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July 1, 2016: Pastor Wiggs' Word of the Week: RELIGION
Our sermon series, “Does Anything Go?” continues throughout July. Plus, we shift to our Old Time Revival worship format, where we replace most of our liturgy with singing. We sing a variety of hymns that are congregational favorites every week. I encourage you to be in worship every Sunday this month!
Our sermon question this week is, “Why Are There So Many Religions, If There Is Only One God?” Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend will be our guest preacher. Dr. Peluso-Verdend, an ordained United Methodist minister, serves as President of Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS), which is located here in Tulsa. In addition, he serves as Associate Professor of Practical Theology and has published articles on a broad range of subjects. He is a regular worshiper here at Boston Avenue and preached for us last summer, as well.
Before being selected to lead the seminary as President, he had served there in several roles, as Dean, Vice-President, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at PTS. PTS has been offering a class focused on learning about other major religions and the implications of this for our lives. His text will be Genesis 11:1-9.
Join me as we welcome him to our pulpit at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Join in on the summer fun!
It’s not too late to sign up for summer camp and join in on all the fun that is to be had at Boston Avenue this summer! Below is a list of this summer’s camp and activity opportunities - there is something for everyone. Click anywhere in this article or call the church at 918-583-5181 to sign up.
July 4-8: CYME
July 8-10: JOY Camp
July 9-10: SONSHINE Camp
July 18-20: Older Elementary Camp
July 18-22: 6th Grade Camp
July 22-24: Mission U
July 24-31: Senior High Trek 2 Colorado
July 31-August 6: Camp Anytown
July is mission emphasis month at Boston Avenue
Beginning Sunday, we will be emphasizing missions at Boston Avenue. This year, we will again focus on two organizations close to the hearts of many in our congregation, Restore Hope Ministries and Cookson Hills Mission Center.
Restore Hope Ministries works to prevent homelessness, not only by providing a food pantry, but also by providing temporary rent, counseling, and other resources needed to help get people back on their feet.
Cookson Hills Mission Center provides aid to those in poverty in northeast Oklahoma through various programs such as a self-sustaining garden program, senior citizen services, and shops providing job opportunities.
Each week, you will have the opportunity to learn more about these organizations and make a difference in the work they do. The Work Area on Missions committee will be collecting food and monetary gifts for Restore Hope and Cookson Hills in Bishops’ Hall on Sunday mornings.
You can read more about each of these ministries in the newspaper and on our website each week through the month of July, or you can click anywhere in this article to learn more. Next week will focus on the work of Restore Hope Ministries, followed by an article on how you can specifically help the organization. Cookson Hills will follow.
There will also be brochures for both organizations outside the Sanctuary, in Bishops’ Hall, and in Sunday school class packets. We encourage you to learn more about the good work being done in our state through these organizations, and to help further the mission of these ministries by contributing food and monetary gifts.
There is something for everyone!
Whether it be through Sunday School classes, Bible study or extracurricular activities, there is a place for everyone at Boston Avenue!Learn more