From Pastor Kayla’s Desk 3/10

SEE YOU ON SATURDAY! March 11, 9:30am-12:30pm “All-Church Visioning Retreat.” A light breakfast will be served at 9:30am, and then we will gather to reflect on the current strengths of our church, where we can focus our energies, and what our dreams and passions are for the future.

Transitions & New Beginnings: The years 2015-present

As we entered 2015, we said goodbye to our 4th settled pastor and moved from meeting at Mayflower Congregational Church to Church of the Open Arms. We continued with our traditions while we also looking to expand our outreach in new and exciting ways. We are constantly planning for our future and putting the pieces in place for a firm foundation.

February 2015             Raised $1114 for The Winds House during our Chocolate Deca-Dance fundraiser
July 2015                      Farewell service for Rev. Matt Perkins
August 30, 2015          Last Service at Mayflower Congregational
September 6, 2015     First Service at Church of the Open Arms
Fall 2015                       Lighting Project installed
November 2015          Garage Sale Fundraiser
December 2015          Voted to call Rev. Kayla Bonewell as next pastor
January 2016              Honored Mary Arbuckle as our Hero of Hope
February 2016            Raised $800 at Chocolate Deca-Dance for Other Options which provides food and services to individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS.
February 2016            Listed with “43 Against Hate” in newspaper in support of Muslim Day the Capitol
March 2016                 Eric Elnes “Gifts of the Dark Wood” book study & sermon series
April 2016                    Pastor Kayla is guest speaker at annual MLK Jr. Commemoration
April 24, 2016              Rev. Kayla Bonewell installed as 5th settled pastor.
May 2016                     Walter Wink’s “Jesus & Nonviolence” book study & sermon series
May 2016                    Joint COH/COA Pastoral Relations Committee began
May 27, 2016              Joint COH/COA 6th-12th Youth Group began
June & July 2016       Soul Collage & Dream Work classes
June 2016                    Walked in LGBT Pride Parade with “LOVE” balloons
July 2016                     Youth attend National Youth Event in Orlando, Florida.
July 2016                     Remembered the victims of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub during worship
August 2016                Donated 14,994 items to Wilson Elementary for school supply drive.
August 2016                Rob Bell’s, “Love Wins” 4-week Sermon Series & book study
September 2016         Volunteered at the Regional Food Bank
September 2016         Co-sponsored at #WaterIsLife Press Conference & Rally in sanctuary
October 2016              Pastor Kayla is guest preacher at Kansas-Oklahoma Annual Conference
November 2016          Joint COH/COA stewardship team & dinner
November 2016          Pastor Kayla honored as Gazette’s “Forty under 40” OKC leaders
December 2016          Participated in World AIDS Day service at Expressions
January 2017               Walter Wink’s “The Powers That Be” book study @ Ingrids
January 2017               Volunteered at the Regional Food Bank
February 2017             Honored Paula Sophia Schonauer as our 8th Hero of Hope
February 2017             Raised $ $1,458 at Chocolate Deca-Dance for The Winds House which provides transitional housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS
February 2017             Participated in Evolution Weekend by hosting an evolution-themed worship
March 2017                  Joined with 43 total houses of worship in Oklahoma for #Peace4OK advertisement in Daily Oklahoman preceding 3rd Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol

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