Staff

Rev.

Sarah Thornhill

Hello! I’m Rev. Sarah Thornhill and I’m excited to embark on a new chapter in ministry together!

I’m an Oklahoma native - I was born and raised in Bartlesville and attended The University of Oklahoma for undergrad (boomer!), where I met my husband Chase. We’ve been married since 2012. I studied at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary for my Master of Divinity, and miss being a 20 minute walk from the beaches of Lake Michigan and enjoying deep-dish Chicago pizza!

We moved back to Oklahoma in 2015 and I served at Boston Avenue UMC. In 2016, I was appointed to FUMC Owasso where I’ve served, learned, and grown the past four years. There are many things I love about ministry. I have a great passion for preaching: declaring the Good News in a way that is relevant and empowering for people is a challenge I love taking on! I absolutely love connecting with people and learning their stories! Sitting down to coffee with someone new is fun to me (and doesn’t seem like work at all)! I love to be part of the community that we’re serving: engaging in service, connecting with community leaders and finding where the energy is, and seeing how the Holy Spirit might be calling us to new creative ministries. I also count it has such an honor to be part of really tender moments in people’s lives: weddings, crises, illness, and funerals. It’s a privilege to be invited into these moments.

I love to be active: walking and hiking (anything that gets me outside), dance, and yoga. I’m a voracious reader, and a good book is one of my favorite ways to unwind. My husband is a building superintendent for a builder in Tulsa. He’s a big golfer in his free time. We love to play games and soak up time with our 19 month old, Griffin! Griffin is active, joyful, and a little ornery, so he keeps us on our toes! We have two fur babies, Foster and Ollie, who love to cuddle and wait for any food Griffin drops.

I look forward to how the Holy Spirit leads us in sharing Christ’s love in new ways with our community!




Administrative Assistant

Ka'Lu Underwood

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Ka'Lu is a Georgia Peach who was transplanted to Oklahoma over 20 years ago.  She brings 30 years of customer service and clerical work to the job.  As the first contact that many people have with the church, her desire is to conduct the business affairs of the church with a smile.    

She and her husband Jon raised two lovely daughters, Kionna and Kelie.  They have brought the girls up in a house filled with love, laughter, and a passion for learning and helping others.  

Ka’Lu is a voracious reader who also enjoys singing, dancing, and has a guilty pleasure for watching television court shows and reality tv.  Her prayer is that she is heeding God’s call to share His word, show His love, and serve His world.  




Director of Children's Ministry and After School Adventure Camp

Miria Jones

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Miria Jones is the director of childrens ministries at FUMC Skiatook.  She is a lifelong Methodist and has served in many roles concerning children and youth for several years at Village United Methodist in Oklahoma City before recently coming to Skiatook.  These roles include teaching Sunday School, teaching and directing Vacation Bible School and being a youth sponsor and volunteer for the Appalachian Service Project  (www.asphome.org). 

Miria and her husband Keifer both grew up in Miami, Ok.  They moved Oklahoma City in 1996 along with their children Lindsay and Amanda.  Lindsay still lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Cesar Betancourt where she works for the State of Oklahoma.  Amanda and her son Alex also live in Oklahoma City where she attends Southwestern Christian University on a soccer scholarship.  Mirias son Will was born in Oklahoma City and is now a student at Newman middle school in Skiatook.  Keifer, Miria and Will made the move to Skiatook when Keifer was transferred to the Tulsa office of Halliburton where he is a Tech Professional in the Baroid division.

Miria enjoys working with children and looks forward to helping them to grow in Christian journey through Bible study, stories, crafts, play and mission.

Miria is in the office most  afternoons  and can be reached by telephone or email as needed.  Office:  918-396-2519, Cell phone:  405-850-2253, Email:  children@fumcskiatook.com




Youth Director

Meg Burris

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 Hello, Skiatook FUMC family! I am Meg Burris – your Skiatook FUMC Youth Director! .

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the things happening in your congregation. This is my first job as a Youth Director, so I’m really excited to get started, learn the ropes and of course – meet all the kids! I volunteered for two years at St. James United Methodist Church in their youth and children’s departments. I’ve taught lessons, led discussions, fielded hard questions, and even helped create a confirmation curriculum! I know I’m from a big Tulsa church, but don’t think I’m a big city girl. I’m from Stilwell, which some of you may know is not at all very different from Skiatook. In all the best ways, this church makes me feel like I’m home again, and I look forward to worshipping and working with all of you.

It is an interesting time to be a young person and I find myself very privileged to get to work with youth at a time such as this. What an honor to get to be one of many people who show them what Christianity looks like. Not just the things we don’t do (because teenagers hear a lot of that anyway!) but the things we engage in, the love we generate, and the relationships we foster. Through service in the community and thoughtful contemplation of scripture and active worship, I hope to develop the identities of our young men and women as more than nominal Christians, but as deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ.

I graduated from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City in 2003. From there, I went to Norman to study medicine at the University of Oklahoma. I hated it almost immediately. My heart was always in the arts, so after a year I changed my major and started pursuing a degree in writing. In the spring of 2004, I met my future husband John, and we were married in May of 2005. In May of 2007, John graduated from OU with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and I followed with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in December of the same year.

Our daughter, Charlotte Kathryn, is the love of our lives.Now we live in Bixby and Charlotte is a 3rd grade Spartan at Bixby Northeast. Although her parents are crimson and cream, Charlotte’s favorite color is orange, and she thinks she might want to become a veterinarian someday. We’re an active family. We enjoy biking, kayaking, hiking, obstacle courses and going to the lake – our favorite of which is none other than Skiatook! We watch a lot of OU football and I like to spend my weekends feeding the homeless with a group of friends when I’m not studying for my third year of classes at Asbury Seminary. We’ve always been a family open to adventure and we are thrilled to have our adventuring bring us to Skiatook First United Methodist Church!

 




 
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This Week's Events
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WED
Level 1 Yoga
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
$5.00; meet in large classroom in main building.
Youth Group
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Currently, youth "meet" by Zoom or FaceTime with Pastor Meg each Wednesday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Internet connection or data is needed to access the group meeting.
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THU
Chair Yoga
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
For those not comfortable doing traditional yoga on mats, the stretches and poses in this class are all done while sitting in a chair. Cost is $5. Please bring a water bottle.
Level 2 Yoga
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
$5.00, meet in large classroom in main building.
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FRI
Yoga
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
$5.00; meet in large classroom in main building.
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