International initiative is set
Sat-7, the largest broadcaster of Christian programming in the Middle East and North Africa, is launching the “Sat-7 Women of Hope” international initiative with special events across the country. One of the kickoff events is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Pavilion at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland. Registration is required for the free event, which includes dinner. The initiative was developed to address the plight of women a world away who suffer from oppression, fear and lack of hope. Nancy Stafford, actress, author and a member of the Sat-7 USA board of directors, will host the events and introduce guests who will share their stories. For more information or to register, call (866) 744-7287 or go to www.womenofhopeokc.eventbrite.com.
Series offered at Catholic church
An ongoing series called “Catholics Returning Home” will begin Wednesday at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 4201 S McKinley. The series will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesdays in the church's small conference room. The sessions are designed for nonpracticing Catholics who are have questions about returning to the Roman Catholic Church. For more information, call Lois Renschen at 636-6800.
Jehovah's Witnesses to gather
A three-day Jehovah's Witness convention is set for Friday through May 19 at State Fair Arena, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd. The free public event will be from 9:20 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. Friday and May 18; and 9:20 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. May 19. The annual event's theme is “God's Word is Truth,” based on John 17:17. Myes Burcham, spokesman for the Oklahoma City area Jehovah's Witnesses congregations, said about 6,000 Jehovah's Witnesses are expected to attend the event, which will include speaking presentations, dramatic performances and baptisms. For more information, go to www.jw.org.
Gospel music event is planned
The “Gospel of Grace” musical event is set for 2 p.m. May 18 at Grace Living Center, 1913 NE 50. The event is free to the public. In its fifth year, “Gospel of Grace” will feature Men Of Praise, the Tabitha Baptist Church Male Chorus, Mount Olive Baptist Church's Silent Witnesses, the Quayle United Methodist Mass Choir, Northeast Baptist Church's praise team, and the Gospel Music Workshop of America Oklahoma City Chapter mass choir. Others include representatives of Allen Chapel AME Church and Trevor Lucas, a spoken word artist. Donations will benefit Grace Living Center's residents activity program. For information, call Alan Washington at 427-5414.
Victory pampers single moms
NORMAN — Victory Church in Norman will serve community single mothers at 9:15 a.m. May 18 at the church, 777 84th Ave. NE. All registered moms will be pampered with a massage, manicure, pedicure, makeup application, as well as car detailing. Single moms will also be served lunch while free child care is provided for children 12 and younger. Mothers who wish to register may email Shaina Smith at Shania.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir sets gospel concert
The Ambassadors' Concert Choir, under the artistic direction of Sandra D. Thompson, will present its season finale concert at 7 p.m. May 19 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley. Auditions will begin in September. Admission to the concert is free and child care will be provided. For more information, call 602-3866 or 272-0313 or visit the choir's website at www.ambassadorschoir.com.
Latter-day Saints name bishop
Jason Francis has been named bishop of the Quail Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A native of Stillwater who grew up in Collinsville, Francis is a manager for AES Drilling Fluids. He will serve as bishop in a lay capacity while continuing his profession. He succeeds Dennis Datin.
From staff reports