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Friday

Join the Community at one of these Highlights of Coming Events


Current full list of upcoming events, more to come, hope to see you at one or more of the events:
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Sat. April 19 10 am our area legislative forum with public officials and community representatives at Rudisill Library, Pine and Hartford Ave. every third saturday same location same time.
Saturday April 19 Planting Party and Free Breakfast 9 to 11 am, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. community gardenpark and orchard.
Saturday April 19 10 am to Noon. Free Corner Store Pantry and clothing thrift store, Welcome Table community center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave.
[Easter Sunrise Service of Prayer and Meditation and Music held at the gardenpark and orchard 6:30 to 7:15 am followed by breakfast.]
Tuesday, April 22 1:30 pm arrival for 2 pm monthly food handlers permit class at our North Regional Wellness Center, 56th and MLK Blvd (old Cincinnati Ave.) This new facility in Turley has a basketball court, walking trail, playground facilities and more open to the public on its grounds.
Tuesday, April 22 5 pm Turley Area Litter Cleanup part one, and free supper for volunteers; meet at the Welcome Table community center, get trash bags gloves and bottles of water. Celebrating Earth Day with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and the Great American Clean-up Event.
Wed. April 23 10 am to Noon at the Free Corner Store Pantry and Clothing Room.
Wed. April 23 1:30 to 4 pm. GardenWork Party at the community garden, hosting volunteers from around Tulsa; and neighborhood cleanup event part two, meet at the park.
Thursday, April 24 6 to 8 pm free cooking demonstration class for healthy eating, our northside regional wellness center on 56th St.
Friday, April 25, 4 pm McLain School Community and Alumni Foundation meeting, 4929 N. Peoria Ave.
Friday, April 25 7 pm Art Gallery Exhibition Opening at northside wellness center by local young people on teen pregnancy prevention, "Flash Focus Event and Reception" $15. support our youth who took these photos reflecting their life.
Saturday, April 26 10 am to Noon Free Corner Store Pantry and Clothing Room.
Saturday, April 26 4 pm free supper and Planting Party at the gardenpark and orchard.
Tuesday, April 29, 7 pm Turley Community Association meeting O'Brien Park Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave. monthly every last tuesday.
Wed. April 30, 10 am to Noon Free Corner Store Pantry and Clothing Room.
Thursday, May 1 Free Lunch Noon Public and Partners Planning Meeting for McLain/Turley area, at the community center. come hear about improvement plans, meet partners, bring issues and concerns for planning. this is the planning and working meeting connected to the last tuesday or the month public town hall conversation and meeting.
Saturday, May 3 10 am to Noon Free Corner Store Pantry, and Turley Area litter pickup event part three, Great American Cleanup, and 4 to 6 pm planting party at the gardenpark and orchard, free supper for volunteers.
Monday, May 5 11 am to 1 pm free Cooking For Diabetes class at our northside regional wellness center health department.
Wed. May 7 10 am to Noon Free Corner Store Pantry Day.
Saturday, May 10 7 am to 10 am Community Breakfast at Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave. $5 for adults and kids under 10 free.
Sat. May 10 9 am free breakfast and planting party at the gardenpark and orchard. Also Turley Area Litter Clean-Up Event, part four. Start at the Park to get bags, water, gloves. meal for volunteers.
Sat. May 10 and Wed. May 14, 10 am to Noon Free Corner Store Pantry and more Day.
Friday, May 16, 10 am to Noon, Mobile Food Pantry visit to the Welcome Table from the Food Bank. giving out five tons of food in one hour. Volunteers report at 10 am. Food Delivery begins at 11 am. You must have ticket with you to receive food. Get tickets during the Corner Store Food Pantry days while tickets last. We do this every few months.
Thursday, May 22, 6 to 8 pm free cooking class for children and youth ages 6 and up with parent or guardian present, "cooking healthy breakfast" at our northside regional wellness center on 56th St.
more to come 

Sunday

The Three Americas: Events, News, Message


Palm Sunday: Occupying The Abandoned Temples of the American Dream Empire

First, before getting to the Palm Sunday message, it has been an exciting past month or so here in the 74126 area; we have become a center for service learning and missional trips lately. We are gradually becoming a center where people can “come and see” the effects of racism on many ethnic groups, economic injustice and classism, and the evil and suffering that happens when the marketplace is not tempered with the moral imperative, when government and other groups focus on numbers and not on need, on individuals and not on neighborhoods.

Already this year we have hosted groups working with us on Tulsa’s northside from Fayetteville, AR and Oklahoma City and Dallas area and from around the country during the Life On Fire event here, and from many places and schools around the Tulsa area who have not been familiar with our part of town. We just finished hosting three classes of graduate social work students from OU who have been working on research projects with us as well as doing direct help for us. We met a lot of people and made connection at the Tulsa Eco-Fest held near our area at the Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus. This past Sunday I made a presentation on our area and our work to the Adult Forum at Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa. We were scheduled to host a big contingent from Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity during their conference recently but their schedule had to be changed, and we hope to connect in the future.

Coming up, On Wednesday afternoon, April 23, we will have a big group of volunteers from a Tulsa company coming to work at our gardenpark and orchard on N. Johnstown Ave. And just this weekend at the Global Society for Arts in Health convention held in Houston, a presentation on our area and our work was given and well received and more connections made. On Saturday, August 26, we will host a lunch for the Commission on Appraisal of the Unitarian Universalist Association as they “come to see” and learn about missional church manifestations in a progressive theological spirit.

And still so much to be done; figuring out ways to pay and staff and continue to reach out with our neighbors on projects even as we continue to go deep and grow our relationships and presence; funding the big projects we are nurturing (the closed Cherokee School reopening and repurposing; abandoned and neglected properties and low-rent “relocation” housing possibilities; organizing for justice with the Industrial Areas Foundation) are getting seeds planted but need a boost in effort and partners and money. And we still struggle to stay open month after month, still trying to build up the foundation of supporters who will give at least a nickel or dime a day to help us with the basics of utilities and mortgage which, because we put it all into mission and have not yet started any salaries, means every contribution is going to direct missional work of feeding and clothing people and growing their overall health and community.

We are also trying to get the word out about us better to more people and potential partners this year. If anyone is able to help us produce videos about what we do and why and with whom, please let me know. And we are hoping this year to begin the long delayed work of fixing up our community center and creating social events at the gardenpark and orchard. The more volunteers the more we are able to do. We would love for this year to be the year we get great signs up at the park, and great art at the park and outside the community center, as well as the new outside deck and benches at the community center, the new deck and stage at the gardenpark, and the big 20 foot table at the park.
And, before I print the message below, Here is the list of coming events planned so far for the next few weeks; your chance to connect with us:

Free Breakfast Second, Third, Fourth and any Fifth Saturdays 9 am, weather permitting, Welcome Table Community GardenPark and Orchard, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. Free Supper, First Saturday 4 pm. Growing your own food is like printing your own money. Get a Free Garden Bed. Just come eat with us and enjoy the gardenpark.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to Noon, Free Food and Clothing and More On Community Days, Welcome Table Center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave. serving the 74126, 74130, 74073 zips. Also free books, computer center, art studio.
Community Breakfast Second Saturdays, 7 to 10 am, $5 with Kids 10 and under free, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave. 
We just finished our wonderful Community Easter Kids Celebration on Saturday with the local United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. including kid gardening at our gardenpark and orchard. It was so good to see the children enjoying an actual hunt for easter eggs and surprises instead of what happens at so many institutional egg hunts which are more like race and grabs as the eggs are just laid out in an open field.
Palm Sunday Worship with communion was held this morning at Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. at 10:30 am followed by free lunch afterwards. One of our “rules of life” for our missional community is to eat together as often as possible, at least three times a week.
Wednesday, April 16, 12:30 pm lunch for seniors (55 plus) at our Welcome Table Center followed by trip to Aquarium in Jenks. 
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 pm free dinner and Maundy Thursday communion worship at The Welcome Table Center
Friday, April 18, Good Friday worship at noon with us at All Souls Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave. and/or Good Friday service 6 pm at Turley United Methodist.
Sat. April 19, 10 am Our Area Public Forum, Rudisill Library, Pine & Hartford Ave.
Easter Sunday, April 20, Sunrise Prayer and Meditation Event, 6:30 to 7 am or so, on top of the hill at The Welcome Table GardenPark and Orchard; come feel the spirit of resurrection and renewal at our miracle among the ruins space,  followed by breakfast at The Welcome Table Center. Worship at 10:30 am at Turley United Methodist Church. Come for any or all. 
Earth Day Tuesday, April 22, Turley Litter Pick-Up and Free Dinner for volunteers who help, 5 pm meet at The Welcome Table Center. 
Turley Community Association, Tuesday April 29, 7 pm O'Brien Park Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.
McLain/Turley Area Planning and Partner Meeting, Thursday, May 1, Noon with Free Lunch, The Welcome Table Center.
Mobile Food Pantry Day, Friday, May 16, volunteers begin at 10 am, food pickup at 11 am, The Welcome Table Center. Get vouchers at Wed. and Sat. community days. We eat lunch together with volunteers once the event is over.  
Community Picnic on the Cherokee School playground, Sunday May 18, 11 am to 1 pm. See below for more.
Every Saturday 6 pm 12 Step Recovery Group, at the Welcome Table Center.
Last Thursday at 6:30 pm, Turley Area Alliance Against Crime, at the Center.
Each Thursday, 7 pm, Turley Fire and Rescue Dept meetings, 6404 N. Peoria.
Our diabetes management class and free healthy lunch just finished up on Saturday its important six week presence at The Welcome Table Center and we have been glad to co-host that with the AreaWideAging Agency.

Palm Sunday Message: The Three Americas, or Occupying The Empire’s Abandoned Places To Remind The World That God Lives Here

This Sunday’s meal message was about how Jesus “occupied” the Empire’s Temple and mocked the false values of Caeser’s Empire when and how he rode into Jerusalem for Passover, with some street theater in the midst of a dangerous time and place to show both people and the powerful that another world was possible, not only possible but could begin right now, right here, with these people. Many of the most vulnerable had been left behind both by the occupying Roman forces and by their own leaders. Jesus was sending a signal to both the haves and the have-nots that the God of the most vulnerable was still with them and was full of hope love and justice.

In that spirit, I talked about how our tradition in our community was to spend Palm Sunday “occupying” one of our abandoned places. In the past we have done it at places we eventually came to own and renew, such as the block of abandoned houses where the park is, and the vandalized church building where our community center is now, and we have done it at the old closed Cherokee School and one of the first was when we put pots of flowers along North Peoria Ave. and at our on-going gardening and beautification project occupying 66th and N. Lewis intersection. We talked about the Palm Sunday that we finished worship by going to an abandoned building and sign out front, where a civic club had been that shut down and several restaurants had been in and shut down; we “occupied” the sign and put up messages of welcome that God is Love and that God Lives in our area, even in such places as ours that others fear to come to, or run down, or just neglect.

And though the weather kept us indoors this Palm Sunday, we decided to throw a picnic for our community and any who want to join us on the playground at Cherokee School, 6001 N. Peoria Ave. Sunday, May 18, 11 am to 1 pm. Bring potluck (no alcoholic beverages) and sports equipment, and for former students bring yearbooks photos; the playgrounds and basketball courts and tetherball and grounds are still there waiting to be used. It will be our delayed Palm Sunday event.

On a deeper level, with such events and with all our work in our four directions initiative of far north Tulsa, we are fighting against the division of what I call the burgeoning polarization into the Three Americas; what we see happening in our metropolitan area seems to be found elsewhere as well. There is a dominant (always with minority strains fighting against it) “big box store” culture in the surburban areas of individualism, libertarianism, consumerism, and uniformity of “red-state” politics and theology and culture. There is a growing dominant “urban cool” “blue-state”culture in the denser populated areas of downtown and various entertainment and restaurant and artistic districts with consumerism still strong but modified as consuming creativity, and with a stronger “tribal” than libertarian vibe. Both of these Americas are places where different forms of the American Dream might attract you, but they are places where people go to, in various ways, “make it.” They are places with growing numbers of people (but not “peoples”) and therefore they are the places where government and businesses--both run with marketplace mentalities--invest in with infrastructure, entrepreneuriship, and resources.

And then there are the third districts, the abandoned places, the boarded up places, the no sidewalks and streetlights places, the places where post offices are closed and health clinics are closed (with kudos to those who are fighting against this in our area with health clinics beginning to open to reverse this trend) and schools are closed and with community centers and community pools closed or threatened to be closed and with shopping centers closed—even though there are the areas of highest need for these. This is a form of America that both of the other two zones turn away from. The Third America. While those who remain intentionally and would not live elsewhere, or those who can’t afford to live elsewhere and move here but are always hoping to “make it” by leaving, wrestle with growing lack of connection with one another and with those in power. And the land itself becomes disconnected with the people as its ownership transfers increasingly to those who live in the other Americas and as a result of the weakening of the power and voice of those who live here the land itself can be repurposed away from communal needs to the needs of corporations and businesses (where environmental injustice comes in to mirror economic and educational injustice, with landfills and salvages dominating the landscape) owned by those who live elsewhere, and the local businesses and nonprofits that do remain are often struggling against the tide, or are also in some cases adding to the blight.

On Palm Sunday, and as we move into Holy Week, with the simple meal fellowship of Maundy Thursday and the mandate to love one another, with the all too familiar abandonment and destruction of Good Friday, with the despair and sitting with grief of Holy Saturday and with its story of unseen forces still at work getting ready for renewal, with its story of Jesus relocating to Hell itself to turn it into a place not even abandoned by the love of God, and with the story of the unexpected life and the miracles of hope that Easter celebrates, through it all we seek to love the hell out of this world of the Third America, to connect the disconnected on a grassroots level and also to connect the other two Americas with the Third America, the Third Place so to speak. Like the disciples of old, we don’t do it well. But we too remain, or we return, or we relocate our lives because we have been the recipients of a grace that abounds that reminds us that Love overcomes death, injustice, neglect, helplessness, shame, failures. We do not know what the future holds; every month brings new challenges and the same old struggles, but Palm Sunday teaches us that the future of new life is already started. 

Friday

This Spring at The Welcome Table


Coming Community Events
Free Breakfast Every Saturday 9 am, weather permitting, Welcome Table Community GardenPark and Orchard, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. Growing your own food is like printing your own money. Get a Free Garden Bed.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to Noon, Free Food and Clothing and More On Community Days, Welcome Table Center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave. serving the 74126, 74130, 74073 zips. Also free books, computer center, art studio.

(due to a funeral the foodstore will be closed Saturday, April 12; open again Wed. April 16 at 10 am and by appointment calling 918-691-3223)

Community Breakfast April 12, 7 to 10 am, $5 with Kids 10 and under free, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave. 

Community Easter Kids Celebration, Sat. April 12, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. including kid gardening at our gardenpark and orchard. 

Wednesday, April 16, 12:30 pm lunch for seniors (55 plus) at our Welcome Table Center followed by trip to Aquarium in Jenks. 

Thursday, April 17, 6:30 pm free dinner and Maundy Thursday communion worship at The Welcome Table Center

Friday, April 18, Good Friday worship at noon with us at All Souls Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave. 

Sat. April 19, 10 am Our Area Public Forum, Rudisill Library, Pine & Hartford Ave.

Easter Sunday, April 20, Sunrise Prayer and Meditation Event, 6:30 to 7 am on top of the hill at The Welcome Table GardenPark and Orchard followed by breakfast at The Welcome Table Center. Worship at 10:30 am at Turley United Methodist Church. Come for any or all. 

Earth Day Tuesday, April 22, Turley Litter Pick-Up and Free Dinner for volunteers who help, 5 pm meet at The Welcome Table Center. 

Turley Community Association, Tuesday April 29, 7 pm O'Brien Park Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

McLain/Turley Area Planning and Partner Meeting, Thursday, May 1, Noon with Free Lunch, The Welcome Table Center.

Mobile Food Pantry Day, Friday, May 16, volunteers begin at 10 am, food pickup at 11 am, The Welcome Table Center. Get vouchers at Wed. and Sat. community days. 

Every Saturday 6 pm 12 Step Recovery Group, at the Welcome Table Center.
Last Thursday at 6:30 pm, Turley Area Alliance Against Crime, at the Center.
Each Thursday, 7 pm, Turley Fire and Rescue Dept meetings, 6404 N. Peoria.

Who We Are/What We Do/Why Summary



The Welcome Table Missional Community/
A Third Place Community Foundation

Renewing The Far Northside: Volunteer Grassroots Response

History:
2002-03 Epiphany Church began in Owasso, suburb of Tulsa
2004 moved to 6305 N. Peoria Ave. Turley/McLain School area
2005 became The Living Room Church and began partnering with Turley Community Association and Cherokee School on beautification projects
2007 Opened A Third Place Community Center at 6416 N. Peoria Ave. and moved in it and began working with OU Graduate Social Work program on community forums;
2008 hosted OU Health Clinic;
2009 created A Third Place Community Foundation and began demonstration gardening with Turley United Methodist Church and providing school gardens and landscaping for Cherokee Elementary School and helped form McLain School Foundation;
2010 bought a block of abandoned houses and trashed property at 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. to begin transforming into a community gardenpark;
2011 bought an abandoned church building at 5920 N. Owasso Ave. and moved the community center into it and planted the community orchard;
2012 created The Welcome Table Free Corner Store Food Pantry.

Area We Serve:
Primarily from 46th St. N. to 76th St. N. and from Highway 75 to Osage County Line; all within the McLain School boundary; far north Tulsa and Turley community area but our food store also serves the Sperry area. We are located in 74126, one of the lowest income zipcodes in the Tulsa area with a life expectancy 14 years lower than midtown Tulsa. We also serve 74130. 

Current Offerings:
Twice a Week Free Food Store;
4-5 times a year Mobile Pantry giving out 5 tons of food in one hour;
occasional Mobile Eatery from Food Bank
Computer Center/Free Wifi
Free Books
Clothes and More (take what you need; leave what you can)
Community Art Studio and Art Events
Washer/Dryer and Shower
Community Recycling Bin
Weekly 12-Step Recovery
Community Holiday Events and Festivals
Monthly Community Planning
Monthly Turley Area Seniors
Community GardenPark and Orchard and Free weekly meals at the Park

Current Community Projects
Abandoned Properties: Demolition or Upkeep
66th and N. Lewis Intersection Transformation
Welcome to Turley Sign Project
Roadside Wildflowers/Trash Pickup
Prairie Trails Wildflower Preservation Rest Area across from our park

Planting Project Seeds: In Conversation or In Vision
Cherokee School, closed in 2011, Repurposing
Scattered Site Low Rent Housing Program, plus “Relocation Homes” transforming abandoned homes
Osage Prairie Trail Awareness and Appreciation Event(s) and Community Info Kiosks
Far North Main Street from 46th to 66th St. on N. Peoria Ave
Community Lay Health Advocate Program (turning health clinics inside out)
Village Post Office to replace closed post office

Current Partners
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Tulsa Health Department North Regional Wellness Center
Tulsa Food Security Council
Tulsa Community Gardening Association
McLain School Foundation
Turley Community Association
Turley United Methodist Church
Turley Fire and Rescue Dept
Tulsa County O’Brien Park and Recreation
Sarah’s Residential Living Center
Newsome Community Farms
Oklahoma State University Extension Dept
The LightHouse Charter School
Gilcrease Elementary School.

Wednesday

Join in Growing Community....


We will have our regular monthly planning lunch for partners and residents working together in the Turley/McLain area. Lunch meeting at the community center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave. Agenda and info below. All are welcome. 

We had a good meeting last month; thanks for State Rep. Seneca Scott calling in from the state house in oklahoma city, and to two representatives from Indian Nations Council of Government to update us particularly on transportation needs and issues and plans affecting our area; we talked about the rapid bus plans and whether or not they would make any difference for riders in our area of north Tulsa north of 46th St. by McLain, and about the Trail and its security needs and how to promote both it and the communities along it. Also at the community meeting last week we had a good report from the Tulsa County Sheriff's office on crime stats in our area (see below) and we are planning to get more from them so we can do a comparative and more thorough analysis. We also had a good update report on the Turley abatement properties project from the Tulsa Health Dept. and we will be talking about all these things and more at the lunch meeting at noon tomorrow, all invited. come find out how you can connect with leaders and residents working to improve the 74126 and 74130. 

Agenda:
1. Update on Turley Fire District election plans: at the last planning meeting we got an update from the Fire Dept. about their activities, about how they have grown in their number of volunteers, how the dry burn ban has kept them busy, and they will be starting the petition drive soon to get the needed fire district board set up to help grow resources and keep improving services. 

2. Update on the Turley Project with the environmental health division of the Tulsa Health Dept. Scott Meador of the THD told us that of the 1400 properties and more than 400 buildings in the unincorporated Turley area, that courtesy letters about property neglect were sent to some 225 owners, and of that amount some 25 percent responded and began working with the health department. Some of the worst sites we had identified have been cleaned up or are in process since then, though some remain. We talked about our priorities for the properties to get the urgent attention of the health department, and some of the properties will need to have the county inspector notified. A few of the properties might benefit from neighbor's pitching in to help clean up and haul things away as the owners are physically or economically unable to do so currently. The second round of letters, past the courtesy letters status, are being sent out now. What we really need is more county funds to remove more of the burned out or abandoned structures as we had with federal stimulus funds that made such an impact in our area in cleaning up properties. 

3. Crime reports: The Sheriff 's office is still getting us the needed five year look at crime reports for our area, but we got the data for the 2013 years and so far in 2014. In 2013, 259 total reports. No homicides were reported, four rapes, four robberies, 24 felony assaults (mostly domestic violence though they no longer carry those as a separate category), 36 other assaults, 81 burglaries, 77 larcenies, and 33 auto thefts. They said particular high areas were burglaries and car thefts. There was much discussion about the possible influence of the metal crushers in the area on the thefts. We mentioned some reports of particular crimes that were to be looked into that might not have made that report. We hope to update with more crime report details and comparisons year to year to see if it is climbing or declining or remaining stable. 

4. Economic Development: We discussed the new Family Dollar store and restaurant in the area. We will discuss other economic plans and projects such as the Welcome to Turley sign. 

5. Continuing Discussion of Cherokee School possibilties for repurposing, and reports from other local schools; all representatives invited.

6. Announcements and Partner News and New Neighborhood Needs

Upcoming meetings and events

Community Days at the community center, 10 am to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays
Saturday, Mar. 8 community breakfast, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave. 
Saturday, Mar. 8 noon lunch and garden planning at the community gardenpark and orchard, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave.
Sat. Mar. 8 free living longer, living stronger program lunch at The Welcome Table.  
Wed. March 12 noon seniors lunch at Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. and Wed. March 19 noon seniors lunch at The Welcome Table Center. 
Community Legislative Forum, Saturday Mar. 15 at 10 am at Rudisill Library, near Pine and Greenwood. 
Fri. Mar. 21-Sun. Mar. 23 Oklahoma City residents will be here working on projects in our community through the community center. 
Monday, Mar. 24 Tulsa Food Security Council meeting, 11:30 am Indian Health Care Resources Center, 6th and S. Peoria Ave. 
Turley Community Association public meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 25 7 pm at O'Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave. 
Every Saturday from Mar. 15 community gathers for breakfast at the gardenpark and orchard. 

Thanks and if you can't make it pass this on to someone who might be able to come be with us from your group or neighborhood. 

Come enjoy, connect, eat, and plan. 

Life on Fire in McLain/Turley Area This Weekend, and More News and Projects


Please share these invitations with your groups and communities, and know we value your partnership with our community renewal mission and passion, and hope to see you soon. Even more than the events we value the relationships and the way they help us grow spirit of hope and purpose here with our neighbors. We recently had some 100 Tulsa University students working in our community gardenpark and orchard for the 74126, students who had never been in our neighborhoods before, and who as they worked with us and the volunteer fire department were also getting an education about poverty and health, the way of mutual transformation.
 
Come join www.lifeonfire14.blogspot.com a national gathering for missional church seekers will be a retreat held here on Friday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, Mar. 2. A free open to public panel will be held at 7 pm Friday in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church at 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. across from our gardenpark and orchard. It will feature Ellen Blue of Phillips Theological Seminary moderating and talking about the work of the New Orleans churches and the women of St. Mark's UMC during the civil rights era there; Justin Pickard of Crossover Impact here in North Tulsa; James Patrick Hall, BSG, an Episcopalian friar serving with and to friends in the homeless community of Tulsa; Demalda Newsome of Newsome Community Farms and the North Sheridan Road Church of Christ; Charles Beard of the Tulsa Catholic Workers; and me. Come for worship too at 6 pm at the church. See the link above for all the other details.
 
Thursday, March 6 at noon we offer a free lunch for residents and partners to connect with us in our planning and projects here at the community center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave., www.turleyok.blogspot.com. We are working in the coming days on abandoned houses projects, and holding our regular days of giving food and water (especially to those in our area without running water in their homes) and clothing and more, following up on crime reports for our area, hoping people won't forget the abandonment of the Cherokee School on North Peoria in our area, getting out information from the recent community meeting we hosted to get updated on the neglected properties project. This is a clearinghouse meeting where we help organizations in our area of McLain School such as the fire department, senior living center, the Tulsa Health Dept. north regional wellness center, the schools, the parks, and others.
 
Saturday, March 8, we launch a special Living Stronger, Living Longer Healthy and Good Free Lunch and Program at the Center from Noon to 2:30 pm. Email me or call 918-691-3223 to sign up as it is a space limited  event that will run each Saturday through April 12, with the Area Wide Aging Agency; geared for those 60 years and more and for any of their families or friends regardless of age helping with their health support. And that day also begin with a community breakfast at the Lodge Hall at 6227 N. Quincy from 7 to 10 am; our food and more community day from 10 am to noon at our center; a gathering of community gardeners and others interested in food issues for breakfast at 9 am at Ollie's Restaurant in west Tulsa followed by a garden project behind the Dept. of Human Services on North Peoria Ave., and here we will host a special lunch at our gardenpark and orchard, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. beginning at noon, first of our weekly garden lunch and serving meetings weather permitting.
 
Looking forward to missional visits later this month from members of an Oklahoma City church, and in April from Dallas.
 
This Sunday March 2 we will be worshipping with the Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. at 10 am for monthly communion service. On Sunday, March 9 we will worship at 5 pm in the Taize and Communion service with Trinity Episcopal Church downtown. Sunday, March 16 at noon we will have our own common meal, communion, and conversation on the purpose of church.
 
 

Thursday

What's Coming Up in our Community


We have got some great stuff coming up around here: Coming Events for the McLain/Turley area:


Every Saturday, 9 am, Community KitchenGardenPark and Orchard, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. Grow Food for Free, help us build a new community space.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to Noon, Food and Clothing and Art Days and More Community Days, Welcome Table Community Center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave. serving the 74126, 74130, 74073 zips. Library, computer center

Friday, Feb. 14, cosponsoring with Turley United Methodist Church, a Parents Night Out for Valentine's Day, for children between 3 and 12; cost is just to bring two cans of food for our free corner store; to be held at the church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. in the evening 6:30 to 9:30 pm. 

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 am Area Legislative Forum, Rudisill Library, near Pine and Greenwood

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1-3 pm volunteering at our park and center with Riverfield School students

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 12:30 pm Monthly Turley Area Seniors free Lunch at the Center, planning field trips programs and activities

Saturday, Feb. 22, 8:30 am to 3 pm participate with us in the TU Turley Day of Service at the park, the center, and community. Thanks to the University of Tulsa. Put this one on your calendar. Turley and McLain area becomes blue and gold this day.

Monday, Feb. 24, 11:30 Tulsa Food Security Council, at Indian Health Care Resource Center

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 pm Turley Area Community Association meeting and Town Hall, this month at the Welcome Table Center; other times at O’Brien Park Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave. Hear what's happening in the community, meet with area officials; a focus on the neglected properties project with the Tulsa Health Dept. and on the Fire and Rescue Dept. upcoming campaign to create a needed fire district to improve services and for most residents to reduce costs from the current fire dues. 

Friday, Feb. 28, 7 pm Free to the Public Panel on Missional Living at the Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave., part of our Life on Fire gathering that weekend. See more at www.lifeonfire14.blogspot.com. People coming in from all over the country. 

Thursday, March 6, McLain/Turley Area Planning Free Lunch at Noon at Center.

Saturday, March 8, 7 to 10 am, Community Breakfast, $5 with Kids 10 and under free, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave. 

Every Saturday 6 pm 12 Step Recovery Group, at the Welcome Table Center.

Last Thursday at 6:30 pm, Turley Area Alliance Against Crime, at the Center.

Each Thursday, 7 pm, Turley Fire and Rescue Dept meetings

Upcoming: Join with a group from Oklahoma City coming to stay with us and serve in our area with us Friday, Mar. 21-22; and another group coming to our area from Dallas on Saturday, April 5 to work with us. And we will be hosting a return trip from a youth group from Shawnee in March, and then going there, to help them launch a community garden. And we have had recent contacts from both Kansas City and New Orleans about coming to see and serve with us. 

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Tuesday

Ways To Come Be With Us in Coming Events


COMING UP IN THE COMMUNITY

Community Center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave. GardenPark, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave.

918-691-3223 Third Place Foundation

This Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 am to Noon Community Day, free food store and more....10:30 am bingo at Turley Methodist...Noon potluck lunch for community at Turley Methodist.

This coming Thursday, Jan. 9, Noon Lunch for Neighbors, Partners and Planners on Renewing Our Area, monthly meeting. All welcome. Note change in meeting time to noon lunch. This will also usually be on the First Thursday.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.,
Community Breakfast, $5 all you care to eat, kids under 10 free; proceeds to the community....The food store will be closed this day as we take an excursion learning trip to the Tallgrass Prairie and visit Bartlesvillee's Martha's Task

Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon Prayer Service and Meal and Justice Video.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 10 am to Noon Community Day, then Noon will be the Area 55 plus Group free Meal and planning.

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 am to Noon, volunteering for the Mobile Food Truck Day here at The Welcome Table; Give out 4-5 tons of food in one hour, 11-12, with free lunch for volunteers after.

Sat., Jan. 18, Community Day, 10 am to Noon, Community Day.

Sun., Jan. 19, Special Missional Church Event with a group of members from the Fayetteville, Ark Unitarian Universalist Church. Join us and them for a fun Missional Church 101 day. Come at 10 am for introduction, talk, video on our work; Noon Communion Worship Meal around the table; then service in and with the community.

Mon, Jan. 20, 9 am to Noon at The Welcome Table, MLK, Jr. Day Party, Meal, Service Project, Watch Parade Together on TV

Tuesday Jan. 21, 9:30 am volunteer help us unload and stock food.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon. The New Food Bank Mobile Food Truck Providing Free Hot Lunch Day for 250 neighbors here. Get your special ticket in advance at one of the event above.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am to Noon Community Day
Sunday, Jan. 26, Noon Prayer Service and Meal

Tues., Jan. 28, 7 pm Turley Area Public TownHall O’Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

Wed. Jan. 29, 10 am to Noon Community DayThis Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 am to Noon Community Day, free food store and more....10:30 am bingo at Turley Methodist...Noon potluck lunch for community at Turley Methodist.

This coming Thursday, Jan. 9, Noon Lunch for Neighbors, Partners and Planners on Renewing Our Area, monthly meeting. All welcome. Note change in meeting time to noon lunch. This will also usually be on the First Thursday.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.,
Community Breakfast, $5 all you care to eat, kids under 10 free; proceeds to the community....The food store will be closed this day as we take an excursion learning trip to the Tallgrass Prairie and visit Bartlesvillee's Martha's Task

Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon Prayer Service and Meal and Justice Video.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 10 am to Noon Community Day, then Noon will be the Area 55 plus Group free Meal and planning.

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 am to Noon, volunteering for the Mobile Food Truck Day here at The Welcome Table; Give out 4-5 tons of food in one hour, 11-12, with free lunch for volunteers after.

Sat., Jan. 18, Community Day, 10 am to Noon, Community Day.

Sun., Jan. 19, Special Missional Church Event with a group of members from the Fayetteville, Ark Unitarian Universalist Church. Join us and them for a fun Missional Church 101 day. Come at 10 am for introduction, talk, video on our work; Noon Communion Worship Meal around the table; then service in and with the community.

Mon, Jan. 20, 9 am to Noon at The Welcome Table, MLK, Jr. Day Party, Meal, Service Project, Watch Parade Together on TV

Tuesday Jan. 21, 9:30 am volunteer help us unload and stock food.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon. The New Food Bank Mobile Food Truck Providing Free Hot Lunch Day for 250 neighbors here. Get your special ticket in advance at one of the event above.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am to Noon Community Day
Sunday, Jan. 26, Noon Prayer Service and Meal

Tues., Jan. 28, 7 pm Turley Area Public TownHall O’Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

Wed. Jan. 29, 10 am to Noon Community Day
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 am to Noon Community Day, free food and clothing and books and more at The Center….Saturdays 6 pm 12 Step.

Second Wednesdays, Jan. 8 10:30 am bingo and Noon Potluck at Turley United Methodist, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Noon Free Planning Lunch for Neighbors, Partners at Center.

Second Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.,  Community Breakfast, $5 all you care to eat, kids under 10 free.

Sundays Noon Prayers and Meal and Justice for the Poor Videos Class.

Third Wednesdays, Jan. 15 Noon, 55 year plus Group Free Meal and planning.

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 am to Noon, Mobile Food Truck Day at Center. Free lunch.

Sunday., Jan. 19,10 am Special Missional Event. 10 am talk on our work; Noon Worship Meal; Afternoon  projects.  

Mon, Jan. 20, 9 am to Noon at The Welcome Table, MLK, Jr. Day Party, Meal, Service Project, Watch Parade Together on TV.

Tuesday Jan. 21, 9:30 am volunteer help us unload and stock food.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon at The Center. Mobile Restaurant Free Hot Lunch Day for 250 neighbors. Get your special ticket in advance at one of the event above.

Tues., Jan. 28, 7 pm Turley Area Public TownHall O’Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

“Growing Lives and Neighborhoods on the Northside”This Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 am to Noon Community Day, free food store and more....10:30 am bingo at Turley Methodist...Noon potluck lunch for community at Turley Methodist.

This coming Thursday, Jan. 9, Noon Lunch for Neighbors, Partners and Planners on Renewing Our Area, monthly meeting. All welcome. Note change in meeting time to noon lunch. This will also usually be on the First Thursday.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.,
Community Breakfast, $5 all you care to eat, kids under 10 free; proceeds to the community....The food store will be closed this day as we take an excursion learning trip to the Tallgrass Prairie and visit Bartlesvillee's Martha's Task

Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon Prayer Service and Meal and Justice Video.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 10 am to Noon Community Day, then Noon will be the Area 55 plus Group free Meal and planning.

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 am to Noon, volunteering for the Mobile Food Truck Day here at The Welcome Table; Give out 4-5 tons of food in one hour, 11-12, with free lunch for volunteers after.

Sat., Jan. 18, Community Day, 10 am to Noon, Community Day.

Sun., Jan. 19, Special Missional Church Event with a group of members from the Fayetteville, Ark Unitarian Universalist Church. Join us and them for a fun Missional Church 101 day. Come at 10 am for introduction, talk, video on our work; Noon Communion Worship Meal around the table; then service in and with the community.

Mon, Jan. 20, 9 am to Noon at The Welcome Table, MLK, Jr. Day Party, Meal, Service Project, Watch Parade Together on TV

Tuesday Jan. 21, 9:30 am volunteer help us unload and stock food.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon. The New Food Bank Mobile Food Truck Providing Free Hot Lunch Day for 250 neighbors here. Get your special ticket in advance at one of the event above.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am to Noon Community Day
Sunday, Jan. 26, Noon Prayer Service and Meal

Tues., Jan. 28, 7 pm Turley Area Public TownHall O’Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

Wed. Jan. 29, 10 am to Noon Community Day
This Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 am to Noon Community Day, free food store and more....10:30 am bingo at Turley Methodist...Noon potluck lunch for community at Turley Methodist.

This coming Thursday, Jan. 9, Noon Lunch for Neighbors, Partners and Planners on Renewing Our Area, monthly meeting. All welcome. Note change in meeting time to noon lunch. This will also usually be on the First Thursday.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.,
Community Breakfast, $5 all you care to eat, kids under 10 free; proceeds to the community....The food store will be closed this day as we take an excursion learning trip to the Tallgrass Prairie and visit Bartlesvillee's Martha's Task

Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon Prayer Service and Meal and Justice Video.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 10 am to Noon Community Day, then Noon will be the Area 55 plus Group free Meal and planning.

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 am to Noon, volunteering for the Mobile Food Truck Day here at The Welcome Table; Give out 4-5 tons of food in one hour, 11-12, with free lunch for volunteers after.

Sat., Jan. 18, Community Day, 10 am to Noon, Community Day.

Sun., Jan. 19, Special Missional Church Event with a group of members from the Fayetteville, Ark Unitarian Universalist Church. Join us and them for a fun Missional Church 101 day. Come at 10 am for introduction, talk, video on our work; Noon Communion Worship Meal around the table; then service in and with the community.

Mon, Jan. 20, 9 am to Noon at The Welcome Table, MLK, Jr. Day Party, Meal, Service Project, Watch Parade Together on TV

Tuesday Jan. 21, 9:30 am volunteer help us unload and stock food.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon. The New Food Bank Mobile Food Truck Providing Free Hot Lunch Day for 250 neighbors here. Get your special ticket in advance at one of the event above.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am to Noon Community Day
Sunday, Jan. 26, Noon Prayer Service and Meal

Tues., Jan. 28, 7 pm Turley Area Public TownHall O’Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

Wed. Jan. 29, 10 am to Noon Community DayThis Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 am to Noon Community Day, free food store and more....10:30 am bingo at Turley Methodist...Noon potluck lunch for community at Turley Methodist.

This coming Thursday, Jan. 9, Noon Lunch for Neighbors, Partners and Planners on Renewing Our Area, monthly meeting. All welcome. Note change in meeting time to noon lunch. This will also usually be on the First Thursday.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.,
Community Breakfast, $5 all you care to eat, kids under 10 free; proceeds to the community....The food store will be closed this day as we take an excursion learning trip to the Tallgrass Prairie and visit Bartlesvillee's Martha's Task

Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon Prayer Service and Meal and Justice Video.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 10 am to Noon Community Day, then Noon will be the Area 55 plus Group free Meal and planning.

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 am to Noon, volunteering for the Mobile Food Truck Day here at The Welcome Table; Give out 4-5 tons of food in one hour, 11-12, with free lunch for volunteers after.

Sat., Jan. 18, Community Day, 10 am to Noon, Community Day.

Sun., Jan. 19, Special Missional Church Event with a group of members from the Fayetteville, Ark Unitarian Universalist Church. Join us and them for a fun Missional Church 101 day. Come at 10 am for introduction, talk, video on our work; Noon Communion Worship Meal around the table; then service in and with the community.

Mon, Jan. 20, 9 am to Noon at The Welcome Table, MLK, Jr. Day Party, Meal, Service Project, Watch Parade Together on TV

Tuesday Jan. 21, 9:30 am volunteer help us unload and stock food.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon. The New Food Bank Mobile Food Truck Providing Free Hot Lunch Day for 250 neighbors here. Get your special ticket in advance at one of the event above.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am to Noon Community Day
Sunday, Jan. 26, Noon Prayer Service and Meal

Tues., Jan. 28, 7 pm Turley Area Public TownHall O’Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

Wed. Jan. 29, 10 am to Noon Community DayThis Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 am to Noon Community Day, free food store and more....10:30 am bingo at Turley Methodist...Noon potluck lunch for community at Turley Methodist.

This coming Thursday, Jan. 9, Noon Lunch for Neighbors, Partners and Planners on Renewing Our Area, monthly meeting. All welcome. Note change in meeting time to noon lunch. This will also usually be on the First Thursday.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.,
Community Breakfast, $5 all you care to eat, kids under 10 free; proceeds to the community....The food store will be closed this day as we take an excursion learning trip to the Tallgrass Prairie and visit Bartlesvillee's Martha's Task

Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon Prayer Service and Meal and Justice Video.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 10 am to Noon Community Day, then Noon will be the Area 55 plus Group free Meal and planning.

Friday, Jan. 17, 9:30 am to Noon, volunteering for the Mobile Food Truck Day here at The Welcome Table; Give out 4-5 tons of food in one hour, 11-12, with free lunch for volunteers after.

Sat., Jan. 18, Community Day, 10 am to Noon, Community Day.

Sun., Jan. 19, Special Missional Church Event with a group of members from the Fayetteville, Ark Unitarian Universalist Church. Join us and them for a fun Missional Church 101 day. Come at 10 am for introduction, talk, video on our work; Noon Communion Worship Meal around the table; then service in and with the community.

Mon, Jan. 20, 9 am to Noon at The Welcome Table, MLK, Jr. Day Party, Meal, Service Project, Watch Parade Together on TV

Tuesday Jan. 21, 9:30 am volunteer help us unload and stock food.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon. The New Food Bank Mobile Food Truck Providing Free Hot Lunch Day for 250 neighbors here. Get your special ticket in advance at one of the event above.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 am to Noon Community Day
Sunday, Jan. 26, Noon Prayer Service and Meal

Tues., Jan. 28, 7 pm Turley Area Public TownHall O’Brien Park Recreation Center, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.

Wed. Jan. 29, 10 am to Noon Community Day

Christmas in the 74126 in 2013


This time it was an older woman, her first time in our community center I believe, who had mingled into the crowd that had braved the ice and cold to come to our annual Christmas Meal and Party (the first of two we held this past weekend because of the weather; instead of cancelling, we expanded); she had come into the warmth of our place, just for food she'd hard about, and ended up meeting others, singing, eating, watching the children's faces light up when Santa arrived;
 
She had come in past the lack of decorations along North Peoria which at this time of year is so dark here, so few street lights, lack of sidewalks driving people walking to the store and to us to have to walk in the street itself, and she had seen our old abandoned and vandelized church building being repurposed into a community center because we had put up a modicum of decorations and lights outside and a big tree;
 
And we had decorated again the community welcome sign and the evergreen at the arch at Cherokee School that had been closed three years ago, and ever since we have continued to decorate and light it up at this time of the year for the community passing by, just as the school system had done when it had used it as a school; and we this year began decorating the gardenpark and orchard we created for the community from a block of homes that had been abandoned and burned and neglected.
 
She came up to me at the end of the Christmas Party, and almost just like the four year old who had done so a year ago, she needed to hug me and say what an amazing day it had been here for her; she had come for food, heard about the party and stayed, and was in tears by how much it meant to her; it would be her Christmas with others this year.
 
There are so many pressing issues and problems that we engage with all the rest of the times during the year: the latest is the news about another abandonment here in our community (school, post office, businesses, now the possibility of closing the pool at O'Brien Park Recreation Center--instead of trying to rally forces to get the funds to improve it and get it used more often); the low income, the low life expectancy, all of the data that documents the struggles people have in our neighborhoods (see the stories atwww.turleyok.blogspot.com). The abandoned houses, the still vacant school building, the neglected properties, the fragmentation of the schools and no community infrastructure and gathering and organizing places as people drift further and further apart from one another living right around them. Our semester's work this semester with another group of graduate students from OU partnering in service learning with us further documented how many students in the same neighborhood go to so many different schools so they have none of the traditional ways for families to meet and organize and have common ground and purpose.
 
And yet, though we will work on all those issues all the other times of the year; as that is how we find and define our purpose as a people of faith coming together for others, this time of the year we find fulfillment, and joy, and peace, and hope, and the love that endures all the fragmentation, we find it all in the way one person exemplifies the many who find their moments of connection here. This is the time of year when we rest in the way that we are surprised by the help of others, and are so grateful for all the support we have received from you all during the year. This is the time when it only matters that something is born.
 
We say each year that Christmas begins, not ends, Dec. 25. There is a season beyond the day’s furious activity; an alternative rhythm of celebration that the church offers to us that shows up the paleness of the commercial marketplace Christmas. Christmas is about what happens when the angels leave, when the spectacular is over (even when the spectacular struggles can be set aside).  We have decisions to make about what roads we will take, what kind of new year we are moving toward; where are the Bethlehems in our lives and communities that we need to go witness holiness where others would see despair and desperation? Year after year we have the Christmas story “made known to us” and never know how the story will find us; this time in the quick embrace and story of one older woman; and yet how often do we leave our comfortable fields and the people who are like us and find ways to discover the mangers, and the resident aliens, waiting for us too.
Matthew 2:23 says: “There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”
The new book, Zealot, by Reza Aslan paints a good realistic picture of the historical Nazareth, the small marginal town, the fragile community bearing the oppressive violence of the Roman Empire, suffering from the sprawl of the construction of nearby cosmopolitan Sephorris, encroaching the peasant’s land, driving them into insecurity and subsistence living. In Nazareth, Aslan says, it is the opposite of the city built for an Emperor, there are no public roads, no public buildings. There is a single well for all hundred or so families. At the time it does not exist on a map. Aslan says that the name of Jesus was such a common name, that it is the name of the town, so striking in its obscurity, that is linked to this particular Jesus of Nazareth. In fact, Nazareth is the main thing about Jesus’ birth to many of the early followers, as only Luke and Matthew dwell on the birth narratives. Nazareth, “where nothing good can come from” is not only home to Jesus but it indicates the kind of prophet, Messiah, that he is, a scandalous one. Aslan says there is little in Nazareth for a woodworker to do, so it is a place where even a craftsman would be marginalized, accentuating the powerlessness of anyone calling this place home.
For those of us in a faith community and tradition that lives on the margins of society and of theological and cultural worlds, simultaneously deep within a Christian sphere and walking together with those of other spheres, and with those who have been left behind by the American Dream and so turn to God's Dream, and those of us who live in a story that calls us to remember we are at heart a marginal people and move toward the margins to be with others, the Christmas story of the birth of “The Nazorean” should feel like home to us too. Like the older woman who came to us, and revealed Christmas to us, we come to the story again and again year after year and it is home to us. 
 
Here is how we keep Christmas going; you are invited to come help with us:
 
On Sat. Jan. 4 from 10 am to Noon the Food Store will be open again, and then each Wednesday and Saturday.
On Sundays from Jan. 5, Meal and videos and prayers and conversation on Justice for the poor here at The Welcome Table,5920 N. Owasso Ave.
Each Second Wednesday, this month Jan. 8, 10:30 am bingo and noon potluck lunch at Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave. across from our gardenpark and orchard.
Usually First Thursdays but this month, on the Second Thursday because of New Years activities, Jan. 9 at noon lunch and areawide planning for the McLain and Turley neighborhoods here at the Welcome Table.
Second Saturdays, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 am, the community breakfast at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave.
Each Third Wednesday, this month Jan. 15, our new Turley Area Seniors, Inc. lunch and planning, here at the Welcome Table. For those 55 and over and their family and friends.
This month come help us during another of our wonderful Mobile Food Truck giveaway days with the Food Bank, here at the Welcome Table, come 9;30 am to volunteer sorting food and preparing on Friday, Jan. 17 and then help us load food into neighbors cars from 11 am to Noonwhen we give out some four to six or more tons of food in one hour. Free lunch for volunteers afterwards as well.
A Special Monday, Jan. 20 event, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as we hold a service project in honor of Dr. King and then have a party for all to watch the local parade on television. We will be here and on the community service project of reconciliation from 9 am to noon
The last Tuesdays of each month, this timeJan. 28, 7 pm. the Turley public townhall and community association meeting will be held at O'Brien Park, 6147 N. Birmingham Ave.
 
During January we will also host groups fromWichita, KS and from Fayetteville AR coming to work with us and learn with us how to engage in anti-poverty neighborhood and lives renewal missional church and community work.