By Justin Tate
STILLWATER, Okla. —
About the church
YEAR FOUNDED: 1889
DENOMINATION: United Methodist Church
CHURCH MEMBERS: 2,000
PASTOR: Mike Chaffin
PASTOR QUOTE: “Our mission statement is: Called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are a church beyond the walls. What that means for us is that we come together as a congregation and as the body of Christ, but we come together so that we can be guided and directed by God’s Holy Spirit to move out into the community and into the world to transform the world in ways that Christ calls us to.”
VOLUNTEER WORK: First United Methodist is involved in many volunteer activities in the community.
“We have lots of things going on in the life of this church,” Chaffin said.
The church has a southern campus on South Husband Street that holds many events for the church, including a “Love Feast” three days a week.
“Churches and groups from around the community come in and serve a free meal on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to anyone who needs a meal,” Chaffin said.
On Thusdays, the building becomes a food pantry to help people who are in need of emergency food help.
“We’ll serve somewhere between 40 and 50 families a week,” Chaffin said.
The church also provides weekend food sacks to elementary school children, has a community meal on Thursdays in its Family Life Center and has established a resource center for new foster families. Even after detailing all of these volunteer programs, Chaffin said he was still “just getting started.”
Chaffin said the church volunteers outside the community as well.
“Our church is building a medical clinic in the Andes mountains in Bolivia to service eight different villages in the mountains that have no medical service,” Chaffin said.
Chaffin expects the clinic to be completed in April. The church will continue to help the villages by providing a full-time nurse to take care of people.
FUNDRAISERS: Chaffin said many of the programs are funded by members of the church.
“Most of it is through the offering, but we have had a great deal of help from people throughout our community who have stepped up and wanted to make a difference in a significant way,” Chaffin said. “But we don’t have anything that you would just call fundraisers.”
If you go
SERVICES: Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. in the main sanctuary, 10 a.m. in the Family Life Center
YOUTH: Sundays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
ADDRESS: 400 W. Seventh Ave.