Monday, September 10, 2012

A Social Justice Benefit Auction, Our National Competition For the Miracle Among The Ruins Project, Food Pantry, Statistics, Worship Services, Talks, Apostle Paul and Vision of the Church: A Week of Missional Church

Our new community garden and kitchen park and orchard in North Tulsa has been selected as one of the finalists in the national Tom's of Maine 50 States For Good competition which began today to win $50.000. We represent Oklahoma, but our support is coming from around the world. We need everyone to vote online once a day until Oct. 9. The next five top-vote getters receive $20,000. Voting is safe, easy, at click on the Cast your Vote icon under the logo.

We will be using the funds to build our Community Outdoor/Indoor Kitchen Greenhouse Shelter Pavillion with Rainwater Collection System. Please share this with others on your email and social network lists particularly as many of our neighbors do not have internet access here who use our park at 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. Be a part of the continuous miracle of renewal in our area. For all the reasons why our area so desperately needs our Miracle Among The Ruins project, go to

Next, Tomorrow Evening Tuesday Sept. 11 at 6 pm we will have our first orientation session for the Turley area Disaster Response Network block leaders open to all, with free dinner, at our Community Center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave. Other sessions will be held Sept. 18 and 25th at 6pm, the latter meeting at O'Brien Park.

 Finally, this Saturday at the Center 5920 N. Owasso Ave. is our big Northside/Turley FunFest Benefit Auction Fundraiser to raise the funds for all of our community projects and partners. Charity Auctioner Jay Litchfield will be conducting it beginning at 10 am. Great items, lots of office furniture from law firms donated to us, along with home furnishing, appliances, building materials, antiques, and a whole library of books and tapes and Clothing Galore. We will be then transforming the major building housing all the items into our new Community Kitchen Food Justice Meal Center and Event Room. Volunteers needed for the auction and funfest on Saturday.

This Tuesday and Friday our amazing Food Pantry will be serving the community from 9:30 am to Noon. And we have our spiritual counselor, and our Legal Aid Society counselors present as well.  
This past Friday our Day of Caring was a  huge success as we had volunteers from Hillcrest Hospital working all day in our community garden and orchard park; Legal Aid Society volunteers were organizing our items for the Auction and getting ready our new Community Room; and volunteers from Nordam cleaned the Community Center property. Thank you to them and the United Way.

Many of you may also be interested in our latest demographics and ethnographic study of our two mile radius in our area of service from 46th to 76th St. N. and Highway 75 to Osage County line at

This Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm and Monday at 1:30 pm I will be giving a talk to OU Tulsa Graduate Social Work students about our 74126 area renewal projects and history and issues; This Thursday at 11:30 am I will be leading worship at Phillips Theological Seminary chapel, 901 N. Mingo Ave. This Saturday Sept. 15 we will also be hosting a carpentry crew at our community park building a toolshed, and I will be speaking this Saturday at Suburban Acres Library on 46th St. on our sustainability and food justice programs and issues. And This Sunday, Sept. 16 9:30 am we will be discussing the new perspective on St. Paul and its model for an ancient/future vision of missional church followed by communion service and common meal. During the week at 8:30 am, at the Center, we have Morning Prayer as we move toward building in contemplative worship as a part of the daily missional life here.

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