Bixby’s Lord of Life Church Story

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings found on BixbyBulletin.com

If the word Lutheran causes you to think “black suit, white shirt, and polished shoes,” banish the thought. Vicar Jonathan Schultz has brought Lord of Life Lutheran Church to Bixby with praise and song. The once well-known liturgy books have been tucked away, and any reading or singing which needs to be done is on the wall in front of the congregation. “We want people with their heads up, worshipping Christ!” Schultz says with a huge smile. Not only that, but during the week, the church, in Cross Creek Shopping Center behind Bill and Ruth’s, is a coffee shop. One of Schultz biggest dreams-in-progress would be the ability to pick up a bus load of kids from a nearby trailer park and take them to the church in summer where they would be cool and have supervision.

Schultz came to Bixby because of a vision of a Lutheran synod president who wanted to reach 100 million people by the year 2017. He looked at the globe to determine where to start. The US was to have 2,000 new Lutheran churches; Oklahoma, 12; Tulsa, six. “I am the second one,” Schultz said.

“I want the church to be part of the community,” he said. “I didn’t want to just start a church but to be part of a church that is the hands of Christ.” The church, which started in Broken Arrow, was financed for two years. The start was challenging as a truck filled with equipment was stolen. Six or eight months later Schultz was watching the news and recognized the church lights in the home of some people who had just been busted for running a methamphetamine house. “The police found our business card among the things, so we got our project, lights, and speaker back.”

After leaving the B.A. location, the church members met at Schultz’ home for awhile, and then he moved to a location on Memorial to a little building which had been any number of other things. “We fixed it up,” Schultz said of the building. “To show you what we were dealing with, a little girl sold me a candy bar which I left on my desk. The rats got it.” With help from Larry’s Pest Control and a call to the city to see what needed to be done to bring the church up to code, sprinklers were put in, and services began.

“I thought it would be a good idea to start a coffee house,” Schultz said further. “Five people who came in for coffee came to Christ.” He set the coffee shop up like a living room and tried to be available 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Now he feels blessed by a move to what was once Jimmy Lee Miley’s Total Fitness gymnasium. (Total Fitness has moved to SouthPark Shopping Center behind Carl’s Coney’s.) One of the Total Fitness tanning booths is now the coffee house.

“We have become…”

 

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Clean Air at Bixby Schools

Story found on KRMG.com

Back in December we first told you about the air quality problems at Brassfield 5th and 6th grade center in Bixby. The school was closed for a couple of weeks while contractors tore out old carpet and drywall and cleaned up the problem.

We have new information for you now as our kids begin a new school year. Bixby didn’t stop with a little cleaning up around Brassfield, they went quite a bit further. To find out more, I called Marty Foutch, the director of facilities for Bixby schools. He was kind enough to meet me at Brassfield with a tour and explanation of what happened and what was done.

The problem came when mold was found in a few areas in the old building. Those areas were cleaned and sanitized and some were even torn down.

Marty first made it clear that Brassfield is now as safe as a brand new school. “Mainly the things we changed was…

 

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Crossroads Fellowship Church Begins Angel Food Program

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings Found on Bixby Bulletin.com

The Angel Food program is not new to many in the area, but it is a new program for Crossroads Fellowship Church, 100 West Dawes (across from Charley Young Park in downtown Bixby.) “The idea fits into the philosophy of our church,” says Cathy Burgess. “We work with Bixby Outreach Center, and Angel Food allows us to reach out to the community itself.”

“We are trying to  help the community understand this is not just a program for low income residents. It’s for anyone who wants to buy good food at discounted prices.”

Angel Food is not a fund-raiser for the church. It’s run totally by volunteers, and although technically the church is supposed to receive $1 from the sale of each box of food which is to go to other outreach programs, “that hasn’t been done in quite some time.”

The food boxes come in varying sizes, priced at $22 – $46, the largest being a “Bountiful Blessing Box” which includes a tray pack of chicken leg quarters; steak burgers; a gourmet dining garlic chicken dinner, bone-in pork chops; boneless skinless chicken breasts; deli-sliced ham; lean ground beef; frozen spinach, carrots, green beans, triple blend, broccoli and steamed ready classic blend; and a lot more. The list of ingredients changes each month.

A “Just 4 Me After School Box” sells at $25, offering snacks kids might eat after school, i.e., chicken wings and 10 other choices. A second “Just 4 Me, No Child Goes Without” Box, also sells for $25 and has such items a chunk lite tuna in water. There’s a “Just 4 Me, After School Fruit and Veggie Box” which offers totally apples, peaches, raisins, carrots, etc.

Hoops suggested someone…

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Pride of Bixby Band Fundraiser

Story from Staff Reports found on Bixby Bulletin.com

The Quebe Sisters Band will be performing in concert at the Bixby High School Auditorium Tuesday night August 23 at 7 p.m.  This concert will benefit the Pride of Bixby HIgh School Marching Band and is presented by Southpointe Chevrolet and Southpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge.

Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for students.  The Bixby High School Auditorium is located at 601 S. Riverview Dr. in Bixby , OK.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the Bixby Public Schools Administration Building, located on the square in Bixby at 109 N. Armstrong, or by mailing a check payable to Bixby Band to PO Box 725 , Bixby , OK 74008.  For additional ticket information or general questions, please call 918-481-1008 or email bbingham@valornet.com.  Tickets are limited but will be available at the door as well.

 

For more information about the Quebe Sisters Band please check out their website at quebesistersband.com.

 

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My Dentist Now Open in Bixby

Story by Greater Tulsa Reporter found on GTRNews.com

Patients looking for a new dentist in Bixby, OK now have a new complete care dental provider option with the opening of a new My Dentist office last week. The new practice in Bixby at 12106 S. Memorial Drive will provide general dental services, cosmetic procedures, and sedation dentistry for the entire family, including specialty services such as Orthodontics, Endodontics and Oral Surgery.

Founded in 1983, My Dentist operates dental offices in Oklahoma, Missouri, and will be launching into Texas in September. Additionally, it operates several locations serving communities similar to Bixby, including Muskogee, Ada, Claremore and Shawnee.

My Dentist’s complete care dentistry approach includes:

· Comprehensive Exam & X-rays. My Dentist’s doctors will personally provide a thorough exam on each patient. Patient comfort is a priority at our dental centers. The doctors will address your concerns and answer any questions you may have, so that you fully understand your treatment options.

· Personalized Treatment. My Dentist takes a comprehensive approach to dental care. Following the initial exam and X-rays, each patient receives a customized treatment plan designed with long-term oral and overall health in mind.

· Complete Preventive Care: My Dentist’s hygiene professionals will thoroughly clean each patient’s teeth and gums. We will provide all patients with the proper tools to prevent oral health problems.

· Variety of options for Tooth Replacement and Cosmetic Procedures. My Dentist offers top of the line dentures and implants, as well as crowns, bridges, Veneers, Invisalign, and Laser Whitening.

· Convenient Appointment Request & Reminder Options. My Dentist utilizes an advanced communication system to make appointment requests and confirmations as convenient as possible for all of our patients via text messaging, emails, and/or personal phone calls. This technology allows our patients the ability to request an appointment through our website, Facebook, and/or Google Places so that patients can receive their care at a time that works best for their schedule.

· Complete Financing Options. Cost shouldn’t prevent patients from getting the dental care they deserve. My Dentist is committed to providing quality, affordable dental care to all patients. We offer a wide range of financing options to all of our patients. We accept all insurance and welcome Soonercare & Medicaid patients. We handle all of the paperwork, saving our patients time and hassle.

“Bixby is a perfect community for…”

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The Crossing Church

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings Found on BixbyBulletin.com

Finding The Crossing may be somewhat challenging as it’s one of four storefront churches in The Cross Creek center between 121st and 131st on Memorial, an area frequently described as “the metal buildings behind Domino’s Pizza.”

Once there, however, a sign greets the visitor with the message, “The messiness of life meets the mystery of God.” What’s that all about?

“I was in Las Vegas before I came here,” says Jeff Henson, pastor of the young church. Since he had once pastored in Glenpool, some Las Vegas friends told him he should meet someone from Bixby, and that someone turned out to be the daughter of Phil Sallee, pastor of New Beginnings Church. The rest is history. Now Henson is in Bixby.

Giving a quick summary of life before Las Vegas, Henson grew up in Owasso and graduated from Mid-American Christian College in Oklahoma City, a basketball player. He was a youth pastor in Glenpool 1999-2005 and in Las Vegas as a pastor 2005-2010. “I had a family ministry and was particularly interested in middle school and high school,” he said. The name of his ministry in Las Vegas was The Crossing, so he brought the name here. “The whole church there offered the DNA for what I’m doing here.”

Henson sees in Bixby a place filled with grace and truth. “I realized what could happen if I created a safe place.”

In Las Vegas, Henson’s ministry was made up of a great array of people, including poker players and strippers. “If we offer them a safe place, God will do his part,” Henson said. “This is like a cup of cold water in the Bible belt.” Henson said there have been times he thought church would be the last place he would invite someone, because he wasn’t sure what they would get. “I understand doubt and criticism. I would work with them and not say this place isn’t for you. We want to create a space of grace, truth and mission. That might be at home or in one of our outreach projects at John 3:16. Sometimes people get truth and grace and don’t get the mission.” His prayer is that people won’t just “go to church,” but will go out into the community and serve.

“We want people to be part of the church community, but we want them to be part of the mission.”

The Crossing has been at Cross Creek for four months. “It’s neat to see lives change and see people find God,” Henson said. “I see people find God who have never known God. We’ve had eight baptisms. People change and walk down another path.”

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Senator Coburn Town Hall

Senator Coburn Town Hall U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. will be holding a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma next week. Dr. Coburn will take questions and address important issues for Oklahoma and the nation at each event.

Tuesday, August 16th 6:00 PM
Tulsa Community College
Performing Arts Center
10300 East 81st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133

“I encourage everyone to attend and participate in these town halls. These settings give me an important opportunity to hear directly from the Oklahomans I am representing, and they provide a chance for Oklahomans to hear my views on current legislation in Congress,” said Dr. Coburn.