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Loving radically; Serving compassionately;

Making disciples intentionally      

Local history of the First United Methodist Church in Stigler

In the summer of 1895, D.C. Murphy, the local pastor, met with seven
Methodists and organized the First Methodist Church of Stigler, Oklahoma.
The first members were Mr. & Mrs. J.R. Mathis, J.S. Stigler,
and the Reverend and Mrs. D.C. Murphy. Other members were soon added
to total twenty-five charter members.
   The Methodists built a small frame meeting house in the Old Town and
this building was used for ten years until the railroad was built and the town moved west to its present site.  They sold the original building and purchased lots on which to build the church which now stands at 502 N. Broadway.  Forty-one stained glass windows purchased in 1908 help make the church a landmark of distinction. …The new stone building was completed with the corner stone being laid November 8, 1908.
   Money for the church bell was raised by inviting members of a singing convention to participate in a box supper at the Methodist Church.
J.R. Mathis took the proceeds, a total of $61.50, and bought the bell at cost from a Fort Smith lumber company.  He paid for the bell in advance, because he was afraid outlaws would rob him before he completed his journey.
   The Women’s Missionary Society was organized soon after 1895 and has continued throughout the years to be steadfast and effective in support of the home and the foreign mission programs.  The organization is now know as the United Methodist Women.
   In 1947 the church plant was modernized by the addition of an education building which met the church’s changing needs.  In 1976 the church completed an additional building with additional classroom and fellowship space.  The new building was named the Stumbaugh Annex in honor of Mr. A.C. Stumbaugh.
   The church carillion chimes were received in memory of Mr. Arnold Bell,
given by his family, and handbells which were given anonymously.
   The Church Store, a project of the United Methodist Women, was begun May 12, 1971.  Throughout the years the store has provided funds to carry out the mission work of the U.M.W. and had helped to provide clothing for those in need.
   In 1994, $21,000.00 was donated for the completed restoration and protection of the stained-glass windows.
   Special worship and fellowship events continue to be planned through-out the year
to give thanks to God for His blessings.
A special emphasis has been placed on inviting others into our fellowship.

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