Monday, August 13, 2018

Book signing at the CPCH is this Friday!

Author Tom Spence to sign books at the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home

Retired Marine Corps officer, pastor, and western Oklahoma’s most prolific author Tom Spence will be at the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home on Friday, 17 August 2018 for a book signing from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the campus library.
Tom will have several of his titles, but the featured book will be Throw Away Kids:  Are we concerned enough to get involved?

Tom will also feature a good down home baseball story for the children—Tough Day at the Plate

Tom’s books will be available for a donation to the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home. 

For those already interested, his books may be viewed at this author page atAmazon.com.














Tom, Just who are you to talk about some else's children?

That's a fair question.

I don't like people or organizations or the government messing around with the inner workings of my family.
We should be able to protect the domain that we call home and family.
I don't like meddling in other people's business.
So just who am I to talk about someone else's kids.

I am the guy who sees the kids in dirty clothes.
They are the same clothes the kid wore for the past two days.
They smell like cigarette smoke.

I am the guy who sees the kid with holes in his shoes and jeans.
These are not designer holes for which you pay $40 extra.
These are the holes that say, this is all I have.

I am the guy who sees hungry kids every week.
They eat the church meal as if they haven't eaten all week.
That is sometimes the truth.

I am the guy who sees the car almost come to a stop in the church parking lot.
It won't come into the drive-through awning.
Someone might meet the car and talk to the driver.
They won't make that mistake again.

The kids get out and run to the church.
They know we will love them here.
They run towards that love.
The car speeds away.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Answers to Out of the Box 1


Out of the Box 1:  Only the Beginning
The Answers

WAIT!  If you just happened upon this post, first follow this link to the brain teaser.


10        A in the B of R
            Amendments in the Bill of Rights

2          M for SS
            Mules for Sister Sarah

2          RD in a YW
            Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood

12        AM
            Angry Men

52        W in a Y
            Weeks in a Year

300      P in a PG
            Pins in a Perfect Game

366      D in a LY
            Days in a Leap Year

2          DD in DJ
            Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy

4          S in a Y
            Seasons in a Year

2          S of R in a B of KRB
            Scoops of Raisins in a Box of Kellogg's Raisin Bran


Author Tom Spence to sign books at the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home

Retired Marine Corps officer, pastor, and western Oklahoma’s most prolific author Tom Spence will be at the Cumberland Presbyterian Childrens Home  on Friday, 17 August 2018 for a book signing from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the campus library. Tom will have several of his titles, but the featured book will be Throw Away Kids:  Are we concerned enough to get involved?

Tom will also feature a good down home baseball story for the children—Tough Day at the Plate

Tom’s books will be available for a donation to the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home.

For those already interested, his books may be viewed at this author page at Amazon.com.


Tom Spence
Curriculum vitae

Tom Spence is a retired United States Marine Corps officer.  He served in command and staff positions in all 4 Marine Divisions, at Marine Corps Schools in Quantico Virginia as both student and instructor, as a series commander at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, and as a program manager for Marine Corps training systems and simulators around the world.   Tom also served one tour training Marine Reservists in Des Moines, Iowa.

His service took him to Marine Bases on the East Coast, West Coast, Japan, the Philippines, and Korea.  He has served in Iraq and Kuwait, and has nearly a year serving aboard U.S. Naval vessels in areas north of the Arctic Circle, in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, Central America, and the Pacific, as well as a year serving in the United Nations.

Tom is a graduate of Mangum High School and Oklahoma State University.  He continued his education while in the Marine Corps and during retirement with American College, Minneapolis, Minnesota; American University, Covina California; Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa; and Memphis Theological Seminary.

In 2008 he was called to ministry and was ordained in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 2010.  He continues to serve as pastor of the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He recently returned from his second trip to Africa to train pastors and church leaders in Kenya and Uganda.

Tom has served as an officer and chair on the Board of the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center.

Tom has published over 20 books including Throw Away Kids—a call for Christian parents to lead those who have abandon the role of parent back to this sacred calling; and PoMo Poverty—a look at modern poverty in America and what we can do about it right now without creating an entitlement mentality.

Tom’s favorite book is Acceptance of Authority.  This is for the person that had to spend an hour in detention, has received multiple speeding tickets, or has landed in prison for the next 20 years.  Tom guides the reader through what so many have lost sight of with respect to the value of authority in modern society.

Tom is married to the former Sharman Oliveri of Beaufort, South Carolina.  Tom and Sharman have two children and three grandchildren.

FAQ

What is the author working on now?

His current project is the publication of the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church history up to 2018.  He would like to have this print edition ready for the Red River Presbytery meeting hosted by the Burns Flat CPC this October.


So how is the Reverend Doctor Thomas Ray Spence, Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) to be addressed?

The only form acceptable to this man is Pastor Tom.


How many of each type of animal did Moses put on the ark?
Did you fall for it?  Noah, not Moses loaded the ark.  See you on the 17th.


Who Are You? Who am I?

These will be easy for the frequent reader of the Gospels of Matthew and John.  Once you get the first one, the others will go much more quickly.  The goal is to complete the capitalized letters with the appropriate words to make the familiar phrase or quote.

Here is a sample of the idiom to be addressed.

B A the M:    Blessed are the Meek

B A the P in S
B A T W M
B A  the P

Y A the S of the E
Y A the L of the W

I A the B of L
I A the L of the W
I A the D
I A the G S
I A the R and the L
I A the W, the T, and the L
I A the T V
I A from A


Answers to Who Are You? Who am I?

Here are the answers to Who Are You?   Who am I?

If you happened upon this post by accident, follow this link to the brain teaser before reading further.

B A the P in S                                     Blessed are the Pure in Spirit
B A T W M                                         Blessed are Those Who Mourn
B A the P                                             Blessed are the Peacemakers

Y A the S of the E:                            You are the salt of the earth.
Y A the L of the W                            You are the light of the world.

I A the B of L                                    I am the bread of life.
I A the L of the W                             I am the light of the world.
I A the D                                            I am the door [gate].
I A the G S                                        I am the Good Shephard.
I A the R and the L                            I am the resurrection and the life.
I A the W, the T, and the L                I am the way, the truth, and the life.
I A the T V                                         I am the true vine.

I A from A                                          I am from above.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Silent Auction has several Tom Spence Titles

What do a family care center and a western Oklahoma author have in common?

Books!

Tonight is the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center Annual Fundraiser at the Civic Center in Elk City, Oklahoma and the silent auction begins at 6:00 p.m.  There will be several books authored by Tom Spence available to the highest bidder.

But I can just one-click on Amazon if I want a book, why should I go to this dinner?  Because all proceeds go to support the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center.  This is a small place that does great things for the least of these brothers and sisters among us.

Come buy a book.  Pay a little more than you would on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Get it signed by Tom.  Know that you helped others a little less fortunate who live nearby.

More about the WOFCC.

I can’t make it, but I would like to donate.  Follow this link…
Are there other ways to help?  Check out our volunteer opportunities...
Anything else that I can do to help?  If you use Amazon, then choose the WOFCC on Amazon Smile.

Does the fundraiser banquet have a theme?  Yes, this year it is Unsung Heroes.

Admission is $30 at the door.  Come and enjoy and perhaps take home a book by Tom Spence.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pastor Tom to hold book signing at Covenant CPC in Ada this October

Western Oklahoma author, retired Marine Corps officer, and Cumberland Presbyterian minister Tom Spence, will be selling and signing his books at the Covenant Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ada, Oklahoma from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 14 October 2016.

His newest release is Acceptance of Authority.

Shouldn’t he be doing this in a bookstore?  Tom has been featured in bookstores and coffee shops in several states but this time he is conducting a fundraiser for the Red River Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  The General Assembly of this denomination of about 100, 000 will be hosted in Norman, Oklahoma in 2018 by the Choctaw and Red River Presbyteries.  Tom is donating 100% of all proceeds from this book signing to the Red River Presbytery to support this gathering.

Tom will have a variety of his books published by Tate Publishing.  Two of the most hard-hitting books, especially for those in western Oklahoma, are Throw Away Kids and PoMo Poverty.  In these companion selections, Tom goes beyond identifying society’s problems; he brings us to solutions that don’t wait on the government to fix or ignore the problems.

Tom is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the pastor of the congregation in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. 

As a pastor, he ministers not only within the state but returned last summer from his second trip to Africa to train pastors and church leaders in Kenya and Uganda.  He has served as moderator of the Red River Presbytery but perhaps is best known as the guy who gives out wristbands that read:  GOD LOVES YOU – LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Tom is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer that served in all four Marine Divisions, including a tour training reservists.  He has served in Iraq and Kuwait, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, aboard Marine bases on the east and west coasts of the United States, and has a substantial amount of service afloat.  His final tour was as a program manager in charge of maintenance and modifications of Marine Corps ground training systems and simulators around the globe.

Tom served as both student and instructor at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia—the Crossroads of the Corps, and proudly boasts that he successfully avoided a tour in the Pentagon for his entire career.  Tom wrote two books specifically about the Marine Corps.  The first was a first person collection of observations and anecdotes titled Sea Stories.  The other was Christianity for Marines.

Tom will also have with him, two unique books with fast moving dialogue where two men—The Conversation—and two women—Going Up—drop their defense mechanisms and actually talk about important things.

Please join Tom on Friday 14 October 2016, buy a few books, and be a part of hosting the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 2018.


Book Signing by Tom Spence
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 14 October 2016
Covenant Cumberland Presbyterian Church
15791 State Hwy 1W

Ada, Oklahoma 74820