New Sermon Series Explores Miracles

Do you believe in miracles?

What are the miracles of the Bible that you remember?  Do you remember any of the miracles of the Old Testament?  Can you remember some of the miracles of Jesus?  Surely those miracles were powerful events for those who first witnessed them, but what meaning do they have for us today?  What can we learn about God through a study of the miracles of the Bible?

Sunday, February 16, I will begin a new series on 10 great miracles of the Bible and their meaning for us today.  Following is a list in the order that we’ll be exploring them:

 From the Old Testament-
February 16      The Creation     Genesis 2:4-25
February 23      The Calling        Genesis 12:1-3
March 2              The Passover    Exodus 12:1-14
March 9              The Exodus       Exodus 12:33-42; 14:10-14, 21-25, 30-31
March 16            The Manna        Exodus 16:9-26
From the New Testament-
March 23            The Healing      Mark 2:1-12
March 30            The Calming     Matthew 8:23-27
April  6                The Feeding      John 6:1-14
April 13               The Riding        Luke 19:28-44
April 20               The Rising        Luke 24:1-12

 Plan to meet with your church as we learn from God’s word and grow in our faith.  The miracles of the Bible provide meaning and hope for our lives today!

Striving to be Faithful,

Dr. Ray Crawford

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Good Friday Service

Join us Good Friday, April 18 at 7:00 for a solemn service commemorating the death of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Good Friday is a time when we remember Christ’s sacrifice through his persecution, trial, torture and final execution on the cross. This service provides a time to commemorate the great sacrifice and love that was displayed 2,000 years ago for our salvation. While the exact order and style of this service is unique each year, this service incorporates dramatic reenactment and solemn reflection concluding in silence.

Our youth will be leading us in a holy time of remembrance in the sanctuary. Christians observe Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ was crucified and suffered on the cross before he uttered his final words, “It is Finished.” All are invited to come and remember God’s gift of sacrificial love and grace.

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Maundy Thursday: Pot Luck & Last Supper Reenactment

Thursday, April 17, at 6:00 we will be having a pot luck dinner in the Family Life Center followed by a reenactment of the last supper in the sanctuary.  Bring a dish to share and enjoy fellowship with others.  Then join us in the sanctuary at 7:00 as we remember the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples.

Members of FUMC will portray the disciples and our Lord.  The scriptural-based script will take you through the passover meal, the betrayal, and the arrest of Jesus.  Communion will be served by the actors.  This is a very meaningful service.  Bring the family and invite a few friends too!

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Special Children’s Offering on Palm Sunday

FUMC Claremore is blessed to have a wonderful Children’s Center which is used throughout the week by hundreds of children.  Did you know we are still paying the mortgage for that fabulous building?  Well, we are.  Many in our church have pledged to make a special offering each month to go into the “building fund,” but we are falling a little short some months.  March 13, Palm Sunday, smiling children will parade through the sanctuary enthusiastically waiving palm fronds in the air.  Let this serve as a reminder of all the children who are being blessed by our Children’s Center.

Palm Sunday we will be taking up a special offering which will go toward paying off the Children’s Center.  If you would like to give a gift to the Children’s Center, please designate “building fund” or “Children’s Center” in the memo line of your check.  You may also make a monthly pledge to help support the Children’s Center.  You may also use e-giving to designate your special gift by clicking here.

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An Easter Message from Pastor Ray

Greetings in the name of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  I pray that you and your family will experience the joy of this wonderful season of the Christian year.  We proclaim the good news along with the followers of Christ all over the world:

                                                                     Christ is risen!
                                                                He is risen indeed!

 I hope you will join us for worship this coming Easter Sunday, April 20!    Our celebration will be filled with joyous music and an encouraging message from scripture.  Remember to bring flowers for the victory cross.   Invite a friend, relative or neighbor to worship with you this Easter.  We will have 5 worship services Easter Sunday morning:

6:30  Sunrise service at the pond
8:30  Heritage service in the sanctuary
9:45  Blue Jeans service in sanctuary,
9:45  Epic United service in Great Hall
11:00 Generations service in Sanctuary,
11:00  Epic United service in Great Hall

I hope you will join us for worship on Palm Sunday, April 13!   On Palm Sunday we remember the day that Jesus rode through the gates of Jerusalem on a donkey and proclaimed himself as king and messiah.  People cheered and waved palm branches along the road.

Palm Sunday has been, for us, a time to remember the special place of children in the family of God.  Our children’s Sunday school will be singing at 9:45 and our Stepping Stones children will sing at 11:00 on Palm Sunday.

We will also be receiving our special offering for the Children’s Center on Palm Sunday.  Please be generous in your support of our children’s ministry.   What could be more important?

Striving to be Faithful,
 Dr. Ray Crawford
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