A Message from the Pastor

Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you for your generous support of your church’s ministries this year.  With your generous support hungry people have been fed, lost people have come to know the Lord, and we have witnessed the Kingdom of God in our community.

I hope and pray you will support your church’s ministry in the year 2015.  We will be receiving the financial pledges for 2015 during our times of worship on Sunday, November 23.  Please pray and consider your investment in the life of God’s church.

Christians are generous because:

  • We see a need and want to meet that need.
  • We want to keep our church and its ministries healthy.
  • We believe that God has designed us to be generous givers.
  • We want to honor and appreciate the Lord.

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our Lord and our community with you.  I’ll see you Sunday!

Striving to be Faithful,

Dr. Ray Crawford

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Children to Sing in Sunday Service

Children will be joyously leading our congregation in song on Sunday, November 23 during two of our sanctuary services.  Stepping Stones Learning Center Children will sing at the 9:45 Blue Jeans service.  Our Sunday school children, Kingdom Kids, will sing during the 11:00 Generation service.  In Luke 18:16, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”  Join us as we welcome the sweet sounds of our children during these two services.

November 23rd is Thanksgiving Sunday at FUMC.  The Holy Spirit is at work in our church providing blessings too numerous to mention.  Considering how truly blessed we are as individuals and families, what we should return to Him who has given so much to us?  During each of our Sunday services, we will be placing our commitment cards for 2015 in the treasure chest at the chancel rail.  Faithfully put the financial support of your church in God’s hands while you express your gratitude for God’s blessings and commit to investing in the ministry of your church.

The Claremore Ministerial Alliance will be holding the community Thanksgiving service at 6:00 Sunday, November 23, at the Church of the Nazarene, located at the corner of Blue Starr Drive and Dorothy Avenue.  The community Thanksgiving service for youth will take place at 6:00 in our Family Life Center.  Doors for the youth service will open at 5:00.

 

 

 

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Blessing of the Animals

Join us Sunday, November 16th at 3:00 for a special service for a service dedicated to God’s creatures.

“Most high, all powerful, good Lord! All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing… Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures.”

These are the opening lines to the Canticle of the Sun, written by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.  St. Francis loved spending time in nature with God’s creatures.  In the wonders of nature he saw the work of our Creator God.  The wonder of creation inspired St. Francis to worship God through a poem that still touches many to this day.

Many of us, too, see God in nature.  Especially in our household pets.  Animals are, of course, not the same as human beings: they are not made in God’s image and are as a result not rational beings.  At the same time, animals give many of us great joy in our lives.  The affection of a pet is a real and beautiful thing.  Our pets are truly a gift from God, and we would like to take some time to thank God for what he has given us.

On November 16th we will hold a brief service right here at the church to thank God for and ask God to bless our animals.  This is always a special and fun service, as we rarely have our four-legged friends with us for worship.  If you have a pet, you are invited to come and join us as we celebrate the wonder and beauty of God’s creation.

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Volunteers needed for Christmas Make and Take

Our Christmas “Make and Take” will take place Sunday, December 7 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center.  The Make and Take is an opportunity for children to spend the afternoon making crafts to give as gifts to family or special friends.

We need volunteers to plan a simple craft and host a table where a $2-$3 craft can be made by children ages 4 years to 6th grade.  There will be limited time for the children to make the crafts and for projects to dry.  The simplest projects are the best projects.

We need our list of volunteers and supply lists as soon as possible so we can request supplies which can be donated by the congregation.  Supply lists are due by mid November.  Each station will serve approximately 20 kids.

We will also need volunteers who can help with creative card making and gift wrapping.

Please note that Chef Alisa will make lunch at noon so volunteers won’t need to go out for lunch.  They can stay and set up!

Contact Rev. Janelle Brammer for information at Jbrammer@claremorefumc.org or call her at 918-341-4580.

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Honoring Our Veterans

We are hosting a Veterans Day Celebration on November 9th. Veterans, family, friends and community members are invited to honor those who have served the United States. A veteran recognition time, special music and a video presentation will be shared during worship time at all FUMC services. The Boy Scouts Pack 310 will be performing the flag procession to begin each sanctuary service. A complimentary Chicken Fried Steak lunch with sides, dessert and a drink will be served to all veterans at noon in the Family Life Center.

“We appreciate our Veterans and all that they have done for us. And, we want to take the time to recognize them and say, ‘thank you.’”, said FUMC Pastor Ray Crawford.  There are four worship services at FUMC; the 8:30am Heritage Service, the 9:45am Blue Jeans Service, 11am Generations Service and the 11am Epic United Service. If you are a Veteran or are currently caring for a Veteran, please come join us in celebration and allow us to say, “thank you for your service.”  If possible, please call 918-341-4580 or email FIbanez@claremorefumc.org and let us know that you will be able to join us by November 7th for our lunch count.

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