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Phillips University Legacy Foundation Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Phillips University Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce it is accepting new applications for its Undergraduate Scholarship and Leadership Development Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The application can be submitted online through the Foundation’s website at www.pulf.org.

The mission of the Phillips University Legacy Foundation is to follow the tradition of Phillips University by providing scholarships and opportunities to educate and develop leaders who embody Christian values in their lives, service and work. The program is available to incoming full-time undergraduate students (freshman through seniors) pursuing a liberal arts education at any of the 17 colleges or universities that are currently or historically related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (for a complete list, go to www.pulf.org/colleges-and-universities). Since 2002, the Phillips University Legacy Foundation has awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships to 176 scholarship recipients and administered 18 Leadership Development Conferences. These recipients, known as Phillips Legacy Scholars, have completed over 480 Volunteer Leadership Projects.

2020-01-23T14:06:32-06:00Jan 23, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Do You Know Your Neighbor? Have You Seen Your Neighbor Lately?

Do you know your neighbor? Have you seen your neighbor lately? Do you know your Disciples neighbor? Have you seen your Disciples neighbors lately? Do you know how other Disciples are bringing healing and wholeness to our fragmented world?

The 2020 Regional Assembly & Leadership Training School is the place to connect with your Disciples neighbors! We hope your congregation is making plans to travel to Enid, Oklahoma for this Oklahoma Disciples church gathering where we will sing and pray together, hear a good word from the Lord, eat and fellowship around common tables, and learn how all of us serving the Lord with strength and joy.

Keep watch for more details! Registration coming soon!

2020-01-22T13:33:09-06:00Jan 22, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

The Art of Church Communication: 2020 Workshop Series

Registration is now open for the 2020 Art of Church Communication Workshops. Please share with your churches as you see appropriate. This year’s workshops will be in March. Each Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. – Noon. You are invited to attend in person at Disciples Center at Tawakoni or join us via live video feed from the comfort of your home or office.

Can’t make it to a live session? No problem! Recorded videos of each workshop presentation will be available with paid registration.

Each workshop will include a discussion on various strategies and hand-on applications. Workshops are for anyone (not just church staff). If your interested in church communication ministry, regardless of skill level, you are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2020 topics are:

  • March 3: Your church story in photographs
  • March 10: Your church live
  • March 17: The community connection
  • March 24: The welcome center
  • March 31: Texting in church

Cost is $25 per workshop or $100 for all five workshops. Learning is more fun with friends! Sign-up for all five workshops with two or more church friends and pay $90 each. Discounts only available through Friday, February 14.

Register online at www.kansasdisciples.org/2020-aocc-workshops or download the registration form and mail with payment to Topeka regional office, 2914 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka KS 66611.

Questions? Email Jessica Marston, Communications Specialist at scd@kansasdisciples.org

2020-01-21T11:42:32-06:00Jan 21, 2020|Congregations|0 Comments

March 6, 2020: Registration Underway for Faith Community Nurses’ Conference

Registration is underway for the 13th Annual Faith Community Nurses’ Association Conference titled “Healing Through the Arts: A Collage.” The one day event will take place on March 6, 2020 at Crossings Community Center, located at 10255 North Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK.

The conference will educate the Faith Community Nurse and church leaders to identify the various art forms for spiritual healing including sculpture, images, labyrinth, and meditative movement and then to determine a spiritual practice for personal use.

The message of Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint” sets the stage for reflecting and healing. This conference will provide resources, contacts and information needed to assist congregants during times of loss and grief and the opportunity for participants to network and to build relationships with nurses and health ministers interested in Faith Community Nursing.

Registration for the one-day event:

  • FCNA OK Member: $60 for payments received before 2/7/2020.
  • Non FCNA OK Member: $90 for payments received before 2/7/2020.
  • Clergy: $65 for payments received before 2/7/2020.

Call or check online for rates after 2/7/20. FCNA OK is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course is approved for 8 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number LT0298-0316, KAR 60-7-107 (b)(3)(C).

  • Click here to download the brochure.
  • For registration information go to www.fcnaok.org
  • Register online here
  • Pay here or contact fcnaok@gmail.com.
2020-01-21T12:55:36-06:00Jan 21, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Application Process is Now Open for Woman-to-Woman Worldwide Southern Asia 2020

Disciples Home Mission has announced that the application process for “Woman to Woman Worldwide – Southern Asia 2020” is now open. Please click here to read more about Woman-to-Woman Worldwide and to get all the details about the application process.

2020-01-14T13:09:47-06:00Jan 14, 2020|Disciples Women|0 Comments

March 23, 2020: Retired Ministers Gathering

Dear Retired Clergy Friends,

The next gathering of the Retired Ministers Fellowship will take place on Monday, March 23, 2020. We hope you’ll join us at Southern Hills Christian Church located at 3207 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK. Please plan to join us for lunch following the meeting. The lunch location will be announced at the meeting. More details including the start time will follow soon.

Our meetings are primarily fellowship, and occasionally a program.

We are working toward several gatherings each year and want to invite you to participate. We are imagining these gatherings to be three times per year: one in the OKC area, one in the Tulsa area, and one alternating between Stroud and Enid.

Future 2020 gatherings will be:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Christian Church of the Covenant located at 1205 S. Cleveland, Enid

Please make your reservation through the Regional Office by contacting Ellen Beer, Exec. Assistant at (405) 528-3577 (M-Th 8:30 am-4:30 pm) or emailing ebeer@okdisciples.org. Spouses and friends are welcome to join.

We look forward to seeing you!

Rev. Bill Shields                              Regional Minister Rev. Pam Holt
(405) 820-5693                                (940) 327-9282
blshields@aol.com                          pholt@okdisciples.org

2020-01-13T11:18:06-06:00Jan 13, 2020|Clergy News|0 Comments

Apply for Oklahoma Disciples Foundation Grant Funds by February 15, 2020!

Don’t delay! Now is the time to apply for 2020 ODF Grants. The deadline for submitting 2020 Grant Applications is 5:00 p.m., February 15, 2020.
A downloadable grant application, guidelines and scoring rubric can be found on our website by clicking the 2020 ODF Grants.

Over the years, several permanent endowments have been established by donors or through closed church memorial funds with specific, varied purposes to provide ongoing funding to the Foundation’s grant program. The endowments support Disciples’ ministries and missions for children, youth and young adults as well as provide for the education of clergy, laity and congregations on the guidance and art of spiritual giving.

Endowments also provide funding to benefit ministries for seniors, church innovation, missions, pastoral support and ecumenical spiritual education for students. View the endowment summaries at the link above. A breakout of funding per grant category will be posted online in late January 2020.

The Foundation holds many worthwhile endowments benefiting the church, the Region and its missions and ministries, including funds for grants. Click this link: “Together We Touch Lives” if you would like to make an honorary or memorial donation to one of these funds.

Blessings,
Eric Gray, CAP®
Executive Director

2020-01-13T10:36:01-06:00Jan 13, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Jan. 28: Central Area Disciples Women Winter 2020 Meeting

Please plan to join the Central Area Disciples Women on January 28, 2020 at Wildewood Christian Church (6900 North Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK) for the Central Area Disciples Women Winter Meeting.

Lisa Blacknoll from “Filling Tummies“, a feeding ministry in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas will speak about this amazing ministry in Oklahoma City. The In-Kind Service Project will support Filling Tummies, by bringing fruit cups, individual oatmeal cups, ready-to-eat food items, granola bars and other portable food items.

SCHEDULE:
  • 9:30am: Coffee and Fellowship
  • 10am: Meeting and Program
  • Noon: Lunch ($8 pay at the door)

RSVP by January 21st to Cheryl Factory 405-694-3344 (C) or 405-427-8002 (H)

2020-01-09T13:42:27-06:00Jan 9, 2020|Disciples Women|0 Comments

January 14: INTEGRIS Pastoral Care Presents: Moral Injury – Healing the Wounds of Ministry

INTEGRIS Pastoral Care is pleased to offer a live presentation for clergy and clinical staff on January 14, 2020 from 1-4pm, titled “Moral Injury: Healing the Wounds of Ministry”.

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 1 – 4pm
Where: INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Auditorium
Address: 3300 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
Presenter: Tommy Goode, D. Min., director, Moral Injury Institute, Springfield, Mo.
No registration required for this free program. This event will be preceded by a dutch treat luncheon in the conference room “L” near the cafeteria and the auditorium. Hope you can join us.

This presentation focuses on professional spiritual caregivers roles (including chaplains, pastors and other clergy). Those who have experienced trauma-based personal and professional life experiences may struggle with the effects of social/emotional/spiritual wounds, which are identified as moral injuries.

This woundedness may result from personal moral failure, experiences in professional ministry resulting from the actions of others, and/or that which is often referred to as secondary trauma. This may sometimes be expressed as wishing for a “do-over.”

Various professional groups (doctors, nurses, therapists, pastors, chaplains, etc.) now identify moral injury wounds. There are few, if any, predictors of when the struggle with moral injury may occur. Accident, injury, loss or critical incident medical treatment may trigger flashbacks and/or other reactions to the trauma-event that resulted in moral injury. This presentation proposes to provide timely and needed knowledge and practice insights for those charged with the spiritual-care and wellness concerns of themselves and those in their care.

Clergy will receive 3 continuing education hours for this event.

2020-01-09T11:10:28-06:00Jan 8, 2020|Clergy News|1 Comment

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards Grants For Mobile Meal Programs

Oklahoma City Community Foundation awards grants to help provide warm meals to local homebound elderly citizens. Many of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ Churches participate in Mobile Meal programs. Crown Heights Christian Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Nicoma Park Christian Church, and Western Oaks Christian Church were awarded grants to help support and continue their Mobile Meal programs.

Read the full article from Oklahoma City Community Foundation:
(OKLAHOMA CITY) – This winter, Oklahoma City Community Foundation is continuing its tradition of helping to provide warm meals to homebound elderly citizens by awarding $50,200 in grants to 52 area churches and organizations that prepare and deliver mobile meals throughout Oklahoma County, including four Christian churches. In addition, Meals on Wheels of Norman and Edmond Mobile Meals each received $5,000 grants.

Since 2008, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has distributed more than $400,000 in support of the central Oklahoma Mobile Meals program. According to Meals on Wheels of Oklahoma City, one in 12 senior citizens in Oklahoma County lives in poverty, and nearly 16,000 lack consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Seniors age 60 and older who are unable to leave their homes without assistance or prepare meals due to health limitations, may apply to receive home-delivered meals, regardless of income.

“When we think of hunger, we generally think of people in faraway lands. But drive down any street in Oklahoma City and you’re likely to pass the home of a senior – probably several seniors – receiving home-delivered meals,” said Chris Lambert, director of Meals on Wheels of Oklahoma City. “Meals on Wheels of Oklahoma City works with scores of volunteers throughout Oklahoma County to deliver meals to hundreds of homebound seniors every day. None of these churches receive state or federal funding for the meals they prepare; it’s the continued generosity of organizations like Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its donors that allows them to keep serving our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Volunteers with area churches and organizations provide nutritious meals, wellness checks and meaningful contact to more than 1,900 homebound senior citizens living in central Oklahoma who are unable to prepare their own meals. In addition, Edmond Mobile Meals prepares more than 1,100 meals per week and the Norman Meals on Wheels program serves more than 1,500 meals per week.

“The well-being of our senior citizens has deservedly become an increased focus for a lot of our donor-directed grants,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation president. “To round out our 50th anniversary year, we have again partnered with more than 50 churches and Meals on Wheels organizations to help ensure no senior in this community will go hungry this holiday season.”

Grants were awarded to the following Christian churches that provide home-delivered meals in central Oklahoma:

Crown Heights Christian Church
New Covenant Christian Church
Nicoma Park Christian Church
Western Oaks Christian Church

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation:
Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.

2020-01-07T13:30:02-06:00Jan 7, 2020|Congregations|0 Comments