Ministry Stories

Ordination of Graham Alan Marsh

On December 7th, at All Souls', Oklahoma City, the Rev. Graham Alan Marsh was ordained.

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Grace, Ponca City in Veterans Day Parade

Our youth carried banners, passed out candy, and many parishioners rode on the float!

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Surayya Anne Foundation

Being part of the gala was a ray of hope in a week of darkness.

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Celebration of New Ministry of the Rev. Erin Jean Warde

Bishop Ed celebrated with the people of St. Luke's, Ada an energetic and joyful service!

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Love Thy Neighbor

St. David’s, Oklahoma City representatives were among the crowd who attended a prayer vigil.

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All Saints’ Miami Celebrates 100 Years

All Saints’ Episcopal Church celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a three-day event!

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The Little Church That Could

At the Church of the Holy Cross in Owasso, we like to call ourselves "the little church that could".

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All Saints' Sunday at St. Matthew's, Sand Springs

All Saints Sunday was a very special Holy Day for Saint Matthew's, Sand Springs, this year.

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Building Celebration

St. Anselm of Canterbury celebrated the beginning of a new chapter of ministry on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

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Planned Giving Workshop

The Diocese held a one-day planned giving workshop on Saturday, October 20th at St. Crispin’s Conference Center and Camp.

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St. John's OKC 100th Anniversary

The people of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City celebrated their 100 year anniversary as a congregation on Sunday, September 30th.

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Grace Church Members Attend Justin Boyd's Ordination

Several members of Grace Church, Ponca City, attended Justin Boyd's Ordination on September 15th.

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St. Patrick’s Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage

St. Patrick’s Youth (S.P.Y.) recently returned from a Civil Rights Pilgrimage which took us through seven states where we visited museums and sites pertaining to civil rights.

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Grace Church, Ponca City Annual Mass on the Grass

By Grace Church, Ponca City Grace Church, Ponca City, had the annual "Mass on the Grass" at the Evans Picnic Grounds on Sunday, September 16th.

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Native American Sunday

By St. Thomas Episcopal, Pawhuska On August 26th, St. Thomas Episcopal, Pawhuska, gathered to celebrate Native American Sunday honoring all native peoples and in respect for the ministry of David Pendleton Oakerhater (Making Medicine), Deacon of the Episcopal Church.

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St. Crispin’s Cook-Off and Dedication

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma “Mmmmm that smells so good!!” The words above seemed to be the mantra at this past Saturday’s St. Crispin’s Cook-Off and Dedication. We had an incredible turnout for the second-annual St. Crispin’s Cook-Off, which included the dedic...

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125 Years in Enid

By St. Matthew's, Enid On September 17, 1893, within 24 hours of the opening of the Cherokee Strip, the Right Reverend Frances Key Brooke, Episcopal Missionary Bishop to Oklahoma and The Indian Territories, conducted the first church service in Enid by celebrating the Holy...

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Ordination of Spencer Wade Brown and Justin Andrew Boyd

Bishop Edward J. Konieczny ordained the Rev. Spencer Wade Brown and the Rev. Justin Andrew Boyd to the Sacred Order of Priests.

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2018 Bishop's Lecture Series

By Sabrina Evans, Director of Christian Formation The Diocese was pleased to welcome the Rev. Lauren Winner as our speaker for the 2018 Bishop's Lecture Series.

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Ordination of Janie Layne Koch

On Saturday, September 1st at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Enid, the Rev. Janie Layne Koch was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. Friends, family, members of St. Matthews and even a group of Janie’s students all joined together to help cel...

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“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

By The Rev. Paul Snyder, Diocesan Disaster Recovery Coordinator September is Disaster Preparedness Month Click on the image, to see it larger! As we watch the changing seasons, we need to remember that a disaster can come at any time. Disasters can be man-made or nat...

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Education for Ministry (EfM) is Alive and Well in Oklahoma

By Sabrina Evans, Director of Christian Formation Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice.

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Farewell to Fr. Bright

By Grace, Ponca City On August 12th, we said our official goodbyes to Fr. Bright and his family.

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Disaster Response in Western Oklahoma

Recently, I was in western Oklahoma, where we are still working on recovering from the wildfires. I took some pictures while I was there to share with you. I feel that it is important to keep you updated on how your neighbors are recovering.

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Emmanuel, Shawnee Blue Zones Approved

By Emmanuel, Shawnee It’s a special and exciting day as Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee, is honored as the first Blue Zones Project Approved™ Faith-based Organization in Pottawatomie County! Emmanuel Episcopal is the first church in Shawnee, and the state of Oklahoma,...

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Monyue Bright's Book Signing

By Grace, Ponca City Monyue Bright of Grace, Ponca City wrote a book, "The First Day of School"! Brace Books in Ponca City hosted a book signing event, in which the books sold out!

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Just Listen!

By Sabrina Evans, Director of Christian Formation Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash The Diocese has purchased a video from Acorn Wholeness for All, called Just Listen!

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Support Our YASC Member

By Mitchel Bibelheimer My name is Mitchel Bibelheimer, and I grew up very active in the Diocese of Oklahoma. I just finished my fourth year on summer staff at St. Crispin’s summer camp, after graduating from Oklahoma State University. I (like most people) didn’t know what ...

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Three Churches Come Together for Vacation Bible School

By St. Christopher’s, Midwest City For the past few years, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Midwest City has held a joint Vacation Bible School with Midwest Blvd Christian Church and St. Mark Lutheran. This year’s theme was Rafting at Rolling River Rampage, (a Cokesbu...

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Oklahoman Goes to YASC

By Grace, Muskogee Mitchel Bibelheimer grew up very active in Grace, Muskogee, and was consistently dedicated to church camp at St. Crispin’s. He recently graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business....

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VBS Means Very Big Slide at Grace Muskogee

By Grace, Muskogee On the last Sunday of July, Grace, Muskogee held its first ever, “Very Big Slide” event. This was a street fair/block party style community outreach event designed to replace the traditional VBS and provide a day of family fun and community building. ...

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Episcopal Women Attend the 49th Triennial Meeting

By Debbie Butcher, ECW President During the 2019 General Convention held in Austin, Texas the women of The Episcopal Church gathered for the 49th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women.

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Finding My Place in the Church: General Convention 79 & The Young Adult Festival

By Jenna Elmer As a young adult in today’s church, I found myself in a position of not knowing where my calling in the Church was, as most my age do. Having just finished my freshman year of college at Oklahoma State University, I no longer fit into the youth spectrum of t...

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Ordination of Ann Murray, Stephen Miller, Michael Clements, and Mary Ann Coffman

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma On Saturday, June 29th, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City, Ann Murray, Stephen Miller, Michael Clements, and Mary Ann Coffman were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny.

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Grace Church Vacation Church School

By Grace Church, Ponca City "Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!" was the theme of Vacation Church School Grace Church, Ponca City.

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Update from Disaster Recovery

By The Rev. Paul Snyder, Diocesan Disaster Recovery Coordinator The Diocese is involved with the recovery effort from the wildfires in western Oklahoma.

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Christian Medical Clinic

On May 18, 2018, the first fundraiser golf tournament to benefit The Christian Medical Clinic of Grand Lake was held.

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IONA School of Formation Class of 2018

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma’s IONA School of Formation Class of 2018 graduated this past Sunday, June 17th! Congratulations to Ann Murray, Stephen Miller, Michael Clements, Mary Ann Coffman, Lance Schmitz, and the Rev. Canon Dr. T...

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Ordination of the Rev. Beth Bell

Ordination of the Rev. Beth Bell

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Liturgy Leadership Festival 2018

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma This past Saturday, June 9th, St. Paul’s Cathedral was alive with participants at the annual Liturgy Leadership Festival. The group began with a Festival Morning Prayer and heard from Bishop Ed about their roles and responsibilities as ...

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ECW Annual Conference and Bishop’s Day 2018

By Debbie Butcher The 81st Annual ECW Conference and Bishop’s Day was hosted by the gracious and welcoming women of The Church of the Resurrection in Oklahoma City on April 27th - 28th. The conference began on a lovely Friday evening with choral evensong followed by a rece...

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Grace Church, Ponca City Celebrates 120th Anniversary

By Grace Church, Ponca City Grace Church, Ponca City, celebrated our 120th anniversary on Pentecost, May 20th!

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Ordination of the Rev. Canon Dr. Tony Moon

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma On Saturday, May 19th, at St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, the Rev. Canon Dr. Anthony Moon was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. The congregation was full of those ready to celebrate ...

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2018 Volunteer Group of the Year!

By The Rev. Linda Barton Paul The volunteers for Episcopal Services were awarded the 2018 Volunteer Group of the Year!

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Talent Exhibit at Grace Church

By Grace, Ponca City Grace Church, Ponca City hosted a Members Talent Exhibit recently.

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Active Shooter in a House of Worship

By St. Augustine of Canterbury, Oklahoma City On Thursday, April 26th, St. Augustine of Canterbury, Oklahoma City hosted a training/workshop titled “Active Shooter in a House of Worship” with the assistance of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.

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Art-Full Treasures from the Trash Art Show

By St. Paul’s, Holdenville Art-Full Treasures from the Trash Art Show came to a close with an Open House at St. Paul’s, Holdenville on Sunday, April 29th. It was the culmination of months of promotion and teaching in the community.

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2018 Bishop's Cup

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma This year’s Bishop’s Cup golf tournament raised approximately $22,000 for St. Crispin’s and was an immense success! The weather was beautiful at the Firelake Golf Course in Shawnee as our 21 teams set out for a great day of golf!

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Recent Wildfire Recovery

By The Rev. Paul Snyder, Diocesan Disaster Recovery Coordinator The Disaster Preparedness and Recovery team recently responded to the wildfires in the western part of the state. They joined with other agencies and denominational disaster relief agencies at a MARC (Multi-Ag...

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Business & Financial Practices Conference

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma The recent Business & Financial Practices Conference was held April 14th at St. Crispin’s. It was an event full of practical advice, resources, and best practices for a variety of areas, including administrative, business, and financial...

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Pencils, and Paper, and Glue, Oh My!

By St. Patrick’s, Broken Arrow This past summer, the Youth Committee at St. Patrick’s, Broken Arrow was busily preparing for the kickoff of the 2017-2018 children’s Christian Formation classes. Two different curriculums had been selected for the year, and each curriculu...

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Trinity Tulsa Rallies Behind Youth

By Trinity, Tulsa Following the mass school shooting in Parkland, FL, the youth of Trinity, Tulsa expressed the fear they face every day in their classrooms, and their frustration with our legislature. In response to the voices of our young people, Trinity parishioners tur...

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Miniature Golf in Enid

By St. Matthew's, Enid As part of their "10% Church Tithe" program, St. Matthew's, Enid pledged $25,000 to 4RKids for their capital campaign.

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Palm Sunday at Grace Church, Ponca City

By Grace Church, Ponca City Grace Church, Ponca City began our Palm Sunday celebration with a gathering in the parish hall for the Liturgy of the Palms, then processed, singing, from the parish hall to the church.

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2018 Clergy Renewal of Vows

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma Each year on Holy Monday, clergy of our diocese join together with Bishop Ed to renew their ordination vows, receive their new oils for the year, and celebrate the beginning of Holy Week.

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Godly Play Day 1 Completed

By Sabrina Evans, Director of Christian Formation Ten people representing four different faith based traditions gathered at Emmanuel, Shawnee, to begin the Commuter Godly Play Training.

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Service of Lamentation

By Trinity, Tulsa Trinity, Tulsa offered a Service of Lamentation on Wednesday, March 14th, in remembrance of the one month anniversary of those who lost their lives in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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St. John's, Tulsa Youth to OCCJ's Teen Trialogue

By Paula Inman Rule, Director of Youth Ministries at St. John's, Tulsa The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ), a non-partisan organization committed to educating people and speaking out on issues of intolerance, hate, bullying, bigotry and violence, presented...

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New Beginnings #43

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma New Beginnings #43 was held at Trinity Church, Tulsa, recently. New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for youth aged 12 - 15, designed to address spiritual and social needs in this age group, and whose aim is for participants to discover ...

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Congratulations to Beth Canaday!

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma Congratulations to Beth Canaday, Youth Minister at Emmanuel, Shawnee for completion of the FORMA: The Network for Christian Formation Certificate Program for Youth and Family Ministry. The program is designed for those who are actively ...

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Shrove Tuesday at Grace Church, Ponca City

By Grace, Ponca City Grace Church, Ponca City celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper.

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Uruguay Mission Trip 2018

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma From the Rev. Tim Baer, Grace Church, Yukon A few weeks ago our Team from Oklahoma to the Diocese of Uruguay returned from our second Vacation Bible School Mission Trip. Learning from our 2017 trip, we decided to concentrate our effo...

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2018 Vestry Academy

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma This year’s 25th annual Vestry Academy at St. Crispin’s saw a full house of over 130 people! It was a wonderful event, full of presentations, resources, and fellowship. This year’s participants were even treated to enjoying lunch in the...

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Celebration of New Ministry of the Rev. Sean Ekberg

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma On Saturday, January 27th, Church of the Resurrection, Oklahoma City officially welcomed their new Rector! Bishop Edward J. Konieczny celebrated a cheerful Celebration of New Ministry service officially installing the Rev. Sean Ekberg a...

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Celebration of New Ministry of the Rev. Tom Dahlman

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma On Saturday, February 3rd, the Rev. Tom Dahlman was officially installed and welcomed as Rector of Emmanuel, Shawnee in a joyous Celebration of New Ministry service celebrated by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny.

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Canterbury OSU at OKC Thunder Game

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma was well represented at our annual Episcopal Night at the OKC Thunder on February 11th, as the Thunder played the Memphis Grizzlies!

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Celebration of New Ministry of the Rev. Stephen Hood

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma On Saturday, February 24th, Bishop Edward J. Konieczny celebrated a joyous Celebration of New Ministry service held at St. Luke's, Bartlesville installing the Rev. Fr. Steve Hood as the new Rector.

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Ordination of Robert Keith Fallis; José R. Escalera; and Robert Alfred Scott, II

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma This past Friday, February 23rd, at St. John's, Tulsa, Robert “Keith” Fallis; José “Cuco” R. Escalera; and Robert “Bob” Alfred Scott, II were ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. The full congregation w...

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Spencer Brown and Janie Koch Ordination

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma On the evening of Friday, February 16th, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Spencer Wade Brown and Janie Layne Koch were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny.

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Engaging Invite - Welcome - Connect Workshop

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma & Invite - Welcome - Connect On Saturday, February 17th, our diocese hosted an exciting Invite - Welcome - Connect workshop with creator Mary Parmer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City. We had an enormous crowd of over 200 people ...

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St. John's, OKC, Attends National Acolyte Festival

By The Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma For the past several years, St. John’s, OKC, has taken an annual trip to the Washington National Cathedral to be a part of the National Acolyte Festival. Taking place on the Saturday before Columbus Day, the group has plenty of time to ...

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St. Matthew's, Enid Participates in MLK Celebration

By St. Matthew's, Enid St. Matthew's, Enid participated in an ecumenical service at St. Stephen's AME Church with five other denominations celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Epiphany Pageant at Grace, Ponca City

By Grace Church, Ponca City Grace Church, Ponca City held their 73rd Epiphany Pageant on January 6th. The Epiphany Pageant was first written and produced by the Rev. Thomas Moehle in 1945.

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Circle of Care Christmas Party

By St. John's, Woodward Circle of Care, a United Methodist Foster Care Program, opened their office in Woodward around the end of 2016, with the goal of providing great foster homes for children in the Woodward area.

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Socks for Jesus House

By St. Christopher, Midwest City In the fall, St. Christopher, Midwest City's youth leader Shirley Madden remembered the years she worked at a halfway house in OKC and the continued need for socks for the residents. She proposed a sock campaign to the Wise Acres (St. Chris...

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