Early Response Team Training
First United Methodist Church is hoping to send a mission team to hurricane damaged areas in Texas, Florida, or Puerto Rico. All team members need Early Response Team (ERT) member training to work in areas that have sustained natural disaster damage (hurricane, tornado, flooding, etc). Please sign up for this training at the link below:
Basic ERT (Early Response Team) Member Training – February 24, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Claremore First United Methodist Church. Cost is $25 and includes supplies, a t-shirt, and a light lunch. Class size is limited to the first 20 participants. Deadline for registering is February 16, 2018.
ERTs are not a first-response group, nor are they recovery, rebuild, or repair teams. Under very specific guidelines, ERTs assist survivors, without causing further harm or being a burden on the affected community, or jurisdiction. Participating ERTs are encouraged to wear bright green t-shirts as a means of recognition.
Volunteers in Mission Leader Training
All United Methodist mission teams must be led by a certified team leader. Below are the current leader training opportunities in the area:
January 20, 2018, at Tahlequah First United Methodist Church
February 24, 2018, at the Oklahoma United Methodist Church Ministry Center in Oklahoma City
Click HERE to register for either of these team leader trainings.
Youth Force Claremore – July 15 to July 20, 2018
Our Generation Next youth will host youth from around the state will take Claremore by storm as they repair homes of those who cannot make the repairs themselves. There are a myriad of ways you can help. Contact BJ Danner at 918-691-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to be a God Squad Leader, Tech Angel, cook, cleaner, shower house, or other support role.
Sager Brown – Fall, 2018
We have been sending missionaries to the UMCOR depot in Baldwin, LA since 2002. They assemble various kits that are sent around the world in areas experiencing disasters. Kits include layette kits, flood buckets, and school bags. UMW has sewn layette gowns that were taken to UMCOR and be used in the Layette kits. Contact Linda Pollock at email@example.com if you would like to be part of this great annual trip. If you would like to know more about the UMCOR Depot, please click here.
McCurdy Ministries – Fall, 2018
September, 2018. We will travel again to McCurdy Mission in Espanola, New Mexico for a week of ministry to the children who attend McCurdy school. If you would like to be part of the annual mission to McCurdy Ministries, contact Linda Polson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philippines – 2019
We will travel, once again to the Philippines to continue our work at Asbury College in Anda in the northern Philippines. If you would like to be part of this trip, contact Dr. Judy Riley.
Copper Canyon, Mexico – October 2017
Pastor Ray Crawford led a mission team to a remote part of the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico. The team consisted of doctors, veterinarians, translators, and construction workers.
McCurdy Ministries – September, 2017
September, 2017 (2016, 2015). A group of missionaries traveled to McCurdy School in Espanola, New Mexico for a week of ministry to the children who utilize the services of McCurdy Ministries. They took school supplies, Labels for Education, and Boxtops for Education. If you would like to be part of the annual mission to McCurdy Ministries, contact Linda Polson at email@example.com.
Winter, 2017 (2015, 2013). The team nurtured many relationships established from previous trips, and made many new friends as well. Asbury College is in a rural area on Anda Island in the northern Philippines. The rapidly growing school educates children from pre-kindergarten through young adults in college. The infrastructure of the school is struggling to keep up with the demands placed on it. While visiting Asbury, the team helped support the digging of water wells, septic systems, and drainage projects. Much more work needs to be done. If you would like to help fund vital projects for Asbury College, please contact Laurie Ault at 918-341-4580, ext. 310.
Fall, annually since 2002. We have been sending missionaries to the UMCOR depot in Baldwin, LA since 2002. They assemble various kits that are sent around the world in areas experiencing disasters. Kits include layette kits, flood buckets, and school bags. UMW has sewn layette gowns that were taken to UMCOR and be used in the Layette kits. If you would like to know more about the UMCOR Depot, please click here.
August 17-29, 2015. A group traveled to Poland to participate in the Polish Annual Conference “Days of Renewal.” Our praise band glorfi performed in various locations and UMW women provided a program for the women of Poland. The women presented the Poland UMW with hand sewn, embroidered tote bags. The team worked with children and provided the Poland United Methodist Church with support and inspiration.
August 1 to 10, 2013. A mission to our sister church in Poland led by Kaylinn Mayfield.
July, 2015. Our youth traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to assist with a homeless ministries there. They helped served food, organized their pantry and even slept in the homeless shelter in an immersion experience they will never forget. Everyone who went was blessed to be a blessing to others.
October 12-23, 2014. The bishop for Cuba tasked the group to help build dormitories at Camp Canaan. to be done just before the team arrives. This is a rare opportunity for Americans to show the love of Christ in this environment. For additional information please call the church office at 918-341-4580 and ask for Mary Ogle’s or Bruce Anderson’s contact information. If you would like to help the Cuban mission team, please contact Mary Ogle.
July, 2014, 2012 Since our first mission trip to Tuetal Sur, Costa Rica, we have seen amazing improvements in the church building as well as the growth of the congregation. The church now has an active youth and young adult ministry as well as a praise band. FUMC young missionaries have had a great influence on our sister church in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rica mission trip is a favorite of our young adults, families and seniors. We have the opportunity to see the beauty of God’s creation, work hard to serve the lord and have fellowship with our friends in Tuetal Sur Costa Rica.
Sager Brown —
September 15, 2013. A group of people traveled to Baldwin, LA to the UMCOR Depot and assembled kits for disaster relief. This was the 10th time we have sent missionaries to Sager Brown. UMW has sewn layette gowns taken to UMCOR and be used in the Layette kits. If you would like to know more about the UMCOR Depot, please click here.
August, 2013. A group from our church, lead by Pastor Ray Crawford traveled to Moore, Oklahoma, to assist with removal of debris which was left after the devastating tornado in May, 2013.
Cookson Hills, Oklahoma
March, 2013. In the spring of 2013 a group from our church traveled to Cookson Hills near Tahlequah, OK to build and repair facilities. In the fall of each year UMW women participate in Tool Tyme at Cookson Hills.