Each year, we are required to tally our statistics and send them in to the conference. Records are kept on every United Methodist church in Oklahoma. I thought I would pass on how we are doing to you this week.
We had another year of gains in our church in 2017. We closed the year by averaging 505 in worship (among our five Sunday worship services) which was up from 462 in 2016. This is our highest average attendance since 2002 when Chuck Nordean was the pastor. That year it was 513. Our highest average ever was 534 in 1999. We hope to eclipse that this year! This means that we will need to grow in each of our services.
For our two new services, our 9:45 am service averaged 55 and our 7:00 pm service averaged 31 since they started in the fall. While these are good averages for beginning, it also means that there are some Sundays that they are lower than this which may seem kind of small. For our 9:45 service, this allows for visitors to have space in the sanctuary at 8:30 or 11:00. In order to prop this up, if you don’t attend Sunday school, you might consider attending this service once a month which would not only help out for space in the two larger services but also allow you to meet some people that you may not already know!
For our 7:00 pm service (the Late Night Service), they meet in Wesley Hall. The band plays basically the same set as for our 10:50 am service but the sermon is different from the morning as Trey Witzel or Matt Borum preach a rotation. If you attend one of the sanctuary services in the morning, this would be a great time for you to hear our wonderful musicians! You can listen to two of their songs here: https://soundcloud.com/thelatenightservice/sets/album-teaser. Please feel free to share this link with your friends! Trey and Matt are both doing a great job with preaching this service and it is a time I can go and simply renew in worship. Weekly Communion is served at this service. While the target for Late Night is college age and young adults, all ages are welcome to join us for worship!
Our membership at the end of 2017 was 2737, up from 2672 in 2016. We received 28 on profession of Christian faith, 39 on transfer from other United Methodist congregations and 22 from other denominations. We took in slightly more members in 2016 with 33 professions of faith, 46 United Methodist transfers and 18 from other denominations.
Finally, our Sunday school attendance averaged 241 in 2017, up from 220 in 2016. Sunday school is a real strength of this congregation signified by the great variety of classes that we offer. As we enter into the new year, you might consider how your own discipleship might be increased through Sunday school or one of our other Bible studies. As a plug, I will be teaching a four-week session on the book of Job starting Wednesday, January 17 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in room 108 of the Christian Activity Center. All are welcome to join us for some lively discussion as we consider suffering, innocence and God’s role in our lives.
This Sunday, we’ll continue to look at God’s call upon our lives. I will be preaching on Mark 1:14-20 as we examine the priority of God. I hope you’ll join us Sunday for one of our five offerings of worship to God! Come and help us reach our largest year in our church’s rich history!
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