Church hosts relief service
The Rev. Donald D. Woody Sr. and his wife, Geri Woody, senior pastors of Judah Christian Assembly, have partnered with pastors in Texas and Tennessee for disaster relief efforts for Oklahoma victims of May tornadoes. The Overcoming Believers Church, in Knoxville, Tenn., will be joined by pastors from Texas in bringing money and donated items to assist tornado victims. “The Storm is Over Disaster Relief Service” will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Judah Christian Assembly, 12312 N Santa Fe. Guest preacher is the Rev. Daryl Arnold from Knoxville. For more information, call 748-5900.
Artist plans benefit show
MOORE — Contemporary Christian rock artist Matthew West will perform a free concert benefiting the Moore community at 7 p.m. Friday at Emmaus Baptist Church, 16001 S Western Ave. West will perform alongside the band's guitarist for a unique night of storytelling and worship created specifically for the families affected by the Moore tornado. The church, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, is led by the Rev. Mike Booth. The benefit concert is open to the public. Tickets will be available online at www.iTickets.com. For more information, contact Booth at 618-2482 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical service set
JONES — Christian music minister Dwayne Williams will perform at Cowboy Church of Jones at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 201 E Main. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Rev. Bill Manning, pastor of the church, at 740-0286.
Ex-professor given award
Mary Kay Parrish, professor emeritus of music at Oklahoma Baptist University, was recently honored with the 2013 Lifetime Ministry Award at the Baptist Church Music Conference's 57th annual session at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, Ga. A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Parrish is a 1962 OBU alumna who earned a master's degree from North Texas University. Parrish is a member of University Baptist Church in Shawnee, where she sings in the sanctuary choir and formerly served as coordinator of handbells. She currently works with the younger children's choir. The Lifetime Ministry Award was instituted in 2004 to recognize a person whose life has been marked by significant achievement in church music. Award recipients are chosen annually by the executive council of the Baptist Church Music Conference.
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From the publisher: Richard Stearns lives in a magic kingdom. That's how he describes the wealthy existence of most people in countries like the United States. However, as president of World Vision, he's also familiar with those living in a “tragic kingdom,” where food, clean water and medicine are chronically in short supply. Stearns says the common denominator between the two is what both are missing: both “Magic Kingdom” and the “Tragic Kingdom” need a breakthrough of God's kingdom, he said.
“I believe there is a direct connection between the unfinished work of God's kingdom and our sense of feeling incomplete in our faith,” Stearns writes. “This is inevitable, because there is a direct connection between our story and God's story. If we are not personally engaged in God's great mission, then we have missed the very thing He created us to do.”
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