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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 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.


Thanksgiving: Common Life Common Good

A Third Place Community Foundation

 a 501c3 nonprofit grassroots all volunteer organization

 growing healthy lives and neighborhoods in the 74126 and northside areas.

Center: 5920 N. Owasso Ave. and Park: 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. 74126


offering The Welcome Table Community Center, Free Corner Store Pantry, Free Books, Free Clothes and More, Community Art Studio and the Community GardenKitchenPark and Orchard 

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Hi all.

 First, our news and then our Thanksgiving message...

 1. We were named a finalist for the statewide sustainability award for nonprofits serving communities with more than 45,000 persons by the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful organization; we were in the category with the Tulsa M.E.T. and Tulsa Young Professionals, who won the award last week, and were proud to be in such company and to have our story told of our gardenpark and orchard created from a block of abandoned houses. We are hopeful of continuing to grow our presence of healthy food and nutritiion here where there is a 14 year life expectancy gap from other parts of Tulsa and will try again next year. The park has really been taking shape in the "Vegetable Village" and play area for kids thanks to visits from Riverfield School and LifeChurch. We are still harvesting the cold crops of greens and the edible roots of Jerusalem Artichokes (sunflower plants).

 2. This Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 10 am to Noon at one of our regular Food Community Days we will have a Thanksgiving Pie and Ice Cream Fest at the community center; and use our newly received Espresso machine from the Food Bank. Come have dessert first before your Thanksgiving Day meals....And this Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 am to 2 pm we will have another of our weekly Community Art Days at the Center for all ages, including free lunch...Stay tuned for an important news announcement soon from here as we will sponsor a Free Meal Giveaway next month from a Mobile Food Truck from the Food Bank coming here.

 3. Why we are here and why we do what we do was driven home this month in a study that we participated in with OU and the Food Bank has just been released and puts statistics to what we have known: so many in our local area we see here are sick, especially with mental illnesses, with high degrees of food insecurity and hunger, and the food we are giving is both not enough even as emergency supplemental to their "food stamp" supplemental assistance each month, and it is not the kind of healthy food they particularly need. And yet the food we do give them, as well as the community support we create and offer through relationships of mutuality does help reduce a little bit the stress triggers that help them to make better decisions, to make responses not reactions. To get the full report on the statistics and my report go to

 4. The Turley Area Community Meeting will be held tomorrow evening, Tuesday Nov. 26 at 7 pm at O'Brien Park.

 5. You and all are invited to a "Justice For The Poor" video series and meal discussion will be held at the Center on Sundays Dec. 1 through Jan. 5. It is produced by the Sojourners in Washington, D.C.: The topics include: Dec. 1: Burger King Moms: Being Poor in America; Dec. 8: Is there something wrong with the prosperity gospel? [answer is yes]; Dec. 15: Standing at the Corner of Church and State; Dec. 22: The Gospel according to New Orleans; Dec. 29: Outside the Gate: The Poor and the Global Economy; and Jan. 5: From Serial Charity to a Just Society.

6. Share with others our 4 Project Winter 2013 Mini-Capital Campaign designed for individuals or church groups or others to be able to easily make a specific small-but-huge transformative action with us here: 1. $500 creates both an outdoor hospitable rain garden permaculture area and will prevent flooding, working with Green Country Permaculture; 2. $500 for the women's restroom and $500 for the men's restroom to help put in showers and stalls in time for our visiting groups to use next Spring for the Life on Fire national conference that will come here; 3. $600 for copper tubing and coolant to match the donated air conditioning unit we received and the matching free labor donated to install it; and 4. $350 for supplies for a new Central Grand Entry Gate and Sign for the GardenPark and Orchard. Please share for those looking for end of the year giving opportunities that make a difference on the ground here...We also have our membership support campaign going for operations and are a fifth of the way to achieving our goal of 60 people giving at least $5 or $10 a month (15 or 30 cents a day), but the mini-capital campaign will propel us to being able to serve more people and host more people. See for our story, our statistics, our spirit.For just 15 or 30 cents a day, we can broaden our base of support to break out of our cut-off notice to cut-off notice putting it all into mission, no salaries, budget. At the website you can choose either one time donations for the capital campaign or subscribe for small monthly figures to be ongoing operations support.....Consider Yourself Asked!!!

7. Thankful to be a part of recent community events: Taste of North Tulsa feeding 400 in our area; Food Glorious Food Day at the North Regional Health Dept Wellness Center connecting with more than 100 residents, many youth here; and our 8th annual community Halloween Party held for the first time for some 150 residents at our gardenpark and orchard; hosting service learning projects with Riverfield Country Day School high school and middle school students, and with Diversity classes at the OU Graduate Social Work program who are working with us on research projects in educational issues, housing issues, abandoned properties project, and other issues facing our residents. And supporting the local nonprofit Sarah's Residential Center in its mission to provide small community living for seniors...Also the McLain High School Homecoming a reunion of one of the first integrated junior high basketball teams in our area in the mid 60s at Monroe Junior High...And sponsoring a Mobile Food Van giving out several tons of food in one hour here partnering with the Food Bank...And meeting monthly with others in the Greater Tulsa area to forge connections for community organizing....Also Look for further updates from me on some of the OU graduate paper research topics related to our immediate zipcode areas.

8. The Wish List of ways to be a part of our Miracles Among The Ruins projects of blight to beauty, despair to hope, can be found also at

9. We are pleased to be hosting a national conference Feb. 28-Mar. 2 for those seeking to live more missionally, for and with others. See more and register at

 Thanksgiving Message: CommonWealth/CommonLife/CommonGood

I have been fortunate this month to travel to Pennsylvannia and to Massachusetts and to talk with people about our mission of community here in the 74126; I got to do the same thing in October in New Orleans, and the same thing in September in Tennessee. At each place I expressed thanksgiving for the many partners in our area, and for the people who come and serve with us, and receive from us and giveback at the same time; in short, for the experience of a community that is turned not inward toward itself and for itself but turned outward always looking for others to connect with. Every week we are blessed to connect with some new person or new group; new volunteers finding through us a way to give their own gratitude back to life itself; new groups from schools to churches who bring us food, who listen to our stories, who match their mission with our mission.

Last week we got to provide a common meal to our regular volunteers and supporters here to tell them thanks and to tell them about the recent survey results of the work we do here (see above and the link) and why what they do here, even though they think it is such a small thing in their life, is literally a life-giving action. We are extending people's lives; we are making it just a little bit easier for them to make just a little better decisions; to take next steps. One of the things that our gratitude now leads us toward is to foster advocacy on the conditions and decisions people in power make which are making it in fact harder for people to live, shortening their lives, adding stress to already burdened lives. We plan to do this not only by making information available, and avenues for responding, but inviting people to go deeper into their own lives and life of their family and their neighborhood in order to see where the stresses are coming from.

I am grateful above all for the blessing of being able to live in the McLain School area. I just listened to a public radio report about the increasing re-segregation, and sometimes deeper than ever segregation, of our communities splitting apart people by not only race but by economic levels and educational levels. There have always been these tendencies, but the growing wage inequality and abandonment of the cities and of common institutions have created wider gaps of where people are interacting and getting to know people of different life experiences than themselves (which is why again we called our Foundation "A Third Place" for the movement to create spaces in public that counteract this tendency). Our schools, churches, parks, businesses, transportation means, entertainment venues, all are segregating across some of these lines in ways never before. Against all this, the blessing of living here and working here is draining at times, challenging and growing and learning, but an immense pleasure and adding of meaning to life.

 This call to common good coming from common life is best summarized for me in the words by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haws in "Common Prayer" when they write, for this time of the year: 

 "Independence is a value of our culture, but it is not a gospel value. Jesus lived in community and was part of a village culture...Jesus' culture was more like the Bedouins than the Burbs.

The Scriptures teach us to value interdependence and community more highly than independence, and tell us that we are to lose our lives if we want to find them. Forming our lives around something other than our own desires, jobs, and goals is radically counter-cultural. Even our architecture is built around individual families, not around community. But for many Native Americans and tribal cultures, society and architecture are built around a village. Individual dwellings...are very small, and they are built around a central common space where people eat, dance, sing, and tell stories. The rampant individualism of Western society is a relatively new thing, and its emptiness is increasingly evident. We are wealthy and lonely. But God invites us into a common life with others.

Rather than build our lives around the individualistic dream of a house with a white picket fence, we can build our lives around God's vision for community.

We dream of a holy village in the middle of the urban desert, with a little cluster of homes sprinkled about and a neighborhood where folks are committed to God and to each other. Some folks are indigenous to the neighborhood. Some are missional relocaters. Some have gone off to school, trained as doctors, lawyers, social workers, or business folk, and then returned to the neighborhood to offer their gifts to the work of restoration. The houses are small, but that is all we need--a place to lay our heads--because most of our lives are lived on the streets, on the stoop, sweating in the practice of resurrection. Village life begins by greeting the day in morning prayer, and in the evenings we share a meal or grill out on the street. Maybe there is a village center where folks can cook healthy breakfasts for the kids as they head off to school. Perhaps in that center there are laundry machines that we can all share and a game library where kids can borrow a game for the afternoon. Maybe there's a tool library so folks can check out a saw or drill for the day; maybe there's an exercise space for lifting weights or taking an aerobics class to keep our bodies healthy. It's a dream for a village that shares things in common, a space that makes sure possessions and privileges are available for all, a place on earth where there truly is a "common wealth."

Shaping a life together sometimes begins simply by creating a space for community. For many intentional communities, that means that we work only part-time so that we free up time for things we don't get paid to do, like welcoming homeless folks for a meal, helping neighborhood kids with homework, planting gardens on abandoned lots, or praying together each day. Sometimes we have to remove some of the clutter that is occupying our time and energy, like getting rid of the television. But then, as we say no to some things, we say yes to others--cooking meals, painting murals, playing games. And most people don't miss the old life much anyway. A reporter once told Mother Teresa, "I wouldn't do what you do for a million dollars." She responded, "Me neither." We live in community and among the suffering because it is what we are made for. Not only does it give life to others, but it gives us life as well."

This is a vision far from the realities of our mission here, and always will be I am sure, as visions tend to be, but this is the time of the year for casting Visions, reminding us of our possibilities, together. And what falls from the movement toward Vision is enough.

If you would like to see a couple of videos from talks I gave in Dallas last year they have recently been published at this site:, a keynote and a followup q&a workshop. And from the recent trip to Pennsylvannia:

Finally, thanks for you, blessings, and more soon,



Why We Are Here and Needed Revealed in New Study, and Why We May Close

The past few months we have been part of a study of nutrition and health of the folks in our area who use our Welcome Table Corner Store, in increasing numbers. Today we found out the results. Actually these results may be worse here because they also include stats from two other places in the Tulsa area (but based on the survey of our folks done in 2009, these stats seem pretty close to those; we will update when we get the ones for just our space.). This wasn't just a survey where people circle answers as quick as they can; it was more lengthy and conversational, and then the food they select from us was inventoried, and weighed, and its nutritional value assessed. Thanks to OU doctoral program and the Food Bank for working on it with us, and to our neighbors who took the time and vulnerability to participate.

But first before I list the results, let me repeat what I have written on before here after a recent OU presentation, and was reiterated by the survey leaders: the health and life expectancy of people is affected only 10 to 20 percent by care received in a medical clinic or hospital setting (access is very important but it is still, even if all had equal access, only a small part of what makes us healthy). Instead, what we do, working on what people eat, increasing their sense of community and connection, improving the environment, and the renewal of neighborhoods where they live, that counts for the highest percentage of someone's life and health expectancy. But as a society we spend 80 percent of our dollars on what contributes 10 to 20 percent of health. This financial irony, or tragedy, is important and I will return to it after the survey results.

What we found out about our neighbors here who come to our free corner store:
60 percent experience low food security, and 34 percent experience very low food security, meaning they show physical symptoms of hunger and have not eaten that day or regularly.
61 percent say that their health is fair or poor, which is an indicator that within a year they may be hospitalized or die. They are on the bottom rung of health.
In answer to a question posed routinely by the Centers for Disease Control: how many days out of a month do you have bad health days, the answer was a high 11 days; it gets worse when asked about mental health, with the average being 12 days of bad mental health.
41 percent have been told they have depression or anxiety illnesses.
52 percent don't have the kinds of social support necessary for healthy living and especially recovery.
51 percent suffer from depression, 49 percent anxiety, 49 percent high blood pressure, 47 percent high cholesterol, 47 percent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and 33 percent diabetes.

(An aside on mental health: I often tell groups that when we relieve a bit of food insecurity, even when it is not with the best healthy food, or give away our free clothing, or host a free community party, or help to get abandoned and neglected areas fixed up, we are making life just a bit less stressful to struggling folks without the resources others have in other areas, and for people with mental health issues helping reduce triggers and stress makes a big difference.)

66 percent are obese and say they want to lose weight. The food insecurity leads to binge eating, which along with the kinds of calories available are indicators of the obesity.
A significant number report having to choose between buying food and paying for medicine and medical care; also a significant number rely on more than one food pantry during the month and still have food insecurity.
The average amount of food we give out to our folks who are only allowed to come once a month will last three to four days (the amount we give out all depends on the amount we can pay for at the food bank in our shared maintenance fees or we get for free from the food bank or can get donated to us, or can grow in our own gardenpark and orchard, which is seasonal). And this 3-4 days is actually less if there are men or active children in the family as studies show that while on average 2,000 calories per person is needed, for them it is at least 3,000 calories per day. So we may only be helping them relieve food insecurity for a few days a month.

What we give out is not always a good contributor to health either, even though it has the other benefits I mentioned of reducing food insecurity. We give out 2600 milligrams of sodium per day in our food and only some 1500 mg is needed per day. We give out 88 grams of sugar and only 32 grams is recommended. We are giving out daily amounts of 300 mg in cholesterol when 200 or less is needed, and this would be worse when we have meat that we can give out; it is at this amount because we haven't been able to purchase meat to give out, even when we can get it for 20 cents a pound through the food bank, when the food bank has it. We are giving out about the right amount of protein, but people report that they feel they need more protein, more meat, so we need to do more education and habit forming so people will feel better about the adequate amount of protein, and how to prepare meals with this level of protein.

Knowing this is why here at our place we also have formed relationships and have present a nutrition counselor from the OSU Extension Center, and why we have representatives from the North Regional Wellness Center of the Tulsa Health Dept to visit with people and help recommend resources; and it is why we have a spiritual director listening to people tell their stories, and to provide the ministry of presence and encouragement of "a listening ear." And above all it is why we have worked in just the past three years to create the GardenPark and Orchard for the community, a park where abandoned houses and trash once was dumped, and now is a place for healthy education, community spirit, and connection, a place that has received state and regional awards, and this month is a finalist for a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Environmental Excellence Award.

There is the need. There is the response. Here is the tough news; Because of the loss over the past year of financial contributors who had been giving to us on a regular monthly basis the past few years as we were expanding and growing our presence at the park and the community center, wonderful folks who have been our leaders but who have died or moved away or shifted giving to other local groups, we now face a monthly income shortfall of some $600 just to be able to pay the barebones but rising utility bills; we have enough for the mortgage and for phone and internet, but that's it. That doesn't include what is needed for food and program expenses.

So we need to get 60 people to become monthly supporters giving $10 each through our online donation buttons on this page (at, and thats an average, or 30 people giving $20 a month, or just 20 people giving just one dollar a day, or $30 a month. Actually we would rather have 60 people giving $10 or 120 people giving $5 because that increases the shared support and ownership and means if one or two people stop giving we won't be back in the same situation.

We think we are saving lives, making life a bit easier for people struggling, and are bearing witness with our neighbors to many of the inequities and injustice and oppression faced by people here in the low income lowest life expectancy area of the Tulsa area. We hope no matter where you are from you will see value in what we have done, are doing, and can do in the future, and will become a part of this movement of grassroots all volunteer 100 percent mission neighborhood renewal.


Mission and Renewal in the Lowest Life Expectancy Zipcode in the Tulsa Area: Stand in the Gap With Us. Donate to Help Us Stay Open.

Hi all. I just returned from a visit and learning and missional work in New Orleans in the lower 9th and the Seventh Wards with grassroots groups like ours providing hospitality to their neighbors, struggling to make ends meet themselves, and making visible Love and Justice in the world in small ways in a truly abandoned place of Empire where most of this country has again forgotten them, moved on, and think that someone else must be taking care of all the destruction caused by the flood and broken levees that inundanted the least of these.

It is Inspiring to see what they are still doing, simply living for others and with others, even as their areas like ours continue to "get better and get worse" at the same time. As what we give of ourselves through our shared life called a government to those growing numbers in need continues to be reduced, and the gap grows between those of priviliege and those without grows wider, and we look for more and more ways to distract and distance ourselves from the life and people around us, every simple small thing we can do to turn our world toward one another, especially toward those without, is a witness to another world possible, and is a way to "part the waters" of despair and desperation and deprivation that repeatedly keep swirling around the necks of those in our neighborhoods.

And so....on Wednesday, we started up our food pantry again, and participated in a new community organizing group emerging, and worked with OU students learning about issues in our area, and Thursday we were part of the community advisory group helping to support the new Health Dept. North Regional Wellness Center. Last week even from New Orleans we were supporting the important Taste of North Tulsa Event at McLain School. And this coming weekend is a special time full of days when we will be working with others here to make a difference in the growing gap.

 You are invited to come stand in the gap with us:

Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 am to Noon during our Mobile Truck Food Pantry event where we will be serving families of students from Gilcrease Elementary School here serving much of our area. We will offer free healthy lunch afterwards to all volunteers. Come to the community center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave.

 Friday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, we will hold another of our ongoing Community Art Events at the Community Center here. Art is essential to healing, to resisting the forces that seek to turn people into objects themselves, and it unleashes the kind of power that creates spirit that changes the world.

Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 am to Noon, our regular twice a week Food Community Day here at our Corner Store in the Center,

plus from 9:30 am on we need people for a big day of working with others coming in to make a difference in our Community Garden and Park and Orchards, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave., as we are building a children's area of vegetable playhouse village, and finishing clearing the park of remaining trash and debris from its original condition as a block of abandoned trash-filled homes and properties.

 Saturday, Oct. 19 from Noon to 3 pm visit with us at the family oriented Food Glorious Food event at the North Regional Wellness Center, 56th and N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and take part in the fun and educational events as the new Center continues to launch itself and expand services for our residents. Until it was built we were privileged to host the OU health clinic in our space and now are committed to trying to get more residents knowledgeable and comfortable with using the new health department offices and programs.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30 pm we will be supporting one of the greatest non-profit operations in our neighborhood, Sarah's Residential Living Center, just north of McLain High School, as we attend its fundraising dinner and awards presentations. We were pleased to be able to nominate Nola Robinson for a Senior Service Award in recognition of her years of service to the children as part of the clothing ministry at area schools, for her work in the Turley Community Association as moderator and active participant in many litter pickup days and drives, to her support of the MS Bike Ride and her many private neighborhood actions helping people.


Sunday, Oct. 20, we will gather for worship at Church of the Restoration near Pine and Greenwood at 11 am and then eat together and we will also be hosting more volunteers and need more volunteers for a big work party again in the Community Garden and Park and Orchard. We will also be planning the Halloween Party for the following Sunday. Stay tuned for announcements about prayer and worship opportunities and study groups coming up as we approach the holiday season. On Sunday morning, Oct. 27, come with us as I will be preaching at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bartlesville.

 One of our biggest community events of the year is coming up Sunday, Oct. 27, here from 4:30 to 6;30 pm as we host our 8th Annual Old Fashioned Halloween Party. In the past several hundred persons, especially young persons, have enjoyed a free fun time at this event. You can help be a part of it. We need financial supporters for it, volunteers during it, decorators before. This year we are holding the Party as a Haunted Orchard up at our GardenPark and Orchard, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. weather permitting (at the center if not).

Looking ahead, we are pleased to announce that we have been named a finalist for the Environmental Excellence Award by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and will be attending a dinner in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to find out if we won, and to meet others nominated, and celebrate the work of creating spaces of beauty and sustainability in Oklahoma. We were the only one of the groups nominated for this statewide award which is completely voluntary without paid staff to help it, and yet our accomplishments this past year and more on the community garden park and orchard and its programs and what it stands for where it does, all means we are already a kind of winner to have our project put in the same category as some where millions of money and much paid staff have been working on.  Here is the link to the Awards Event:

 It was just a year ago that we received the Anita Hill Foundation Pioneer Award, and last year we also received both the Oklahoma and the Southwest Parks and Recreation awards for our new gardenpark and orchard. This year we also received an award from Sarah's Residential Living Center during their anniversary celebration. Each time we are recognized it is really our neighborhoods being recognized, and so we are looking forward next month in Oklahoma City to be able to tell the story of our very invisible to most neighborhoods.

 Looking further ahead, we will be hosting a national missional church gathering, LifeonFire, here from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2 next year, but we are already beginning to work  to get ready for it, and to work on it, and those interested should let me know. We are excited to keep learning from others and to show what happens when you turn church upside down and inside out in order to fulfill the mission of making Ultimate Love visible in the world, following freely in the walk of Jesus to do so, and sharing in the Spirit that cuts across all boundaries.


Next up will be letting you know of our End-of-the-Year Donation Campaign that will literally decide if we can keep going, hopefully keep growing, and diverse ways people can be a part of our community of mission and story and worship.

blessings, thanks and more soon, Ron

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The Way Community Should Work: Latest Projects and Updates and Stories

Before and After of the Same Spot Photos; same kind of transformation here in many places...

Hi all. Here is a background report for our Board meeting for tonight, Thursday Sept. 19 6:30 pm here at the community center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave., that I thought I would share with all of you too...
In ways large and small, in upcoming events this weekend and in recent weeks here, and in our ongoing service during the week, we have been seeking to embody the wisdom of the saying, "The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of both poverty and wealth is community." You are invited to follow along daily with our activities through Facebook; friend me at Ron Robinson or go to; also "like" our page at WelcomeTableMission and A Third Place Community, and see more reports and analysis at,, and Keep up with the growth of the community gardenpark and orchard at
First, a short story about the way community should work, and its healing power: a few Saturdays ago I was talking with a church youth group that had come here from Shawnee to learn about missional church, and while I was teaching them upstairs downstairs one of our neighbors and his wife came to see about getting food from our Corner Store, which had already closed for the day and the volunteers gone home, all except one who had stopped by too and who didn't work in the corner store free pantry anyway; so she was still downstairs when the couple came by. The volunteer didn't turn them away to come back another day but knowing we work with people by appointments too decided to try to help them anyway. As they were entering the Corner Store she tried to turn the lights on, only to find one of the main light wouldn't stay on but kept flickering; the man immediately started figuring out the problem, found it was in the light switch, said he knew how to fix it, went to the local family-owned hardware store and bought the little items that he needed out of his own money, refusing the volunteers money for it, came back, fixed our light, got their food (got community more than that, as we say) and went on. That spirit runs through the bulk of what we do; it is our vision; not all live up to it including us, but we know it is possible, and are reminded of it often enough that we can say we also know that "Another World Is Possible" and we catch glimpses of it, and our mission is to create spaces and encounters where others can too.
Here is a rundown of our invitations to you to come participate in community renewal on the far northside of Tulsa, and an update of our projects, some of our uplfting stories, our wish list and needs and ways you and your organizations can partner with us to renew community in the McLain School area.
1. Turley Area Free FunFest and Senior Fair and Heritage Lunch, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21 at both our community center and our community gardenpark and orchard. We are in the midst of launching our new seniors group for our area and conducting a survey of interests and needs of seniors in our area during our annual Free FunFest for All Ages. If you are part of a group that serves families and persons including those more than 55 years old we would love for you to have a table or provide information to area residents during the event this weekend. Let me know. Our area demographics are skewing on both ends toward 2015 when projections are that our zips will have a majority of residents that are either over 60 or under 18, the two most vulnerable age ranges. Get all the details on this weekend at Games, pizza, breakfast in the park, community art, food and clothing giveaway, childrens jump area, community info and projects, history and heritage lunch, a visit by our partners OU Graduate Social Work students, seniors survey, movies, documentaries, stories, sharing, and more. Launching our new Turley Area Seniors, Inc. nonprofit group we helped to found.
Donations are vital to break even on the festival by keeping it free for all. Those can be made online at We desperately need your donations for our all volunteer grassroots group.
2. Cherokee School Project. This is the third Fall that we have started with the school in our area closed and unused except as storage (reminds me at times of how our area hosts a landfill for Tulsa's storage of a sorts, and more). We would love to move some of our key programs for the community into the school's buildings, and bring in partners for using more of the building; I think once it is open and being used again for community purposes it will be a magnet for others, nonprofit and profit, who want to serve our area; we want to host meals, senior group, kids under 18 summer cafe, G.E.D. classes, move our pantry operation and so much more into this asset in our community where the best public or non profit  building in our area sits not being used; we could probably outright own the property (seven acres plus the building right on North Peoria Ave. and the city bus line) for something like $400,000 (probably about a quarter of its appraised value) based on the selling price for other school properties sold to community nonprofits. It would be a win-win for us, for the neighborhood, and for the local school system as it would be off their books and with a payoff. So we are still looking for partners for a potential mortgage, or better yet for a purchase from some group, tribe, foundation for us. If you are part of a business or nonprofit that might see yourself with an operation in the 74126 and 74130 zipcodes or just want to pursue helping us on this project, contact me.
3. Abandoned Buildings and Houses Project and Crime Stats and Community Spirit. We continue to highlight this big need in our area to tear down very visible burned out neglected abandoned dangerous buildings in our area; we are waiting to hear a six month update report from the Tulsa Health Dept partners helping to take action for abatements of properties that are in worst shape; we hope to hear it at the next Turley area townhall meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm at O'Brien Park Recreation Center, near 61st and North Lewis Ave. All are invited to the meeting. These structures are feeding also into the low community spirit and fosters crime as it fosters keeping neighborhoods in the dark; clearing away abandoned structures brings light into area and that helps cut down on crime, as does the environmental factors of decreasing hunger and poverty and reducing stress in people's lives that prompts them too often to make bad impulsive decisions as they live in the moment to moment. Unfortunately we are still not getting the crime reporting statistics for our area that we used to get from the County Sheriff's office, or visits from their officials to our area planning or town hall gatherings; the comparison of crime stats for our area with previous years to see any trends going up or down, the mapping of where the incidents occur most often, all the hard data helps us to see issues, judge any effects. It is the kind of data often easily made public by the city online; we can get it for the city side of our service area, but it is more difficult to get for the unincorporated side of the service area...Finally in this area we had a wonderful engaging and enlightening and educational meeting with the Community Action Project about the Scattered Sites Housing for low income residents in our area; 34 houses, 14 being rented currently, and heard why it is hard to rent the others, about the compliance issues and the restrictions that would prevent many of our neighbors from using this resource, because of felonies in the past, or size of family (which reminds me we also had a good meeting with an OU grad student wanting to work with us on voter registration drive, and on the particular issue we face of helping change the wording on voter registration forms so it reflects how felons can vote not how they can't do so; without having to change any law or policy on that even). We are hoping to continue our learning about housing opportunities and needs in our area and ways we might be able to enter into helping with this mission.
4. Fire Dept. Election Campaign for Fire District Board. With the good decision not to rush the vote to the public on this November ballot, we are in a holding pattern but still want to be ready to help the volunteer fire department out as we can when they are ready to make the push for the petition drive and election, as creating the Title 19 board and getting funds pumped into the volunteer fire dept to help improve services, attract and recruit firefighters, get a local dispatch person again, and more equitably distribute the source of income for the department so it doesn't have to rely on people voluntarily sending in their dues all plus for most people who pay fire dues being able to realize a saving financially themselves, makes this project important not only for the fire dept and the residents but for the town itself; the experience of being able to hold and win a campaign like this will help give us experience for a potential incorporation into a new city campaign.
5. We are partnering with some OU Tulsa Graduate Social Work classes again this year on research projects to help in our area; on Monday, Sept. 23 in the afternoon I will make another presentation on our area and our work here at one of the classes. We are always looking for other service-learning opportunities with other programs and other universities and with common education classrooms too; we can offer a kind of University of Poverty 101 with others.
6. This summer in the three months of June July and August our Free Corner Store affected the lives of some 2000 persons; with thanks to grant money from the Tulsa Elks this past year, and individual donations from some givers, we were able to pay for much of the food we were able to get through the Food Bank. But now those funds are gone, and you can tell it this Fall in what we are able to offer folks, and with the drop in what we are even able to get supply-wise from the Food Bank. But we had a great summer; our former Food Coordinator Deb Carroll left us a great system in place as she moved to a new place and work, and it has helped us to weather the new drought in finances; we are also learning to streamline our procedure thanks to new computer volunteer helping people check-in, which is good since our numbers seeking assistance continue to rise. We had a great showing here of the documentary on hunger in America, A Place At The Table, in August, too. Looking ahead, our next Big Mobile Van Food Giveaway Day here with the Food Bank will be Friday, Oct. 18 from 11 am to noon when we will give away some four tons of food in one hour. Volunteers are needed and can come for orientation at 9 am, begin preparations at 10 am, serve at 11 am, then finish as we provide the helpers with a lunch...We are also continuing to make slow improvements in the remodel of the crafts/new sewing circle room; still need volunteer carpenters to help us remodel our bathrooms; need helping hands to help us install, with supervision, a new donated air conditiioning unit; we are excited about working with Green County Permaculture on new public space outside that is sustainable, uses beautiful rain gardens, and will help fix a flooding drainage issue, but to do that we need a few hundred dollars in donations, and donation of a Bobcat equipment and operator for a day.
7. Our Miracle Among the Ruins gardenpark and orchard is looking in its best shape and the harvest is continuing as is the teaching and healing and health practices that go on there through the gardens. I only half joke with our garden project leader who is a physician that she does more for increasing life expectancies through the community garden presence and connections with others than through a clinic setting. But the park is a health space. There are many opportunities to use it, and there are many ways to help us continue taking it to the next needed level in our phases of making it better for our neighborhoods. We are also working on the Native Prairie Plant Wildflower area across from the gardens, and hope to continue making them a sign of improved safety, health, education, spiritual lift and more for those who have to walk and push their shopping carts by the area on the way down and back up the hill to the grocery and business areas. We particularly are wanting to make a priority out of creating paved areas for access to the gardens for neighbors using wheelchairs and scooters. It is also bad that they have to ride those or get pushed in them out in the street, sometimes with kids with them (same for families that walk with shopping carts to the store and back who have children riding in them with them) all in the busy highway or on streets because of lack of sidewalks in many many places here, as well as lack of street lights. See the above links for more details on the gardenpark and events and more there including its wish list.
8. We partner with so many local community folks in our area: it was fun to meet so many families at the combined back to school event in August; we shared a table with the McLain School Foundation we support. Still, it is such a changed place and evidence of so much community fragmentation and difficulty in organizing when any neighborhood of ours will have its children going to so many different schools, many of them outside of our area. We seek to support the schools here, but also the children of our area who leave our area for school during the day or who are schooled in other ways and look for partners to help us do that better, even in the small ways we can probably manage...We will be having a booth for our projects at the community health fair the Health Dept is putting on on Sat. Oct. 19 from noon to 3 pm and invite all to come help and enjoy the event focusing on healthy food. Stay tuned for all the events upcoming where we promote or help plan and have a presence at.
9. We are gearing up to seek another grant partnership like the one we got for the gardenpark; this one would be to help us remodel and renovate the building we use for the community center; we are looking to add folks with various experiences to help us on a series of advisory teams this year for the park, for grants and fundraising, for events and programs, for organizational development and capacity building. You might be asked to help in one of these areas, but don't wait to be asked to offer assistance and connection. Over and over we have not let our bare bones income keep us from dreaming and doing big things; we are probably at our lowest financial point ever now (juggling those past dues) with more of our leaders and contributors having moved or started supporting other local endeavors. Besides the grants work, we are also going to be making it easier than ever for individuals to respond with us and make a difference with us by contirbuting in small ways each month through our donation button on the website, Soon we plan to have a way to indicate you will help us out with just $10 per month, and with automatic withdrawals so you don't have to return to do so online each month. We would rather receive the 100 donations of ten dollars each month than the ten donations of 100 dollars a month, but we need them all, as well as the one who can make a life changing donation (by life changing, I mean their life changing, even more than the with others here)...We also need to focus on taking some of our unsold nice items in the thrift store to an auction or consignment sales place, so if any in the Tulsa area have leads or would like to help us do that, let's say it would be both an immediate help, and help us prepare a new space in the south building to create a full renovated community room.
10. Our missional worshipping community will be meeting at the Center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave., this Sunday at 11 am for Singing, Praying, Communion, Conversation and then Common Meal. We will be talking about growing a worshipping community to sustain our missional community, and how each can contribute to that; hour our spiritual practices are going; how to create contemplative space in our center from the hectic harried lives, and from even our programs. Come help us grow a new church, and more importantly, a newer kind of church. And how can we promote having more community fun in our area, in small ways, in organic ways. The invitation still stands as well to come join with me in New Orleans Oct. 10-13 learning and doing and helping; see more at
11. It has been uplifting to be in this summer on the ground floor of growing community organizing connections and learning how to better respond with relational power as part of a wider local empowerment group, leaders committing out of their deepest place of faith, hoping to grow something like Oklahoma City has with its VOICE group. In that vein, there is an important three day training event in Oklahoma City that will feature longtime acclaimed organizer Ernie Cortez, to be held the last weekend of this month. For more, go to
12. Bonnie and  I just returned from the first gathering of missionally-living and minded progressives at in Oak Ridge, TN and are ourselves fired up to help others here and elsewhere host the Life On Fire 14 event to be held here at The Welcome Table Center and also at the Park and possibly other places in our community on Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2014. A heads up to save the dates and come experience the 'mmersion in mission.
Renewing community, turning blight to beauty, empowering residents, doing small acts of justice with great love, making the radical way of Jesus visible in the world, growing healthy lives and neighborhoods, relocating, redistributing, reconciling...this is our mission and calling; come see, come join, even from afar.
blessings, thank you, yes you, and more soon,



2013 Turley Area Free FunFest This Weekend

The annual Turley and far northside Area Free FunFest is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, at the community center, 5920 N. Owasso Ave., and the community gardenpark and orchard, 6005 N. Johnstown Ave. and will highlight information for those 55 years old and more to launch a new seniors group.

 Events include:
Game and Pizza Night for all ages, 6 to 8 pm Friday, at the Community Center;
Breakfast Tours, Tasting, Teaching at the GardenPark, 9 am Saturday;
The regular weekly Food Day at the Center's free corner store, 10 am to Noon Sat.;
The regular weekly Clothing for free and thrift items, 10 am to Noon Sat. in the Center;
FunFest with children's jump, 10 am to 2 pm at the Center.
Community and seniors resources information tables, 10 am to 3 pm Sat at the Center
Potluck Lunch and Heritage Event, Sat. Noon at the Center.
Also the Turley Odd Fellows Lodge will host a fish fry dinner, 4 to 8 pm, Sat. for $8 at 6227 N. Quincy Ave.

 The new nonprofit Turley Area Seniors, Inc. will be signing up participants and taking a survey of interests and needs by seniors in the zipcode areas of 74126 and 74130. 

The FunFest is sponsored by the Turley and far northside community renewal nonprofit organization, A Third Place Community Foundation, Call Executive Director Ron Robinson, 918-691-3223 for more information.


The Wish List for Fall, 2013

Wish List for the Welcome Table Community Center and for the Welcome Table KitchenGardenPark and Orchard.

For both, we above all need your prayers, thoughts, and to be our ambassadors spreading the news about us to others, especially other groups who might be able to help or to grant giving foundations.

Major Wish List: Foundation support to help us, and potential other partners, buy the closed Cherokee School on North Peoria, from the Tulsa Schools to grow our programs in a wonderful ready to use facility, and to grow our community. Call me for details. 918-691-3223....Also a major contribution to help us, after four years of amazing service with an all volunteer group, to be able to fund part time or full time positions: Executive Director, Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator, Bldg and Grounds Keeper...$60,000 to pay off our mortgage on the building...$3,000 to purchase property south of us to expand for parking and use....Money to help us purchase property to the east of our GardenPark where more abandoned houses and neglected properties remain.

Perhaps your organization would like to become an institutional partner with us...

For other ways to support us, see below...

The Community Center:
1. donations to help us pay utility bills and to buy food for the corner store. Consider combining a small $5 or $10 donation each month into your giving budget. Can donate online (we will also be setting up to make it easy to designate for small monthly giving).

2. Physical labor to help us move and set up the Community Room for our new Seniors and Family Center. Also physical labor to help our heat and air worker install our new air conditioner in the Corner Store and Arts and Crafts Room wing.

3. Help us identify auction or consignment shops and help us take tables, desks we won't be using to sell at these, to bring in funds and help clear space for our Community Room.

4. New windows in the Community Room

5. Remodel bathrooms in the wing with the Corner Store and Arts and Crafts Room, and create a new one in the new Community Room.

6. Roof Repair in the Community Room

7. Donations ($300) and an earth mover for a day to work with Green Country Permaculture in creating rain gardens and new public space north of our building to also stop flooding problem there.

8. Painting the walls in the Community Room, and in the upstairs Central Meeting room.

9. Volunteer Coordinator, can work online with our connection with Volunteer Tulsa

10. Helping follow through on Database work with text messaging system to our neighbors who use us, and for a mapping program to track where people live who come to us.

11. A van to use for seniors and others in our community for transportation to and from the center and for field trips, etc.

12. More computer stations and laptops and equipment for updating the computer center.

13. A new sign to advertise events in the community

14. A youth group coordinator

15. Volunteers to help with our community events (funfest and senior fair; halloween; thanksgiving; christmas parties, etc.)

16. A coordinator to help with our Economic Micro-Investment (Pay it Back or Pay it Forward) program.

17. Computer Projector System

18. Construction remodelling of the old house on our property, to use for housing or office or better storage.

19. Improved recycle and compost system

20. A central visible usable Donation to us space.

21. Camera Security System

22. Underwrite a month of expenses for mortage, utilities, insurance
more to come. check back.

For the GardenPark:

1. Pay for one more large trash bin to help us remove the final debris from our site.
2. Physical labor to help remove the debris
3. Concrete paths by entry and first gardens and social area for those with physical disabilities
4. Larger chicken coop
5. Pavillion and Greenhouse and Rainwater Collection and Distribution System
6. Signage outside the fence and inside the park, and a community info Kiosk
7. Deck Built
8. Stage Built.
9. Screen and Projector
10. Construction of Garden Dragon and the Vegetable Playhouse Village for natural play areas.
11. Connect Wifi for the Park
12. Chainsaw artist for the Trees as ArtStoryPlay space
13. Building a large Welcoming Table social area near the entry.
14. Entry Gate
15. Cross Fencing for garden areas
16. Camera security system
17. Develop the Native Plant Prairie Park and residential trail across from our GardenPark.
18. more to come. check back.


Far Northside/Turley/McLain Area 101 Curriculum: Link of Links

This is a post that accumulates various other basic introduction posts about our area of the 74126 and 74130 and about our renewal efforts and partnerships and plans and visions within it. The starting point for those who would like to work with us; getting to know us. Caveat: the observations and analysis is mine; obviously others in our area have their own experiences and analysis and visions.

We always like to begin showing our area and immersing in it in order to understand why we do what we do and how we do it as a response to the world around us; the focus is on building up and growing the neighborhoods primarily, and only building up and growing the organization in order to accomplish the first.
Our latest breakdown of demographic and ethnographic studies and the OU Turley nutrition survey of residents in our two mile radius:
An overview of the renewal vision: called The Four Directions in our area:
A post on health responses to the life time expectancy disparity in our zipcode:

Based on a presentation given at OU Tulsa by members of a team from there after study time at Dartmouth.

A post on educational justice and community abandonment and the proposal to focus program changes at McLain School and its feeder schools:


The comprehensive lecture given at OU on our history, our responses, our vision:


Exciting Events In Our Area This Month

 COMING EVENTS: September plus...

                                   All Welcome and ALL Needed

 Community Center 5920 N. Owasso Ave & GardenPark: 6005 N. Johnstown Ave.

Free Corner Store Pantry & Clothing Days Every Wed. and Sat. 10 am to Noon, the Center. [Corner Store closed this Saturday, Sept. 7]

Community Gardening Events Saturdays 8 am at the Park Open Everyday For All. Call 918-346-3475 to get a garden bed, appts, or more information.

New Seniors (55+) Group, Thur. Sept. 5, 2 pm, Monday, Oct. 1, 2 pm, at The Center. We have submitted our grant to help establish a new senior citizen group and center and programming. Come help plan the senior fair and more.

Grow Turley Area Planning Meeting, Thurs. Sept. 5, Oct. 3, 3:30 pm, The Center. A Third Place Community Foundation Meeting, Thurs. Sept. 19, 6:30 pm, The Center. Here is where we bring up the issues of the whole community and our area and connect with partners and plan support for one another. Fire Dept. campaign, Cherokee School, Senior Group, Abandoned Properties Project and more...
All Ages Community Free Art Day, Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 am. to 5 pm at the Center. Work on projects for yourselves, your family and friends and the community.

Wed. Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Bingo 10:30 am and Potluck Lunch Noon at Turley United Methodist Church, 6050 N. Johnstown Ave.

Family and Seniors Free Fair, Fri. Sept. 20 6-8, Sat. Sept. 21, 9 am to 3 pm, The Center

Fish Fry at the Lodge, 6227 N. Quincy Ave. Sat. Sept. 21, 4 to 8 pm. $8.

Pancake Breakfast, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, 8-10 am Lodge Hall, 6227 N. Quincy Ave., $5 adults & kids under 10 free.

McLain and Northsiders Reunion Picnic, shelter 2, Mohawk Park, Sunday, Sept. 22, all day.

Turley Town Hall Public Gathering, Last Tuesdays  Sept. 24, Oct. 29, 7 pm O’Brien Park

Community Forum with Sen. Shumate and Reps. Scott and Matthews, Third Saturdays, 10 am, Rudisill Library, 1520 N. Hartford: Sept. 21, Oct. 19

Taste of North Tulsa, free dinner and community fair, McLain School, Thurs. Oct. 10, 5-8 pm
Come volunteer with us as we feed our area student families in the next Mobile Van Food Giveaway Day, partnering with the Food Bank, Friday, Oct. 18 at the Center; come at 9 am for orientation, 10 am to unload and coordinate the food, 11 am to noon give out four tons of food in one hour to neighborhood families. All are needed is this fun event. Free lunch for volunteers afterwards.

FoodFest For Families, Sat. Oct. 19, Noon to 3 pm, Health Dept. North 56th St.  MLK. Fun and Healthy oriented community event for all.

Turley Chili Cook-Off Festival, Sat. Oct. 19, 1 to 6 pm. Freedom Bank property at 66th and North Peoria.

Dinner Event, Sarah’s Residential Living Center, Tulsa Select Hotel, Sat. Oct. 19, 6:30 pm; honoring area Senior leaders in the community.

12 Step Recovery Group, Every Saturday, 6 and 7:30 pm, at The Center.

Neighborhood Watch, last Thursdays of month, 6:30 pm at the Center
Spiritual Director for Pastoral listening and support, and Nutrition Counselor on Wednesdays at the Center during Food Day, and invited to join with the Welcome Table Missional Worship Community through the week for prayer and service and on Sundays no matter what church or faith community; Contact 918-691-3223.