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Week Seven Gospel of Mark Readings

Week Seven 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 Seven July 9th-15th

Holy Week Chaos

Monday Mark 13:1-27

Tuesday Mark 13:28-37

Wednesday Mark 14:1-31

Thursday Mark 14:32-52

Friday Mark 14:53-72

Week Six Gospel of Mark Readings

Week Six 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 Six July 2nd-July 8th

The Holy Week Begins

Monday Mark 11:1-19

Tuesday Mark 11:20-33

Wednesday Mark 12:1-17

Thursday Mark 12:18-34

Friday Mark 12:35-44

Week Five Gospel of Mark Readings

Week Five 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 Five June 25th-July 1st

Jesus Orients His Life Toward The Cross

Monday Mark 9:1-29

Tuesday Mark 9:30-50

Wednesday Mark 10:1-16

Thursday Mark 10:17-31

Friday Mark 10:32-52

Week Four Gospel of Mark Readings

Week Four 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 Four June 18th-24th

Jesus Lives By Example

Monday Mark 7:1-23

Tuesday Mark 7:24-37

Wednesday Mark 8:1-13

Thursday Mark 8:14-26

Friday Mark 8:27-38

Pastor Shana’s June Newsletter Article

“22 Instead, the parts of the body that people think are the weakest are the most necessary. 23 The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we honor the most. The private parts of our body that aren’t presentable are the ones that are given the most dignity. 24 The parts of our body that are presentable don’t need this. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the part with less honor 25 so that there won’t be division in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other.” ~1 Corinthians 12:22-25 Common English Bible (CEB)

Paul argues that every member of the body is necessary. There are no exceptions. Those body parts that are deemed weaker, less honorable, or less presentable are all very important. Paul rejected the Corinthians criteria for evaluating which gifts were most honorable. The only purpose of the gifts was to build up the body of Christ; the true measure for the greatness of any gift would be its usefulness to the body of Christ.

By now you’re reading this thinking Shana what does this have to do with our church? Every church has people who are out in the forefront and love the public spotlight. But what is really essential to the ongoing life of the church is the people behind the scenes—those who serve faithfully and quietly (and often are the ones who make the leaders look good).

We tend to forget that many of the strengths we so admire in one person are often incompatible with the strengths we admire in another. The grace of a figure skater is useless to a Sumo wrestler. The hard-working research and study of my favorite theologian doesn’t leave much time for the world traveling compassion of my favorite missionary.

If you are interested in finding out what your strengths and gifts are, come talk to me. I would love to be in conversation with you about where you are being called to serve in the life of our church.

 

Peace & Love Always,

Shana

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

matt.franks@tahlequahumc.org

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
accepted.

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:
IN GENERAL
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.
LUNCH
Everyone bring your own lunch if you plan to work in the afternoon.
PARKING LOT
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.
SMALL DINING ROOM
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.
STAIRWELL
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.
SANCTUARY, NARTHEX, OFFICE AREA
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.
OUTSIDE
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.
OTHER TASKS
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.
Blessings,
George
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