Shook Memorial plate donated to Archives

A commemorative plate from Shook Memorial United Methodist Church will become part of the Oklahoma United Methodist Archives housed at Oklahoma City University.

The gift adds to an extensive array of historical Church records and memorabilia in the archives, located on the fifth floor of OCU’s Dulaney-Browne Library and open to the public.

The family of Paula Music donated the plate, noting that Music and four of her siblings were married in the former church at 8701 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City.

Founded in 1961, the congregation has since moved and chosen the name OKC-New Hope UMC. A notation on the plate says the church’s original name was Hi-Way Methodist.

The collection at OCU is devoted to both the Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conferences and their predecessor conferences, said archivist Christina Wolf.

Records dating back to 1840 are preserved. Histories of churches (including those closed), personal papers of Methodist clergy, artifacts from Bishop W. Angie Smith’s ministry, and other items are carefully stored.

The archives’ reading room (Room 508) is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In the summer, hours are by appointment.

Researchers may request specific help. Call 405-208-5919 or email 

To donate items, it’s best to call the archives in advance. The library reserves the right to find a new home for items just dropped off, Wolf noted.

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Missionary Alexander to make home visit

Missionary Marsha Alexander returns from the Philippines this month to visit churches and friends in Oklahoma.

She directs Asbury College on the island of Anda. With students ranging from elementary level through college, it educates young people for service in the Church and equips them for productive roles in society.

Originally from the church at Chickasha, Rev. Alexander will be in the state April 25-June 6. To arrange a visit, contact Karen Distefano,,  918-440-9213.


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IN APPRECIATION — From right: On behalf of The United Methodist Men Foundation, David Battles recognizes Nancy Harris of Oklahoma City as an honored member of the national Society of John Wesley "in appreciation of your continuous support and devotion to prayer, youth, and mission efforts" of UMMen. Her husband, Joseph, joins them for the award presentation.


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