Friday, September 21, 2012

Birthday celebration and coffee house event to be held September 29 at OpenTable United Church of Christ

 A Fifth Birthday Celebration and Fair Trade Coffee House event is set for 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at OpenTable United Church of Christ, 11308 N. Garnett Rd, Owasso--just south of German Corner.

Five years ago Rev. Melinda Foster hosted a small group of people at her Owasso home. They believed the Owasso-Collinsville-Oologah area needed a new community of faith. United Church of Christ Owasso, now known as OpenTable UCC, was born.

The church welcomes all, is open and affirming, and believes God Is Still Speaking in Owasso. It believes in social justice here and abroad, in providing a welcoming place for teens (including those who face bullying), in feeding the hungry and in peaceful resolution of international disputes.

Since its start at Rev. Foster's home, it has used borrowed space at Church of the Holy Cross and a tiny storefront at 202 N. Cedar, just across Cedar from the 76th St. North Owasso fire station. It leased its present facility just south of German Corner in April 2011.

Its first mission program was Food 4 Kids, which provides nutritious, non perishable food items for elementary children in Owasso Schools who otherwise might have no food over the weekends when school breakfasts and lunches are unavailable. The program started with a handful of students at Barnes Elementary and now serves about 120 students (with counts from several schools not yet submitted for 2012-13) at every elementary school in the district. A large number of Owasso congregations have provided financial and/or volunteer support. 

The church also sponsors the Open Space program for teens, the Fair Trade program (see attached), plots in the Owasso Community Garden and other programs which meet the needs of those in the communities it covers who are facing hardships that it is equipped to handle.

Planting Pastor Melinda Foster has moved on to co-found a new ministry in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood of Tulsa and the congregation is seeking a permanent replacement. Worship services are at 5 p.m. every Saturday, followed by a light meal.

For more information on the United Church of Christ, please visit their WEBSITE.

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