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Upward Basketball & Cheer

Our host facility, First United Methodist Church, is also a host for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading. Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider, with the mission of: “Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports.” (Read more about Upward here.)

Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheer is now open, and ends soon. Details are below. Use the button at the bottom of this post to register.

Register HERE

League Information

Upward Basketball

K5 – 5th Grade Boys & Girls  

Recreational divisions will be determined by number of participants in each grade.

Jersey, t-shirt, shorts, and player box included.


Upward Plus Basketball

for 6th & 7th Grade Boys & Girls (Born after 4/1/03)

Advanced skills & rules division for 6th-7th grade

Jersey, t-shirt, shorts, and player box included.

Additional $10 charge for Upward Certified Refs.


Upward Cheerleading

for K5 – 7th Grade Girls (Born before 9/1/12)

Cheerleading uniform, poms, and megaphone included.

Mandatory Evaluations (K-5th)

Players must attend a Mandatory Evaluation on Tuesday, October 24th at First United Methodist Church YFC (11th & Main). Times are as follows:

  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. (A-L)
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. (M-Z)

Mandatory Evaluations (6th-7th)

Players must attend a Mandatory Evaluation on Thursday, October 26th, from 6:00-8:00 PM, at First Baptist Church.


  • Registration after October 8th – $95 per child
  • Late Registration after October 24th – $115 child

More Details

  • One practice & one game per week.
  • Unique substitution system that ensures every young athlete plays.
  • Quality game day uniform and other sport-related gear.
  • Age-appropriate character and skill development both on and off the court.
  • Coaches who are focused on your athlete’s development.
  • Practices Begin the week of November 27th.
  • Games Begin January 6th.
  • Awards Celebration on March 1, 2018.
  • All games are held at First United Methodist Church’s Youth and Family Complex, First Baptist Church, or West Tulsa Free Will Baptist Church.  Practices are also held at all three sites.


For Information about Scholarships, contact Tom Knorr:

sportsministry@fumctulsa.org or 918.556.8849


Register HERE




CCMT Announces 2018 Production

From Laura Westler, with Classical Conversations Musical Theatre (CCMT):

The next CCMT production will be The Wizard of Oz, with performances on April 13th and 14th, 2018. If you’re interested in participating, please read on for more information.


Classical Conversations Musical Theater (CCMT) was founded in 2012 in response to a demand by the local CC chapters for a theater program.  We are now in our sixth year of production.  Previous performances include The Music Man, Jr. (2013), Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (2014), Aladdin, Jr. (2015), Peter Pan, Jr. (2016), and Willy Wonka, Jr. (2017) .  The program continues to grow; the cast of our production of Peter Pan, Jr. was 105 students!  CCMT is open to any student enrolled in CC in the Tulsa area, ages 4 through Challenge IV.


Our journey will begin with a wonderful Wizard of Oz Workshop on Saturday, September 30th. Please plan to attend, even if you’re not completely sure that you want to participate.  And please invite your CC friends to attend, too!  This production requires a lot of dancers – if you love to dance, please come!
At the workshop, everybody will have the opportunity to learn a song, learn a bit of choreography, practice some lines with a coach, and find out more about the audition process.  Each student will go home with a CD of the music, and scenes from the script to practice for their audition.
Details of the workshop are as follows:
  • WHO: Everybody interested in The Wizard of Oz, even if you haven’t completely decided that you want to participate
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 30th, 9:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
  • WHERE: Tulsa Bible Church (5838 S. Sheridan Rd, Tulsa; 61st & Sheridan)
  • COST: $20 per actor (with a maximum of $50 per family), which will include lunch!

Our lunch menu is: hamburger or cheeseburger, fruit, chips, and a bottled water.  If your child has allergies and cannot eat this menu, then please send them with a lunch from home.  Just please remember, we have a strict no-nut policy!


Following the workshop, the auditions should be a piece of cake!  Auditions will be held on Friday, October 6th, and Saturday, October 7th.  Exact times will be announced later, but the first round will be on Friday evening.  Don’t worry, everybody will receive a part! For those of you with younger cast members (ages 8 and under), we’d still love to have your littles audition just to get some practice.  If they don’t want to, that’s okay!  But if they’d like to try for a speaking part in the show, they do need to audition.


Anybody who would like to participate in the CCMT Wizard of Oz needs to register via one of two handy Google Sheets.


We are in need of a few key volunteers, including: Costuming Director, Set Building Director and Set Design Director. If you are interested in one of these positions, please let us know. We’re happy to discuss details before you commit. And as a little thank-you, these directors will receive a $125 production fee discount.


A rough outline of our post-audition schedule is as follows (all practices and performances will take place at Tulsa Bible Church unless otherwise noted):
  • November: Gather the cast together for a “read through” (read through the script) and “sing through” (sing through all the songs); location TBD
  • Early January:  Rehearsals begin. Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Friday evenings, with some possible Saturday rehearsal here and there.  We’re going to try to keep our youngest cast members’ rehearsals (ages 8 or 9 and younger) to just one day a week…either Tuesdays or Fridays.
  • Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th: Performance Weekend!  CCMT Performing The Wizard of Oz at Tulsa Bible Church!


The cast member production fee will be graduated, based on how many cast members you have in your family.  The first participant will be $125, the second $100, the third $75, and all additional cast members will be $65.  This fee will include: music and script, of course, but also your costume (with the exception of shoes and undergarments), t-shirt, picture, and the dinner provided between performances on April 7th.  Half of the production fee will be due at your audition; the other half is due at our first practice in January.
We are so excited for our 6th season of CCMT, and we hope you are, too! If you have any questions, please contact us.

Best of luck to all CCDT students who will be participating in The Wizard of Oz! We look forward to seeing you onstage in April.





Homeschool Band & Orchestra Classes

A word from Keith Baird at Oklahoma Homeschool Band:

Band & String Orchestra Classes for Homeschool Families!

Once-a-week Classes with levels from Beginning Band & Strings through Advanced Classes
4 Locations: SE Tulsa (near Broken Arrow and Bixby), SW Tulsa (near Jenks), Tulsa (near 51st & Memoria), and Owasso
Oklahoma Homeschool Bands has been providing instruction for Oklahoma homeschool students for 18 years. Founded in the OKC-area, OHB expanded into the Tulsa area six years ago and added string orchestra classes to our Tulsa-area offerings three years ago. Our Tulsa-area director has 31 years of experience teaching all levels of band and orchestra classes in public schools and was the Oral Roberts University Wind Ensemble director for 5 years as well as the ORU orchestra director for 3 years. In our beginning classes, students do NOT need to have had any prior music instruction. Those classes start from the very beginning. As for our intermediate and advanced classes, perhaps you have a child who takes private lessons on an instrument, or who played in band or orchestra in school before joining the homeschool community, and would like to play in a band or a string orchestra with other homeschool students. Major concerts are held three times a year and additional performing opportunities are also offered.

Schedule of Classes

(please check our website for specific times & locations; All classes are held in area churches.)

Tuesday mornings

Tulsa (near 51st & Memorial) – Classes Offered: Chamber Strings (3rd year & beyond of playing strings), and Contemporary Instrumental Ensemble (Big Band & Praise Band styles for 3rd year and beyond instrumentalists)


Owasso – Classes Offered: Beginning Band, Beginning Strings, Intermediate 1 Band, Intermediate Strings


SE Tulsa (near BA & Bixby) – Classes Offered: Beginning Strings, Beginning Band, Intermediate Strings, Intermediate 1 Band

Friday Afternoons

SW Tulsa (near Jenks) – Classes Offered: Beginning Band, Intermediate 1 Band, Intermediate 2 Band, Advanced Band


One child = $50 per month (students may participate in additional classes at no extra charge*)
Two or more children in the same family = $65 per month (students may participate in an unlimited number of different classes at no extra charge*) Parents my participate alongside their children at no charge! Last year, we had four parents playing in our Tulsa-area orchestras, learning alongside their children. *The one exception: There is an extra charge of $15 per month for participating in the Contemporary Instrumental Ensemble.
Our organization is also beginning a drumline this year. Although weekly rehearsals for that group will be in OKC, Tulsa-area students are welcome to join.
For Registration or for more information: www.okhomeschoolbands.com
To contact the Tulsa-area director: kennethbairdmusic@gmail.com
We hope these band and string orchestra classes prove to be a blessing for your children!