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Your Life: Love can be shown in variety of ways

Charlotte Lankard: Members of Southern Hills Christian Church in Edmond say, “I love you” by meeting needs in international arenas, the local community and within their church family.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Modified: February 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013

I got a taste of the energy and joy of these church members when I met Marilee Hattendorf. In addition to working abroad, she and other members give time to dozens of community groups, such as Regional Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Edmond Mobile Meals and Whiz Kids tutoring.

When there is a need in the community or the church, someone steps up. Tony Boutte' walks dogs at the pound. Don Wiard helps with the church's 3- and 4-year olds.

Members receive encouragement and support from ministers Gary Byrkit and Rev. Jenny Wynn and a helpful church staff. They nurture themselves through fellowship groups, Bible study and tai chi.

This congregation works together forming friendships and building bridges — quietly going about their daily lives caring about people.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at