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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

First Christian Church-OKC Becomes Open and Affirming

First Christian Church of Oklahoma City votes unanimously to become Open and Affirming on December 15, 2019.

Open and Affirming Statement Approved by the Congregation:

We at First Christian Church of Oklahoma City are committed to Love ALL the People! We differ in race, age, gender, cultural background, marital status, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, gender identity, family structure, political stance, theological perspective, life circumstances and spiritual journey. Diversity is a gift from God, and we are called to celebrate our differences as well as what makes us the same. We know that the church has at times rejected diversities, and denied God’s promises for itself and for others. So without reservation, we proclaim:

“You are a beloved child of God, embraced as you are at the Welcoming Table of our Lord. Together let us share God’s love so completely, that we might make a difference in God’s world!”

2020-01-07T12:46:26-06:00Jan 7, 2020|Congregations|0 Comments

OKC Day Shelter for the Homeless: Emergency Cold Weather Shelter in OKC

An Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open at the Salvation Army located at 1001 N. Pennyslvania Ave, Oklahoma City on the nights that the temperature drops below freezing.

OKC Day Shelter for the Homeless is looking for volunteers to help staff and operate an emergency overflow shelter during the overnight hours of nights that the temperature drops below freezing for the 2019/2020 winter season. This is a crucial need for so many of the most vulnerable in our city and it could mean life or death for some? Due to an increasing number of unsheltered homeless on our streets, the City of Oklahoma City and community/faith-based organizations have collaborated to develop solutions. One of the solutions is to open and operate an emergency overflow shelter when temperatures drop below freezing. Volunteers are needed to help staff the shifts.

  • Emergency Shelter will be located at Salvation Army 1001 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Shifts: 7pm-6am (can be split up between multiple volunteers)
  • Security guard will be present to ensure safety of clients, volunteers and staff
  • Night shifts are very low key. Volunteers are needed to simply welcome clients to the shelter and get them set up with a cot to sleep on.
  • Individualized training will be provided before shifts.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Tom Knudsen.

Tom Knudsen, LCSW Day Shelter Director
Phone: (O) 405.415.8501 (C) 405.973.6135
Homeless Alliance | Day Shelter
1729 NW 3rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73106
tknudsen@homelessalliance.org

2019-12-16T13:36:31-06:00Dec 16, 2019|Congregations|0 Comments

Does Your New Church Need Chalice Hymnals?

Does your new church need Chalice Hymnals? Please let Laura Ginn, with New Church Ministries know and she will be happy to supply your new church with some!

Call Laura at (317) 713-2529

2019-12-16T13:09:42-06:00Dec 12, 2019|Congregations|0 Comments

Putting Our Faith in Action in Canadian County, Oklahoma

On Monday, December 9, 2019, First Christian Church in El Reno hosted the Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, Associate Director of the Week of Compassion for Domestic Disaster Response. She came to help the church think through how to best coordinate their congregation, Disciples Volunteering, and the Week of Compassion to respond to the 2019 May flooding and the May 29, 2019 tornado.  Both events caused significant property damage (including to Disciples families) and loss of life for two in El Reno.

We currently need volunteer work teams (ideally between 5-10 folks!) who could work in the spring of 2020 and especially the summer of 2020 (for a few days or a week). We currently need funding for supplies and repairs volunteer teams cannot properly address. We currently need skilled laborers to give up a day or a week to teach others how to do home repairs.

We currently need prayer and continued awareness that all is not well for our friends and neighbors in Canadian county and across Oklahoma after the 2019 spring storms.

Can you help us fill a need?

Colton Lott,

Senior Minister
FCC El Reno
(405) 262-3539

2019-12-16T13:09:04-06:00Dec 12, 2019|Congregations|0 Comments

Celebrating Generosity at Memorial Christian Church, OKC

This week Memorial Christian Church was featured on Channel 9 news. The story was about the remnants from homeless people and how the city planned to fine the church. By the next morning, the story had changed. Ralph Ranney, the minister of Memorial Christian Church, was inundated with phone calls from the community about how they would like to help with the clean up. He received donations of physical help and dollars to pay the fine. He said, “I am overwhelmingly blessed with the tremendous response already today!” We give thanks for the story on the news which identified a problem, and we are deeply grateful for people’s compassion and generosity to help remedy it.

2019-12-17T09:25:54-06:00Dec 12, 2019|Congregations|0 Comments

Disciples Peace Fellowship: 2020 Peace Intern Applications Now Open!

The 2020 DPF Peace Intern Application Process is now open!

What is a Peace Intern?

For more than forty years, DPF’s Peace Intern program has provided a vital witness for peace within church camps and other youth events of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Peace Interns are young adults who provide educational and program support at church camps and other church-related assemblies and events about peace and justice issues, serving as counselors and resource people, and modeling the lifestyle of peacemakers for youth and adults alike.

Since 1975, more than 100 young people have served as Peace Interns in hundreds of church camps and conferences. The DPF Peace Intern program has had a lasting impact both on the interns and the youth of our church. Interns have gone on to become pastors, professors, social workers, human rights activists, and other peacemakers in our communities and world. Our youth have been exposed to new ideas and issues and challenged to confront their own responsibility as citizens of a global community.

Apply Today!

You can find the Application Form at disciplespeace.org/apply. Please share the news widely within in your networks and especially with any young people that have a passion for justice, a love for Church Camp, and want to live out their faith in life-transforming ways!

Thank you to the many folks who have already liked and shared our announcements on social media! If you haven’t seen them yet, you can find (and like/share!) the posts at facebook.com/disciplespeace and instagram.com/disciplespeace.

Thanks for helping us spread the word! If you have a young adult that you think would be an excellent DPF Peace Intern please share their name and contact information with Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, Director of Mission Support and the Peace Intern Program, Disciples Peace Fellowship

480-399-6945
2019-12-03T12:02:08-06:00Dec 3, 2019|Congregations|0 Comments

First Christian Church in Ardmore Changes Locations

The members of First Christian Church in Ardmore celebrated their last worship service in the sanctuary located on Maxwell Street in Ardmore. These faithful folks have moved their worship service to nest with Northwest Baptist Church in Ardmore. They have already discovered gracious hospitality and new opportunities for fellowship.
2019-12-16T13:12:17-06:00Nov 12, 2019|Congregations|Comments Off on First Christian Church in Ardmore Changes Locations

Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center Honors Volunteers at Annual Dinner

Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center is an amazing ministerial partner in the Region. Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center held its Annual Dinner on Friday, October 8, 2019 at Harvard Avenue Christian Church. Rev. Dr. Sandhya Jha, Executive Director of the Oakland Peace Center, keynoted the event and praised OFEC volunteers with their work and ministry transforming the Tulsa community and healing the neighborhoods.

Several awards were given to: Rev. Leslie Dotson for Outstanding Community Volunteer and former OFEC Board President; Eric Copeland for Outstanding Client Volunteer; Officer John West for Outstanding Community Service; Deputy Monica Holloway for Outstanding Community Service; and Cordero Hawkins for Emerging Young Leader. The meal was served by delightful young people who are engaged in the camps of OFEC. We certainly celebrate Rev. Sharyn Cosby’s leadership with OFEC!

2019-11-12T11:52:53-06:00Nov 12, 2019|Congregations|Comments Off on Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center Honors Volunteers at Annual Dinner

Nov. 10, 2019: Chili Cook Off and Dessert Auction at FCC Yukon Benefiting “No Child Left Behind”

Come join us in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at First Christian Church Yukon, for an afternoon of fellowship and fun following church worship. The Chili Cook Off and Dessert Auction will benefit “No Child Left Behind”.

“No Child Left Behind” helps pay Church Summer Camp costs, so every child that wants to go to camp has an opportunity.

Click here to download the Chili Cook Off flyer.

Who: Everyone is welcome to join
What: Chili Cook Off and Dessert Auction Benefiting “No Child Left Behind”
Where: First Christian Church, Yukon located at 601 Maple Ave. Yukon, OK
(meet in the Fellowship Hall)
When: Sunday, November 10, 2019 following worship service

2019-10-31T13:04:04-05:00Oct 31, 2019|Congregations|Comments Off on Nov. 10, 2019: Chili Cook Off and Dessert Auction at FCC Yukon Benefiting “No Child Left Behind”