Daughters help their dad pack a gift box at Tulsa-Faith UMC
Faith's families double the gifts for foster kids
A project by Tulsa-Faith UMC to assist the Oklahoma Circle of Care will help twice as many foster children as expected, according to Tasha Atcity, the COC church relations coordinator.
During July and August, Faith UMC chose Circle of Care as beneficiary of its Mission Wednesday activities. The church’s goal was to create 50 “welcome baskets” to be given to children when they are placed in foster care.
“Faith went above and beyond their goal and collected enough supplies to put together 100 welcome baskets,” Atcity said.
The baskets contained hygiene products, toys, blankets, books, games, gift cards, and more. They were geared for boys and girls ages 2 to 4 and for youths 12-14.
“The welcome basket is important because it comforts the child or youth in care. The basket can help eliminate some of the anxiety the child may be facing,” she said.
Northern Prairie students rally
Youths are the “present” of the Church, not only future leaders, Bishop Jimmy Nunn told students at the Northern Prairie District “Back to School Bash” Aug. 20 at Enid-First.
The church desperately needs young people’s faithfulness and gifts for the transformation of the Church and the world, he said.
The rally included a community art project and games, with worship led by Valerie Steele, Stillwater-Highland Park UMC; Ross Crawford, student ministries director at Enid-First; and April Coates, Ponca City-Albright/Asbury.
In Stillwater, the second Pumpkin Jubilee — a joint effort by Highland Park UMC and the Noon Lions Club — will get a rolling start as the first pumpkin shipment arrives at the church Sept. 30. A month of activities will culminate with Trick or Treat at the Patch on Oct. 31.