A Quilt Ministry meets twice a month to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. The quilts are ultimately shipped all over the world. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted for fabric, batting and miscellaneous sewing items to complete the quilts. We also accept cotton fabric donations.
A Prayer Shawl Ministry meets monthly and knits or crochets prayer shawls for cancer patients. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted to purchase our yarn.
Other ministries done quarterly, annually, or as we can: donate dozens of Kairos Cookies for the prison ministry in the spring or fall, a women’s fellowship Vine Luncheon on two to four Fridays a year at Reaching our City, as well as Blessing Bags filled with snacks for the children at Reaching Our City as often as we can. We also do an annual food drive which supports the food pantry at Reaching Our City.
We have several different community outreach programs. Here are just a few.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Orange Juice ( small bottles)
Mini donut packs
In the Oaks Indian Mission logo, the three feathers represent eagle feathers, which are symbols of love, friendship, honor, bravery, and mystical powers. The feather is used in ceremonies, healing, and purification.
For more information on Oaks, please click on the link.
Oaks Indian Mission
From its beginning, the Lutheran Missions were primarily focused on the education of Native American young people. The Oaks Mission as a Children's Home was established in 1926 and is located approximately 65 miles east of Tulsa, Oklahoma, just 23 miles west of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Until 1977, children of the Mission were treated without regard for individual needs. The children were housed, fed, clothed, supervised, and sent to school. Individual needs were dealt with only as they surfaced in social and mental displays. The approach to the care of these children was "boarding school provision."
In February 1979, the children were assessed according to:
* Reason for intake.
* Observable needs by categories such as social, psychological, education, parenting, and health.
From this assessment, four related sets of needs were identified:
* Pre-delinquent: Young children who have violated federal, state, or municipal laws and whom the juvenile workers and courts feel could better benefit from an "open" campus rather than the "closed" campus of a correctional institution.
* In Need of Supervision: The child who has (1) repeatedly disobeyed reasonable and lawful directions of his/her parents or legal guardian; (2) is willfully absent from home without the consent of parents or legal guardian for a substantial length of time or without intent to return.
* Deprived: A child who for any reason is destitute, homeless, or abandoned; or who does not have proper parental care; where there is neglect, cruelty, or depravity on the part of the parent or legal guardian; or where parent or legal guardian desires to be relieved of physical custody of the child.
* Boarding: This child is placed outside his/her home because of a need of education. This is a nine-month resident who will return to his/her respective home after the completion of the school year.
Oaks Indian Mission - Change
In May 1980, the name of Oaks Indian Mission was changed to Oaks Indian Center. The dormitory setting was eliminated and cottage living came into effect. These cottages are self-contained; cottage parents and their families became a part of the cottage population on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week. The "family" as a working unit became the focus of attention. In January 2004, the Board of Directors voted to change the name back to Oaks Indian Mission to better relate to and focus on our mission and heritage.
Through Sister BJ’s Pantry, many of the basic needs of the homeless on the streets are met each week. Sister Barbara Joseph, a Carmelite Religious Sister in Oklahoma City, is known for her efforts in assisting the homeless in the downtown area. With assistance, Sister BJ hands out breakfast bags on Friday and Saturday mornings along with hot coffee and hot chocolate.
Please check out www.srbjpantry.com for more information about this wonderful mission.
Want to help? These are the items needed to assist in this effort:
Tulakes Tutoring -“ Whiz Kids” Whiz Kids is a faith-based, one-on-one volunteer tutoring/mentoring program that focuses on first through eighth grade students who live in areas which have some of the highest drop-out rates and lowest socioeconomic levels in Oklahoma City. Whiz Kids is proactive and preventative in nature, targeting inner-city schools and students who are reading below grade level and who could benefit most from a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult. Want more info? Check out the link.
Donations needed for Veterans -- do you have gently worn (or new) gloves, sweatsuits, t-shirts, coats, hats, and scarves that you can donate to help our Vets? Please call 721-0590 and let us know. We have a volunteer that will gladly pick up your items. We collect items year around - just give us a call!