- Ada, Oklahoma

December 13, 2013

Religion Briefs

Ada — Hanging of the Green ceremony

Community Free Will Baptist Church in Pickett has chosen “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as the theme for this year’s Hanging of the Green ceremony.

Church members invite the public to join them and their families for the annual Hanging of the Green at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 to celebrate Christ’s birth.

The church is located five miles west of Ada on Highway 19. The pastor is the Rev. John Henry Lippard.


View writing on the wall

New Life Apostolic Church members welcome area residents to drive by the church and see "the handwriting on the wall" of the activity center located on East 32nd Street.

For more information, phone M.D. Bates, pastor, at 580-436-1765.


Financial Peace University offered

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University will be offered at Central Church of Christ for nine weeks beginning Jan. 15 on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Cost is $93 for new enrollees and $49 for alumni. There is no charge for alumni if they don't want new material.)


Lottie Moon to make appearance

In keeping with the Lottie Moon offering for International Missions, Colbert Baptist Church hosts Lottie Moon this Sunday morning.

The pastor, Bob Payne, will interview Miss Moon (Ruth Ann Taylor) during the regular morning service at 11 a.m.  During the Christmas season, the church joins with other Southern Baptist churches in its emphasis on missions abroad.

The service is open to the public. For more information, contact the pastor at 332-3294. The church is located on County Road 1510, approximately three miles north of the city. A nursery will be provided.


Live nativity scheduled Dec. 21

A live nativity takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 301 E. Kings Road.  Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, phone 580-332-3073.


'Jolly 60s' luncheon set

Every third Thursday Ada Baptist Temple hosts a “Jolly 60s” luncheon. The church provides lunch and time of Christian fellowship for senior adults. It is open to anyone who wishes to attend at noon.

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

Facing the holidays after the death of a loved one

When individuals are grieving the death of a family member or friend, he or she may dread the holiday season. Thoughts of social gatherings, family traditions and obligations may leave a person anxious and overwhelmed. The sadness can seem unbearable. Individuals may wish he or she could skip the next two months and go straight to the routine of the next year — but they can’t. What can they do to lessen the stress and loneliness?

A free one-day GriefShare Surviving the Holidays seminar is being held Saturday, Dec. 14, at First Baptist Church of Ada from 10 a.m. until noon.

At this two-hour seminar, participants receive practical, actionable strategies for making it through the holiday season. They also receive a holiday survival guide with helpful charts and tips to manage the holiday season during this difficult time. 

At GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, participants meet with other grieving people who have an understanding of what others are going through. They offer comfort and support. 

The holiday season won’t be easy. Emotions may ambush a grieving individual and suck him or her under at times. However, the individual can choose to walk through this season in a way that honors his or her loved one and puts the individual on the path of health and healing.

To register or find out more about GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, phone Debbie Wall at 580-777-2711 or email