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Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children hosted its fourth annual Women of Compassion banquet at Devon Energy Center on Saturday, April 1.

“I am totally amazed each year at the generosity of our women. This year was no different with an astonishing 174 members,” said Shonda Flowers, OBHC development representative. “Women of Compassion has contributed over $575,000 in just four short years. It is simply amazing what can happen when we all come together.”

Two Women of Compassion members adorned in floral attire smile for a photograph.

The theme of the yearly event is “Cups of Kindness.” Women from across Oklahoma gathered to listen to a dynamic speaker, worship, and fellowship. Members also voted on how their funds will be invested to provide hope to children and families through the ministries of OBHC and Hope Pregnancy Centers.

OBHC President Greg McNeece speaks to Women of Compassion members about the impact of their generosity.

174 women of all ages and denominations joined Women of Compassion, with the total number of donations surpassing $174,000. Rochelle Frazier was the lunch’s keynote speaker, while Josh and Kiley Edington, worship pastors at Crossings Community Church, sang and led worship throughout the event.

Josh and Kiley Edington lead worship while women of all ages and denominations gathered in Oklahoma City.

Annual membership is $1,000 and benefits the ministries of OBHC. The event was from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch were provided and vendor tables were offered before event.

Women of Compassion members and guests stand to sing worship songs.

Author Rochelle Frazier speaks to members and guests during the gathering.

Rachael Blevins, a Women of Compassion charter member, said this year’s event was wonderful. “It’s really great to see people gather together to help others. I had a real blessed time getting to see old friends as well as make some new friends.” Blevins and her sister were both former residents of the original Baptist Children’s Home. The campus was located on NW 63rd and Pennsylvania Avenue from 1907 to 1983.

Women of Compassion members Toni Chesser, Rachael Blevins, Sue Reynolds, and Debbie Buchanan stop to pose for a photo on Devon Energy Center’s 50th floor.

The grant submission receiving the most votes for $50,000 was Baptist Children’s Home, Owasso’s request for a security fence, sidewalk, and the renovation of their transitional living apartment. The second grant submission with the most votes for $50,000 was Hope Pregnancy Centers’ request for Trophon ultrasound disinfectant machines, bibles, prenatal books, and life-like baby models. A third grant of $74,000 goes to support all campuses and ministries of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.

Residents from Baptist Children’s Home, Oklahoma City sing a song while members enjoy dessert.

Barbara Bohlander from Guymon is a two-year member with a personal connection to OBHC. “My oldest daughter was adopted from the children’s home 45 years ago, so this ministry is near and dear to my heart,” she said. “What’s important is these women coming together to do projects that would otherwise take a long time to do.”

Women from across the state of Oklahoma join for a group photo in Devon Energy Center.

To join for the 2018 vote, visit www.obhc.org/women-of-compassion or call Sherry Peck at (405) 942-7917 to set up monthly installments. For more information about Women of Compassion or OBHC, please visit www.obhc.org or email Shonda Flowers at shonda.flowers@obhc.org.

 

With gratitude,

Lauren Capraro

Join us at Concert for Hope!

Join us in Southern Oklahoma for our Concert for Hope! Hope Pregnancy Center of Southern Oklahoma will host Mark Lowry and The Martins in concert on Friday, March 31. The concert will be held at CrystalRock Cathedral Assembly Church in Ardmore at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Lowry is well known in the gospel world and travels extensively showcasing his outrageous sense of humor and his baritone vocal skills.  The Martins are three siblings who are Dove and Grammy Award winners for their tight acapella harmonies.

 

Hope Pregnancy Center is a non-profit organization that offers free pregnancy testing, free ultrasounds and free pregnancy option education to women who need guidance and support. The local center is located at 921 North Washington in Ardmore.

“We are looking forward to having Mark Lowry and The Martins’. It is our hope people will come and enjoy Concert for Hope and learn about the mission of Hope Pregnancy Center of Southern Oklahoma,” said HPC Development Specialist Laura DeHart.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, visit www.concertforhope.info. Tickets will not be sold at the door. CrystalRock Cathedral Assembly Church is located at 2005 12th Ave. NW in Ardmore.

For more information about Hope Pregnancy Center Southern Oklahoma, please visit www.obhc.org/hope-pregnancy-centers or call 580-223-7232.

Thank you for partnering with us as we work together to provide help and hope to those facing an unplanned pregnancy within our communities.

From the Kindness of a Stranger

When Cherie Harper was asked if she’d make a new flag for Boys Ranch Town, she wholeheartedly agreed – even though she’d never stepped foot on the campus.

Cherie Harper and BRT Administrator Brent Thackerson hold up the new flag during its unveiling.

Cherie attends church at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, where she goes to Sunday School with Zelda Hendley, a dear friend and volunteer of BRT’s.

Cherie stands next to Zelda’s husband, Jack Hendley.

“When Zelda asked if I’d be able to make a flag, I said I’d never done a flag before but I’d certainly try,” Cherie said. “It took me about a month. I actually made about four flags before I got to this one. I put them on sheets.. I put them on everything to practice.”

BRT Administrator Brent Thackerson admires the newly embroidered flag.

The BRT flag is used for a variety of purposes, including being on display during parades and rodeos. Unfortunately, the well-loved flag used from 1990-2003 was too fragile and had to be retired for cosmetic reasons.

Two current residents proudly hold the original BRT flag.

“If we kept using it, it was going to fall apart,” said Brent Thackerson, BRT administrator.

Cherie used the old flag as a template to make the new flag: complete with a detailed horse, bright yellow type and fringe down three of the sides.

“Just the horse has 56,642 stitches,” Cherie said, with a big smile.

During the unveiling of the new flag, Cherie got to visit BRT where she met with Brent, BRT volunteers and two current residents.

Cherie tells two BRT residents about the flag’s embroidery process.

“It’s very humbling to get to do this. It’s for a good cause,” she said. “I think it’s an awesome thing to have this campus for the boys. That boy said he thanked God every day that he had a place to live.”

Brent Thackerson stands next to Cherie Harper after she presented the flag on campus.

For more information about Boys Ranch Town or how you can help children in our care, please click here or call (405) 341-3606.

Thank you to Cherie, Jack and Zelda for their time and service to Boys Ranch Town.

#ThankYouThursday

With gratitude,

Lauren Capraro

Thank You for a Blessed Christmas!

What a blessed Christmas we had at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children this year. With your prayers and support, we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with approximately 200 children and families in our care.

Thank you for making a Christ-centered Christmas possible.

We hope you enjoy the slideshow below and know that you have been a blessing to these precious children and their families this Christmas!

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Rejoicing in HOPE,

Sarah Edsall

Public Relations & Media Specialist


It’s not too late to make a gift in 2016 to help children and families at OBHC.

Click here to make an easy online donation.

 

Adventures in Advent: Week Five

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This weekly series is brought to you by OBHC President, Greg McNeece. Click here to learn more about Greg. From our OBHC family to yours, we are delighted to share the joy of Advent.

[Miss the first posts? We can help! Click here for Introduction to Advent. Click here for Week One: Prophecy Candle. Click here for Week Two: Bethlehem Candle. Click here for Week Three: Shepherd Candle. Click here for Week Four: Angel Candle.]

Week 5, Christmas Eve: “Christ Candle”

As a part of the Advent season, you will light all four candles on the perimeter of the wreath and then you will light the white candle at the center.

To review, the first week, we lit a purple candle which is called the Prophecy candle. It reminds us of how God spoke to His people through the prophets, offering them the hope of a Savior. The purple candle from the second week is known as the Bethlehem candle. This candle reminds us that God came to us in humbleness and simplicity. The third candle, the Shepherd candle, was lit reminding us of the importance of the Shepherds as a part of celebrating and honoring the Christ child. The third purple candle lit last week was the angel candle signifying the role angels had in announcing the birth of Jesus.

Today, Christmas Eve, is a remarkable day to celebrate. Today, the last candle is to be lit, and it is called the Christ candle. It represents the life of Christ that has come into this world and to us individually. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. The sole purpose for Jesus to be born was to pave the way for salvation and eternal life through his death, burial and resurrection. The scripture we read today comes from the gospel of John.

Today, you will light all five candles of the Advent wreath.

Scripture

Read John 3:1-8   Holman Christian Standard Version

There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him.”

Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 “But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”

 Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Activity

Today, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, it allows us to have times of joy and happiness. Share with those gathered around you what brings joy to your life as a believer. If you are surrounded by children, this may be great time for a new tradition. Try baking a “Happy Birthday Jesus” cake and making this a part of your family Christmas celebration. This will help shift the emphasis placed on gifts to what the season is really all about- Jesus’ birth.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, today as we celebrate your birth, so much of what is done leading up to this day is about commercialism. While it can be fun, it also can detract from the true reason for this day. My prayer today is that I have learned from the Advent season and have slowed down, remembering that you have planned everything in life. You have a plan that involves me in helping to share the truth not only about this day, but about the eternal life found in Jesus, your Son. Amen.

Join Greg and the McNeece Family on this adventure toward a deeper understanding and reverence for the Christmas season!

Thank you for joining Greg and the McNeece Family on this adventure toward a deeper understanding and reverence for the Christmas season!

Thank you for setting out on these Adventures in Advent with us! My prayer is that you and your loved ones experience Christmas like never before, in an attitude of anticipation for the coming of Christ. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Greg-McNeece

As we journey together,

Greg McNeece

OBHC President

Adventures in Advent: Week Four

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This weekly series is brought to you by OBHC President, Greg McNeece. Click here to learn more about Greg. From our OBHC family to yours, we are delighted to share the joy of Advent.

[Miss the first posts? We can help! Click here for Introduction to Advent. Click here for Week One: Prophecy Candle. Click here for Week Two: Bethlehem Candle. Click here for Week Three: Shepherd Candle.]

Week Four: “Angel Candle”

As a part of the Advent season, you will light four candles, two purple, the one pink from last week and then you will light the remaining purple candle this week.

To review, the first week, we lit a purple candle which is called the Prophecy candle. It reminds us of how God spoke to His people through the prophets, offering them the hope of a Savior. The purple candle from the second week is known as the Bethlehem candle. This candle reminds us that God came to us in humbleness and simplicity. The third candle, the Shepherd candle, was lit last week reminding us of the importance of the Shepherds as a part of celebrating and honoring the Christ child.

As we journey into the fourth week of the Advent season, our focus today turns to the supernatural as we anticipate the actual birth of Jesus. Angels, in our culture today, hold much mystique. We have in our mind certain ideas of what angels look like. For many of us, angels are relegated to being pudgy, round-faced flying beings with harps. Angels are God’s messengers who announced the birth of Jesus. When we read today’s New Testament passage, we will see the vital role angels had in announcing to the world what was taking place.

Today, you will light the four candles on the perimeter of the advent wreath. Today, you will re-light the two purple candles, which have been lit previously, the pink candle from last week and the remaining purple candle.

 

Scripture

Read Luke 2:8-14   Holman Christian Standard Version

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”

 Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!

Activity

What comes to mind when you think about angels? What do they look like? What do they do? Do angels look different from one another? There are many questions about the supernatural where we may not have the clearest answers. Talk with those gathered around you about other times in scripture where angels were messengers. If you remember, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary and Joseph that she would have a baby. We see later in scripture where the angel Michael announces the coming of Christ to John. Are there other times that you can recall God using angels as messengers in the Bible?

Prayer

Father God, today I see where you used even the supernatural to conduct your greater plan. In our society where little is understood about angels, you used them to announce the greatest gift ever given – Jesus. At his birth, you used angels to become incarnate and do the work which no man could do! May I place my life before you and be ready to be used by you. I want to be used to benefit you and others.  Amen.

Greg-McNeece

As we journey together,

Greg McNeece

OBHC President

Adventures in Advent: Week Three

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{Miss the first posts? We can help! Click here for Introduction to Advent. Click here for Week One: Prophecy Candle. Click here for Week Two: Bethlehem Candle.]

Week Three: “Shepherd Candle”

As a part of the Advent season, you will light three candles, the two purple from last week and then your pink candle this week.

To review, the first week, we lit a purple candle which is called the Prophecy candle. It reminds us of how God spoke to His people through the prophets, offering them the hope of a Savior. The purple candle from week two is known as the Bethlehem candle. This candle reminds us that God came to us in humbleness and simplicity.

The third candle of the Advent season is traditionally referred to as the Shepherd candle. The shepherds sat on a quiet hilltop watching their sheep by night. They were common people like you and me. The angels announced the news of Jesus’ birth to them in the midst of their work. It was not the rich and famous who first came to the baby, it was shepherds. They responded with wonder, curiosity and faith as they sought the Savior whom the angels proclaimed. The shepherds sought their Savior in the baby Jesus.

As we share in this week’s Advent celebration, we need to spend time focusing on what took place in and around the stable. Think on the people more than the environment. The scripture for today will shift from where we have been on the Old Testament, to a very familiar passage in the New Testament.

Today, you will light the two purple candles you have previously lit (the Prophecy candle) and the Bethlehem candle). Now, light the pink candle (the Shepherd candle).

Scripture

Read Luke 2:15-20   Holman Christian Standard Version

When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.

Activity

If you think back to the time and culture of the birth of Jesus, what do you know about shepherds? Share what you know or tell what you think it was like being a shepherd during those days. Did you know that shepherds were young men predominantly in their early to mid-teenage years? Is there a job that you feel is comparable in our society to that of a shepherd? Share what you think it would be like if a “birth of Jesus” event happened in our culture to people who are comparable to the shepherds.

Prayer

Amazing Father, I stand amazed at your work through the birth of Jesus. I should never be surprised how you orchestrate things in this life. Just as you used people who society defines as “lowly and dirty,” many times I inadvertently classify people in ways I should not. I actually need to help people of all walks of life. When I do think about others, I then realize I am not only encouraging them, but I potentially am affirming your call upon their life. Thank you for calling me to salvation and helping me to remember that I and others are a part of your plan of salvation. Amen.

Greg-McNeeceAs we journey together,

Greg McNeece

OBHC President

Adventures in Advent: Week Two

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This weekly series is brought to you by OBHC President, Greg McNeece. Click here to learn more about Greg. From our OBHC family to yours, we are delighted to share the joy of Advent.

{Miss the first posts? We can help! Click here for Introduction to Advent. Click here for Week One: Prophecy Candle.]

Week Two: “Bethlehem Candle”

As a part of the Advent season, you will light two candles, the one from last week and a second purple candle.

Last week, as we observed the beginning of the Advent, we observed the first candle of the Advent wreath which is called the prophecy candle. It reminded us of how God spoke to His people through the prophets, offering them the hope of a Savior. It also reminds us of the faithfulness of God’s promises, so that we can live in hope in our depraved world.

The second Advent candle is traditionally called the Bethlehem Candle. Bethlehem reminds us that God came to us in the humble and simple. Bethlehem was in the territory of one of the least influential tribes of Judah, yet out of Bethlehem comes the King of Kings. Bethlehem reminds us that Jesus was born in a small, ordinary town; that he was born in a stable was full of animals, and he was born to people with no fame. As Jesus was born, God set His star above Bethlehem that night. Bethlehem is God’s statement that God does great and wonderful things from humble beginnings. God also fills our ordinary lives with His light.

As you and or your loved ones participate in this weeks’ time of the Advent, we need to spend time in remembering and focus upon the very simple but yet extravagant gift that God gave to us through his Son, Jesus. The scripture for today will also come from the Old Testament, as it did last week.

Light the purple candle from last week (the Prophecy candle) and light a second purple candle (the Bethlehem candle). These two candles will be re-lit each week going forward.

 

Scripture

Read Micah 5:2-4   Holman Christian Standard Version:

Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.

Therefore, He will abandon them until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of His brothers will return to the people of Israel.

He will stand and shepherd them in the strength of Yahweh, in the majestic name of Yahweh His God. They will live securely, for then His greatness will extend to the ends of the earth.

Activity

If you are by yourself, or if gathered with others, each person can share what they think was really going on in and around the stable. In our mind, we have created the stable to be a place where peace and tranquility abide. Can you imagine what it was really like? Can you articulate this new idea of the stable? There were many, many animals present (remember the inn was full), potentially people were outside, and certainly they would have gathered around with all the activity which filled the stable. Bethlehem is more than a town, more than a location. For believers, it signifies the beginning.

Prayer

Father, today as I read Micah and realized that you many times foretold the birth of Jesus through scripture. You also brought Him into a setting and location that was humble, unassuming and certainly was miles away from any idea of royalty. I pray that today as I light the Bethlehem candle, it will remind me of the importance of the humble and simple things in Jesus’ life. Remind me to honor and emulate those same characteristics in my world today. Amen.

Greg-McNeeceAs we journey together,

Greg McNeece

OBHC President

Adventures in Advent: Week One

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This weekly series is brought to you by OBHC President Elect, Greg McNeece. Click here to learn more about Greg. From our OBHC family to yours, we are delighted to share the joy of Advent.

{Did you miss the Introduction to Advent last week? Click here to catch-up!]

Week One: “Prophecy or Prophet Candle”

As a part of the Advent season, you will light one candle, a purple candle.

The first Candle of the Advent wreath is called the candle of prophecy. It reminds us of how God spoke to His people through the prophets, offering them the hope of a Savior. It also reminds us of the faithfulness of God’s promises, so that we can live in hope in our depraved world. We can rejoice that God prepares our lives through prophesy to receive Christ when he comes.

As you spend time today recognizing the beginning of the advent season, remember the scripture we read today is to help prepare us to receive Christ as the child who comes to us in Bethlehem. Isaiah’s words also prepare us to receive Christ when he comes again in power. At that time, he will fulfill the promise and prophecy to be Prince of Peace and Wonderful Counselor and for all time.

Light a purple candle. This is the only candle to light on this day. It will also be re-lit each week at this time.

Scripture

Read Isaiah 9:2-7 Holman Christian Standard Version:

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.

You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy.

The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time and as they rejoice when dividing spoils.

For You have shattered their oppressive yoke and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as You did on the day of Midian.

For the trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire.

For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.

Activity

Share what it means to have something told to you that you may fully understand. How does it make you feel? Now, go back around those gathered and share what it means to have something told to you that you do not understand. Lastly, share how it makes you feel when you are told that something will happen which will be a great thing.

Prayer

“Dear Father, today, as I look at your word, I am amazed at the provisions you give to us to know you are at work. You are preparing me to be ready to receive into this world your son. As a believer, I know to have a better understanding of your prophetic word, accepting your gift is just the beginning. I look forward to this season and what you will teach me through this journey.” Amen.

Greg-McNeeceAs we journey together,

Greg McNeece

OBHC President Elect

Get Ready for Adventures in Advent!

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This weekly series is brought to you by OBHC President Elect, Greg McNeece. Click here to learn more about Greg. From our OBHC family to yours, we are delighted to share the joy of Advent.

Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you and your loved ones have enjoyed a day of fellowship and thankfulness to God for His many blessings.

As we move into the last month of 2016, we each can say this year has been a year of change. Change has been on each front of our life.  We certainly have seen it in our financial, political, healthcare, personal, and yes, in our spiritual life.

As Christians who live in an ever-changing world, we draw even more to this season of Christmas celebration. In the midst of overwhelming commercialism and cultural focus on all the wrong things, we have the opportunity to pause and reflect on the events and significance leading up to the birth of Jesus.

I am asking you to join my family each week through the Advent season. Together, we will lead our families on a spiritual adventure through Advent and experience the coming of our Savior in a fresh, meaningful way.

Advent. What is it exactly?

Advent is a special time of the year which allows believers to mark a time in their busy schedule with a weekly look of anticipation to the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The word advent comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “arrival or coming.” Advent typically involves a time of prayer and reflection. For others, it may include a time of fasting. For everyone involved in the season of Advent, it culminates with a time of joy and celebration.

When is Advent this year?

For this series, there will be a new Advent blog post for the next four Fridays. My family and I will be celebrating on the immediate following Sundays. This year, those Sundays are:

  • Week One: Prophecy Candle- November 27
  • Week Two: Bethlehem Candle- December 4
  • Week Three: Shepherd Candle- December 11
  • Week Four: Angel Candle- December 18

Then, we will light the Christ Candle, on Christmas Eve, December 24. We hope you will join our family on this adventure!

Join Greg and the McNeece Family on this adventure toward a deeper understanding and reverence for the Christmas season!

Join Greg and the McNeece Family on this adventure toward a deeper understanding and reverence for the Christmas season!

What do you need to commemorate and celebrate Advent?

  • 5 candles- We will use three purple, one pink and one white candle.
  • Wreath
  • Bible
  • Lighter or matches

Traditionally, a wreath and candles are used to celebrate the Advent season. With this, there are 5 total candles. There are several thoughts on the actual colors used for the candles. Many use three purple candles, one pink and one white candle. Based upon where you place your advent wreath, the size of the wreath as well as the size and type of candle used is totally preference. Once you place your wreath on a flat surface, you are ready to nestle your candles into the wreath. On the perimeter, place three purple and the one pink candle. The white candle will be used last and will be placed in the center of your advent wreath.

Now that your wreath is in place and assembled, you are ready to begin the Advent season. Over the course of the next four weeks, you will receive an email which will guide you through an understanding of the significance of the advent season, look at scripture that supports each week as well as an application of the week into your own journey of preparing for the “advent” of Jesus.

Prayer as you begin…

Say a prayer as an individual or with your family and friends whom you will gather on a weekly basis to journey through the Advent season.

“Father, today as I begin the preparation of the Advent season, I pray I will spend the time this season to slow down, spend more time in reflection and anticipation of the arrival of Jesus into this world and ultimately into my life. I pray that I will be looking for ways to see you at work today and not be so caught up in the culture’s way of celebrating the birth of Jesus.”

Greg-McNeeceAs we journey together,

Greg McNeece

OBHC President Elect

Ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.