NEW YORK CITY PERFORMANCE—A dozen choir members performed at Carnegie Hall on May 23 as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York Series.
The Norman group was invited to perform Haydn’s "Lord Nelson Mass" as part of a 177-member combined choir directed by Jason Bishop, a former St. Stephen’s choir director who is now director of choral activities and founder of the Young People’s Chorus at Penn State.
Steve Davis said, "When we first walked out for the dress rehearsal, it almost took my breath away. Then when we performed—to see the expression on Jason’s face and a packed house—it’s something I’ll always treasure."
Shown in New York City are St. Stephen’s choir members, from left, front row: Beth Grimmett-Tankersley, Marilyn Nicely, Sharon Gray; center row: Steve Davis, Carol Lee, Sharon Varnum, Jane Thomas; and back row: Sally Vandewater, Ron Gray, Marilyn Ogilvie, Jeanne Stenis, former choir director Jason Bishop, and Christina Doak.
Photo provided by the Okemah News Leader
EASTER OUTREACH—The Easter Bunny cradles a child April 3 at Okemah City Park during a free community egg hunt hosted by St. Paul’s UMC in Okemah.
Some 1,400 Easter eggs were hunted by more than 300 children, according to the Okemah News Leader. St. Paul’s also served about 500 free hot dogs.
This Easter project launched in 2009 to offer radical hospitality to families in Okemah, according to Pastor Brian Matthews. He said the church is following a Strategic Plan and sees its greatest potential on the four-part Fruitful Congregations Grid as the community of faith focused outward.
"There are hundreds of families in Okemah who do not actively practice their faith," said Rev. Matthews. "Energized by the Strategic Plan, the church is seeking to build relationships with the entire family."
|Volunteers Charlie Beard, left, and Marshal Williamson prepare breakfast.
MISSION IN KANSAS—The churches at Calumet and Red Rock joined forces for a Spring Break mission trip, serving at Cross-Lines community outreach in Kansas City, Kan.
For the non-profit agency, the Oklahoma group of 13 took part in various projects, from helping prepare food for the breakfast and lunch programs to sorting prom dresses and tuxedos for distribution to teens. Some worked outside the Cross-Lines complex, planting flowers, removing rocks, and raking leaves.
"Our focus was to do good wherever we are, and the group set such a good example. This mission trip was a good experience to see things we do not see on a daily basis," said Pastor Matthew Franks.
Darlette Edwards said, "Cross-Lines relies daily on donations, and it was amazing to see how God provided each day what they needed."
"I’m looking forward to going back next year," said Jordan Tech.