“The most important commandment,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Mark 12:29-31
No matter your talents and interests, you can make a difference in someone’s life. New Haven seeks to share God’s love with our neighbors in Tulsa, in Oklahoma, and all over the world! We offer mission opportunities throughout the year ranging from serving a meal at the Day Center for the Homeless to going on an overseas mission trip. No matter what skills you have or mission opportunity you feel called to help with, God will bless you in ways you can’t even imagine!
The Mission Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of March, June, September, and December in the parlor to plan and promote mission activities. If you are interested in serving on this committee, or just to get involved in one of our many missions, please call David and Carolyn Toalson at 918-251-2911 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The following is a list and brief description of our regular mission activities. To learn more specific information on a particular mission, please click on the name of the mission.
Angel Tree – In November and December, opportunities are provided to purchase gifts and host parties for children of families in need (Boys Ranch, ChildShare, Carnegie Elementary, children of parents who are incarcerated).
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma – New Haven teams help sort and repackage food at the Food Bank that is then distributed to 450 Partner Programs (food pantries, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and senior citizen centers) in 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma.
Crosses of Love – A Dutch tradition where church members decorate handmade wooden crosses which are delivered on Palm Sunday to various individuals and families both within and outside the congregation.
Day Center for the Homeless – Four times every year, we prepare and serve dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless. In addition, we fill Housewarming Boxes for Day Center clients placed into permanent housing.
Exodus House – New Haven furnishes and cares for an apartment where people newly released from prison can live temporarily while they successfully re-enter life outside prison.
Happy Children’s Home – A Christian orphanage in China built and sponsored by the Tulsa District UMC. New Haven raises money for the orphanage through various fundraising efforts.
In-Service Sunday – Quarterly, during the end of worship services, the entire congregation is involved in “doing worship” through hands-on mission (i.e. filling flood buckets, assembling backpacks, etc.)
Memorial Tree – A Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments brought or made by New Haven members to honor deceased friends and family members.
Mission Sunday – Every other year, New Haven UMC takes Sunday morning worship outside our doors to the local community, sending teams on mission service projects throughout the city.
Mission Trips – Short-term mission projects to help neighbors in our community, state, country, and world. Previous projects include disaster relief in Mannford, Joplin, and Moore. Our youth recently traveled to Big Creek Mission in the Appalachian Mountain area of Kentucky to serve those in need.
Mountain of Food – In November, the front of the sanctuary is stacked with thousands of pounds of food purchased from New Haven member donations. The food is donated to Restore Hope.
Murdock Villa – Birthday celebrations are provided in May and July for residents of Murdock Villa, a low-income apartment complex for those with disabilities.
Project Transformation – A summer literacy program for underserved children in grades 1-6. New Haven provides readers one week during the summer, as well as financial and other support.
Respite Care – The second Saturday of every month, New Haven members volunteer to watch children with special needs and their siblings for four hours to offer parents a reprieve from care-giving.
Restore Hope – An affiliate of the Oklahoma Conference of the UMC, Restore Hope provides basic needs to working poor families and helps them regain stability and move toward economic and spiritual vitality.
Ronald McDonald House – New Haven teams provide home-cooked meals to families residing at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are treated in Tulsa hospitals for serious illness or injury.
Undie Sunday – Each year, New Haven collects childrens’ underwear to donate to an agency that fosters compassion and respect for those living on the margins of life.