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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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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