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A Word from Wade
Dear Church Family,
Brian and Kara Bailey will be arriving in Enid on Monday, June 12th. Their first Sunday with us as our new Worship Pastor will be Sunday, June 18th.
Your warm reception of Brian and Kara has amazing. They have been able to sell their house in Amarillo and are under contract with a house in Enid. Our own Paul Baker with Emrick’s Moving and Storage will be moving them the first of June.
The Personnel Committee is recommending a "Food Pounding" on Sunday, June 18th. Bring your non-perishable food item to the HUB, and we will collect it all for the Bailey family.
These are some exciting times for our church and we can’t wait to welcome Brian and Kara Bailey into our church family.
As we head into the summer months with the intention of rest and rejuvenation, I would like to encourage us not to fill every spare moment. Let us seek the secret places where we can find rest in Christ alone and where He can use that space to transform us. When August comes and the momentum starts rolling, we may not have as much breath to give.
I used to think that when I got older, I would be at this place in my spiritual walk that was somehow better than before. A place where God and I would have things all figured out and I wouldn't need to strive so much for righteousness. Today, I realize that I will never completely arrive. I now know that I will always need Him and He will always need time with me to work on my heart. I'm not better than before, I am just different. He forever needs to be placed on the throne of my heart and reign there.
Below is a song written by Kari Jobe and Matt Maher that I have been working on arranging into a choral piece. It speaks of this transformation that comes with placing Him on the throne of our hearts.
"Spirit come and change the atmosphere,
convict and open hearts to hear
the anthems that the angels sing,
the worship of the King of kings.
For Jesus reigns, over all He reigns.
We exalt Your name high above the heavens.
We exalt Your name; all of creation sing praise.
For Jesus reigns, over all He reigns.
Your presence fills and satisfies,
tears down the walls we hide behind.
Oh, God of every aching heart,
we long for You in light and dark.
For Jesus reigns, over all He reigns."
It's Not Too Late!!
The deadline for Falls Creek is May 31st, and it’s not too late…
- To get your child, grandchild or others signed up.
- To give a scholarship.
- To pray for our students and leaders.
You can pick up a prayer bracelet in the foyer to remind you to pray for us leading up to and during the week of Falls Creek.
Our Parent Meeting for Falls Creek is May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Connect Space.
Several ladies have asked me about our Ministry to the Catalyst and how they can be involved. We would love to have more volunteers! The Catalyst is Enid's halfway house for women located on South Van Buren. We lead a women's bible study there every Tuesday night at 6:30. Led by Vickie Grantz who does a wonderful job. I know she'd love to have a couple of ladies join her to share insight on God's Word.
We also do an Arts & Craft Activity with them monthly at the Catalyst. Led by Sarah Kuykendall but we always need a couple of extra ladies to help pass out supplies and visit with the ladies.
We recently started bringing some of the ladies to our Refuge service at 11:15. Pam Koehn and her husband pick them up in a church van and I usually sit with them in church. To transport the ladies, one must be a badge holder. This can be done through the Department of Corrections (online). We can use a couple more badge holders to help transport the ladies.
This is a great Ministry and I've been so blessed by the friendships we've developed with these ladies. Please let me know if you have a desire to serve in any way. We would love to have you!
Psalms 37:3, 8-9
The Psalms say: Trust in the Lord and do good things…, Do not fret and be patient. What great words of wisdom. Whenever you feel the pressure of the world, pause and remember God is in control. Patience is difficult for Men because we always want to fix everything immediately. A long-term vision prevents mistakes. Wait on the Lord and you will inherent the earth.
Daniel chose to honor God, even when the stakes were high. He knew that God would protect him and that ultimately he would be okay.
Continuing our study this month on determination, we see that through Daniel's determined faith he would be saved. The same is true when we choose to believe that God’s got it.
Whatever we might face, no matter how scary or uncertain, God will protect us. Nothing is too big, too hard, or too scary for Him. Jesus saved us, and from this, we have life through Him. We love sharing the gospel through every story in God's living word!!!
Are you interested in foreign missions?,
Would you consider serving overseas? Emmanuel offers incredible opportunities to send the Gospel all over the world. We offer trips to Niger, Africa where we drill water wells for the locals in the region. We also send medical teams each year that treat hundreds of people each visit.
We also send a team each year to Guatemala. This team works closely with villages doing Vacation Bible Schools as well as working alongside local ministries to impact the country with the Gospel.
Poland is a great opportunity for youth and adults to work overseas in foreign missions. We work closely with the FALA ministries that provide youth camp opportunities throughout the country of Poland. This is an incredible trip that you don’t want to miss.
Thanks for visiting our Mission page.
Please let us know if you are interested in any of our trips!
We welcome single adults at Emmanuel Enid. Although singles are involved in all aspects of the church, there are some classes and activities especially for those who are widowed, divorced, or never married. We have singles of all ages! Members of our Community Group provide support and friendship to each other in our Christian journey.
Come and join us Sunday!
Bible Study Opportunities
Convergence - taught by Derrick & Crystal Bentz in room 303 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Night Life - taught by my wife Karen and me in the conference room at 6:00 p.m.
Senior Adult Ministry
Senior Adult Trip
Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks
Friday, May 26th
Meet at the church at 12:15.
Arrive back in Enid about 9:00.
Cost is $14.00 for aquarium admission.
Supper at Outback Steakhouse on your own.
We will be taking our two 15-passenger vans. Transportation free. On the round trip to Jenks we will stop at the Service Center on Highway 412.
Sign up in the church office.
Please pay $14 aquarium ticket in advance.
There will only be room for 30 people, so sign up early.
John 11:3 & John 19:26 talk about a man named Lazarus & one of Jesus’ disciples who both refer to themselves as being someone loved by Christ. When I read these verses, I tend to wonder why they feel like they can call themselves by this title. Christ hasn’t died for them yet; he hasn’t been buried or raised from the dead. All they have is Christ himself, in the moment, in the present. For me, this means there are two things that had to happen for them to refer to themselves as being loved.
- Jesus told them He loved them and he told them often.
- Jesus showed them He loved them and he showed them often.
I have two children and the biggest way for them to know they are loved is for me to tell them and show them that they are. My words and my actions are powerful. It is how they know where they stand with me. I believe Christ did the same thing with those around Him. This is why Christ says in John 15:12, “This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” He showed it, He lived it, He walked daily in it.
Are we doing the same thing? Are we letting our lives be an avenue for Christ’s perfect selfless love to be shown to the world around us?
We all have something to work through!
Celebrate Recovery (CR) provides a meaningful way for people to come together and share in their struggles with "hurts, habits, and hang-ups." CR meets on Thursday evenings beginning at 5:15 for an optional fellowship meal time followed by a large group time of worship, teaching, and sharing at 6:00. After the large group worship, we separate into “Open Share Groups” which are gender and issue specific support groups, and a “Newcomers Group” for individuals who are new to CR to help them understand how the program works.
Come and let us celebrate recovery together!
Emmanuel Christian School
The eighteen summers of youth pass so quickly.
Summer break or summer vacation has just begun at Emmanuel Christian School. Summer can be a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends. At ECS it is our hope that the children placed in our care would not see summer as a time to take a break from learning, but rather as the gift of time to prepare for the future. More specifically, to tackle those academic mountains or hard things that seem to stand in their way. Furthermore, it is or desire for our students to believe that bit by bit this victory will happen. To the ECS parents, we would encourage you habitually take time now, and what remains of the 18 summers of youth, to talk to your child about Christ when you sit at home, as you drive in the car, and when you tuck them in at night.
Thank you, parents, for another great year at Emmanuel Christian School!
In Mark 11:23 Jesus tells us
"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
Do not stop, do not waste the gift of time, summer can be a wonderful opportunity to catch up for some and for others to shoot ahead. Keep learning, keep reading. And finally, please remember you are deeply loved and we are very proud of you fifth graders.