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Oklahoma religion briefs for Nov. 9, 2019

Church security seminar set

The Oklahoma Church Security Association will host a Basic Church Security Seminar on Nov. 16-17 at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 1921 Holly Road in Claremore.

This seminar is the first unit in a one-year church security volunteer training program offered by the association and is directed toward church security team and hospitality/greeter staff. Pastors and senior staff who wish to attend may opt out of the afternoon hands-on training. If a sufficient number of pastors request it, the association will provide separate executive briefings for pastors, which provide more content concerning the need for church security, basic organizational and leadership principles and legal issues.

Only pastors or senior staff may enroll for the morning-only session. Because of the hands-on nature of the instruction, enrollment is limited to 25 participants each in the two afternoon sessions. Local participants should enroll in the Sunday afternoon session to allow people who are traveling from out of town to attend the Saturday afternoon session and not have to spend the night.Enrollment will be closed seven days before the seminar date, and no “drop ins” or last minute enrollments will be allowed. Public record background checks will be conducted on all prospective enrollees.

Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken to help defray the expenses of the instructors. “There’s a lot of talk about church security now due to the almost steady stream of tragic events in houses of worship,” said Bill Kumpe, Oklahoma Church Security Association's administrative director.

The Oklahoma Church Security Association is an unincorporated association of retired military and law enforcement veterans. Kumpe is a semi-retired Tulsa attorney, who founded the association. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Kumpe also is a disabled Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Navy and a licensed armed private investigator.The Rev. Mark Neely Sr. is the association's firearms and tactics instructor. He is pastor emeritus of Calvary Chapel-Tulsa and a graduate of the Calvary Chapel School of Ministry. Neely has 28 years of law enforcement experience, 26 with the Oakland California Police Department. The Rev. Tom Schulze, pastor of Calvary Freewill Baptist, is the association's empty hand/usher techniques instructor. He is a medically retired veteran of the U.S. Army Airborne. Because of the nature of the material and training, the event is not public. Enrollment is by invitation only after submitting an application. Individuals may apply by email to okbizlaw@cox.net or phone 918-381-9792. Prior approval is required for all attendees.

For more information about the program or to apply, email okbizlaw@cox.net or call 918-381-9792. Lecture to focus on humility

Mark McCurties, international speaker and practitioner of Christian Science healing, will present his talk, “Humility that ‘overcomes the world,’ ” at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122.

His talk will focus on universal healing precepts found in the Holy Bible, especially in Christ Jesus’ life and teachings. He will show how these precepts are available for anyone to understand and experience through the lens of Christian Science.

The talk is free, open to the community and sponsored by Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist, Oklahoma City, which will provide free child care for attendees.

McCurties will discuss healings and also will talk about the life of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science church and author of the book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

McCurties has been a Christian Science practitioner for many years. He travels from his home base in Michigan to speak to audiences as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

Oilfield ministry holds breakfast

More than 425 people attended Oilfield Christian Fellowship-Oklahoma City's eighth annual Oilfield Prayer Breakfast on Oct. 17 at the Bricktown Events Center.Gov. Kevin Stitt proclaimed the day as “Oklahoma Oilfield Prayer Day,” and Rick Muncrief, chief executive officer of WPX in Tulsa, was the guest speaker. He shared his personal story of his relationship with God through the ups and downs of the oilfield business and how important it is right now to mentor younger employees through tough times.

Proceeds from the event will help Oilfield Christian Fellowship-OKC buy and give away copies of "The Oilfield Bible." Oilfield Christian Fellowship's national distribution is approaching 300,000 Bibles printed in four languages and about 2,000 go out domestically and internationally every month. They have been distributed in more than 57 countries.Oilfield Christian Fellowship-OKC has donated more than $3 million to City Rescue Mission over the past 10 years. The organization meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month for a meal and a message at City Rescue Mission's banquet facility. For more information, go to www.oilfieldchristianfellowship.com.

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