January 25 - 10:00 A.M.
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
Holy Eucharist - Pastor Tere Wilson, preaching
A World in need of a Savior:
The year is less than 20 days old
and there have already been thousands slaughtered
in the name of an ideology.
Pray for peace, beginning with
the Peace of Jerusalem
Tornado Fund Donation
January 26, 2015, 10:00 A.M. at Crutcho Public Schools, 2401 N Air Depot Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73141
Donation reception and other announcements
We know that damages from the tornadic activity in May 2013 spread far beyond damages from the actual funnels.
One of the "outlier" damages happened at Crutcho Public Schools. This is an area bounded by Crutcho Creek, which had major flooding as a result of the rains that wrapped the May 31, 2013, tornado. The Crutcho School building basement was completely flooded with over 25,000 gallons of water that had to be removed. Over 30% of the students at Crutcho were affected by the storms on the 31st. Many lived in the immediate area, which is one of the lowest elevations in the City; others lived in the adjacent trailer park, which was flooded and suffered massive damages.
Crutcho Public Schools District is a one-school Independent School District, over 100 years old, serving one of the poorest areas in greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly all of the students are eligible for free breakfasts and lunches, have very poor academic backgrounds, and in too many cases, little support in their environment.
After more than a year of discussions with Crutcho, the Christ our Redeemer Tornado Fund [with funds from throughout the greater Anglican Church in North America and many other donors], has granted $10,000 to Crutcho Public Schools for two purposes:
- To provide entrance fees to field trip sites that aren't available for free.
- To work with the Red Cross to provide each child at Crutcho Schools with an Emergency Preparedness Kit and for training for parents, children and teachers, to prepare for another possible emergency in the area.
The majority of the children served by Crutcho, in the words of its Supervisor, Teresa McAfee,
lack the background knowledge and experiences necessary to understand what they read. The teachers are successful in teaching them to decode the words but the students cannot recall what they read because they cannot relate to the text they are reading. We want to provide the students with as many experiences as possible to help them relate to vocabulary in the text they encounter.
I have hired a full time bus driver to transport children on field trips. The field trips will be first-hand experiences to learn new vocabulary and concepts. ...
Teachers will develop lessons around these experiences. This will allow teachers to introduce new concepts and vocabulary in real and meaningful ways. The donation would be placed in a separate account to be used to help students pay for these field trips.
Here at Christ our Redeemer Anglican Church were blessed to host several groups who came to help clean and rebuild Moore and the surrounding area. Most of the groups were from Texas, but that was just the majority. Helpers came from all over the country and slept here at the church building.
In fact, a group from Texas and Fr. Tere & Nancy (his wife) sheltered at the church building during the activity of May 31, 2013. And because we happened to be at the church that night, we were able to shelter, pray with, cry with, and support about 200 frightened people, including about 50 children and 15 dogs, during that storm. They were on the streets, heading to the freeway to go south, as all the newscasters were saying to do. Several had been through the May 20 Moore tornados and had relocated north to new housing. When 104th Street became gridlocked and the rain, with 80 - 90 mph winds, created a nearly 0 visibility situation, they fled their cars and came inside.
We were blessed with a group of young people, who came from all over Connecticut, who stayed here for several days under the leadership of Fr. Micah Thompson, Church of the Apostles, Fairfield. Because of a God-connection, I had met Duana Newcomb-Eckroat, a Free Methodist pastor, connected with Crutcho. We set the group of Connecticut young people loose in the basement at Crutcho and they joyfully and prayerfully cleaned and painted and scrubbed. They found instruments under the ruined bleachers and carefully scrubbed the mold from them, hoping to save them for the students. It was a wonderful God-filled time for them and for us.
While there I was taken with the love and care of the Supervisor, Teresa, and everyone we met, especially Duana. That experience, shortly after the flooding, made us know that the children at Crutcho needed help and we could furnish some of that.
God is good - we blessed to be a blessing to others.
Join us on January 26th at 10:00 A.M. to be a part of that blessing.
January 25 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
0 9:00 am Pastor's Class The Acts of the Apostles - Chapter 2-3 (?)
10:00 am Holy Eucharist Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
Wednesday, 28th – 6:30 PM Conversion of St Paul Acts 26:9-21; Psalm 67; Galatians 1:11-24; Matthew 10: 16-22
Collect of the Day O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Tuesday @ 7:00 pm Paul's letters to the Church in Thessalonika
Thursday @ 10:00 am Gospel of John
(Both studies meet in the Parish Hall - North end of the building)
204 SW 104th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 759-3190 (leave message, please)
Email us at:
ChristOurRedeemerokc [at] live.com