Church Response to Coronavirus- 3/18/2020
On March 18th our church leadership met (via a conference call)–we discussed what closing down the church building and activities looks like for our congregation and staff. We are hopeful our members continue supporting our church, so we can maintain the building and keep our staff on the payrolls.
Church Response to Coronavirus-
Crown Heights UMC will follow the recommendations of the CDC and not have gatherings in our church. Effective immediately, there will be no church activities in our building, including worship. We want to be a part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Also, the building will be closed. We ask for no one to enter so we can keep the space safe and available for the staff.
If you need anything call the office at 524-8428. You are welcome to drop things off for the church Monday through Thursday mornings; just ring the doorbell and then leave your item by the door. We are all practicing social distancing. If you need something at the church, call Susan or Trina. We will help you get it.
Keep aware of the health recommendations: Wash your hands. Stay home. Keep a 6 foot distance between you and others. Use extra precautions if you are in a vulnerable group, including older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. If you are sick, even a cold, diarrhea, and fatigue, please stay home and call your doctor.
A few additional thoughts–
If you are interested, please “like” our church on Facebook. I am going to be learning how to post videos and livestream on Facebook. That is an easy way for me to communicate with you all while we are not seeing each other face to face.
We also encourage you to contribute using our online giving option on our webpage: www.crownheightsumc.org (look for donation link in the green box). You can set up a regular giving schedule or a one time gift. Maintaining your regular giving allows us to maintain the church and our ministries.
If any of our church people get sick, please let me know. Call the church office, call my cell, or email me. If you have needs like food or medications, call upon your church family so we can help. I will find creative ways to pray with you and convey the love of your church.
We are looking for creative ways of being the church without our building or in person gatherings. We care deeply about our community and are looking to meet the needs of those inside and outside of our church. If you know of a need, please let Trina or Susan (524-8428) know about it.
Saturdays at 3pm— Worship via Facebook Livestream
April 12— Easter Sunday— Join us for Facebook Livestream worship at 10am– Easter comes, no matter what!
April 14— 9pm Show of Support at Edmond Hospital
May 10— Mother’s Day
May 27— OK UMC Annual Conference
May 31— Graduate Sunday reception between services and Diaper Shower for the Kostelkas’ baby in 11am service
June 10— Wednesday Ladies’ Day Out, 11am
June 21— Father’s Day
90th Anniversary Celebration
On September 8, 2019, Crown Heights UMC celebrated 90 years of ministry. In worship we lit candles for members who laid the foundation of faith on which we now stand. We learned more about our history, especially what the Methodist Episcopal Church looked like back in 1929 in Oklahoma. Rev. Trina Bose North preached on God’s presence finding us and freeing us to live fully. In between services, the church gathered for a fun time to fellowship. We enjoyed delicious crepes from Crepe Brewers food truck. Musician Steven Stark entertained us on the back patio. And we displayed pictures of the past 90 years. We give thanks for the ministries of this church for the last 90 years, and pray God’s blessings on our future together. May Crown Heights United Methodist Church continue to worship and serve this community in the years to come.
Vacation Bible School was June 17-20, 2019. Our theme was Jerusalem Marketplace, and the decorations set the scene of being in a bizarre in Old Jerusalem. We had 45 children attend and 12 youth participate as helpers. The kids were fed dinner and told a Bible story at the start of each evening. Then they rotated through crafts, cooking, and games.
All our cooks provided yummy, healthy meals. All our teachers were well prepared and engaging. All our shepherds were fun and loving. All our drivers were kind and efficient. Thank you to everyone who helped with VBS. With everyone doing their part, the work was shared between many.
Shalom to each of us! We earned a little peace and quiet after a full week of fun!
Mission Trip to Sunflower, Mississippi
December 26-30, 2017 to Sunflower, Mississippi
Five years ago, Rev. Veronica Pritchard was appointed to a tiny church in Sunflower, MS. She was there to close the doors; they were just too small. But when she arrived, Veronica saw the needs of the poor community surrounding the church and got to work instead. She helped transform her church into a center where mission teams come to work on the homes in their area. Veronica says, “Delta Grace is a year-round mission hub that provides beds, showers, kitchen facilities, and mission opportunities for mission teams. Teams work on homes of many who have lost hope and do not know what tomorrow brings. Our purpose is to match mission teams with mission work within an hour’s drive. Our prayer is that the volunteers will transform the lives of those they serve and in turn have their lives transformed.” Check out their website at deltagrace.org.
Crown Heights UMC is sent 11 mission team members to go to Sunflower, Mississippi. We left Tuesday December 26, and returned Saturday December 30, 2017. We drove to Mississippi and stay in the Delta Grace dorms. We did light construction work for three days before returning home.