NEO Team Update 10-18-18
Living with Evangelistic Passion
Northeast Oklahoma was blessed to have Paul and Ann Stubbs move to Northeast Oklahoma after they ended their active years of ministry to the global church and its missionaries. They have served several churches as interim pastor and spouse in retirement and were deeply loved wherever they labored.
I don’t know if I have ever known someone to continue to serve so tirelessly and fervently in retirement as Paul Stubbs. In the 84th year of his life, in his “Annual Report of Retired Minister”, he reported an incredible level of activity:
Nursing Homes – 156
John 3:16 Mission – 12
Fill-in at Churches – 9
Visits to Shut-ins – 206
Prayed with People to Accept Jesus – 346
I would say Paul helped a lot of people have a “fantabulous” day! Who would think that Paul himself was battling lung disease while he accomplished so much!
In Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, he commended his brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, Epaphroditus, who risked his life and health to serve Paul and the church. Paul said to “honor men like him.” Paul Stubbs is certainly one of those valiant warriors who fought to the very end, finishing the race and task God had given him and keeping his faith strong and active. Paul’s memorial service will be this Saturday, October 20th, at 2:00 pm at Regency Park Church.
May those who come behind us find us faithful!
Raising Highly Capable Kids
Regency Park Church
Parents, teachers, youth workers and communities across the country are experiencing great results – we invite you to become a part of this movement of adults caring for and giving kids the tools they need to become healthy, caring and responsible. Our District has received a grant to help us launch this program in churches, schools and community centers throughout NEO. Help us invite stakeholders in your community to a Vision Casting Meeting on Monday, October 29, 7pm at Regency Park Church of the Nazarene.
We rejoice with one another, mourn with one another and bear one another’s burdens…
Pastor Melissa King reports that Chelsea had close to 100 people for their one year anniversary of Celebrate Recovery. The Pryor worship band led music, they had cardboard testimonies and a cookout. God is at work in our Chelsea Church and CR!
District Compassionate Ministries Directors, Buddy and Alicia Davis, lost a granddaughter, Arrow Holland Pike, before birth on October 10. Pray for their daughter, Kristen, and all of the family during this time of loss.
District Treasurer Bud Lauhon had surgery yesterday at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio to repair a heart valve. Let’s thank God for the success of this extensive surgery and lift Bud up in prayer during this time of healing. Also remember Linda and their children Chris and Leslie.
Alan Cole, adult son of Pastor Keith and Nancy Cole (Chandler) has been in the hospital with severe pain in his feet and legs.
Pray for Sapulpa and Muskogee First as they are in pastoral transition.
Pray for God to bring renewal through the AWAKENING PRAYER CONFERENCE this week. Many from our District will be in Arlington watching this conference live and many others will be participating by Live Stream. Those who would like to enjoy community while watching by Live Stream are welcome to participate at Tulsa Audacity Church, 2744 E 12th ST.
We welcome new staff at Tulsa Central:
Jeremy and Laura Poplin will be ministering to parents of young children.
Steve Davis and wife Miriam have joined the Central staff as an Associate Pastor with responsibilities in Worship and Pastoral Care.
I Want to Celebrate. . .
Melissa King, Chelsea Open Doors. . . We had our annual outreach in Chelsea this month at the Jamboree. We sold tamales and sopapilla cheesecake. We handed out over 100 copies of the Jesus film! We are getting ready to celebrate our one year anniversary for Celebrate Recovery! God is good!
Mark Smith, Cushing and Drumright. . . Colleen Smith is leading vibrant women’s ministry for Cushing and Drumright churches. The ladies meet monthly for fellowship, Bible study and ministry to others by sending cards, assembling Crisis Care Kits and other projects. Cushing and Drumright joined together for food, fellowship and song on the first Tuesday of the month. Some people from Cushing Church joined us as we held worship outside for our first Drumright tailgate party. Come join us on the first Tuesday and enjoy the fellowship and the singing.
Otoniel Dannemann, Tulsa Fuente de Vida. . . We started a new Bible study in a home and our first attendance was 17, and 2 decided to receive Jesus as their personal Savior.
Yalmi & Norma Izaguirre, Tulsa Regency Iglesia. . . God is blessing our services and we are moving the church outside of our walls.
David Stevens, Vinita. . . A couple who have been attending came to me and told me they feel like the Lord wanted them to get baptized. It was a joyous Sunday! They have been more consistent in their attendance. We have started having the Caravan classes on Sunday morning, and we have some new attenders in Caravans. Children’s ministry is still an effective way to bring new people in to the Church. – We are trusting God to lead us to new families for His Church and His Kingdom.
Jim Thornton, Tulsa Hills. . . We welcomed 11 new members into the church this month, all of whom are new Nazarenes. In addition, we had the privilege of baptizing 5 people in September. Our Fall discipleship electives (Financial Peace University, Uninvited Bible study and Open Box Special) have resulted in record attendance for discipleship classes. Our building strategy team has been formed and we are exploring expansion costs. We had a well-attended welcome lunch for those new to THC. God is at work and we are a grateful people!
Brian Loderhose, Owasso Silver Creek. . . We had a great time at Pastor’s Retreat and have just enjoyed a great spirit among our people lately.
Cary Tipton, Mannford Grace Family Worship Center. . . A great rental house to live. We had our first cottage prayer meeting at our house last Thursday. The house was full as well as our hearts and bellies. We are looking forward to God answering our prayers.
Ronnie Baker, Tulsa Audacity. . . We had a great 5th Sunday. We served a church with a 110-year-old building that has 3 congregations meeting in it. With vacation and Pastor’s Retreat in the same month I was out two Sundays. Our teaching team did a great job and it was the first time being gone from the church weekend I really had a lot of peace. We truly have a great team put together.