Garage Sale, September 6

It’s that time again!  It’s time for the church garage sale!  Bring all that wonderful stuff that you just don’t need anymore to the church on Thursday, September 4 or on Friday, September 5.  Your trash will be someone else’s treasure.  Then on Saturday, September 6, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., come to the church to shop for some new stuff that you just can’t live without.  There will be tons of really good stuff.

Every year the garage sale gets bigger and better.  We need a lot of help to price and organize the merchandise.  If you would like to volunteer, come to the church on Thursday and Friday  between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to set up.  We can use a lot of hands during the sale and again after 2:00 on Saturday to clean up and truck the remaining merchandise away.

If you have large items to donate and cannot get them to the church, please call 918-341-4580 before Thursday, September 4 and we will try to arrange a way to pick it up for you.  We are no longer able to accept the large heavy t.v.s.

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Bible Study Fellowship for Women

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) Women’s Day class is starting at FUMC.  This interdenominational Bible study has been around for more than 50 years and has helped hundreds of thousands of people grow closer to God through His word.

Join us at 9:00 a.m. Friday, September 12 for the “Welcome Day.”  You will be able to hear what BFS is all about and sign up for classes.  This is not just for FUMC members.  Call a friend or neighbor and experience BFS together.

For additional information, please call Tia Stout at 918-557-0582.

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Share Your Bible’s Story

Dr. Ray Crawford begins a new sermon series about the Bible as the Word of God. On Sunday, August 17, bring your Bible and join us during the remainder of August as we discover how God speaks to us through the Bible.

We are asking the congregation to bring their special Bibles for display on August 24.  Do you have an old family Bible, a much-loved Bible, an unusual Bible or a Bible that is special to you for any reason?  Tell us the story of your Bible and bring it to the church on Sunday, August 24, so we can share your Bible with the congregation.  Tables will be placed at the chancel on the 24th.  You may place your Bible on the table and pick it up after the service.  Forms for sharing your Bible’s story will be in the bulletin on Sunday, August 17 or you may share your story by typing it in the comments box below.

This month we have a variety of special events regarding the Bible.  Disciple Bible Study and Christian Believer classes begin in August.  You are invited to learn more about these classes at an orientation meeting August 17.  Third-graders will receive Bibles from the church on August 24.   Those who have R.S.V.P.’d will receive a Bible with their name on it.  Sixth graders will delve into their Bibles during their confirmation classes, which also begin August 24.

Dr. Ray Crawford’s sermon series will consist of the following titles for August:

August 17, “Common Misconceptions about the Bible,” based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17
August 24, “How to Read the Bible,” based on Hebrews 4:12
August 31, “How to Own a Bible,” based on Romans 15:4

We look forward to seeing you (and your Bible) as we wind down the summer with these special sermons about God’s Holy Word.


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FUMC School Supply Drive in Spotlight

The first day of the Rogers County School Supply Drive at FUMC 1205 school children had registered for school supplies.  That is 189 more children than registered the first day last year.  This is the 17th year FUMC has provided supplies to the school children of Roger County and each year the numbers increase.  This year promises to be no different.  Ray Dawson, who heads up the supply drive, expects to serve more than 3,000 children this year.

Dawson’s hope is that children in Rogers County will start the school year with all the supplies they need.  Due to the generous support of the FUMC congregation, the Rogers County community and area businesses, it looks like his goal will be met.  Much of the nearly $50,000 needed has been raised.  ”We have about $17,000 left to raise,” Ray said earlier this week.  ”I believe God touches the heart of people to support this school supply effort.  I know the money will come in.”

The school supply drive has attracted the attention of local media.  Channel 2 news video taped a story featuring Ray Dawson showing the many volunteers busily filling bags to give to the children.  Click here to see the video.  The Claremore Progress also wrote a story about the drive.  You can see it here.

Rogers County families can register their children, grades K-12, at the church Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through August 19.  If you would like to contribute to the drive to help pay for the supplies already purchased, please send a check to Claremore First United Methodist Church, 16115 Highway 88, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017.  Put “school supplies” in the memo.






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Men’s District Retreat

Men, make plans now to attend the 2014 Bartlesville District Men’s retreat Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14.  It will be held at beautiful Camp Egan and may just be the life-changing experience you have been waiting for.  According to Owasso FUMC Pastor Chuck Horton it will improve your life, it will strengthen your spiritual walk, it will help you be better leaders in the church and it will strengthen your home life.  If that is not enough, Bishop Hayes will be preaching!  For more information, please contact Pete Burkett at 918-695-7818.

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