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Preparation is a vital ingredient in life activities; and so it is with the first season of the new Christian year called Advent, which began December 1. During the four Sundays of Advent we will light the Advent candles symbolizing “Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.” The “Hanging of the Greens” took place in a beautiful “Come Together” worship service on the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1, at 10:30 AM. This service was a time of preparation not just for decorations in the church, but primarily for our own hearts. It is important to schedule in time to prepare our hearts to receive the greatest gift ever, Jesus, God’s son, the Light who clears away the darkness in our lives. So, come journey with us as we begin Advent. Here are some dates to put on your calendar to prepare the way to celebrate the birth of Jesus:
December 8 Second Sunday of Advent, “Peace”
December 14 7 AM- 7 PM – Advent Prayer Vigil
December 15 Third Sunday of Advent, “Joy”
Celebration of Friendship – Pancake breakfast following both worship services
December 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent, “Love”
6:00 PM – Children’s Christmas Program and a special visit by Santa Claus
December 24 7:00 and 11:00 PM – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services.
December 29 10:30 AM – Casual Worship and Christmas Brunch in FamilyLifeCenter
|9:00am||The Journey (Traditional Worship Service|
|11:15am||The Encounter (Contemporary) Worship Service|
|Children’s Church (3 year olds to 3rd Grade)
dismissed during Praise & Worship Time
|1:00pm||AA Meeting in Hooked N’ Lookin’ Room|
|6:00pm||International Mission Fellowship Worship|
(Monday – Friday)
|Play & Learn Preschool|
|AA Meeting in Hooked N’ Lookin’ Room|
(2nd & 4th Mondays)
|Bread & Jam|
|6:00pm||Adoration Singers Rehearsal|
(2nd & 4th Tuesdays)
|YACC Stitch Group|
|7:00pm||AA Meeting in Hooked N’ Lookin’ Room|
|NEATS Meeting and Luncheon|
|5:30pm||TLC Small Groups #4, 12|
|6:15pm||Praise Ringers Rehearsal|
|6:30pm||Ladies Group TLC Fall Study|
|7:00pm||TLC Small Group #2|
|7:00pm||Praise Team Rehearsal|
|7:00pm||Al-Anon & Al-Ateen Meeting
in Hooked N’ Lookin’ Room
|6:00pm||Games & Sports|
|10:00am||Praise Band Rehearsal|
|5:30pm||AA Meeting in Hooked N’ Lookin’ Room|
Mike Albert has been our Senior Pastor since 1987. Here is just a bit of his excitement and vision for Yale Avenue Christian, "It continues to be my joy to be the pastor of this church family. I am excited about the steps we are taking to share God’s love and grace in the 21st century. We are adding to our ministries and changing to meet the needs of the Tulsa metropolitan area.
“If you are looking for a church that has a warm family atmosphere and that is excited about their relationship with God, this is the place to check out. If you are looking for the love of God to be expressed in a positive atmosphere, communicated in every day language, and celebrated through lively contemporary worship then you will want to come to our new contemporary worship service at 11:15 every Sunday morning. I do not believe that it is my task to give you black and white answers or a guaranteed formula of "success." I am committed to honestly addressing the issues we all face in life, to help people make sense out of the chaos of life, and to help people understand that God loves them and wants them to enjoy life. The people that make up our church family are "regular" people; all shapes, sizes and ages.”
Mike and his wife, Patti, were married in 1972. Patti is very involved in the music and youth ministries of our church. They have two children, Dustin, who is attending graduate school at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC; and Lindsey Schluckabier, who is attending graduate school at Drury University in Springfield, Mo.
Mike holds degrees from Manhattan Christian College and from Phillips Theological Seminary.
OUR PASTOR’S MISSION STATEMENT
"My mission is to dream God’s dream, to inspire and lead others to catch God’s dream and together to create that vision so that my family and others might realize the joy of knowing, loving and serving God as a growing member of the Body of Christ."
Interim Associate PastorBethany@yacc.org
Pastor of Community Outreachsei@yacc.org
Music Leader - 11:15 Service & IMF Servicebullet@yacc.org
Cheryl joined our staff in 1996. She and her family have been members of Yale Avenue Christian since 1990. Cheryl and James, her husband of 28 years, have one daughter, who is attending college at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining our pastoral staff, Cheryl was an executive administrative assistant in the cable industry. She uses her spiritual gift of administration, as well as her love for organization, to provide leadership for our administration office, church facilities and grounds.
Debbie joined our staff in 2007. She is our Administrative Assistant who publishes our newsletter and worship bulletins.
Play and Learn Director
Carla is a wonderful Director with over 20 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and is fully credentialed.
Lizanne Keith joined our staff as our organist/accompanist in September of 2005. In addition to be the organist for our 9:00 worship service, Lizanne also accompanies our Adoration and Festival Singers ensembles. She has held various music positions with churches for over twenty years. She has a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of Tulsa. She is employed full-time at St. Francis Hospital as an Admitting representative and receptionist.