Minister's Message: A Shared Memory

CONTACT: Rev. Dr. John Regan 405.341.3544 
One of the most basic gifts of being human is the ability to remember. Without the ability to remember who we are and where we came from, we become resident aliens. It is a kind of amnesia where one lives in the present but has no connection with the past and no real understanding of how things work. It is like being in a room full of people who seem to have secret information, and everyone seems to know what is going on except you. The Church is a community of shared memory. Through Scripture, worship, study, prayer, and service we actively remember together the life, teaching, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. We do this because we believe we know of God’s love most convincingly through the life of Jesus Christ.

Alzheimer’s is one of the most demanding and stressful diseases for caregivers. As their loved one loses the ability to remember the caregiver becomes the vessel of memory. At some point, the disease robs the patient of remembering even the most basic family relationships. First Christian Church was recently approached by the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma to help start a new support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers. As a community of shared memory, we are committed to supporting those caregivers whose loved ones struggle with this terrible disease.

Our Alzheimer’s support group will be led by Mr. Herb Magley who is an experienced and trained support group facilitator. The group will meet at 2pm in room 130 on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The first meeting will be this Sunday, March 10. If you would like information about this group, feel free to contact Herb at 405.531.1030 or visit with Brenda Peterson at 405.642.9344. Please keep this group in your prayers and let anyone in your circle of friends know that this group is open to anyone who is interested.

On Wednesday we marked the beginning of the season of Lent with ashes. Lent is a time to remember; reflecting on our past so we can live more fully into the future. Over these next 40 days as we journey towards the hope of Easter, I hope you’ll spend time remembering how God has been present to you along your journey. And I hope you’ll come to worship where we share bread and wine “in remembrance” of the one who reminds us that while there are some things that cannot be cured or fixed, in all situations and all seasons of life, love, and the support of a community of friends makes all burdens more bearable. Love never forgets. Love never abandons.