Community

At First Church, we seek to be a church beyond walls, meaning our focus is beyond just the members and what happens within the walls of our church. Instead, we continually ask God how we can be used to impact the lives of those in our community.

Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. As Available – Family Life Center

Assist in the preparation and serving of our Community Dinner on one or multiple Thursdays a month. For more information, please contact Gina Heim at gheim@fumcstw.org or (405) 372-5854.

The Hope House is a resource center for foster families offering many items needed by families upon receiving foster children into their home—clothing, shoes, toys, books, baby items, high chairs, strollers, cribs, car seats, welcome baskets, etc. While the Hope house is a ministry of First Church it is made possible by volunteers and donations from throughout the Stillwater community and beyond. 

To Donate: Donated items can be left at the First Church office. If you have a large donation please call the Hope House phone at (405) 385-2475 or email at stwhopehouse@gmail.com to schedule a donation time. All donated items must be in very good shape and free of stains, tears, missing buttons, etc. It is important for these children to feel good about the clothes they wear and the items they receive. Monetary donations are also accepted and are used to purchase car seats, cribs, supplies/fixtures, etc. Checks may be made out to “FUMC” with “Hope House” in the memo line and turned in to the church office, or through our online giving portal and designating “Hope House” in the notes section. 

To Volunteer: There are two workdays a month, one Thursday morning from 10 a.m.—Noon and one Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Special workdays are also set up for volunteer groups. Additionally volunteers assist on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.—Noon while foster parents shop for needed clothing and items. To volunteer for an upcoming workday or for more information please call the Hope House phone at (405) 385-2475 or e-mail stwhopehouse@gmail.com. 

Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. – South Campus

The Love Feast is a free meal offered to the community. Individuals, churches, and civic groups volunteer to prepare the meals on a monthly or every other month basis. Volunteer opportunities exists for individuals who serve as managers who open and close the building, prepare drinks, and assist those who have come to provide the meal. For more information on how you or your organization can provide a meal or how you can sign up to be a manager each week or every other week please contact Pastor Kyle at kanderson@fumcstw.org or (405) 372-5854. 

4th Thursday Every Month from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center (ODB) is Stillwater’s community food pantry. We continue First Church’s long tradition of combating food scarcity by volunteering once a month at ODB’s Food distribution. Volunteers assist with intake, aid guests as they select their food and load it into their cars, and help with keeping the shelves stocked. If you would like to volunteer with other First Church members on the 4th Thursday of the month please contact Pastor Kyle at kanderson@fumcstw.org. If you are interested in finding other opportunities to serve at Our Daily Bread throughout the week visit their website at https://www.ourdailybreadfrc.org/.

Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center

Fifth Sunday Food Offering

First Church also supports Our Daily Bread with an offering of nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items. More information can be found on the video below:

5th Sunday Food Offering

As a people of faith we are called upon to be a people of prayer. One of the most powerful ways in which we can serve one another is to be in prayer for each other. Prayer chain volunteers provide intercessory prayer for requests that come into the church office. To be a part of the prayer chain please contact Diane Adair at dadair@fumcstw.org or (405) 372-5854.

Packaging: 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. – South Campus

Delivery: Thursday Mornings 9:00-Noon – South Campus

The Weekend Food Sacks for Children project provides a small bag of easy to prepare foods for hungry, school-age children to take home on Fridays to help feed them during the weekend. Volunteers meet once a month to help with packaging of the sacks while other volunteers deliver filled sacks to area schools on Thursday mornings. To assist with the packaging, please contact Linda Blum at lkblum55@gmail.com or to assist with Thursday morning deliveries please contact Karen Hinton at bkhinton@brightok.net.

Weekend Food Sacks