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July 26, 2013

Church briefs for July 26

DUNCAN — n Open Heaven

Bill and Lynda Faught will be speaking at Open Heaven Fellowship Church. The Faughts are popular conference speakers in Latin America, Southeast Asia and East Africa. Services will be at 7 p.m. today and 4 p.m.

Bill Faught, Jr. began leading worship and preaching as a young teen and has now been in the ministry for over 38 years. Bill’s vision is to facilitate “filling the earth with God's glory” by equipping the Body of Christ in revival, worship and leadership. He is an accomplished speaker, author, song writer, singer and musician.

Most recently, they have been involved in the dynamic transformation of Burundi, East Africa then, they hosted His Excellency, the Honorable Pierre  Nkurunziza, president of the Republic of Burundi, in Dallas, Texas. They reside in Altoona, Kan.

There will be children’s church during services.

n Tanglewood Bible Fellowship

Sunday services will begin with a word of welcome from Dale Corbin and the call to worship from Psalm 100 led by Doug Strange. This will be followed by congregational worship for the whole family. Children 5th grade and below will be dismissed to the Super Summer program.  

Wednesday evening there will be a fellowship dinner at the church from 5:45-6:45 p.m. All proceeds will go to the ministry of Duncan’s Recovery Church. A special WOW (Windows on the World) service will take place in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m., with  Dennis Hall as the main speaker.

n First Presbyterian

Sunday service by Rev. Sue Trei-Conrad will be based on Genesis 18:20-33. A nursery is available. Care and Nurture will be hosting movie night at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 in Fellowship Hall.

n Western Heights Baptist

Western Heights Baptist Church sent 16 youth and five helpers to Falls Creek Monday. They will be returning today after a week filled of God and worship.

Ladies Bunco is tonight at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The Sunday school classes are studying in the book of Ecclesiastes.

n Immanuel Baptist

Market Place VBS, designed and created by children’s minister Barb Spradlin and associate Kaley Neal, was a big hit. Children were given Bible costumes and divided into “Bible families.”  Singing and a short play were part of the fun as their groups went from shop to shop in the re-creation of the city of Athens and worked with metal smiths, brick makers, fishermen, spice sellers, scribes, stone masons and more.

Judging by the excitement generated and the growing numbers of children attending throughout the week, it was deemed a great success and worthwhile effort as the children learned about the Life of Paul.

Senior adults will meet for F4 (Fun, Fruit and Fellowship) at 11 a.m. today for a whirlwind of games and a great sandwich luncheon. Duncan senior adults are invited. Sunday, there will be an “Ice Cream Par-Tay” for all members and visitors at 6 p.m. on the church lawn. Bring a lawn chair and sit out under the shade and enjoy the fellowship.

The elders and staff of Immanuel announce that a new youth pastor has been selected. Holden and Krystle McCrackin will be moving to Duncan by Aug. 11 and begin their work with the Immanuel youth.

They have been serving as youth ministers at Cordell FBC. Holden is a 2009 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University. His wife Krystle has just completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Southwestern.

James Swain is continuing his series on the Ten Commandments Sunday. Contemporary praise and worship will be led by music minister Brian Holland. Children and adults can join in Sunday school. Wednesday night summer activities will continue at 6 p.m. July 24. Brian Holland will be leading the adults and Barb Spradlin will be in charge of the children. Youth meet in the Worship Center for a special service.

n United Pentecostal

On Sunday, Kenny and Donna Johnson of Louisiana will be ministering the word and song at the morning and evening services.

It is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information, call the church office at 580-255-5429.

n Good Shepherd Lutheran

On this Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday School and Adult Bible Study take place are followed by fellowship time, then worship. Pastor David Heitner’s sermon will be titled “Keep Praying! God Loves To Answer!” Relevant scriptures to be read will be Genesis 18:20-33, Colossians 2:6-15, and Luke 11:1-13. After worship will be a potluck dinner and Voters Meeting. Church’s phone number is 580-255-3267.

n First United Methodist

This Sunday, Dr. Greg Tolle continues his sermon series “What the Man Said” with the message “God’s IM” based on Luke 11:1-13. The focus of this sermon is Jesus’ teaching his disciples, both ancient and modern, how to pray.

The traditional service will feature special music by Amy Wilson. The Connexion service features praise music led by the Connexion Band. Both services will feature a musical selection from “A Table for 5,000” performed by the children.

Sunday school classes for all ages are a great opportunity to study the Bible and grow in faith.

n Highland Park


“Battle Gear” will be the message delivered by Bro. Jerry Couch during the Sunday morning worship service. The scripture reference is from, Ephesians 6:10-20. Music will be provided by Highlanders Quartet.

Bro. Jerry Couch will deliver the message “Purpose Driven Life” with Scripture reference from Colossians 1:24-2:5 during the evening worship. Dennie Hightower will provide music for the evening service.

Bro. Jerry will continue the study of Daniel on Wednesday. Activities for kids and youth will be Wednesday also.

n Patterson Avenue Baptist

Patterson Ave. Baptist Church in Comanche will have a rummage sale at 8 a.m. Saturday at the church. At 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a dinner and bake sale honoring the Benny Downey family. At 2 p.m. Aug. 3,  a matinee movie with free drinks and popcorn. Proceeds from the rummage sale and movie will go to the church renovation fund. From 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 7, there will be a bake sale in front of the Comanche Pharmacy on Main St.

Proceeds will go to the Madill Home for Girls.

n Unitarian

Universalists of Lawton

Sam McMichael will talk about how basic emotions relate to the seven principles of Unitarianism.

The basis of his talk will be the book, “The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions” by Jaak Panksepp and Lucy Biven.

Adult Forum will continue the World Religions studies by viewing a segment about Hinduism.

n True Gospel


Are you moving into the new Duncan Development Center? A church of all nations is right across the street.

Pastor is Suff. Bishop Sherman P. Tyler Sr. Sunday services start with prayer led by the Pastor, followed by Sunday school for all ages and then an awesome praise and worship service.

Transportation is free to all services and there are additional services during the week. For information, call 580-467-2555 or 580-252-SAVE(7283).

n West Side Christian

Rev. Terry Schlein will preach on “The Devil’s Devices” at West Side Christian Church this Sunday. Scripture text will be 2 Corinthians 2:1-11. The pastor’s children’s sermon will be on “Doubting Thomas,” based on John 20:19-31. The choir will sing “Down to the River to Pray.”

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the choir will practice and at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the Birthday Club will meet at Peking Garden Restaurant.

For information on the church and its ministries, call the office at 580-255-2825.

n First Christian

On Sunday, Rev. Arnold Nelson will deliver the sermon at the morning worship services in the sanctuary. His sermon is titled “The Worst Prayer Ever Made” with scripture text Luke 11:1-13. Worship services will be held at the Well, with Rev. Jennifer Steil delivering the message “On the Threshold” with Scripture from Luke 11:1-13.

n Duncan First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Duncan will offer Sunday school bible study classes for adults, youth, and children followed by worship services. Dr. Bryan Pain’s message will be from the book of John. There are also evening services with Dr. Pain.

Church pianist, Penny Sutton, has played piano for First Baptist Church for many years. To celebrate, an open to everyone come-and-go 30th anniversary ministry celebration for Penny will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the chapel following morning services this Sunday.

If you are interested in singing with the First Family Choir, a kickoff fellowship and rehearsal will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in the chapel.    

Remodeling of the auditorium has begun, so check in on the progress to see the changes taking place.

FBC youth will be going to Six Flags on July 31. A youth service project to help with food distribution in tornado ravaged Moore is scheduled for Aug. 6-7. Also in the near future, a scavenger hunt and a back to school party is planned. For information on these youth activities, contact pastor Mike Lewis at 580-583-9395.  

For preschoolers, Wednesday nights will be Gospel Project night beginning Aug. 14. For information, call Morgan Collier at 580-606-0957.

Information on the First Baptist Child Development Center enrollment is available at  580-252-5887.

n New Hope Baptist

In the morning worship service, Bro. Randy Southerland will bring the message “He Hath Done All Things Well” from Mark 7:31-37. Music will be provided by Sharon Rue.

In the evening worship service, Bro. Randy Southerland will bring the message. Music will be provided by Steve Lovett.

Wednesday night service and activities are Prayer Time, Santuary Bible Study, youth activities and The Gospel Project. For a ride to church, contact the church office at 580-252-3899.

n New Life

Pastor William Moore is preaching a series titled “Deuteronomy: A Journey of Faith.” This little-read book is repeatedly quoted by Jesus and is even called the “theological center” of the Old Testament and is all about transitions. If you think about it, the faith journey is full of transitions: victories, struggles, life changing encounters, and doubt-filled experiences. In this series, you will discover how to navigate the “in-between” on the faith journey.

About 300 youth members at NewLife Church are getting excited about the Wacky Olympics at 6:30 p.m. July 31 in Fuqua Park. All youth are welcome.

n Parkview Baptist

Sunday morning the “Be of the Right atitudes” series will continue with Bro. Steven Gillispie’s sermon from Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the Merciful.”

There will be no noon-day Bible study will be Wednesday, July 24. In lieu of this, Vacation Bible School will continue Wednesday evening. Parkview will be having a Revival Aug. 1-4.

Simply “One Family Walking and Working for the Faith of the Gospel.” For information, call 580-255-5525.

n Comanche First Baptist

Eli Gardner, pastor for Comanche’s First Baptist Church, will bring both Sunday messages, with the morning topic from the Gospel of John and the evening study continuing from Jonah. Marcia Hart is worship director and Scott Pitts is song leader. Evening activities include choir practice, youth meetings and worship.

On Wednesdays, Loops of Love knit and crochet time is from 10 a.m. until noon. Prayer service, Youth Bible Study and Teamkids each begin at 6 p.m.

Church office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For information, call the church at 580-439-5335.

n Grace Baptist

Pastor John Croy will be bringing the message in both Sunday services and he will also be providing a solo. The Adult Sunday school class will be studying from Ecclesiastes 3:1-5:7. The lesson is titled “Why Do I Feel Empty” and will answer the question: how does my worship impact my view of life?

Pastor Croy will be leading the Discipleship Training class at 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be a homemade ice cream fellowship at 4:30 p.m. before DT.

GBC will host The Traveling Senior Saints game day 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. All senior adults are welcome to come and play table games and fellowship. A free lunch will be served at noon. There will be a devotion and music just before lunch.

Contact Mettie Hawkins Croy for information at 580-656-5011 (cell) or 580-255-0395 (home).

Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study starts at 7 p.m. For a ride to any GBC service call the church 580-255-5497.

Upcoming dates for August are Men and boys prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Ladies fellowship luncheon at 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 and dine-in Community Meal from 5–6:30 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 28.

n Ray of Hope

Young at Heart Connect will be going to The Plantation Restaurant leaving at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27 from the church. Blessed Families Connect is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the home of Jeff and Kim Hammond.

There will be a Church Fellowship following the evening service Sunday, July 28.

Breakthrough Girls Night is at 9 p.m. Friday, August 2 at the Youth Building. Door s open at 5 p.m. and for Summer Bash ‘13 with Capital Kings in concert with special featured speaker Tony Nolan, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Free admission.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Sanctus Real will be returning for their second concert at Ray of Hope. This will be a ticketed event. Call 580-252-7772 for ticket information.

If you have questions, contact Church reporter Rebeka Rutledge at 580-255-5354, ext. 160.

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