Local Church News

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....

VBS bugs out

published 8/12/2016
During Vacation Bible School at Norman-St. Stephen’s, three youngsters examine insect specimens, right, while Zayne Roberson and his father, Jarried, view an insect in extreme close-up, using a ...

Boston Avenue Scouts achieve Bishop’s Award of Excellence

published 7/1/2016
Tulsa’s Boy Scout Troop 20, based at Boston Avenue UMC, was honored May 30 at Annual Conference with the Bishop’s Award of Excellence. More than 50 active Scouts currently are in the unit. This ...

Chinese church digs in to expansion

published 6/10/2016
‘We share in the mission of making new places for new people’ — Superintendent Rockford Johnson BY HOLLY MCCRAY A ‌ram’s horn sounded, balloons sailed skyward, and good guys ‌in white hats turned ...

Sanctuary updates complete at Quayle

published 6/10/2016
BY ALOISE MCCULLOUGH Over 100 members and friends of Quayle UMC gathered April 17 to dedicate the renovated sanctuary, the start of a new chapter for the northeast Oklahoma City church. The ...

All creatures great and small

published 5/20/2016
Animals and people get nurtured at Bartlesville ‘God was behind it’ Kevin Tully, senior pastor of Bartlesville-First, says he sees God’s hand at work in the animal ministry on the church’s ...

Ethnic faith family grows

published 5/20/2016
Panhandle church proud of Hispanic outreach In Guymon on any Sunday at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, you will find ethnic diversity among the worshippers as well as four diverse ...

Marathon course — OKC-Nichols Hills UMC

published 5/20/2016
OKC-Nichols Hills took the worship services outdoors April 24, supporting the Memorial Marathon runners whose route took them by the church. Children’s Ministry Director Madison Chilless speaks at ...

Prayer circles — Worshippers keep rolling in for Blessing of Wheels

published 5/20/2016
Pastor Bo Ireland (wearing vest) leads in blessing a vehicle at Wayne UMC’s Third Annual Blessing of the Wheels. by chris schutz Wheels are a good way to get people to church — and not just car ...

Abiding Harvest plows ground for expansion

published 5/6/2016
by priscilla huber Between worship services and Easter egg hunts, Abiding Harvest United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow broke ground March 27 on a building expansion: the Abiding Harvest ...

Davis sanctuary roof collapses in storm

published 5/6/2016
by chris schutz "Apparently, we had a tornado," said Pastor Steve Harshaw, as he looked over what remained of Davis' First United Methodist Church after a storm the night of April 26. The storm ...

Contest between churches scores tons of food

published 4/8/2016
A good-natured competition between two United Methodist churches in Edmond ended with Skyline Urban Ministries the winner — gaining 17.3 tons of food to help nourish those who are hungry in the ...

Calumet/Red Rock offer safe space for kids

published 3/18/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Cal’s Service Station, a children’s ministry offered by the combined Calumet and Red Rock United Methodist Churches, plans to expand its services through a 2016 award from the New ...

Food truck rolls out

published 3/18/2016
Lenny Kaplan serves a meal from the new mobile food kitchen operated by the Ice Angels ministry, which is led by Kaplan and his wife, Mary, lower right. A $44,600 grant from New People New Places in...

Tahlequah digs DIRT

published 3/18/2016
Seeds of ideas for young-adult disciples are sprouting in the DIRT at Tahlequah-First UMC. Church leaders didn’t wait on a potential New People New Places grant before they planted new ministries of...

Edmond First completes big building expansion

published 2/26/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY In each of three worship services Jan. 31, the people of Edmond’s First United Methodist Church happily spent time consecrating their new building. They sat together for a First ...

Building debt settled early

published 2/5/2016
A full year ahead of schedule, Bethel United Methodist Church near Shawnee paid off the debt on its 10,500-square-feet Christian Life Center. The mortgage-burning ceremony marking that moment was ...

Holiday blessings multiply for rural church

published 2/5/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY On the first day of Christmas, the good Lord gave Lost Creek baby Luke Brooks. On the second day of Christmas, the good Lord gave Lost Creek baby Harper Hayes. God didn’t stop at ...

Milestone date

published 2/5/2016
Konawa’s oldest and youngest members pose with the bishop and pastor as the church marks 111 years on Jan. 10. A new mission statement and logo also were unveiled that day. Seated is Milton Courtney,...

Sounds of hope - After-school music program reaching 200 children

published 2/5/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ A music program at OKC-St. Luke’s for disadvantaged children fulfills a dream for its benefactors, Phil Busey Sr. and his wife, Cathy. The Buseys, who own Delaware Resource Group, a...

Tulsa kids tune in to life lessons

published 2/5/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ A child’s first experience practicing a trumpet or a clarinet at home might not be exactly heavenly. "I call it a joyful noise," said Jose Luis Hernandez, director of Sistema Tulsa, ...

Christmas service custom-made for special needs

published 1/15/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Jingling bells in the pew? That’s OK. Exploring the sanctuary during the service? That’s OK, too. Talking to the preacher as she gives the sermon? That’s OK, and she might even ...

Expanding in Edmond for the Kingdom: Connect digs into work on first church building

published 12/11/2015
Video of the ground breaking By HOLLY McCRAY The box sat on the ground, almost overlooked in front of a row of shiny shovels. Yet it held treasures: a Bible and written prayers by the people of ...

Expanding in Edmond for the Kingdom: St. Luke’s satellite rising beside interstate

published 12/11/2015
Josh Attaway looked out Nov. 8 on the people ready to sign names and prayers on a steel plate at the Edmond construction site for St. Luke’s newest satellite campus. He recognized those who that ...

Shawnee church to mark milestone

published 12/11/2015
In 1965, the people of Shawnee-Wesley United Methodist Church moved from their downtown location of 47 years into the current building at 302 E. Independence. On Dec. 13, they will celebrate the ...

Church enters new ministry era with blaze of glory

published 11/20/2015
St. Andrew’s is mapping new routes for ministry after exiting the tollway of mortgage debt. The church in south Oklahoma City recently burned the note in a worship celebration that included showers ...