What is Holy Week?

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, March 29; the day we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem.  Here at FUMC Claremore we celebrate Palm Sunday with children walking through our services waving palm branches and shouting hosanna!  This year, we will have the Sunday school children singing at the 9:45 Blue Jeans service and the Stepping Stones children singing at 11:00 Generations service.

Maundy Thursday, April 2, we will have a pot-luck dinner in the Family Life Center at 6:00.  Bring a lot of something delicious to share (Methodists like to eat).   At 7:00 we will go to the sanctuary for the Last Supper Drama.  We will remember the last night Jesus ate the passover meal with his disciples and was then betrayed by one of them.

Good Friday, April 3, our Good Friday service begins at 7:00.  Every year our Generation Next provides a touching service in which we remember the torture, agony and death of our Lord and Savior.

Easter Sunday! is celebrated on April 5 this year.  Bring fresh flowers for the beautiful Easter cross.  Shout Alleluia! Sing songs of praise!  We will have six services.  The 6:30 Sunrise service will take place at the pond.  Heritage service will begin at 8:30.  Blue Jeans service will be at 9:45. Generations service takes place at 11:00.  Tabernacle service will celebrate  Easter at 9:45 and 11:00.  Children will have an Easter egg hunt and scavenger hunt at 9:45.  Be sure to bring your Easter basket!  At 11:00, children will have a special Easter children’s service.

There is no youth group on Easter Sunday and most classes are canceled for the day.  Please check with your instructor to be sure.

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Michael English in Concert at FUMC

FUMC in partnership with Claremore Church of the Nazarene is proud to host in concert Christian musical artist Michael English.  Michael and a surprise guest will appear Sunday, April 12 at 6:00 in the FUMC sanctuary.  A love offering will be taken.

Michael’s iTunes biography states:  ”Michael English’s roots are in Southern gospel; he performed with the Singing Americans, the Goodmans, the Gaither Trio and the Gaither Vocal Band before going solo in 1991. English began drawing attention to his powerful tenor when he recorded “I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy,” first with the Singing Americans, then with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. English has won Dove Awards for Best New Artist and Best Male Vocalist.

For more information about Michael and his new album, Some People Change, go to MichaelEnglishMusic.com.

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We Celebrate Our Ministry with Children

A message from Pastor Ray Crawford:

Nothing is more important in the ministry of the church than sharing the faith with the generation coming behind us.  We have the wonderful privilege and sacred responsibility to share Christ with our children!   Thank you for all the ways you support ministry with children in your church.

Seven years ago our church built a Children’s Center in an effort to provide quality ministry for our children.  Our Children’s Center is functional, beautiful, and safe.  It is one of the finest children ministry facilities in our state.   Our nursery, Sunday school, and Stepping Stones Learning Center programs are all housed in our Children’s Center.  In addition, the center provides for Vacation Bible school, girl and boy scouts, and a host of other ministry activities.  It is well used!

On Palm Sunday, March 29, we will be receiving a special Children’s Center offering.   We need to continue to  be faithful in paying off the bond issue which allowed us to build the center seven years ago.  Our monthly payment on the bond is $22,350.  We have done well in making our payments across the years, but we still have twelve years to go.

If you are unable to attend church on Palm Sunday, you may make an offering to the Children’s Center on-line by going to our website and clicking on the “giving” link.

Thank you again for caring about our children and supporting your church’s ministry.

Striving to be Faithful,

Dr. Ray Crawford

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New Mexico Mission Trip Date Change

The New Mexico mission trip originally planned for spring, 2015 has been changed to summer or fall, 2015.  The trip to McCurdy Ministries in Espanola, New Mexico is an excellent opportunity for retired persons due to the low cost and light physical work involved.  Some of the volunteer opportunities available are office work, assisting teachers, tutoring, working with the maintenance department and helping with Campbell’s soup labels program.

McCurdy Ministries includes the McCurdy preschool, Project Cariño (mental health counseling program), after school care, and Camp Stars summer camp program.  The ministry is also landlord to the two-year-old McCurdy Charter School which educates 543 students in grades K-12 so working with children and youth  is likely .

Volunteers on this mission trip will be housed in the Pilling Retreat Center.  Rooms feature two twin beds per room in a suite arrangement with two rooms sharing one bath.  There are also some RV spaces with hookups available for $20 per night.

Cost is approximately $400, which includes transportation, meals and housing.  Interested parties must contact Linda Polson immediately at lpolson1966@gmail.com or 918-342-3700.  The trip is less than two months away!

Safe Sanctuary Training is required for the trip but is available online for a cost of only $30.

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24 Hours That Changed the World

Beginning this coming Sunday, March 1, we will be going on a journey through the last day in the life of our Lord.  I hope you will join us for this seven-part series leading up to Easter.

  • March 1- The Last Supper
  • March 8- The Garden of Gethsemane
  • March 15- Condemned by the Righteous
  • March 22- Jesus, Barabbas, and Pilate
  • March 29- The Torture and Humiliation of the King
  • April 3 (Good Friday)- The Crucifixion
  • April 5- Christ the Victor

I pray that you and your family will experience the presence of Christ during this holy season of Lent.

Striving to be faithful,

Dr. Ray Crawford

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