- Ada, Oklahoma

November 1, 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.


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 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 titled “What Veterans Can Teach the Church.”

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


‘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.


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, crocheted hats and scarves, mesh wreaths, RADA cutlery, cookbooks, Avon, Tupperware, Scentsy, hair bows, 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.


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.


Haskell Cooley Family sings

The Haskell Cooley Family presents “A Time for Refreshing,” featuring Grammy Award Nominee Haskell Cooley, pianist and singer, and his wife, JoLee, bass player and singer.

The southern gospel music event takes place at College Heights Baptist Church Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.  Admission is free and a love offering will be taken.

College Heights Church is located at 927 East 7th Street, in Ada.


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.


Jehovah's Witnesses hosts special assembly day Nov. 2


The annual Special Assembly Day of Jehovah’s Witnesses is Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9:50 a.m. and concluding at 3:55 p.m.

This year's program will be held at the Expo Center, 4500 West Highway 270 in McAlester. There will be 20 congregations attending from throughout central and southeastern Oklahoma. These include Ada, Antlers, Atoka, Checotah, Clayton, Durant, Madill, Poteau, Hugo, McLoud, McAlester, Okmulgee, Sallisaw, Shawnee, Stigler,  Talihina, Tecumsah, Tishomingo, Wewoka and Wilburton. 

Theme of the program is “God’s Word Exerts Power” based on Hebrews 4:12. Based on this theme, the following questions will be answered. Just how powerful is the Word of God? How can we fully utilize its power in our lives? How can we use it more effectively to assist others?

A highlight of the day’s program is guest speaker, David McMahan, from the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn, N.Y., addressing the audience at 11:05 a.m. on the theme “Reject the Deceptive Power of Satan’s World” and once again at 2:55 p.m., when he will speak on the subject “Let the Power of God’s Word Keep Transforming You.” No collections will be taken. 

The event is open to the public.


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.


Francis Halloween carnival set today


Francis Halloween carnival takes place today, Nov. 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Francis Fire Station.

Activities include games, concession with hotdogs, nachos and Frito chili pie and door prizes.

Tickets are four for $1. Trick or Treat in Francis will also be tonight. Those wishing to participate should turn their porch lights on. All others should make sure their porch light is turned off.