Mission is a core value for Lost Creek UMC. We enourage 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 mission 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, Louisana, 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 incarerated 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.
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.
These are just a handful of the many mission opportunities available each year at Lost Creek UMC. If you want to make a real Christian difference in this world, we might just be the church you've been looking for!