Save these dates: March 5-6 brings two special programs by the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CORR).
Both a training event and a free multicultural concert are scheduled for the CORR weekend. Events take place at OKC-Quayle United Methodist Church, 5001 N. Everest. Both clergy and laity are encouraged to attend.
Class to battle addictions
Churches that want to start chemical dependency ministries can sign up for "Back to God (Good Orderly Decisions)" on March 5, facilitated by the Addiction Ministries leadership of the Conference.
The CORR-sponsored training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quayle UMC Café. Participants can earn six Continuing Education Units.
Cost is $25 per person to attend the 1st Chemical Dependency Leadership Competencies Luncheon Series.
Call 405-424-2770 for more information.
Concert boosts campus ministries
At 4 p.m. March 6, the eighth Umoja-Unity Praise Concert will begin.
Open to all, this free CORR program celebrates the multicultural diversity of United Methodists. Music, mime, and poetry will be performed.
UM campus ministries across the state will be highlighted, with performances by their students.
CORR Chairman Glenn Harris explained that umoja is the Swahili word for unity. Initially these concerts, held on the first Sunday of March, extended the national observance of Black History Month, which is February. Since the event expanded to encompass all cultures, Harris said, it has generated more enthusiasm as well as diversity in the audience.
7 locations for crusade sponsored by Langston campus ministry
Beginning Feb. 20, a "progressive revival" will move through several Oklahoma churches, culminating at the Wesley Foundation at Langston University on Feb. 27.
Plans include a "Back Together Again Celebration Ball" on Feb. 26 at Oklahoma City University.
The week-long evangelism crusade is coordinated by the Wesley Foundation’s board and students, in honor of campus ministry director Cecelia Brooks, and also to raise funds for the Wesley.
All events begin at 7 p.m.
- Feb. 20—OKC-Chapel Hill, featuring the Quayle UMC Choir and Rev. Brooks’ preaching.
- Feb. 21—Cushing UMC; Dan Pulver, preaching; and the Mount Bethel Baptist Choir.
- Feb. 22—Ponca City-St. Paul’s UMC; Calvin Miller, preaching; and the Stillwater-Mount Zion Baptist Choir.
- Feb. 23—OKC-Quayle UMC; Frankye Johnson, preaching; and the Guthrie-First UMC Choir.
- Feb. 24—Guthrie-First UMC; Ed Cook, preaching; and Crescent/Mount Vernon UMC Choir.
- Feb. 25—Stillwater-Mount Zion Baptist Church; Roger Pitt, preaching; and the choirs of Langston-New Hope Baptist and Stillwater-Highland Park UMC.
- Feb. 26—Celebration ball at OCU. Mistress of ceremonies will be Langston University President Joanne Haysbert. For ticket information, contact Lois Lyons, 405-466-9242.
- Feb. 27—The Wesley Foundation in Langston; Robert Rose and Guy Ames, preachers; and the Langston University Choir. The center’s baptistery will be dedicated in memory of Travis Chubbuck.
For details, contact Lyons.