This Fall Think "Hope Not Candy'

This fall join in making a difference to millions.Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all.

United Methodists are committed to bring an end to death and suffering from malaria. To date, the UMC has raised just over $66MM of our $75MM goal. Together, we can eliminate malaria.

Talk to the Church about getting involved this year.   Click here to get your class or group involved. Order the free collection boxes (you will need to pay S/H). Additionally, donations can be given via the online link at the Imagine No Malaria website.


Friendship Class Studies Book of Acts

The Friendship Class meets each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel.  They extend an invitation to anyone in the community or region to come join with them as they study the Bible each Sunday, prayer with and for one another and generally build great relationships as they seek to learn more about God, their role as Christians and work together to witness to what God does in their lives.  They are currently studying in the Book of Acts and would love you to come be a part of their group.


Helping the Community Through Information

How a church helps its community can take many forms, primary is spiritual guidance and support. Life sometimes creates other needs and knowing how to find help can be confusing or difficult.   

Be sure and see the "Community Helps" links at the side of the main webpage for easy finds on everything from -

  • Current weather from the National Weather Service
  • Road conditions from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol
  • Local community agencies providing temporary help
  • Places for help in times of crisis  
  • Calendar of Local Events at Americantowns.com

Various churches in Holdenville have teamed up to provide assistance in the form of a food pantry, clothing distribution and other assistance.  Check with the church office during weekday open hours for more details.


United Methodist Men

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 - The United Methodist Men

The purpose of the UMM is --
RENEWAL - Our faith is renewed as we share together in experiences of worship and study.
SERVICE - As concerned men of Christ, we seek to render service to each other, to the church and to the larger community through programs decided upon and developed by us as we respond in faith to God's love to us.
FELLOWSHIP - We share together in Christian fellowship in all that we do, but we also set a time aside dedicated to no effort but the enjoyment of each other's company and doing things we like to do as Christian men.
Join them every third Wednesday morning at 7:00 AM.

One project has been the construction of handicap ramps for people in the area.

Always popular - the United Methodist Men's Breakfast!


Church Celebrates Re-Designed District

Church members and leaders are cordially invited to attend several special events designed to celebrate and launch the brand new district structure and name.  The district is now, "Lake Country District" and encompasses most of southeast Oklahoma. It is under the current leadership of Rev. Larry Bauman as District Superintendent.  On Sunday, October 18th the following special events will take place at McAlester First United Methodist Church (located at  1501 S. 13th Street, McAlester, Oklahoma 74501, or at the Corner of MacArthur across from the Mike Deak Fields & Walking Track).

2:00 p.m. Superintendent's Reception for the Laity, hosted by the McAlester FUMC, United Methodist Women.  Note: If coming in a group, notify the church as to the number being brought.

2:30 p.m. Celebration of the Laity with Mr. Chuck Stewart, Oklahoma Conference Lay Leader, Mrs. Debra Davis, Lake Country District Lay Leader, and Pastor Larry Bauman, Lake Country District Superintendent.

4:00 p.m. Lake Country Celebration with Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. presiding.   Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. is the episcopal leader for the Oklahoma Area of The United Methodist Church. As bishop, he presides over 530 churches in the Oklahoma Conference and almost 90 churches of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).   Bishop Hayes says he felt called to preach at an early age. “When I was about 4 years old, I would pull up a chair to my father’s pulpit after church on Sundays and bang my hands on the pulpit, imitating my father. By the time I was 8, I was conducting elaborate funerals for deceased cats, birds, and other pets of friends. I preached my first sermon when I was 14. I’ve always felt like God wanted me to be a minister. It’s part of my life,” he said.

Oklahoma Bishop Robert Hayes, Jr.
  District Parsonage Open House after the conclusion of our District Celebration,  The District Superintendent, Rev. Larry Bauman, and spouse look forward to meeting and sharing a time for fellowship and celebration. Bauman notes: "Sheryl and I were surprised, humbled, and honored to be asked by Bishop Hayes to serve the people, churches, and pastors of the Ardmore District. My earlier experiences there have always had a special place in my heart. We very much look forward to renewing friendships in southern Oklahoma and making new ones. We ask for your prayers as we continue striving to grow in Christ, honor our Lord, serve God’s people, and reach new people for Christ." (http://www.okumc.org/newsdetail/114522)

Rev. Larry Bauman, District Superintendent

Local Church Offers Introduction to Storytelling

Storytelling is great for any age and can add new meaning to parenting, teaching, speaking to groups, and getting a point across in an entertaining manner.  Wed., Sept. 30, 7- 8:30 p.m., be part of this free workshop taught by an experienced storyteller who will get you started on a 'story road.'


Barnard Memorial Explores Being a "Fruitful Congregation"

According to author and church leader Robert Schnase, the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations describes practices that shape and sustain congregations.  

Vibrant, growing, fruitful congregations repeat and deepen certain fundamental activities, seeking to perform them with excellence:  Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity.  

These edgy words focus us on the appropriate work that helps us fulfill the mission of church.  Congregations offer the invitation and welcome of Christ, provide worship that connects us to God and to one another, offer opportunities for people to grow in Christ by learning in community, relieve suffering and improve the conditions of people in need through service and mission, and teach people to give of themselves.

Five Practices of Fruitful Living moves the discussion of Christian practice from the congregational level to the personal practices of discipleship. The fruitful, God-related life develops with intentional and repeated attention to five essential practices that are critical for our growth in Christ.  

We invite God into our lives and make room for God in our hearts, we love God in return, we purposefully cooperate with the Holy Spirit in our spiritual growth, we serve and love others, and we allow God to shape our giving.  Through these practices, God changes us from the inside out and works through us to transform the world. (http://fivepractices.org/about/)

As Barnard explores these concepts there is a clear understanding it is not a 'fix' but a way to thoughtfully re think how - and why- we 'do church'.  

Come...'grow' with us!


Upper Room Group Starting Study of 1 Corinthians

The Upper Room Group led by Carol Reichs meets on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and then break to enjoy a Church Fellowship Meal at 7:00 p.m.

They are launching into a study of one of the most interesting books of the New Testament and it will be one that will make you think about what it means to be a Christian and be part of a Church. Join them!

Welcome to Barnard Memorial UMC

Barnard Memorial has been in Holdenville since the late 1890's and always committed to the same purpose - to share the love of God and build a community of faith. We look forward to seeing you soon and invite anyone to stop by for a visit any Sunday morning, drop into class or small group, and become part of a historic church with an eye to the future.