Sunday worship@ 10am, 14440 S. Elwood, Glenpool, OK 74033
Easter Services: Celebration 10 am and Radical 11:30 am
Who We Are
Looking for the personal details? Check out our pastor and her vision for Living Water. Plus, note the people helping her get there…
What We Do
We are messy people doing holy work. Find ways to join us in a small group, volunteer with Ripple Outreach or gather with us for worship…
Where we are Going
Does Tulsa really need to build another church? We have a surprise for you…
Meet the Pastor
I am Rev. Heather Scherer and this is my first church as the lead pastor. I have to admit to being excited and terrified on any given day at the prospect of creating something completely new. I have loved working in student ministry for most of my career and found youth ministry very fulfilling. I went to Southern Methodist University on a basketball scholarship. I was an All American and All State athlete. I grew up surrounded by generations of my family all attending First UMC Okmulgee and then eating lunch together at grandma’s house. I have a passion for missions and hospitality. I have been blessed with a very patient husband, Jon, and three beautiful children.
Our vision for Living Water UMC is a community of acceptance and love. Jesus’ willingness to be with all people and his radical commandments to love God and neighbor guide us in our ministry. We recognize that all people are beautiful creations by God and that we all have value. We strive to be a place of courageous conversation, meaningful worship and faith formation. Our church is not a building but a people with hearts for transforming lives and “being” the church. We are messy people doing holy work.
What We Believe
We believe thaat our creator has always and will always desire to be in relationship with us. We believe God has demonstrated in radical ways a faithfulness to us that is undeserved and life transforming. We celebrate the example that Jesus gives us to live a life of meaning and purpose with a challenge to offer hope to others. We believe the Bible holds the truths of God and that we continue to discover God in every day. We recognize that our ability to know God is limited but our hearts can overflow with the joy that comes from constantly striving to know more.
We give you thanks for helping us bring the vision to life!
* Bill and Kyme Nygard, our partners in web design
* Boston Avenue UMC Resources and Prayer
* Sheridan Avenue UMC Classroom Resources
* First UMC Okmulgee Financial Partners
* Muskogee District Missions Financial Partners
* Faith UMC Tulsa, Financial, Resources and Prayer Partners that continue for years!
Small Groups: Small groups are gatherings of people to share, grow and connect with others who are seeking a life with purpose and passion. We encourage you to come check us out. We have a Men’s Group that meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month, Pastor’s Book Club which meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, our youth gather on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. We also have missionaries who volunteer on Tuesdays/Thursdays for our Thrift Store Ministry. Our “Coming of Age” group for college age gathers for a meal monthly.
Please email Pastor Heather what kind of group you would like to participate in! (Bible study, book club, social, cooking, support, sports, etc.)
Ripple Outreach Ministry: We have done so many things! We have moped out flooded businesses as worship on a Sunday morning after the floods. In the spring, we spent 4 Wednesday evenings working on homes and yards for seniors in Glenpool. We packed back-to-school baskets for the school work days for our local teachers. We gathered supplies and pack “Blessing Bags” for the homeless that we carry in our cars to be given out. We provided and wrapped all the Christmas gifts for the Senior Citizen Center this year. For Christmas Eve this year, instead of blankets, we will be collecting packages of new socks and underwear to be given to those in need. Send Pastor Heather an email if you would like to do life transforming outreach with us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Spiritual Growth happens through our Worship services (10am) and Dive groups (9am) on Sunday morning. We gather at 14440 S. Elwood Ave. Glenpool, Ok. (6 blocks east of the Glenpool light on Highway 75 and 1/2 block South) Worship is not labeled as one style or another. We might sing a hymn or Bob Marley “One Love” on the same Sunday. We strive to be relevant, inspiring and refreshing in every service. Communion will be served every week. Our RADICAL (Reaching Across Divides in Community And Love) service is created for those with special needs and their loved ones. It begins at 11:30 on Easter 2017 and will worship monthly for the summer. It is a shush-free service with interactive worship practices for all kinds of people. This service is only 30 minutes long. We hope to someday build a prayer garden quiet space and labyrinth on our property.
Dive groups gather before worship to go deeper in discussion and Bible study. Often the topic will be over the scripture from that Sunday’s worship service. We nurture an environment of hospitality recognizing that we will never all agree but we can have conversations saturated in love. Right now the Adult class is going through the Gospel of Matthew one scripture line at a time.
Vision For The Future
We hope that as we continue to grow, others will find our vision of transforming lives compelling. The need for property is a reality and is estimated to be a million dollars for ten acres in our area. What is different about this you ask? When we build, we would like to build a ministry center that is not just a worship auditorium and classrooms. Our vision is for a property that is a tornado shelter for our neighbors and a rescue station in times of disaster. We hope to house rooms for tutoring, food distribution and even clothing. That is the surprise! It is a vision for a new kind of church-a missional church built to meet the needs of the community.
Until that time where we have a ministry center, we have a Thrift Store. We offer community building and great coffee! Our vision for the thrift store is that the money generated by it will go to impacting our community and blessing our neighbors. Our hope is to be able to give thousands of dollars away to those in need.
We recognize that spiritual renewal is a desperate need in our culture, and ways to connect with God will always be a part of everything we do. Yes, we will worship but it will be only one of the many ways we hope to transform lives. We hope to have classes like Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, English as a Second Language, and a Support Group for Veterans.
Maybe someday we can multiply our vision into multiple locations serving many people in real ways!
If you would like to contribute to this vision, please go to our GIVE page and make a contribution. If your church would like to help us plant our church, Pastor Heather would love to come visit with you about ways to do that. Please see our Partnership Letter and the Baby Shower list for current and future needs.