BARTLESVILLE FIRST BAPTIST EXPANDING SCHEDULE OF MONTHLY 55+ EVENTS
Entertaining Programs Have Been Increased and Now Open to the Public
According to Wade Daniel, Minister of Music and Senior Adults, Bartlesville First Baptist Church is announcing an exciting expansion of the church’s activities geared specially to senior adults. Daniel’s exhilaration is fueled in large part by the fact the programs are being opened to everyone in the community, not just BFBC members.
Beginning September 18th, a 55+ Third Monday Big Event will take place, as the title implies, every third Monday of the month at First Baptist, downtown Bartlesville. Each event will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a $5 lunch, which includes an entrée, salad, dessert, and iced tea or water, followed by an uplifting program from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
The programs are diverse, ranging from speakers to musical groups. A complete listing is provided on the church website at mybfbc.org. Since food is being served, reservations will be necessary, and can be made by contacting Darah Crouch in the Music Department at 918-336-6192.
Examples of the programs include: Piano Pizzazz with four pianists, the talented voices of the Bartlesville High School Jazz Choir, and the Ad Lib Singers who will amuse and entertain with show tunes, gospel and patriotic music.
Also on the docket are classical baritone Dr. Jonathan Stewart from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with Frank Sinatra renditions; State Legislator Travis Dunlap, who will enthrall the audience with music on the marimba; and the locally popular duo, “Those 2”, guitarist Doug Simpson and songbird Pam Hughes. In addition, one of the programs will feature Wade Daniel on the piano.
Inspiring speakers on the Third Monday Big Event schedule include noted sculptor and author, Rev. Bill Spencer; BFBC Pastor James Biesiadecki; KWON Radio personality, Charlie Taraboletti; Chief of Police, Tom Holland; and popular Wednesday Ladies Bible Class instructor, Francine Perry.
The next community wide Music Ministry event called “One Heavenly Night” takes place Sunday, October 29 at 6 p.m. The presentation, free and open to the public, will be presented in the Main Worship Center at BFBC with its state-of-the-art sound system. The extravaganza will feature several soloists, a full orchestra and a 100-voice choir drawn from BFBC, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville Southern Baptist Church, Highland Park Baptist Church, Greater First Baptist and Trinity Baptist Churches.
“Everyone’s goal is to make it to heaven. So, typically, when we think about autumn, leaves changing, birds flying south, naturally people begin to reflect on our temporary home,” Daniel said in explaining why October is the perfect time of year to present “One Heavenly Night.” “We’re pilgrims on a journey, and this musical program really is going to be one heavenly night!”
Come spring, there will be a First Friday Fish Fry in May that will feature the Osage Country Gospel Band. Other on-going activities include those offered in the Family Activities Center directly across the street from the church where, among other things, special activities for seniors include Pickle Ball, aerobics, a walking track and weight room—all free and open to the public.
In the fall of 2018 plans call for a special 55+ Jubilee featuring bluegrass gospel artists, “The Issacs,” a multi award-winning family group based out of Nashville, and a program of old-fashioned hymns led by Wade Daniel on the piano. Special guest speaker that night will be third-generation Southern Baptist minister, the nationally renowned Tom Elliff.
On Sundays at 8:30 a.m. there is a choir-led Traditional Worship with familiar hymns, gospel songs, choir anthems and orchestra led by Wade Daniel. Each week, Pastor James Biesiadecki delivers an engaging Biblical sermon.
Spiritual enrichment and discipleship are also available through small groups Bible Study each Sunday, 9:45 till 10:45 a.m. In addition, Francine Perry leads the ladies study group called “Come Grow With Me” on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the main Worship Center.
Nearby parking is available on all sides of the church at the corner of Fourth and Osage, and covered drop-off and valet parking is offered at the east side door for those who have difficulty walking.
Wade Daniel serves as Minister of Music and Senior Adults at First Baptist. In addition, he maintains a private piano and voice studio with more than 30 years of professional music teaching of all ages and all levels. He has produced 10 CDs and has been a Showcase artist at the annual OK Mozart Festival. He also has served an accompanist for the “Circle the State With Song” in Oklahoma.