Summer Activities for Children and Teens

Summer is just around the corner and we have loads opportunities for your kiddos while they are out of school.

  • Surf Shack VBS – K to 6th grade – June 6 to 10
  • Fine Arts Camp – Children 1st grade and up – July 11 to 24
  • Son Shine Camp – 1st and 2nd graders – July 9 & 10
  • Growing in Grace Camp – June 27 to 29 – Grades 3 to 5
  • Tweens Camp – June 27 to July 1 – Children entering 6th grade
  • Green Country District Camp – Junior high and high school students -June 18 to 22
  • Youth Force – June 26 to July 1 – Junior high school and high school students

 

Kingdom Kids Elementary-Aged Children

Surf Shack VBS takes place June 6 to 10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon for Kindergarteners through 6th graders. Year after year our VBS attracts hundreds of children from within our church and out in the community with its colorful decorations, fun games, cool crafts and super snacks.

Surf_Shack_LOGOThis year promises to be just as exciting as our church is transformed into a rad surfers’ beach. Kids will catch the wave of God’s amazing love in every activity. Fifth and sixth graders spend the week in mission. In years past they have traveled to Tulsa to work at the food bank, they have helped clean the church buses, and other fun but helpful things.

There is no charge for Surf Shack VBS but we do ask that children be registered in advance. You may register your kids or sign up to volunteer by clicking here (and we do need a lot of volunteers!).

VBS does take a lot of volunteers and a lot of supplies! For a list of things we would love to have donated, please go to the Children’s Ministry page.

080689540172-2Our third annual Fine Arts Camp is open to elementary children from first grade up. For two weeks, from July 11 to July 24, children will work hard learning their parts for Kingdom Connection, a musical production where the Bible comes to life.

Your kids will discover talents they never knew they had through the direction of our Music Director, Linda Pollock. They will also learn more about God’s Word as they sing, dance and act their way through the production. And there is plenty of opportunity for parents to help with building sets and helping their children learn lines. The camp culminates in a performance before the entire congregation during our Sunday services on July 24. Watch for more details about when children will be evaluated for the different parts.

Summer Camps for Children

Three camps are available for elementary age children this summer. All are at beautiful Camp Egan near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Children will spend one, two or three nights at camp depending on the age of the child. You may register for camp here. Susan Goins will be happy to answer any of your questions at 918-341-4580, ext. 325 or you may email her at sgoins@claremorefumc.org.

Generation Next Youth Summer Activities

GN-Student-logo-navy_redJaimie and Jennifer Willis, our Directors of Student Ministries, are in the planning stages of a fun-filled summer for junior high through graduated seniors. In addition to weekly activities there are two summer camping opportunities you need to know about:

Green County District Camp at Camp Egan runs from June 18 to 22. Teens grow closer in their relationship to Christ through small group encounters, worship services and having a lot of fun with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Youth Force takes place June 26 to July 1. Our junior high students through graduated seniors will converge on the City of Owasso to spend a week in mission with teens from other churches. By day they will work for those who cannot make needed repairs on their own homes. They will forge relationships with each other and with the homeowners. In the evenings they will have fun fellowship activities and worship in their “God Squads.” For information on how to sign up, contact Jaimie or Jennifer. There will likely be opportunities for parents to work with the teens as “God Squad Leaders” or “Tech Angels.”

For information about these great opportunities or anything at all having to do with our Student Ministries program, please contact Jaimie at 918-341-4580, ext. 304 or jwillis@claremorefumc.org.

Something for Everyone!

Children from kindergarten through high school will have opportunities this summer to learn more about the Bible, grow closer to Christ, or create lasting relationships with other Christians. Get your children signed up today!

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Red Crib at Rusted Rabbit

Red Crib Rusted Rabbit2Our booth, the Red Crib, at the Rusted Rabbit Resale Shop, 408 South J.M. Davis Blvd., has contributed thousands of dollars toward the mission work we do in our own community and around the world.

Much of the booth merchandise is donated after estate sales.  We owe a huge “thank you” to Marla Holms of Prairie Home Estate Sales and Cathy Conger of Estate Sales by Cat for letting us know when the estate sale owners choose to donate unsold items. “About twice a month, one or both of these ladies will call to have us clean up after the sale,” said Martha Starr, Missions Chairperson.  Ideally, we have a team of five to seven people who pack up the items and haul everything to a storage facility.  Typically the women pack the small items and the men load the boxes and furniture.  Most of the items go to storage until they can be sued to stock the Rusted Rabbit booth.  The remaining items are used in the spring and fall garage sales.”

This team could use some help.  “If we had a large pool of people willing to help, it would not be so hard on the few that have been working so hard for the last three years,” said Martha.  “It is not necessary to have a pick up truck.  We really just need people, even if they can only help every once in a while.” If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please give Martha a call. She will put you on the “share-the-joy” call list!

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Retirement message from Pastor Janelle

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

2016-01-31-Communion-8442In the past year or so I have experienced a spiritual restlessness that the Lord has used to lead me towards making the decision to retire from ministry this June.

I want to thank all of you for the many opportunities I have had at FUMC to lead, serve and be nurtured as one of your pastors.  As I reflect back over the ten years I have served here, I have much to be thankful for.  I couldn’t have accomplished anything without the support, participation and cooperation of this great church.  There are so many people and ministries that I will always remember and hold dear to my heart.

In my early years it was such a delight to work with Care Ministry leaders to revive Stephen Ministry and develop Stand in the Gap, Grief Care Ministries, and other laity-led care ministries.  I have fond memories of leading three women’s retreat teams, working with  the Evangelism Team in leading the work of evangelism, i.e., New Comer’s Classes and New Comer’s Lunches, etc…, working with Jaimie, Ross, and other young adult leaders to launch the Epic United Worship Service, coordinating our living nativities the last few years, and finally working with our Children’s Ministry leadership team to provide leadership for Children’s Ministries.  I’ll always treasure the memory of the Sunday I received a standing ovation when I preached the sermon Worst Things and Last Things.  I hope we are able to celebrate together these kinds of memories as I formally bring to a close 35 years of ministry.

I look forward with eager anticipation what God has in store for all of us in the days ahead.  I will be in prayer for all of you.  I ask for your prayers for both Doug and me as we continue this next step of faith along the journey to which God is calling us!  I will be beginning a new career in real e
state this summer with an emphasis on home staging.

This is my parting prayer to each of you, found in Philippians 1:

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

Blessings!

Pastor Janelle

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Young Adults Going to World’s of Fun

RipcordWOF1Our young adults ministry will be celebrating summer as they visit World’s of Fun  in Kansas City from May 20 to 22.  Cost of the trip is only $100 and includes lodging and amusement park tickets. Participants will have to buy their own food.  A $50 deposit is due by May 1st to hold your spot.

Invite a friend!  It will be a great time to relax, have fun and get to know each other better after a rigorous college or work schedule.

Contact Stephen Cagle at scagle@ClaremoreFUMC.org for more information.  If you would like to go on the trip but cannot because of costs, contact Pastor Stephen to make arrangements.

 

 

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Children collection for Heifer International

The children of the church are collecting money so they can help purchase live stock for small-scale farmers in need.  They are hoping to raise enough money to buy chickens for 250 families and goats for 25 families through Heifer International.

If you see children walking around the church with colorful boxes, please give generously.  Heifer International has a proven system of working with farmers in many countries.  Farmers are given seed or live stock or bees.  They use the products, like milk, eggs or honey, to feed their families.  The first offspring are given to other family or community members to improve the living conditions of the area.

Help our children help others!

 

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