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 a blessing to others 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 Laurie Ault at 918-341-4580.
Wanted: Childcare Worker
We are currently taking applications for mid-week, evening childcare/nursery staff. Applicants must be over 21 years of age. Please pick up an application in and return it to the Central Campus office. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Frankie Long at frankielong@ClaremoreFUMC.org.
Wanted: People of Prayer
Can you even imagine anyone coming to FUMC and not finding someone to pray with or for them? NO! To help insure that prayer partners are always available in the chapel after worship services and in Disciple Hall when neighbors in need come to the church pantry, we are asking for commitments to serve for as little as 15 minutes one Sunday per month, or for a half hour on a Tuesday or Thursday once per month. Sunday School classes, Circles and other groups are encouraged to take “ownership” of one of these times by rotating members so the need is always met. This is a way to keep that pledge to serve the church with prayers, presence, gifts and service. Contact Prayer Ministry Coordinators Norma Graham and Dorothy Cummins or call the church office for more information.
Mission Training – for hurricane damaged areas
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. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
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.
PIE Bakers needed
Do you like to bake? Our pie bakers make first-time guests feel welcome by baking them a pie. If you feel at home in the kitchen and want to make others feel welcome at the church, this may be just the ministry for you. Contact Pat Chambers at 918-693-6714.
Kairos Cookie Team
Kairos is a prison ministry that provides a spiritual weekend for incarcerated people to get or stay connected to God. One thing that makes the weekends so successful is a simple cookie. Thousands of dozens of cookies are given away in just one Kairos weekend. They are given to guards, prison staff, every prisoner, and the Kairos participants. Tim McHugh is organizing a cookie team. If you like to bake, can help organize, or have extra freezer space, please contact Tim at singles@ClaremoreFUMC.org or 918-829-2431. Click here for Kairos cookie recipes.
Paper Sacks Needed for the Pantry
You may bring them with you to church on Sunday morning and drop them in the grocery carts near the front doors.
5th Mondays – 2 men and 2 women
4th Wednesday – 1 man and 2 women
5th Wednesday – 2 men and 2 women
1st Friday – 1 man
2nd Friday – 2 women
3rd Friday – 1 woman
4th Friday – 2 women
Wesley Foundation Lunch Team
The Wesley Foundation in Tahlequah serves about 300 student meals every Wednesday. The meals off an opportunity for the foundation to show God’s love to students and familiarize them with worship, Bible studies, and other activities at the Foundation. We are being asked, as a church, to help with the meal periodically. If you are interest, please click here and indicate you would like information about the Wesley Foundation Meals. We’ll have someone contact you about how you can help. If you would like to contribute financially, click here and designate your gift “Wesley Foundation Meals.”
You don’t have to be tech genius to be on the church media team, but you sure can look like one! Really, you can be part of the media team and look like a genius if you can pay attention and press a button. That’s all it takes! Call Cindi at 918-341-4580, ext. 315, to volunteer.
Office Help Needed
We need volunteer help in the church office. Duties include answering telephones, stuffing bulletins, and miscellaneous tasks. Please contact Brent Youngs to get started.
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.
Disaster Recovery (from Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response)
Disaster recovery in Oklahoma has been non-stop since spring 2013. Disasters have impacted the state each year leaving families in need of hope for recovery. The Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response Ministry along with its disaster partner agencies through the OKVOAD are providing that hope.
If you would like to form a team to help fellow Oklahomans, or if you would like to participate with another team, you may sign up here.
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.
- The United Methodist Committee on Relief is accepting donations for Disaster Relief. You may learn more and give online by clicking here. With 60 plus years experience helping after disaster strikes, UMCOR is one of the most respected disaster relief agencies in the world. You can be assured that 100% of your donation will go to disaster relief.
- We will be sending teams to storm-damaged areas. Check back here or watch newsletters, bulletins, and other announcements.
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 – gallon-size zip-loc bags.
- 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.