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Oklahoma City church is using giftcards to fuel giving

Oklahoma City's Faith Church, led by the Rev. Terry Bates, is observing March by giving away $5,000 in fuel gift cards during the month.
by Carla Hinton Published: March 16, 2013

“They said it's OK because they were getting so much joy watching others win,” he said.

Bates said the church has incorporated the giveaway into its Easter sermon series theme called “Life.” The pastor has been preaching on the theme near a large display featuring the colorful logo of the popular “Life!” board game.

Bates said as part of the “Life” series, his sermons on the weeks leading up to Easter are focusing on different aspects of life, such as relationships, money and emotions. The series will end on Easter with the focus on Christ, whom Bates said adds the “exclamation point” to everything in life.

“Even if we manage our lives the best we can, there's always going to be something missing,” he said. “Until we get Jesus in there, it's going to feel like that because He's the author of life.”

Faith Church's community outreach projects include its annual “5,000 and more” school supply and meal giveaway.

“We dedicate a significant portion to go back out into the community,” he said. “We're just trying to find as many different ways to give.”

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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Our people could have said ‘keep this a secret — we have a better chance of winning ourselves,' but they didn't do that. They said it's OK because they were getting so much joy watching others win.”

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