Office: M-F 9 a.m.—2 p.m. 918-492-1353 June 15, 2012
What if you moved to a town where there was no church, or no church that spoke in your
“Re-membering” One of my favorite things about being part of a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) community is that we observe communion every time we participate in worship. I know for some the frequency poses the risk of draining the ritual of its significance. But for me, it’s my favorite moment, pretty much every time. There are lots of reasons I like communion so much, none of which involve the chance to get a midworship snack. In the Disciples tradition, we uphold the idea of the “Priesthood of all Believers.” This means, as my wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, puts it plainly every Sunday, that we’re all ministers, and therefore we all have a ministry. In our church this means we all have an opportunity to serve one another at the communion table. And as has become traditional in Milagro, our church, the person who shares their personal story usually helps serve as a symbolic extension of the generosity they have shown in word. The stories we hear weekly are amazing. I’m amazed both by the depth of brokenness and the profound healing that is shared in what we call our “show and tell time.” It’s simple, really; people bring something that helps them see God, and they tell the story about how it helps them do that. From there, peoples’ lives are broken open and shared in a way that allows all to be nourished by that brokenness. We tend to think of being broken as a bad thing, which is understandable, especially in a culture that holds up perfection as the only true ideal. But whereas the world may suggest that imperfection is justification for an extreme makeover, we as followers of Christ see it as a curiously beautiful common thread that holds all of us together. It’s in that brokenness that we find the jagged edges in ourselves that fit together with others. Jesus was big on finding power in brokenness too. In fact, he took the bread at the heart of the Jewish Seder meal and gave it new meaning in it’s brokenopen state. He took what was a part of each of their daily lives, blessed it with new meaning and shared it with other. And we’re called to do the same. “Remember me,” are two central words in the act of
"Facing Our Other Side" The book of Genesis tells us that after the Lord God had made the Garden of Eden and all the living things in it that Adam was lonely, because there was no one to be his companion. So, the Lord God made Eve. And there in lies a huge revelation that helps us understand ourselves today. Our Bible Study class invites you to join us, Sunday at 9:30 a.m., as we look deeper into that story that we have ever done before: "Facing Our Other Side." To prepare you'll want to read Genesis 2:21-3:24. communion. For some, the command simply means to recall, to think back and not forget. But “re-membering” at its heart means to restore something that is broken to wholeness. It’s one thing to take a piece of the bread offered to you with thanksgiving; it’s another to see it as a charge, a challenge, as if each person in the room were given a piece of a puzzle and told to work together to make something cohesive of the pieces. If we allow ourselves to be broken open and shared, there was, is and will be enough. The people of Milagro are a blessedly broken lot. There are addicts in recovery, felons seeking a new path, excommunicates who vowed never to darken the door of a church again and life-long questioners. Our stories are beautiful, heartbreaking, hilarious and profound. But they have no power until uncovered, broken open and passed around. In blessing others, we are blessed. In feeding others, we are fed. In being vulnerable enough to share the deepest parts of ourselves, we all become a part of a greater whole. That is what re-membering is all about. From Christian Piatt's January 17, 2012 blog. Christian is a Disciples of Christ author, speaker, and musician. You can find his blog at christianpiatt.com or buy his books at Cokesbury.
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Please add these to your Church Directory. Megan Castles also joined Bethany last week! We welcome her; she is already represented in the directory.
June 20, 2012 - Disciple Ministerâ€™s Association meeting at Bethany Christian Church in Tulsa. Fellowship begins at 10:30 with our program at 11:00. Ann Patton, the author of Danâ€™s War on Poverty will be our guest speaker. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the beginning of Neighbor for Neighbor in the Tulsa area. You might read the book before the meeting. I am reading it and it has taught me many things that happened in Tulsa which I did not know (I grew up here). You can order it from Amazon and it will ship from Tulsa. From Rev. Leslie Dotson, Area Minister
Breakfast Club Just a friendly reminder about Breakfast Club! If you have not signed up, please let Nancy know if you are coming so that we can insure that we will have a seat for you. You may respond by e-mail or by phone, 918-492-2519. Location and time follows: When: Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 9:00 A.M. Where: City Diner, 6902 South Lewis Thanks, Philip & Nancy Gray email@example.com
Count your Blessings: Name them One-by-One Disciples Women are given the opportunity to recognize and give thanks for the blessings that we receive each year by keeping a Blessing Box. Blessings are counted by putting coins into the box, and this year we are inviting others in the congregation to join in the celebration of God’s blessings. We have placed blessing box containers on the table outside the sanctuary and the table in fellowship hall so that others might count their blessings as well. Monies from these offerings, which support
Disciples Mission Fund, will be dedicated at the women’s
Encounter event June 22-23.
OKLAHOMA DISCIPLES WOMEN ENCOUNTER “FRUIT OF MY LIPS” First Christian Church, Ponca City, Oklahoma
June 22-23, 2012 Keynoter: Penny Shorow Registration includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. Childcare is available at no extra cost but reservations are required with adult registration. See registration forms for details; forms are on the tables in the narthex and in fellowship hall. This regional women’s event includes keynote sessions, workshop presentations, and worship experiences. Registration deadline is June 8th. Bethany Disciples Women will assist with expenses. Questions should be directed to Toni Imbler.
You will find some address stickers in the back of the Sanctu-
ary Sunday for three people. Maurice Parker, Janelle Gillispie, and Janet Edge stickers may be placed in the “notes” section of your directory. Please write the information below into your directory. Please let the church office know of any corrections to your information any time of the year! Thank you, Marci
Correction to page 7 in Directory: DAVISON, Lisa and Michael. The cell # for Lisa is 918-361-0478. Delete 8998939.
Correction to page 14 in Directory: New Correction to pg. Please add cell phone #’s for both: 10: Change the Work Phone for Toni Imbler 918.640-8345 Christy / 918.645.7971 to 918-270-6412 Mike
Birthdays June 01
Sylvia Grace Smith
Elders Schedule June 10 Janet Edge & Alice Jane Lanier June 17 Marilyn Bowers & Toni W. Imbler June 24 Ruth Ann Fate & Janet Edge July 1
Toni W. Imbler & Tommie Kinyon
Alice Jane Lanier & Kelly Kirby
Deacons Schedule June 10
Jesse Fate, Kathy Herwig, Maria Taveau, Steve Fate
Patrick Madaj, Tom Madaj, Judy Krase, Loren Krase
June 24 Maria Taveau, Bettye Jackson, Steve Fate, Jesse Fate
HAPPY FATHERâ€™S DAY Thank You, Dad Thank you for the laughter, For the good times that we share, Thanks for always listening, For trying to be fair.
Thank you for your comfort, When things are going bad, Thank you for the shoulder, To cry on when I'm sad.
This poem's a reminder that All my life through, I'll be thanking heaven For a special dad like you. --Anonymous
Our Church Calendar June 17
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Fathers Day
Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry Book Event -â€“Hosted by Bethany, 6:30p.m.
Disciples Ministerâ€™s Assoc. at Bethany; fellowship 10:30 a.m., meet at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m.
Tulsa County Voting Place 7a.m.-7p.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. New Leadership Installation during worship. Note: July Cabinet Meeting Cancelled
All Church Retreat, 9a.m. to noon at Bethany Christian Church
The next Brief will be emailed on June 22;
Newsletter July 1
Serenity Group continues to meet Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday evenings at 7:30