"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John F. Kennedy
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Michael "Brad" Boone
Brad is a Drilling Consultant for Marathon Oil through Callender Inc. He was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and currently resides in Joshua, a small (but growing) town outside of Fort Worth. He and his wife, Kristi have been married for 15 years and have 4 children: Dakota, 10, McKenzi-12, Leah-22, and Ashley-24. He has a grandson, Waylon- 1 and a new grand baby on the way. When Brad isn't working his hobbies include fishing and tinkering with old cars. He enjoys watching and coaching his children in baseball and softball, which he considers sports a huge part of their family. His family loves to go camping, water sports and chasing the kids around in their baseball/ softball endeavors. Brad considers one of his life accomplishments to be raising his kids to be exceptional adults. He is a hard worker, has good work ethic and takes pride in what he does. He is a funny guy that is a joy to visit with. He works hard so he can play hard with his kids and grand kids. We are excited to be part of his journey and his accomplishments in work and life.
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By Pastor Calvary Callender
In a survey that was taken of housewives, they were asked what they were most thankful for. Here are some of their responses. They said they were especially thankful:
1. For husbands who attack small repair jobs around the house because they usually make them big enough to call in the professionals.
2. For children who put away their things and clean up after themselves. They're such a joy you hate to see them go home to their own parents
3. For teenagers because they give parents an opportunity to learn a second language.
4. For Smoke alarms because they let you know when the turkey's done.
Our list might not look anything like theirs, but I'm convinced that if we began to make a list, we would find that we have much more for which to be thankful than just our material possessions. Like you, my list would include the major things in this life...health, family, friends, and the nation we live in. Even more than these things, though, I'm thankful for my salvation and the mercy that God showers upon us each day. With Jesus we have so much for which to celebrate on Thanksgiving!
Has it ever occurred to you that no Americans were more underprivileged than that small handful from the Mayflower who started the custom of setting aside a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God? They had no homes and no government agency to help them build homes. They had no means of transportation but their legs. Their only food came from the sea and the forest, and they had to get it for themselves. They had no money and no place to spend it if they'd had any. They had no amusements except what they made for themselves, no means of communication with their relatives in England, no social security or Medicare.
No one dared to call these early settlers underprivileged, though, because they did have 4 of the greatest human assets: initiative, courage, a willingness to work, and a boundless faith in God. Our forefathers had "a boundless faith in God." That our forefathers had a boundless faith in God almost sounds strange today in a time when so many people fight against even the mention of God in public.
Listen to what our forefathers wrote in the "Declaration of Independence.
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights . . ." And it ends with these words, ". . . with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
Thanksgiving Day is a distinctive holiday. It doesn't commemorate a battle or anyone's birthday or anniversary. It is simply a day set aside to express our nations thanks to our nation's God. In 1789, George Washington made this public proclamation. It says, in part, "By the President of the United States of America. A proclamation: Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and "Whereas, Both Houses of Congress" (Did you see that, "Both Houses of Congress?") "have by their joint committee requested me 'to recommend to the people of the United States a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God. . .' "Now, Therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. . ." So read the very first Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation.
This month our nation will pause once again to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Because of the example of our forefathers, and because today we have so much, we should be an extremely thankful people. Let's all take time this month and remember all we have to be thankful for and take time to express that gratefulness to God.
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I had a friend of mine that had an injury with a hand tool this past week. I thought of how many other things could of happened to his arm. Lucky for him he will have his arm and will recover with damage to the tendons and nerves, but will still have his arm and hand. In reflection of this I decided the topic of Safety this month should be about injury prevention from Hand and Power Tools.
Anyone working with tools should be properly trained in the correct use of the hand tools that they use and in how to protect themselves from tool hazards.
Tools are such a common part of our lives that we forget that they may pose hazards. Depending on circumstances you may be exposed to hazards from dropped tools, from parts or chips flying off, from flying grit off of abrasive tools or even injury to a body part. Tools made from good quality, durable materials will help you to avoid injuries caused by tools breaking or slipping on the job or at home
How to protect yourself
Choose tools made from good quality, durable materials. Metal tool parts should be strong enough to resist bending, cracking, chipping or excessive wear. Wear the appropriate PPE. Wear eye protection if there is a chance that chips, sparks or debris could get into your eyes. Wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts, sharp tools and material edges. Wear proper foot protection when using heavy tools. Inspect tools before and after each use. Look for damage and wear such as: cracked or loose handles, dull, rounded or chipped cutting surfaces and damage to gripping surfaces. Always follow the rule: Use the right tool for the job.
Click here to read a PDF with 20 Safety Rules for Power Tools
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Woodford Shale Facts
State – Oklahoma
Thickness – 120-220 Feet
Depth – 6,000-12,000 Feet
Geologic Age – Mississippian
Reservoir Pressure- 3,000 -5,000 psi
Basin- Arkoma, Anadarko
Cost to Drill Well- $ 2-3 Million
What is the Woodford Shale Formation? The Woodford Shale Natural Gas Field (Oklahoma Shale) is located in Southeastern Oklahoma. To many oil and gas companies, the Woodford Shale field holds a promising source of Natural Gas. This Natural Gas is trapped in the shale rock thousands of feet below the ground. Companies first drill vertical wells, and then drill horizontally with fracturing techniques, which involves fracturing the shale rock deposits with high pressured water. This then releases the trapped gas. The Woodford Shale play is the result of what has happened in the Barnett Shale find for the past 20 years. Companies have gained a vast amount of their experience drilling wells in Barnett and can use this experience along with new technologies when they drill in the Woodford Shale Gas Field.
Over 1,500 wells have already been drilled with many more to come. The sweet spots located in the Woodford Shale are McIntosh County to Hughes, Coal, Pittsburg and Atoka counties. Companies are leasing land in order to explore natural gas. In addition, these landholders often get up to 15% royalties on the Natural Gas found in the Woodford Shale. Fresh news in 2009, Marathon Oil has announced they are drilling in Canadian County, OK.
Back to Horizontal Drilling - Many years ago companies wouldn't be drilling this Woodford shale because of old technologies and the price of natural gas was low. Now it makes economic sense. Although Horizontal wells at Woodford Shale cost a lot more then vertical wells, soaring natural gas prices have made these shale plays a gold mine. It's a huge frenzy similar to the gold rush. People are becoming millionaires just for leasing their land to natural gas companies!
Geologists have known about Woodford shale for a long time but companies have only started exploring it ten years ago. Drilling only started several years ago. This has boosted the average salary of the citizens from 26,000 to near 35,000-40,000 per year in McAlester. Some say if you drive through Atoka, Coalgate, and McAlester, they are totally transformed. Great wealth is being created every year.
While Devon Energy drilled the first well back in 2005, many companies have taken over the Woodford Shale in hopes to strike in big. Estimates are coming in that the Woodford Shale holds around 4 trillion cubic feet of Natural Gas. The Woodford Shale Gas Field is not the only hot shale play out there.
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