- Ada, Oklahoma

October 25, 2013

Religion Briefs

Ada —

Thanksgiving service set

The 21st annual community Thanksgiving service will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Ada First Baptist Church, 521 S. Broadway. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Bob Langston, director of local missions and pastoral care at First United Methodist Church.


Ministry feeds hungry residents

Bread of Life Ministry, hosted by Ada First Baptist Church, feeds the hungry in the Ada community from 5:30-6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the church dining room, 521 S. Broadway.


Smorgasbord tickets on sale

The 63rd annual St. Joseph Smorgasbord Dinner is Sunday, Nov. 10. Serving times are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Dinner will be served in the parish hall at 1300 E. Beverly. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 4 to 10), and can be purchased from parishioners or by contacting the parish office.

The dinner will include Swedish meatballs, garlic cheese grits, broccoli casserole, curried fruit and turkey. The bazaar will be located in the educational building. 

A raffle will be held for a Kindle Fire HDX. For more information, call 580-332-4811.


First Baptist hosts fall festival

Fall festival at Ada First Baptist Church is from 5-7:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct 30, at 521 S. Broadway Ave. This is a free event for children ages preschool through sixth grade and their parents.

For more information, contact Ada First Baptist at 580-332-4121.


Local veterans honored

First United Methodist Church hosts special worship celebrations Sunday, Nov. 10, at both the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services. The services will include the colors, flag salute and the National Anthem along with special music by the church choir. 

On Monday, Nov. 11, a complimentary luncheon will be served  at noon with Janet Wilburn presenting special patriotic music. Dr. Jim Ozier, a motivational speaker from Dallas, Texas, is presenting a message on “What veterans can teach the church.”

To schedule reservations for the luncheon, phone 580-332-1398 or email to


Church hosts trunk or treat

High Hill Baptist Church hosts trunk or treat from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Food includes candy, hot dogs and s’mores.


Fall festival set at The Refuge

Free community fall festival takes place Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Refuge, 1001 Tipton Terrace. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, candy and festival games as well as a hay ride, mini golf, a moon bounce and much more.


Food ministry set Saturday

Philemon Baptist Church, 3101 Ware Drive, hosts a food ministry from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 26. For more information, phone 332-2063.


Clothes Closet sale scheduled

First Christian Church at 13th and Broadway in Ada conducts a Clothes Closet clothing sale Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m Most of the clothing will be priced 25 cents per item with business clothing priced higher. The church hosts Last Sunday Supper on the last Sunday of each month from 4:30-6 p.m. and the next supper will be Sunday, Oct. 27. The event is open to those in the community who are in need of a meal, clothing, and/or prayer.


‘What is the Kingdom of God’ 

United Church of God, publisher of The Good News Magazine and producer of the internationally televised Beyond Today TV program, will be hosting a public Bible study titled “What Is the Kingdom of God?” Lessons include “Is Heaven The Reward of The Saved?,” “Is the Kingdom of God on Earth Today?” and “What Did Jesus Christ Mean — ‘the kingdom of God is within you?’”

The Bible study will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Ada Public Library.

For more information, phone 918-724-4166 or 405-833-5084.


Women’s conference slated

Speak Life Motivational Women’s Conference 2013 takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, at Reaper Baptist Church, 3301 N. Broadway. Host for the event is Reaper Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. R.G. McGee.

Registration is 8:30-9 a.m. Registration fee is $15 which includes registration gift bag, breakfast, brunch and T-shirt if pre-registered.

For more information, phone Cynthia Godwin at 580-768-3936, Stephanie Cooper at 580-235-2061 or Audra McGee at 580-341-0050.


Bazaar set at Oil Center PHC

Oil Center Pentecostal Holiness Church hosts a fall/Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.  Men’s ministry at the church will be serving soup and chili from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

Booth items for sale include re-finished antique furniture, homemade baked goods, crochet hats and scarves, mesh wreaths, RADA cutlery, cookbooks, Avon, Tupperware, Scentsy, hairbows, western wear, purses, jewelry, crafts, quilts, 31 bags, Pampered chef and more.

Oil Center Pentecostal Holiness Church is located nine miles west of Ada on state Highway 3W.


Pinson to speak at Ada church

Derek Altom, pastor of Ada First Free Will Baptist Church, and the congregants of the church welcome Dr. Matt Pinson, president of Welch College, to Ada First Free Will Baptist Church Sunday morning.

Dr. Pinson will be the special guest speaker at Sunday morning worship. Service begins at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, phone 332-3119 or


ABT proclaims old-time religion

Ada Baptist Temple proclaims itself as a church that stands for old-time religion.

Church members believe the old way of worship and service to God is the good way. They sing the good old hymns, they preach the good old King James Bible and believe in the old-fashion Holy living.

Ada Baptist Temple is located at 301 Napier St. For more information or transportation, phone the church office at 580-436-4546.


Crosspointe Church celebrates

Crosspointe Church invites the public to Treat Street Thursday, Oct. 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Church members and local businesses will decorate their vehicles and distribute candy. The church is located at 631 W. 33rd St.,south of the State Highway 3 Bypass at Oak Avenue exit.

For more information, visit


Stratford First Free Will Baptist Church hosts A Servant's Heart

Gospel music group, A Servant’s Heart, will be ministering through song Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Stratford First Freewill Baptist Church, 101 E. Church St., Stratford.

Lewis Perry, pastor, and members extend an invitation to come, enjoy, and be blessed by the gospel music of A Servant’s Heart.

The group was formed more than seven years ago and is comprised of Ada residents Patty and Jerry Bailey, Debby Flowers, Jim F. Miller, and Holly Wood. They have released their first CD project titled “His Love Is Amazing” and will be releasing their second CD project titled “For His Glory” in the near future.

An excerpt from the group’s first CD jacket describes their call to ministry: “The Lord has called us into this ministry to lead others to the altar of worship and to fulfill His purpose in our lives: to share through song the Good News.”

For more information, phone 580-235-1454 or email


Sacred Heart Thanksgiving dinner set Nov. 10 at Konawa


The annual Sacred Heart Thanksgiving dinner will be held Sunday, Nov. 10. Serving times are 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The dinner will be served in the parish hall which is located west on state Highway 39 from Konawa and one mile north on Sacred Heart Road.

The traditional menu will be turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, Sacred Heart’s famous sweet potatoes, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, hot rolls, green beans, pumpkin and pecan pie, and an assortment of desserts and salads.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children (4-12 years of age.) Youngsters 3 years old and younger eat free. All take-out dinners will be $8. No phone orders will be taken.

A raffle will be held with an opportunity to win a $100 Walmart gift card. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance  or at the door. The winner’s name will be drawn at 1 p.m. Winner does not need to be present to win.

The Rev. Adrain Vorderlandwehr, O.S.B., and the Sacred Heart parish extend an invitation to the community to share this Thanksgiving meal.

For more information, phone 405-374-2823.


St. Luke's honors healthcare professionals and workers


On Sunday, Oct. 27, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host a worship service honoring healthcare professionals and workers who have given so much for the health and well-being of those who live in the Ada area. The service will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a reception in the parish hall.

St. Luke’s Church has always emphasized the healing ministry as its patron saint Luke was both a Gospel writer and a physician.

“We have always understood healthcare workers to be the instruments of God’s desire for healing and wholeness in our lives, and it’s time to recognize them for the good work they do in our community,” said The Rev. John Norvell, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. 

The service will include a liturgy for the Blessing of Hands, a meaningful ceremony primarily done among those who work in hospitals.  It is a commissioning to go and continue the good work that is so vital in every phase of life, from beginning to end.                          

St. Luke’s extends an invitation to all healthcare workers: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, hospital, nursing home and hospice workers.

“The list is more extensive than we can even mention in one article," said Norvell. "To care for other people, what a high and holy vocation that is.”

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 17th and Broadway.


Life Community Church to host Heroes Unmasked Oct. 30


Life Community Church (LCC) in Ada is hosting “Heroes Unmasked” on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the church at 330 East 14th Street. The event is open to the public.

The youth-oriented Christian event is designed to provide children with an opportunity to learn more about Biblical ‘heroes’ like Daniel, David and Moses while participating in games, role playing activities and collecting prizes and candy.

Following the event registration, from 6-7 p.m. children will participate in outdoor activities, including onsite “inflatables” and a variety of games.  Hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and other treats will be served.  At 7 p.m. there will be the “Bible Heroes” contest in the church sanctuary with prizes awarded in four age categories from two to 12 years of age.  There will also be a Gospel presentation and other activities.

“As part of our annual Fall Festival, we decided that ‘Heroes Unmasked’ would be a great venue for sharing Christian values with the children in our congregation and children throughout the community,” LCC Senior Pastor Mickey Keith said.

The “Heroes Unmasked” event is being coordinated by LCC Children’s Pastor Jeanelle Reese and the program will include participation by volunteers and members of the LCC congregation.

For more information, phone 80-427-6230.