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3 Contents February Tulsa s Ethnic Churches FEATURES 6 Illegals Go Home! 18 God Directs Every Step - Cancer Treatment Center 20 The Perfect Valentine Gift - Woodhouse Spa COMMUNITY KIDS 14 Get Your Child on Track for Reading Success COLUMNS 22 Randy Cowell 24 HuddleUp - Fellowship of Christian Athletes LOVING HOME 38 The Dangers that Lurk Below Your Floor COMMUNITIES OF SPIRIT 40 Owasso s Super Adoption Family PETS Pet Corner 46 Preacher s Pets COVER: A big thank you to our fantastic Cover Kids for this month. From front to back, Brianna Deemy, Shawn Chen and Laurita Rodriguez. You guys are wonderful! PUBLISHER & EDITOR Tom McCloud GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ben Allen PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTO EDITOR Don Kreutzweiser SALES MANAGER Paul Aelmore SALES Don Sands CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Paul of Tulsa, Randy Cowell, Anna D. Wright, Paul Aelmore TULSA SALES OFFICE KWHB TV-47 Office Building 8835 S. Memorial, Tulsa, OK phone: (918) fax: (918) DISTRIBUTION Community Spirit is distributed to churches, schools, restaurants, Christian bookstores, and other businesses. Call us today to deliver to your church. Community Spirit is published monthly by McCloud Media. Claims by advertisers and the opinions of writers within this publication do not necessarily represent the views of Community Spirit or its publisher, Equipment Publications, Inc. Copyright 2008 by Equipment Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. Philippians 2:1-2 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Our Mission: To glorify God by telling stories of individual Christians whose good works testify to God s active presence in Oklahoma. Through the telling of these true stories, we pray Christians will be inspired to do more good works, the Body of Christ will be unified and all will hear the Good News that God offers everyone an abundant new life in Jesus. 4 Community Spirit January 2008

4 Illegals, Go Home! Oklahoma is in the head lines. Recently passing what is being called the toughest immigration legislation in the country, we are leading the charge in a protest against a seemingly unstoppable flow of illegal aliens across the Mexican border. In the 80s and 90s, we needed them. We said we wanted them here to do those jobs Ameri cans didn t want to do, but our econo my quickly got hooked on the euphoria of cheap labor. From construction projects and landscaping jobs, to restaurants and janitorial services, giving illegals an opportunity to work here kept prices down and raised the profitability of our companies. For those reasons, we turned our heads from the illegal part of our description of them. But as their numbers increased, so did their drain on our resources. We reached for the spickett to turn down the flow, only to find there was no shut off valve. Like water spilling over a dike, there seemed to be no way to stop it. As our hospitals have become over whelmed by uninsured Hispanic patients, public schools are burdened with large numbers of non-english speaking children, and parts of our cities become largely Hispanic, citizens across the South have grown more and more enraged. Enough so, that immigration reform is proving to be a major issue in the 2008 Presidential campaign. Fixing the mess is tougher than we anticipated. After 20 years of working here, many of these workers have settled in. They have made a life here, have raised or are raising a family here. Their children, many whom are US citizens, know no other life. Returning to Mexico would be like moving to a foreign, Third World country. As tougher laws are enforced to get control of the situation, the Church is placed in an uncomfortable dilemma. Where does our responsibility to follow the laws of our government stop and our calling to reach out to aliens in Christian love begin? And, as our society shows more and more prejudice toward these people, how are we taught to react? A Tough Legal Stance Oklahoma has recently passed the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizens Protection Act of The new law makes it a felony for any person to knowingly harbor or transport illegal aliens. It is punish- able by imprisonment for not less than one year and a fine of not less than $ It restricts access to identification such as driver s licenses and it denies government benefits to ille- gal immigrants except in medical emergen- cies. It also expands state and local police authority to enforce federal immigration law and to deny bail to illegal immigrants arrested on felony or DWI charges. Author of the House Bill 1804, Representative Randy Terrill said. For too long, our nation and our state have looked the other way and ignored a growing illegal immigration crisis. Oklahoma s working families should not be forced to subsidize illegal immigration. He believes passage of the bill will end that burden on our citizens. The passage of the law has scared many of Tulsa s Hispanics into moving to other states. Hispanic churches and businesses have seen marked decreases and contractors are reporting long delays in work schedules as they find it difficult to hire enough laborers. The Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce estimates that between 15,000 and 25,000 Hispanic immigrants have left the city in the last few months and Hispanic religious leaders say they have seen their congregations reduced roughly by half. The undocumented workers remaining in Tulsa say they are genuinely scared, afraid the police will knock at their door in the middle of the night and deport them, with or without their families. Such enforcement does not appear to be happening. Instead Sheriff Stanley Glanz explained they are only going after criminal illegal aliens and that they are not randomly stopping people to check documentation. However, The Oklahoman did report that The Tulsa County sheriff s office is the only law enforcement agency in the state to have officers trained to enforce federal immigration laws and that it has detained and helped to deport more than 1,000 illegal immigrants since July. They say arrests made by Tulsa County Sheriff s deputies have resulted in a decline in the jail population of about seven percent, or 100 inmates. 6 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 7

5 The Church s Role in Immigration If a stranger lives with you in your land, do not molest him. You must count him as one of your own countrymen and love him as yourself for you were once strangers yourself in Egypt. (Lev.19: 32-34). Julian Rodriquez, Pastor of the Iglesias Eficaz Assembly of God weeps as he talks about the other side of Oklahoma s new law. He feels abandoned by the Republican Party and worse, by the Church. Overwhelmed by what he describes as a sudden explosion of persecution and prejudice, he explains that for years Hispanics were invisible. Now, we are visibly not welcome. His comments uncover a painful thought. If we are prejudiced, are we letting that prejudice push us into supporting more stringent laws or are the laws an excuse to be more prejudiced? Although we are taught to follow the laws of the land, where does that responsibility end and love begin? Julian is a US citizen. He came to America at the age of 13. The eldest son of migrant workers, he has seen his share of prejudice. But as tensions have increased over the illegal immigration issue, he feels more persecution than ever before. People, even people in the Church, assume I am illegal. His church has lost over 25 percent of its members since. So many, that Julian now has to teach school to make ends meet. But more than the loss of members, he grieves for those who have left, who may never go to church again. These people have invested their lives here. Many of their children are citizens. Now picture the scene. Dad goes out to the grocery one night and never returns. He is arrested and deported. The family is stranded here without any means of support and he is now in a place where the wages are too low to even think of sending money to his family left alone in America. Victor Orta, Pastor at El Pueblo de Dios Baptist Church explains that the new law strikes against the values we hold dearly as Christians. We believe in the family, but the apprehension of the bread winner is causing the separation of families. In a heartfelt pastoral letter, Catholic Bishop Edward J. Slattery addressed his belief that immigration is a moral issue. Let me remind you that for Christians, the question of immigration is not simply a social, political or an economic issue; it is also a moral issue because it impacts on the well being of millions of our neighbors. And because it is a moral issue, it must be examined in the light of our faith in Jesus Christ, Who clearly commands us to welcome the stranger, for what you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me. (Matthew 25:40) He calls our current national immigration policy schizophrenic and he hopes for its complete overhaul. We post a no-trespassing sign at the border, and spend $30 billion dollars (since 1993) to blockade those who would cross, but then we erect a Help Wanted sign at the factory entrance and eagerly accept the benefits that come from the labor of these illegals. To his flock, he states unequivocally that he will not be bound by this law. Our faith calls us to serve those in need with the same prompt response and the same generous love that we would show Christ Himself were He to come before us sick or tired or in need. When it becomes a crime to love the poor and serve their needs, then I will be the first to go to jail for this crime and I pray that every priest and every deacon in this diocese will have the courage to walk with me into that prison. He pledges continued equal accessibility to all Catholic programs, legal resources to those who need help in establishing or maintaining their legal residence and establishing legal documentation, and foster care for the children of deported parents. Finally, he promises to continue incessant prayer for an end to the inhumane treatment of immigrants and their families. Final Publisher s Note: This is a disturbing issue. We offer no solutions, but do encourage you to consider the real lives impacted by every decision on the matter. May we examine our own hearts, loving and reaching out to all with Christian love, no matter the color of their skin or the origin of their birth. Community Spirit February 2008

6 B r i d g i n g E t h n i c D i v i d e s by Tara Lynn Thompson How can the church reach immigrants with the message of Jesus Christ? The Apostle Paul faced this issue. He shared the gospel with people different from his own, different from him. You might even call them foreign. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I Corinthians 9:20-22 (NIV) According to the 2006 Census Bureau estimate, immigrants now comprisie 5.2 percent of the Tulsa population. These different people, those different from you, in fact, you might even call them foreign, are choosing to move here. Sharing the gospel has never been easy. It has it s own set of obstacles timing, willingness, opportunity among a few. Sometimes you don t even speak the same language, figuratively and literally. The majority do not speak any English at all, said Irena Cheveleva, program manager and accredited immigration counselor for the YWCA Tulsa Multicultural Center, concerning Russian immigrants. They must learn how to survive in this country. The Russians aren t the only ethnic group struggling just to communicate. Most Vietnamese immigrants, especially the older generation, cannot communicate well, if at all, in English, said Senior Pastor Linh K. Le, Tulsa Vietnamese Baptist Church. Immigrants are increasing in numbers. From 2000 to 2006, the legal immigrant population increased by 31.1 percent, compared to the trailing 3.6 percent increase of native-born citizens. Immigrants from Mexico, Vietnam, China, Iran, the Soviet Union, and more, are making Tulsa home. Who are they exactly? What do the churches need to know about them? And most importantly, how can the Christian community in Tulsa reach them? First, you must understand their core concerns, explained Pastor Mohammad Sepehr, Iranian Pastor for the Victory Iranian Church. Many immigrants are fighting the culture clash war inside their own home. Parents are holding to their native culture, their children many born in America are absorbing the culture around them. We want to introduce their heart to each other, said Pastor Sepehr. The Iranian Church is trying to be a window to see what their children are, what they have, what they think. Also, we are trying to be a window to the children to see the heart of their parents. The generational gap isn t only a misunderstanding in age, it is a misunderstanding between worlds. Parents want to keep the Vietnamese culture, agreed Pastor Le, of the Vietnamese Baptist Church, who grew up in Vietnam, immigrating to America in But the parents are so busy working, they are not teaching the children to speak Vietnamese fluently. We call that generation a banana because outside they are yellow but inside white. They look Vietnamese on the outside but are American inside. Reaching these families, however, won t happen by simply inviting them to church or exposing them to ministry, a sermon, or a worship service. The language barrier isn t the largest obstacle. I talk with their language, said Pastor Sepehr, who heads a church of approximately 500 Iranian families and sends a television broadcast to 20 million viewers in Iran. It s not just in words, but the heart language, the Islamic heart language. Pastor Sepehr was raised Islamic, living in Mashhad, the holy city of Iran. He converted to Christianity in his late teen years and immigrated to America. For this reason, I know Islam. I know what they think. I explain Christianity in an Islamic way, he 10 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 11

7 said. It is important for the church to understand the culture of the ethnic group they are trying to reach. Otherwise, much is lost in translation. They respond to love, to friendship. Become a friend to them, said Pastor Le, concerning the approximate 3,000 Vietnamese population in Tulsa. Let them know they can trust you, know you care for them. It is not just trying to convert them. They must see the love you have for them. It is in behavior, in action, in showing a concern for them, that people respond, people of any ethnic group. Some Christians know Jesus but do not live like Jesus, said Father Jose Briones, head of the Hispanic 20/20 or it s FREE! ministry at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, with a population of approximately 500 Hispanic families. Sometimes we talk about the Gospel but do not practice the Gospel The Catholic Church is a universal church and the body of Christ (the church) is working hard to make the Hispanic Community feel protected. It s about acceptance of who they are, said interim Pastor Bobby Leonard, Tulsa International Baptist Church, concerning the Chinese population in Tulsa. We need to love them as who they are and not look at them as foreigners. They need Jesus Christ also. 12 Community Spirit February 2008 February January 2008 Community Spirit 13 13

8 GET YOUR CHILD ON TRACK I nation s Is your child struggling to develop basic reading skills? If so, you re not alone. By the latest estimates, as many as 40 percent of the nation s 4th graders aren t reading at grade level. Fortunately, many schools are now emphasizing phonemic awareness in their reading instruction, particularly for young children. Yet parents should still be highly alert for signs that their children are struggling. As noted in Why Kids Can t Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education, by Phyllis Blaunstein and Reid Lyon, here are some signs that a child may be in trouble: Great difficulty in understanding that words are made up of individual sounds that can be pulled apart and combined to make words: for example, that batboy can be pulled apart into bat and boy and that the word bat can be broken down still further and sounded out as: b aaaa t; Struggling to read and sound-out common, FOR READING SUCCESS By Dr. Raymond J. Huntington one-syllable words, such as dog, cat, hop, nap. frequently mispronouncing complicated words, leaving out parts of words or confusing the order of the parts of words, saying amulium instead of aluminum, for example; Stumbling when reading multi-syllable words, without coming close when trying to sound out the full word; Omitting parts of words when reading, so that it sounds as if there s a hole in the word, reading convertible as conible, for example; Poor performance on multiple choice tests, and an inability to finish tests on time; Disastrous spelling skills. Signs of Effective Reading Instruction If your child is experiencing these problems, it s important to look closely at the reading instruction he or she is receiving. Here are the qualities of sound, proven instruction for phonemic awareness: Children are learning the sounds of language, and teachers are helping them practice with sounds that make up words. Children are learning how to put sounds together to make up words, and how to break words apart into separate sounds. Center Director, Kristin Graves helps a student set new goals of achievement. Kristin says it very rewarding to see the improvements the students make at Huntington. Some parents often say that the program has given their kids new hope for the future and in the process has profoundly and positively affected their family life. Finding Huntington can be a monumental thing for many students. As one Huntington parent exclaimed, My son s love for learning and his self esteem has been restored. Children are learning the letters of the alphabet, and can recognize the names and shapes of letters. Children s teachers are reading to the class and talking about what the students are reading. Children are learning phonics how sounds and letters are related and practicing phonics by reading books that focus on the letter-sound relationships they re learning. Children are being asked questions to help them think about the meaning of what they re reading, and are learning the meanings of new words. Children are learning to expand their vocabulary by using the dictionary, using known words and word parts to figure out words, and using clues from the rest of a sentence to better understand the meaning of words. Teachers are checking to see if students understand what they re reading by asking questions about the story or the material. Dr. Raymond J. Huntington is co-founder of Huntington Learning Center, which has helped children achieve success in school for 30 years. For more information about how Huntington can help your child, call CAN LEARN. 14 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 15

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10 patient in a wheelchair and praying for her. I thought to myself, Where can you go to get that? When I went back to work, I called my daughter and told her I wanted to go to CTCA for my treatment. After working out the details in a matter of days, Sharon began scans and tests at CTCA. The hardest part of the entire experience for me was the MRI, because I am claustrophobic, said Sharon. During the scan I kept thinking If Jesus died on the cross for me, I can do this for 20 minutes. I felt His closeness during the whole MRI and the whole treatment process. He was right there with me. Sharon continued to work during her treatment, which included chemotherapy and five days of twice-a-day TomoTherapy HI-ART radiation treatment. She only missed one day of work because her body ached from the chemotherapy. To help with the ache and other side effects of chemo, she met with one of the six CTCA naturopathic practitioners, who recommended certain supplements to help. In addition to God s leading and the care she received at CTCA, Sharon also credits her supportive husband, faithful family and friends, encouraging church family and attentive coworkers for strengthening her throughout her cancer journey. I couldn t have asked for a better place to work, added Sharon, who works at Exterran, a gas processing plant in Broken Arrow. During my Tomo- Therapy, I would have the first treatment appointment of the morning, go back to work, and then have my second treatment late in the afternoon. Currently, Sharon has follow-up appointments every three months to check her blood counts. She has become a big advocate of telling people to get their yearly physicals. When Dwain and I lost our business, I put off my mammogram appointment, she said. Looking back, if I would have kept that appointment, my cancer may have been detected a lot earlier. Now I tell everyone I meet to go to the doctor on a regular basis and listen to your body if something doesn t seem right. No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results. God Directs Every Step Broken Arrow Woman Experiences Many Blessings During Her Cancer Journey S Sharon Boren, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, knows God directs every step of her walk. She especially experienced His leading through her diagnosis and treatment of stage two breast cancer. It had been a rough year for the mother of four and grandmother of two in 2006 Sharon and her husband of 39 years, Dwain, lost their family-owned business. To make ends meet, Sharon returned to the corporate world. Through a tip from a friend, she was able to land a temporary position as an administrative assistant within one day the first of God s many blessings laced 18 Community Spirit February 2008 throughout her cancer journey. After six months she was offered a full-time position with full health benefits. Just three months later, on Dec. 16, 2006, she felt a lump in her breast. Since the birth of her second grandson was expected within a few days, she decided not to tell her children about the lump. But she did make an appointment with her primary care physician that week; he confirmed what she had feared. The birth of my grandson was another special blessing during that time he kept my mind off my cancer diagnosis, Sharon confessed. Sharon was soon scheduled for surgery at a Tulsa hospital, but prior to the operation, she decided to purchase a wig at the TLC Salon at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). When I walked into CTCA, everything felt just right, said Sharon. It s hard to explain, but it just felt wonderful. While waiting for my wig, I noticed an employee wheeling a Diagnostic Services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America: The team of doctors and technologists at CTCA utilize the latest in diagnostic innovations to locate and eradicate cancer. The Diagnostic Imaging Services department provides a complete array of diagnostic and treatment resources 24-hour, 7-day-a-week all under one roof. These services include screening and diagnostic tools such as: Mammography MRI Virtual colonoscopy Bone densitometry (Dual Engery X-ray Absorptiometry) Computed Tomography (CT) PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography with CT) Nuclear Medicine TheraSphere (Interal Radiation Liver Tumor Ablation) Ultrasound Guided Interventional Procedure Intraoperative Ultrasound Radiofrequency Ablation liver, bone, renal, lung To learn more about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, visit February 2008 Community Spirit 19

11 It s Time to Relax we have the perfect Valentine s idea for you. If Christmas, the ice storm, and the hustle of the New Year have put a stressful wedge between you and your Valentine, Woodhouse Day Spa is a perfect solution. A trip to The Woodhouse is like taking a luxurious mini-vacation without even having to pack a suitcase. Put away any preconceived notions of this being inappropriate or embarrassing. In fact, this just may be the most relaxing time you could spend together. The Woodhouse is an experience you both will talk about for a long time. From the moment you step into the beautifully decorated entrance, the soft light and soothing music begin to melt away months of stress. You will be immediately greeted by professionally trained staff members, people you will like and It is the perfect Valentine gift. who will set you at ease. No matter which of the long list of treatments you are there to enjoy, you can be assured you will be treated like royalty. As soon as you slip into one of the ultra-soft, fluffy robes and sit back to be pampered by the renowned Woodhouse hospitality, you will understand why Woodhouse Day Spa was recently voted the #1 Day Spa by the national Day Spa Magazine. Highly trained technicians follow detailed procedures to ensure even the most modest client always feels comfortable. State-of-the-art therapies are as relaxing as they are healing. The Woodhouse Day Spa is located in The Consortium at 3509 S. Peoria and is owned by Caroline and Lamar Garrett. Their daughter-inlaw started the first Woodhouse Spa in Victoria, Texas. Now, 27 franchises have opened mainly across the southern and northeastern states. Though many people come by themselves, the spa is a fun place for friends or couples to go together. After enjoying a soothing massage or other treatment, clients often enjoy spending time talking in one of the private quiet areas. Caroline and Lamar Garrett are the owners of Tulsa s Woodhouse Spa. After selling franchises for Woodhouse Spas Corporation, they happened to come to Tulsa and immediately fell in love with the people and the town. After praying about it, they packed up and made Tulsa The Woodhouse staff can even serve meals for you and your guests. It is the perfect Valentine gift. A printable gift certificate is available online at woodhousespas.com or you may come by the spa to purchase a gift card. A 60-minute couple s Swedish massage is available for as little as $140. When you come, plan on staying for a while. Once you are settled in at The Woodhouse, you won t want to leave. their new home. It is a beautiful city. We love it here and we love our staff as well. We have a great, young staff and having the right team makes it a pleasure to come to work everyday, Caroline explained. woodhouse Day Spa is located at 3509 S. Peoria, Suite 250. Their hours are Mon, wed, fri, Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Tue, Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm After enjoying spas all across the country, the Garrett s are enjoying implementing the best ideas into their own spa. Lamar emphasizes that spas aren t for sissies. I hunt and I fish, but I also have facials. I am hooked on feeling good and taking care of myself. We choose wellness. We have decided we are worth that, Lamar said. Obviously, the Garretts aren t the only ones hooked on spas. Spas are one of the nation s fastest growing industries and new locations are springing up all across the country. 20 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 21

12 Take Five Giant Steps Toward Retirement r a n d y c o w e l l, m s, l u t c f, c f p, c s a Research on retirement planning tells us that most Americans spend more time planning their week-long vacation than they spend planning what could amount to a decade or longer retirement. For a week in November Americans celebrated National Retirement Planning week. If you happen to have misplaced that post-it note that had the memo Plan my retirement, here are five steps that you should take sooner rather than later. Step 1: Set a retirement date and a retirement income goal. It is amazing to me how many of my financial-planning clients at our first planning session have no definite retirement age in mind. Even more disturbing, they have no idea what retirement income they will receive when they retire. Whether your idea of retirement is continued part-time employment, cutting back to just a few hours, or complete retirement, setting a goal will be your first step toward achieving a satisfactory result. Once you have determined your projected retirement age, then you must determine the amount of income you would like to have when that fateful day finally arrives. Compare your estimated need with the amount of your anticipated income. This number will be derived from all sources such as Social Security, Government, Railroad, and private pension(s). Included in the income will be interest and dividends from all investments. Be careful not to get carried away here. Use a modest interest rate such as 4 to 5 percent. Remember, you do have the luxury of changing your mind. Step 2: Take an inventory and know your assets and liabilities. Simply stated, you need to know what you own and what you owe. The formula to determine this is: Assets minus liabilities equals your net worth, (assets-liabilities=net worth.) For some, this will be an alarming number, especially if you are still carrying a mortgage. Step 3: Understand your health and medical benefits prior to retirement. This topic is best illustrated by a story about one of my dearest clients. Let s call him Fred. One day Fred phoned my office with some exciting news. He was A C T Financial Services, Inc. going to take early retirement! I normally don t like raining on someone s parade but in this case I had no choice. You see, Fred was 62 years old and his company health insurance would allow him to extend his medical benefits for an additional 18 months. This would result in him and his wife Ethel having no insurance coverage for 18 months. After confirming these facts with his employer, Fred decided to work another 18 months. Now Fred and Ethel are happily retired and on Medicare. The lesson to be learned here is to always ask questions and then verify the answers you get with a third party. Step 4: Consider the effects of a long-term illness in your planning scenarios. As I put the final touches on this article I am sitting in the Memphis International Airport waiting for my flight back to Tulsa. My wife s mom became ill and had to be admitted to the hospital there. While we don t know her future plans, what her health prognosis is or what her future living arrangements will be, we can look forward to the future with confidence knowing there is a long-term care policy ready to provide the necessary funding. Step 5: Reevaluate your risk tolerances. With many Americans still feeling the effects of the last bear market, take steps to reduce your exposure to the market. There are proven strategies and new financial products available that can insulate you from market volatility. When discussing retirement planning, there is no more appropriate scripture than the one found in Mark 14:28. It offers an interesting perspective on retirement planning. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying that this fellow began to build and was not able to finish. Will you be able to finish your retirement with style or will you be dependent upon someone else? As a child we played a game called Simon Says. Now as adults we are no longer getting instructions from Simon to take five steps forward. Retirement planning is certainly no laughing matter. Make a decision today to take five GIANT steps to ensure a secure and prosperous retirement. Dr. Marc Abel Dr. J. Harley Galusha Experts in Laser Vision Correction! 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13 sisters and me. He showed us how to work hard, sacrifice and live a Christian life. I made a personal decision to follow Christ when I was 14 and since then, God has always been faithful to me. But a few years ago, I felt convicted that I was not teaching others about Jesus. Soon afterward, God opened the door for me to help with FCA and to teach Sunday school at my church, he explained. The Coweta Huddle meets every week. The Junior High boys meet on Wednesdays and the Senior High boys meet each Thursday. They have a short devotional and often have a guest speaker. FCA has a list of various speakers we can draw from and also, we have many mature Christian teachers in our school who are great to help out. We normally have an ice breaker to get started. The kids love to play games. But what the kids seem to like best is just to have the chance to talk about real life issues. We have a question and answer time and especially the older kids love to share practical ways to avoid some of the typical high school problems, Darron explained. If you ever get a chance to meet with these great kids, be prepared. It is quite an experience to huddle up with Tigers. HUDDLING UP WITH TIGERS TThere s something exciting going on at Coweta High School. They just came off a successful football season, making it to the playoffs and finishing 3 rd in their division. Its fun to win, but there is another, bigger reason for the excitement. Like something from the script of the movie Facing the Giants, the team came together in a unique way this year, mainly around a common faith in Jesus. During a special Fields of Faith event in October, over 20 athletes committed their lives to serving Christ. In doing so, they learned that It s the last big game you don t want to lose, explained the Offensive Line Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Darron Hummingbird. growing in their faith and are seeing what it is like to live a life for Christ. Many of them also attend a special team Chapel before each game. The group has continually grown since Darron started the FCA Huddle 4 years ago. Though he was not involved in FCA during his high school and college playing days, he saw the need for Coweta to have a program and he met with Chris Kaiser (Area Director) to find out how to get started. Working with his wife, Toby (Coweta s Junior High Track and High School Cross Country Coach) and his cousin, Brian Hummingbird (Boys Track and High School Assistant Football Coach), Darron has watched Sponsored by: It s the last big game you don t want to lose. Throughout the season, a growing number of the boys began attending the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle. Through hearing speakers and discussing real life problems and issues, they are the group grow from only a handful to many mornings of over 50 kids. Darron sees working with FCA as a calling on his life. I grew up in a Christian home. My father is a minister and was a great example for my 24 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 2 5

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17 We Christians are advised in the scriptures to be as well as popular movies. But becoming a trend commonly ask her what they can do at home to help remains rather low-key about these accomplishments. the salt of the earth. Like salt we are to add God s means it must also be appealing to an open inter- their children become better dancers. Daphne says, Cindy emphasized, the most important thing to them good flavor to the earth and to preserve His ways dur- est in the people. What are Christians doing in this The best thing a parent can do is move the furniture as parents, as well as to their daughter, Madison, is ing our days here. For centuries Christian influence was area? How is it affecting the way they live at home? out of the way and give the child space to dance free- connecting dance with worship to enrich her spiritual felt in the fine arts. Today, we still enjoy and feel some This month, and next month, I will be presenting ly. Letting them become comfortable using their body walk, and using her gifts to glorify the Lord. What a impact from the refined music, paintings, literature, to you some delightful Christians who are making to express themselves. Not worrying about form special way to open the gates for the Lord to pour His dances, and more, that came rooms for the technique will come with time and practice. Give them presence into your worship time at home! out of that Christian influence dancers at home. First, freedom to connect their spirit with dance when they How can you set aside some space to sing and decades even centuries ago. let me introduce you to are little to love and feel it spiritually. One of my dance freely before the Lord? Don t you love the idea I have a sweet, joyful passion Daphne Tardibono who main themes as an interior decorator is, creating inte- of not worrying about form or technique, but just for the fine arts. Do you? If owns Dove Dance, and riors to enrich our lives actually that is the motto for flowing with your spirit in worship before the Lord? so, I think you will enjoy hear- to one of her students, my design firm. So, I had to ask, Daphne, how have Here are a few tips to help you get started. Not ing about some Christians in Madison Pride. some of your students set up practice areas at home. everyone can set aside an entire room for dancing, so our area who are shaking their Last September at Her answer led me to a delightful discovery. She told think in terms of creating a multi-purpose space. Use Christian salt into the arts, and Victory Christian Cen- me about John and Cindy Pride and their daughter, baskets creatively. Put magazines in baskets, and dis- who are letting God pour his ter, I attended the ballet Madison Pride. At age three, Madison started danc- play other accessories in ways that make them presence into their creative wor- Hiding Place about ing. As her interest in dance grew, her parents have easier to put into those baskets if you need to move a ship time with Him at home Corrie Ten Boom s life. been totally supportive. Madison s mom, Cindy, coffee table aside. Look for alternate ways to arrange through the arts. They are also That was my first expo- helped design a special small room in their home for lamp cords. Sometimes a simple extension cord can using their homes in unique ways sure to Dove Dance. her dancing. This room has become a special space practically work miracles. Try creating a tighter to perfect their creative skills. They hosted the perfor- where Madison practices and spends quality time seating arrangement at one end of a room to free up Couples are building up loving mance by the visiting worshiping and dancing before the Lord as well. flexible dancing space at the other end of the room. relationships by sharing activities Ballet Magnificat dance Twelve-year-old Madison calls it her groovy room Then put easy to move, or fold-up types of furnish- like practicing ballroom dancing together at home. Do troupe, and performed at the pre-show. and enjoys taking friends there for girl-talk, girl- ings in that flexible space. Next month you will meet you know any folks like that? I d love to hear about A few days ago when I spoke to Dove Dance time, and of course, dancing. Madison s dedication some folks who are using interior spaces and dance to them. owner, Daphne Tardibono, her love for both classi- to dance and excellence have already begun to flow build loving relationships at home, and some sprightly Nationally, interest in structured formal dance cal dance forms, as well as being a Godly influence beautifully back into her life. She performed in Dino s seniors who are dancing to bring joy to shut-ins. as an art form is on the rise. In part that is probably in them, generated a warm inner glow in her voice. Christmas show in Branson last year, and in the Nut- There are many ways for us to flavor the earth for our due to recent television shows featuring dance contests, Daphne said, as a dance teacher, parents cracker this December in Tulsa. However, the family Lord. There are times and places for bold chili-pep- 32 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 33

18 per evangelism. There are times and places for being that gentle salt-like influence through the fine arts. It is all worthwhile, it is all good for God. I m exploring the idea of starting a group interested in promoting Godly influence in the fine arts, and in attending those events. I m very interested in your feedback, so please feel free to write, phone or send with your thoughts or useful information. You can create living spaces that give you places to enjoy worshiping freely in song, dance, prayer, and sweet fellowship with your Lord that build you up and enrich your relationships. Then you can flavor the world around you with the sweetness of Christ in a variety of ways. I hope this month and next month to encourage you to explore fresh new HELP WANTED EXPERIENCED FULL TIME SALES REPRESENTATIVE Base, Commission & Benefits Some Established Accounts Enjoyable Work Environment Don t Just Work Join Us in Making a Difference! Community Spirit ways to do so. Anna D. Wright is an IDS Associate with Genesis Design Group, LLC. She specializes in home and community interior design, construction and remodel plan and management, and Genesis-Style Design Seminars. She can be reached at , anna_d_ or by fax Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 35

19 Stop Feeding the Cat It s Mice Season! Scientists call them Mus Muscaulus Linnaeus, but we just call them nasty! They can squeeze through an opening no bigger than a pencil lead, yet do damage like a varmint ten times their size. If you see one in your house, you no doubt have many more. Here s why Your defense? 1. Keep em out by eliminating all possible entrance from outside. 2. Set traps or bait them with poison. 3. Borrow a very hungry cat. 4. Call Arrow Exterminating. They are experts at winning this battle. Member Chamber of Commerce Fully Insured MARK CLOSE ROOFING & CONSTRUCTION, INC. SINCE 1988 RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL ALL TYPES OF SHINGLES CONKLIN FOAM ROOF SYSTEMS WOOD SHAKES METAL ROOF RESTORATIONS WOOD TO COMP CONVERSIONS COATINGS 85% REFLECTIVE ROOF VENTILATION SYSTEMS SINGLE PLYS HOT TAR, MODIFIED NEW CONSTRUCTION Factory Certified Installation Up to 50 Year Non-Prorated Warranties BARTLESVILLE ROOF TOLL FREE TULSA R e a l l y? H o w d Y a F i g u r e t h a t? 781,250 Mice?? k The rate of growth is given by: Nt=RtN0 T = time (generation in this case) Nt = population at time t R = rate of growth (5 in this example) N0 = size of original population At the eight generation, the two mice and all their offspring will total N8 = 58*2 = *2= mice. A special THANK YOU to Huntington Learning Center for helping us do the math. They mature sexually in only 35 days. Pregnancy lasts only 19 days and the litter size is 5 to 8. They have about 8 litters per year. So one pair can pump out over 60 a year. That means, uncontrolled and given enough food and water, one pair could exponentially turn into approximately 781,250 Mice in one year! They usually only live a year, but can live up to 6 years. They have keen senses except for sight (Three Blind Mice). They are colorblind, can only see about 6 feet and are blind at birth. They will nest in dark out of the way areas, but they prefer nesting within 5 feet of their food source. They will feed 2 times a day, usually on grains or seeds, but will eat almost anything. 36 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 37

20 T h e D a n g e r s T h a t L u r k B e l o w Y o u r F l o o r It can be downright nasty down there damp, musty, dark and the perfect place for spiders, snakes and many other varmints you don t want to think about. If your house is on a concrete slab, you don t have to worry about this article. But if you have a crawl space, that airspace between your floors and the soil, read further. We need to alert you about the dirtiest, if not the most dangerous part of your house. The crawl space is there to provide access for you to work on the plumbing or wiring. It is also supposed to act as a buffer of air keeping the wood part of the floor away Before from directly touching the soil. But the reality is, it does a poor job of protecting the wood from moisture. Secondly, since this space is vented, cold, hot and damp air is pulled into the crawl space and eventually rises up through your flooring, increasing your heating and cooling bills and potentially bringing mold spores and other allergens right into your living room. Now you may be thinking, What s the problem? Haven t people been living in this house for 50 years or more? Well, they have, but the house wasn t 50 years old when they were living there. Now, the house can have 50 year-old problems and you are the one living above them. We live in the 21 st century and you don t have to put up with yesterday s problems even if you are living in a older home. A respected local company is now offering a solution to this antique crawl space problem. ESPO Construction, known for being the guys to call when you have had fire or water damage is also helping people clean up the crawl spaces of their homes. Armed with some new technology, they can turn that musty crawl space into a clean, dry area you can even use for storage. The product they use is called the CleanSpace System. It has been developed by Basement Systems, the world leader in dry basement technology. With CleanSpace, you no longer have to worry about the critters, condensation and mold. By isolating your home from the earth underneath it, ESPO can reduce or, in most cases, eliminate mold growth, rot and critters from your crawl space and make your whole house healthier. A specialized liner is carefully cut and installed to cover the soil and walls, cleanly separating your floor from the soil. Often they will install drainage systems and a dehumidifier to keep the space free from moisture. After The area ends up being so clean, the ESPO technicians install the liner in their sock feet. The cost of this state-of-the-art system is a little less than $10,000 for a typical 1500 square foot crawlspace. Goodbye nastiness. Say hello to a clean, dry, healthy, and even practical crawl space. ESPO Construction Company, Inc. is Tulsa s oldest building restoration company. Since 1983, they have responded to help people and businesses rebuild from disasters such as those resulting in fire and water damage. John Esposito, the company s founder and president explains that what they provide is more than products and services. They are able to truly minister to people who have nearly reached their emotional breaking point. We are the first step toward rebuilding their lives and we do everything we can to help them get through the problems, he said. John is excited about being able to offer the CleanSpace product. We are experts at helping people get through disasters, but this product allows us to help them avoid a disaster. Whether we are responding to a disaster or installing a CleanSpace System, we treat our customers like family. They become our friends, John explained. For more information about the CleanSpace System or about ESPO Construction, you can visit their website at or call them at Photos provided by: Publishing Resources, Inc. 38 Community Spirit February 2008 February 2008 Community Spirit 39

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