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Welcome to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church! Our mission is to think deeply, grow spiritually and love generously.

We live out that mission through thought-provoking sermons and small groups, fellowship with others, and active volunteering in ministries that support education, social justice and mental health. If you are looking for a faith community, 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 or 11:00 a.m. on Sundays at our downtown location, or watch live at 11:00 on KTUL Channel 8. You can also live stream here on our website.

We also offer Sunday School for all ages beginning at 9:40 a.m., and worship at Oklahoma Methodist Manor at 11:00 a.m.

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 23, 2018: Rev. Wiggs' Word of the Week: LENT

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Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and continues for 6 weeks (40 days plus six Sundays) leading up to Easter Sunday, which this year falls on April 1. I don’t ever recall Ash Wednesday falling on Valentine’s Day and then Easter on April Fool’s Day – it’s interesting to consider.

Lent is a season of preparation in which we are invited into a time of self-examination and repentance. Often, part of the preparation is to sacrifice something important to you or give something up as a way to identify with the journey of Jesus and draw closer to God as we consider the path of suffering and sacrifice Jesus followed as the way to life abundant and life eternal.

Our sermon series for Lent is “Jesus in Action.” These sermons will help us follow his example and teaching in our own lives during this Lenten journey. Mark 8:31-38 takes us into this discussion as Jesus shares with his disciples what this “way” consists of. We will explore this in the sermon, “Jesus Clarifies the Call.”

I encourage you to consider what steps you might take to make this a meaningful season in your life. The liturgy we use for Ash Wednesday contains this invitation: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to observe a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.” May this be a season of deep blessing for you!

Sunday is the last day to help support Lights On for Cookson!

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For over 30 years, our congregation has participated in a special fundraising effort each February called “Lights On for Cookson,” which supports the Cookson Hills Center, a United Methodist mission in northeast Oklahoma.

Cookson Hills provides aid to members of some of the state’s most under-served populations through various programs aimed at self-sustainability. The garden program provides an opportunity for participants to plant seeds in nearly 100 gardens, tend to those gardens, then use the produce grown not only to feed themselves, but also as a means of supporting their families through sales at a local farmer’s market.

Another beneficial program gives sponsors the opportunity to purchase chicks to give to families, allowing the families to feed and support themselves through egg sales. Almost 800 chicks are given annually.

Other Cookson Hills programs include after-school and preschool programs for children and youth, a licensed childcare program, school supplies and self-help groups.

Food is given to anyone who comes hungry to Cookson Hills, and wood is provided for those who need it for cooking or heating. There is also a craft shop, a resale clothing shop, and three cottage industries including silk-screening, tire recycling, and sewing and embroidering.

This Sunday, February 25, is the last day to participate in the Lights On for Cookson effort. Just look for the bright yellow “Lights On for Cookson” boxes outside the sanctuary and the corresponding contribution envelopes that are available throughout the building. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted and may also be left in the collection plate or mailed to Boston Avenue with “Lights On for Cookson” written.

Daily devotional book available to guide us through Lent

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Every year during Lent, we are invited to set apart time each day to reflect upon our relationship with God and with one another. As we reflect, we're invited to discover ways that we can renew broken relationships, heal hurts, and return back to a right relationship with God.

With this desire in mind, we wanted to guide you along your journey to let you know that you are not alone in your journey of faith but that you have a great cloud of witnesses who will pray alongside you, challenge you with in your service, and love you through pain.

Each day, you'll be invited to join our congregation in a time to pause, a time to reflect, a time to renew your relationship with God and one another.

The devotions will begin with Ash Wednesday and continue through Easter Sunday. Copies of the devotional book are available at the church or can be viewed by clicking anywhere in this article.

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