Special Mission Projects
Throughout the year, various Boston Avenue groups sponsor special mission projects.
- Lights On for Cookson in February, which invites church members to help the Cookson Hills Mission Center pay its utility bills and ongoing operating expenses.
- July Mission Emphasis Month, when prepackaged foods are collected each Sunday for both the Cookson Hills' "Pack-n-Snack" Program and the Restore Hope Ministries Food Pantry, and church members are invited to help meet their needs.
- Cookson Hills Christmas Store during October, when new items are collected so that about 300 poverty-level families can pay a token amount, based on their income, to “shop” for gifts for their children and loved ones.
- BASE Camp, or "Boston Avenue Service Experience," (formerly Downtown for Good) one afternoon in the spring, where members of the church complete assorted service projects for those in need.
- Other special projects are sponsored as the church sees a need to be met.
The church has left the building!
Watch Boston Avenuers in Mission:
- Stewardship 2015: Why give to Boston Avenue Church?
- Lydia Patterson Institute Mission Trip October 2014
- More Than Sunday Morning - Christian Education, Part One
- United Methodist Women at Boston Avenue Church
- Burroughs Elementary School - Partners in Education
- Boston Avenue Church and Crop Walk
- The Moore Tornado 2013 and Boston Avenue Church's Response
Formerly known as Downtown for Good, BASE Camp (Boston Avenue Service Experience) is a family-friendly mission event for all ages! BASE Camp for 2017 was held on Sunday, April 2. Volunteers wear work clothes to church and meet in Jubilee Hall immediately following the 11 a.m. service for lunch before dispersing to job sites across Downtown Tulsa. Job sites include:
- Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) Event - Jubilee Hall (25,000 meals are packaged in just 90 minutes!)
- Gardens, Painting, and Projects - Burroughs Elementary, Circle of Care, & Altamont
- Mission Projects for Children 5 and Under - Boston Avenue
BASE Camp provides fun, fellowship, & service to others.
Christmas and Easter Offerings
Each Advent and Lenten season, we invite you to share in spreading God's good news of love and hope with those who need to hear it. Your donation will be used to help others through the following ministries:
- Circle of Care
- Congregational Development
- Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry
- Cookson Hills Center
- Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference
- Camps and Conferences
- Prison Ministry
- Chemical Dependence Programs
- Lydia Patterson Institute
- Oklahoma Methodist Manor - Tulsa
- Urban Ministries
- SMU United Methodist Campus Ministry
- Boy Scout Troop 20
- Oklahoma Volunteer-in-Mission Director
- United Methodist Nursing Homes
- Rio Grande Conference
- Neighborhood Services Organization
- Mt. Sequoyah Assembly Grounds
- Meals on Wheels
Please make your check out to "Boston Avenue Church" and note "Advent/Lent Offering" in the memo.
Each Sunday during July, the Work Area on Missions collects food and monetary gifts for both the Cookson Hills “Pack-n-Snack” program and the Restore Hope Ministries food pantry. For monetary gifts, please designate "Cookson Hills" or "Restore Hope" and place in the offering plate on Sunday mornings, or mail to the church. Click to learn more about the food drive's specific needs for 2017 or read below for further information. Thank you for supporting the Cookson Hills Center and Restore Hope Ministries!
About Cookson Hills Center
A Methodist Missionary Center in Northeastern Oklahoma serving rural low-income people with a focus on the Native American people, most being of the Cherokee tribe. Cookson, Oklahoma remains one of the poorest areas in the United States today. The Cookson Hills Center has been a very significant part of the United Methodist Women in Oklahoma since 1948. The presence of United Methodists among these rural, low-income people has shown an important aspect of the way we care for others as concerned Christian people. A program called "Pack-n-Snack" was created to help nourish children who come to Cookson Hills. During the week, children receive a free breakfast and lunch through their school; however, most children go hungry on the weekends and when school is not in session because they don’t have food at home. Through “Pack-n-Snack,” food packs are filled and given to the children when they come to the Center for children’s programs on Thursday afternoons year-round. For more information about the Cookson Hills' ministry, please visit their website at http://cooksonhillsmission.org or view this informational brochure.
How You Can Help Cookson Hills Center
Cookson prefers food donations, but also accepts monetary gifts. Please designate "Cookson Hills" for any monetary gifts made to this ministry. Gifts may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday mornings or mailed to the church. Food for the Cookson Pack-n-Snack Program must be non-perishable, with an expiration no earlier than 2018, and in their original, unopened packaging, and may be dropped off on the collection tables in Bishops' Hall throughout July.
NEEDS FOR 2017 (All items should be snack-sized and individually-wrapped.):
- Jif-to-Go peanut butter cups
- beef jerky
- Beanee Weenees
- pork & beans
- Spaghetti O's
- pudding cups
- fruit/fruit gel cups
- noodle cups
- Ramen noodles
- juice boxes
- peanut butter & crackers
- soup cups
- Vienna sausages
- foil packs - Spam, tuna, chicken, & salmon
- cheese & crackers
- cereal bars
- single-serving cereal
- small bags of chips
- small bags of peanuts
- individual packets of drink mixes - Crystal Light & hot chocolate
- string cheese
About Restore Hope Ministries
A United Methodist Agency on Charles Page Boulevard in Tulsa whose mission is "to restore families in financial crisis to economic and spiritual vitality." In 2016, 29% of Tulsa County households with children reported that they suffer from hunger on a daily basis. Restore Hope distributed 221,943 pounds of food to 4,005 families in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Currently, Restore Hope is able to provide a week's worth of groceries at an average cost of $9 per person. This basic cart of food is also supplemented with in-kind gifts of fresh produce, milk, eggs, etc. Monetary gifts made to Restore Hope are matched by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. This grant will match $100,000 if Restore Hope raises at least $100,000 in contributions from United Methodist Churches, above and beyond apportionments, by December 31, 2017. Restore Hope is currently 1/3 of the way to their $100,000 goal. Last year, Boston Avenue contributed $12,185.87, with $5,597.50 raised during the July Mission Emphasis Month. We have already contributed $3,567 to Restore Hope in 2017! For more information about Restore Hope Ministries, please visit their website at http://www.restorehope.org or view their annual report.
How You Can Help Restore Hope Ministries
Restore Hope Ministries prefers monetary gifts, but also accepts food donations. Please designate "Restore Hope" for any monetary gifts made to this ministry. Gifts may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday mornings or mailed to the church. Food for the Restore Hope Food Pantry must be non-perishable, with an expiration no earlier than 2018, and in their original, unopened packaging, and may be dropped off on the collection tables in Bishops' Hall throughout July.
NEEDS FOR 2017 (Specific sizes of items are needed, but are generally full-sized.):
**Most needed items this year
- peas, 15 oz
- green beans, 15 oz
- corn, 15.25 oz
- mixed veggies, 15 oz
- carrots, 14.5 oz
- canned mixed fruit or peaches, 15.25 oz
- applesauce, 15 oz
- pears, 15.25 oz
- pineapple, 20 oz**
- tomato sauce/diced tomatoes, 15 oz
- pork & beans, 15.5 oz
- canned or dried pinto beans, 15.5 oz
- peanut butter, 18 oz**
- white rice, 16 oz
- pasta (regular or whole grain), 16 oz
- cereal, 18 oz**
- oatmeal, 16 oz
- cream of mushroom/tomato soup, 10.5 oz
- canned tuna or chicken, 5 oz**
During the month of October, the United Methodist Women collects items needed for the Cookson Hills Mission Christmas Store, where about 300 approved, poverty-level families are allowed to “shop” for one gift per family member at a nominal cost, based on their income. Children are allowed one clothing item and a toy. Each family also receives a food box and assorted other items.
All gifts must be new and unwrapped. Please mark them “Cookson” and place on the tables in Bishops' Hall anytime through October 31. Please scroll down to learn what is needed.
Appreciated Donations for 2017:
NEEDS (All items MUST be new and unwrapped.):
Here are some options, but not limited to:
- NO CANDLES, PLEASE
- Cash for food is always good.
- clothing for men, women, & children, all sizes
- quilted flannel shirts for men
- socks & underwear for men, women, & children, all sizes
- tools & tool boxes
- heavy-duty jumper cables
- blankets, pillows, & bedspreads
- sheet sets & towels
- crock pots
- coffee makers
- mini food processors
- clocks & clock radios
- can openers
- hair dryers & curling irons
- pots & pans
- sets of dishes
- sets of drinking glasses
- hat & mitten sets, all sizes
- coats, all sizes & all ages
- bath sets
- personal care items
- portable CD players & CDs
- replacement batteries
- fishing poles & tackle boxes
- toys & balls for all ages
- stockings & stocking stuffers
- wrapping paper & gift bags
- gift tags, bows, & tape