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HOMINY FRIENDS MEETING NEWSLETTER

First Month 2005

Praises be to God who loves us, guides us and sustains us. May we be faithful in all that we say and do!

The last two years have seen lots of activity at Hominy Friends. Conservative Friends from Ohio have led two Vacation Bible Schools for us and furthered other projects with their physical labor. We have put on several dinners to benefit our Meeting and worked together on other fundraisers, too. Activity highlights include our annual Mother's Day picnic at City Lake, Easter Egg hunt, monthly fellowship dinners, Christmas Eve program, Hominy Ministerial Alliance community worship events, trips for our children such as to the Shriners Circus in Tulsa, our family camps at Rockcleft, Quivering Arrow Camp at Council House, the regional Quaker women's conferences, and Great Plains Yearly Meeting.

We continue to offer a unique worship experience. Reciting the Lord's Prayer in English and Osage, a children's sermon, singing happy birthday in Osage, open worship, a brief message, sharing of joys and concerns, reading the Advices and Queries, three hymns, prayers, and closing with Blest Be the Tie That Binds (in Osage) are all part of the mix. On occasion we even have a pianist, usually when Joseph Nagle's grandmother from Tulsa comes to visit him. Waynel Green was the pianist at First Baptist Church in Cleveland for a number of years prior to the family's move to Tulsa. We so appreciate the contributions of all of our members and attenders, both regular and occasional. They are all a part of what makes Hominy Friends such a special place.

We have been delighted to have Joe Don and Rebecca Brave attending regularly and to have gained a number of new members: Kathryn Red Corn Lynn, Louise Carpenter, Joseph Nagle, Beth Green Nagle, Angie Bush, Shawn Jake, Chris Jake, Mark Bush, Orion Bush, and Maynard Hinman. Maynard, a Ponca, is married to Linda Hinman, one of our trustees. He has many years of experience pastoring congregations in the Indian Methodist Conference. He has also ministered to us on numerous occasions. We have requested Great Plains Yearly Meeting to recognize Maynard as a minister of the Gospel. Kathryn directs the Osage Tribal Museum and was recently honored by the Missouri State Legislature. Each of our new members bring to us gifts and talents unique to each, but which contribute much to making Hominy Friends such a special group. Visitors are always welcome and enrich our fellowship, also.

New people are not the only additions. We have added a new room to our Meetinghouse and first used it as we hosted Great Plains Yearly Meeting in 2003. At long last it and the hallway are nearly finished, except for the storage cabinets we need to have built in. Our worship room had cracks filled before receiving a new coat of paint. The kitchen also looks nicer after a recent paint job. A new light fixture and outlet have been added to one of the little Sunday School rooms and we are doing the same to the other room. We have replaced both furnaces with newer, more effecient models and replaced the remaining gas-fired AC unit with an electric one at minimal expense. Finishing the changeover to electric AC units did force us to have our electric service upgraded. We purchased a nice 15 passenger van from Wabash (IN) Friends for a reasonable price. Generous assistance from the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and from Mattapoisett Friends (MA) helped this dream of many years become a reality.

We are considering a new vinyl fence to replace the decrepit chainlink fence along the highway in front of the Meetinghouse. We have also had the parsonage lots surveyed preparatory to installing some fencing there, as well. Lowering the ceiling in the room with the furnaces, bracing up and re-roofing the parsonage garage, new ceiling tiles in the parsonage bathroom and study, and screening in the porch are among other pojects awaiting willing hands. We have launched a website: www.hominyfriends.org We plan to provide descriptions of these and other projects on our webpage. We will be raising funds to have some rewiring to be done at the Meetinghouse (the original wiring in the worship wing is inadequate and dangerous) and the worship room carpet is nearing the end of its useful life. Donated by Bob Leon Trumbly in memory of his brother, Junior Pat, the carpet has held up remarkably well for more than 25 years.

NEWS FROM OUR FAMILIES

From the preschool Sunday School class: Kyle Pepper, Joseph Nagle, and Isaac Jake say: We like our class. We listen to stories, sing songs, eat snacks, and play with playdoh. We like playing with our friends.

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Maynard and Linda Kay Hinman write: We have moved back to Hominy from Ponca City. Happy to see everybody. Maynard has adjusted to his case of Parkinson's Disease. He can still minister and has kept busy in that area. We spent the last few weeks before Christmas on the road tending to Linda's wrist problems. Both of them underwent surgery. We want to thank the good Lord, the Wednesday night prayer group and others for a good outcome. We want to congratulate Pastor David Nagle on his obtaining a doctor's degree in education. We wish everyone a blessed, happy new year.

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Rebecca Brave has begun a new position with the Pioneer Women Museum. She and Joe Don have found a nice place to live there in Ponca City, including suitable quarters for his art studio.

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Jack Core has been busy leading our Wednesday evening meeting, teaching our adult Sunday school class, and representing us at meetings of the Hominy Ministerial Alliance.

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Dorothy Manzer is taking a rest from teaching a children's Sunday school class, but continues to serve as treasurer and to handle reservations for those wishing to rent our facilities. She enjoyed a nice visit with her children in California over the Christmas holidays. She also enjoys the Garden Club and volunteers at the community food pantry run by the Ministerial Alliance.

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Alice Jake was in the hospital recently after a fall, but is recovering well. She thanks everyone for their prayers and well-wishes.

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David, Beth and Joseph Nagle drove to Richmond, Indiana for a visit with David's parents between Christmas and New Year's. Joseph was thrilled to play in the 20 inches of snow. David continues to work for German Online at Oklahoma State University and Beth continues to teach Spanish at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

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Hazel Moore continues to battle Lupus, but is able to get out some with the aid of a portable oxygen bottle. Mike, Hazel, Cynthia and Vanessa make it to church regularly. They are all proud of Stuart who is a big college boy at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS.

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Carole Revard continues to serve as Presiding Clerk. She did a wonderful job of organizing as we hosted sessions of Great Plains Yearly Meeting last Sixth Month. She is also teaching the older youth Sunday class and is faithful to bring her grandson Kyle with her. She continues to enjoy her job at the Osage Agency in Pawhuska.

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Justin McBride and his wife are proud parents of a beautiful baby which they presented to the Meeting when she was six months old.

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Homer Joe Holding has moved into a comfortable new home on land he owns near Nelogoney. He faithfully serves as van driver, picking up and taking home kids each week, waters the plants, winds the clock, mows the lawn, reads the Bible passage during worship, and does lots more. He sends his greetings to all. He has become a grandfather again. His brother, David Holding and wife Marsha are enjoying being grandparents. David also brought us another beautiful cedar to serve as our Christmas tree. Many marvel at how he finds such special trees.

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The Wilson siblings continue to keep in touch. Richard still lives south of town and like sister Christine is a faithul contributor. Christine and brother John Paul with his wife Yvonne enjoyed a special Mother's Day worship service. Their late mother Ruby would have been so pleased to see them together. Yvonne is a frequent attender both Sundays and Wednesdays.

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Jennifer and Christian Holding have also become proud parents again and daughter Rain is delighted to have a sibling, August Solomon who was dedicated soon after his birth in August.

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Josie Jake continues to serve as coordinator for Indian education programs for the Stillwater Public Schools. Her sister Ida Bevenue recently went on dialysis, but reports that she is holding up pretty well. Joshua often accompanies his mother to church and even sometimes comes on his own. His sisters Mary and Judy both live in Tulsa with their children. Josie and Ida's sister Susie, husband Danny and children Jessica and Martin Emarthle make it down from Wichita on occasion. Their other sister, Mary Jake, continues to live and work in Oklahoma City.

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Delphine Hopper made delicious frybread for our recent church benefit dinner and daughter Marty Elliott made the grape dumplings. Delphine has experienced health problems on occasion, but is now doing better and able to attend church most Sundays, usually with daughter Mary Frances Ostrander and her son Chris.

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Dennis and Mary Frances Kidder thank everyone for the prayers for their son who has fully recovered. They have a bright and talented grandson Bryan who contributes much to his Sunday school class when he is there.

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Betty Jake and daughters send their greetings to all. Angela's son Isaac is a delight and attends Sunday school on occasion. Angela is enjoying her job in Tulsa.

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Angie (Jake) Bush and boys send their greetings to all. Angie is serving on the planning committee for the regional Quaker women's conference. They next meet in Wichita the weekend of 2/11. Angie headed the kitchen staff for our recent benefit dinner and made the meat pies. Orion is a regular participant in Sunday school and leads the responsive reading during worship.

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Louise Carpenter is recovering from eye surgery and thanks everyone for their prayers and concern.

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Scott Lohah and family send their greetings to all. He continues to work for Oklahoma Natural Gas in Tulsa. Daughter Jennifer continues to do well after her heart transplant. She and brother Jess both attend the Hominy public schools. Scott lends his hand to many projects. He and Carolyn have been growing Indian corn and processing it into hominy. They have been generous in sharing this and other items from their garden.

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Thanks to a donation from Larraine Wilcox, the kitchen at the Meetinghouse has received a fresh coat of paint and looks much more inviting. Her daughter Jackie created and maintains our website. She also created the Osage Tribe's website. In addition to her website business, she and cousin Faren have opened a western store in Pawhuska. Faren's brother Cody continues as a student at Oklahoma State University, and sister Kim lives and works in Stillwater, too.

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DesCygne Anson often joins Vanessa Moore in taking up the offering during worship. She also enjoys Sunday School as does her nephew, Kedatsa.

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Chrystal Free enjoyed her first experience of Quivering Arrow Camp this summer. She is a regular in Sunday school and is learning to be helpful in various ways.

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Jean Maker is a Wednesday night regular and sends her greetings to all.

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Donations can be sent to: Dorothy Manzer, Treasurer, 510 Friends Road, Hominy, OK 74035 Please make checks payable to: HOMINY FRIENDS MEETING



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