I felt my heart strangely warmed.” -John Wesley describing his spiritual awakening at Aldersgate
I have appreciated your prayers and encouragement this past couple of weeks as I traveled across England in the footsteps of Wesley. The journey was both fascinating and inspirational. The Holy Spirit has been at work in and through the Methodist movement for almost three hundred years. We have a great heritage. And, perhaps more importantly, I believe we can have a great future together.
On the night of May 24, 1738, a depressed and discouraged John Wesley forced himself to attend a Bible study on a street called Aldersgate in London. What happened that night changed his life. His heart was strangely warmed. He would go out from that house on Aldersgate to lead one of the greatest spiritual renewal movements in history.
Has God’s Spirit warmed your heart? He will. Let’s fan the flame this Sunday!
Striving to be faithful,
Our weekly Bridge worship service is pleased to present Southern Salvation on Thursday, May 28. Bridge service meal begins at 5:45, the concert will begin at 6:30.
Southern Salvation consists of Steve Hess, Jay Arview and John McCall. They are currently on tour around the United States. They have recorded several top 80 Southern Gospel Hit Songs, were recently given the Presidential Volunteerism Award for their work with storm victims around the country and were a featured artist on Paul Heil’s “The Gospel Greats” radio show.
About 250 years ago God started something. A spiritual awakening began in England and spread to the colonies. The movement was led by a man named John Wesley, whose heart was “strangely warmed” when he had a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit. His message to the world was simple but spiritually profound: “All need to be saved. All may be saved. All may know themselves saved. All may be saved to the uttermost.”
As Wesley rode 250,000 miles on horseback across Great Britain, preaching some 40,000 sermons, the Methodist movement continued to grow. Though the early followers of Methodism were labeled as fanatics, within 25 years Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury, was encouraging his Church of England priests to emulate the Methodists.
Methodists remain people with warm hearts. We are people in whom the fire of God’s Spirit continues to burn. We are people whose hearts are warm toward our neighbors, whoever they may be. The movement God began 250 years ago continues!
I hope you’ll be with us this Sunday as we celebrate our faith and encourage one another.
Striving to be Faithful,
Dr. Ray Crawford
The Staff Parish Relations Committee at Claremore First United Methodist Church is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The ideal candidate must possess excellent people skills. Business management and supervisory skills are preferred. Please send your resume to email@example.com.
The Postal Workers’ Food Drive is Saturday, May 9. We need volunteers to help us pick up the food then stack the shelves of our food pantry. Please sign up on the poster in Disciple Hall. If you forget to sign up, show up anyway. We need a lot of volunteers between 11:30 and 5:00. Just a few hours of your time will make a huge difference.
On Sunday, May 3, we are pleased to host the first ever Green Country District conference. At 3:00 p.m. churches from around the new Green Country District will gather for a bit of business, energetic worship and fun fellowship. Our own praise band glorifi will provide music. You are invited! We hope to have many from our own congregation in attendance.
Two other special events are scheduled in conjunction with the district meeting. At 2:00 we will host a reception for retiring Bartlesville District Superintendent George Warren. Following the Green Country meeting we will have a meet and greet reception for our new Green Country DS Emery Mason.
The Oklahoma Conference has reduced the number of Oklahoma districts from twelve to eight. Claremore FUMC had been in the Bartlesville District but beginning June 1, we will be part of the new Green Country District. Our church building will house the Green Country District office, our new District Superintendent and his assistant.
Mark your calendars for the second district meeting on October 11 at which we will be planning for 2016. Bishop Hayes is planning to attend this second meeting.