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Religion briefs for Aug. 16.
Oklahoman Published: August 16, 2014
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IN BRIEF

Sapulpa-area outreach is planned

Convoy of Hope will partner with businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits for a Sapulpa-area community celebration Saturday at the Creek County Fairgrounds, 17808 W State Highway 66 in Kellyville. Gates open at 10 a.m.

Goods and services including free food, health services, haircuts, family portraits, job services and a carnival will be offered. Convoy of Hope partners Plum Organics and the National Breast Cancer Foundation also will represented at the event.

For more information, go to www.convoyofhope.org/sapulpa.

Tulsa cinema to show tornado documentary, host Q&A session

— “Where Was God?” will premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday at Circle Cinema, a nonprofit and independent theater at 12 S Lewis Ave.

The Tulsa premiere is open to the public, and the cast and crew will be present for a question-and-answer session and media interviews immediately after the screening. The Oklahoma documentary film explores the role of faith and hope in overcoming life’s storms through the eyes of survivors of devastating tornadoes in Moore and in Joplin, Mo.

Additional screenings are planned for five theaters in and around Tulsa and Muskogee starting Friday. The film will be screened at AMC Southroads 20 and Circle Cinema in Tulsa; Riverwalk Movies in Jenks; Starworld 20 Theatre in Bixby; and Arrowhead Mall 10 Theatre in Muskogee. For more information, go to www.wherewasgod.com or www.facebook.com/WhereWasGod.

student joins awareness walk

Lauren Mach, a junior at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, joined college students nationwide to walk across the United States in hopes of educating and raising awareness on a grassroots level as part of the 20th annual Crossroads Pro-Life Walk. The walk began in May on the West Coast and is expected to end Saturday in Washington, D.C., at a pro-life rally at the Capitol.

“Our mission is to witness the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death,” Mach said.

Mach, who is a member of St. Gregory’s Pro-Life Team, said she was surprised how easily that mission could be accomplished just by wearing a brightly colored shirt and explaining her journey to those who stopped them along the way.

“People approach us all of the time — on the side of the road, after Mass, in the grocery store — and ask what we are doing,” Mach said. “When they hear we are walking coast-to-coast, it surprises them and really makes them think.”

She said she was inspired by her middle school youth minister’s experience with Crossroads in 2007.

“The most inspiring part of walking with Crossroads is interacting with people who have been or decide to become involved in the pro-life movement,” Mach said. “A bunch of college kids walking across the country gets a lot of attention because it is unusual, but the real change is happening where pro-life people are reaching out to help others in their communities.”

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