By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015
Pat Bartley (back to camera) is this year’s publicity chairperson of the Spring Market, which presents its fifth annual event March 28 with over 60 vendors.
Members of the Glenpool King of Kings Lutheran Church are busy putting the finishing touches on the 5th annual Spring Market, scheduled to open its doors at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 in the Glenpool Conference Center, located on U.S. 75 Highway at 121st Street.
Metro Tulsa residents will have the opportunity to shop until 4 p.m., according to Pat Bartley, church member and publicity chairperson of the annual event.
“We are very pleased to bring another Spring Market to Glenpool, and it will feature a minimum of 60 vendors offering artisans of hand-crafted items and independent home-based businesses from all over Tulsa and the surrounding areas,” she said. Lori Knoepfel, church secretary, said about one-third of the vendors from last year most likely will be returning.
And if there are any local and area artisans and home-based businesses who want to participate in this year’s market, both women urged them to call 918-291-2005 to secure a booth.
Pat wanted to emphasize to all those who may be interested in setting up display this year, “We will assist all vendors in unloading, setting up, and then help you pack up. We have 100 church members and many are involved in preparing for the market, as well as helping vendors and visitors to have a great time.”
“Visitors to this year’s event will enjoy shopping for home décor, woodworking items,
candles, gifts, jewelry, home-baked goods, and much more,” Pat explained. “We will be asking for a $1 donation at the door, which will benefit the Mend Medical Clinic/Pregnancy
Mend is a free medical clinic and pregnancy resource center located at 6216 S. Lewis Suite 100, Tulsa. The clinic’s services include: providing confidential lab certified pregnancy testing, free of charge; limited ultrasounds after positive pregnancy tests; education on the risks of abortion and offering life-affirming alternatives; referrals to other services; and having available for parents the essential needs of a child up to the age of three years through an “Earn While You Learn” program.
All net proceeds from the Spring Market, supplemented by Thrivent Financial, will be used to support local, national, and international missions.
The King of Kings Lutheran Church was started in 2005 by the Oklahoma District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as a mission in Glenpool. Early services were held at the Glenpool Community center, then later in a store front on U.S. Highway 75, which had to be expanded. “A couple of years later, we outgrew that space and were able to buy our current building in 2007,” Pat said.
“Several years ago, the OK District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod purchased property at 151st Street just east of U.S. 75 with the goal of building a beautiful new worship facility that will help us in reaching residents in south Tulsa County and the area. We are currently in the middle of a building campaign to raise money for this purpose. This is the same site where we hold our annual Live Nativity.”
Services are held at 14023 S. Casper (frontage road along U.S. 75, north of 141st Street) in Glenpool. “Worship services are best described as blended, combining all of the essentials of a traditional service with confession, prayer, celebration of the sacraments, and relevant messages along with worshipful, contemporary music.”
Pastor Rick Tabisz explained that the Glenpool church was founded as a mission church, established to reach those who do not have a church home, and to those who want to grow in knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ.” Their mission: “Connect. Grow. Follow Jesus.”
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Jim Butcher is a retired, award-winning newspaperman who continues to write as a freelance writer and photographer. He owned the Tulsa Front Page weekly and was executive editor to Neighbor Newspapers' 13 metro newspapers. Currently, he writes for Value News and has become a paid assignment screenwriter, along with a University of Oklahoma professor who wrote Brad Pitt's first feature film. His award-winning screenplay is on the historical Osage Indian Murders of the 1920s.
14023 S. Casper | Glenpool, OK 74033