Former youth minister to speak
Harvey Sparks III will be guest speaker at 11 a.m. Sunday at West Tenth Street Baptist Church, 6732 NW 10. Sparks is a Republican candidate for the congressional seat being vacated by James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City. Sparks, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, served as youth minister at West Street Street Baptist for several years. For more information, call 789-3335.
Anniversary celebration planned
Serenity Outreach Community Church will host its 20th church anniversary celebration Friday through May 18 at 2717 N Missouri. “Testify Live,” a clean comedy event, will feature comedian Chinnita “Chocolate” Morris at 8 p.m. Friday. Advance tickets, available online at www.ticketstorm.com, are $25 for adults, $40 for VIP. Tickets for children ages 5 to 17 are available only at the door for $10. Adult tickets at the door are $30. A family fun day featuring music, food and other activities will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 17. Anniversary services will be at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 18. For more information, call 206-0898.
Event includes music, food
The sixth annual Gospel of Grace is set for 2 p.m. May 17 at Grace Living Center, 1913 NE 50. Smoked brisket dinners will be for sale, with proceeds to benefit the center’s resident activity fund.
The event will include musical performances by the Fifth Street Baptist Church music and arts ministry, the E.J. Perry Ensemble, Kelvin “Mr. Guitar” Drake, Mount Olive Baptist Church, Velina Davenport, Mission Gospel Train soloist Keith Pickens, the Sensational Sons of Melody, Minister James Willis and Nu Praze and spoken word artist Sharika Browne. For more information, call Alan Washington at 427-5414.
Symphony to perform at church
YUKON — The Oklahoma Baptist Symphony will perform at 6 p.m. May 18 at First Baptist Church of Yukon, 15 S Sixth St. The event is free. A love offering will be taken.
The Oklahoma Baptist Symphony, in its 20th season, is under the interim direction of Michael Raiber, Ph.D., associate professor of music education at the University of Oklahoma. Raiber directs the orchestra at First Baptist Church of Norman.
Sponsored by the worship and music ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, the symphony is made up of volunteers from across the state. For more information, call 354-1911.
Church packages relief meals
EDMOND — There was no music, no message and no offering on May 7 at Coffee Creek Baptist Church, 1650 NW 220. The church canceled services, and volunteers donated their time and money to help alleviate hunger in Oklahoma and around the world.
In two hours, participants packaged more than 12,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger, a global hunger relief organization. Each meal contained white rice, textured soy protein, six dehydrated vegetables, chicken flavoring and 21 vitamins and minerals.
“Our mission at Coffee Creek is to love God and do good. We desire to live in a way that benefits our community, metro OKC, our nation and the world,” said the Rev. Clark Frailey, pastor. “We believe following Jesus is about making positive contributions in the here and now.”
The meals Coffee Creek packaged will be used to feed children around the globe as well as in local crisis and disaster relief situations such as the recent Quapaw tornado, where Kids Against Hunger delivered meal packets to tornado victims.
Kids Against Hunger is a 501(3)(c) organization founded in 1999 that provides nutritious, life-saving meals to starving children in developing countries and the United States.
FROM STAFF REPORTS