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Join us Sunday for Cajun dinner, music and more

March 7, 2014

Sunday, March 9 will be an exciting evening.

We start with a community meeting at 5 p.m. to discuss an opportunity to participate in a new mission, a community cafe and teen hangout for Owasso. At this cafe, patrons would pay if they are able. If they’d like to work for an hour, they can earn a token for lunch. The cafe would be open after school as a safe, anit-bullying place for teens. Come hear the possibliities. We’ll also elect officers for the year.

At 6 pm, we’ll have our Second Sunday Surprise with great live music. This is definitely non-traditional worship.

At 7 pm is our Mardi Gras dinner. Faith Wylie is making homemade King Cake and coordinating the menu. Email her at if you can bring gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, or some other Cajun dish. You’re also welcome to bring anything you would like to contribute to the pot luck meal.

We’re exciting about the possibilities, and about the fun evening we have planned.

Pumpkin pancakes and chocolate syrup?

October 24, 2013

That’s the rumor we’re hearing abut the pancake breakfast fundraiser hosted by our Open Place Youth from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, Oct. 26. Menu includes pancakes of a variety of flavors, waffles, biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice, coffee. What more could you want? How about some silent auction items? Come and make a generous donation for these hard-working teens. If you can’t come, you can make a donation online through this website.

We’ll have regular worship on Sunday night at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.both Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

Nov. 10 will be a great day, with special worship at Disciples AND our second Sunday surprise.

Disciples will host a Native American theme worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch.

Then, Open Table will host folk singer Susan Herndon beginning at 2 p.m. at Dan and Patty Casey’s home. It promises to be a great house concert.

We’ll be back to regular worship time on Sunday, Nov. 17.


Join us Sunday for Rick Reiley

September 6, 2013

ReileyPlease join us this Sunday, September 8 for our second Second Sunday Surprise. We will be blessed with a performance by “made in Oklahoma” singer/songwriter Rick Reiley.  Rick will be traveling from Cushing, where he organizes a weekly concert series featuring home-grown musical talents and highlighting his own work.

Rick attended Community of Hope every now and then in the past, so he is not only familiar with the radical welcome of OpenTable–he also appreciates it and fully supports it.
Rick is an excellent storyteller-in-song, and his songs deal with life issues very familiar to all of us.  Although Rick considers himself a Christian, his songs are not overtly so.  Rick will have copies of his CDs available for sale after the service.
Please come and join us for another wonderful evening of being together in community, listening to some great music, and sharing some wonderful food.
Oh yeah….. the food!  Faith will be bringing lasagna as our main dish.  Please bring along a complimentary dish (main, side, or salad).  And, as always, you are welcome to share in the meal even if you forgot to bring something!!!
The first Sunday of Advent is Sunday, December 1st.  Our host congregation (Disciples Christian Church of Owasso) has invited us to share in another joint service that Sunday morning.  As we begin the season of Advent, they have asked us to join them  for a special “hanging of the greens” service.  If you are available to work with Bill McCutcheon and others from that congregation in planning and leading that service, please let me know. (We would like at least two people from OpenTable to help.)
And, a quick teaser:  starting next Sunday (September 15th), I will be preaching a sermon series entitled, “What I Learned in Seminary (that your parents’ pastor doesn’t want you to know)”  I will be talking about such topics as “Does God really exist?”  “Is Jesus really the only way into heaven?”  “Is the rapture real?”  “Was Mary really a virgin?” “Did Jesus die for my sins?” “What does the bible say about homosexuality?” “Is the bible the word of God?”  and more.  If you’ve ever wondered about these things yourself, or wondered what it is they teach in seminary, you won’t want to miss this series designed to help you claim your rightful place at the table. And, if you have any questions you want me to try to answer, let me know!
Be well, my friends, and I hope to see you for some foot-tapping community fun on Sunday!
Rev. Bob Lawrence

Great weekend, good music!

August 8, 2013


If you enjoy good music, you don’t want to miss this weekend at OpenTable. Friday night, the Tulsa-area band JYB (Jacob Yarbrough Band, aka ‘Soul Fry’) will be performing a “pay as you are able” concert at the request of our youth (OpenPlace).  The portion of the concert that is open to the public (that’s YOU!) will start at 7:30pm and last until 10pm at the latest.  They will play a couple of sets for everyone, and then we will transition to our “End of Summer Lock-in” for the youth.  After the people who are not staying for the lock-in leave, the band will play one more set just for our youth.

To make the whole evening even more amazing, the band will be recording their performance and will be releasing it to the public as their first live album.  That’s right, OpenTable UCC will go down in music history as the site of the band’s first live album! Imagine it…. “JYB: LIVE! at OpenPlace UCC”  So, come join us and be a part of music history. (Their first album won an award for Best Self-Produced Blues Album, so who knows what might happen with this album?)
We will ‘pass the hat’ during the evening to pay the band, and they will have merchandise for sale.  Our OpenPlace youth will also be selling snacks, and the proceeds from the snack sales will benefit OpenPlace activities.  (The snacks will also be “pay as you are able” so please do not let financial constraints limit you.)
Our youth lock-in will begin by 11pm, and you are welcome to come join the survivors for a FREE breakfast Saturday morning from 7am-9am.  (If you are able to come help prepare breakfast for us, please contact Faith Wylie.)
Sunday begins our new “Second Sunday Surprise” series.  What is the surprise?  We won’t have worship, but we will be church!  So, if you come expecting a worship service, you’ll be surprised!  Our musical and comedic guests for the evening will be Strange and Wonderful, the husband-wife duo that sang for our Earth Day celebration.  And, they wrote a song about our radical welcome that they will be singing for us Sunday evening.
Although we will not have worship, we will still have a community meal after Strange and Wonderful finishes.  In keeping with the theme for the evening, please bring something “strange and wonderful” or a special “surprise” dish.  Does no one know what is in your cheesecake?  Surprise us!  Have a strange combination of meat and potatoes that tastes wonderful anyway?  Bring it!
If you can make it this weekend, get ready for some toe-tapping fun!
Rev. Bob Lawrence

Wow! Do we have some AMAZING things happening at OpenTable this month!

August 1, 2013

First, remember that our worship schedule has changed and, starting this week, we now meet on Sunday evenings at 6pm. Same location (6540 N 131st Ave in Owasso), same radical welcome (no matter who you are!), followed by a common meal (not the same meal each time, though).

This Sunday, our meal theme is “Summer BBQ”  You are asked to bring your favorite summer BBQ meat (already cooked), or your favorite salad to go along with BBQ.  This Sunday, we will also receive (and have a special dedication and appreciation) the hymnals from Community of Hope UCC.

Second, next Friday, August 9, our OpenPlace youth will celebrate with their “End-of-Summer Lockin”.
But, to begin the lockin, we have arranged with the Tulsa-based band “Soul Fry” to perform for us.  This band received a national award for their self-produced first album (Best Self-Produced Blues Album).  The concert is FREE and open to everyone. (YES, that includes YOU!)  We will take donations to give the band some money, and the band will be selling merchandise (t-shirts and CDs).  The youth will be selling snacks as a fundraiser for their activities.  The band will perform two sets for the public, and then we’ll ask everyone to leave so we can have our lock-in.  They will stay and do one more brief set just for the youth, and everyone (again, that includes you) is welcome to come back Saturday morning between 7am and 9am for a FREE breakfast with our youth.
Third, as promised, we will be starting a new tradition at OpenTable called “Second Sunday Surprise.”  On the second Sunday of each month we’ll do something totally different.  Our first Second Sunday Surprise (August 11) will be a performance by Wayne and Sharon Majors, AKA “Strange and Wonderful.”  They are the duo that sang for our Earth Day celebration, and even wrote a song about us based upon the worship service we shared with the Disciples that morning.  Wayne and Sharon will be responsible for the entire evening (that’s right…. no sermon!!!).
So, as you can tell, things are moving at OpenTable.  Why not come join us and help us get to where we are going????
Rev. Bob Lawrence

Same place, different time

July 29, 2013

We are moving our worship to Sunday at 6 p.m. followed by a light dinner.

Our first Sunday worship will be Aug. 4. The service will be casual. For dinner, we’re doing barbecue. Bring a side dish to go with barbecue or a pound of meat from your favorite barbecue joint. Patty is bringing the potato salad.

We’ve enjoyed our Saturday night gatherings, but our service conflicted with several other activities. We hope Sunday works better for our companions.

See you next Sunday!

What an inspiring time to be a part of OpenTable UCC

May 6, 2013

Thanks to Rev. Bob Lawrence and our volunteers, we had a great 2013 launch of our Open Place youth group. The group gathered for Pizza on Thursday, then attended the Equality Gala in Tulsa on Saturday.

This ministry is made possible by funding grants from the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the Justice and Witness Ministries office of the national United Church of Christ. Thanks to K-O Conference leader Edith Guffey and Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer for their help and support.

We are also honored that Wayne Majors, who performed with his wife at our Earth Day celebration, has written a song inspired by that day. Here’s his preliminary video.

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This year has also been very successful for Food for Kids Owasso. Thanks to the help of several area churches and organizations, we have provided weekend snacks for about 180 Owasso students this year. Kim Densmore has done a great job of coordinating this ministry. Our hosts at Disciples Christian Church have provided a great facility for distribution of the weekend backpacks.

We thank everyone who makes these great things happen, and we thank God for touching the hearts of our coworkers and allowing us to follow in the way of Jesus.

Faith Wylie, Lay Leader


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