At First United Methodist Church we believe that a disciple of Jesus Christ is a person whose
Mind is filled with God’s Word
Heart is filled with God’s Spirit
Hands are filled with service to God’s people
Many opportunities to be of service are available to you. Below are just a few ministries that can use your help. If you have an interest and haven’t found a way use your gift to serve God, let us help! Talk to a pastor or call our volunteer coordinator, Dani Ottinger at 918-341-4580.
Kairos Prison Ministry
You could be part of a group of men who will be providing an Emmaus-type weekend at the correctional facility in Hominy, Oklahoma, November 30 to December 3. This can be a life-changing experience for the incarcerated men who elect to participate as well as those who facilitate the weekend. You may find more information about this special ministry by clicking here.
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week (except holidays) we receive food from Wal-mart. We can use your help stocking the shelves. It only takes about an hour or two depending on how much food we get and how many people are here to help. Show up about 9:30. Contact Linda Polson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The first and third Wednesday of each month we receive a truckload of food from the Food Bank. We need even more help putting that food away. Show up about 10:00. Contact Linda Polson at email@example.com for more information.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, we need help giving out the food. Contact Kathy Houtz at 918-341-4580, or 918-408-9549 for more information about this front-door ministry.
Our bus ministry allows people to get to church who could not otherwise attend. We provide transportation on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Our buses are 15-passenger vehicles so they can be driven by those with a regular drivers license. Contact Jim Meyer at 918-520-3162 to become part of this important ministry.
Estate Sale Mission
We are blessed to be able to pick up items left after some estate sales. These items are used in our Rusted Rabbit booth on J. M. Davis Blvd. and at our twice-a-year garage sales. How can you help? Call Martha Starr to put your name on the list. When an estate sale comes up, she will give you a call. If you are available, you will spend a few hours packing up the left over items, loading them on the truck, then unloading them at the storage facility. It is only a few hours every now and then, but you will need to have your name on the list in order to get the call. Money from this ministry has be used to help people locally and all over the world.
Would you like to be part of a chainsaw army, a flood bucket brigade, or shoulder to cry on when disaster strikes? Call Greg Partney to put your name on the Disaster Response Team list. Disaster doesn’t strike often, but when it does, you can play an important role in helping those in need. Greg’s number is 918-833-0963.
There is a chainsaw training session on Saturday, July 22, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Camp Egan. For more information about this and other disaster preparedness training opportunities, please call Greg Partney at 918-833-0963.
Sewing for Missions
The first Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. several people gather in the Quilters’ Room to work on special sewing projects. Sewing experience is not needed to be a part of this group. They have cutting and ironing, gathering, and other tasks to do in addition to the sewing. Their projects have been be used at the domestic abuse shelter here in Claremore, sent out on mission trips within the United States, and sent out through the United Methodist Committee on Relief to people around the globe.
Small Group Leaders
Would you like to start a Sunday school class, bible study group, fellowship group, or small group? Talk to a pastor and we will try to help you get it started.
A team goes to McCurdy Mission in Espanola, New Mexico, every year. A few spots on this year’s team have opened up. The trip is scheduled for September 9 to 16. Tasks include office work, cafeteria duty, working in the maintenance department (a lot of lawn and landscape work), and assisting with the Campbell’s Label program. If you are interested in going, please contact Linda Polson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are still a few spots left on the Sager Brown Mission Team. A group will be traveling to Baldwin, LA, to help out at the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Depot. They will leave September 30 and return October 6. If you are interested in going, please contact Linda Pollock at 918-341-4580, ext. 306.
In the spring of 2019 a team will go to the Philippines to help out at Asbury College, Anda, Pangasinan, Philippines. If you are interested in going, please contact Laurie Ault at 918-341-4580, ext. 310.
Giving 4 Needs
Each month we collect an item that is not usually donated for our Good Samaritan neighbors. These Giving 4 Needs items are collected in grocery carts near the outside doors on Sunday mornings. This the the schedule for the items we collect.
January – deodorant, February – toothpaste & toothbrushes, March – bath soap, April – toilet paper, May – shampoo, June – deodorant, July -toothpaste & toothbrushes, August – bath soap, September – toilet paper, October – shampoo, November – deodorant, December – toothpaste & toothbrushes.
- Filing and general office organization. Contact Linda Pollock at 918-341-4580, ext. 306
- Sunday morning media team. Contact Cindi Ramsey at 918-341-4580, ext 315.
- Help serve communion. Contact Stephen Cagle at 918-341-4580, ext. 301.
- Welcome Team. Contact Frances Ibanez at 918-341-4580, ext. 331.
Check back often. Needs will be added as they arise.