This probably looks like chaos, but sometimes chaos leads to progress. Many people, during this period of “sheltering at home” have been working on home-based projects that they have long put off: cleaning out the garage, going through closets, etc. The same is true for our church, at least for our children’s department. In addition to finding creative ways to reach out to families and children, Sheri, our children’s director, has been sorting through toys, supplies, and resources; cleaning some, disposing of some, and preparing others for storage. Hopefully when we are finally able to have Sunday School again she is going to have our children’s and children’s church areas ready to go.
Thank you Sheri!
Our time of recognition, for our graduates, was significantly different this year but still we were able to share in small way a message of encouragement and celebration. Special thanks to Sheri Osborn, Gerri Holmes, and Heather Graham, who planned, shopped, assembled, and delivered gifts for each of our graduating seniors.
The Blessing Box is “still up and running” and needs your help!!! We accept everything from non perishable food items to financial donations through the church - even store debit cards. Thank you for your passion to help those in need in our community! God bless!!
The conference will host two sessions each month. The first Thursday of the month will introduce the topic and the third Thursday will expand on the topic and learn from our missionaries serving in this area. Thursday, June 4 we will explore the mission topic of education. We are grateful to Derrek Belase, our conference Director of Connectional Ministries and to Kelsey Ricks Director of Project Transfer for their time and expertise! On Thursday, June 18, we will continue the conversation with our mission missionaries Umba and Ngoy Kalangwa. We hope that you will join us at 12:10 Thursday, June 4 and 18!
Please register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Gb9Lrvfcdl6l0yvhvej9DR-bN_uVUJSan7aln-m70yI/viewform?edit_requested=true
Our one day Annual Conference , scheduled for June 20, has now been canceled. The business of the Annual Conference has now be re-scheduled for Friday evening, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, at the Church of the Servant in OKC. Details for this event will be shared as we approach this date.
Several people have notice that our Carillon Bells are not presently ringing and have wondered what the situation is regarding them. The answer is that the Carillon started having problems right about the time the Corona virus problem was spreading and the plant that services these was temporarily shut down. They were not sending out any repair personnel and were doing “in-house” repairs only on a limited basis. At present we have sent the unit back to the factory which is now working on repairs but again, only on a limited basis. They assure us that our is in repair process but they can not guarantee is a date for return. Hopefully it will be fully functional again soon. Thank you for your interest!
Memorial Day is May 25. Sunday, May 24, will be the day in which we remember the saints of our church who have joined the Church Triumphant since this time last year. This year we give thanks for the lives of…
Please keep our church youth in your prayers as they process and navigate through all that is going on in our world today. If you would like to be lifting them up in prayer specifically by name (first only), please contact Heather Graham firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are trying to keep in touch with the youth every 2-3 weeks with encouragement and support. We would like to have a summer program in place once we have been cleared to “re-open”, continuing the “Thursday Missions” of the past couple years.
If you would like to volunteer to spend a Thursday with us during the months of June and/or July at places such as Restore Hope, North Star Bridge, Convoy of Hope, etc., please contact the church office for updates on church operations, policies and details. May God bless you for your prayers and support!
The “sixty-four” dollar question so many are asking is: “When will we get to join in worship again. The simple answer is, “I don’t know” but I can tell you this: I was on a phone call with Gov. Stitt last Friday, (along with 321 other pastors from across our state) and he shared his thoughts and hopes for churches meeting once again. It is obvious that he is anxious for churches to be able to join for worship once again as soon as possible. However, churches are found in different settings, are many different sizes, and meet in many different types of facilities. So it is difficult, I’m sure, to come up with one simply plan that fits all. The CDC, the President, the Governor, State Health officials, and local Mayors have al shared policies and guidelines for “re-opening.” These guidelines, however, are not entirely consistent and result can be a good deal of confusion.
Recently, Bishop Nunn issued the following statement, “It is our expectation that all United Methodist Churches remain closed and that staff work from home as much as possible. We do not recommend that any in-person gatherings take place for any reason except for recording worship services and messages of devotion….” He further stated that, “We will follow closely how Oklahoma moves through this phased reopening and we will communicate any updates to this communication after May 17.”
So, it appears that, regardless of what approach other denominations may take, United Methodist Churches in Oklahoma will remain closed at least through May 17 (and possibly longer). I would not be totally surprised if we were ask to wait until the first Sunday in June in order to conduct public services of worship once again. Please know that we are doing our best to serve the congregation and community.
Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm
Sunday School 9:30
Traditional and Contemporary 10:45
1401 E Taft Ave
Sapulpa, OK 74066