At Lost Creek "Ministry" isn't left to the professionals! We feel the more people involved, the better. Ministry at Lost Creek simply means doing stuff for God and making a Christian difference in the world. There are core events and activities that are consistent and ongoing, but many of our ministries spring up as the need arises. We try to move as quickly as possible from idea to implementation. So bring your idea! Share your calling!
Children's Sunday School
Nursery: Infants- 3 year olds
The littlest members of our groups can find fun age appropriate toys, snacks and lessons in the nursery. Child care is provided from 8:30-12 p.m. every Sunday, and on special church occasions or by request.
3 year olds - 5 year olds
Children just leaving the nursery age group are welcomed with interactive, hands-on learning in this classroom. There is plenty of Play-Doh and VeggieTales to share!
Kindergarten - 5th grade
School-age children will meet in age-divided classrooms and have the opportunity to craft, play games and interact with their peers all while learning Biblically-based, age-appropriate curriculum.
6th - 8th grade
Preteens meet in their own classroom, in an inviting atmosphere, to allow them a chance to make connections and build friendships with one another, all while putting Jesus' ministry into context for their modern lives.
9th - 12th grade
Lead by our Youth Ministry Director, this Sunday School class is an opportunity for high schoolers to plug into the church, build their faith foundation, and start to discuss the world in the context of Christianity while being lead by knowledgeable church staff.
Adult Sunday School
On any given Sunday there are 5-7 Adult Sunday School classes that meet. Sunday school classes offer a chance for all age groups and walks of life to converge and delve into lively theological discussions, filled with diverse viewpoints. Our Adult Sunday school class missions are to study God's Word together, to offer encouragement, thoughtful discussion and ultimately to strengthen your walk with Jesus.
Course content covers a wide range of current topics and Bible Study lessons, with the class choosing the curriculum. Curriculum tends to change seasonally. Classes are an excellent chance to explore and to expand your knowledge of the Bible, both through the course curriculum and the insightful discussion offered through course members. If this will be your first time attending a Sunday School class you can find a church staff member or door greeter to guide you to the classroom of your choice. You can also contact the church office before Sunday for a detailed list of current classes to help guide your decision.
The Men’s Group of Lost Creek is an informal organization of men ages 10 to 100 that provides the opportunity to fellowship together through acts of service and support for the church, members, missions, and community.
The Men’s Group gathers the last Sunday of each month at 7:00 a.m. for a fellowship breakfast and project discussions. Proceeds from the annual Men’s Group community barbeque the last Saturday in April and the annual Men’s Group community breakfast the Saturday before Thanksgiving are utilized for support projects.
The Men’s Group welcomes you to join us for a spiritual fulfillment of life through opportunities of fellowship, prayer, worship, and service.
The United Methodist Women of Lost Creek stay busy with a diverse range of missions.
At their monthly suppers, they plan and organize ministries while they enjoy fellowship with one another. The UMW constantly prepares meals, for members in need and the community at large; They also serve luncheons and suppers for the community ministerial alliance and Lions Clubs. Most recently the women of Lost Creek have started serving dinner to the mothers and their children of MOPS, nourishing young bodies and tired mothers so everyone can enjoy their evening.
They craft, sew and quilt all year long to prepare for the Christmas Bazaar and Annual Spring Quilt Auction, both events are large fundraisers for Lost Creek that support the mission trips Lost Creek takes part in.
Along with fun social events, like the winter fashion show (furnished by Stillwater Boutique owner's), the women's group plans trips both local and large to allow fellowship and fun memories to made amongst Godly women.
College Sunday School: Back to Basics
9:00 am every Sunday at Lost Creek
Class Taught by Jake Erlich.
This is an opportunity for older high schoolers and those starting college to meld together and discuss their fundamental beliefs, and how it shapes their world.
College Bible Study and Fellowship
Tuesday Nights at 6:30pm*
Jake & Sarah Ehrlich's home:
3231 S. Pioneer, Stillwater
All are welcome to join for food and fellowship.
*meeting times can fluctuate from week to week, please reach out to Jake to check on the day this week!
Mission is a core value for Lost Creek UMC. We encourage our members to be disciples 24/7, and not just when they are in church doing "church work". Many members of Lost Creek extend their "mission field" to community agencies such as Relay for Life, Hospice, Hospital volunteer, CASA, Foster Parenting, City Councils, and School Boards.
One of the most exciting statistics about life at Lost Creek UMC is that each year, we will match or exceed our operating budget (money that supports the essential operational core of the church) with money that is devoted to missions around the world.
Lost Creek offers financial support to many United Methodist ministries and missions through denominational "apportionments" (a Methodist word!) and special offerings.
Locally, we extend a wide range of benevolence ministries to our community. These include emergency financial assistance and a large food pantry.
Our "Distant Mission" program is extensive. Each year, about 2/3 of the adult population of Lost Creek will travel somewhere to engage in mission work. The foundation of our distant mission work is a long-term missional commitment to work in Alaska and Belize. Besides these large trip initiatives, members will also travel on teams to many other places. During 2014, Lost Creek members will travel to Costa Rica, Peru, Belize, India, Alaska, Louisiana, Hennessey, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Bolivia and more.
Lost Creek has given large financial support to the Oklahoma Conference mission work in Bolivia for some time, and this year, for the first time, members will travel there with two teams. One will be a medical mission, and the other will be a music ministry training mission. Lost Creek also partners with United Servants Abroad to send church members (both from medical fields and those from non-medical fields) to Peru, to serve the indigenous tribes through ministry and medical care.
Christmas is always a time of increased mission work. Annually, Lost Creek will help over 40 children of incarcerated parents through Angel Tree. We will also send a large amount of Christmas gifts to the Cookson Hills Center, a United Methodist ministry in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, which is the poorest county in the United States.
This summer, our ministry to children of incarcerated parents will extend to 20 children sponsored to attend the Oklahoma Conference New Day Camp at Crosspoint Camp on Lake Texhoma.
Rise Against Hunger
Each year during Lent, Lost Creek unites with folks from Stillwater First UMC, Highland Park UMC, and Eden Chapel to raise funds for Stop Hunger Now, a worldwide hunger relief agency. This year, we were able to raise over $25,000 to provide meals for 100,000 people. Sunday afternoon, May 4, was a great day of celebration as members of the four churches met for a "No Excuses Mission Trip" to package those meals.