Here we are at the beginning of August and Oklahoma, in true form, has been blooming HOT. In just a few short weeks school will begin and St. Paul's has been invited by The Ministerial Alliance to participate in a program to support Altus Junior High School students and teachers. Some of the projects throughout the year are the following: help at a coffee bar as students/parents sign up for classes; provide a hot chocolate bar for a student party at the end of the fall semester; bring donuts on occasion; judge science projects; act as proctors for testing; help in providing school supplies/toiletries for teachers, etc. Individual members of St. Paul's would not be required to financially contribute unless they choose to do so, BUT volunteers would make a commitment of your physical presence to assist at various events. We would be part of a larger team which includes members of 1st United Methodist Church, Martha Road Baptist Church, and numerous other small churches in this program. If you are willing and able please sign up in the Parish Hall. (It is understood that if you do volunteer, it does not mean that you will be available for all events, but will make an honest attempt to attend several throughout the school year.) I will commit to the program only if we have members commit to serve. The first event will be to assist serving lunch to the Junior High Teachers and Administrators on August 8th.
Our "Premier" movie night went well. In August, on a Wednesday night to be announced later, our second movie will be "Risen". It is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavis, a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide Lucius, who are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. There will be discussion after the movie and we will close between 8:30-8:45. Future movies include "The Shack", and "An Interview with God".
In the meantime, try to stay cool.
Blessings to all,