Welcome to Eden Chapel a United Methodist Family Fellowship and very unique experience in worship. We do Sundays a little different at Eden Chapel and we believe you will enjoy it as much as we do. We begin every Sunday morning with a very personal Communion Experience in our Prayer Chapel. Then we prepare for our Sunday Morning Worship which leads us into our Gathering Time (sharing and snacks). Then after that we are off to Sunday School to share our lives and experiences with each other. We have children, youth, adult and inter-generational groups, so we just know that we have one for you.
Our Sunday Celebration is as follows: 9:00am Communion in the Prayer Chapel, 9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary, 10:30am Gathering Time (sharing & snacks), 11:00am Sunday School for all ages, 5:00pm Children and Youth Activities, Our Weekly Celebration is as follows: Wednesday, 6pm Choir Practice, Thursday, 8am Prayer and Bible Talk, Thursday, 9am Bible Study - Gospel According to Matthew.
This is the 2nd Sunday of Advent celebrating Love and the Jesse Tree at Eden Chapel. Pastor John will teaching from the Old Testament book of Isaiah 11: 1-10 with the subject; "Not just Liking, but really Loving! At Perkins Seminary, Dallas, Texas during a "Pastoral Care" class the professor placed a large target on the front wall of the classroom, with several darks on the table. The professor told each of us to draw a picture of someone whom we did not "like" very much. He said, "You can pick anyone you wish, and it doesn't really have to look like them." Each of us (yes all pastors) proceeded to draw pictures of people we did not "like". Then the professor had the class (one at a time) place their drawing on the target and throw darts at it. After all had finished, the professor took off our drawings and then removed the target from the wall to uncover (you guessed it) a picture of Jesus Christ. The picture was mangled, with lots of holes and jagged marks covered his face. His eyes were virtually pierced out. The professor (of Pastoral Care) said only these words, "In as much as you have done it to one of the least of my brothers, you have done it also to me." We are called to "Love" each other even when we don't "like" each other! Love is unmerited and without restrictions, whereas Like implies you find it enjoyable, pleasing and pleasant to participate with or in. God loves each of us, yes even when He does not like what we are doing, saying and being.
Please mark your calendars for 24 December and join us at Eden Chapel for our Christmas Candle Light and Cantata Service. Our choir is preparing a special service of Christmas music, candle light and Family Communion. We will start at 6pm which will get us home in time to be with family and open all those special Christmas Eve gifts! Eden Chapel is located at the corner of 92nd Street and S. Fairgrounds Road. Come and enjoy a Family Fellowship experience with us! We hope to see you this Sunday.
Lost Creek United Methodist Church
Those who know where Lost Creek is located know that it is on a country corner, not on a main highway, halfway between Stillwater and Perkins. It's not really on the way to anywhere. If you know where Lost Creek is, you might be surprised to realize that literally hundreds of people have been in and out of our doors in the past few weeks.
Along with our Sunday morning worship services, Lost Creek has hosted two huge weddings, one for a Lost Creek couple and one for our Mennonite brothers and sisters. We've also welcomed nearly 250 people to our November Food Closet. Those who came received all the food needed for a full Thanksgiving dinner.
Our annual Bazaar and Breakfast brought out a great crowd on a frosty morning. It was one of our biggest bazaars and breakfasts in recent years. A huge thank-you to all who came out to support this yearly event.
We've welcomed biker's from across the area as Cosmo's Toy Run made a stop at Lost Creek to deliver toys to the Cookson Hills Center located in eastern Oklahoma. They roared into Lost Creek with a police escort, enjoyed some donuts and coffee, heard from the director of the Cookson Hills mission, and moved on to their next stop. This is Lost Creek's third year to welcome this group.
On Monday night, the ladies of Lost Creek and many friends enjoyed an evening of fellowship as they dined together and watched our own UMW ladies model fashions for the holiday season.
This is just the beginning of the holiday season at Lost Creek. To find out a full schedule of events during the season of Advent and Christmas, check out our website.
We worship each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 with classes in between at 9:45. To find out more about our church, see our website at lostcreekumc.org or "like" us on Facebook. Lost Creek is located between Stillwater and Perkins at 8002 S. Washington on 80th Street between Hwy. 177 and Western Street. You are always welcome to join us!
Immanuel Baptist Church By Claudia Andrews
The sanctuary is "decked out" with lighted garland, lighted trees, a decorated Christmas tree, and red poinsettias to enhance our worship during this most wonderful time of the year celebrating our Savior's birth. As we read and re-read about the fulfilling of prophecy surrounding and about the account of the birth of our Salvation, we are in awe of God's great love for us. Without Christ there is no Christmas!
Allen Cain played a gospel hymn on the steel guitar for our offertory and the IBC Choir sang one of the songs, "God With Us, Immanuel", from the Cantata "I'll Be Home for Christmas" before the sermon on Sunday. The choir will present the entire Cantata the morning of Dec. 15. This was our first Cantata to be sung by our choir in Dec. 2005 and was directed by the late Carol Davis.
Dr. Lonny Lee's message "Great Expectations at Christmas" was taken from Luke 2:22-38 about two people who were told they would not see death until they saw the Messiah of God. Mary and Joseph had taken Jesus to the temple to consecrate and offer a sacrifice for their Child according to the law. At the temple they encountered two special people: Simeon, a righteous and devout man, and the prophetess Anna, a very old widow who worshipped in the temple night and day. This godly pair were waiting in anticipation of the One God had promised to send for the salvation of all mankind. Simeon blessed them and told Mary of the hard times to come concerning her child, and Anna gave thanks to God for sending His Son Jesus and shared with all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Israel looked forward to the Messiah who would come; we look back to the Messiah who came. As we anticipate the celebration of Christmas, do we see the Greatest Gift of all? A gift must be accepted in or for it to be ours.
Dr. Lonny's evening sermon was about the fact that Jesus was with God before creation, before the foundation of the world as we know it.
Dr. Lonny and Janette will be away from us next Sunday, so our guest preacher will be Brother Don Rogers from the Cherokee Baptist Association. The Lee's will return and help us sing the Cantata the morning of Dec. 15.
Come celebrate Jesus with us at 2415 E 104th St., just a mile north of Perkins. Info: 547-1222 or www.immanuelbaptistperkins.org
Perkins Church of Christ By Richard Poe
Greetings from the Christians who meet at 1200 N. Lovers Lane. It has been a beautiful Autumn and now Winter is close at hand. (We may even have snow on the ground when the Journal is published this week.) It's great to live in Oklahoma where we enjoy all four seasons! Of course, we might like to have some of them with different lengths.
We are pleased to announce that Trent Dobbs has accepted the position of youth minister for the congregation! He will be coordinating and leading our youth activities. Trent has lived in Perkins for 21 years. He graduated from Perkins High School in 2006 and Oklahoma Christian University in 2011 with a BA in Youth Ministry, Bible and Business.
Sunday, December 15th, we will have a potluck dinner and honor Jerry Wilson and John Bale for their many years of service as shepherds of this church family. We have been blessed in many ways by these two godly men as they led and watched over this congregation.
The Poes are hosting a Christmas get-together in their home on December 22, from 3 to 5 pm. The church family is invited to drop-by for some Christmas fun, food and fellowship.
We always enjoy welcoming people to the family at Perkins, but sad when we have to say good bye. We will have a farewell fellowship this Wednesday evening for Josh and Melissa Wells and their family. They are moving from the area due to Josh's new job in Texas. We will truly miss this family and pray God's rich blessing upon them as they make this move.
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Christian Church of Perkins By Dave Pock
Today's Power Verse 2 Corinthians 5:7
We live by faith, not by sight.
God's Promise to you Proverbs 24:6
Sometimes things hit us hard, like some huge truck coming out of the dark of night. We just don't see it coming. That's happened to me and I am sure it's happened to you. Tragedy can strike without warning and Satan is going to use it to push us down and cause us misery and even failure, if he can!
I won't go into detail about what has happened to me from time to time over the years, but I will say this, God has never failed me! It's always like that, like a truck, out of no where, hits you and, all of a sudden, you are down. Mentally, you are hurting so bad, you wish you were dead. But then, somehow, you manage to get up, in spite of the pain. Yes, you get up and stagger forward trying to make since of it all!
I remember the last time it happened to me. I thought I was at a point in life where things were just fine and I was just enjoying living and loving life every minute...then BANG! It hit me and it took me some time to muster up the courage to get up. (Proverbs 24:16)
Here's the beautiful part of it all. Once I quit trying to solve the problem on my own, God began to take control, but not until I was reminded of my "badge of courage"! Each Christian has one! It's found in Galatians chapter 2, verse 20! When I realized how important it was I brought it to the forefront of my mind and I began to relax and let God take control.
Suddenly, I was reminded of what Jesus said in Mark 11.. "Have faith in God," Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain........." Well, you know the rest of those verses. It had finally dawned on me that the key to having that kind of faith is found in our badge of courage!
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Gal 2:20.
Either, I truly believe that or I am just playing at living and letting Christ develop a Positive Christ-like Attitude in me. Am I in control, or is God in control? Which is it? I had to choose. My life demanded it!
Thank God, I made the right choice. God is always in control. As the song says.....He's God on the mountain and He's still God in the valley when things go wrong.
When you are down, remember who you really are and let God remind you and comfort you with His promises! There are over 2000 promises He makes to you and He backs them up with His never ending Spirit of love and power!
Galatians 2:20...put it on and wear it proudly!
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Mehan Union Church
From thankful November we go into the most Holy Christmas season. The 1st candle of Advent is HOPE. We can have HOPE because God is faithful and will keep His promises to us. Our HOPE comes from God. Isaiah says, "The root of Jessie will spring up, one who will arise to rule over all nations, all can have HOPE in Him." Jesus is the HOPE of the whole world. May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as your trust Him so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. Rom. 15: 11-13.
Thank you Paul for leading the singing in Steve's absence and to Donnie for his special song and piano music.
A busy week this week-food came in on Tuesday-will be set up Thursday morning, Friday the clothing ladies will be there to arrange clothing. Friday also we will be putting out the gifts for children and Saturday is the big day - food, clothing, toy giveaway . We are blessed to do this.
No Sunday night classes until after New Year. Wednesday times stay the same - Busses run, meal at 6 p.m., classes at 6:30 p.m.
We had lots of December birthdays and Darrell and Vida celebrated an anniversary. Marriages do last-20-30-40-50 years and longer.
Welcome Visitors! We are happy you are here-where we can celebrate Jesus Christ our Lord and His power together
We think every life should be significant. Life is meant to have value and meaning. Christ laid down His life for us all. God made each and every person on Earth for a purpose. The Christian life is more than knowing, it is also doing. Doing in every part of your life, not just on Sunday, but at work, school, home and in your community. God wants us to make a Godly impact in the world around us each and every day.
Make Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life today. Read Jhn:3:16
O' come all ye Faithful - Joy to the World - Tell the Story of Jesus - With out Him we are all lost - He is our only HOPE and SALVATION
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
I am writing this before Thanksgiving. Christmas is about a month away, yet the world around us is already celebrating. Christmas themes dominate stores and television shows. I'm sure parties are being planned for the weeks after Thanksgiving up to Christmas.
By the time Christmas actually comes, people will be tired of it by the end of the day. We are in the season of Advent. This is the time to prepare for Christmas. Of course some of the preparation must be temporal. People need to shop for things and such. However, the whole reason for Christmas is based on faith; a primarily spiritual experience. As the season of Advent developed, it was seen as a time of watchful waiting. The Christian is to look inwardly so as to find the need for this relationship with God that will give us a love that will never die. Of ourselves, we pass from earthly existence and over time, we are forgotten. Advent reminds us that our existence can continue but only if we respond in earnest to the offer of love given by God. Like any other real love we have; it must change our lives. Like any other relationship we have, it requires that we put away distractions so that we can focus on the presence of the beloved.
By spending time in Advent in watchful waiting, we are prepared to celebrate the joy of God who comes to live with us as one of us. The full appreciation of Christmas can happen only if we spend the time of Advent wisely. The Christmas season does not stand alone; it depends on the preparation of the Advent season. Listen to the gospel reading today. It mentions nothing of the birth of Christ. Rather, it fits more with what we celebrated last week on Christ the King, when all things are brought to completions.
The gospel today speaks of the need to focus on our faith relationship, both with Christ individually and as his Body, the Church. This gospel has something you may find interesting. It speaks of some who will be taken, others left behind. This is the source of a popular book series, "Left Behind".
I have not read this series as I do not wish to spend time listening to others speculations about end times. This gospel is also what an English clergyman called "rapture" in the 19th century. The term 'rapture' is not found in any tradition of the Church, biblical or otherwise. Yet, people will buy into it as if it were a fundamental truth. The gospel is rather straightforward in meaning. It shows the unerring judgment of God. To judge means to divide between right and wrong. The point is that two people, side by side, doing the same thing and to all appearances, seem to be the same, can be judged differently by God.
In other words, as we hear in the Book of Samuel, God looks into the heart, not the appearances. My friends, the season of Advent is regrettably overlooked and is mistaken to be the Christmas season itself. I urge you to rethink Advent. Spend more quiet time with family. Of course there is needed preparation for Christmas but let the spiritual preparation be your first task.
Look at your need for a savior. Use the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). If you haven't used it in a while, find the beauty of it as a means to be fully honest with yourself and God. As your parish priest, it is a primary duty of mine to hear confessions. Learn to spend time with your loved ones in prayer and come to know more and more the quiet joy of presence to those you love.