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Perhaps you have seen us on your drive through town on Lee Street. Perhaps you have been invited by someone to visit the church of Christ, or maybe you are visiting our city from out of town. Whatever the reason we know and understand that many people are a little apprehensive about visiting a new church. We hope a few words of introduction about this warm, friendly, diverse, growing congregation will set your mind at ease about visiting with us.

Going into a church building the first time is no different than visiting any other organization the first time. There is always the fear of the unknown. Where do I sit (Anywhere you feel comfortable we have no assigned seats or members only seating)? What do I do (Whatever you choose to do, sing, pray, give? Your choice)? Where are the restrooms (They are in our foyer, clearly marked men and women along with an available family/handicap bathroom wheel chair accessible)? What do I wear? Do I go to class or not? Will anyone speak to me? Will too many people speak to me?

The main fears of attending a church the first time are derived the views of attending church that are portrayed on TV and in the movies. CHURCH JUST SEEMS A SCARY PLACE!!

Please be assured that attending the 8th and Lee Church of Christ will not be a scary adventure. We believe you will feel very comfortable in a short time – when you attend our Bible classes and worship service. We are just sinners saved by God's grace through Jesus Christ trying to live a good life in Him.

If you choose to first attend a worship service on Sunday morning or Sunday evening, you will find that we participate in several forms of worship during the hour. You are invited to participate in any or all of them as you feel comfortable. You will meet people who, just like you, sincerely want to follow the teachings of the Bible and please God with their lives. You'll find that every sermon and class is based on the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In fact, members and visitors are urged to bring their own Bibles and follow along. We still strive to do Bible things in Bible ways, and to call Bible things by Bible names-nothing more or nothing less. We seek to exalt Christ in our songs, prayers, sermons, and lives (Colossians 1:18). An air of hope fills the church as we think of the beautiful promise of heaven for God's faithful children (Revelation 21:1).

We are sure you will find that the 8th and Lee church of Christ is a growing, friendly church. We are a diverse congregation that reflects the fact that God's church is for all people. The services are simple, reverent, practical, and meaningful. The crowd often ranges in age from newborn babies (a nursery is available, as well as a training room both located in the foyer of our building on opposite sides clearly marked) to those who have seen most of a century pass. Professionally, there are those from all walks of life-from blue collar to white collar to students to retirees. We have business owners, plant managers, educators, office workers, police officers, retail employees, welders, and everything in between. Educationally, we have those with Ph.Ds, as well as those who have not spent much time in school. Most fall into the category of high school graduates to college bachelor's degrees. Churches of Christ are diversified-people of all races and nationalities worship and work together as God's children (Acts 10:34-35). Christ's church is made up of all kinds of people (1 Corinthians 12:1; Galatians 3:27-28). You will find members of all races, educational backgrounds, and economic levels feel comfortable in our services. We mean it when we say, 'Everybody is welcome.'

Every effort is made to allow visitors to feel comfortable. You will not be singled out during the service in any way. You will not be asked to stand or be identified by wearing a name tag. You will just be asked if you choose to fill out a visitor card and to let us say hello and give you a baked loaf of bread as our way of saying thank you. The visitor’s card will allow us to send you a letter thanking you for your visit with us here.

Okay so what should you expect? Well you can expect the following.

Bible Centered:

The church of Christ strives to be a 'visitor friendly' church. Since many of our members were at one time visitors themselves, we know how it feels on a first visit. We make it our goal to be the friendliest church you have ever visited. We aim to treat others the way we want to be treated, like Jesus said (Matthew 7:12). Our aim is to be the church that Jesus established in the first century. Therefore, we rely only on the Scriptures for authority in all that we teach and practice, and we reject all creeds and doctrines that originate from man. The Bible is the textbook to which reference is repeatedly made in our classes and sermons. Special emphasis is placed on that part of the Bible known as the New Testament (II Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 1:16). You will never be asked to accept what some man says about the Bible; we want you to read the Bible for yourself to see "whether those things are so" (Acts 17:11). The God of heaven revealed His will for mankind in the Bible, and we are striving to please God by going back to what He said and do Bible things in Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names. In all of our sermons, Bible class lessons and home Bible studies, we seek simply to “speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11).

Mission Minded:

Jesus told His disciples, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Our aim is to do just as Jesus commanded and to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost of Lawton, Oklahoma and other parts of the world. We take the Great Commission of Jesus very seriously and seek to fulfill it in every way that we can. The Lord's church does not exist simply to serve itself but to follow the example of our Savior and "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10).

Family Oriented:

Our aim is to meet the spiritual and physical needs of this congregation and the community, especially among the families. In today’s society, the home and family seem to be under constant attack. We place special emphasis on the family, recognizing and being thankful for the unique roles God gave to each of us as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children (Ephesians 5:22-6:4).

We come together each Sunday to worship our loving God. In our worship, we simply try to go back and worship like the church did in the first century, "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). Every week, we sing as a congregation, we pray, we listen to the Word of God being proclaimed, we give as we have been prospered and we observe the Lord’s Supper. Knowing that God is the object of our worship, we seek to do and say only those things that will bring honor and glory to His name, for of such He is so worthy (Revelation 4:11).

Singing – We will sing songs of praise unto God as instructed in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. We do not use mechanical instruments of music in our worship to God in song. Our singing is a capella (without instruments). A leader will announce and lead songs, the songs will be projected overhead on our screen and you may follow along in our songbooks, which are located on the back of our pews if you pefer. We blend our voices as we praise and worship our God, knowing that our music is good to His ears.

Praying – Several public prayers will be led during the typical service. These prayers are led by men from the congregation and are from their hearts.

Lord's Supper (communion) – If you visit on a Sunday morning, the Lord’s Supper will be included in the worship service. The reason for this is our desire to follow a New Testament pattern (Matthew 26:26-29). The first century church is noted to have celebrated this observance on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). We learn from this that they did it on the first day of every week. We take the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine each Sunday as we remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior. We offer communion on Sunday evenings for any who missed services that morning. 

o During this memorial service, plates containing pieces of unleavened (no yeast) bread will be passed through the congregation. To us, this symbolizes the body of Jesus offered on our behalf on the cross (I Corinthians 10:16). Each participating person will take a piece of the bread and eat it.

o Next, trays of small cups will be passed. The cups contain "fruit of the vine," (usually grape juice). It symbolizes to us the blood of Jesus, also as offered on the cross (I Corinthians 10:16). Each participant will drink the contents of one of the cups and then put the empty cup back in the tray.  Don’t be embarrassed if you choose not to participate. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.

Giving – The only way the church of Christ collects funds for the work we do is through a free-will offering of the saints. This is the only method authorized in the Bible. We do this on the first day of the week as we find example (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). If you are visiting with us, we are just happy to have you here and we are not asking for any money from you. We happily give back from the abundance that God has given us so that His work on earth can continue through this church and through others. Our gifts support not only the local church but also mission efforts here in Lawton as well as throughout the world.

Teaching/Preaching – Preaching is something the early church continued in with great diligence (Acts 2:42). Preaching will save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:21) in that the gospel that is proclaimed is God’s power to save (Romans 1:16). The preaching you will hear is not based on man’s wisdom or opinion, but rather, we demand book, chapter, and verse for all that is taught. The lesson, will reflect on the Bible (God's Word) in helping us to learn what God has said to us and how it applies in our lives (II Timothy 4:1-4). Scriptures are often read aloud during the preaching lesson. At the sermon's end, the Lord's invitation is offered (Matthew 11:28-30) for any who want to become Christians or rededicate their lives to God. There is no coercion. We pray that the sermons you hear will be enlightening and profitable as you seek to serve God.

In addition, you may observe persons responding at the end of the lesson for baptism or for prayer. We are simply striving to express these things with a consistency that mirrors that of the New Testament church as we serve others, worship God, and long for Heaven.

Children’s Bible Classes:

The church of Christ places a great emphasis on its Bible school program. We recognize the God-given responsibility that parents have to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6),and we have designed our children’s Bible classes to assist parents in that awesome task. We have classes for children from the moment that they can sit up to the time that they graduate from high school, all of which are taught by trained, knowledgeable, loving adults who are concerned for the spiritual growth of their students. Their efforts are supported by a staffed Media Center, which provides curriculum, supplies, equipment, visual aids, ideas and other materials needed to reinforce their Bible-centered lessons.

If your first time to attend 8th and Lee Church of Christ is during a Sunday morning Bible Class or a Wednesday evening Bible Class, you will likely observe the following:

• Brief time altogether in the auditorium for a song and a prayer before going to class.
• Classes for several different age groups or interest groups. Just ask someone and they'll get you to the right class for you. Or, you can just choose to remain in the auditorium for the class there.
• On Wednesday evenings, we come back together in the auditorium after class for a brief devotional and the extending of the invitation to be baptized or for prayer.

Adult Bible Classes:

In addition to having classes for children of all ages, we have regular Bible classes for all adults as well. Our adult Bible classes teach a variety of subjects stressing the application of Scriptures in our everyday lives. In addition to a study of every book in the Bible, topics of interest and concern, such as for families and parents, are addressed as a regular component of the curriculum. We seek to help all use Biblical principles in coping with the problems and opportunities facing our challenging lives. All of our classes are taught by individuals who have a true respect for the authority of God’s Word and seek to convey that respect to those in the class.

Youth Groups:

Today’s young people are important to us! Recognizing the great pressures placed upon our children from so many areas of their lives, we do everything possible to assist their families in providing good, wholesome opportunities to grow as Jesus did—“in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). In addition to Bible classes on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, there are regularly scheduled activities for all children. There really is such a thing as “positive peer pressure” when young people get around other young people who are trying to do what is right. We take seriously the admonition, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

What Will Be Expected Of You?

You are welcome to sing with us and to fully participate in the worship of God, but don’t feel that you have to participate. Just watch and listen, if that is your choice. As our honored guest, we want you to feel welcome.

We would appreciate it if you would fill out a "visitor’s card" so we can have a record of your visit. But feel free to decline this request if you prefer.

What should you wear? You will see a variety of styles. You will see coats and ties, khaki slacks and sport shirts, and a few jeans. Similarly, you will see some of our women in dresses and skirts, others in pants. In New York’s finest or Walmart’s best, you’ll be in style here. We are more concerned with your relationship with the Lord than about what you wear.

We are a diverse group, coming from varied backgrounds, and at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth.

We do have a mutual commitment; and that is, to practice the truth we have learned from scripture. You see, we were not brought together by any illusion of our perfection or righteousness. We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus. That is the real reason we can worship together, stick together, and, with God's help, accomplish what scripture says in our lives and the lives of others.

Bottom line, you will find people who love Jesus and love the Bible.

Perhaps you are just traveling through our area, or you may live in or near Lawton. Either way, as the opportunity presents itself, we hope that you will visit with us. When you do visit with us, we want your visit to be both uplifting and profitable, as we strive to “worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Come visit with us at your next opportune time – God’s Blessings

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