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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 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., 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.

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