Think deeply. Grow spiritually. Love generously.
Welcome to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church! Each week, we come here to receive God’s love, then go beyond our walls to reflect that love to those around us. Known around town as the “thinker’s church,” our mission is to think deeply, grow spiritually, and love generously. We’re also known as the “doer’s church,” and we are active in ministries that support education, social justice, mental health, and those in crisis. If you are looking for a Bible study, thoughtful programming for children and youth, meaningful mission work, or a place to use your gifts in service to others, there is a place for you here at Boston Avenue!
Please join us for worship at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Sundays at our downtown location, at 11 a.m. Sundays at our Oklahoma Methodist Manor campus, or watch our live sermon broadcast at 11 a.m. on Channel 8. You can also stream sermons live via our website. School for all ages begins at 9:40 a.m. And if you're looking for a more contemporary worship experience, don't miss our Second Sunday service held monthly at 6:06 p.m. in the Jubilee Hall.
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February 24, 2017: Pastor Wiggs' Word of the Week: RELATIONSHIP
These past twelve months I have been talking about spiritual formation in my Sunday School teaching. One of the questions I have been discussing is how we structure our lives. I have been asking, “Do you structure your life so that God is at the center?” Sometimes I ask a follow up, “Does your daily behavior/schedule indicate that God is at the center?”
I thought of those discussions as I read our text for the sermon this week, Exodus 24:12-18. It is a story of Moses responding to God’s directions. I wondered what I would do if I felt called to interrupt my plans to go up a mountain and listen for God. What would you do? Join me as we discuss our choices regarding how we plan our lives in relationship to God. Our sermon title will be, “We Choose Our Rhythm of Life.”
In our sermon series this month, What Choice Do We Have? we have examined the choices we have when we approach God, whether or not we are obedient to God, and how we behave or make moral choices as a result of our relationship with God. This Sunday we will finish the series and then move to Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday services next week on March 1.
We also have our Barton Clinton Gordey Lecture series beginning Saturday, March 4, with a prelude concert on Friday night, March 3.
Our program staff do a great job or providing a wide variety of ministry options so you can find your place in the Boston Avenue family. Let us know if we can do more to help you get connected. I hope to see you soon!
Celebrate “Fat Sunday” New Orleans style!
Don’t plan to travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? We’ve got the next best thing! This Sunday, February 26, Boston Avenue will host a Fat Sunday celebration in Jubilee Hall.
Immediately after late service, we will sit down to a traditional Fat Tuesday meal of pancakes, plus tons of delicious toppings! As we eat, we’ll enjoy a performance of some of Tulsa’s most accomplished jazz artists, including David Johnson, Tommy Poole, Rod Clark, Rob Reck and George Toumayan.
Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies at OSU and an active saxophonist. Boston Avenue members know the many talents of Rob Reck. It will be fun to see one of our own performing! Rod Clark is an instrumentalist who has performed in Tulsa for over 30 years.
Tickets are $5 and will be available in Bishops’ Hall this Sunday, or you can make reservations online and pay at the door by clicking anywhere in this article. All proceeds will go to Boy Scout Troop 20, who will prepare and serve the meal. Don’t wait to get your ticket - this event was so popular last year we ran out of food!
To Pray and to Love: Roberta Bondi books on sale now, read them before she speaks!
The 2017 Barton Clinton Gordey Series is almost here! Held March 4-6, this year’s series will feature Dr. Roberta Bondi. Dr. Bondi is Professor Emerita of Church History at Candler School of Theology. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford and is the author of nine books.
To best utilize her gifts, we are framing the series a bit differently this year to include a special learning opportunity on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will include two lectures, as well as time for reflection and discussion. The cost is $10, which includes lunch. To RSVP, please contact Belynda Clanton at 918-699-0134. This will be a special opportunity to talk with and learn from Dr. Bondi in a smaller, more interactive setting.
Dr. Bondi will preach in both services on Sunday, March 5. She will then hold two lectures on Sunday and Monday, each at 7:00 p.m. No reservations are required to attend. These lectures will focus on the topic, “to pray and to love,” specifically discussing how we are called to pray and love as boldly as early Christian founders did.
After each lecture, a reception will be held in the Parlor so participants can greet Dr. Bondi and purchase her books. On Monday, March 6, a spaghetti dinner will be held in Community Hall before the lecture, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The cost for dinner is $6 for adults and $3 for children, with a $14 family maximum. All profit will go to missions. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Rev. Wiggs encourages you to read her books before she comes to speak to us. The books will be on sale in the Parlor on Sunday morning.
There is something for everyone!
Whether it be through Sunday School classes, Bible study or extracurricular activities, there is a place for everyone at Boston Avenue!Learn more