School Supplies Registration begins August 1

Statistics show that 1 out of 5 Oklahoma children still go to bed hungry.  If families are not able to buy food, they are probably not going to be able to buy school supplies for their children.  Education is key to improving a child’s chance of breaking out of poverty.  Won’t you help us help Rogers County children start the school year with the school supplies they need for the year?

We will be picking up school supplies on July 31We can use people to help unpack pallets and set up our distribution room for filling bags.  Beginning August 1, families will be registering so we need volunteers to help with registration and putting together the school supplies for each child.  To volunteer you may write your name on the sign-up sheets for the day and time you are able to work.

If your family is struggling and you don’t know how you are going to provide school supplies for your children, you may register beginning August 1st between 9:00am and 5:00pm in the Children’s Center (the west side of the building),  First United Methodist Church, 1615 North Highway 88.  You will need to provide the child’s name, school and grade.  When you register you will be given a date to pick up the school supplies.  You will need to register in person and you will need to pick up the school supplies in person.  We are not able to provide registration over the telephone and we are not able to deliver school supplies.

FUMC Claremore is proud to partner with various businesses, the FUMC congregation and the Rogers County community to get school children off to a good start.

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Upward Sports Football and Cheer deadline extended

It’s not too late!  You can still sign your kids up for Upward Sports!  The deadline has been extended to allow for more children to have the opportunity to build athletic skills, character and confidence while using the teaching of Christ to foster positive sportsmanship.

Upward Sports flag football and cheer are for children from kindergarten through 6th grade.  Each participant must attend an evaluation or orientation to participate.  Evaluations are currently being done by appointment; you may call the church at 918-341-4580 to get Scott Worley’s phone number to make your appointment.  Click here to register online or get a brochure at the church welcome desk.

Upward Sports costs $85 for both cheer and flag football.  The cost includes one practice and one game per week, an opportunity for every young athlete to play in the game, quality game-day uniform and other sport related gear and age-appropriate character and skill development both on and off the field.

Upward Dates:

Evaluations – call for appointments (Scott Worley – get his number by calling the church at 918-341-4580)
First Practice – Monday, August 25; time to be determined by your coach
First Game:  Saturday, September 13
Awards Celebration:  Monday, November 10
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Opening for Part-Time Children’s Coordinator

FUMC has an immediate opening for part-time children’s ministry coordinator.  Interested persons should complete employment application and submit resume to FUMC Main Office.  Questions?  Contact:  Pastor Janelle at 918-341-4580.

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See the Biblical Artifacts this Wednesday

Pastor Ray Crawford has arranged for 14 people to accompany him on a tour of the Biblical Archaeology exhibit at the Armstrong Center in Edmond on Wednesday, July 23.

The center is hosting a wonderful, never-before seen, exhibit including two out of the three only existing royal seals ever found.  The seals confirm the biblical record of Jeremiah and are quite important to the historical record. These are some of the most significant archaeological artifacts ever discovered in Jerusalem.

The tour is free, but you will need money for lunch in Oklahoma City.  We will gather at the church at 8:15 to leave on the church bus at 8:30.  Please call the church office to reserve your space.  The office telephone number is 918-341-4580.

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“Getting Ahead” Course starts August 28

If you live in Rogers County and would like to build resources for a better life, you are invited to attend the Getting Ahead course at FUMC Claremore.  Getting Ahead is a 16-week class that encourages participants to build resources and create a plan that will help them to begin to make changes that will lead to a stable and secure future.

Through activities and group discussions, participants explore the causes of poverty, community and individual resources, and strategies for goal setting and planning.

During the class, you will discover:

  • The “Hidden Rules” of the economic classes
  • Stages of change for participants
  • Community and individual resources
  • Research on the causes of poverty
  • Self-assessments to help with planning
  • Looking ahead to your future
  • Goal setting
  • Creating an individual plan to improve financial stability.
  • And more!
Classes begin August 28, 2014 and will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday until November, 2014.  Participants are required to attend at least 75% of the classes.  Classes are held at FUMC Claremore.  Each student of Getting Ahead will receive a workbook and class materials, dinner before each class, childcare (if needed), gift card incentives each week and a graduation bonus for those who qualify.
If you would like to build resources for  a better life, please click here for the application, print it out, fill it out and return it to Laurie Ault at First United Methodist Church, 1616 N. Highway 88, Claremore, OK 74017.  Space is limited so sign up today!  If all the spaces are reserved, we will happily  put you on the waiting list.
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