Pastor Cordell Hines of Henryetta New Life Assembly of God and James Page of Joy in Life Fellowship announced several events related to the restart of the Henryetta Ministerial Alliance this week.
A Community Thanksgiving Service for all residents will be held Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
“What we also want to do in the community service (on Sunday) … is do some monetary giveaways in that service to bless people in need during that time of year as well,” Page said.
According to Pastor Hines, there will also be a Community Choir open to anyone in the area.
There will be a planning meeting Sept. 22 (time and location to be announced) with area pastors interested in participating.
“If you’re a pastor, and you want to be part of this, we would love to have you there,” Hines said.
“And as far as the community choir goes, we would prefer that the people that are coming from your church be personally and verbally recommended by the pastor … we want to make sure that nothing takes place that is not without the pastor’s approval from each church. So if you have some key members that want to be a part of events and things connected to the Ministerial Alliance, that’s wonderful. We welcome that. We just want all things to be ran by and through the pastor, so that there’s no hiccups or surprises or any bad reflections on a church that we may not be aware of, so pastors feel free to join this.”
The area has been without a Ministerial Alliance for quite some time, and the pastors are wanting to get that reorganized and restarted but are seeking the assistance of all the church leaders around the area, including Dewar and Schulter.
If interested in being a part of the Alliance, contact Page at 918652-1213 and Hines can be reached at 970-3144072. To be a part of the community choir, please contact Lyle Stogner at 918-805-6803.
On Nov. 11, there will be a Thanksgiving basket giveaway. In the past, Joy In Life has teamed up with Dewar First Baptist and Henryetta First Baptist to distribute baskets to those in need. This year, the pastors are seeking to incorporate every church in the area to help participate.
According to Page, about 230 baskets were distributed to those in need last year.
“Brother Don Shepherd from Henryetta First Baptist has a lofty goal to do 300 baskets this year,” Pastor Page said. “And so we hope to do that. So if you want to be a part of the Thanksgiving basket giveaway, we host that every year in the parking lot and under the portico of the Henryetta First Baptist Church.”
Contact Hines or Page about becoming a part of the distribution efforts at the above numbers.