Project Noel needs volunteers

Project Noel leaders have issued a call for more volunteers at the primary distribution warehouse, in Oklahoma City, as the Christmas gift program moves into its fifth season.

The program is directed through the Oklahoma Conference’s Small-Membership Church Commission. A new video is posted at  Choose "OKVideo" and then search for "Project Noel."

To help, contact Joe Tilton,,  940-765-3275

 Lawton student gets scholarship

Aly Sutherlin, a member of Lawton-Centenary UMC, has received a Gift of Hope Scholarship, awarded by the UM General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)

Sutherlin, the granddaughter of Tom and Sharon Sutherlin of Lawton, is pursuing a degree in dental hygiene. She was ranked No. 1 in her May graduating class at Lawton High School.

She has been active at her local church and on other levels, including Bible studies, EDGE youth ministries, local and district youth councils, the LOGOS Wednesday night program, mission projects, fundraising events, and youth camps. She was a vocalist with Connect contemporary praise and worship band.

After receiving the scholarship, Sutherlin said, "Having the foundation of Methodism has defined me not only religiously, but has also helped shape my personality. It has made me aware that there can never be too much grace, and that showing love is key to a fulfilling life."

To learn more about United Methodist loans and scholarships, visit  The special offering for United Methodist Student Day is received on Nov. 27.

 Bishop to open Quayle celebration

Throughout October, OKC-Quayle UMC will celebrate its 121st anniversary, with the theme "Our Help Comes from the Lord."

Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. will be guest preacher on Oct. 2, which is World Communion Sunday.

  • Oct. 8—The Negail Riley Prayer Luncheon, noon.

  • Oct. 22—Mass Choir Concert, 6 p.m.

  • Oct. 23—Joe Harris, a former Quayle pastor, will preach at 10 a.m. Preaching at 3:30 p.m. will be Major L. Jemison of OKC-St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and that church’s choir will perform.

  • Oct. 29—Walk-a-thon, 10 a.m.

For more information, contact the church, 405-424-2770, at Northeast 50th Street and Everest. Pastor is Victor McCullough.

OCU ranks among best workplaces

For the fourth consecutive year, Oklahoma City University has been named one of the best colleges to work for in the nation, according to an assessment report by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

OCU was specifically recognized for its exemplary teaching environment, one that provides innovative and high-quality instruction.

"OCU’s community atmosphere and student-to-teacher ratio of 12-to-1 provide a rich, creative and fascinating place to learn," said OCU President Robert Henry. "That same environment enhances the workplace for our staff, faculty, alumni, and friends."

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