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We are a HISTORIC CHURCH for MODERN PEOPLE!

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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November 24, 2017: Rev. Wiggs' Word of the Week: SHEPHERD

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Your calendar has some different items than mine, but I know many of you join me in feeling overwhelmed as we move into this time of year. That makes it all the more important for us, as people of faith, to be intentional about our spiritual preparations for Christmas. I encourage you to think ahead and prioritize the things that put you in the best position to experience the full impact of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas.

This coming Sunday, we celebrate the final Sunday in the Christian year – Christ the King Sunday. We finish this year of studying the Hebrew Scriptures with a reading from Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24. It paints a vivid picture of God as a shepherd to help us understand God working in our own lives. I hope you will join the flock this Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.

We have wrapped up our Stewardship Campaign with over 800 individuals and families participating. Thank you, one and all! Our youngest pledger is 12 years old and our oldest is 101. Of those who made a commitment, 229 led the way by increasing their pledge amount!

Our very diligent Finance Committee, led by Chairperson Scott Morgan and Business Administrator Brenda Reed, will work to effectively use our gifts to maximize our mission and ministry efforts in the coming year.

God is doing great things among us
, and with your generosity we will move into the new year with faith that even more good is on the horizon!

Lessons and Carols service helps us spiritually prepare for Christmas

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By: Dr. Joel Panciera

Lessons and Carols will be held Sunday, December 3, with two identical services at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. in Great Hall. This contemplative worship experience weaves together traditional prayers, scripture lessons and 13 beautifully sung carols. It is a moving worship experience designed to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of Christmas. Experiencing these elements together within the resonant conditions of Great Hall deeply enhances the experience.

The service will be led by a diverse mix of lay and clergy readers (children, youth and adults), a small chamber choir, and a chamber orchestra of Tulsa Symphony players. As usual, it will include a careful mixture of familiar carols like “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Once in Royal David’s City,” and “Hark the Herald Angels,” along with a number of new carols.

This year we are encouraging all Lessons and Carols worshipers to come a bit early in preparation – always a wise idea to snag a good seat – but also this year to light a candle and offer personal prayers. With the center of Great Hall decked out with votive candles, we all will be surrounded by light to symbolize how we can rededicate ourselves to share God’s light in the world. At this time, the entire hall will also be enveloped in beautifully contemplative instrumental music – all designed to inspire an attitude of spirit and prayer.

In addition, member Jackie Reichman has created beautiful visual elements to enhance our experience and help develop the theme of holy light that penetrates darkness.

As you make your holiday preparations, do not miss this powerful opportunity to deepen your inward, spiritual preparations for Christmas!

Last chance to fill out the mission inventory survey!

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By: Rev. Sara Pugh Montgomery

There’s a great proverb that says that many hands make light work. This proverb is certainly lived out among us at Boston Avenue! As the missions minister here, I get so excited when I hear of another great mission that our congregation supports through our Sunday School classes, our UMW circles, our youth groups, and our children’s ministries. I want to share in these joys and celebrations with the larger congregation, as well!

Ed Payton and Blaire Hines have developed a useful mission inventory survey that we are asking each group to fill out to share with us how your group participates in missions in the world. The surveys can be filled out online by clicking anywhere in this article.

For each mission activity that your group does, we’d love to know the name of the organization, how much money you contribute toward it, how many people volunteer hands and time to serve, and the estimated number of people that are served by the mission. We’ll compile all of this information together and do a full presentation of our missional activities as a congregation at our Chili Cookoff and Mission Fundraiser on January 28. You’ll be able to see how the many hands of Boston Avenue are making large impacts on the world through our missional giving and volunteering! We also hope to be able to connect you to other groups within our congregation that work with the same agencies so that your missional passions can be explored together.

Please take the month of November to fill out these mission inventory surveys and return them to Blaire Hines or Ed Payton, or place them in your Sunday School class packets. If you have any questions or need help filling out the survey, please contact me at 918-699-0127 or Ed Payton at 918-760-8833. Thank you for the many wonderful ways you represent Boston Avenue in the world, and the ways you bring Christ to many individuals that need the reminder that they are loved! I’m grateful to be your pastor.

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