September 26, 2013 Office Hrs. 9a.m.—2p.m. 918.492.1353 Vol. 21 Issue 10
Each October, Bethany does the important work of considering what it means to be good stewards of our talents, time and resources. Starting the second Sunday in October, we will explore stewardship with this question, "what does it mean to be found faithful?" As we celebrate the ways we have been found faithful in the past, we will also challenge ourselves to respond to God's faithfulness with our commitments for next year. I'd like to share a story written for the Found Faithful curriculum written by Beryl Jantzi.
ing Henry III lived in Germany long ago. The king grew tired of his royal duties, so he applied to a monastery to become a monk. The religious superior of the monastery said to Henry, “Your Majesty, do you understand that to join this monastery you must become obedient to me as your religious superior? That will be hard because you have been king.” Henry replied, “I understand. The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.” “Then I will tell you what to do,” said the leader of the monastery. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has placed you.” That is exactly what King Henry did. When King Henry died, this statement was written about him: “The kind learned to rule by being obedient.” We too can tire of our responsibilities. Like King Henry we need to be reminded that God has called us and equipped us to be faithful in our unique roles– be it as a plumber, accountant, mother, father, pastor, or teacher. God expects us to be faithful in our relationships with each other as well as with our resources. The story about King Henry and what he learned about being faithful to his call has implications for each of us today. Jesus taught us that faithfulness starts with the simple and everyday things of life. May we step out into this adventure together, discovering in worship and reflection what it means to be Found Faithful.
Phillips Theological Seminary is pleased to announce its new Dean The Rev. Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman 901 N. Mingo Road Tulsa, Oklahoma
CROP Hunger Walk October 6 (contact Steve Fate if needed)
Go to this link:
and support the Bethany Believes CROP Hunger Walk team.
Organizers say fair-goers can expect to see a whole lot more entertainment, food and vendors. There will be more than 30 new rides and more than 10,000 animals. New food at the fair includes bacon lemonade, fried fruity pebbles and cricket pizza. There are also armadillo eggs, cheesy bacon bombs and bourbon meatballs. Organizers tell us this will be the most dramatic change to the Tulsa State Fair in 34 years."We have been here for over 100 years that's why it's so important that we do keep with the traditions and heritage. However, look outside the box and make sure we bring in new and fresh ideas," Tulsa State Fair manager Amanda Blair said. The fair kicks off Thursday, Sept. 26. Shuttles to the fairgrounds will run in the evenings throughout the week and at noon on weekends. Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday. The fair runs until Oct. 6. Read more about The State Fair at www.kjrh.com
Dear Bethany Family, Thank you so much for the graduation gift. A Song to Sing, a Life to Live: Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice by father and daughter, Don and Emily Saliers, says that music shapes our lives and our words. I know it can also change moods and imbed feelings for recall at a single note of the tune. I listen to music every chance I get and enjoy so many different kinds of music; but I donâ€™t think I have ever thought to thank God for music before. I thank God for music, for your love, and for this special book signed by many of you. College is going great! I decided to join Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and it is terrific! I am getting involved in new things, enjoying meeting so many people, and my classes are good, too. If you get to Stillwater, look me up at the
What is a labyrinth and why would I want to walk one? by Mady Fraser
Walking a labyrinth--whether literally walking one like we have in our memorial garden or using a finger or stylus to trace a small labyrinth--is a form of prayer. The movement back and forth around the turns connects the right and left sides of our brains and brings us to the center of our being, where the Holy resides in each of us. This creates an openness within us to become aware of and receive the Love of God for us as individuals and for all the world. Group walks will be offered regularly the last Sunday of each month at 5:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.
DISCIPLES WOMEN: Study & Service
Bethany Account Cards As your Church Secretary, I have a new task that will require some of your help. A list is being created that shows all the places of business that Bethany is affiliated with. This includes supplies for food, communion, office, janitorial, kitchen, building etc. Please send me an email or call to inform me of such places of business. If you have any membership cards to Reasors, Sams, Walmart etc. under a Bethany account, please turn those in to Marci or Kelli. We need to take inventory. Thank you for your help! You may contact Marci @ 918-492-1353 or email@example.com
Service Project: Restoring Lives -Housing for Homeless Veterans Help restore lives to veterans who, for one reason or another, are homeless. Your support will help veterans in the Tulsa area who live in the Liberty House transitional living facility. The facility specifically helps veterans recovering from addiction or leaving the prison system. Household Personal Coffee Mugs Razors Twin Bed Sheets Shampoo Bath Towels Bath Soap Wash Cloths Toothpaste Kitchen Towels Tooth Brushes These items will be taken to the Fall Retreat.
Next meeting: October 12th, 10 am The Study will be led by Marilyn Bowers Simpler Living: Money
A Note From Megan Castles Well I've been at The U of A for a little over 3 weeks...wow!! I AM IN LOVE! My professors and classes are amazing! I absolutely love my political science class! So interesting! I'm a member of Alpha Chi Omega and its the perfect sorority for me. Our philanthropy is domestic violence awareness, what an amazing way to minister to people! I've been attending a college kid worship service during the week and Fayetteville has an incredible Christian music station that really speaks to me. I hate being away from my family. I miss my church, friends, bed and old life BUT I am absolutely happy at The University of Arkansas! God has given me such opportunities and opened so many doors for me! I have found the (education) part of God's plan for my life! Please tell my sweet congregation of friends that I love and miss each of them dearly! Also please give them my new addresses:
BREAKFAST CLUB Saturday....let's try somewhere new this month - Mom's Family Diner, 4101 South Mingo Road on Saturday, October 19, at 9:00 AM. Sign Up or call Phil and Nancy Gray and let them know you'll be there for good food and fellowship. Bettye Jackson and Darlene Hensley both give it a big thumbs up.
GIVING RECORDS If you would like to receive a detailed statement of your 2013 giving record, you can email Judy Krase or call her
LUNCH BUNCH Lunch Bunch will meet following Sunday service on September 29th. Please see Jennae Mullins for questions. Charlie Mitchell’s Restaurant
4848 S. Yale Ave.
Bethany Cookout, Movie, & more!
The task group working on the plans for this are Allison Fate, Jennae Mullins, and Kessie Noel. So far, the plan is:
their drive to collect women and children’s clothing to help transform the lives of women and children in crisis. Donations go in the bin by the front North doors. This drive is ongoing.
meat, buns, and drink will be provided
everyone bring sides such as chips, cookies, potato salad, brownies and lawn chair
an outdoor movie and more info to come
Please see the NEAT’s Newsletter posted on the Bulletin Board. Be sure to sign up in advance at 918-743-1303 for most attractions!
Visit NEATs New Website: www.neatstulsa.org
ethany task group meetings are open to three different groups: the people who signed up at the all church retreat, those who are interested and didn't sign up, and YOU! Yeah, you! All task groups are project oriented and anyone is invited to be a part of them. Look for an email if you signed up for a group or in the newsletter/brief and bulletins to see when the task groups meet. Kelli
Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Kairos Outside Eastern Oklahoma (KOEO) Prison Ministry
Saturday, September 28th 6 :15pm â€“ 7:30 pm St Benedicts Catholic Church McGuire Hall 2200 W Ithica ST Broken Arrow, OK 74012
NW corner of Aspen and 101st St.
Directions: From the Creek Turnpike exit on Aspen and head north. Cross over 101st and then Reproductive Services of Tulsa provides women take 1st left. with low cost assistance for reproductive From Broken Arrow Expy, exit on Aspen and go health. Some people in the community reject south. Turn right into Ithica just before 101 Street. the comprehensive health care they provide and protest loudly each Friday. Tickets $7.00 Adults, $5 Children (3 and younger For more than a year, I have been a part of a eat free). Family of 4 or more $25 Peaceful Presence ministry that provides a reliComplementary tickets available for Kairos gious buffer to those protesting. I believe that Family as needed all women have the right to make their own reproductive choices and should be able to do Questions? Call Kate so with dignity. Nancy Wirth helped begin this Kairos Outside is a ministry of Kairos ministry with other people in the Tulsa commuPrison Ministry International nity. Clergy and laity alike volunteer their time to escort the women and men into the clinic and for women affected by have someone close with care and prayer.
to them in prison
If you would like to be a part of this Peaceful Presence which takes place on Wednesdays between 8:15 am to 9:15 am or Thursday 11:20 am to 12:20 pm, please let me know and I will connect you. -Kelli
Bethany Christian Church Elders Serving (Bread, Wine) Sept 26
October Newsletter will be published
Sunday School, begins at 9:15 Worship at 10:45 Reconciliation Offering Lunch Bunch Charlie Mitchell’s Restaurant 4848 S. Yale Ave. Labyrinth Group Walk 5:00p
Rev. Kelli Driscoll’s Birthday
Pastoral Relations Meeting 7:00p
Choir Practice 7:00p
Deacons Serving (Door/Acolyte, Door/Prayer)
Elders Meeting 6:00p Oct 6
World Communion Sunday Sunday School, begins at 9:15 Worship at 10:45 Luncheon for CROP Walkers after Worship CROP Walk 1:30p Cabinet Meeting 5:00p
Choir Practice 7:00p
Disciples Women Meeting 10:00 Church cookout, movie and more starts 6:00p
Sunday School, begins at 9:15 Worship at 10:45
Vision/Plan Task Group Meeting 6:30p
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