Community Thanksgiving – Nov. 19, 6:00

First United Methodist Church is privileged to host the Community Thanksgiving Worship, Sunday, November 19.  The service begins at 6:00 in our Sanctuary.

The service,  sponsored by the Claremore Area Ministerial Aliance, will feature a variety of talents from the Claremore Christian community.  The traditional sound of organ will begin the service followed by modern praise from our own Atoned praise band. Handbells accompanied by trumpet will play “A Might Fortress Is Our God.”  Redeemer Lutheran Church Choir, Claremore Community Choir, and Memorial Heights Baptist Church Choir will lead the community in singing praises.

John Ray, C.A.M.A President, from Destiny Life Church, will deliver the message. Prayers and scripture will be offered by representatives from First Christian Church, St. Andrews United Methodist Church, First Assembly of God, and Life Changer Church.



Pie Night – Nov. 19, 5:00

Sunday, November 19, at First United Methodist church we will celebrate the generosity of Christ’s people.  Sunday morning we will place our commitment cards on the altar as a visible sign that we are responding to Christ’s claim on our lives.

At 5:00 Sunday evening we gather in Fellowship Hall of Central Campus as the Finance Committee announces the initial results of our annual stewardship campaign at the Pie Night Celebration!  Bring a pie to share and taste-test the pies that others have brought.  It is a delicious way to celebrate the church’s generosity and the ministry of First United Methodist Church.

Generation Next Youth will meet in the Family Life Center for their meal, then join us about 5:30 to feast on pie.

Following the pie celebration we will join with others for the Community Thanksgiving Worship service.  Click here to learn more.

Alzheimer Presentation – November 20

LaShondia Horn, from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be at First United Methodist Church on Monday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation about Alzheimer’s.  The presentation is open to the entire community and is a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field.  Topics include:

  • 10 signs: Early Detection Matters
  • Health Living for Your Brain and Body: The Latest Research
  • Alzheimer’s Association Program and Services

Those wanting to hear this important presentation are welcome at 6:30.  Stephen Ministers and Congregational Care Ministers are asked to meet from 6:00 to 6:30 then stay for the presentation.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Francez Ibàñez at 918-341-4580, ext. 331, or

For additional information on other Care Ministry programs, please click here to visit their webpage.

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Thank you to those of you who are using  Amazon has donated more than $700 to the church through the program!  In a recent one-week period, 127 purchases were eligible to contribute to our donations!

Click here to have your Amazon purchases support the ministries of First United Methodist Church.

Thankful Giving Sunday – Nov. 19

Thank you for your faithful, generous support of the ministries of your church! 2017 has been a wonderful year of ministry in our community and around the world. I believe 2018 will be a year of tremendous ministry and service as well. Please prayerfully consider your financial commitment to ministry in 2018 and complete a 2018 “Commitment Card.” The cards will be offered on the altar of the church on Sunday, November 19, as an act of worship.
As Cathy and I fill out our commitment card we will be thinking about all the ministries we support through our local church. These are just the kind of things we feel good about and we are happy that we can invest in them. However, we’ll also remember that even if the church had no need of our financial support, we would still want to be givers because that’s who God is creating us to be. We believe that generosity is an important part of our Christian response to God’s love and all that God has done for us.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we give praise and thanks to the Lord!
Striving to be Faithful,
Dr. Ray

Nov. 16 Hilltoppers Go to DaySpring

Hilltoppers are going shopping!  Meet us at the church at 7:45 in the morning, we will leave at 8:00, sharp.  We are going to the Dayspring Warehouse Sale.  There are cards, mugs, gifts, calendars, gift bags, wall art, and home decor – all at once-a-year discounts – just in time for Christmas!  After shopping, we are eating at Chouteau’s Dutch Pantry on the way home.

Please bring $3 to cover the cost of the bus ride, plus money for shopping and lunch.  You must reserve your seat.  CLICK HERE, email, or sign up at the Welcome Desk.

For more information about Hilltoppers, visit their webpage.

Who’s Next New Sermon Series

On Sunday, October 8, we begin part two of our journey through the Bible.  For the next seven weeks, we will explore the call of God in the lives of the women and men of the Old Testament.  And as we consider the call of God in the lives of people like Abraham, Deborah, and Isaiah, we’ll be listening for God’s call in our own lives.

One thing is for sure, God is calling!  The question is, “who’s next?”

  • October 8 – “Fork in the road” – the calling of Abraham
  • October 15 – “The reluctant leader” – the calling of Deborah
  • October 22 – UMW Sunday  – Guest speaker at Central Campus – other campuses will have their campus pastors.
  • October 29 – “Worshipping play and playing with worship” – the calling of Samson
  • November 5 – “It’s worth a try!” – the calling of Josiah
  • November 12 – “Being who you are” – the calling of Daniel
  • November 19 – “A song of Thanksgiving” – the calling of David
  • November 26 – “Here I am, Lord” – the calling of Isaiah

We look forward to seeing you in worship at any of our weekly services:

  • Sunday mornings: Central Campus at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00; Vessel at 9:00 and 10:30
  • Sunday evenings: She Brews Coffee House in downtown Claremore at 6:30
  • Wednesday mornings: ETA Coalition, McDonalds on Hwy. 66, at 6:30a
  • Tuesday evenings: Celebrate Recovery, Central Campus, Family Life Center at 7:00
  • Thursday evenings: Bridge Service, Central Campus Family Life Center at 5:45

Celebrate Recovery – Tuesday Nights

Celebrate Recovery meets Tuesday nights at 6:00 in the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church on Highway 88. The Christ-centered program provides healing for hurts, habits, and hang ups by applying Biblical principles. Those suffering with addiction, compulsions, and dysfunctional behaviors find comfort in God’s healing power, and are once again able to find authentic joy in their lives.

CR has a proven track record.  The program has helped thousands of people in its 25 years.

No matter where you find yourself in life, you are invited to Celebrate Recovery at 6:00 every Tuesday night at the Central Campus.  The service begins with a meal, has a small-group component, and ends with meaningful worship.

For information on the Celebrate Recovery program, contact Steve Bear at 918-694-8355.

Help Us Restock the Shelves


As of October 8, our supplies are no longer critically low.  We are still accepting donations from the congregation.  With your help we are now able to keep up with demand.


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.

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 pay 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!