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Column: Oklahoma churches celebrate unity, partner with Feed The Children for holiday campaign

Representatives of Oklahoma City area churches attending the recent “As One Church: Some Assembly Required” event in Bricktown are teaming up with Feed The Children for the “No Hunger Holiday” food campaign.
by Carla Hinton Modified: October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: October 26, 2013

“For greater things have yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city.”

Chris Tomlin, in “God of This City” lyrics

On a recent fall evening, an ecumenical crowd of people drawn together by their love for the Lord and their community worshipped at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. They raised hands in worship and offered prayer and praise.

On this night, their unity defined them much more than the things that set them apart — things like denominations, churches, race and socioeconomics.

They shared one focus: to celebrate the ecumenical outpouring of aid to tornado victims after the May storms and to keep the unity ball rolling to help the community in other ways.

One worship leader at the “As One Church: Some Assembly Required” event said it best:

“I believe tonight we turned the outfield into a heavenly meeting for all of us. I believe the Holy Spirit is saying it's time for the church to be on the offense instead of the defense,” he said, drawing applause and cheers from the ballpark crowd of about 1,300.

Among other things, a holiday food campaign was launched at the gathering. Organizers said the “No Hunger Holiday” initiative will only succeed if the congregations come together again and make it a priority.

John Frick, Feed The Children's vice president of church and volunteer engagement, said churches had no problems setting aside their differences to help in the aftermath of the tornadoes that ravaged parts of the metro area and state.

He said that same unified effort is needed for the holiday campaign.

“We want to come together for Oklahoma City and the surrounding area to see that no one goes hungry this holiday,” he said.

“It's something that is too big for a single congregation to do.”

Frick said at least 300 families affected by the tornadoes are currently homeless, with many living with friends, in motels and other places. Also, he said metro families have been hit not just by the tornadoes, but recent company layoffs and a shaky economy.

“The conditions are here for things to be worse than we've ever seen it. This trifecta of things — it's the perfect storm on top of just the normal conditions of poverty we deal with,” Frick said.

‘Things ... to be done'

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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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