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Note burning: Bethany, First celebrates debt retirement
Mar18

Note burning: Bethany, First celebrates debt retirement

BETHANY—On Sun., March 3, members of Bethany, First united in celebration as they burned the note with the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma, officially canceling the remaining debt on their worship center. The joyous step was the culmination of a journey that began in 1999 with a “United in Victory” fund-raising campaign and occupancy of the $2.3 million, 15,000-square-foot, 680-seat worship center in July 2004. The “United in Victory”...

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Indian Evangelism Conference focuses on legacy
Mar18

Indian Evangelism Conference focuses on legacy

“What Will Be Our Legacy?” was the theme of the 2013 Oklahoma Indian Evangelism Conference, March 7-9, and the three-day event at Oklahoma City, Glorieta focused on heritage and future opportunities for Oklahoma Native American churches. “In order to leave a legacy, we need to be good role models and good examples,” said Frank Kauahquo, pastor of Hobart, Daw-Tow-Koot, who spoke during the Friday afternoon session on Mark 2:1-5. He...

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Ministry wives establish care network, join with peers in Colorado
Mar11

Ministry wives establish care network, join with peers in Colorado

>>by Dana Williamson Messenger Correspondent SHAWNEE—The life of a ministry wife is often a lonely existence. But the women’s ministry office of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) is striving to create a network of caring and sharing that will bring a camaraderie to that once solitary life. The women’s ministry has been officially ministering to wives of church staff and other ministry spouses for more than 15...

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Newcastle teacher ‘takes class’ to Africa

>> by Megan Denney, freelance writer NEWCASTLE – There are more than 9,000 miles separating Newcastle, Okla., from Kodoma, Zimbabwe, but one Newcastle teacher hopes to decrease that distance for her students. Fourth grade technology teacher Rachel Watson, a member of Newcastle, First, wanted to teach her students how to type a letter using the keyboarding skills and writing traits that they have learned this year. What made this...

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‘Dear Soldier’: Ladies send military greeting cards
Jan31

‘Dear Soldier’: Ladies send military greeting cards

MIDWEST CITY—Jolane Gardner and her friends care enough to send their very best. Hallmark may be the standard for greeting cards, but the national retailer may not have the impact these ladies have on American service men and women. Last year, Gardner started a ministry group called Soldier Card Project at Midwest City, Meadowood.  This team of ladies meet weekly, making greeting cards from used cards. “We cut old Christmas cards into...

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Partnership missions: Journal entries from Acapulco

In January 2011, Andy Peck, Associate Pastor of Missions, Community Ministries, & Contemporary Worship at Bethel Baptist Church (Norman, Oklahoma), traveled to Acapulco with Sam Porter, Director of Partnership Missions with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Meeting with nearly all of the 15 Baptist pastors in Acapulco, Andy formed a special relationship with Pastor Jim Blackwell and Pastor Humberto Garcia. After...

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