What Matters Most? Sermon Series

The pastors at First United Methodist Church will be exploring What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian, a book by Martin Thielen.  The ten-week series will provide insight to things we may have grown up thinking we have to believe, but we really don’t, and things we really do need to believe if we call ourselves Christ followers.

If you miss a sermon, you can find them here as they are available.

“What Matters Most?” sermon series schedule:

April 30 – about the identity of Jesus titled, “Who Is Jesus?”

May 7 – about the priority of Jesus, titled, “What Matters Most?”

May 14 – about the grace of Jesus, titled, “Am I Accepted?”

May 21 – about the work of Jesus, titled, “Where Is God?”

May 28 – about the example of Jesus, titled, “What Brings Fulfillment?”

June 4 – about the promise of Jesus, titled, “Who Is the Holy Spirit?”

June 11 – about the legacy of Jesus, titled, “Is the Church Still Relevant?”

June 18 – about the death and resurrection of Jesus, titled, “Is There Hope in Our Suffering?”

June 25 – about the vision of Jesus, titled, “What Is God’s Dream for the World?”

We hope to see you at one of our many weekly services:

  • Sunday Mornings – Central Campus: 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday Mornings – Vessel Church: 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday Night Live – 6:30 p.m. at Carl’s Coney Island in Ne-Mar
  • Wednesday ETA Coalition for Men – 6:30 a.m. at McDonalds near Wal-Mart
  • Thursday Bridge Service and Meal – 5:30 p.m. meal, 6:15 service, 7:30 dessert

Disaster Preparedness Training – May 27

Last spring several members of our church had homes severely damaged by tornados.  This year a tornado damaged the home of another member.   What can we, as a church do to prepare for natural disasters when they affect our church facilities, our members homes, or our community?

You are invited to attend Disaster Preparedness Training to learn more about what you can do to help our church be better prepared to handle these disasters.  This free training is Saturday, May 27, from 8:30 to 4:30 at Claremore First United Methodist church.

Representatives from the American Red Cross and from the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church will present the training.  This is great training for anyone who would like to be part of a team that helps when disaster strikes.  It is highly recommended for trustees and ministry leaders.  The cost is free, but you may purchase a lunch for $10 if it is ordered by May 19.

If you have questions, please call Greg Partney at 918-833-0963 or email fouraggies@cox.net or Brenda Scrivner at bscrivner@okumc.org.

Click here for the flyer

Click here to register


  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – registration
  • 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Session one: Methodist “Connecting Neighbors” Curriculum
  • 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Session two:  American Red Cross “Ready When the Time Comes”

This training is being provided by the Green Country District Board of Missions and Disaster Preparedness.


Rev. Stephen Cagle to Be Commissioned

Pastor Stephen Cagle has been recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry to be commissioned by the bishop during Annual Conference in Oklahoma City. The commissioning service will take place on Wednesday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Hero Central VBS

VBS June 5-9, PreK to 6th Grade

This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Hero Central!  Young super heros will gather at First United Methodist Church June 5 to 9 to discover the super powers God has given them.

From 9 a.m.  until noon, our heros will sing, dance, play games, do crafts, and eat snacks while displaying heart, courage, wisdom, hope and power.  Fifth and Sixth graders have special mission projects all week.  It all ends with an amazing program on Sunday in which children show off all they’ve learned.

Click above to register your children for Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church.

Would you like to help?

We need help getting ready for VBS.  If you are available anytime between 8 and 5, Tuesday, May 30 and Friday, June 1, stop by the Children’s Center and we will put you to work sorting out supplies, crafting,  and doing other things that need to be done before VBS starts.

Sunday, June 4, we need help transforming the building into Hero Central.  Men, this is your chance to shine!  We will be hanging things and carrying things from place to place.  We can really use your help.  Just show up after lunch and we will find a lot for you to do.

We are still in need of adult volunteers for VBS week. Volunteers can register at the same link!

Donations Needed

If you would like to donate any of the following items, you may drop them off in the red bins in the Children’s Center or Disciple Hall:

  • Foam stick-on letters (1/2″)
  • 5 large bottles of silver acrylic craft paint
  • 1/8″ or 1/4″ elastic
  • 1/2″ round magnets (Hobby Lobby has them in packs of 52)
  • Acrylic craft paint in bright or pastel colors (not dark colors)
  • 16 packages of bright-colored foam picture frames (Hobby Lobby has them in packs of 12)

If you need additional information, please call Lynn Youngs or Susan Goins at 918-341-4580, ext. 325.

Faithful Families: Eating Smart and Moving More

Have you heard about our free weekly healthy-lifestyles program?  It takes place on Friday mornings at 11:15 in Fellowship Hall.

Each week an instructor from Oklahoma State University extension cooks up a light snack and gives participants helpful information about keeping our families healthy.  She provides handouts on everything they discuss including delicious, healthy recipes and ways to incorporate exercise in our daily activities. The class runs through May 26.

Tuesday Night Live

Tuesday Night Live is a “judgement-free place to have honest conversations about faith.”  Rev. Stephen Cagle is the campus pastor and creates a casual atmosphere with the format possibly being different each week.

Tuesday Night Live takes place every Tuesday at 6:30 at Carl’s Coney Island and the first 50 people in the door get a free coney.

You can stay up to date with the happenings at TNL by clicking here.

“We can no longer expect the unchurched to simply come to us.  It is time for us to take the church to them,” said Rev. Cagle.  “It is time for us to take the church to them.”   He says that TNL is a church for the unchurched. It is our way of taking the gospel beyond our church building’s walls and into the community to build relationships and share the gospel with our neighbors.