Welcome to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church! 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!

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 KTUL Channel 8. You can also stream sermons live via our website. 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. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:40 a.m.

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May 26, 2017: Pastor Wiggs' Words of the Week


This Sunday is Memorial Weekend across our nation. We will be celebrating Memorial Sunday at Boston Avenue, as we remember all of those dearly departed from our church family over this last year. It is a poignant time to remember those who have passed on as we read each name and light a candle during worship in their honor.

This Sunday we will also celebrate Dr. Tankersley’s significant ministry among us. He has served as our Minister of Pastoral Care since the retirement of Reverend Art McGrew in 1992. He has been our minister who works most closely with families in times of illness and death, so it is quite appropriate that he will be our preacher this Sunday. He will use Ephesians 1: 15-23 as our text. Join us at 8:30 or 11:00 to recognize him on his final Sunday with us and to hear his sermon "God Works in Strange and Mysterious Ways."

The Oklahoma Annual Conference for United Methodists in our state starts on Monday, May 29 and runs through Thursday, June 1. Bishop James Nunn will be presiding. You will be represented by our four appointed ministers and four lay delegates elected through our Administrative Board. We invite you to pray in concert with us as we focus on how we as United Methodists can best work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Thanks, Bill, for your ministry of care!


By: Shari Goodwin

As a boy, Bill Tankersley saw math and science as his natural gifts and future, but God called with other plans. Thankfully, Bill followed that call into a ministry that has richly blessed our congregation, and other Oklahoma United Methodists, as well.

Church members and friends will fill Jubilee Hall this Friday evening to thank him and celebrate his upcoming retirement, then Bill will preach his last sermon as Boston Avenue’s Minister of Pastoral Care on Sunday.

A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Bill grew up attending McFarlin UMC with his family.

“My ninth grade Sunday School teacher was a big influence,” he explains. “I remember our lesson focused on the Apostle Paul. Ms. Freeman asked us to read the whole story in one sitting, and as I did that I felt a strong desire to be a ‘real Christian.’ I wondered if I should become a minister; that would force me to pay attention to spiritual disciplines,” he chuckled. “It was just a thought, but it gradually grew into a calling.”

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Hey, batter, batter!


The Boston Avenue men’s softball summer team is forming now! The team is open to all men ages 16 and up.

“Team members do not have to be church members, though it is expected they attend services regularly,” says Audra Fogle, Director of Welcoming Ministries. “It’s a perfect opportunity for fellowship, fun and a little healthy competition!”

Games will be held at the Carl Smith Sports Complex on Thursday evenings, beginning June 22. The cost is $60, including jersey and hat. Players provide shorts, gloves and shoes – no metal cleats. They can also bring their own bats, as long as they are wooden or have a USSSA certified mark. Trent Ohman and Mike Catterson will coach.

A team cookout will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, in the Boston Avenue park. Families are invited to this kick-off event!

To register, players must fill out a form and pay $60. The form is available in the Parlor, online at, or by clicking anywhere in this article. Forms and payment (cash or check payable to BAUMC) can be left at the information desk, attn: Audra Fogle. For more information, contact Trent at 918-284-7247 or Audra at 918-699-0130.

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