Operation LunchBox

A message from Pastor Ray

In preparation for a possible state-wide teacher walk out beginning April 2, we are making plans to feed Rogers County school children who may depend upon school meals. (52% of Rogers County students qualify for free and reduced lunch.)

The Claremore Ministerial Alliance is coordinating this project and First United Methodist Church is playing a major role. Our church kitchen will be used to prepare approximately 2,500 lunch meals each weekday of the walk out. Mercy Chefs, a wonderful Christian food service, will be preparing the meals, along with our own Chef Tim and our volunteers. The meals will be picked up from here to go to various community churches which will serve as distribution centers. It is our goal to cover all Claremore neighborhoods so that children can walk to receive their meal if need be. We have identified a church in each of our outlying Rogers County communities to distribute as well. First United Methodist Church will distribute meals in addition to preparing them. We will need some volunteers ready hand out meals on site, and deliver meals where the child is unable to get to a local church.

We hope to keep the cost per meal to a minimum, but there will be an expense to do this important ministry. Your future financial support may be needed!

Let’s all continue to pray for our schools, our teachers, our legislators, and our children!

Striving to be Faithful,
Ray Crawford

You can help:

We are compiling a list of volunteers, which we will contact if they are needed. Please register here.

Monetary donations will be needed. You may donate here (please designate your gift “Mercy Chefs”).

Bookmark this page and check back for additional information as it becomes available.

The Wall That Heals Coming In June

A three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial, “The Wall,” is coming to Rogers State University in Claremore from June 6 to 10, 2018. First United Methodist Church has been asked to provide ambassadors while the Wall is here. A sign up sheet is available at Central Campus through Sunday, March 25. You may sign up Sunday morning, by calling Cindi Ramsey at 918-341-4580, ext. 315, or online at here.

Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association is bring The Wall to RSU to honor veterans who fought in the Vietnam war. The display will escorted from the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa beginning at noon Wednesday, June 6, then it be available twenty-four hours a day once it is set up.  You can learn more about the display from the RSU website.

The following times are available for ambassadors (shifts are approximately 4 hours):

  • 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, to 8:00 a.m. Thursday, June 7
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 to 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 8
  • 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 8 to 8:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9
  • 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 9
  • 11:30 pm. Saturday, June 9 to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, June 10


Youth Spring Update


Camp registration is open! All the hard work you had to endure last year when registering your kids has paid off. See the reward when you go to okcamps.org to register your kids this year! Just input your user name and password (there is a reset if you have forgotten), then just click to enroll your kids for camp.

Green Country District Camp dates are June 18 to 22. The registration code is 2R1.  Cost is $290, but register before April 30 and you will save $20!

Youth Force

Youth Force sign ups will be coming soon. Youth Force dates: July 15 – 20, cost is $200 for Youth Force.

Homeowner applications are available on BJ’s office door. We are looking for work projects like wheelchair ramps, porch repair, painting, yard work, and superficial house repairs. If you know someone who needs those types of work done, please make sure they get an application and return it to BJ no later than May 14.

The next Youth Force planning meeting is scheduled for 6:30, Monday, April 16, at Central Campus. Help us make this an amazing experience for the 200 or so youth that will be eating, sleeping and worshiping at the church during Youth Force.

We are currently looking for God Squad leaders who can commit to being at Youth Force July 15 to 20, and Tech Angels who can lead a work team during daytime hours July 16 to 19. If you can help, or  you know of people who might be willing to help, please call BJ.

Young Christians’ Weekend at Silver Dollar City – April 6-8

We will meet at the church at 4:00 on Friday, April 6 to load up the buses and head to Branson! Bags must be packed and dropped off at the church the night before. We will see great bands, ride a lot of rides, and worship Sunday morning with thousands of our brothers and sisters at Silver Dollar City. We will head home Sunday afternoon.

Cost is $120 unless you have a season pass ( in which case it is cheaper). Sign ups are on BJ’s door.

Blessing of the Bikes – April 14

The youth is sponsor the Blessing of the Bikes this year. They will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs at the church pond from 11:30 to 1:00. Proceeds will go toward youth programs.

Paint Ball Challenge – April 28

Generation Next has been challenged by some other youth groups to a day of paint balling. Times will be announced later.  Costs are determined by how much shooting you plan to do. Usually $26 covers all day, but if you need more ammo it costs $5/100 or $200/500 balls.


Contact BJ Danner, Director or Student Ministries, at 918-691-000, or bjdanner@claremorefumc.org.

Sermon Series

Join us for a Lenten sermon series, Straight to the Heart, February 18 until Easter on April 1st.  The pastors will be sharing the parables of Jesus in a way that is relevant to us in 2018.  Please use the list below to read the scripture before Sunday morning. You might be surprised to find a fresh interpretation of it on Sunday morning!

The parables of Jesus for today:

  • February 18, “It’s time to come home!” based on Luke 15:11-32
  • February 25, “You will or you won’t” based on Matthew 21:28-32
  • March 4, “Get dressed for dinner!” based on Matthew 22:1-14
  • March 11, “Don’t take grace for granted!” based on Luke 7:41-43
  • March 18, “Stepping over those in need” based on Luke 16:19-31
  • March 25, “Keep a supply of fresh batteries!” based on Matthew 25:1-13
  • April 1, Easter, “Two habits of Easter people” based on Mark 4:26-29

We hope to see you at one of our five Sunday morning services, but if you find you cannot be here, you may join us online at 9:45, or watch a recorded service by clicking here.


Stepping Stones Enrollment

Are you looking for a safe place for your child to discover, explore, and learn? Enrollment is underway right now for church members and will be open to the public beginning March 1st. Stepping Stones Learning Center (SSLC) is a wonderful place for your child to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.

Learn more about the Stepping Stones program by clicking here or call Carly at 918-341-1379.


Rib Crib Fundraiser February 19

Rib Crib in Claremore is hosting a fundraiser night for our very own Stepping Stones Learning Center.  All day on Monday, February 19, Rib Crib is donating a percentage of your table’s ticket to Stepping Stones! This is an easy and delicious way to show your support for this very important children’s ministry.

Invite some friends to join you as you take your family out for a BBQ diner, and remember to tell your waiter that you are there to support Stepping Stones. The more you eat, the more you will be supporting the children so go head and have dessert too!

Learn more about Stepping Stones Learning Center by clicking here.


2018 Widows Dinner – February 12

Widows from the Claremore community are invited to celebrate friendship at the Gal-entine’s Dinner for Widows, Monday, February 12 at Central Campus. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and reservations are required. You may R.S.V.P. by clicking here or calling the church at 918-341-4580.

Ash Wednesday Service, February 14

Join us for a special service to mark the first day of Lent on Wednesday, February 14. At 6:00 all the congregations of First United Methodist Church will gather in the Sanctuary of Central Campus to hear a special message. Participants are encouraged to fast the dinner meal and donate to those in need whatever they would have normally spent for the meal.

Lent, the 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays), is a time of preparation, self-reflection, and repentance. The Ash Wednesday service often helps us begin to process what the death of Christ means to us personally. During the service ashes, representing our sorrow for our sins, may be placed on our forehead in the shape of a cross. The ashes are from palms used last Palm Sunday, some palms brought back from the Philippines mission last March, and prayers from our youth. Palms are burned by our 6th grade confirmation Sunday school class. The youth burned their prayers as a symbol of giving the prayers to God.

Following the service, our 6th grade confirmation class will remain in the sanctuary and meet their confirmation mentors.

Wednesday Lenten Lunches

The Claremore Area Ministerial Alliance sponsors Lenten lunches Wednesdays during Lent from noon until 1:00. This year they will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1310 N Sioux Ave. A brief service begins at noon, and a light lunch is served at 12:30 for $3. The service is designed so that the community can worship, eat and return to work in little more than an hour. Lunches are held February 14 to March 21. Each Wednesday a different church provides the message and meal.

Adult Confirmation begins January 10

In a world where it is easy to feel all alone, you are invited to get connected to Jesus Christ and His people,

Adult Confirmation takes place Wednesdays, January 10 through February 7, from 6:30  to 7:45 at Central campus.  A meal for participants and their family members will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 for $5 per person or $20 for a family.

Vessel Church Anniversary – Jan. 7

Vessel Church is turning one year old! The celebration will take place on Sunday, January 7, with Brownies Burgers food truck serving food and KXOJ Radio Station broadcasting live from the parking lot.

Join Vessel Church in celebration of all God is doing to in the lives church members and the community.  Visit the Vessel Church website to find out more about Vessel Church.