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.
Food Pantry Volunteer
Our Good Samaritan Food Pantry needs volunteers Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. If you have an hour or so to spare once a month or more, please contact Linda Polson at 918-341-3700 or Nina Campbell at 918-289-3536.
Flower Power is a ministry guaranteed to make people smile. Volunteers arrange the Sunday altar flowers on Monday and deliver to those unable to be in worship. Volunteer teams meet only once a month to arrange and deliver the flowers. Join a team or get on the sub list. Seeing the smiling face of a recipient is very rewarding. Contact coordinators Dorothy Cummins or Rennae Henn – call the church office to get the phone numbers.
The following mission trips are seeking team members:
- Sager Brown UMCOR Depot in Baldwin, LA. October 27 to November 2. Contact Linda Pollock at lpollock@ClaremoreFUMC.org
- Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. People with construction experience are needed. Trip dates: November 3 to 10, 2018. Contact Frances Ibañez at 918-341-4580, ext. 331 or fibanez@ClaremoreFUMC.org.
- In the fall 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.
- CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE MISSION TRIPS
July 15 to July 20, approximately 160 youth will be eating, sleeping, and worshiping at our church! These teens will be working hard each day making home repairs and sharing the love of Christ with the Claremore Community. This is a tremendous undertaking! There is something anyone can do to help support these young people. Click here for a list of current needs or contact BJ Danner at BJdanner@Claremorefumc.org. CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS NEEDED. CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUTH FORCE.
Stepping Stones Learning Center, our excellent preschool, is hiring preschool teachers and substitutes for the upcoming school year. You can learn more about the positions available by calling Carly at 918-341-1379.
Auction Items Needed –
We will soon be holding a silent auction to benefit the Sager Brown mission team. Please check your closets, attic, and cubbies for nice items that need to find a new home. Drop off your donations in Laurie Ault’s Central Campus office or give to Linda Pollock in the choir room.
Large 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.
The Singles Ministry collects scrap metal. They take any kind of metal, old appliances, computers, electronics, and other scrappable objects. Call Tim at 918-829-2431 to arrange for pick up of your items or for any questions you have. Proceeds from scrap sales goes to help pay for outings, retreats, and other activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.