed home those who have spent a great deal of their earthly lives on international mission fields at the Missionary Appreciation Dinner while the Women’s Ministry focused on orphans in our country and communities needing the Lord’s love in...

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Speakers focused on Jesus at Pastors’ Conference
Nov21

Speakers focused on Jesus at Pastors’ Conference

With the theme “Get Him Up,” the 2016 Pastors’ Conference elevated Jesus, as the seven speakers made an emphasis on Jesus being the focal point of their messages. Many attended the two sessions on Mon., Nov. 14, at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. Rusty McMullen, pastor of Sayre, First, led off the Pastors’ Conference, speaking from 2 Cor. 4:1-7 and sharing how he experienced a time of discouragement in his preaching ministry. He met...

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