Do you believe in miracles?
What are the miracles of the Bible that you remember? Do you remember any of the miracles of the Old Testament? Can you remember some of the miracles of Jesus? Surely those miracles were powerful events for those who first witnessed them, but what meaning do they have for us today? What can we learn about God through a study of the miracles of the Bible?
Sunday, February 16, I will begin a new series on 10 great miracles of the Bible and their meaning for us today. Following is a list in the order that we’ll be exploring them:
From the Old Testament-
February 16 The Creation Genesis 2:4-25
February 23 The Calling Genesis 12:1-3
March 2 The Passover Exodus 12:1-14
March 9 The Exodus Exodus 12:33-42; 14:10-14, 21-25, 30-31
March 16 The Manna Exodus 16:9-26
From the New Testament-
March 23 The Healing Mark 2:1-12
March 30 The Calming Matthew 8:23-27
April 6 The Feeding John 6:1-14
April 13 The Riding Luke 19:28-44
April 20 The Rising Luke 24:1-12
Plan to meet with your church as we learn from God’s word and grow in our faith. The miracles of the Bible provide meaning and hope for our lives today!
Striving to be Faithful,
Dr. Ray Crawford
Are you a woman who would like to become more connected to your family of faith? Joining UMW (United Methodist Women) is a great way to be involved, meet new people, have fun and share bonds with other women. Our UMW is divided into circles. Each circle has its own unique personality and meeting time and place. Check out our UMW page to get an idea of what the different circles are all about then call one of the circle coordinators for additional information.
UMW is a great way to connect!
Claremore FUMC is excited to host Youth Force 2014 this summer. Youth Force is a huge undertaking and we can use your help in many ways. One fun thing you can do is participate in the Youth Force 5K walk/run taking place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at the RSU Nature Reserve.
Youth Force is a week-long mission trip in which youth from all over Oklahoma will come to Claremore to do home repair for the elderly, indigent, or disabled. Our church will be filled to the brim with young, hard-working people who will eat, sleep and worship at the church then go out into the community to share the love of Christ through their good works.
Won’t you let “the pounding of your feet can help the lady up the street!”? Register today for the Youth Force Run. If you register online here, the cost is $22.09; $25 if you register on race day. There will be a 1-mile fun run in addition to the 5-K walk/run. T-shirts given to all online registrants and the first 300 race day registrants. Awards given to the top three in each age group and special prizes for the top three overall. Awards also given to the top three walkers.
Too tired to run? If you would like to make a donation, you may donate online (click “give now” then under miscellaneous click other – then specify “Youth Force”) or by sending a check to the church and marking “Youth Force” in the memo line.
What else can you do to help? We need God Squad Leaders, Guardian Angels, Tech Angels, cooks, and shower houses. Call Jaimie at 918-341-4580 for more information on the many, many things you can help with Youth Force 2014.
Our bus ministry has three 15-passenger buses to get members of our congregation to church on Sunday mornings. Unfortunately, we could use more drivers. No CDL is required to drive these buses and volunteers need not commit to every Sunday. With enough volunteers, drivers will only need to drive every few weeks. Getting the body of Christ together on a Sunday morning can be a very rewarding experience.
If you would like more information about our bus ministry, please contact Jeff Ault by calling 918-341-4580 to get his number.
Cornerstone Coffee has gotten off to an amazing start! Thank you FUMC for your response to the space, the product and most of all for your support of the college ministry.
Cornerstone will be serving coffee on Sunday mornings and other evenings during the week when church-wide events are happening. We will be also be open weekday mornings from 8:00-10:00, Monday through Thursday. If you are out and about and would like a warm cup of wonderful coffee, latte, or cappuccino, or a smoothie, we would love to serve you!
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’” When talking about children in the Kingdom of God, it is usually this verse from Matthew chapter 19 that comes up. We use it because it demonstrates so well that children do, indeed, have a place in God’s Kingdom – and an important place at that. Jesus loved and valued children in a way that was uncommon in his day, and that same love and care is our model to this very day.
There are many, many children in Rogers County who need our love and care. Among these are children who have, for some reason or other, been removed from their biological families and are now wards of the state. Last fall there were 84 children in need of foster care in our community, and only 12 foster families. Most of these children not only had to leave their families, but also had to change schools, churches, and friends when they were moved to Tulsa or Oklahoma City where there are more foster families available.
This is a terrible need, but every need presents an opportunity for those who serve the Lord. The United Methodist Circle of Care has a program called “Child Share,” which provides services to foster families and those interested in foster parenting. If you are interested in foster parenting, curious about what foster parenting entails, or would like to know how you can help foster families in our community, the President and CEO of Circle of Care will be giving a presentation on how we can all get involved in Child Share and provide love and care to children in Rogers County at 2:00 PM this Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.