Tahlequah First United Methodist Church

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Pastor Matt’s June Newsletter Article

This Summer we are looking at the Gospel of Mark in Worship. I love this Gospel I find it challenging and life giving every time I read it. Here is one of my favorite scriptures from Mark 8:34-35.

“34 After calling the crowd together with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 35  All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me and because of the good news will save them.” ~Mark 8:34-35 (CEB)

How can we take up the cross and follow Jesus? How can we say no to ourselves? It’s as simples as Do No Harm, Do Good and Stay in love with God. These are the General Rules of The United Methodist Church. With one change. The last rule is written as “By attending upon all the ordinances of God.” (pg. 79 of the 2018 UMC Book of Discipline) Ruben Job in his book the Three Simple Rules calls the last rule, Staying In Love with God. Job’s book Three Simple Rules has made a huge impact how I live my life as a follower of Jesus Christ. A disciple of Jesus Christ follows these three simple rules. If you want to pick up a copy of this book. I have a free copy in my office drop by and I will give you a copy at no cost.

Here are somethings around the Church that I want you to be aware of.

This fall we are going to do another all Church Study starting on September 9th on Adam Hamilton’s book called Forgiveness. We have some copies in the office that can be purchased for $15.00 if you want us to order some for your Sunday School class please let the office know how many we can order for you. We will do this a lot like we did when we did the Moses Study.

Are you interested in being a part of our Sunday Evening Service? If so, please contact me so we can put together a new design team to help reboot our Sunday evening service.

If you are interested in leading a small group or a short-term study, please talk to Pastor Shana. We are going to have a training for Sunday School teachers and Small Group leaders July 29th after worship. We know that in order to help people grow in their faith we need to have places for this to occur and we want to help those established groups to figure out what could they do better.

Are you interested in serving in Worship? We could always use Ushers, Greeters, Computer people, sound people and many other areas for you to serve in worship. If this is where God is calling you to serve speak to me.

Thank you. I have had a fun year serving as your Pastor. We are doing great things living into our mission of being a Church of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors as we make Disciples of Jesus Christ who transform the world. I am excited to come back for year two as your Lead Pastor. Let’s make this year even better than last year.

Peace Be with you,

Pastor Matt Franks


Week Three Gospel of Mark Readings

Week Three Gospel of Mark Readings

Take some time in your day to Read the daily reading slowly and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read. Reflect on what you heard, read or experienced when reading the word of God in with a journal or some other ways that you can express what you experienced as you read the scriptures. Respond in prayer, going to God with everything that is on your heart and just pray and take what you read and reflected upon and apply it to your life. Please share this with friends and family and invite them to Church on Sunday. You can even put together your own study group with the weekly readings.

Week Three June 11th-17th

Jesus and Some Healings

Monday Mark 5:1-20

Tuesday Mark 5:21-43

Wednesday Mark 6:1-29

Thursday Mark 6:30-44

Friday Mark 6:45-56

Penguin Project June 1 & 2nd

Penguin Project June 1 & 2nd

The Tahlequah Community Playhouse’s Penguin Project cast and crew send a huge
thank you to the FUMC family for providing space for their rehearsals for Peter Pan,
Jr.! This is the second year that some of our church classrooms were filled with
acting, singing, and dancing Penguins on select weekday evenings.

The Penguin Project provides an opportunity for children and youth with special
needs to participate in the performing arts. Artists with special needs are linked
with a peer mentor who provides individual assistance as needed. The peer mentors
work side-by-side with their artist partners, assisting them throughout the entire
rehearsal process and on stage during performances. Several members of the FUMC
family are involved in this production including Katy June, Judy Young, Kyron Tobey,
and Brian, Adam, and Peggy Kaney. The performances will be held on June 1 & June 2,
7:00 p.m. at the Tahlequah High School PAC. Admission is free, and donations are

For more information, please contact Peggy Kaney at 918-931-2446 or
pkaney@gmail.com. We hope that you can see the amazing cast present the
production that you made possible!


Feed My Sheep Needs Dishwashers

Feed My Sheep Needs Dishwashers

Feed My Sheep is looking for dishwashers.  The commitment is 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays. You are invited to eat dinner before you begin dishwashing.  If you are available for this important duty, please contact Janet Stucky at (918) 931-2245.

All Church Workday Info Saturday May 4th 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

All Church Workday

Saturday May 4th 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Here’s an update on the work day at the church tomorrow:
Everyone should plan to bring tools appropriate to your task.  It’s better to have too many tools than to need one and have to take time to go get it.  Some of you have said you are bringing tools in addition to the ones specifically mentioned below.
I know there are other folks who didn’t sign up but plan to work.  They are most welcome and could help in a variety of tasks.
Everyone bring your own lunch if you plan to work in the afternoon.
1. George and Stan will meet at Lowes at 8:00 am to buy an additional 20-30 bags of asphalt patch.  (Four are already inside the AB.)  Stan has his long trailer and will bring a 20′ extension ladder for painting the stairwell.
2. Keith will be going to Tahlequah Lumber around 7:30  with his smaller trailer bringing a wheelbarrow.  He will pick up the concrete saw and blade.  He will also return with the trailer to get the 200-lb  “packer” for the asphalt patches when we’re ready for it.  (We want to rent the tools for 4 hours instead of all day if possible.)  Keith will return the rented tools when we’re finished using the tool.
3. Charlie Carroll is bringing a front-end loader to help move the debris plus air blowers.
4. Other workers are Charles Swan and Bryce Felts, when he finishes the power washing.
Lisa Blanchard from FMS and Judy Young will be cleaning out the Small Dining Room, guided by Shana who will be setting up the gym for Senior Sunday.
George has purchased the paint and will bring paint rollers, 2 extension handles, several brushes, masking tape, drop cloths, rags, paint pans.  The 20-ft. extension ladder and another fold-up ladder (in the FOD) will be used.
Diann Barrick has signed up to paint.  We could use probably 1 or 2 more people.
Matt June, Barbara Reed, Sueann Freeman, Debbie Jensen, Shirley Hackworth, Rick Pry, and Rosilyn Warren have signed up for varying times from 9:00 am on.  Barbara is bringing Murphy Oil Soap.  We have Orange Glow here.  Some of you might bring some buckets and cleaning cloths to wipe down dirty surfaces and apply furniture polish as needed.  Matt will vacuum under pew cushions.
Lanny Reed will power wash the concrete near where the recycles are kept in the alleyway.
Bryce will power wash the ceiling of the portico at the west entrance.
If anyone wishes, they can rake the leaves and trash in the alley way and put into trash bags and into the dumpster.  I’ll bring two leaf rakes.
Questions?  Call me.  I’ll be at home (918-597-8830) tonight.

Summer Youth and Children Fun at Tahlequah FUMC

Summer Youth and Children Fun at Tahlequah FUMC

Church Camp options at Camp Egan.

  • June 16-17 Sunshine Camp for entering 1st-2nd grades
  • June 25-27th Growing In Grace for entering 3-5th grades
  • June 25-29th 6th Grade Camp for entering 6th grade
  • June 18-22nd Green Country District Camp for entering 7th-Graduates

To register go to https://okcamps.campbrainregistration.com Cost for these camps vary. For Scholarship help check with Pastor Shana Dry.

There are many opportunities for Summer camps you can find those at https://okcamps.org/

Little Sprouts Camps

For ages 12 months-3rd Grade

Cost $100


  • June 4-7 Art Camp
  • June 18-21 Science Camp
  • July 16-19th Water Camp

To register for Camp contact Toni Felts through the Church office at (918)456-6141

Youth Summer Mission Trip to St. Louis Mo.

July 22nd-28th

Cost $100

We will be serving at Kingdom House and taking in all what St. Louis has to offer.

Questions contact Jayme at youth@tahlequahumc.org

UMW Service Project Monday Night April 9 at 6 p.m.

UMW Service Project Monday Night April 9 at 6 p.m.

From our UMW.

Yea, I bought a new pair of scissors today for our work night Monday evening(April 9) at 6 p.m. in the upstairs quilting room. I have a sad history of scissors getting used to cut paper and such. When the kids were at home, I asked for some good scissors for Christmas so I could have some just for sewing. When I opened the package, they had bought left handed scissors which were not too useful for a right handed person. Now I finally have a good pair!

Our project for tomorrow night is to start cutting material from patterns that Peggy Williams has made for our daysforgirls project. We will be making 50 kits with sanitary pads that are reusable for girls who are missing school because of their menstrual periods. We will be cutting material tomorrow night. Peggy has made an example of what we will be making, so it will begin making sense to all of us. Please bring your scissors to the quilting room to help.

We will also be needing girls underwear and zip lock baggies. You can check this attachment from Peggy to see what all we will need.

Here is the attachment.


Goal:  50 complete kits

Fabric Guidelines:  Bright colorful, pretty, washable fabric.  Do not use anything with animals, reptiles, war, camouflage, glam, bugs, knives or anything culturally-specific.  Florals and geometrics are best.

Kit includes 3 sewn items:

1. Shield

2. Liner

3. Bag that contains items


Fabric Requirements

Shield – 2 per kit (100)

100% Cotton

Snaps size 16

Liner – 8 per kit (400)

100% cotton flannel – need to pre-wash-Bright and colorful as possible to minimize stains showing

Bag (50)

100% Cotton

½  inch or 5/8 inch twill tape.  Do not use tiny cording or sting.  Needs to be washable and durable

Other items included in kit are:

1. 1 travel-size soap

2. 1 washcloth

3. 2 pairs of panties (Girl’s size 10-14)

4. 2 one-gallon size Ziploc freezer bags (non-zipper/slider)

Teacher Walkout Plan: Wesley Camp

Wesley Camp

Starting Tuesday April 3rd if School is called off.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can for as long as you can.” ~John Wesley”

At Tahlequah First United Methodist Church we are taking this quote seriously. While working in conjunction with other churches and community ministries, we are giving the students k thru 5th grade of our community a safe and structured place to be during the teacher walk outs.

We will open our doors from 8am to 5pm beginning Tuesday April 3. Breakfast and lunch will be served. During the day students will be participating in a rotational program of bible story time, arts and crafts, movie time, recreation, and a community service project (it is never too soon to teach our children and youth the beauty of making our little corner of the world better).

CHILDREN MUST BE REGISTERED! If you would like your child to participate please fill out the registration form below.

We have to cap it at 50 students due to size of space and workers available.

Cost is Free.

Students k thru 5th grade

Holy Week Services

Holy Week Services @Tahlequahfumc

On-Line Giving Info

On-Line Giving Info

You can give to us on-line by clicking on this link.

Learn more about On-Line Giving by watching this video.


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