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Although we spend a lot of our time desiring to be away from home on some great vacation, it is not long after our absence that we find ourselves craving to be back in the comfort zone of our four familiar walls. When it comes to a church home, Rev. David Daniel of First United Methodist Church, strives to make all people feel welcome when they walk through the doors at 129 W. 14th street in Ada. Daniel came to be the senior pastor at FUMC in 2010 with a heart dedicated to evangelism. “I feel like our church is putting itself in position to do great things for years to come, and our people are excited about fulfilling God’s call in the present” says Daniel. FUMC has been around for 116 years and although the exterior speaks tradition, the heart beats to a more contemporary tune. “We will not throw out tradition but we will add methods that are relevant for reaching our community in this day and time,” Daniel says. So whether you are looking for a more traditional service or something a little contemporary, FUMC has a place for you. “Our goal is to be a church for all generations, not keeping anyone out,” says Dr. Roberto Escamilla, Pastor of Evangelism. FUMC is a place of service and hospitality. One Sunday after church a couple went to Glenwood Park and noticed several people washing their clothes in the water park. The couple made a plan to come 6 •

back the following week with a picnic lunch and offer a meal to the people if they were there again. Sure enough they were, and an outreach was birthed that day by an everyday couple who just wanted to be a blessing to others in their community. Over the past year on a weekly basis there have been as many as 100 people served a home cooked meal at the park. “It’s a friendly, caring place”, Escamilla says. FUMC is a place to get involved. Whether you are a child or a senior adult, there are many opportunities for spiritual growth, community and outreach opportunities both local and abroad. We FUMC is fervent in establishing a strong Christian foundation in the lives of children, so much so that they have a pre school program within the church. The Good Shepherd Pre School is a great place for kids to learn and grow in a rich spiritual environment.

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“Get up and move, Get up and shout! Praising the Lord, Is what it’s about” says self-published author, Calvin W. Allison. This was not the outlook Allison had early on in life but one night, just barely hanging at the end of his rope, all changed for this troubled young man. Allison was born February 27, 1978 in Ada Oklahoma and spent most of his childhood several miles east of town. He loved growing up with his sisters and enjoyed the country life where all seemed to be going well, that is until, the seventh grade. Allison became the target of severe bullying from his seventh to tenth grade years, which was the start of a downward spiral of events in his life. His parents went through a divorce, his heart was broken by a girl and his self esteem was right below rock bottom. A suicide note emerged from the deep depression Allison was swimming in, and if it were not for his sister calling the police, he may not be here today. Allison spent much of his time over

the next few months at Rolling Hills Hospital where he developed a confidence that propelled him into the bully role upon his return to school. Although confident that he would no longer allow anyone to bully him, the depression was reaching a boiling point and Allison began writing about it. His first poem, “A Broken Heart”, was snatched up by a teacher during detention and handed into the principle on the suspicion that Allison was planning to harm himself. He wasn’t, but a short time later due to certain actions, he was kicked out of school on a permanent basis. This led to alcohol abuse, drugs, a night in jail and finally a moment that would change Allison’s life for eternity. “What now!? I am at the end of my rope!” he screamed into the night sky. “What now Lord?” Allison had reached his breaking point and cried out in desperation to the Lord, someone he had not spoken to before this black night. With tears and great remorse he continued to pray and a

peace came over him that flushed out all the anger, hate and pain that had once consumed him. Allison began to read the Bible and his way of thinking changed, which led him to burn up all his poems filled with hate and anger. The ink he spreads upon a blank page now talks about the “power of God and how it can change a person’s it can bring a person from complete darkness into the everlasting light of Christ.” Allison’s self-published book of poetry, “A Sunset Rising”, is now available at The Good Book Store in Ada, Oklahoma. He was recently picked up by a publisher who will be making “A Sunset Rising” available in multiple stores as well as in digital format online. The publishing company will also be printing and distributing his newest work entitled, “Joan”. Both works should be available by December of 2011. Allison invites you to join him on facebook or email him at if you have any questions or would just like to get to know him better. ■ • 7

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Cyprus Mediterranean Restaurant, at 1601 N. Mississippi, is more than just a restaurant, it is an experience in the art of cooking. Hamid Bayatfar, the owner and head chef, has traveled the world, tasting the most delicious and exotic dishes. He is a graduate of both an Italian cooking school and the fine arts program at ECU. His paintings line the walls, and he even created the wood-fire, brick oven for cooking pizzas. Every part of the restaurant is his creation. The designs are inspired by Mediterranean style and culture, as are the dishes served. The Mediterranean consists of many different countries including Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Morocco—just to name a few. These countries each come with their own unique flavors and recipes, but are also influenced by countries such as Persia and India. Cyprus is an island located in the middle of these diverse cultures, thus the restaurant is named quite aptly. The menu at Cyprus takes the best recipes from that part of the world and recreates them using authentic

seasonings and fresh ingredients. Even the dishes that are not exactly “Mediter ranean”— like catfish and salmon—are made with a Mediterranean flare. Everything is made from scratch, to your specifications, at the moment you order. You will find no ready made Alfredo sauce in the kitchen, just the ingredients to make it. Fresh pizza dough is made twice daily. The soup is made in the morning and discarded in the evening. There is not a microwave in the entire restaurant. The menu, consisting of the most seafood in town and what might possibly be the best pizza in the country, is a reflection of Hamid’s own personal life experience. For example, when he was in Sicily he ate the same delicious dish every day—Shrimp Fra Diavolo. Finally, he convinced the chef to show him how to make it; this is the same dish you can find in his restaurant, using the same techniques and the same

seasoning. The food served at Cyprus is old-fashioned cooking, but with a new and modern twist. Everything is fresh and healthy. It’s food that’s good for the body and makes you feel great. Friday nights you can hear live music, both classical and romantic, played on acoustic guitar by Jonathan Isaacs. Belly dancers occasionally perform as well. A conference room can be reserved for any occasion, and they also do catering and delivery. They are open MondayThursday from 11-9, Friday-Saturday from 11-10, and Sunday from 11-3. You can call at (580) 436-7170, (580) 436-7180, or check out their facebook page. So visit them and have more than a meal—have an experience. ■

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It was a typical Thursday night for the McClure family, aside from Marleigh’s menacing cough. The lights went out and several hours later the sun came up on a brisk December morning. Marleigh’s cough decided to come with the dawn as well, so Scottie called the family doctor and set up an appointment to get her checked out. Marleigh’s father Mike, stayed home with her younger sister Mayme while she and Scottie headed to the 10:30am appointment. Marleigh laid down on the paper covered table and the doctor began the examination. “What is this?” he said to Scottie and asked her to come over and feel a spot on her stomach. Moments later the doctor was picking up the phone and ordering a CT Scan. “I know it is almost lunch time, but I want it done now” he said sternly with concern in his voice. It was at this point that Scottie new something was seriously wrong, so she excused herself and called her husband. Arrangements were made for Mayme so Mike could meet Scottie and Marleigh at the hospital. As Scottie waited, she called her best friend Tiffany and simply said, “Start praying. I don’t know what it is, just start praying.” “Mommy, what’s going on?” Marleigh said with tears in her eyes. “They’re just running some tests, everything is going to be okay”, Scottie said as she tried to hold herself together. It was 12:30 and the tests and scans were completed, so the McClure’s were sent home to wait for the results. At 1:36 the phone rang and the words shared from the doctor were not at all what Scottie wanted to hear. “She has a huge mass on her abdomen and I am sending you to Children’s Hospital right away”. Bags were haphazardly thrown together with various items and the McClure’s were on there way to Oklahoma City. As they were driving, Marleigh

decided she wanted to give the mass a name. “I will call it Marvin the mass or Tina the tumor”. Some of the tension in the car was relieved with these silly, innocent words from a very sick little girl. Marleigh was checked into a room and a team was assembled by 5:30 that

surgery the doctors were able to remove the tumor and after some recovery time, Marleigh went home cancer free. Almost four years later, Scottie was sitting down talking with her mother about the experience they had with Marleigh over those 3 weeks in December of 2007. She re-membered

“I will call it Marvin the mass or Tina the tumor”. same evening. “Can we say the ‘C’ word in front of her?”, they asked. Scottie and Mike both agreed it would be okay and the doctors proceeded with the grim news for their precious daughter. “She has a large, fast growing cancerous tumor in her abdomen and there is about a 25 percent survival rate if we are successful in removing it.” Scottie’s world halted upon these words and it only got worse when the doctor spoke with her and Mike in private. The doctor continued, “If she can survive the surgery, it will be a good thing.” Scottie had been praying up until this point, but it was now that she really began to cry out to God, “Heal my baby. Heal my baby.” The doctors performed the biopsy on Sunday and Scottie received the first bit of good news that she desperately needed. The surgeon told her and Mike that they believe it’s a ganglioneuroma, which is very rare, but a tumor that is benign. Friends, family and people from H2O church were praying for Marleigh as she entered into a seven hour surgery. “I have never felt so alone”, Scottie said as she described herself during the longest seven hours of her life. During the

all the prayers, how she begged God to heal her baby, how all her family, friends and church family surrounded her, and she just felt an overwhelming nudge to want to share how thankful she was for God’s presence and provision during that difficult time. She was holding onto her smartphone during the conversation when a Facebook message appeared on the screen. The message looked like this... Hi Scottie I am working at the Ada Hub and we are looking for a story about being thankful. It made me think of your family and what you have been through keeping your head up high. I was wondering if you would be willing to meet with me Wednesday morning to do an interview? Please let me know. Thanks Scottie An overwhelmed Scottie rapidly responded with great joy at the opportunity to be able to share her story of thanks. What are you thankful for this holiday season? Please share with us on our Facebook page at www. ■ • 13

Holiday Roadtrips

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ver the river and through the woods...I think you know how the rest of the song goes. The holiday season is fast approaching and many of us are hitting the highways to get away from work and spend some much needed time with family and friends. We all plan to leave the house on schedule and are sure we can pull up in the driveway of our destination at the exact estimated time. Dad’s driving, Mom is reading a magazine (most likely the Ada Hub), the kids are playing on their cell phones and all seems fine until the car suddenly stops. Dad maneuvers the car to the shoulder and begins to assess the situation. Despite his extensive knowledge of engine repair, Dad is still unable to determine what the problem is. Now, forty five minutes away from the nearest town the family is stranded, left in the hands of roadside assistance and a towing service charging outrageous holiday fees. “Most unfortunate situations can be avoided by proper vehicle maintenance”, says Ada Ford Service Manager Ronnie Pogue. Pogue said he learned this the hard way when 14 •

his wife kept asking him to fix the tire on her car. “I knew it needed repair but it was hunting season and I was in a hurry to get in the woods, so I just quickly put some air in the tire and left.” Not long after that, Pogue had an unhappy wife stranded at the grocery store and a hunting trip ending prematurely. We are all too busy to have speed bump moments like these, but with a little planning we can make sure our vehicles are in proper order. Not only will it save us time, but it can also save us a lot of money in the long run. What are the main things to look for before that next holiday road trip? Pogue says the first thing to check is your tires. Low tire pressure can cause blowouts and loss of control. You can buy a simple tire gauge for next to nothing and the amount of pressure that your tires should be inflated to is on the inside door jamb on the driver’s side of your car. Tire tread is also important to a well maintained vehicle. A common method for checking this is to stick a penny into the tread and if you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for a new tire. Pogue says “You should also have your brake pads changed regularly for optimum safety.” Next up are

fluids. Always be sure to check wiper fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and of course oil. If too low, antifreeze and engine oil can cause the most detriment to your vehicle’s engine. Engine oil is recommended to be changed every 3,000 miles and antifreeze once every two years. Procrastinating on these can lead to severe engine problems that will cost you much more than a simple fluid check. Finally, you should check your battery and air filter. Corrosion around the battery cables and terminals can spell disaster for the life of your battery. A good battery usually last about five years, so if yours is getting close to blowing out a big number five candle, then it’s probably a good idea to go ahead and buy a new one. Let’s face it, we all want to save money these days and performing these vehicle checks on a consistent basis will do just that in the long run. Remember the family a few paragraphs ago? Finding out that they had a bad battery could have saved them from being stranded and a hefty towing bill. When it comes to vehicle maintenance, being proactive, rather than reactive can set your family on a safe route to a Happy Holiday. ■

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facilities, safety services, and other community services. When shoppers decide to shop online or outside their community, they invest their sales taxes into another community and not their own. Another benefit of shopping locally is that it can increase the availability of goods and services in your community. Increased retail sales in a community make retailers interested in expanding their stores to that community. Shopping locally means shoppers will be helping make their community attractive for retail growth, which brings more shopping choices. Local retailers are also involved in and give back to their community. Online and retailers in other communities don’t contribute to community events and fundraisers. Shopping locally may not always be

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the easiest option, especially if one works odd hours or are seeking a specific item. Before making the decision to shop online or visit retailers in other communities, consider talking to your favorite retailers about their hours or products you’re interested in. They might be able to order items you’re interested in and most retailers welcome feedback and appreciate customer input. By choosing to shop locally, you’re investing in your community and setting the groundwork for retail growth. There are numerous unique stores and boutiques in Ada and I encourage you to discover them all this holiday shopping season. Reader questions and input on future columns is appreciated. Submit your questions to ■

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One of the reasons why I enjoy couponing is because it allows me to help others. Since I can often get food and toiletry items for free or nearly free, I always try to pick up one or two extras for local charities and needy families. The women’s shelter and the area youth shelter are always in need of toiletries for their clients. These facilities have tight budgets and by donating these items you help make their customers feel more at home during difficult times. Senior centers and nursing homes residents would also enjoy receiving toiletry items. By couponing for a cause, you’re helping provide comfort to others without much more effort or expense on your part. Food items can be donated to local food banks and pantries, where they will be distributed to needy families. Angel Food Ministries, which provided low-

cost food to numerous families, recently ceased their operation which has increased the demand on local food banks. Sometimes you might even know of a family that could use a little help. Consider making them a care package from your stockpile and leaving it on their front doorstep. Couponing for a cause can go beyond food and toiletries as well. I recently was able to purchase board games at a significant discount with coupons. I bought several to donate to angel tree children this Christmas. Couponers often get cast in a negative light, but coupons can be used to not only benefit ourselves but others as well. The next time you’re out and find a good coupon deal, consider buying an extra item to donate to a charity or needy family. By couponing for a cause, we can make a big difference in our community. ■

Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment -- to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful. Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student’s art. And they were. But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. He was the teacher’s true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad eyes. Yes, his picture was different. When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty hand. His abstract image captured the imagination of his peers. Whose hand could it be? One child guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers raise turkeys. Another suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. And so the discussion went -- until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself. When the children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas’ desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it was. The little boy looked away and murmured, “It’s yours, teacher.” She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as she had the other students. How often had she said, “Take my hand, Douglas, we’ll go outside.” Or, “Let me show you how to hold your pencil.” Or, “Let’s do this together.” Douglas was most thankful for his teacher’s hand. Brushing aside a tear, she went on with her work. The story speaks of more than thankfulness. It says something about teachers teaching and parents parenting and friends showing friendship, and how much it means to the Douglases of the world. They might not always say thanks. But they’ll remember the hand that reaches out. ■ • 21

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by: Miranda Elliott

Today, the majority of women work outside of the home. Obligations to family and work create a sense of constant exasperation for many women. As wives, mothers, and professionals the modern American woman often wonders how to juggle her ever-growing todo list. Will my boss be impressed with my proposal? How can I make time to stay healthy? When is the last time I balanced my checkbook? This month the Pontotoc Technology Center is doing its part to provide guidance and management skills for area women with demanding lifestyles. With the support of local businesses, the learning center will host a unique educational experience for women. On November 18, the Pontotoc Technology Center’s first Women’s Conference will take place. The conference, themed Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise, is designed to engage and empower busy women by providing them with the tools for a successful and fulfilling life. 22 •

Jenny Cypert, Pontotoc Technology Center’s Director of Business and Industry Services is looking forward to the upcoming event, “We think that there are some general topics that all females are interested in. While the majority of females work these days, the pressure of family usually falls on the female. The question is how do you handle the stress?” This 1-Day event will begin at 8:15, and will include a full lunch, shopping and informational booths, and feature 15 breakout sessions for only $50. Representative Susan Paddack will open the day with a welcoming ceremony, and two keynote addresses will be given as the day progresses. Janet Sue Rush, President of Rush Company, an incredibly successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker will share her insights on customer service, and public relations. Sean Abbananto, speaker and mindset coach, will close the event

with his address “Why Most Successful People Think Differently and Why You Should Too!” Educational sessions will include business relationship building, investment dos and don’ts, personal finance, communication skills, customer service techniques, self-defense, and more. Individual workshops will take place simultaneously, each with a healthy, wealthy, or wise focus, allowing women to tailor their experience to their specific needs and interests. “What I’m excited about is the tremendous community sponsored support going on for area folks. For only $50, you’re going to get a lot of education. We want it to be financially accessible so people can attend and feel like they got something --that it was worth their money.” To become a part of Pontotoc Technology Center’s first Women’s Conference: Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise contact Jamie at (580) 332-2506 or register online at ■

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