Friday, September 25, 2015

Team Washita to meet Monday at 7:00 p.m.

The Washita County funding raising team for the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center will meet Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma.

Some have already committed to this very purposeful endeavor that helps people in our own community but there is still room for more people who want to help raise money for the care center.

If you didn’t know, the Family Care Center helps with food, clothing, bills, and also has a medical clinic, dental clinic, and licensed pharmacy.  It is a faith based nonprofit that has been meeting the needs of those in need for years.

Times are tough right now, but that does not mean it is time to retreat from generosity.  It is time to be thankful for what we have and step up to help those who have much less.  Everyone should give something to help those who are struggling.  Some will be called to be at the very center of the generosity and become a part of the fund raising team.

WOFCC Fundraising Meeting
28 September 2015
7:00 pm
Cumberland Presbyterian Church
205 State Highway 44

Burns Flat, Oklahoma 73624

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sayre Lit Fest set for 7 October 2015

If you are inclined towards literature and the arts and another week rolls around, what is there to do in western Oklahoma?

Yes, there is a book signing in Elk City this Saturday.

Occasionally, there is something at one of the play houses, but what if you are looking for a full day’s worth of literary activities—with authors and speakers and maybe even a video contest?

You only have a short time to wait.  The Sayre Lit Fest is set for 7 October 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the SWOSU Sayre Campus.  The festival will have speakers and contests as well as food.  Authors will be present with their works for sale and signing.  It’s going to be just what the doctor ordered for those who need just a dose of literary culture and festivities to kick of this fall season.

There is even an evening follow on activity at Gallery@112, 112 W. Main Street, Sayre, Oklahoma that begins at 6:30 p.m.

So mark your calendars and preserve the date.  You won’t want to miss it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

See You at the Pole is tomorrow!

Teachers, faculty, students, parents, and all interested in praying for our nation, communities, and schools are asked to gather at the flag pole on Wednesday, 23 September 2015.

For the past 25 years, Americans have affirmed that we want and need God’s protection and blessing in our schools.  We have done this by meeting at the flag pole for this See You At The Pole event.  This is 100% voluntary but all who come to gather for prayer will surely be blessed.

It is a simple thing that we do and yes, it is legal.  If any of the students or teachers would like to offer prayers during this event, just speak to Tom Spence the morning of the event.
All in attendance will be offered a Gospel of John for themselves and one to give to a friend or family member.



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Book signing set for 26 September 2015 at Rebecca's House of Coffee

Local author Tom Spence will be at Rebecca’s House of Coffee in Elk City, Oklahoma on Saturday, 26 September 2015 to hold a book signing for one of his newest releases from Tate Publishing.  He will be at the coffee shop from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on that day.

The book is PoMo Poverty:  Finding Abundance in the 21st Century.  Yes, PoMo is the modern vernacular for post modern—this is very much a book for our times.  The topic is poverty as you have never heard it addressed before.

Spence cuts quickly to heart of the matter in how so many efforts to help those in need often keep people in poverty instead of helping them out.  Not content with just identifying the problem at its root cause, Tom guides us to leading people out of poverty not through hand outs but through inclusion in the body of Christ.

Tom Spence is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the pastor of the congregation in Burns Flat, Oklahoma.  He is a retired Marine Corps officer, and graduate of Oklahoma State University, and of Mangum High School.  Tom also serves as an officer on the board of the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center which services Beckham, Custer, Roger Mills, and Washita Counties.

Tom will also have copies of his other books including:  Throw Away Kids, Christianity for Marines, Heaven and Hell, Forced Confessions, and a novel that you might just have to read straight through—Even the Elect—so your heart will stop racing.

Tom will also bring a children’s book—God Loves You.  This book contains a message that all too often parents forget to convey to their children on a daily basis.

Books will be available at the signing or can be ordered in advance online from Tate Publishing or

Media Alert
Author Tom Spence Book Signing Event
WHEN: 2015-09-26
TIME: 1 pm – 3 pm
WHERE: Rebecca's House of Coffee, 103 S Main St, Elk City, OK 73644
WHAT: Spence, a resident of Burns Flat, OK, will be available to sign copies of his book, PoMo Poverty
Time and time again we help people who are struggling by giving money or food or a ride. Time and time again they turn away from the people who helped them, away from God, and away from the church that paid their water bill and go right back to the lifestyle that enslaves them.
The problem is that we do things that are never addressing the problem. There will always be poverty so long as there is exclusion. Often we have donated food or money, we have also helped people in need continue to worship their false gods, be they self-pity, a mind-set of entitlement, or belief that they are a victim.
PoMo Poverty is written not to the impoverished, but to those of us who may lead them to the bread of life, living water, and inclusion in the family of faith. In true Christian fellowship, there are no outsiders. Abundance in this century is centered upon inclusion.

Links to Tom's books:

Throw Away Kids - Are we concerned enough to get involved? Watch trailer...
Acceptance of Authority -  This is the book that will change America

Forced Confessions - This is the book that asks if we really want to follow Jesus

Even the Elect - What if all the prophecy in the Bible had already been fulfilled?  All of it!

Tough Day at the Plate - Everyone loves a good baseball story, especially a children's story.

Christianity for Marines - If you are not a Leatherneck, you just won't understand

In the beginning:  A Play in three unique acts - A light-hearted look at the creation

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fielding a fundraising team for the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center.

I am fielding a fundraising team for the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center’s Fall Fundraiser.

The center is a jewel here in western Oklahoma.  It helps those in need with food and some bills.  Yes, we do that in our local church bodies and in the ministerial alliance, but the WOFCC goes farther.  It has a medical and dental clinic for those who have fallen through the cracks in a time when in theory everyone must have medical insurance.    The need for medical and dental treatment among the poor is greater now than ever before.

The services are free to those who use them but that doesn’t mean there is no cost.  Donors have kept the doors open at this wonderful facility that services Beckham, Custer, Roger Mills, and Washita Counties.  For every $1 donated the WOFCC produces $1.41 worth of services.

Please consider the previous statement.  For every $1 donated the WOFCC produces $1.41 worth of services.  That’s quite the return on investment and we are always working to leverage our donations even more.

Our fall fund raiser is upon us.  If you are motivated to help me raise money to provide these essential services for those in need, please let me know soonest.

Yes to both.  I am crazy about this faith based organization that is God’s love in action in western Oklahoma and yes, I really do want you to come onboard and be a part of loving your neighbor.

Are we asking for money or other donations?
Yes to both.  Monetary donations help the most but some businesses may opt to give a gift certificate that can be used in the silent auction later on.

Sometimes I think people are just trying to get something for nothing and don’t need help.  How do I know that is not the case here?
There are always some who think they are better off trying to get something for nothing than to work for it.  We do see a few people like that.  Here’s the thing:  We introduce everyone to this wonderful thing called the gospel.  We challenge them to live a truly abundant life.  Yes, the WOFCC is a faith based organization.  Its board is composed of Christian men and women with longstanding faith and service in their churches and communities.  We know that there is a greater need to be met beyond the root canal, antibiotics, food basket, or water bill that we helped with in the short term.  We are an organization motivated to be more than a Band-Aid.  We desire to reach the hearts of all who come for services.

We are love in action and we do speak the truth in love.  Our staff and volunteers are as shrewd as snakes and as gentle as doves. 

I’m ready to get on board.  What do I do?
Stop by and see Tom or call him at 580 562 4706 or email at and we will get started.

Is there a cost to join the team?
All team members are asked to contribute $50.  This gives you a little skin in the game and gets you a banquet ticket for the 10 November 2015 main event.

Is there a theme for this year’s fundraising efforts?
Yes, this year’s theme is Survivor.  There will be some fun events along the way for teams to participate in and compete.

I’m not ready to be a part of a fundraising team, but I would like to donate.  What do I do?
You may drop a check made out to the WOFCC by Tom’s office (at the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church) or mail it directly to the center at:
609 West E Avenue
Elk City OK 73648

I would like to make a recurring monthly donation.  What do I do?
This is exactly the type of donation that the WOFCC needs to sustain year-round services.  Please contact Krista Hererra at 580 225-5500.

Why are you a part of this?
I am Tom Spence.  I am the pastor of the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  I am also an officer on the board of the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center.  I don’t have time for things that don’t please God.  I don’t get involved in frivolous causes.  I have learned to number my days and consider every minute precious to me, so when I was asked to serve on the WOFCC board; I gave it a thorough examination as I did not want to give my time or money to something that was mediocre or subsidized an entitlement mentality.

The WOFCC was and continues to be an example of what God’s people can do when we trust him and put our gifts, talents, and treasures to work.  This is a place that does more than it can do with less than it needs.

I want to see it fully equipped for every good work.  I want to see it touch everyone in our communities, not only the disadvantaged whom we help with food and services; but those who are called by God to be of service.  Money is only a part of the equation.  It is the part that we are focused upon right now; however, there is an ongoing need for volunteers.  If you are called to help others, the WOFCC may just be the venue for which you have been searching.
Why am I a part of this?  It is something that I believe pleases God.  It is one way that we may show ourselves to be disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is already in place and runs on a continuous improvement mindset, so all I had to do was get on board with my time, talent, and treasure.

I am on board and invite you to join me!