Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you for being a partner in the ministry and mission of the Regional Church in Oklahoma. Your ongoing financial gifts to the Regional Church help to connect, equip, and empower clergy and congregations in Oklahoma to reach out with the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Please prayerfully consider giving a gift to the Fall Appeal for the Regional Church. Every gift, blessed and multiplied by God, has the capacity to strengthen our ministry together.
While all of our in-person Regional events were cancelled due to the unprecedented pandemic these last eight months, we have been able to gather virtually to continue the ministry of the Region. In fact, we just held the first Virtual Regional Assembly on September 26, 2020, which was remarkable. We were able to see one another, learn together, worship together, and conduct Regional business together. We had 75 clergy and 60 certified delegates representing 27 congregations in attendance via Zoom, and many others throughout the Region joined the Assembly through YouTube. If you missed it you may view the 2020 Virtual Regional Assembly replays here.
Your Regional leadership also continues to provide opportunities and resources for youth and children through this same technology. Clergy continue to gather for support and sharing, and congregations have been able to utilize the Region’s technology until they could acquire their own. And now you may access podcast interviews of our Regional Area Moderators.
Your gift to the Regional Church makes it possible for all of us to stay connected through technology, even more so with a pandemic, and we are ever so grateful.
We are committed to continuing our focus on Jesus and the Bible in 2021 to keep our faith grounded in these unstable times. Also, we are committed to the creation of new ways to connect, equip, and empower Disciples of Christ:
- strengthening the voice of hope and assurance of God’s presence among us,
- using our voices and our feet to advocate for justice for the oppressed,
- lifting our hands and hearts in prayer beckoning the Holy Spirit to help us bring healing and wholeness to this very broken world.
Your gift will help us accomplish these priorities. We have enclosed an envelope so you may send a check to the Regional Church, or you may give online using Givelify here.
Again, thank you for your part in the meaningful, life-giving work of the Regional Church. Stay safe! Stay well! Stay hopeful!
Peace & God’s Grace,
Pamela G. Holt, Regional Minister
Some Regional Leaders’ responses to “What do you enjoy about the Regional Church?”
“The people! Learning and meeting all the people, and learning all the
Region does!” says Jacqueline Bass from Wildewood Christian Church, OKC.
“The relationships,” writes Rev. Michael Oberlender from FCC Chickasha. “When I think of relationship, I think of connectivity. As a family, we are
bonded together and enjoy a covenantal bond like no other entity.”
“Seasoned colleagues, responsive regional ministers, critical theological exploration at PTS, and a Disciples history of being a powerful voice of
reasoned Christianity!” writes Rev. Colton Lott from FCC El Reno.