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The Vision August 7, 2019

Vol.51 No. 31

FROM https://www.bgcowomen.org/ministry-wives/ - Oklahoma Baptists may remember a special motion offered at the BGCO Annual Meeting in November 2018. The motion requested for a month of appreciation in recognition of the wives of ministers, including pastors, staff ministers, evangelists, and directors of missions. Messengers voted with overwhelming support in honor of women who serve in such a vital role within the life of the church. As a result, a new tradition has begun in the state of Oklahoma. August will be dedicated to the encouragement and support of ministry wives. Within the church calendar, August is often spent wrapping up the busy activities of summer, such as camps, mission trips, and Vacation Bible School. Many wives are welcoming their husbands back home from extended time away at various back-to-back events. August is a great month to show appreciation for these special women before the busyness hits of the new school year, kickoff of Fall activities and Promotion Sunday. There are many practical, inexpensive ways to encourage the ministry wives in your church or association: – Mail handwritten letters. This is always a source of great encouragement. – Provide a home cooked meal from your small group for the minister’s family. – Collect money for a gift card or thoughtful present. – Plan a craft for the nursery or elementary aged children to gift to the staff wives. – Spend quality time with your minister’s wife by planning a fun night with friends. Finally, never underestimate the power of your words. Affirming the service and care of your minister’s wife is greatly appreciated. A simple thank you is always welcomed. Another way to show appreciation to the ministry wives in your church is by providing them a weekend away to be refreshed and encouraged. Each year, the BGCO Women’s office plans a retreat for wives to connect and care for one another. Tulsa, First Baptist will host this special weekend on September 20-21, 2019. The cost of the event is $50. Out of town guests plan to stay at the nearby Holiday Inn Express Tulsa Downtown. Registration and rooms can be booked through the BGCO Women’s website at BGCOwomen.org. For more information, call the Women’s Office at 405.942.3800 x 4324. Furthermore, in the month of August, we encourage you to find time on an August Sunday morning to recognize these women. Our prayer is this encouragement will advance the Gospel as they continue the work God has called them to in their homes, church, and community.
Be thinking about what kind of ice cream you will bring! :) There will be a contest for BEST HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!!! Who will win the "Golden Scoop" this year?! **If you would like to be part of the contest, please let Tara Vallandingham know**, OR bring store bought ice cream and toppings to share! Please bring a lawn chair! See you on Sunday!
All children through 12th grade will be advancing to their new Life Group classes on Sunday, August 18th! There are still several openings for Extended Session and Worship Kids. If you can volunteer, please contact the Team Leaders or the office.
Join us for Bible Study and a light lunch during the noon hour! We'd love for you to join us!
Look for the bulletin insert this week & make your reservations! Please turn those in before Sunday, August 18th.
Volunteers are still needed to listen to kids reciting their verses for AWANA! Contact Barry or Jenifer Miller to help!
Calling all Super Heroes! Join us for AWANA on August 21st! Can't wait to kick off a SUPER new AWANA year!!
Join Convoy of Hope in serving thousands of Guests of Honor with free resources such as groceries, haircuts, family portraits, job and health services, a kids zone, and more! If you'd like to volunteer, click the link below. If you want to volunteer and have a specific skill you'd like to be part of, or in the Prayer Tent, please let Bro. Michael know.
Mark your calendars and make plans to volunteer with Eastern Heights Baptist Church and many other churches in our community to reach our community. This free family event will be held at Johnstone Park on Saturday, August 24th. See the video below for more information, or contact Pastor Michael for more information.
Pumpkin Patch meeting for volunteers Sunday, August 25th at 5:00 p.m. Come and hear the plans for the Pumpkin Patch and see where you can help out!
Eastern Heights will be sending Bro. Michael, Rosemanne Park and Daryl Thomas to Malawi in September. Please consider donating towards the trip expense.
If you'd like to be in the Great Hymns of Faith Community Choir concert, practices will be September 8, 22 & 29th at 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Contact Ryan Forrest ASAP if you are interested in participating!

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