Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Photo contest winners Annual Conference 2011


WINNERS—Marea Breedlove of Locust Grove-First won first place in the Annual Conference theme photo contest. She captured side-by-side bridges, top photo, crossing the Grand River northwest of the town. Honorable mention awards went to Steve Littrell of Carnegie and Susan Grove of Guthrie-West. Littrell featured two sets of tracks on a railroad bridge in the Quartz Mountains. Titled "Grace River," Grove’s entry is a landscape in a Guthrie subdivision.

Here is what the winners wrote about their entries in the 2011 Oklahoma Annual Conference photo contest based on the conference’s theme, "The Plan—A Bridge to the Future":

First-place—Marea Breedlove, Locust Grove-First United Methodist Church

United Methodists have an amazing history. Our past provides a foundation as we reach out, meeting future needs and challenges facing the church. With the older bridge laying the foundation for the newer, we see both the tremendous history of our church as well as the path to future service.

The original bridge is named “The Lindsey-Mayes Bridge.” It is located northwest of the town of Locust Grove on North 437 Road. The bridge crosses the Grand River in Mayes County.

Two honorable mention awards

  • Steve Littrell, Carnegie United Methodist Church

Two sets of tracks cross this bridge. The old were not destroyed to build the new. So it is with our future … we can build the new on the original foundation. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)

This railroad bridge is in southwest Oklahoma, near Quartz Mountain Resort.

  • Susan Grove, West Guthrie United Methodist Church

The photo was taken in the Sweetwater Springs subdivision in Guthrie.

Grace River flows wherever faith in Christ transforms lives. United Methodists are the bridge conveying discipleship from home, into fruitful churches, and throughout the world. Rusty iron chains signify the link of tradition to futuristic vision within our strong connection, while the eternal Trinity of Solid Pillars stands ever beside us.


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