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Registration for Virtual Regional Assembly in Oklahoma Opens Aug. 27

Tell Us How Your Congregation is Sharing the Good News

According to these words in Luke, Jesus has anointed your congregation to bring good news to the poor. There are many ways Oklahoma congregations are sharing this Good News. How is your congregation bringing this Good News to the poor in your community? Please take a photo and send to the Region at office@okdisciples.org. We will collect the images and prepare a photo gallery to present at the Virtual Regional Assembly.

Learning, Worship & Regional Business

You are invited to gather virtually for the Oklahoma Virtual Regional Assembly on Saturday, September 26, 2020. This virtual assembly will include a learning opportunity: “Anti-Racism: The Bible’s Call & Our Response” with Rev. April Johnson, Minister of Reconciliation for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada. “Worship” will feature guest preacher Rev. Dr. Nancy Pittman, President of Phillips Theological Seminary. Regional Business will include the installation of new Regional Board members. We encourage everyone to register and tune in! Regional Board Members and Regional Staff look forward to gathering with you on September 26th!

Voting Delegates – Churches & Clergy

Information about Voting Delegates has been mailed by USPS to all congregations. Deadline for congregations to designate Voting Delegates is September 10th. Please note: ALL Voting Delegates are required to register for this event to gain access to the voting area. All clergy with 2020 Standing are considered a voting delegate.

How to Register

To learn more about Virtual Regional Assembly and Registration Click Here.

At the top right of the Virtual Regional Assembly page you will see the “Register Here” button. Click that button to visit a simple registration page. After you complete the registration form you will receive an email confirmation.

Regional Assembly will also be live streamed on the Region’s Youtube Channel.

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2020-09-24T08:08:46-05:00Aug 13, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Jennifer Gallaway Last Day Serving the Regional Office

With deep sadness, the Region announces the resignation of our Administrative Assistant Jennifer Gallaway. Over the last four years, Jennifer has greeted everyone with a smile and has helped many people in the Region and the community find the information they were seeking either on the phone or at the door. With enthusiasm she has come to know the Region, both clergy and lay people, as she managed your monetary contributions to the Region. She has prepared the newsletter each month for delivery to your inbox, and she has stuffed many an envelope! We will miss Jennifer’s wonderful personality and deep spirituality in our office.

Jennifer’s last day in the office will be August 20th. Of course, we cannot have a party to send her to her next opportunity, but we can have a “card party”! If you would like, please send your expressions of gratitude to Jennifer Gallaway, Christian Church in Oklahoma, 301 NW 36th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

May God’s blessing of love and grace continue to be upon Jennifer and her family in her new endeavor.

2020-08-13T12:56:20-05:00Aug 12, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Regional Staff Travel Update

Regional Staff to Continue Working Remotely

On the recommendation of the Region’s Personnel Committee, the Executive Committee of the Regional Board decided it would be best for the Regional Staff to continue to work remotely until the end of 2020. The office phones are being managed through technology or by contacting the Regional Ministers directly on their cell phones.

The Executive Committee, also on the commendation of Personnel, determined that it would be best for the Regional Ministers to NOT TRAVEL around the region for worship or large gatherings through December 31, 2020, unless there is a consistent decline in new cases for fourteen days or a vaccine or a miracle. They will continue to be present in worships or large gatherings by Zoom or other social media platforms.

2020-08-12T13:49:36-05:00Aug 12, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Job Posting: FCC El Reno Communications Coordinator

First Christian Church El Reno is looking for a part-time Communications Coordinator. This part-time role reports directly to the Senior Minister, Rev. Colton Lott. The position is 5-10 hours per week. The communications coordinator works in collaboration with ministry staff and lay leaders to tell the story of First Christian Church El Reno, primarily through online ministry. This position develops and amplifies content that is shared so as to create online community, to inform church members and guests about programming, and to present our story in new ways to people who are curious, passing by, or desiring an encounter with the Holy.

Please contact FCC El Reno at (405) 262-3539 for more information and to submit your resume.

2020-08-13T14:26:19-05:00Aug 12, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Thank You for Supporting Caminante’s Matching Funds Appeal

As the recent Caminante Matching Funds Appeal is coming to a close we want to thank each of the donors that have made the appeal so successful. We are pleased to announce $2,500 has been raised from individuals and churches. We are close to our $3,500 goal. Because the contributions will be matched, we hope to close out the appeal strong and reach our goal of $7,000 in the coming weeks.

The pandemic has devastated thousands and thousands across Latin America, setting back the clock on the social and economic gains made over the last twenty-five years. Picturesque Caribbean towns, like Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic, once attracted throngs of tourists and urban residents to their white sandy beaches and turquoise-blue seas. Now they are all abandoned. The vast informal labor force who provided food, drink and services have no safety net and are increasingly destitute. Covid-19 is shattering parents’ middle-class dreams that their children escape the grinding poverty and sexual exploitation of their region.

Caminante is trying to keep their people’s dreams alive, but the expenses of their mission are increasing. Along with education programs, they are now providing food to children and their families and masks and disinfectants to combat Covid-19.

We have seen Sister Denisse and the Caminante staff change lives and give people hope and a future. Caminante’s success is due in part to the Oklahoma Region’s support, individuals and churches supporting this worthy ministry. We thank you for your support.

2020-08-11T10:24:33-05:00Aug 11, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

New Covenant Youth Work Day at Oklahoma Regional Office

The Regional Office received a surprise gift last month when the youth from Oklahoma City New Covenant Christian Church arrived at the Regional Office with tools to trim the very overgrown shrubs! A big thank you to the youth and sponsors from OKC NCCC who spent their day cleaning up the flower beds at the Oklahoma Regional Office. We really appreciate your servant’s hearts. Thank you for blessing us with your time and energy on such a hot day!

2020-08-11T21:01:38-05:00Aug 3, 2020|Regional News|0 Comments

Upcoming Ministry Training Classes at Phillips Center for Ministry and Lay Training

Phillips Center for Ministry and Lay Training is excited to offer the upcoming Ministry Training Course Offerings. Click HERE to see the full course catalog and details on how to enroll.

20/21 Session 2: August 17 – October 11, 2020

  • Theology, Dr. Trish Greeves
  • Spiritual Development, Dr. Kris Tenny-Brittian
  • Communication, Kurt Gwartney, M.Div.
  • United Church of Christ History and Polity, Rev. Margot Pickett

20/21 Session 3: October 12 – December 6, 2020

  • Mission of the Church, Rev. David Avery
  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Dr. Lisa Davison
  • Conflict Utilization, Dr. Kris Tenny-Brittian
  • Disciples History and Polity, MTP Adjunct Faculty

20/21 Session 4: January 4 – February 28, 2021

  • Church History, Rev. Jerry Albright
  • Evangelism, Dr. Bill Tenny-Brittian
  • Worship, CMLT Adjunct Faculty
  • 20/21 Session 5: February 15 – April 11, 2021
    Overview of the Bible, Dr. Alex Ruth
  • Christian Ethics, Dr. George Flanagan
  • Introduction to the New Testament, Dr. Kris Tenny-Brittian
  • Disciples History and Polity, CMLT Adjunct Faculty

20/21 Session 6: March 29 – May 23, 2021

  • Pastoral Care, Rev. Darrell Vandervort
  • Church Administration and Planning, Dr. John Bracke
  • Ecumenism, CMLT Adjunct Faculty
2020-07-28T10:50:53-05:00Jul 28, 2020|Regional News|Comments Off on Upcoming Ministry Training Classes at Phillips Center for Ministry and Lay Training

2020 Virtual Regional Assembly

Virtual Regional Assembly is scheduled for September 26, 2020. Congregations will soon receive important information on selecting delegates and registration by mail.

In 60 Days of Faith for Women, Rev. Cameron Trimble writes: I have no sense of direction. That should probably alarm you since I am a pilot. Because of this, I get lost quite a bit unless I am using my GSP to guide me to my destination. I usually just end up on small detours, though occasionally I can find myself way off course.

I used to get anxious about these deviations and would carefully follow my GPS for themes direct route from point A to point B. But soon I found myself missing the adventure that comes with not being entirely sure of where you are going. I realized that I saw more awake, more aware, and more curious about the journey when I wasn’t certain I was on the proven path. I had the potential of flying a new route that no one else had traversed before. It’s the subtle shift from being a follower to being an explorer–and it’s the only path I know to a fulfilling life.

Author Martha Beck once said, “A good Wayfinder is someone who’s comfortable losing the way.”

Given all of the challenges we face as a community, especially . . . with a pandemic threatening people we love in mighty forces, when the safety of our children is at stake by a potential return to school mandate, when the need for justice around systemic racism rises to protests, when the poor are run out of resources, when divisiveness is so prevalent, when the medical community is putting their lives and families at risk to save our lives, it seems we are being issued a new call to adventure. We must chart an original path forward to a sustainable future. We don’t have any templates for getting us there — no one has figured this out yet — so it’s up to us to get comfortable feeling lost while we find our way.

Where should we begin on this adventure? We could be anxious. We could be paralyzed. Or, we could be courageous. How about fixing our eyes upon Jesus?

Our 2020 Virtual Regional Assembly will focus on a few verses from Luke 4. This scripture was chosen for our Regional Assembly almost a year ago, and it seems ever more relevant today as we weather the storms in this unprecedented and extraordinary season.

Here’s what it says. Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been raised. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God’s Spirit is upon me;
he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s time to shine!”

He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down.  Every eye in the place was on him, intent. Then he started in, “You’ve just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place.”

Jesus, delivering this inaugural sermon in Nazareth, had every eye fixed on him, in awe! In awe!

Jesus had something to say to the people gathered. Jesus had something urgent for them to hear and see. I wonder what Jesus just revealed. I am not sure it was just the words from Isaiah.

In this unprecedented time and extraordinary season that we are living in, it is easy to lose sight of Jesus and what Jesus comes to reveal.  It is so easy to lose our way.  How do we keep our eyes and our hearts fixed on Jesus, in awe?

Join us virtually on September 26, 2020 at the Regional Assembly to find out more!

Always Picking Up the Peaces,
Pam Holt Signature
Pam Holt

Footnotes:
Rev. Cameron Trimble, 60 Days of Faith for Women: A Devotional to Deepen Gratitude, Praise, and Prayer.  Emeryville, California: Rockridge Press, 2020. p. 76.

Quoted scripture is from The Message, interpreted by The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II from We Are Called to be a Movement.  New York, NY:  Workan Publishing Co., Inc. 2020. pp. 4-6.

2020-07-16T09:38:51-05:00Jul 15, 2020|Regional News|Comments Off on 2020 Virtual Regional Assembly

Aug. 15, 2020: National Convocation of the Christian Church Virtual Business Session

I am sure that you are well aware that out of concern for the health and well-being of our constituents, the 2020 EXPERIENCE IT’S REAL! had to be postponed to 2022. The work of the National Convocation goes on. Our Executive Committee and Board of Trustees have been meeting and making plans to handle our business. We are in the process of planning a Virtual 26th Biennial Business Session on August 15, 2020. We want to handle our business for 2020 in order to keep moving forward.

Event: 2020 Virtual 26th Biennial Business Session
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Time: 11am – 1pm – central time
Where: Online – Zoom Meeting

We do have several pertinent items on the agenda. At the Virtual Biennial Business Session, we will want to:
a. Install new Officers;
b. Install new At-Large Members;
c. Receive the Strategic Plan and Vision Statement;
d. Approve the Amendments to the Articles of Operation;
e. Receive the Advisory Committee report;
f. Receive the Nominating Committee report;
g. and receive the Time & Place Report.

Once you registered for the 2020 Virtual 26th Biennial Business Session, you will receive an email with more information, including the materials you need to review before the meeting. Registration is now open.

If you have questions or need assistance email Brenda Rossy at brossy@disciples.org

2020-06-23T12:41:40-05:00Jun 23, 2020|Regional News|Comments Off on Aug. 15, 2020: National Convocation of the Christian Church Virtual Business Session

Remembering Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Elliott

Former Associate Regional Minister Rev. Bob Elliott Passes Away

Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) M. Elliott died on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. He was 96 years young! Bob was born March 31, 1924, in Independence, KS to Paul and Minnie Elliott. He graduated from Phillips University with a BA degree in 1946, received his Bachelor of Divinity from Phillips Seminary in 1952, and was granted an Honorary Doctorate by Phillips University in 1972.

He was ordained to the ministry at First Christian Church, Independence KS, in 1946. He served as Associate Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma for 33 years after serving churches in Indianapolis, IN, Okmulgee, OK and Enid ,OK.

After retirement, he served as President of The Interfaith Alliance and as Secretary of the United Nations Association, both in Oklahoma City. He established the Oklahoma Institute for Biblical Literacy Foundation in 2009, serving as its President in 2013.

His greatest legacy is his family: Harriette Folk Elliott, his beloved late wife of 68 years from Sand Springs OK; son Robert Michael (Mary) of Chickasha, OK; son Dennis Lee of Guthrie, OK; daughter Kay Elaine of Denver, CO; and son Brian Alan (Myrna) of Oklahoma City; grandchildren Jan Norwood, Samarea (Kevin) Webb, Nicholas (Gina) Elliott, Aaron (Felicia) Elliott, Meagan Elliott, Hannah Elliott and Kathryn Elliott; great grandchildren Kristofer Norwood, Seth (Macy) Norwood, Ethan Norwood, Casee Norwood, Tristan Norwood, April Webb, Ethan Elliott, Oliver Elliott, Uriah Elliott, Iris Elliott, Suhkna Sankhare, Evans Frassine, and Corbin Elliott; and great-great grandchildren Elizabeth, Remington and Rhyder Norwood. Additionally, he is survived by his brother, Gerald Elliott, of Fort Scott, KS.

Service arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at this link or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

(In September 2015 he was honored as Elder Emeritus at Crown Heights Christian Church, Oklahoma City.)

2020-06-15T11:58:38-05:00Jun 15, 2020|Regional News|Comments Off on Remembering Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Elliott