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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, ...

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...

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