Twin Oaks Baptist Church continues growing
Since its inception in 1963, Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Delaware County has grown from a one-room building to its current facility. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Twin Oaks Baptist Church member Sue Maupin sings a Cherokee hymn during a recent service. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
In 1964, church member Curly Turtle donated two acres for a one-room Baptist church that was built between two Oak trees, giving the church its Twin Oaks name. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TWIN OAKS, Okla. – “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” Proverbs 29:18. That Bible verse has kept Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Delaware County growing since its inception in 1963.
Sue Maupin, parishioner and Cherokee Nation citizen, has attended the church for 49 years. Her mother, Narcie Cochran, had a vision of starting a church where everyone could attend but was closer to their homes.
“Somehow that seed just grew in her mind,” Maupin said. “I guess the Lord spoke to her into starting a church somewhere in this area.”
So Narcie and her husband George, along with Ike and Lou Postoak, started creating a church in the Twin Oaks area. It started as a mission of Euwasha Baptist Church in Kenwood, with the assistance of the Cherokee Missionary. But in 1963, church services and a Sunday school started in a former Postoak residence. At the time there were 31 members.
In 1964, parishioner Curly Turtle donated two acres for a one-room church that was built between two oak trees, giving the church its Twin Oaks name. The Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention helped build the church by giving $1,000 to get it started.
In 1966, the church became part of the Cherokee Baptist Association. An addition was later built with the help of the First Baptist Church of Kansas, Okla. It was called the educational wing for Sunday school classes.
“It was like a little hallway that connected the educational building and the little one-room church, and from there it just started growing, knocking walls out, adding another wing to it,” Maupin said.
Today in those classrooms, parishioners teach the Cherokee language to those wanting to learn. Parishioners also sing Cherokee hymns during services.
After the church received its educational wing, it grew again by adding a dining hall and offices and extending the sanctuary.
“Everything just clicked into place and, you know, that’s God’s will, when everything starts working together,” Maupin said.
Today, the church stays active in the community, believes in the power of prayer and has been pastored by CN citizen Charlie Shell for the past six years.
“When someone has a prayer request, it is sent on to our prayer chain. Before you know it, there are many, many people praying for the request made. It’s awesome to see the Lord at work,” parishioner Karen Bryant said.
Bryant has worshipped at Twin Oaks Baptist Church for 30 years.
“I’m very blessed to be part of this church. My family has been part of Long Prairie (Baptist Church in nearby Kansas) and Twin Oaks all my life and I know this is where I belong,” she said. “Our welcoming committee does a wonderful job at making visitors immediately feel at home here. So does our food committee for that matter. We try to make sure our visitors and members leave with a full stomach and a blessing.”
Along with a meal every Sunday, the church also has penny marches, in which children collect pennies to give to a Cherokee missionary family from the area serving in Indonesia. Twin Oaks Baptist Church also supports and donates to other missions and missionaries not from the area.
During the summer, the church holds its annual giveaway, in which parishioners and people outside of the church donate items such as clothes, household items and toys to families and organizations.
The church also holds an annual Vacation Bible School.
“The past few years we have been a popular place during Vacation Bible School,” Bryant said. “We’ve had to move classes to the kitchen and outside because we don’t have the room to house so many people. But I think that’s a good thing. We like to see adults and kids want to come to church.”
In 2013, the church will celebrate its 50th year, something Maupin is thankful for.
“The Lord saw fit that this was going to be it. This is where he wanted us to be,” she said. “We’ve had our ups and downs, but the Lord just always carries us through.”
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ᏗᎦᎳᏫ ᏧᏍᎪ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ. – ᎾᎿ ᎾᏂᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬᎾ ᎨᏒ, ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎾᏨᎲᏍᎪ,” ᎤᏪᏘ ᎦᎸᏉᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎪᏪᎳ Proverbs 29:18. ᎪᏪᎳ ᎦᎸᏉᏗ ᎪᏪᎸ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᏡᎬ Ꭲ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᎦᏢᏫ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏆᏅᎩᏱ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏛᏏᏓ ᏂᏓᎬᏩᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.
Sue Maupin, ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎨᎳᏗᏙ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ, ᏗᎦᎳᏫᏥᏙ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ. ᎤᏥᏃ, Narcie Cochran, ᎤᏁᎳᏫᏎᎸ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏥᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎠᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᏚᏁᏅᏒᎢ.
“ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏙᏔᎾ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎦᏔ ᎤᏛᏌ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Maupin. “ᎨᎵᏍᎬᏃ ᎤᏁᎳᏅᎯ ᎤᏟᏃᎮᏔᏁ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎢᎸᏢ ᎠᎭᏂ.”
ᏃᏊᏃ Narcie ᎠᎴ ᎤᏰᎯ George, ᏃᎴᏍᏊ Ike ᎠᎴ Lou Postoak, ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎦᎳᏫ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏓᏁᎲᎢ. ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏥᏅᏏᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᏩᏏ ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ KenwoodᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏅᏏᏓ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏦᎢ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᏓᏂᎳᏫᎨ ᎠᎴ ᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎾᎿ Postoak ᎠᏂᏁᎸᎢ. ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᎨᏒ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎾᏂᎥ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙᎯ.
ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏕᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎨᎳᏗᏙ Curly Turtle ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎦᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎧᏅᏑᎵ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏁᏍᎨᎲ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏍᎦ ᏕᏡᎬᎢ, ᎤᏂᏁᎸ ᏚᏃᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᎳᏫ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏚᏃᎥ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏅᏒ ᏗᎦᏅᏏᏓ ᎠᏂᎾ ᎾᎿ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏅᎢ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎠᏁᏍᎨᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᏕᎬᏩᏂᏁᎸ ᏌᏊ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎢᏕᎸ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᏙᏗ.
ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᎲ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙᎲ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᏗᎵᏍᏗᎢ. ᎧᏁᏉᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏅᏑᎳᏅ ᎣᏂᏴ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎪᏓ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ. ᏄᏂᏫᏎᎸᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎪᏯᏛ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎦᎳᏅᏛ ᎨᏒ ᏓᏓᏂᏴᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᎧᏅᏑᎵ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎤᏛᏒ, ᎦᎾᏑᎦᎸ ᏙᎩᏲᏍᏔᎾ, ᏙᏥᏁᏉᏍᎬ ᏐᎢ ᎣᏦᏯᏛᏍᎬ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Maupin.
ᎪᎯ ᏥᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙ ᏓᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᏗᏣᎳᎩ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏗᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᏂᏃᎩᏍᎪ ᎯᎿ ᏓᏂᎳᏫᎬᎢ.
ᎾᎿᏃ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᏧᏃᏯᏛᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᏲᏗ, ᏏᏊ ᎤᏛᏌ ᎤᏂᏁᏉᎠ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏧᏂᏴᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏁᏉᏓ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᏂᎦᏓ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏒᎵᏍᏔᏅᏒ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏣᏅᏔ ᎤᏁᎳᏅᎯ ᎣᏏ ᎤᏰᎸᏅᎢ ᎨᏐ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏂᎦᎥ ᏳᏓᎴᏅᎭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Maupin.
ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ, ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎠᎢ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎾᎥ ᏄᎾᏓᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏉᎯᏳ ᎤᏟᏂᎩᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗ.
“ᎩᎶ ᎠᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗ ᏳᏔᏲᏟ, ᎣᏥᏅᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᏚᏓᏕᏫᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᎾᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ. ᏃᏅᏛᎾᏃ ᎨᏐ ᎢᏳᎾᏣᏍᏈᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᎾᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏔᏲᏢᎢ. ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏐ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎤᏁᎳᏅᎯ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᏃ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᏥᏙ Karen Bryant.
Bryant ᏕᎦᎳᏫᏥᏙᎰ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎦᎳᏫ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᏦᏍᎪᎯ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ.
“ᎢᎦ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎪ ᎨᎳᏗᏙᎲ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ. ᎠᏆᏛᏒ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎪᏗ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ (ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎾᎥ ᎢᎪᏓ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ.) ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᎳᏫ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎦᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏆᏅᏔ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏆᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. “ᏗᎾᎵᎲᎵᎦ ᎠᏂᎷᎬ ᎠᏂᎧᎻᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᏴᏫ ᏓᏂᎷᎬ ᏓᏂᏲᎵᎰ ᎤᏓᏅᏔ ᏓᎾᏟᏃᎮᏗᏍᎪ ᏚᏁᏅᏒᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᎠᏂᎧᎻᏗ. ᎣᏣᏁᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎪᎩᏩᏛᎯᏙ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏁᎳᏗᏙ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏉᏟ ᎧᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᎯ.”
ᎾᎠᎩᎾ ᎣᏣᎵᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎪ ᏂᎪᎯᎵ ᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬ, ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᏃ ᎤᏂᎭ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎣᏣᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ, ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᏂᎩᏏᏙᎰ ᏧᏂᏁᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎦᏅᏏᏓ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏓ ᏩᏁᏙᎲ Indonesia. ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗᏃ ᎤᏠᏯ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏣᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᏂᏟᏌᏅᎢ. ᏗᎦᎳᏫ ᏧᏍᎪ ᏗᎾᏓᏬᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏚᎰᏢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᏅᏏᏓ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏓ.
ᎪᎦ ᎨᏒ, ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ ᎣᏣᏓᏁᎰ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᏥᏙ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏓᏯᏗᏝ ᎠᏁᎭ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏗᎾᏬ ᏱᎩ, ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎬᏔᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᎾᏁᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰ ᏙᎯ ᎠᏁᏙᎯ ᎪᏪᎳ ᏗᎦᎸᏉᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎢᎸᏍᎦ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏃᏊ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏙᎦᏓᏃᏣᎶ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏍᏆᎸᏗ ᏙᎯ ᎠᏁᏙᎯ ᎪᏪᎳ ᏗᎦᎸᏉᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Bryant.
“ᎣᏥᎲᏍᎪ ᏙᏣᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏴᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏙᏯ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ Ꮭ ᎡᎵ ᏱᏂᎬ ᏳᏝᏅᏓ ᎦᎵᏦᏕ ᎤᏂᏣᏍᏈᏍᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᎵᏍᎪᎢ. ᎣᎦᏚᎵᏍᎪ ᏧᎾᏔᏂ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏗ ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏥᏓᏍᏗᎢ.”
ᎤᎳᎪᎲᏍᏗ, ᏧᏂᎳᏫᏍᏗ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎨᏍᏗ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎦᏲᎦᎴᏅᏓ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ Maupin ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᎳᏅᎯ ᎤᎪᎭ ᎾᏍᎯ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏦᎩᎳᏫᏥᏓᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎣᎩᎦᏛᎴᏏᏙᎳ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏁᎳᏅᎯ ᎣᎩᏙᎵᎪ ᎣᎩᎦᏛᎴᎯᏍᏗᏍᎪ.”