The VanMeter family enjoys being outdoors and spending time together. Parents April and Mike keep the family active in their church and their faith has kept them grounded. Unfortunately, they recently lost their home to a fire, and have had to live in mobile home next to their church since February. To help rebuild their lives, they’re raising money through RedBasket.org. On February 27, April heard a noise outside and saw that their four-wheeler had caught fire. A few things were able to be salvaged, but by the time help was on the way, the fire had spread to the house. The children’s rooms were completely ruined, and the rest of the home was damaged by smoke and water. The mobile home where they live now is about half the size of their previous home, but they are adjusting to their new space and thankful for the help of their neighbors. Now, the VanMeters are focusing on rebuilding their home. “People have been so generous, and God has provided many things, but we are still concerned about the future and how we will rebuild and replace our home,” said April. The family hopes to raise $15,500 through RedBasket.org to help purchase new furniture and other appliances that were lost in the fire and not covered by insurance. The fundraiser will be online through May 31. To learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit https://redbasket.org/1270/fresh-start-for-the-vanmeter-family.
Rep. Scott Fetgatter is set to host a town hall meeting in the Breakout Room in the OSU Institute of Technology Student Union on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The town hall, which is open to the public, will give constituents an opportunity to ask questions about state government and current problems or issues that the District 16 constituents face. Fetgatter has also asked House Appropriations & Budget Chairwoman Leslie Osborn to join him at the town hall. “I hope that the people of Okmulgee and the rest of District 16 realize what a treat and honor it is to have Chairwoman Osborn at this town hall,” Fetgatter said. “Budget talks have begun at the Capitol, and this is an opportunity for our community to have a direct line into that conversation.”
An egg hunt and wiener roast kept the children from the Henryetta Nazarene church entertained Saturday morning. Held at Nichols Park, the event started with the Easter story presented by Donna Whitworth. Youngsters then divided up into three groups to start searching for their favorite Easter eggs.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see special Easter services and activities at the Henryetta Church of the Nazarene. The Good Friday service will be held Friday evening at 7 with the choir, youth band and Praise Team entertaining followed by a message from pastor Tim Cole. An Easter egg hunt will be held at Nichols Park Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by a wiener roast. On Easter Sunday, fellowship will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 then the Easter message, Resurrection Celebration, held at 10:30.
Holy Week services at the Henryetta First United Methodist Church start off each day with a 7 a.m. breakfast and devotional. Thursday will see a 5:30 p.m. fish dinner followed by worship service and Friday will feature Good Friday worship at 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday wills tart with a 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at the Henryetta golf course followed by Sunday school at 9 and morning worship that will include the choir Easter program at 10:15. Church members will hold an Easter egg hunt at 11:30. Pastor Kyle Kiner said everyone is invited to any or all of the services.