March 29, 2013 Office Hrs. 9a.m.—2p.m. 918.492.1353 Vol. 21 Issue 4
During this Holy Week, one hymn has continually popped up in my mind. Walking down the hall at church, it’s come out in humming before I even knew it. Since it’s Holy Week, do you have a guess? Perhaps it’s something very formal, maybe Lift High the Cross? Nope. How about one that is most assuredly for Easter; is it He is Risen? What about this familiar tune, could it be In the Garden? Sorry, not it either. While those are certainly familiar Easterrelated songs, the song that I can’t escape is For All the Saints.
For All the Saints remembers those who have died. We deal with the stark reality of death during Holy Week. Good Friday reminds us of the isolation of Jesus and it is comforting to remember the ways our faith is connected to others. My faith personally rests on the shoulders of every person who has taught me about the faith: my grandfather, who prayed the same prayer before every meal; the Sunday School teachers; Miss Jane, who lead children’s church, the woman who seemed lighter than air and stronger than steel - her faith was that way too; the adults who made it a priority to show up every week to youth group; the camp counselors who gave weeks of their summers to the children and youth of the Disciples of Christ of Louisiana; the mentors, some Reverends and some revered saints of those churches where I’ve served. Some of these incredible people have gone on to the life that is next. Some of them continue to encourage, inspire, and push me to trust and learn everyday more about God’s incredible love. Just as one generation gives the gifts of faith to the next, every Holy Week and every Easter are strengthened by the one before it and the one before that. Our collective experiences continue to grow to create the “blessed communion” we know as church. God redeems us through the life of Jesus. Through remembering the Passion and the Resurrection, we create a continuity with all Christians, everywhere, in this moment in time, the ages before us and all that comes next. The first verse of “For All the Saints” in the Chalice Hymnal: For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, they name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!
We're About Ready to Start Remember when we were "Raising the Roof for Habitat?" Well, we're ready to put a house under that roof. The foundation slab of the new house has been poured. Construction will begin Saturday, April 6, at 8 a.m. as Tulsa area Disciple churches join employees of the Newfield company, an energy exploration company based in Houston and Tulsa. The first wall will go up about 9:30 at 4021 W. 54th Street in Tulsa. Heather Heflin and her 10-year old daughter, Monique, are as excited as we are because they will become the owners after helping build it. The next step is for us to line up volunteers to help on Saturdays April 6-June 29. No construction May 25 (Memorial Day weekend). In addition to helping build the Heflin's new house, each church and the Newfield company will rotate providing coffee and donuts (for a morning break) as well as lunch for the workers. So, if you are unable to help with the construction, you could help us provide food when our turn comes. PLEASE SIGN-UP: It is critical for construction volunteers to sign-up for the Saturday(s) you plan to help, because Habitat needs to know ahead of time if additional workers will have to recruited. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at Bethany. Indicate which Saturdays you can help. You can volunteer for all day, or a half day. This will be the seventh house that Tulsa area Disciples have built since 1996. It is located two blocks west of the house we built in 2006 and near the house we built in 2008. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Those under 18 years must have a release signed by a parent. In case of threatening weather there will be a phone number to call to see if construction will be underway that day.
A Musical Kaleidoscope Join us at Fellowship Lutheran Church (68th & Sheridan) on April 12th at 7:00 PM, for a concert featuring Don Ryan, pianist. If you have never heard Don play, you don't know what you're missing! The concert is free. Donations will be accepted to support the music education program in Guyana, South Africa. Some of us are planning to eat dinner at KC Smokehouse Barbeque on 71st & Memorial (next to Midfirst Bank) at 5:00 PM. Call Maria if interested at 918-810-9335. A small flyer about the concert is available on the table in Fellowship Hall.
The Griggs Lectureship on Disciple History April 7, 2013 4:00 p.m. at First Christian Church (DOC) 10th & Main, Tulsa, OK • www.fcctulsa.org
Speaker: Dr. Richard Hamm
“Disciples, Discoveries and Dreams" Dr. Richard Hamm is Ministry Partner of The Columbia Partnership, an organization dedicated to creating and cultivating a collaborative community of church leaders and church champions. Thinking about church growth and rejuvenation? Richard Hamm has a message you'll be glad you heard. An author of three books on church leadership and vision, Hamm has served as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples) in the US and Canada where he launched a nationwide initiative, "2020 Vision" which resulted in the establishment of 700 new congregations - and still growing. As the former executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA and Vice President of the National Council of Churches, Hamm has a global vision for renewed growth and relevance of Christian (Disciples) congregations in a world needing help with age-old challenges.
Doing Together What We Can’t Do Alone When Jesus calls us to “go into all the world” we wonder how can we do that? By giving generously to our Easter offering is a step in the right direction. Our special offering this Sunday will support our impressive cooperative work through the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For instance: Global Ministries—in 2012 we supported 113 missionaries and interns serving in 38 countries; Home Missions—in 2012 we helped more than 242 congregations in their search for a new minister, as well as offering spiritually enriching experiences for children, youth, and adults; Higher Education and Leadership Ministries—we currently foster fourteen colleges/universities and 7 theological institutions which prepare leaders of the church for the 21 st century; And Much, Much more . . .
At Bethany, we do a lot to further the call of Jesus, but when we join hands with other churches we do much, much more! Please be as generous as you can in giving to our Easter offering.
Disciples Women BETHANY’S TEAM Jennae Mullins Kathy Herwig Bettye Jackson
The Phillips Theological Seminary Spring Swing is an event you don't want to miss! Who: Phillips Theological Seminary What: 3rd Annual PTS Spring Swing Golf Classic When: April 29, 2013 Where: Forest Ridge Golf Club Why: To support the education of laity and clergy If you would like to sponsor or contribute to these team members registration costs, please speak to the individual team members. They will carry their own sponsor sheets.
LOOK WHO HAS MOVED! Rev. Kelli Driscoll & Nick Crews 7005 East 60th St. Tulsa, OK 74145
Kelli said, “We look forward to welcoming you all to the house once we get settled.”
Disciples Women will meet on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. Our study, on the topic of "The Children”, will be led by Myrna Jones. The scripture from which our study has been taken is I John 2:1-15, 29-3:10; 5:1-21. Our understanding of the lesson will be enhanced if we study the scripture and biblical background before the presentation. Hostesses for the April meeting will be Tommie Kinyon and Jennae Mullins We will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon for Bethany Community School staff on April 4. Currently, we are selling tickets for the April 20 breakfast fundraiser for Stone Soup at Applebee’s at 47th and Yale. PLEASE CONTACT MYRNA JONES IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AND ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT EVENT!
DISCIPLES WOMEN is having a drive to collect women and children’s clothing to help transform the lives of women and children in crisis. Because of caring people like you, the DaySpring Villa can continue its mission. You may place your clothing donation(s) in the bin by the front North doors. This drive will be ongoing throughout the months to come.
StoneSoup Community Venture, Inc. Building Community, Responding to Hunger Vision Statement StoneSoup Community Venture exists to increase and sustain local community capacity for the purpose of responding to hunger in its many expressions. Mission Statement Our mission is revealed by working collaboratively with local neighborhoods to create communitygathering places where those who hunger in body, mind or spirit may find nourishment. Values Community: Committed to identifying, engaging and promoting community strengths and assets Equity: We have a passion for nurturing and promoting equity that gives dignity to all Learning: We embrace and engage in learning as a life-long endeavor Relationships: Promote a model of interdependent relationships between all people and people and the earth Transformation: Participating in personal, community and environmental health transformation Sustainability: Engage sustainability concepts in our business, ecological and development practices Local Emphasis: We recognize and value local identities and inherent wisdom Consensus: We utilize consensus-based decision-making
Breakfast Club Please let Nancy Gray know if you are coming. Sign up or respond by e-mail or by phone, 918-492-2519 or email@example.com . Location and time follows: When: Sat., April 20th, 9:00 a.m. Where: Applebeeâ€™s @ 47th & Yale
The Northeast Active Timers (NEATs), is a faith based agency providing program and services for 55+ including centenarians,
Please see the NEATâ€™s Newsletter posted on the Bulletin Board. Be sure to sign up in advance at 918-743-1303 for most attractions!
2nd Sunday Donuts April 14th Please join us in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday School to celebrate April birthdays!
The Council for Holocaust Education Presents
THE KINDERTRANSPORTS Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration 2013
(free shuttle rides available from Temple Israel, 2004 E. 22nd Place) Featuring: Kurt and Margaret Goldberger, child survivors of the Kindertransports From Dec. 1 1938 to the start of WWII nearly 10,000 Jewish children were sent, without their parents, to safety in Great Britain. While more than 1.5 million children perished in the Holocaust, these children were saved by the Kindertransport rescue movement. Kurt and Margaret Goldberger will share their personal stories of the Kindertransports. For more information call the Jewish Federation of Tulsa at 918-495-1100.
BETHANY CHRISTIAN CHURCH NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The Unity Concert on April 20 is the launch of this initiative, showcasing Oklahoma musicians of all ages and genres who will share their music and their love of community with Tulsans, in the beautiful setting of Guthrie Green, a gathering place with a similar vision. The free concert runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Also included will be: children’s activities; information booths from area non-profits; food; beverages; a silent auction and much more.
A brand new, updated version of music and lyrics written and arranged by Dr. Donald Armstrong especially for Memorial High School. Featuring the talents of MHS and Thoreau students and dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Strange. Call Hall, 5840 S. Hudson Tulsa, OK 74135 To order tickets, please print this e-mail and mail in your order and payment. Name_________________________ Phone_________________ E-Mail: __________________ Choose date – Please note number of tickets! □ Friday, April 12 7:30 PM
Ticket count ____
□ Saturday, April 13 7:30 PM Ticket count ____ □ Sunday, April 14 3:00 PM
Number of tickets
Ticket count ____
$ 8.00 each
Senior/Group of 10
$ 8.00 each
Total Due $
Payment Method: □ Check enclosed payable to MVMBC
Send form with payment to get reserved seating.
Mail by April 6 to: 7014 E 76th St, Tulsa, OK 74133 For more information call 918-260-3154 Tickets may be picked up 1 hour before and doors open a half hour before show.
Join Us Saturday!
Dr. Donald W. Armstrong
Performing Arts Department Chair
Memorial High School
Faith Life Connections is an ongoing lecture/conversation series offering a forum for participants to explore faith values in daily life. Held on a Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m., presentations will include a local panel. Together with the speaker, the panel will respond and share perspectives inviting conversations with all attendees. Throughout the day resources will be provided for those interested in teaching or leading study groups. Each program will conclude at 3:00 p.m. The program welcomes ecumenical and multi-faith participants.
Bethany Christian Church Elders Serving (Bread, Wine) Mar. 31
Steve Bowers, Toni Wine Imbler
Alice Jane Lanier, Tommie Kinyon
Steve Bowers, Toni Wine Imbler
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship at 10:45 a.m. Easter Sunday, Easter Offering
Choir Rehearsal 7 p.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship at 10:45 a.m. Committee meetings 5:00 p.m. Cabinet meeting 6:15 p.m.
Megan Castles, Nick Crews
Maria Taveau, Steve Fate
Choir Rehearsal 7 p.m.
Mike Cross, Megan Castles
Disciples Women meet 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Birthday Donuts in fellowship hall Worship at 10:45 a.m.
Bethany Community School Meets 1pm
Choir Rehearsal 7 p.m.
Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser for StoneSoup @ 47th and Yale, 9:00 am
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship at 10:45 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal 7 p.m.
FaithLife Connections 9—3 p.m. @ Yale Avenue Christian Church
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship at 10:45 a.m. Lunch Bunch after worship
(Serenity Group: Sun., Tues., & Fri. @ 7:30
Deacons Serving (Door/Acolyte, Door/Prayer)