New districts charter
Go out from your churches and into the crossroads and intersections of your communities to share Christ, urged Crossroads District Superintendent Rockford Johnson, in that inaugural district conference April 18 at OKC-Church of the Servant. Representatives of churches in that new district pinned photos of their churches and their mission fields (i.e., crossroads) to a large display during a dedication time, according to District Administrator Jill Perrin. About 125 people attended.
Photo by Michelle Pitt
During the Communion ritual in the inaugural Council Oak District conference, people write hopeful messages on paper leaves and tie them to a young oak tree. Oak saplings were blessed, and each congregation was invited to take a sapling to plant.
"All over our new district, oak trees will dot the landscape as evidence of our prayers and blessings," said Tee Higgins, District Administrator.
The significance of the historic Council Oak, from which the district gets its name, was described by Cherrah Giles, who is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and of Cherokee descent. The tree grows in a Tulsa park. On May 3, Tulsa-First UMC hosted the conference; about 170 people attended. Tulsa-Boston Avenue UMC, which provided the tree, planted it on BA property.
Photo by Elizabeth Gwartney