Monday, February 15, 2010

Holidays Galore

Yesterday was not only Transformation Sunday but also Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. Today we celebrate Presidents Day. Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) and Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Then comes Lent leading us to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. WOW! That's a lot of holidays.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Administrative Board Meeting

Administrative Board Meeting
February 7, 2010

Fred opened the meeting with prayer.

The minutes from the December 2009 meeting were read and approved.

Treasurers Report:

General Fund - $4228.89
Building Fund - $1735.95
Total ---------- $5964.84

  • We spent $190 on the lunch for Indiahoma High School students.
  • Bathroom expenses were discussed.
  • Future expenses include: fixing the window in the bell tower, repairing the south door to Fellowship Hall, patching and painting the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
  • Katherine made a motion to hire Ronnie Calhoun to patch and paint the sanctuary for $200 and to get an estimate for doing Fellowship Hall also. Collene 2nd. All in favor say, “Patch and Paint!” Motion approved.
  • Herwannah made a motion to repair the Bell tower window by putting the Methodist Emblem between two pieces of laminate, replace the double doors with a single metal door and have a sign made for the door (enter on south side of church). Deloris 2nd. All in favor say, “Fix the Belltower!” Motion approved.
  • Daryl will get Jimmy to look at the Fellowship Hall south door.

Old Business:
  • We bought Indiahoma School Christmas Angel Tree gifts for a boy and a girl.
  • Alba didn’t find a good deal on an after-Christmas clearance sale Christmas tree so we will use our old one another year and try to get a good deal next year.
  • Nine kids went caroling and had a great time. So did the sponsoring adults. They especially enjoyed using the Lien’s flat bed trailer.
  • We talked about providing more substantial food for the after school tutoring kids.

New Business:
  • VBS dates are June 14-18, with Fathers Day on the following Sunday.
  • Lunch for Indiahoma High School Students is on WED, FEB 24. BBQ beef sandwiches.
  • Lawton District Leadership Training has been rescheduled for SUN, FEB 28.
  • Haiti Health kits were mentioned.
  • April 17 is Spring Clean Up/Trash Off & Church work day.

Colleta made a motion to adjourn.
Virginia closed the meeting with prayer.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Morning Sermon

Genesis 9:8-17
Patrick preached on Noah and the flood. He said we often think about it as a child's story perfect for Sunday School but forget the real tragedy of the event. Noah & his family didn't die but they lost everything else. EVERYTHING. Their homes, their belongings, their friends, their neighbors, their community, their lifestyle...

And what did they do in the ark for amusement? I lasted one night in Indiahoma without electricity and had to head to Lawton, the monotony was driving me nuts. Patrick said Noah was in the ark for about 9 months. Was his first step out onto the land like a rebirth, being born out of the womb of the ark? Then what did they do? How did they rebuild? They couldn't spend time with friends. There weren't people who could offer services. There were no towns, no stores, no equipment...

Now let's fast forward to the present day. We were out of electricity for six days and no water for two days. I missed the lights, TV, computer, cooking (electric stove), washing machine, dish washer and probably most of all, the coffee pot. I was fortunate, my daughter's power in Lawton only went off for a few hours. I moved in with her and it was like being on a strange vacation. I had all the comforts of home and then some. Beth cooked for me.

The things Noah and his bunch were dependent on are a lot different than the things we depend on and miss when they are unavailable. But the one thing we really need was the same in Noah's time and in ours, and that is God.

I thank God this morning for lights, a working computer and a good sermon to blog aobut.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Back in Business

No electricity, no water, no church. But we are back in business now, all systems go.

Tomorrow, FEB 7, we will have church at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday School. The monthly church pot luck dinner starts at
12:30 p.m. followed by an Administrative Board Meeting. Everyone welcome to everything.

The Lawton District Local Church Leadership Workshop scheduled for Jan 31 had to be postponed (see Jan 30th pictures below). It has been rescheduled for February 28, 1:30-5:15 p.m.