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December 13, 2013

Metro churches ‘Lose To Serve’

NORMAN — Metro churches are challenging their congregations to increase fitness through faith.

Churchgoers, including members of Norman’s Victory Church, will participate in the Lose to Serve challenge.

The challenge is designed to help Oklahomans realize they can better serve their neighbors by living in a healthy body.

The challenge has two components: a churchwide and an individual competition, organization founder Cody Bobay said.

“What makes our challenge unique is that the prizes won are then passed along to someone in need,” Bobay said. “The winning congregations will give a house or a college scholarship to a needy Oklahoman. The same goes for the top 10 individual challenge winners, as well. Our winners will bless others by their efforts.”

“The church with the highest percentage weight loss coupled with the lowest percentage drop-out rate will win the church challenge,” said Bobay, a fitness instructor and author of “Lose 40lbs in 1 Day.” “The first place church wins a new three-bedroom, two-bath home built by 4Corners Homes.

“The second place church wins a full scholarship to Mid-America Christian University.”

Joining the challenge will benefit church goers physically and spiritually, Victory Church pastor Adam Starling said.

“The Lose to Serve challenge is an opportunity to partner with the members of our church and give them tools to develop a healthy lifestyle,” Starling said.  

Several metro churches already are registered.

The contest starts Jan. 6 and ends March 3. Registrations will be accepted until midnight Jan. 5. Individuals do not have to be associated with any particular church to sign up.

Registration and weekly weigh-ins are done online at losetoserve.org.

Proceeds from the $10 entry-fee will be used to purchase prizes and support ministries at The Jesus House, the Oklahoma City Youth Wrestling Foundation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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