2003.10.19~ECIUMC Chartering on October 19, 2003

The Chinese Fellowship in Edmond will charter as a United Methodist Church on October 19, 2003 at 4 p.m., says Craig Stinson, superintendent of the Oklahoma City North District.

The chartering service will be in the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church at 305 E. Hurd in Edmond, where the Chinese Fellowship has been meeting for several years.

Charles Nordean, pastor of Edmond-First, says the close working arrangement between Edmond-First and the Chinese Fellowship has been mutually enriching. “We are pleased to be their partners in ministry,” Rev. Nordean said.

Edmond-First is leasing space to the new congregation.

Rev. Puong Lau-appointed to the campus ministry at the University of Central Oklahoma nine years ago-is the founding pastor.

The new church will be named Edmond Chinese International United Methodist Church. As the name suggests, in addition to reaching out to Chinese in the area, the church attracts many people from other Asian backgrounds, says Rev. Lau.

Attendance now averages over 100.

David Severe, Oklahoma Conference Director of Congregational Development, says Congregational Development has been pleased to provide funding over the years to assist the developing congregation. “We will continue to give them support as they emerge as a fully constituted church,” Dr. Severe said.

Severe says there are several chartered Chinese United Methodist churches on the east and west coast, but he believes the new church in Edmond is the only one in the south central United States.