Garnee takes an esoteric, inner approach to faith
Rev. Jesse Garnee believes, for him, religion is more an outer form and spirituality is more an inner path.
“We are each a spark of the divine and sons and daughters of God, each of us brothers and sisters,” Garnee said.
Personally, he’s taken a more esoteric, inner approach, to get in touch with the divine spark.
“We believe that Jesus is the perfect pattern and the achievement of his Christhood is attainable by all of us,” he said.
Jesse Garnee holds services at the Chapel of Christ Sophia, which he established a year and a half ago after returning to Tahlequah from California.
Music and ministry are one and the same for Garnee.
CN Marshal Service to expand unit with grant
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service is adding three new marshals to its 34-member squad after receiving an $845,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
A $551,387 grant from the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will pay the salary of three new marshals over the next three years. Nearly $300,000 from the grant will equip the new marshals with vehicles, pistols, bullet proof vests, uniforms and other essential equipment.
UMC missionary serving near Bethlehem
Bethlehem, the place Jesus was born, has been a point of pilgrimage for many Christians throughout history, and today a woman from Tahlequah who works there calls it home.
Rev. Kristen L. Brown, elder for the United Methodist Church, is now serving through the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, as Methodist liaison to Palestine and Israel.
“The whole world comes here on pilgrimage, seeking what is already alive and working in our hearts,” she said. “Living here, I am called to walk with the people and experience life as they experience daily life. It is not always easy, but it is what I have been called to do at this time in my life.”
It is a blessing to be in Bethlehem for Christmas, Brown said.
- Solo at the Snowflake Follies
Lawns, gardens need attention in winter
Curb appeal for a home includes a trim lawn and landscaping to enhance the overall appearance. But there is much more to lawn care than just mowing, even in the winter.
Leaves get bagged, roses pruned, and elephant ears and bulbs may need to be dug up and stored in a garage or greenhouse until spring. Plants may appear dormant above the ground, but roots grow and spread out at a slow pace, even in winter.
Instilling self-esteem key for Hulbert educator
After teaching Sunday school and a couple of Vacation Bible School sessions, Carrie Scearce knew that teaching was how she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives.
A Hulbert Elementary second-grade teacher, Scearce is in her fifth year teaching.
Knowing their value and improving their self-confidence are among the priorities for her students, she said.
“I want my students to know they matter. I want them to know that they are wanted, needed, and valued in my classroom,” Scearce said.
“I want them to see they can succeed no matter what a score says about them. I want them to walk away with the confidence that says, ‘things may be hard, but I can do hard things.’”
Helping kids realize just how very important they are and that can and will succeed is what she most enjoys about teaching.
Aquariums often provide soothing comfort
An aquarium is ever-changing, always moving art that soothes and entertains.
When it’s salt-water fish and anemone, it’s in brilliant colors of purples, pinks, lime greens, oranges and yellows.
Whether it’s a small or large tank, the sea life within often fascinates young and old with the unusually bright fish colors and anemone shapes and colors. Several businesses in town have them to keep the children occupied while parents shop or speak with the staff.
One of the largest aquariums in the area is on display at Green Country Funeral Home.
Gasoline giveaway winner
Grady Jolliff was the winner of the $300 gasoline giveaway.
Stevens sharing love of God by volunteering
Ben Stevens said his wife, Karrel, first signed him up to volunteer, but he continues as a way to share the love of God.
“I volunteer because I see it as a way to give back, to share your own good fortune with others, to be part of the local and world community. In short, it is sharing God’s love,” Stevens said. “God provides the love, but we humans can provide the action to spread it.”
For three years, he’s been volunteering with Feed My Sheep, the ecumenical weekly meal, and Help-In-Crisis, doing shelter minor maintenance and the Walk-A-Mile fundraiser. He also serves on various church committees, and participates in activities to support church programs, such as youth, missions and maintenance, at First United Methodist.
Local coach involved in ID process for WWII soldier
An unusual name could lead to the identification of the remains of a World War II soldier, Norman Lloyd Miller, who was killed in action more than 70 years ago in New Guinea.
Earl Miller and Jim Miller, nephews of the soldier, and other members of the Miller family in the Joplin area learned of the development a couple of days before Thanksgiving. That’s when their brother, Elzy Miller, of Tahlequah, was contacted by a federally funded search firm that was looking for surviving members of Norman Miller’s family.
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