A message from the Pastor – The Fields are Ripe!

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One percent of Rogers County’s eighty-nine thousand residents worship on Sunday mornings at Claremore FUMC. Wouldn’t we love to see another one percent of our neighbors in the county join us as well? About seventy percent of our County residents self identify as Christian, or are at least sympathetic to the Christian faith. Yet, only seventeen percent are regular worshippers in any church. To borrow a phrase from the New Testament, “The fields are ripe for harvest!” In order to reach this population, I believe we are going to have to change our approach to ministry in some important ways. Our infrastructure in our current location os being stressed. The church building that used to seem so spacious has become crowded on Sunday mornings and other key times during the week. I think it is time to consider launching a new congregation on a new campus. We have discussed this in the past, but the time has come. In initial conversations I believe I have found a terrific launching team. Others will want to join the new venture as well. It is a truly exciting time for the church and God’s Kingdom!

Our congregation must be financially cautious at this time because of our debt obligation on our Children’s Center. We are also developing a sports complex on the north side of our property as an outreach to our community through Upward Sports. The new location, however, will of course require funding. Here is the good news: Our Oklahoma Annual Conference believes in the ministry of Claremore FUMC and is considering a grant for funding the first two years!

This proposal will be discussed in the meeting of the Administrative Council. Trustees will need to give approval to rent the property. All of us will need to come together to see this succeed. Please be in prayer as the conversation continues!

Striving to be Faithful,
Dr. Ray Crawford

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Sermon Video for January 31 – “Ask Good Questions”

It is okay to ask questions!  In fact, Jesus asked the disciples many questions.

In Mark 8:27-29, Jesus asked,  “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”

To grow with God we must ask questions as individuals, as families, as a business persons, and as a church.

In his latest sermon, Pastor Ray encourages us to ask good questions.  What are some additional ways we can reach out to others and make disciples? How can we reach people where they are instead of expecting the people of Rogers County to come to us?

We invite you to watch the latest sermon in the “Rise and Shine” series titled, “We shine most brightly when we… ask good questions.”

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Singles Ministry Going Strong

Embrace Ministry for Singles has a new Sunday school class!  Join other single adults Sundays at 11:00 in room 104 for S-3, Sunday School for Singles.

Singles will be traveling to Church at Battle Creek for a Singles Super Bowl party on Sunday, February 7. Buses will leave the church at 3:00. There will be a chili contest. You may bring soup, chili, or dessert.  The event is free but a $3 travel donation is requested.

Singles will be having  a class during Wesley Wednesdays using the book, Jesus, Single Like Me.  You may sign up by contacting Tim McHugh at 918-829-2431.

Singles have a monthly event, usually the third Saturday of the month.  In the past they have had game nights, walked through the Christmas lights at Rhema Bible College and gone bowling.  Those are just a few of the fun things they’ve done.

For information about upcoming events, visit their webpage at claremorefumc.org/single-adults.

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Stepping Stones News:

Stepping Stones Learning Center is sending out a couple of invitations to the FUMC congregation. First, you are invited to help the collect H.U.G.S.  And second, you are invited to the Sweets for the Sweeties Chapel Service.

Stepping Stones has been collecting H.U.G.S. during the month of January.  H.U.G.S. stands for hats, underwear, gloves and socks.  They have extended their collection deadline to February 16 to give the entire congregation an opportunity to help provide for those less fortunate.  All items must be new.

You may drop off hats, underwear, gloves and socks in the Children’s Center.  The items will be delivered to Rogers County Youth Services for children ages 12 to 17 and to Rogers County Adult Day Care.  These items will be greatly appreciated during these cold winter months.

Each class Stepping Stones class was assigned an item to collect:

  • The one-year-old class is collecting men’s and women’s hats
  • The two-year-old class is collecting men’s and women’s gloves
  • The three-year old class is collecting men’s and women’s underwear
  • The pre-k three and four year olds are collecting men’s and women’s socks

“Sweets for the Sweeties” Chapel Service held annually around Valentine’s Day will take place at 9:00 on February 10.  The congregation is invited to come and get a sample of the Stepping Stones Chapel activities.  Parents of the children are also invited.  This is a great opportunity for members of the congregation to interact with some of the Stepping Stones families who do not attend church at FUMC.  Pastors Ray, Janelle and Stephen provide regular, entertaining chapel services for the Stepping Stones children. This may be your only chance to see our pastors trying to keep a room full of preschoolers entertained while they attempt to share the Gospel!

 

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Stepping Stones Enrollment Dates

Stepping Stones Learning Center currently has a few openings for preschool children.  If you would like your child to be a part of this fantastic, Christ-centered preschool program, please contact Kelly Antle at 918-341-4580, ext. 326, or email her at kantle@claremorefumc.org.

Stepping Stones enrollment dates for the fall of 2016 are:

  • For children currently enrolled in the Stepping Stones program, enrollment forms are due February 16.
  • Church members may enroll their children February 17 and 18 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Enrollment is open to the public beginning February 25 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about Stepping Stones Learning Center click here.

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