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 our volunteer coordinator, Dani Ottinger at 918-341-4580.

Chick-Fil-A fundraiser for Light of Hope

Tuesday, January 16 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Support Light of Hope and have some great food too! Just go to the Claremore Chick-Fil-A and mention that you are there for Light of Hope Spirit Night and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Light of Hope!


Mini-Golf Sponsors and Designers

Our second-annual Mini-Golf Tournament is Sunday, January 28. We need green sponsors and designers.  Sponsors pay $100 to sponsor a green. A logo or name will be printed on a sign on the green, on the score cards, and on a banner at the event.  Designers don’t have to pay anything, the just have to be creative. Contact Kent Tucker by email or at 918-697-8846.  You can find more information about the Mini-Golf Tournament here.


Valentine Banquet Auction Items Needed

Our annual youth-fundraiser, Valentine Banquet is Saturday, February 10. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our youth and provides much-needed funds for camp and mission trip scholarships.  One of the biggest money-raisers is the auction, but it takes donations from many individuals and businesses to make it a success.  If you have an item or service, either personally or as part of your business, please contact BJ Danner at 918-691-0000. Past auction items have been: lawn service, pie of the month, vacation rentals, wills, catering, craft items, woodworking, artwork, repurposed furniture, and sailboat cruises. Anything you enjoy having or doing can be auctioned off. Anything you want or need can be auctioned off.  It all goes to raise money for our youth.  Won’t you help?


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 time at or 918-829-2431.


Food Pantry Workers needed
The food pantry ministry needs about 20 more workers to sort and shelve food on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Volunteers typically work from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  The following are the days with the greatest needs:
4th Mondays – 2 women
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
Contact Linda Polson if you can help with one or more of these shifts: or call 918-342-3700.

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.”


Media Team

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.


Prayerful People Needed

Prayer partners are needed in the Prayer Chapel following each Sunday’s worship services and in Disciple Hall when neighbors come to the pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  A Prayer Partner Training session is Sunday, December 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Parlor. Your commitment may be as little as 15-20 minutes one Sunday a month, or just a portion of a morning or afternoon during pantry time.  Call the church to get the contact information for the prayer ministry coordinators, Dorothy Cummins or Norma Graham.  A prayer workshop will be provided to help you get started.


Bus 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.

Disaster Response

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.

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.

Hurricane Relief

  • 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.

Mission Trips

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.

Miscellaneous needs:

  • 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.