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How to Get Involved in the Oilfield Christian Fellowship

Many times we are asked the question, “How do I get involved in the Oilfield Christian Fellowship?” We love to get that question, and this one equally as good, “How can I help?” However, there is not just a single easy answer to give. There are so many ways you can get involved in the Ministry of the Oilfield Christian Fellowship. This article gives you an idea of what we do and how you can help. While some of these answers may be specific to the Houston chapter, many of them are relevant at any of our chapters.

First of all, I preface these answers with the overarching thought that the depth of your involvement depends on the level you want to commit your time. With that said, we would love to have another Brother or Sister in Christ volunteering to help the organization. There is always work to do. Here is a list of things that we need help with.

13 Ways to Get Involved

1. We need men and women of prayer who keep the OCF and its mission and leadership before the throne of God. We can do nothing on our own. We can accomplish all things through Christ. Click here to submit your prayer request.

Get Involved2. We need people to help distribute Bibles, both the Oil Patch Bibles in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese, and the many other international languages that we can supply to people going overseas. You can help with this by getting Bibles out to the rigs, platforms, and offices. If you or one of your co-workers is traveling overseas, you can carry Bibles with you which the OCF can supply. Click here to view our store.

3. We need help getting Oil Patch Bibles cheaply into Canada and other foreign countries. International Postage rates are extremely high. The OCF is looking for someone who can ship a large volume of Bibles to Canada and other countries. The OCF can mail them but mailing costs have escalated tremendously. We like to be good stewards of donations and piggy back with cargo going into foreign countries. If you know how the OCF can get Bibles to Africa, Bogota, or Canada cheaply, you would be a blessing.

4. We welcome volunteers to join the core group to manage The Woodlands Chapter. Are you interested in that kind of involvement? If so, contact us or let us know at the meeting.

5. We need disciplers. Jesus told us to go make disciples. The time is right for some form of Bible study or discipleship program to be formed at offices around the world where men and women gather together under the banner of an OCF Bible study. We have been putting together materials. We could supply chaplains or teachers.

Get Envolved6. If you are a writer, we need contributors to the OCF newsletter.

7. We need volunteers to help at the entry tables at the luncheons, ushers at the Prayer Breakfast, and workers at the many events that are held around the country.

8. We need people willing to give their testimony at the luncheons.

9. If you aren’t already doing so, you can attend our monthly luncheons at Houston’s First Baptist Church and The Woodlands. If you are in another city, make plans to attend the chapter meetings in Midland/Odessa, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Tyler, Texas; Covington, and Lafayette, Louisiana; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; or the chapter at Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada.

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10. We have Bible testimonies translated into Russian and Chinese. We have held off printing these Bibles as we are unsure how many to print and how to get them into the country. If you have an inlet in any of these two countries, you could help with this decision.

11. We will have more College Leadership Forums. If you want to participate in visiting a campus or get a meeting organized at a college, you are more than welcome to get going and get it organized. If you are a college student reading this and would like someone to visit with you about helping organizing something on your campus, contact us by Email.

Get Involved
Greg Garbe, (Far right) former A&M student and now part of Lighthouse Exploration, visits with A&M P.E. Students during pizza supper.

12. Our organization gets the funds to further the Bible Ministry, newsletters, and the other things we do through tax deductible donations. Checks can be made out to the Oilfield Christian Fellowship or a secure credit card donation can be made here. Click here to make a donation.

13. Start a chapter in your city or area. OCF President John Bird can help you with this if that is your calling.

Ready to Get Involved?

Many chapters already have outreach programs in place or are putting together their own Prayer Breakfasts at local Conference events, but if the chapter in your area doesn’t have a mission, then maybe you’re the person to volunteer to get something going. The Houston chapter leadership would be glad to help you get started.

We hope we haven’t overwhelmed you but start thinking and praying about the many threads the OCF has out there, plus a few the Lord may be leading us into. I pray God opens your heart and your time to do what He has called you to do. If the OCF is in His plans for you, don’t hold back.

Get Involved. Reach Out.

Contact OCF President John Bird or Bible Ministry Chairman Mike Chaffin via email. 
Or, contact your local chapter president if you want to help your local area’s chapter.

The OCF Bible App contains testimonies in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese in audio and print that are part of the Oil Patch Bible. The App also contains links to OCF social media and website. The App also houses an audio Bible that has over 1200 languages available to read or listen.

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Apr
1
Wed
OCF South Tulsa Luncheon @ Marley's Pizzeria
Apr 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Meeting Information:
When: 1st Wednesday of the month from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.
Where: Marley’s Pizzeria, 6104 E. 71st Street, Tulsa, OK 74136 (918) 551-7744
Cost: $7.25 for pizza buffet and side salad.  Menu available for alternate selection.
Contact: Jim Williams, Email: jimb.williams@hotmail.com or mobile: 918-409-6711

 

Apr
2
Thu
OCF Oklahoma City luncheon @ City Recue Mission Chapel
Apr 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
OCF-OKC Lunch Meetings:
When: First Thursday of each month, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
 
(Please enter the chapel via the NE entrance at the corner of Shartel & California avenues)
Cost: N.C. (Donations welcomed for Bibles & TttR; cash, check or credit card accepted)
RSVP via Eventbrite (www.ocf-okc.eventbrite.com) prior to 6 AM on the Wednesday before Thursday lunch.
For more information contact:
Max Holloway (maxholloway@cox.net), OCF-OKC Chapter Leader.
Randy Patterson, 405-517-0820 (cell/text),randyl.patterson@gmail.com, randypatterson@cox.net; OCF-OKC Director of Communications

 

Apr
8
Wed
OCF San Antonio luncheon @ Sonterra Country Club
Apr 8 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

When:  Always the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Please come be a part of the Oilfield Christian Fellowship monthly meeting at Sonterra Country Club for lunch and fellowship July 10 at 11:30 a.m.

RSVP cost is $20

GUEST SPEAKER:

ATTENTION: We have a new venue and request that you RSVP which is very simple to do with just a couple clicks, no RSVP pay at the door is $25.

If your interested in sponsoring lunch please contact Matt Lockwood 210-701-6397

Where – SONTERRA COUNTRY CLUB 901 Sonterra Blvd San Antonio, TX 78258

               The meeting entrance is where the valet is located.

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If you have any specific request and / or questions for the OCF San Antonio chapter don’t hesitate to reply to this email or email OCFSanAntonio@gmail.com.

For additional information email: ocfsanantonio@gmail.com or call Joe DeGeare 281-381-7573 or Pete Bommer 210-216-6400 .

PLEASE RSVP via 48 hours prior to the event

OCF Tyler Luncheon @ Holly Tree Country Club, Tyler TX
Apr 8 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meetings:

When: 11:30 to 1 PM / 2nd Wednesday of each month

Where: Hollytree CC
6700 Hollytree Dr, Tyler, TX 75703

COST:  Lunch: $20.00 per person

(Cash or Check, no credit cards)


For more information contact:
 Terry Bates at 903-343-3111 or terry.bates@grenergyservices.com

 

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Apr
16
Thu
OCF Dallas @ Hope for the Heart Headquarters
Apr 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monthly Meetings:

When: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm / 3rd Thursday of month (except March and December, contact board for dates)

Where: Hope for the Heart Headquarters, 2001 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano TX 75075

Speaker:

Lunch: Available via Cafe on location

RSVP: With Drew Kendrick via email at dkendrick@stokesandspiehler.com or by phone at 214-205-4668

NOTE: reservations must be made by Friday prior to the Thursday Meeting

Cost: FREE! Lunch available at the Cafe located in the lobby of the Hope Center.  DONATIONS WELCOME!

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