April 2019
CONNECT
A MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER OF THE OKLAHOMA CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES
The latest news and information from OCC
We are thrilled to have you as a part of our network and we look forward to sharing the latest OCC news with you each month. We are always looking for ways to involve as many people as possible in our work.

Interested in getting involved? Email us at okchurches@okchurches.org today to get plugged in to our wonderful efforts statewide! 
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
April is Earth Month!
  • April 1 - Earth Vigil
  • April 2 - Faith Communities Protecting Children
  • April 8 - OCU Better Together Banquet
  • April 8 - Earth Vigil
  • April 15 - Earth Vigil
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 22 - Earth Vigil
  • April 25 - Not Without My Neighbor: an OCC Unity Luncheon
  • April 29 - Earth Vigil
  • *May 9 - Painting for a Purpose (Paint Your Art Out, Edmond)
  • Early May- Ramadan Begins
  • July 1 - New Annual Partner Program Begins
  • November 7 - Annual Dinner & Fundraiser (Farmers Public Market)
  • September 15 - Interfaith Youth Tour

*The date for Painting for a Purpose has changed
Our Spring Unity Luncheon is officially sold out ...
but there is still a way you can support the Oklahoma Conference of Churches!
We have a $5,000 goal for this luncheon. Click the link below to help us meet our fundraising goal and support #OCCUnity!
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED*
Painting for a Purpose:
An Evening of Connecting and Fun
May 9th, 2019 | 6:00-9:00pm
Paint Your Art Out
10 S Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
Come hang out with other supporters and partners of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. Come hear from Rev. Shannon Fleck, Executive Director, about the vision of the future of OCC. Come paint and have fun with other lovely, amazing people.

Light snacks will be provided. Cash bar (wine & beer) will be available. All proceeds benefit OCC ministry.
Four Easy Ways to Support OCC
  • Send a check to Oklahoma Conference of Churches at 301 NW 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
  • CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
  • Text "OCC" to 50155
  • Give a gift to your faith community and write Oklahoma Conference of Churches in the memo line.
Gifts of $5, $10 or $20 a month sustain the ministry of the OCC! Give Today!
Where in the World are We - and You -
on Changes in Weather, Climate, Nature?
A Public Education Program for your group, class, organization
Changes we see in the weather or nature around us cause a mixture of emotions. These may include fear, disbelief, denial, anger, passion, even helplessness. We may have questions we are reluctant to raise. Some may feel overwhelmed or paralyzed by what appears to be happening that we feel powerless to change.
This presentation, developed by a team with the Oklahoma United Methodist Environmental Coalition, is a user-friendly, interactive approach to facing, expressing and acting on our love for our planet home, our concern for the changes happening, and our desire to do things that will make a difference. An interfaith, ecumenical or secular program, it is available for civic groups, clubs, youth and college groups, churches, synagogues, mosques, families. If you are ready to talk about what to do to care with the planet, personally or as a community, we're available to facilitate a process that will help you do just that - in a one-hour program - or longer. Hope springs eternal; we'd like to share ours.

To learn more and schedule a presentation, contact:
Pat Hoerth , Turtle Rock Farm. pathoerth@gmail.com or 580.917.6011
Nathaniel Batchelder , The Peace House in Oklahoma City. 405.524.5577  
Jane Wheeler , UM Environmental Coalition. jfwjfwjfw@aol.com . 405.249.2314
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is a proud sponsor of the Better Together Banquet at Oklahoma City University.

Better Together focuses on Interfaith understanding and cooperation on Oklahoma City University's campus and beyond.
We are excited to announce...
We are excited to announce our 2019 Annual Dinner & Fundraiser speaker is New York Times Bestselling Author, Georgia Hunter

Georgia's book,  We Were The Lucky Ones (A New York Times Bestseller) , is inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.

Georgia will share with us what inspired her to follow her family's story and pursue the research of her history. We are excited to welcome Georgia to our evening of "Inspired Stories" .

Many thanks to Temple B'nai Israel and the Respect Diversity Foundation for partnering with us to bring this wonderful speaker.

We hope you will save the date, November 7, 2019 , for this exciting event!
Blessed Ramadan
Ramadan begins the first week of May. Buy a sign and place it in your yard to show your love for your Muslim neighbors during this season.  Signs are $15.
Phillips Theological: Lenten Devotional
Dr. Lisa Davison has written six devotionals based on the Psalms reading for each Sunday of Lent. The devotionals will be emailed each Wednesday and posted to the Phillips website and Facebook.

You can email Phillips at  advancement@ptstulsa.edu , providing your First and Last Name. They will add you to their system to receive the weekly devotional.
We need your help!
Did you know transportation is the biggest expense for our regionally known program, the Interfaith Youth Tour? It cost almost $4,000 to transport all the middle school & high school kids that participate in this amazing event.

We are looking for a few amazing people or businesses to be bus sponsors to underwrite this cost. Please consider being a bus sponsor and help us keep the registration fee low for the participants. Click below to give.
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301 N.W. 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 525-2928

The Rev. Shannon Fleck
Executive Director
Your gift is tax deductible. OCC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches connects, motivates, and empowers the witness of communities of faith and individuals throughout Oklahoma on issues of faith, care, and social justice.