- Ada, Oklahoma


November 8, 2013

Religion Briefs

Ada — Volunteers build church

in a day

On Nov. 1, more than 300 volunteers and skilled laborers gathered together in the construction of a new church building in Yukon. This undertaking was able to be accomplished through a program offered by the United Pentecostal Church International called CIAD (Church in a Day).

Some of these workers included members of the First United Pentecostal Church located in Ada at 517 E. Main Street. They included Pastor Daniel Johnson (trim supervisor), Richard Geyer, James Starr, Donnie Burkhead, Chad Henry, Chris Barnett, Shane Sellers and Tom Sellers.

“This is what unity can do,” explained Pastor Chris Moore, pastor at Yukon United Pentecostal Church. “They have all decided to come and give us their time. We actually have skilled trades, but a lot of volunteers have come here just cleaning, picking up paper and doing a lot of different things.”

The first service was held Sunday, Nov. 3, with more than 130 in attendance.

Handwriting is on the wall

New Life Apostolic Church welcomes the public to drive by the church and see “the handwriting on the wall.” The display is on the activity center of the church located on east 32nd Street.

Pastor is M.D. Bates. For more  information, phone 580-436-1765.


Clothing give-away scheduled

First United Methodist Church, Ada, hosts a chili and corn bread lunch and winter clothing give-away Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be coats and other clothing for all ages and sizes and blankets available while supplies last.

This event is open to everyone, and Santa will be available to talk to the children. Parents may take cameras for photos. The giveaway will be held in the Christian Life Center on the corner of 14th and Broadway. For information, phone Leslie at 580-436-3626.


Chili championship set

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host a chili, corn bread, and dessert competition Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5-7 p.m. The event is dubbed as  The Great Episcopal Chili Championship, Round 2. Winners will be awarded dubious trophies, but the real fun will be in the eating.  

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults and $5 for children under age 12.

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

The event is open to the public.


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.


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.


Local veterans


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 titled “What Veterans Can Teach the Church.”

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


Boomer expert to speak in Ada

Dr. Amy Hanson, a speaker, teacher and leader in the field of Boomer research and author of “Baby Boomers & Beyond,”  is coming to Ada First Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. 

What does it mean to age well?  What does it mean to finish well?

Hanson will be speaking on “Your Purpose,” “Your Legacy” and “Your Opportunity.” 

Cost is $5 to cover snacks and lunch. Childcare is provided up to age 4. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 4. Phone 580-332-4121 for more information.


Concert features Cooleys

Dolberg Missionary Baptist Church hosts The Haskell Cooley Family in a gospel music concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. 

The church is located four miles west of Roff.

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.

Alternative Christmas Market scheduled Nov. 15 at ECU

First Presbyterian Church will hold its 20th annual Alternative Christmas Market and 10,000 Villages Craft Sale Friday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the North Lounge of the Student Union at East Central University.

The Alternative Gift Market is an opportunity to learn about projects around the world that relieve poverty and suffering. Thirty projects ranging from wells in South Sudan to medicine for Burmese refugees are available through our partner, Alternative Gifts International.

An Alternative Gift is a real gift, given in honor of a friend or loved one. Just like traditional gifts, Alternative Gifts express love and affection, celebrate occasions and show you care.

Unlike traditional gifts, Alternative Gifts purchased at First Presbyterian Church’s Alternative Gift Market don’t contribute to the consumer stream; they don’t need to be dusted. They always fit and they’re the perfect color.

The First Presbyterian Church has held the Alternative Gift Market since 1994 and has raised more than $59,000 to relieve poverty and suffering around the world. In addition, craft sales have totaled more than $60,000 during the same time period and the proceeds have gone directly through 10,000 Villages Crafts to the artisans who made these crafts to improve the living standards of these folks and their families.


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