Tahlequah First United Methodist Church

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Be Still Sermon Series

For five weeks we are going to invite you into the practice of slowing down and being still and see how God can speak to us.

When we intentionally take time to be still before God we can grow closer to God.

This sermon series and devotional guide is inspired from Rev. Jacob Armstong who is the founding pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. I first met Jacob when I interviewed him on my Bearded Theologians podcast. I have a lot of respect for the Kingdom work he is doing. Jacob has written a lot of Small Group studies and is well respected in our denomination.

This journal is a tool for you to open yourself up to slowing down and being still. Please use it during your personal devotional time, with small groups or use it to give to someone who is spiritually searching. We adapted it to fit our Church. So open yourself up to being still and knowing God. You can download it by clicking the banner below or take a copy in the Narthex.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Matt Franks

Lead Pastor Tahlequah UMC





Spring Break Mission Trip

Trip Theme: Sent Out    Luke 9:1-6

Jesus called the Twelve together and he gave them power and authority over all demons and to heal sicknesses. 2 He sent them out to proclaim God’s kingdom and to heal the sick. 3 He told them, “Take nothing for the journey—no walking stick, no bag, no bread, no money, not even an extra shirt. 4  Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. 5 Wherever they don’t welcome you, as you leave that city, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them.”6 They departed and went through the villages proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

We are sent out in name of Jesus and how we respond to being sent matters. So we are sent out to Houston to help those who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  

Trip Finances

Registration Fee $100.00

(There are some scholarships are available please speak to team leader.)

Team Members are responsible for raising at least $150.00 per person.

Total Amount $250.00

Budget for the trip (Will be adjusted depending on Group size)

Travel Expenses $1,000

Projects $500

Food: $2,000

Admin. Fees: $1,000

Entertainment: $500

Misc. $500

Total Budget: $5,500

Ways to Raise Funds

  • Fundraising Letters (included in this document)
  • Fat Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Lunch (TBA)
  • Personal Asks


Host Church: Christ Church UMC Sugar Land They have 3 worship services on Sunday we will all attend the late service together however you can attend the other two services if you are a church junkie. We will be showering off site. You will need to pack shower gear when you go out to work.


Mission Trip Projects

TBA at Jan. 27th But will be working with ReBuild Houston an organization that is helping to Rebuild Houston after Harvey.


Barebones Schedule:

(schedule will change, remember Blessed are the flexible for they bend.)

March 15th

7:00 p.m. Loading Time and Prayer Service

March 16th

6:30 a.m. Arrive at Church (eat breakfast before you come)

7:00 a.m. Depart  (the rest of the schedule will depend upon our travel)

March 17th

8 a.m. Breakfast  Schedule will depend on host Church

8 p.m. Worship

10:00 p.m. Quiet Time

11:00 p.m. Lights Out

March 18-20th

7:00 a.m. Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Morning Devotion

Rest of the Day will depend upon our worksites

8 p.m. Worship

10:00 p.m. Quiet Time

11:00 p.m. Lights Out

March 21st

Sightseeing Day (schedule will be determined mid-february.)

March 22nd

7 a.m. Depart

6 p.m. Arrive Home


Registration: Click Here

You can mail your check into Tahlequah FUMC 300 W. Delaware Tahlequah, Ok 74464

Make your Check out to Tahlequah FUMC In your check memo line please put Spring Break Mission Trip.


Last Day to register is Jan. 27th


Welling Area Disaster Help

WANTED:  Volunteers for teams working to repair tornado damage in the Welling area.

WHAT:  clearing debris from yards; taking down damaged out-buildings; roofing; light carpentry; all levels of experience appreciated

WHEN:  depends upon available volunteers; may be for a single day or for 2 or more days (as convenient for the volunteer); may be week days, weekends, or a combination (again, as convenient for the volunteer)

Our goal is that repairs on four (4) houses may be made before Christmas. This mission opportunity is being coordinated with the Claremore First United Methodist Church and the Cherokee Nation.

Please contact James Bond (bondj1117@gmail.com) for more information or to list your details for volunteering.

The Marriage Course 2019

The Marriage Course

Setup Meeting January 6th, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary

All couples are welcome, whether they’ve been together for one year or sixty-one years, whether they are married or living together, and whether they consider themselves to have a strong relationship or are struggling. Although the course is based on Christian principles, its practical tools are applicable to all couples whether they are churchgoers or not.

The Marriage Course is an opportunity for married couple to spend eight weeks to pour into and strengthen their marriage. Couples will spend time together learning and building skills that will help them grow closer to each other and to God. No worries there is no group share. Cost for the Course is $15.00 a couple.  Contact Pastor Matt For Questions matt.franks@tahlequahumc.org


To Register Click here or fill out the form below.


175th Celebration Estate Sale Information

175th Celebration Estate Sale Information

Tahlequah First United Methodist Church, 300 West Delaware, is hosting a Celebration Estate Sale scheduled to open Sunday, December 2, and run for a full week. Sale hours are December 2 from noon to 5 pm, December 3 to December 8 from 8 am to 6 pm, and December 9 from noon to 5 pm.

This estate sale coincides with the church’s celebration of 175 years of Methodism in the Tahlequah area. It will feature valued legacy and heirloom quality items and be held in the church atrium; please use the west entrance to the church building.

Purchases will be cash only.

The proceeds will go to pay down the TFUMC building mortgage principal. Because community groups and organizations often use the church facilities, planners of the event are eager for a generous response from the community.

Here are some of the item videos we have put together.

175th T-Shirt Order Form

You cannot have a party without a shirt. The 175th planning committee put together a t-shirt to remember this occasion. We have long sleeved and Short sleeved options. You can order them on-line by going to https://goo.gl/forms/wNG4H544F7jhRvOV2

We will not order you a shirt unless it is paid for.

Make your Checks out to Tahlequah UMC and in the Memo line put 201 175th T-shirts. You can send Cash or Check to Tahlequah UMC at 300 W. Delaware, Tahlequah, ok 74464 or you can pay online by clicking here. 

Last day to order shirts is Nov. 11th.  If you have any questions please direct those to Pastor Matt (918)456-6141 or email matt.franks@tahlequahumc.org

We are Called To Greater Things

We are Called To Greater Things

“You will see greater things than these” John1:51 CEB

In John Chapter 1 we find the story of the calling of Nathanael. Philip had tried to tell Nathanael whom he encountered.  Nathanael was not sold on Philip’s pitch of who Jesus was. So, Philip invited him to come and see. When Nathanael encountered Jesus, he had a change of mind of who Jesus really was. Jesus in verse 50 said: “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these! 51 I assure you that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up to heaven and down to earth on the Son of Man.”

If you remember a few weeks ago the sermon series was called Greater Things. I came across this story on preachingtoday.com while working on the sermons and never used it and I think this is a great place to share.

I was visiting a bird-supplies store when I mentioned to the owner that my wife and I had owned a hummingbird feeder but had never once seen a hummer at the feeder, so we tossed it out. I concluded that there were no hummers near our home.

The shop owner asked where we lived, I told him, and then he said, “They are there! Not only do some of your neighbors have hummers on their feeders, but hummers are all over the village.” What he said next was the take-home line: “You just have to have eyes to see them. Once you do, you will see them everywhere. They are small and fast and camouflaged, but they are not that hard to spot.”

Eventually we bought a new feeder, filled it, and waited until our eyes got accustomed to the sight of hummers. We now see them everywhere. When other people go on a walk with us, we often observe a hummer—but it is rare that our friends spot one. It takes experience. You need to learn to spot them out of the side of your eyes and acclimate to their habits of zooming, darting, and taking shelter on obscure branches and telephone lines. Once you’ve learned to spot a hummer you will see them everywhere because they ARE everywhere.

Like angels. They, too, are all around us. Few of us have seen one because we first have to learn what we are looking for. In a good book about angels, Martin Israel, quoting a friend, wrote this: “Eternity lies all round us and only a veil prevents us seeing it.” The hum of angels surrounds us, and we only need ears to hear it or eyes to see them. Or perhaps a special sense for them. After all, the Bible tells us that Balaam’s donkey could see an angel that Balaam himself could not see.

I believe that Tahlequah United Methodist Church is called for greater things. Do you? If you are struggling to see the greater things, start with prayer.  A simple one can be “Lord open my eyes that I may see the greater things the Church and I are called to see.” Getting your eyes accustomed to the sight of these greater things may be your need. So, here is your new bird feeder, the 3rd quarter giving statement. (There is a copy of this on the website in case you missed it.).  You will see many different great things that are going on in the life of this church.

Our 2019 stewardship focus is Greater Things.  During the mission moment I am going to share how your giving leads to greater things. We will have pledge Sunday on October 28th.  In the newsletter we have included a pledge card and there will be some in the office and Narthex. Before you fill out the card, I invite you to; Begin with Prayer – Thank God for blessing you and ask for guidance and discernment. Next Assess Your Finances – Take a look at your annual income and your budget. How is your faith reflected in your spending? Then Consider How You Give – In Worship every Sunday, through the mail, or on-line by setting up an account with our online option at www.tahlequahumc.org/give  Last,  Make a Commitment. Are you at the 10% which is the known amount to Tithe. Determine the percentage of your income you will give in the coming year, pray about stepping up that percentage by 1% to 3% and complete your Annual Giving Commitment Card. If you are not yet tithing (giving 10%), consider increasing the percentage you are giving each year until you reach ten percent. Remember your annual commitment of tithes and offerings supports the Tahlequah UMC ministries both within and outside the walls of our church. We are currently working on the 2019 budget and when we can look at projected incomes it will help us in setting the budget.

As we enter into Pastor Appreciation Month. I am thankful for you. We had a great summer around the Church and I am looking forward to the fall.


Peace Be With You,

Pastor Matt Franks



Greater Things 2019 Stewardship Focus

Greater Things 2019 Stewardship Focus

“You will see greater things than these” John1:51 CEB
Jesus calling to Nathanael is a calling to us to come and see and experience greater things. We can experience  the greater things that Jesus is calling us to through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. 
Our 2019 Financial Campaign is called Greater Things. We believe that Tahlequah First United Methodist Church is called to Greater Things in 2019.
When making a commitment we ask you to
1. Begin with Prayer – Thank God for blessing you and ask for guidance and discernment.
2. Assess Your Finances – Take a look at your annual income and your budget. How is your faith reflected in your spending? Are you tithing? You can look on our website at www.tahlequahumc.org/give to figure out what level are you at.
3. Consider How You Give – In Worship every Sunday, through the mail, or On-line at www.tahlequahumc.org/give
4. Make a Commitment: You can do that online https://goo.gl/forms/9UXpbdrZWiRN0Cgj2 or in worship on October 28th 2018

The 175th Tahlequah FUMC Commemorative Year Celebration Sale

The 175th Tahlequah FUMC Commemorative Year Celebration Sale

“The 175th Tahlequah FUMC Commemorative Year Celebration Sale” is set to kick off in the Atrium following worship on Sunday, December 2.  This estate sale is designed to pay down our building debt with all proceeds going to the mortgage principal.  At mid-September our debt was $559,305.30, with a daily interest payment of $61.50.

This is a once in a lifetime sale!  We are seeking valued items that will provide big sale revenues.  Suggestions include: clothing valued at $50 or more per item, purses in excellent condition, dishes, pottery, baskets, glassware, vases, crystal, silver, furniture, mirrors, lamps, table cloths, linens, quilts, kitchen items, Christmas décor, jewelry, musical instruments, figurines, statuary, artwork, frames, old records, hard cover coffee table books, toys, games, athletic equipment, tools in good condition, cars, trucks, campers, boats, and trailers.  Arrangements can be made to move large items to the church for the sale.

David Morrison is donating his minimally used golf clubs and NSU golf bag.  The clubs include Cobra Irons with Ping Metal Woods and several utility clubs, which when new were valued at over $1,000.


We will not accept:  electronics, magazines, paperbacks, crafts, or appliances.


Celebration Sale Schedule:

Mon. Nov. 19 – Sat. Nov. 24

7 am – 6 pm  Receive Sale items (Excluding Thanksgiving)


Mon. Nov. 26 – Sat. Dec. 1

8 am – 6 pm

Set up Sale


Sun. Dec. 2 – Sun. Dec. 9


Sunday  noon – 5 pm

Mon-Sat 8 am – 6 pm


Celebration Sale Regulations Include:

  1. All items provided must be clean, polished, or dusted.
  2. The donor will provide a value for the item; the committee will assign the selling price.
  3. The donor will provide a “provenance,” a short statement of the history or story of the item, including the date of the item.
  4. Tax letters will be given to donors immediately upon drop off.
  5. Presale storage of items accepted by committee members, or designated persons, will be in the unfinished Fellowship Hall (Field of Dreams).
  6. Items will NOT be sold prior to the beginning of the sale.


We will need many buyers, so spread the word!  Items may be purchased with credit cards, debit cards, checks or cash.  We believe the sky is the limit on the money we will be able to raise.  The success of this project will depend on the quality of items donated and sold, and the dedication of our volunteers.  We will appreciate all individuals who would like to assist!  For questions, leave a message on Janet Stucky’s home phone (918) 456-1630.

Who Are You Intended To Be & The Wesley at NSU Update by Pastor Shana Dry

Who Are You Intended To Be?

30 From there Jesus and his followers went through Galilee, but he didn’t want anyone to know it. 31 This was because he was teaching his disciples, “The Human One will be delivered into human hands. They will kill him. Three days after he is killed he will rise up.” 32 But they didn’t understand this kind of talk, and they were afraid to ask him.33 They entered Capernaum. When they had come into a house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about during the journey?” 34 They didn’t respond, since on the way they had been debating with each other about who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.” 36 Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me.” ~ Mark 9:30-37

What does a person have to do to become an insignificant leader? Why don’t we ever hear people say, “You are destined to be really insignificant!” Perhaps it is because many of us are socially wired to want to become great leaders. But what if greatness looks totally different to God than our aspirations and practice of greatness?

These are the questions that I have been wrestling with for quite some time. However, they are not my questions alone. They are the questions the disciples are grappling with in our story. They are the questions of the conscientious church leaders and young people who are trying to make sense of their one precious life in service to God. While we all have a deep longing to discover the answers to these questions, the more important question is: Will we muster the courage to live into the answers? This is the question that was placed before me a couple of years ago during the summer in a way that I could not escape from it.

It happened during my travel to Ferguson Mo. for my immersion class I was taking for Seminary. Our class was privileged to sit in the house of Rev. Seiku, a very wise Fifty–Four-year-old man. In a simple circle, there we sat with this laid back barefoot man with a gentle voice turning our ideas of church and ministry upside down.

He warned us at the beginning that he would respond to our questions—that are very much alive in him—in ways that we were not accustomed.  We were not prepared for what he said. “To be called,” he said, “is a calling to be a new creature in Christ; to be a new being.” So the vocation question for him is, “Will you become who you are intended to be?”

You see Rev. Seiku’s focus is on the BEING of leadership—the who of leadership—and not the doing. “Doing is easier,” he said. there are some questions to be asked regarding this becoming: Are you holding on to control—can you relinquish control? Do you feel safe enough to let go—are you fearless? Are you welcoming strangers and little children? Are you working on those relationships? Then he told us, “contemplative prayer, practicing letting Jesus into our lives, is the way to prepare for a life in these questions.”

Our society suffers from a debilitating addiction to a “greatness” understanding of leadership. Families feed this addiction to their children. An addiction to being the best or greatest in ministry, whether it is about leadership or building institutions, is a virus in the church. The earliest strand of this deadly addiction can be traced back to the church’s origin. It is the very question the disciples are arguing about in this scripture.

Fortunately, Jesus has a response: he provides some answers about how we might break free from our addiction to unhealthy forms of greatness by re-imagining church leadership. This re-imagining is a necessary revolution, a rebellion, an uprising against our traditional understandings of greatness. It is a revolution that invites us to embrace different forms of leadership and practices that we find modeled in the life of Jesus.

I would love you to call on me or stop by and visit with me about what qualities of leadership you hold, and who you are intended to be.

Peace & Love Always,

Pastor Shana



The Wesley at NSU Update

I am so very happy to share with you the blessings God has given our ministry this past month! We kicked off the beginning of this Fall semester with a leadership retreat over at Camp Egan! We planned our semester programming and are happy to be offering a freshman bible study and a women’s small group, in addition to our Wesley Wednesday Worship, free lunch, and Table Talk!

Welcome Week was a huge success! We were blessed to have over 150 students come and join us for a dinner that Wednesday night, and then we volunteered to serve the meal for Feed My Sheep! Our newer students were excited to be a part of a program that gives back to people!

We joined other campus ministries that Thursday after FMS to help lead a praise and worship service for all of NSU. We were happy to be a part of that rich, unique experience!

On the first week of school, students and I passed out those amazing cookies and some fresh lemonade- and we are so glad you gave us so much- we had just enough! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping out our ministries at the Wesley- we’re blessed to have your support!

We thank you for your continued support with our lunch donation and 12:15 programs. If you are interested in joining the 12:15 program, or on how to become partners in ministry, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Cody for details!

Thank you for allowing us to share with you the blessings from our ministry, God loves you, and so do I!

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