Church to host outreach project
NORMAN — A local church is joining others nationwide in an outreach project for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
As Sandy Hook students prepare to finish the remainder of their academic year in a new school, New Life Bible Church is joining others in helping to create a winter wonderland for students when they return to their new school in January.
People are encouraged to join in the effort by visiting the church at 4343 N Flood between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to create a paper snowflake.
All supplies — paper, glue, scissors and glitter — will be provided by the church.
Church member Jackie Lindley suggested the idea after seeing similar projects going on elsewhere.
Snowflakes for Sandy Hook was spearheaded by the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association. Since no two snowflakes are alike, the association is requesting as many original homemade snowflakes as possible.
Churches offer ministry sessions
Catholics Returning Home is a parish based ministry of compassion and reconciliation designed to reach out and invite nonpracticing or inactive Catholics to return home to the Catholic Church and resume an active practice of their faith.
Several area sessions Catholics Returning Home sessions are planned beginning in January. The program is led by lay Catholics, many of whom have also “returned.” This ministry provides opportunities for seekers to share their hurts or reasons for being away from the church; informational updates about changes in the church; and support and many resources to help returnees to reconnect with the Catholic Church.
Child care can be arranged upon request.
Session dates and locations, include:
• 7 p.m. Jan. 7, St. John the Baptist, 900 S Littler Ave., Edmond. For information, call 834-0765.
• 7 p.m. Jan. 8, Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Drive. For information, call 496-0033.
• 7 p.m. Jan. 8, Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, 7336 W Britton Road. For information, call 722-2110, Ext. 125.
Catholic women sponsor contest
Young artists of Oklahoma are invited to get out their paintbrushes, fire up their computers and focus their cameras to enter the Oklahoma Catholic Women's Conference art contest.
The contest is open to junior high and high school students in Oklahoma who are members of a practicing Catholic family.
There are three categories: Photography (black and white or color), Computer-designed art (using any program), and Hand Drawn art (using any media such as paint, chalk or pencil). The theme is “Our Lady in the Year of Faith.”
The winner in each category will receive a $50 Visa gift card, have a copy of their artwork framed and receive a free adult registration to the March 2 conference for a parent or art teacher.
Entries should be emailed to ocwc@OCWConference.com. Deadline is Jan. 18. All entries become the property of the Oklahoma Catholic Women's Conference. For more information, complete rules and an entry form, go to www.OCWConference.com.
Painful road to recovery
“Still Lolo: A spinning propeller, a horrific accident and a family's journey of hope” by Lauren Scruggs and Marcus Brotherton (Tyndale House, $12.49).
From the publisher: Lauren “Lolo” Scruggs, the 23-year-old Texan accidentally struck by a moving plane propeller in December 2011 has penned, for the first time, the details of the day that forever changed her young life. The tragic incident, which occurred after Scruggs had been on a short flight in a small aircraft to look at neighborhood Christmas lights, resulted in the loss of her left hand and eye and generated many additional obstacles on the long and painful road to her physical recovery.
In addition to the accident details, “Still Lolo” unveils details of Scruggs' life after the accident and the personal faith that helped her and her family cope to conquer all odds and persevere together.
From staff and wire reports