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Resources help rural and small churches tell their story

9/14/2022
Rural Life Sunday calls the church to celebrate the rural heritage of The United Methodist Church. In light of celebrating this heritage, the Rural and Small Membership Church Commission has compiled ...

Workshop to focus on rural and small membership ministry

8/17/2022
The Oklahoma Annual Conference will host a rural and smaller membership focused workshop to address how to use the togetherness, experience, and resources a congregation has in order to achieve more ...

Lazarus Community grows from ministry pitch to ministry plant

7/13/2022
By Alanna Ireland A church in Northwest Oklahoma City is finding new life with Christians wanting to live out their faith in their daily lives alongside those recovering from homelessness. The Lazarus...

New ministries focus on alternate funding

7/13/2022
Tulsa-University has established two ministries that focus on alternate methods of funding the mission of the church. Co-pastors Rev. Matt Patrick and Rev. Matt Austin became passionate about ...

Applications open for second Testimony HQ cohort

6/8/2022
Applications opened May 1 for congregations interested in joining the second cohort of Perkins School of Theology’s Testimony HQ grant-funded initiative. Ten churches will be selected for the second ...

El Reno-Wesley celebrates Historic Site Designation

5/10/2022
Amy Neathery, El Reno-Wesley Press Release On Sunday April 24, Wesley United Methodist Church El Reno, Oklahoma celebrated and dedicated its designation as a Historic Site with significance to the ...

Tulsa-Faith recognized for contributions to non-profit

2/7/2022
Tulsa-Faith received an award from CarePortal, a national non-profit that benefits hurting children and their families, for making the most contributions toward the program in Oklahoma. The church ...

Church donates excess offerings to partner congregation

1/10/2022
Like many local churches, the United Methodist church in Lindsay had struggles with church attendance because of the ongoing pandemic. Despite the challenges, the church also had one of its most ...

Church cancels Sunday worship to support members in cross-country relay

10/12/2021
When Rev. Travis Ewton learned that two of his lay members would be participating in the Great American Relay on a Sunday morning, he sent out a message to his congregation: church is cancelled; come ...

New ministry in Tulsa welcomes all to The Table

10/12/2021
One week before the start of Annual Conference, roughly a dozen friends and fellow clergy joined together to celebrate a new multicultural church plant in Tulsa. One day after the end of Annual ...

Lawton pastor honored with South Korean merit award

8/9/2021
Lawton-New Light pastor Rev. Kiyoung Jeong is one of five people chosen to receive the 2021 National Order of Merit Award from South Korea. A representative from the Houston Consulate will travel to ...

Second cohort completes the Academy for Innovative Ministry

5/24/2021
Four ministry leaders in the Oklahoma Conference presented their visions of ministry during the final session of the second Academy for Innovative Ministry.  The academy once again invited select ...

Altus Man Draws Pets to Raise Funds for Blessing Boxes

2/8/2021
An Altus man is using his artistic talents to raise money for Blessing Boxes that provide free non-perishable food, hygiene and seasonal items for anyone needing them in Altus. Larry Davis, a retired ...

Church takes steps to be a fully online community

2/8/2021
When the pandemic hit, Dewey UMC was quick to suspend in-person worship. When they came back, they started a drive-in worship service with an FM radio signal and strict safety protocols. But Rev. Jinx...

OKUMC establishes 2021 policy for counting online worship

2/8/2021
The Oklahoma Conference has established a new policy for counting online attendance. The new policy is intended to standardize counting procedures across various platforms and create uniformity in ...

Ministry in a Minute

1/11/2021
Pauls Valley hosted a Drive-Thru the Park Christmas Story in December. The live nativity served both to share the Christmas story and offer New Testaments to guests who enjoyed the event. A ...

Oklahoma City Community Foundation awards $17,900 to 11 United Methodist Churches

1/11/2021
OKLAHOMA CITY – This winter, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping provide warm meals to homebound elderly citizens by awarding $51,600 in grants to 40 area churches and organizations that...

Shoebox ministry thrives despite pandemic

12/11/2020
By Rev. Dan Eischen For many years, Westville-First in Adair County has sponsored a ministry of providing wrapped shoe boxes filled with toys, toiletries, hats and gloves, school supplies, and small ...

The church has left the building

5/1/2020
Pastors across Oklahoma have been putting the adage “the church is not the building, it’s the people” into literal action since in-person gatherings were restricted to 10 or fewer on March 24 in ...

Spontaneous offering yields $4,300 for school lunches

2/7/2020
One pastor’s spiritual nudge has led a church to fund 2,000 hot lunches for students who would not otherwise be able to afford one. Meadowcreek UMC in Collinsville recently donated more than $4,300 to...

Couple finds support system in church after house fire

1/10/2020
Billy Sparks woke on Nov. 2, 2019 to the sound of a neighbor yelling for him to get to safety. At first he thought it was a bad joke, but when he opened his eyes and saw the black smoke, he knew it ...

Choctaw church gives beyond the grant

12/13/2019
A church that offers grants to local teachers went above and beyond to fund a high school food pantry. Choctaw United Methodist Church, along with the Margaret E. Petree Foundation, awarded grants to ...

Blackwell pastor hopes to give away 100 bikes for Christmas

10/5/2019
What started as a simple shipping mix-up has inspired an annual Christmas giveaway. In December 2017, two bicycles intended for grandchildren in California were sent to Blackwell, Oklahoma by mistake....

Kingfisher celebrates grand opening after 100 years in previous location

10/5/2019
By Rev. Pat McPherson On Sept. 8, Kingfisher-First took the next step into the future. After over 100 years in their historic location at the corner of Highway 81 and Highway 33, the congregation ...

Quayle, Skyline partner to open thrift store in northeast OKC

10/5/2019
Rev. Erica Thomas was sitting in a Goodwill Industries board meeting in early 2018 when she realized there were no thrift stores in northeast Oklahoma City. The observation inspired her to start a ...

ALLOT Initiative supports teachers with free supplies

9/6/2019
By Amy Neathery Dozens of public school teachers in El Reno received free books, teaching tools, classroom supplies and other resources through the ALLOT Initiative at El Reno-Wesley. The ALLOT ...

Charis Alive hosts Charis Character Camp

7/5/2019
Charis Character Camp drew new families in to Charis Alive. Camp was held at OKC-Church of the Servant on June 3-7. With a team of 20 members, this splash event drew more visibility in the Asian ...

Grants available for local church racial/ethnic ministries

7/5/2019
Grants up to $10,000 will be available this fall from Discipleship Ministries to strengthen the leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation in ethnic local United ...

Apportionment readout for first quarter to be published in May

4/5/2019
In February, the Contact reported that Oklahoma Conference apportionment data would be published beginning in April 2019. Because the first quarter ends after the April issue’s publication date, the ...

El Reno churches partner together for blessing boxes

4/4/2019
By Amy S. Neathery The Blessing Box movement has spread to El Reno, bringing blessings of non-perishable food to those in need. El Reno-Wesley installed the city’s first Blessing Box in July 2018. El ...

Daddy-daughter dance draws delight

3/7/2019
By Meagan Ewton Feather boas and sparkles abounded at the annual Father Daughter Valentine Dance at Enid-First. The annual dance started in 2000 with a gathering of dads and daughters from the ...

Event ties Lunar New Year to Passover

3/7/2019
By Tabitha Beckman On Feb. 17, Charis Alive hosted a Lunar New Year celebration at OKC-Church of the Servant. “We put this celebration together because this is one event that will draw a lot of the ...

Monday Meals ministry more than the sum of its parts

2/1/2019
By Paulette Henderson The coffee’s on in the Landes Center in Anadarko every Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. In less than a year, over 6,000 meals have been served through Monday Meals, a lay ministry ...

AU scholarship named to honor Stroud UMC pastor

12/7/2018
By Meagan Ewton A scholarship at Africa University has been named in honor of a graduate currently serving the United Methodist church in Stroud. Gérard Nsabimana, who earned a bachelor’s degree in ...

Albright UMW makes 172 Christmas stockings

12/6/2018
By Royce Caldron The United Methodist Women’s group from Albright have sewed and decorated 172 Christmas stockings by hand to give out during the Christmas season. The completed stockings will be ...

OKC-St. Luke’s Asbury hosts fiesta during Hispanic Heritage Month

11/2/2018
By Tabitha Beckman   In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, OKC-St. Luke’s Asbury threw a fiesta for their community with crafts, games, food and music. The children painted maracas and Mexican flags, ...

Moving into the next 100 years of history

9/7/2018
By Meagan Ewton Kingfisher United Methodist Church has been a family church for more than 100 years. It’s the kind of church where parents have witnessed their children get married in the place where ...

Church furnishes home for refugee family of three

9/6/2018
By Meagan Ewton The email came on a Friday. Catholic Charities was helping a refugee family from Honduras complete the immigration process, and they would arrive in 10 days. The mother and children ...

Davis church ready to rebuild

8/2/2018
By Meagan Ewton Two years after a wind storm destroyed their sanctuary, Davis United Methodist Church has broken ground on a new building in a better location. The groundbreaking on the new 10,500 ...

Harrah church members hope to grow free community meal

8/2/2018
By Lin Archer Every Wednesday night, around 60 people come to eat a free meal at Harrah United Methodist Church. Volunteers say their goal is 100. Marty Fry, a HUMC member since 2000, started the ...

Church inspires community to support foster kids

7/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton Elizabeth Witt, who describes herself as a new believer, had only attended Antlers-First UMC a handful of times when she asked her pastor, David Mingus, how the church could support ...

Immersion punctuates Confirmation rituals

5/18/2018
BY KYLE WESTFALL TULSA — For several years, the modern service at Tulsa-First United Methodist Church has celebrated immersion baptisms with a soundtrack anchored by Phil Wickham’s song “This is ...

‘All the issues of the teen years began to be transformed’

5/17/2018
    EDITOR’S NOTE:  Victor McCullough becomes the Heartland District superintendent in June, as announced by Bishop Jimmy Nunn. Ordained in 1990, Rev. Dr. McCullough has been senior pastor at ...

4 generations live out faith at one church

4/13/2018
BY CAITLIN DRYKE TULSA — As someone who studied sociology, I find that I best understand a place by understanding the people of that place. New to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, I am coming to...

20 small churches sign up for pilot VBS program

3/22/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Even children like to get mail. They will receive daily letters from Paul when they attend Vacation Bible Schools at some 20 small churches in a pilot program of the Oklahoma ...

In Catoosa, all find seats at The Table

3/2/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ CATOOSA, Okla. — Rectangles of brightly colored confetti burst from a cannon Feb. 11, in celebration of The Table, a resurrected United Methodist community in Catoosa. The Table is a ...

Asbury satellite launches in midtown Tulsa

2/8/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY TULSA, Okla. — On Jan. 21, Cornerstone greeted its first-day crowd all prayed up. Pastor Jon Odom said the launch team spent 800 hours in prayer before the opening of this satellite of...

Las Posadas Service: Christmas programming gets Hispanic flavor at Enid-New Hope

1/19/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY ENID, Okla. — Seeking shelter, the Holy Family found more than symbolic refuge at Enid’s New Hope United Methodist Church at Christmas time. First, the church hosted Las Posadas on ...

Moore-First devoted to helping girls in India

1/19/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ MOORE, Okla. — Girls who live in a dormitory and attend a school in Vadodara, India, can bathe with sun-warmed water now, thanks to the generosity of First United Methodist Church in ...

Youths in Seminole reach out to homeless neighbors

1/19/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ SEMINOLE, Okla. — The youth of Seminole-First United Methodist Church were alarmed to realize some people in their town lived outside, in the cold, with nothing to eat. In November, ...

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