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UUCL History

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Russell Bennett on the history of UUCL during the Dedication Service on Sunday, June 23, 2013.




The Early DaysI was reminiscing with Pat Hankins yesterday about the early days of the church. Remember, Patsy, you brought your keyboard to church, Chuck came along very early and started playing for us despite having had a stroke leaving him little use of his right arm (I believe it was right one). Then when I ran into Helen Hatch I found out they had an electronic organ in their home they would like to give us, we acquired that and Chuck could play it very well using his legs on pedal to compensate for what his arm couldn't do. Patsy, you designed and worked on the church banner we used at SUUSI and conferences and became Membership chair which you remained to this day. Ellen, you came along Charter Sunday and have been so active since and have been Worship chair for all but about the first four or five years probably. Russell, you, Ginny, Bill Davies, Boyd and I were very interested in UU Church (you and Ginny already being UUs in Okla City), and Sondra, a UU, came bringing Susanne Bellin to the meeting at Ginny's in Jan 1993 after a brief was put in the paper by Ginny. I know my daughter, Tracy, had been talking to Ginny, you and Boyd about a UU church since she knew I was interested in that after going to Okla City church with the Davies (the three of you were active in LCT and she was chair of something then at LCT). Tracy knew I was unhappy at my church and that I felt I had found what I needed at First U, O.C. Anyway, we had a wonderful group for a year and a half and finally felt we must try to organize a church, which we did at a public meeting at Town Hall in Sept 1994. Bill Davies had corresponded with UUA in Boston.

It was difficult getting started, but we had some help from Ron Robinson, the founder of the UU Church in Tahlequah. Sondra was supreme help because she was a long time UU who had been very active.

A note sent from Beverly to be read at our Dedication Service on Sunday, June 23, 2013:

To My Church Family,

I deeply regret not being with you for Open House and Dedication Sunday Service, June 23rd.  My involvement with helping to establish a fellowship of people interested in Unitarian Universalist beliefs and principles, and then helping to found the Unitarian Universalist Church in Lawton, is the most important thing I have done in my life, second only to my husband,  Bill, and three daughters.

I have faith that the leadership and members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lawton in place now will carry it forward into the future with the dedication and effort they have been showing.  We will all be an important influence in the city of Lawton for the betterment of our community, as well as our faith.

Yours in Love, Beverley


UUCL Charter Sunday, June 4, 1995I attended a public meeting at Town Hall to form a Unitarian church and have attended continuously ever since. Jack came with me to see what the organizational meeting was all about, but he didn’t start coming regularly until a year later.

A small correction: Ted Metzler was the first one who played the keyboard. He would put one of those plastic lawn chairs with the arms facing him, then he would put the keyboard across the arms of the chair. He couldn’t play very well, but better than any of the rest of us. We individually bought our own hymnals.

As I remember, there was only about 12 or 15 of us. We met in one room of the Davenport building and sat in white plastic lawn chairs. I kept sliding out of them. I think Sondra bought the lawn chairs. That room had a small room built into the southwest corner and we put the children in there. We took turns working with the children.

Adult Forum met at the back of the room. There was an old kitchen table that we sat around. I led Adult Forum for several years using materials from UUA and from articles in World magazine.
After Jack started coming, he and I made the coffee for five or six years.

The church as a group would take trips to the Wildlife Reservation, and once we went to Ardmore to Chickasaw Recreation Area and Turner Falls.



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