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Friday, August 9, 2013

The Church Cooks

The history of every church is a history of the women who supported the fledgling endeavor through numerous church meals to raise funds, countless baked goods sold to fund missions, and endless creative activities designed to find a way to move the church - and its work - forward.

At the 1928 ddedication of the new sanctuary a special church meal was planned and offered at a price ($.35 a plate) so all members could attend. All funds went, of course, to reduce the debt on the new structure.

Sometimes the men also contributed to the overall effort through loading supplies, setting up and sometimes even cooking!  A one point men served as 'singing waiters' to delight diners!  

Over the course of time the kitchen became an integral aspect of Wesley life and ministry through church dinners, fundraisers, and special events. For its 100th celebration in 2010 WUMC/OKC put together a cook book (available for sale on the webpage).  

Reprising the "Singing Waiters"

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A special "Friends of Wesley" group is made of individuals, organizations, and businesses who wish to support the historic preservation of the century old and historically significant Wesley Methodist Church (Wesley United Methodist Church) founded in 1910.

The inspiring windows dating to 1928 honored people significant to local Oklahoma City history but also to the history of Oklahoma Methodism.

The church founding and development was guided by lay people who were leaders in Oklahoma City development in real estate, banking, business, and education.

It stands as a rare remaining example of Methodist Churches in the English Gothic style and as work by a significant early architectural firm.

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Wesley United Methodist Church
1401 NW 25th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma