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Oklahoma faith briefs for Jan. 11, 2020

Norene Tinsley, Janet Fryar and Wilma Hendon show cakes they decorated at Midwest City's St. Matthew United Methodist Church as part of the 2019 King Cake fundraiser at the church. [Oklahoman Archives]
Norene Tinsley, Janet Fryar and Wilma Hendon show cakes they decorated at Midwest City's St. Matthew United Methodist Church as part of the 2019 King Cake fundraiser at the church. [Oklahoman Archives]

Program set for older adults

The Senior Players group at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, 3131 NW 50.

Sheryl Presley, coordinator for Oklahoma City's Triad program, will be guest speaker. Triad is an agreement between local law enforcement and older/retired individuals to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly. Presley will talk about personal and home safety, current fraud and scam schemes, identity theft and phone scams.

Attendees are welcome to bring a favorite dish to share with others. The gathering will be in the brick building north of the church, by the west parking lot.

For more information, call Mary Sue Ziba at 473-1838 or Barbara Byrd at 953-8669.

King Cake fundraiser continues

MIDWEST CITY — St. Matthew United Methodist Church is selling King Cakes to raise funds for its Mobile Meals program.

The annual fundraiser is led by church member Jenifer Cameron, who has been making the sweet treat to raise money since 2011.

She said the fundraiser is a way for her to create her own Mardi Gras celebration and help people in the community at the same time. Volunteers from the church and other faith organizations help create each King Cake, a traditional indulgence eaten from around the festive time of Epiphany or Three Kings Day through Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras Day/Carnival.Epiphany, generally observed on Jan. 6, is the Christian celebration of the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles, represented by the Magi or Three Kings. Cameron described King Cake as an oval-shaped sweetbread that is a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry. The cakes may be purchased in a variety of flavors, including praline, lemon, apple, cherry, peach, raisin pecan, cream cheese and others. Cost is $10 for each cake.

For more information, call Cameron at 795-4530, email mobilemealsofstmatthew@yahoo.com or go to https://www.stmatthew.org/shop.

MLK HOLIDAY

Church to hold celebration

The Martin Luther King 2020 Church Celebration will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley.

Theme of the event is "Challenges Beyond the Dream." The Rev. Ricky D. Turner, senior pastor of Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas, will be keynote speaker. Turner is an Oklahoma City native who accepted his call to ministry in 1985 and was licensed and ordained under the pastorate of the late Rev. A.G. Woodberry, longtime pastor of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

The Rev. Lee Cooper Jr., senior pastor of Prospect Church, is the chairman of the annual event.

For more information, call 424-1795.

Temple to host annual program

The 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program and Dinner will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Temple B’nai Israel, 4901 N Pennsylvania.

The temple and the NAACP once again will host the annual event to bring communities across Oklahoma City together to affirm King’s wide-ranging vision of freedom, equality and justice for all.

The event will include dinner followed by a panel discussion entitled "A Conversation About the Relationship Between Anti-Semitism, Anti-Black Racism and White Nationalism." Guests will include Karlos Hill, chair of African & African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and Ronnie A. Grinberg, assistant professor at the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at OU. The event is free to the public. The program is made possible by the Claire and Rabbi Joseph Levenson fund of Temple B’nai Israel.

Prayer breakfast to focus on unity

MIDWEST CITY — The Midwest City Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road.

This year's theme of "Unity" will be addressed by keynote speakers Ann Felton Gilliland, chief executive officer of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, and the Rev. Clarence Hill, elder and lead pastor of Antioch Community Church in Oklahoma City and Norman.Midwest City Councilwoman Christine Allen serves as chairwoman of the event, which is sponsored by the city of Midwest City.

Tickets are $15 per person.

For tickets, visit the Midwest City Community Center, 200 N Midwest Blvd. or go online to Event Brite.

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