Local Church News

Building project embodies unity at Quail Springs

published 7/28/2017
From left are: Aaron Owen of AC Owen Construction; Thomas Small, Small Architects; Building Committee members Rick Wind, Ben Conrady, Ryan Noble, Virginia Calame, and Alaine Thigpen; former pastor ...

Lawton church invites neighbors to picnic

published 7/28/2017
Scampering kids collect balloons during a Union Park summer picnic sponsored by Lawton-Centenary UMC. In Lawton, Centenary United Methodist Church celebrated the success of two summertime ...

Oklahoman’s got talent

published 7/28/2017
Young Servant competes in TV show BY CHRIS SCHUTZ ‌A marching band, color guard, cheerleaders, and an excited crowd set the scene June 28 in the ‌parking lot of OKC-Church of the Servant for a "...

Pocket squares carry prayers

published 7/7/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Borrowing from the popular prayer shawl tradition, Norman-McFarlin UMC members create tiny "pocket prayer shawl" squares to remind mission volunteers, nursing home residents, Vacation...

New room to have a ball

published 5/19/2017
Basketball, badminton, and volleyball beckon youngsters and college students to enjoy and engage at Edmond Chinese International Church’s new building. BY HOLLY MCCRAY The ribbon cut, the ...

Outstanding (Oologah UMC - Spirit of Will Rogers Award)

published 5/19/2017
Oologah United Methodist Church was honored recently with the "Spirit of Will Rogers Award" for sharing its contemporary worship space with several community groups after the city demolished its ...

Theater stages the greatest story

published 5/19/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ The Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee plays new parts these days — and one is as a church that especially welcomes the people who shelter at the nearby Gospel Rescue Mission. They ...

Day care teaches churches to value shared ministry

published 4/28/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Outside the church, the day care children helped prepare last year’s palm leaves for use on Ash Wednesday. Some remembered waving the branches last year. As they worked, the pastor ...

Easter Visitor

published 4/28/2017
A winged guest lingers with Luke Kern at Marlow-First UMC after a butterfly release on April 16. The children in Sunday School had nurtured the creatures, watching them emerge from their cocoons and ...

Neighborhood blitz

published 4/28/2017
In south Oklahoma City, more than 1,000 volunteers made repairs on 35 homes in the Heronville Elementary neighborhood on April 8. Those serving included members of the Asbury campus of St. Luke’s; ...

‘The Shack’ inspires talk about faith

published 4/7/2017
  Church builds "The Shack," explores movie's faith themes Read story by Carla Hinton, Published: March 18, 2017 by The Oklahoman Boy Scouts built this replica at Shawnee-Wesley UMC to draw ...

El Reno church runs to fund mission work

published 4/7/2017
The mascot for El Reno’s Fried Onion Burger Day Festival accompanies a young competitor in a promotional Bun Run photo. Sponsored by El Reno-Wesley UMC, the 2017 races are May 6.   May 6 marks the ...

Home Church concept makes debut in Ardmore

published 4/7/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Welcome home. Members of a new United Methodist group mean exactly that when they invite others to join them in Ardmore. Home Church meets weekly in somebody’s living room. "I ...

Altus to help military personnel

published 3/17/2017
New People New Places grant of $11,600 to Altus-First UMC is to be dedicated toward helping servicemen and women who have been exposed to "combat, disaster, and circumstances that cause injury to ...

Journeying side-by-side

published 3/17/2017
In Elgin, First Church and Community:Elgin worship concurrently but in separate buildings on the same property. First and Community partner in Elgin BY HOLLY MCCRAY United Methodist disciples are...

Meeting the neighbors - Moore church helps people camping out

published 3/17/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Members of Moore-New Life UMC have joined hands to help feed homeless people camping not far from the small church in the southern Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The congregation ...

Prom ministry offers girls chance to be Cinderella

published 3/17/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ "I feel like Cinderella!" "This is the best day of my life!" Those were comments overheard from teen girls who had arrived to pick out free prom dresses at Durant-First United ...

St. James asks ‘Now What?’

published 3/17/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ New People New Places grant will help point women working as exotic dancers in Tulsa toward new directions. Members of the "Now What?" class at Tulsa-St. James UMC have dedicated ...

Church sees growth in scouting programs

published 2/24/2017
Photos by Kaylyn Taylor SCOUTING SALUTE — More than 50 boys, girls, and adult leaders from various scouting programs helped lead in all the facets of worship Feb. 12 on Scout Sunday at ...

Market helps OKC teen students

published 2/24/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ ‌A package of donated laundry detergent clearly pleased the high school student — which ‌surprised the United Methodist volunteer at the Neighborhood Market project in John Marshall ...

OKC-First’s bells chiming again

published 2/10/2017
A crane lowers one of 11 bells into place at OKC-First in early December after a lengthy repair project.   The 11 bells in the tower of OKC-First United Methodist Church are back on the job after ...

One Church marks 1st day

published 2/10/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY It was one great day when One Church in Edmond welcomed people in worship Jan. 22. Lots of praying and planning preceded that Sunday service at Frontier Elementary School. Turnout ...

The Vessel launches

published 2/10/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Sails swelling with the wind of the Spirit and 188 people aboard, The Vessel launched Jan. 15, navigating the waters of life in Claremore. This new faith community, a satellite ...

Inside the box

published 1/13/2017
Churches in Northern Prairie offer food for the taking By CHRIS SCHUTZ Looking out his office window, Pastor Rob Harris of Tonkawa United Methodist Church sees blessings flowing from what amounts to...

St. Matthew alight in faith

published 1/13/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The Holy Spirit fire could not be extinguished at OKC-St. Matthew United Methodist Church despite the single-digit temperature on Dec. 18. The people “whooped and hollered” outside ...

Elk City youths school all in service

published 12/16/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The youth are the future of our church. The young people of Elk City United Methodist Church quash that stale phrase. They absolutely are the church now. The youths raise the funds ...

Nativity to allow kids to get close to real animals

published 12/16/2016
Edmond-First’s outdoor nativity scene this year will have an added attraction — a petting zoo with several larger animals for children to see and pet. The animals will include a cow, sheep, donkey, ...

Ponca City-First finds ways to bless others near and very far

published 12/16/2016
In Ponca City, First UMC has been engaged all season in thanks-giving. The church partners with New Emergency Resource Agency to collect food each Thanksgiving. This project begins with the ...

Volunteers pack 20,000+ pounds of holiday foods

published 12/16/2016
In Tulsa on the two days before Thanksgiving, hundreds of community volunteers packed and handed out more than 20,000 pounds of food at United Methodist-related Restore Hope Ministries to neighbors ...

Building connections in Edmond

published 11/18/2016
In Edmond, Adam Ricks leads Connect UMC, now worshipping in its new building, 5400 N. Coltrane. BY HOLLY MCCRAY The new church building emerges suddenly amid the woods in far north Edmond. Sleek...

Ministry snapshots

published 11/18/2016
1 Wellston UMC Wellston United Methodist Church is celebrating three improvements to its building, topped off by a custom-made Cross and Flame crafted by a church member. The ...

Dean from Upper Room will lecture at Ada

published 11/4/2016
"Walking With Jesus in the Wesleyan Spirit" is theme of the Muntz-Myers Lecture Series on Nov. 13 and 14 at Ada-First UMC. Guest lecturer will be Tom Albin, dean of the Upper Room Chapel in ...

St. Luke’s Edmond completes its building

published 11/4/2016
Consecration Sunday at St. Luke’s Edmond UMC is commemorated Oct. 9 with a group photo taken by a drone-mounted camera. Photo by Brian Morgan   BY HOLLY MCCRAY On opening day, Oct. 9, ...

Tulsans help veterans to find ‘a way home’

published 11/4/2016
BY JESSICA MOFFATT, SENIOR PASTOR, TULSA-FIRST UMC I attended a church supper club Friday night. There were eight Sunday school class members in a home for a delicious meal. A Vietnam veteran was at ...

A bridge to faith -- Heavener churches join hands as multi-ethnic ministry

published 10/14/2016
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ The two United Methodist congregations in Heavener — one English-speaking and one majority Hispanic — have built a bridge between one another and formed a new church. They chose a ...

Strong IMPACT -- Muskogee church and Langston campus ministry work to educate children

published 10/14/2016
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ The Wesley Foundation at Langston University hopes to repeat its summer program that focused on teaching school-age children about their spiritual gifts, the history of the ...

National president visits

published 9/16/2016
Featured speaker was Yvette Richards, national president of United Methodist Women, on Aug. 21 for Quayle United Methodist Women’s Day at the Oklahoma City church. Her message: “A Fresh Wind Blowing”...

Reaching out

published 9/16/2016
Morrison UMC welcomed Bishop Jimmy Nunn on Sept. 11 to give his first Sunday morning sermon as bishop and to consecrate the new building that houses the United Methodist Women’s community thrift ...

Rotating worship events help 5 churches bond

published 9/16/2016
BY GEORGE ROWE When they were organized, Missional Areas of the Heartland District were tasked with collaborating on projects. The Missional Area that consisted of Cogar, Friendship, Minco-First, ...

Tulsa church and agency cook up good

published 9/16/2016
Food pantry helps families in distress Starlette Pryor was one of the first clients at a new south Tulsa food pantry that opened Aug. 30 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road Read ...

Fashion forward -- Teens help women searching for work

published 9/2/2016
By Chris Schutz A group of girls at OKC-New Hope is trying to boost the confidence of disadvantaged women ‌by providing them with makeovers and makeup-filled kits. They hope the gifts especially help...

Moments in local ministry -- Back-to-school splash

published 9/2/2016
Setup was simple, and fellowship was fine when Lighthouse UMC in Kingston hosted a splash party Aug. 17. More than 50 people came, including off-duty Marshall County law officers, who brought some ...

Moments in local ministry -- Invitation to worship

published 9/2/2016
OKC-Lakeside United Methodist Church, at the corner of May Avenue and Northwest 66th Street, dedicated its new permanent sign June 30. It was placed in honor of Bill Bates, an architect who designed...

Moments in local ministry -- Pawhuska bags school supplies

published 9/2/2016
Pawhuska-First UMC has continued a tradition of helping students get ready for school by giving out bags of school supplies. Since the project began 12 years ago, it has grown to provide the filled ...

3 churches embrace innovation with multisite concepts

published 8/12/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Three Oklahoma churches plunged into multisite plans June 1, with grants from the New Faith Communities Ministry Team: Owasso-First, Claremore-First, and Edmond-Acts 2. "Each is ...

Claremore-First brews connections

published 8/12/2016
Claremore-First UMC removed inside walls in order to reach out. Leaders had identified a "choke point" for people moving through the building, said Matthew Tucker. Now Christian connections brew ...

First UMC builds prayer park for all people in Frederick

published 8/12/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Frederick-First UMC wants its new prayer park to be a place of peace for all. The space includes a paving-stone labyrinth and benches designed to match others the city has placed ...

Morning music

published 8/12/2016
Photo by David Gardner   Return to contact digest Frank Graham carries on his family’s tradition of regularly ringing the bell at Verden UMC. He lives across the street from the church. Graham ...

Spring cleaning

published 8/12/2016
The stained-glass windows at Ringling United Methodist Church got a facelift recently, making them much brighter and more colorful. The windows in the sanctuary, built in 1961, are hand-blown ...

Summer reading event debuts at Selecman UMC

published 8/12/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ On a summer day at OKC-Selecman, young children gathered around an adult volunteer in one room as she read from a book about the fish that starred in the animated movie "Finding Nemo....