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The As One Network, a coalition of Oklahoma churches, will present “As One Network: Some Assembly Required” on Oct. 10 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: September 28, 2013
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Oklahoma churches are encouraged to come together for a night of fellowship prayer and song at a first-ever event in Bricktown.

The As One Network, a collaboration of churches that came together to help victims of the May tornadoes, will host an ecumenical gathering Oct. 10 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Leaders organizing the event said it is designed to strengthen bonds of unity created in the storms' aftermath.

The Rev. Tom Ogburn, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, said state churches came together swiftly to respond to the needs of tornado victims.

He said the enthusiastic response was free of the clashes over doctrinal difference and other dissimilarities that sometimes hinder unity.

“We began all these projects, and all the old boundaries began to fade away,” Ogburn said.

“We want to celebrate how we came together, but we're also hoping to call the church to speak into the lives of those whose lives are broken. We came together before, so there's really no reason for us not to be able to do that again and again.”

Clergy leaders involved in the project said numerous churches across the metro area have expressed interest and are making plans to attend the event.

Ogburn said the event is not about any one pastor, and no pastor will make a presentation. He said several worship leaders will lead the crowd in praise and worship. Also, representatives of a wide variety of faith-based and social service agencies will share volunteer opportunities and other ways to aid those in need.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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ABOUT THE COST: The Rev. Tom Ogburn said the $5 admission to “As One Network: Some Assembly Required” will help pay costs related to securing the venue. He said Feed The Children gave a large donation toward the costs, and funds left after expenses will be funneled into future community projects.

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