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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, ...

A season of growth: Claremore satellite adds second service

12/22/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ CLAREMORE, Okla. — Not yet a year old, The Vessel recently added a second Sunday worship service. This satellite of Claremore-First United Methodist Church symbolizes “a season of ...

Return of Wesley UMC's bells cheers El Reno

12/22/2017
EL RENO, Okla. — After years of silence, the majesty of carillon bells and the Westminster chimes has returned to downtown El Reno. Several years ago, Wesley United Methodist Church’s carillon system ...

As one door closes, another opens in OKC

12/1/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — God’s people broke bread together twice Nov. 5 as they said farewell to the place that was the longtime home of Leland Clegg United Methodist Church and, more recently,...

Church security: Questions rise after shooting at small church

12/1/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY and SAM HODGES The shooting tragedy on Nov. 5 at a Texas church has United Methodist churches expressing heartbreak and offering prayers. They’re also refocusing on security. A gunman’...

The Christ Experience prepares for move to space at First

12/1/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ OKLAHOMA CITY — Two United Methodist churches — one majority African-American congregation and one mostly white — will join hands Dec. 10 to share the same space in downtown Oklahoma ...

Wayne teen takes action to help girls globally

12/1/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ WAYNE, Okla. — A program that furnishes girls in impoverished areas with washable feminine hygiene kits captured the interest of a young United Methodist in Wayne. Magnolia Ireland ...

Checotah UMC marks 100th year

11/10/2017
CHECOTAH — On Nov. 26, Checotah United Methodists will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church’s sanctuary, constructed in 1917. Only a few sanctuaries in the Oklahoma Conference have hosted ...

Freedom from debt

11/10/2017
STORY AND PHOTOS BY KATE MILLER COWETA, Okla. — First United Methodist Church of Coweta members gathered Oct. 15 with friends and statewide church leadership to celebrate the retiring of a 15-year-old...

Sallisaw pursues pay-as-you-go project

11/10/2017
SALLISAW, Okla. — First United Methodist Church in Sallisaw broke ground recently for a 300-seat sanctuary, which will add more than 7,000 square feet to the current facility. In 2005 the church made ...

Miami dentist remembered as leader

10/20/2017
Ronald Wilson Gilbert, 82, of Miami, Oklahoma, who held several influential positions as a lay member of The United Methodist Church, died Sept. 17, 2017. He was elected and served many times as an ...

Ventriloquist prepares for next big stage

10/20/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer credits God for blessing her with the talent that won her $1 million on the television show “America’s Got Talent.” The 13-year-old and her family are ...

Two Churches Make History

9/29/2017
Historic Sites 531, 532 enter record book BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Tulsa’s Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, which has been called “a sermon in stone,” and OKC-First United Methodist, which was dedicated...

Chapel Hill adds "missing piece": a portico

9/8/2017
BY MICHELE PITT OKLAHOMA CITY — "A vision is when God tells you to do something and you let it happen." These words from a middle school student are an apt description for a project just completed ...

Chaplain encounters the unexpected on mission

8/18/2017
‘This is one way churches can be involved in ministry to families ... Speaking as a father, it’s worth finding a way.’— Creighton Alexander   BY HOLLY MCCRAY Creighton Alexander hesitated when the ...

Building project embodies unity at Quail Springs

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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