- Ada, Oklahoma

June 7, 2013

Religion Briefs

Ada —

Sign of Christ's messiahship to be discussed in Bible study

ADA — 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 Three Days and Three Nights in the Tomb.

What was the sign of Jesus Christ’s Messiahship?

Was He actually crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday?

Can three days/three nights be less than 72 hours?

Attend to learn the plain truth answers from your Bible! This free and informative Bible study will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at Ada Public Library.

For more information, phone 405-833-5084.


Union Hill church hosts Vacation Bible School

ADA — Union Hill Baptist Church hosts a Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 16-20. Children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome.


Family discipleship study set June 23 at Ada First Baptist 

ADA — Beginning Sunday, June 23, at 5 p.m. at Ada First Baptist in the dining room, the church hosts a discipleship study by Dr. Kevin Leman on “Have a New Family by Friday.”

It is seven sessions on “What a difference a marriage makes, a mom makes, a dad makes, discipline makes, attitude makes, birth order makes and grandparents make.” Books for the study are $10.

For more information, contact the church office at 580-332-4121.


First United Methodist to conduct Vacation Bible School

ADA — First United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from June 9-12.  Children ages pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend.

Theme is Paul’s Journey to Athens. Classes will be held from 6-8 p.m.

To enroll, phone 332-1398. The church is located at 219 W. 14th St.   All children are welcome.


Gospel singing set at Byng Free Will Baptist Church

BYNG — Byng Free Will Baptist Church hosts a gospel singing at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Singers include Gigi and Randy from Princeton, Texas.


Bible study for youth begins June 10 at New Life Apostolic

ADA — New Life Apostolic Church conducts a Bible study for youth at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10.

The event is open to the pubic.

For more information, phone M.D. Bates, pastor, at 480-436-1765.



New pastor assigned to United Methodist church


This month, the Rev. Jana Hogg begins serving as United Methodist campus minister at East Central University and as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Ada.

Also, the Revs. David Daniel and Temple Diehl continue as senior pastors at First UMC and Asbury UMC, respectively.

New clergy appointments for the 2013-14 church year were announced May 30 by Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. during the annual statewide meeting of Oklahoma Conference United Methodists. Moving Day was June 6.

On May 27-30 in Oklahoma City, business sessions were held at Oklahoma City University, and worship services were at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. About 1,200 delegates, clergy and church members attended.

Highlights included these:

1. Many delegates spent the afternoon May 29 as volunteers at 14 Mission Opportunities in the metroplex. They helped clear debris at three locations, following the May 19 and 20 tornadoes in central Oklahoma. They also worked at Neighborhood Services Organization and the Regional Food Bank, and with Rebuilding Together, among other projects.  

2. To help tornado survivors, United Methodist-related groups from far beyond Oklahoma presented money gifts to Bishop Hayes. Donors included the Methodist churches in Bolivia; Lydia Patterson Institute, a border high school in El Paso, Texas; Manos Juntas Mexico, a housing, health, and education program in Rio Bravo, Mexico; and a choir from Africa University, Zimbabwe. 

As of June 3, a total of $550,000 had been donated through two United Methodist channels to help Oklahomans impacted by the tornadoes and flooding of May 19-20 and May 31-June 1. Online donations may be made through the two secure United Methodist sites: 

Click the red “Donate” button at 

Click “Give now to tornado response” at

3. The Rev. Tiffany Smith was officially commissioned as a U.S. Navy chaplain. The ceremony May 30 followed her ordination on May 29 as a full elder of The United Methodist Church. She expects to deploy in July. 

The complete list of Oklahoma Conference United Methodist clergy appointments is available online. Click the link at


St. Joseph youth to host 'trivia night'


St. Joseph youth group will be hosting a trivia night and dessert auction on Wednesday, June 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. The event will take place in Benedictine Hall located at 1300 East Beverly.  

Tickets are $10 each and include playing the rounds of trivia, barbecue sandwhich, chips and soft drinks. Toward the end of the evening, tables can bid on various specialty desserts provided by members of the parish.

This fund raiser is to help the youth attend the Steubenville Youth Conference at Missiouri State University later this summer.

Tickets can be purchased from the youth and their parents or by contacting the parish office at 580-332-4811.  Deadline for tickets is June 17.  No tickets will be sold at the door.