On March 25, 2015 Keystone Hills Baptist Church was all but destroyed by a tornado. But the faith and optimism of the members was not, in fact if anything their belief in each other, their neighbors and the future of their congregation was re-newed. Evidence of this will be on full display at a fundraiser they will host to fund the costs of rebuilding. The event will be on July 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of Keystone Hills, which is 161 New Prue Road, Sand Springs, OK. Hundreds are expected to be on hand. There will be food and plenty of free parking. Admission is only $5.00 per person.
White Tailed Deer and Waterfowl
The theme around the fundraiser is outdoor activity, specifically hunting. Lots of people like to hunt and there is a lot to know. Event Chairman, F. Alan Stie, says, “we have some of the most respected white-tailed deer and waterfowl professionals who will provide classes for everyone’s enjoyment.” With some of the best instructors anywhere, people of all ages and ability will be able to increase their knowledge of the outdoors. An archery shoot will also be held.
The instructors will be:
– Buck Gardner, former world champion duck caller and owner of Buck Gardner Calls. He will teach, ‘Real Duck Hunting’.
– Ralph Meeker, Assistant Manager of the White Tailed Deer Program, Arkansas Fish and Game Department. Mr. Meeks will present, ‘White-Tailed Hunting and Management: a quick look at the past and future trajectory of this relationship.
– Tim Sallee, President and Founder of the Christian Waterfowlers Association will cover the ‘Waterfowl Hunting Basics’.
– James Barger, Gospel Recording Artist and member of the Mossy Oak Pro Staff will share his many gifts.
– Darren Unruh, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presents: ‘How to Make Outdoor Connections with the Youth of Today’.
– Todd Craighead host of the popular ‘Outdoor Oklahoma’ television program will discuss ‘White-tailed Deer Hunting’.
– Greg Hambric and Traves Blair who are both on the staff at Mossy Oak Water Fowl Pro; will be ‘Talking Quack’.
Silent Auction & More
In addition to the headliner outdoor specialists in attendance, items like knives, jewelry, restaurant gift cards and other items from local merchants will be available for bidding. All contributions will go to fund the approximately $500,000.00 worth of repairs needed to the church building and facilities. Pastor, Mark Bane, says “there will be something of interest for everyone. This includes youth, teens, women, men, hunters, and non-hunters. The whole community is welcome.”
Storm Damage Reported
According to published media reports, the March 25, 2015 tornado and destructive straight-line winds tore through the western Tulsa, Oklahoma, suburb of Sand Springs. There was damage across the community and at least one person was killed. Severe thunderstorms developed late that afternoon near a warm front that had surged north into northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. With a highly unstable air mass in place across the area, ‘supercell thunderstorms developed near the warm front late in the afternoon and into the early evening hours. Several tornadoes were spawned from the ‘supercells’ from west of Tulsa into northwest Arkansas. Into the evening, a cold front surged into the area from the northwest and thunderstorms formed a line along the cold front. These storms moved to the south and east during the evening and overnight hours. Many of the storms became severe, producing large hail and damaging winds before exiting southeast Oklahoma and west-central Arkansas.
Location and Directions
Keystone Hills is located 6 miles west of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and 13 miles west of downtown Tulsa nestled in the rolling hills that surround scenic Keystone Lake.
To get to the church from Sand Springs or Tulsa, take the Sand Springs Expressway (Hwy 412/64) west to 209th West Avenue (Prue Road). Go north 3/4 a mile and you’ll find the church on the left (west side of the road).
Keystone Hills Baptist Church
161 New Prue Rd.
Sand Springs, OK 741063