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Religion briefs for May 3

Religion briefs for May 3
Oklahoman Published: May 3, 2014


Concert is Saturday

PURCELL — Links Union from Lebanon, Mo., will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Sunray Baptist Church, 2223 N Ninth. The concert is an Oklahoma United Gospel Music Association event. For more information, call 527-6808.

Church prepares for anniversary

Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 85th anniversary on Sunday at 801 NE 5. The Rev. Michael McDaniel, pastor of Northeast Baptist Church, will preach at the 8:30 a.m. service, while Eric Joseph, Ph.D., vice president of strategic initiatives at Mid-America Christian University, will preach at the 11 a.m. service. The theme for the anniversary is “Honoring Our Legacy and Working Toward Our Destiny.” Fifth Street was established in April 1929 and is one of the last remaining black historic churches in the Deep Deuce-Fourth Street area. The Rev. A. Byron Coleman III, a University of Oklahoma adjunct professor and Oklahoma City Thunder chaplain, is senior pastor.

Festival Benefits Ghana Ministry

The public is invited to enjoy live music, dancing and drumming at the first Pambe Ghana Fest set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7.

The event, to be held in the cathedral’s East Garden, will include live performances by Jahruba Lambeth and Steve McLinn, a fair trade global market and foods with an international flair. The Rev. Justin Lindstrom, dean of St. Paul’s, said the festival is a new tradition started to support Pambe Ghana and celebrate the cathedral’s Ghanaian community. Pambe Ghana is an Oklahoma nonprofit committed to providing educational opportunities for boys and girls in northern Ghana. Pambe Ghana was founded by Alice Iddi-Gubbels, a Ghanaian and former Westminster School teacher and Oklahoma City University graduate. Admission is $8 per person, $15 per couple and free for ages 12 and younger. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the festival will move indoors.

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Singles event is offered

The next “Friday Night Live for Him” event will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 NE 27. The event is sponsored by the singles of the church. Dinner will be served for a nominal price, followed by praise and worship and a message from guest speaker David Edwards. Attendees may participate in recreation and table games until 10 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 793-2624 or e-mail

Luncheon will promote TEEM

The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) will host its annual Community Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. May 13 at the Devon Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd. With the theme “Changing the Face of Incarceration,” the event aims to raise awareness of the growing cycle of incarceration and poverty in Oklahoma and to generate support for TEEM’s work in breaking these cycles. TEEM participants will be the focal point of the event. The Rev. Kris Steele, TEEM executive director, said it costs about $1,250 to send a participant through the TEEM program. This amount helps equip participants with the necessities for full-time employment: a state ID, birth certificate, driver’s license, GED, bus passes, various certifications and other job-related training. Financial support helps TEEM fully prepare participants with the vital components of success. For more information about the luncheon or to reserve a seat, contact Anna Geary at 235-5671 or email Seating is limited.

Church donates ‘blessed’ bears

The congregation of New Hope United Methodist Church, 11600 N Council Road, recently donated more than 130 stuffed animals to the Emergency Medical Services Authority. The stuffed bears were part of a special “blessing of the bears” service in which church members prayed that the stuffed toys would give comfort to children that would receive them. The bears were collected so EMSA medics can hand them out to their pediatric patients. The stuffed animals help injured children, who often are overwhelmed and traumatized in the emergency situations that bring them to the attention of EMSA personnel.



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