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September 2, 2016: Pastor Wiggs' Word of the Week: HONORING

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You will know someone we are honoring this month in worship. The first Sunday we will be honoring our super support staff who work behind the scenes making ministry possible! Some of them you may have never met or even seen, but they are hard at work and we want you to see them as we thank them this Sunday, September 4.


Then, on September 11, we will be marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. We have invited a number of our public servants and first responders to join us for worship so that we can honor them as we remember the sacrifice some made and the risk these servants take each day they go to work on our behalf. There will be only one worship service at 11 a.m. on September 11. I am asking we all meet at one time to reinforce our unity as we remember together on this significant day for our nation and look to God for guidance, strength and comfort.


September also brings us a new sermon series. We will be examining Leadership in Uncertain Times. We will be discussing the kind of leadership Jesus teaches, and how it can contribute to our lives in this time and place. We continue to read from Luke, this week chapter 14:1, 7-11. Luke tells of a time when Jesus went to the house of a man who was a leader among the Pharisees. It is an opportunity to think about our ego and our motivations in the context of leadership, especially as followers of Christ. Our sermon title is, “Humility Exalted.”


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Coming together for a time of remembrance and hope

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Sunday, September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. These attacks were some of the worst acts of terrorism our country had ever experienced, killing thousands of people and tearing down buildings with symbolic meaning.


However, in the aftermath of the attacks, the people of the United States came together in a new way. Friends and strangers alike provided aid, comfort and companionship in a time of total uncertainty. Even more remarkable were the actions of the heroic first responders, who put their lives on the line to save the innocent.


This year, we hope to honor those who lost lives, and celebrate the camaraderie of our country, city, and church.


We will come together for one worship service at 11:00 a.m. as a symbol of our unity. During this service, we will light candles and ring the tower bell in memory of the lives lost. We have invited the mayor of Tulsa, the police and fire chiefs, and many other first responders and elected officials to join us during this time.


First responders and service men and women from all areas and branches will be recognized, and are encouraged to dress in uniform. Children are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal for first responders to give to children in emergency situations. These will be collected at the altar during the service.


There will be no 8:30 a.m. service on this day. All are asked to join in unity at 11:00. Sunday School will be held from 9:40-10:40, as usual.


“When September 11 happened, everyone came together at church because they desperately needed each other and a place to find solace,” says Rev. David Wiggs. “We want to recreate that feeling of unity and hope.”


A pancake breakfast will be served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Community Hall, hosted by Troop 20. It is free for guests, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door for members. There will be banners to sign at the breakfast, which will be given to local first responder stations.


Join us for a special Sunday commemorating the 15th anniversary of September 11.


UMW tea and style show to raise money for missions

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The annual United Methodist Women Mission Tea will be held Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Community Hall.


This year, a special style show will be added to help raise money for mission projects. Event attendees will enjoy tea, coffee, punch, and tasty sweet treats as they get a glimpse of the fall fashion styles available at Zella’s Boutique! The style show, which includes Boston Avenue UMW models, will begin at noon.


All donations made at the event will go toward special mission projects our United Methodist Women participate in throughout the year. Checks can be made payable to the United Methodist Women.


A church bus will make trips to and from Methodist Manor for the event. All are welcome to attend and invite a friend! Complimentary childcare is available, and must be requested by Friday, September 9. Your child will need to bring a sack lunch. Please contact Paula Gradney-Garner at paulagradney@bostonavenue.org or 918-699-0128 to make arrangements.


Make plans to attend the 2016 Dress For Missions Tea. You won’t want to miss this event, fun for all ages!


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