Today is Giving Tuesday. Please prayerful consider giving to the ministries of Claremore First United Methodist Church at ClaremoreFUMC.org/egiving/.
We strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. By showing the love of Christ to the people of Rogers County and beyond, we hope to transform this world into a more peaceful Christ-oriented place.
So far in 2016 we have shared food and provided rent, utilities, and medical assistance to more than 17,000 people. More than 3,000 Rogers County children received school supplies in August. We offer spiritual support to those going through the highs and lows of life. Our various ministries allow us to connect with each other in ways that make a Christian difference. With your help we can do much more.
Christmas is very special at First United Methodist Church. Our twelve-foot Christmon tree is adorned with beautiful symbols of the season. Special music fills the air. Two poinsettia arrangements fill the chancel area with red and green flowers.
We hope to see you Sunday mornings at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00. Each of our three Sunday morning services has its own unique feel. Our 8:30, Heritage Service, has a traditional bent with its choir, organ and traditional carols. At 9:45 the Blue Jean Service has a contemporary vibe with electric guitars and strong beats. Open Table Service at 11:00 is led by an intergenerational team. You can expect to see very young to rather saged on the chancel.
Just look what is on tap for our special Christmas services:
- November 27 – The first Sunday of Advent, join us Sunday morning then return Sunday night for a special celebration. At 5:00 we will be holding our Potluck and Pie Celebration. We hope you will bring something to share, but if you can’t bring a dish, don’t worry, there will be plenty. At 6:00 we will gather in the Sanctuary for our annual Chrismon Service where we learn about some symbols of Christmas. Everyone is invited to sing Christmas carols and place ornaments on the tree during the service. The service concludes with the lighting of the twelve-foot Chrismon tree.
- December 4 – We will be treated to the beautiful sound of Lorelei Barton, a professional harpist. Christmas tunes lend themselves very well to being played with a harp. Don’t miss Lorelei. She will be playing in all three of our Sunday services.
- December 4 – From 1:30 to 3:00 children ages 2 to 12 are invited to our annual Children’s Make and Take gift and craft party. For just $5 they will be able to make gifts for friends and family.
- December 18 – At 8:30 and 11:00 our choir and orchestra will be performing The Heart of Christmas. This special presentation is sure to get you thinking about the reason for the season. At 11:00, Pastor Ray Crawford will be presenting the message. Why not come to two services!?!
- December 24 – Christmas Eve our services are at 5:00, 7:00, and 11:00. Christmas Eve is especially nice at First United Methodist. Our candlelight services are a family favorite. Singing carols with a family of faith with all the light twinkling is amazing, but then, as the service ends, we each light a candle as we sing. The electric lights are extinguished and Sanctuary is filled with flickering candlelight as we file out into the darkness. If you come to the 11:00 service, you will be leaving on Christmas morning. It is truly magical.
- December 25 – Christmas Morning! We will celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with three casual services at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00. Come as you are to be in God’s house on Christmas morning. It will be a very special time.
We hope to see you here during this amazing time of the year. If you have any questions or would like to know anything about our church, please call us at 918-341-4580. We would like to talk to you about the opportunities that await you at Claremore First United Methodist!
Every Monday evening when the church is open we meet in the prayer chapel from 7- 8:30 p.m. for a time of fellowship, worship, and prayer. Before we pray, we have a teaching from the Bible about healing. We have a blessed time, set apart from the world and its concerns, as we spend time with God. We praise with music and prayer. We sometimes simply rest in His presence; other times we gather around those present, praying His will for healing and refreshing in His Spirit. Most times we also pray for those you in the congregation have placed on the prayer list. We always leave refreshed and blessed, having enjoyed our Lord’s fellowship and being with one another.
You are invited to come for prayer for yourself or to bring the needs of your loved ones for prayer. Jesus says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you…” He has given us prayer to pray out His will for our lives and the lives of our loved ones, and to have relationship with Him. What a friend we have in Jesus!
Our PIE ministry is in need of someone the fourth Sunday of the month to take attendance. It only takes a few minutes after the Sunday services, but it provides a vital service for connecting with our first-time visitors. Duties include picking up the communication cards after the last service and going through them to find our first-time visitors.
Please call Pat Chambers. You may get her telephone number by calling the church at 918-341-4580.
If you have just an hour or two to give to a sweet ministry, come join a Flower Power team. You and your team members will meet one Monday each month to arrange the altar flowers into smaller bouquets and deliver to those unable to join us for worship.
We have an opening on the first Monday of the month for a team member to join Marilyn Howland and Dorothy Gray. And an opening on the fifth Monday of the month for a team member to join Dorothy Cummins. Substitutes are also needed to fill in as needed.
Please contact either of our coordinators, Dorothy Cummins or Dorothy Gray. You may call the church office at 918-341-4580 to get their telephone numbers