Help Us Restock the Shelves

** URGENT NEED**

The our Food Pantry is running very low on food. In order to provide food to our neighbors in need we need YOUR help.

Peanut butter, beans, canned meats are good sources of protein. Canned goods, cereal, and bread can help supplement meals. You may bring food to the church anytime the church is open. Just drop it off in the grocery cart by the front door or give it to the person manning the front desk.

Thank you very much for helping others when resources are running low.

Fall Festival – Oct. 29

Our annual Fall Festival will take place Sunday, October 29, from 3:00 until 5:00 at Central Campus.  Many activities will take place in the Family Life Center parking lot, but don’t forget to step inside the building.  Fall Festival is fun for the entire family and all your friends so bring a crowd because it is more fun that way. This year we will have 50-cent games, lots of prizes, food, candy, and face painting.  Trunk-or-Treat will run between 4:30 and 5:00.

Would you like to help?  We are accepting donations of wrapped candy to be given away as prizes and for Trunk-or-Treat.  You may drop the candy off in the Children’s Center.  Would you like to decorate your car and dress up for Trunk-or-Treat?  Call Susan Goins to learn how you can participate.

Proceeds from concessions will go to the Children’s Center.

Martin Luther Movie – Oct. 10

Join us for a special one-evening showing of Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World. B&B Theatre and the Claremore Ministerial Alliance have set aside Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30 for this special screening. Tickets must be purchased online through the Tugg website (click here to order) or reserved through the church and paid for in advance.   Tickets are $11 plus $1 fee for a total of $12.

500 years ago, on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, and began the Protestant Reformation. The movie, which follows his adventurous life, includes political intrigue, kidnappings, and life-or-death showdowns. “The world is a different place today because of Martin Luther,” said Pastor Ray Crawford. He is encouraging members of the congregation to join others in the Claremore community to view the movie. It is a great way of learning more about our Methodist heritage and to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestantism.

Buy your tickets today, and encourage your friends to join you!

Hilltoppers have 50s Game Day

Join our fabulous crowd of active, over 50s for a Fun-Filled Back to the Fifty’s Game Day!  Thursday, September 21, at noon in the Central Campus Family Life Center Hilltoppers will have games, sharing, and a Nostalgic Sing-a-Long, to name a few of the activities. You are welcome to bring your own games, too.

Tim is preparing a delicious lunch for us which will begin at noon.  A lot of Fellowship, Fun, and Fifty’s Frivolity will Follow!

Please be sure to sign up here or at the Welcome Desk so we have an accurate head count for lunch.  If you have any questions or need information about Hilltoppers, contact Linda Pollock at 918-341-4580, ext. 306, or lpollock@claremorefumc.org.

Check out the Hilltoppers webpage for additional Hilltoppers activities.

Bunco – Sept. 26

United Methodist Women are celebrating fall with Welcome Back Bunco. All women of the church are invited to attend on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Campus.  This is a great way to learn more about UMW and find a circle to join.  We will have snacks and wonderful fellowship among the UMW members and guests as we play bunco!  Join us for this evening of fun.

For more information about UMW, contact Cindy Griffith.  You may call 918-341-4580 to get her contact information.

October 20 & 21 Garage Sale

October 20 & 21

The entire Claremore community will be looking for treasures at our semi-annual First United Methodist Church gigantic garage sale.  The Family Life Center will be transformed into a bargain hunters paradise filled with everything you can imagine.  And this year,  there is even more opportunity to shop as we extend the sale to 2 days!

The sale starts on Friday, October 20th at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 4:00 p.m.   On Saturday, the sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m.  

It Begins! #WordUp

You’ve probably heard that the most widely distributed book in the world is the Bible.  It is estimated that between 5 and 6 BILLION Bibles have been printed, and it has been translated into 349 languages.

So, what’s the big deal?  Why are so many copies printed and distributed?  Do people actually read the Bible?  Why?  Why not?

Join us as we delve into the Bible with the sermon series we are calling “It Begins!”.  Over the next few weeks we will explore the stories of pre-history.  These stories at the beginning of Genesis are difficult, if not impossible to date.  They are stories about the beginning.  They don’t tell us everything we’d like to know about “how” it all happened, but they do tell us much about “why” and for whose purpose.  There is so much we can learn from the Book of Genesis!  I believe it speaks directly to the needs of modern of people.

I invite you to prepare by reading the stories over the next four weeks:
  • September 10- “In the beginning God created…”  (Genesis 1:1-2:25)
  • September 17- “What do you say to a talking snake?”  (Genesis 3:1-24)
  • September 24- “100% Chance of Rain”  (Genesis 6:1-9:29)
  • October 1-  “Move over, God”  (Genesis 11:1-9)

 

Disaster Response Updates

Check back for updates on how you can help with hurricane disaster relief.

September 13 from United Methodist News

The Louisiana Conference needs certified ERT responders, specifically for the Lake Charles district and the area impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Training takes place on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Pineville and Monroe. Click here for more details.

Read the inspiring story of one Early Responder Team member from the Louisiana Conference here.

September 12, 2017 – From the Oklahoma Conference Office

(Read the entire text here).  Monetary donations are needed most for the foreseeable future. Make donations to UMCOR Advance Project Number 901670.   You can also give through the Claremore church and designate you gift “Disaster Relief” and it will be forwarded to UMCOR.

Volunteer teams are needed. Call Lori Foster in the Volunteers in Mission office to express an interest in serving. You may call her at 405-530-2070, or email LFoster@okumc.org. VIM Leader training takes place on September 23rd in Oklahoma City. Issues specific to hurricane relief will be covered.   All short-term mission teams must register through the OKVIM office to ensure insurance coverage, proper leader training, and safe sanctuary practices.

September 9, 2017 – Hygiene Kits

Ahnawake Dawson is organizing a Hygiene Kit drive. Instructions are here. You can put together a kit for about $10-$12. Place your complete kits in the red tubs in Disciple Hall. The hygiene kits will be taken to Sager Brown with our mission team on September 30.

Free Estate-Planning Seminar

Join us Sunday, September 17, at noon in the Central Campus Family Life Center for the FREE Planning Your Legacy seminar.

Lunch will be served and you will learn the basics of establishing a will or a trust, selecting key financial- and health-care decision makers, and preparing for the unexpected.  An attorney will be available to answer your questions.

Estate planning is important for anyone wanting to reduce the burden loved ones face when the unexpected happens. Everyone should have a will, but they are especially important for those with children or those who want to control the distribution of their property.

The seminar and lunch are free. Planning Your Legacy will be presented by Justin Tockey with the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation.  A love offering will be taken to defray cost of the meal. We look forward to seeing you at noon Sunday, September 17.

 

Youth Sunday, August 27

UPDATE:  To see the service from August 27, click here.

Get ready for some high-energy worship Sunday, August 27, as our youth prepare to lead us in worship all three services at Central Campus.  As a group, our youth are amazing, faith-filled young men and women.  Prepare to be inspired!

As we do every Sunday, each service will maintain the special atmosphere we have come to expect.  Look below at the songs Elevate has prepared for each service. The message will be delivered by not one, but five of our youth as they each describe a different aspect of FAITH.

During the 9:45 Blue Jeans service, our third graders will receive Bibles from the church. Methodists have been giving Bibles to third graders for decades.  Many of you probably have the same, worn Bible you received as a young child.  Thank you, church for giving the Word of God to these young people.

Elevate will lead the congregation in all three services with the following music:

8:30 – God of Wonders, Come Thou Fount, How Deep the Father’s Love for Us/Lead Me to the Cross, Strong God, and Cornerstone.

9:45 – Not Today, How He Loves, I Surrender, Strong God, Send Me Out

11:00 – Not Today, How He Loves, I Surrender, Strong God, Overwhelmed, Send Me Out.

We look forward showing glowing support for these youth as they lead us in worship on this remarkable day.