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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

matt.franks@tahlequahumc.org

 

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

Sale

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

shana.dry@tahlequahumc.org

 

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!

Pastor Appreciation Sunday 10/28

Pastor Appreciation Sunday 10/28

The Staff Parrish Relations Committee invites you to help us honor our Pastors on this special day. Donations can be taken to the church office any time before October 22nd.

If writing a check, be sure and indicate that your donation is for Pastor Appreciation Sunday.

Thanks for helping us show our love, support and appreciation for our two hard working Pastors.

3rd Quarter Stewardship Letter for 2018

3rd Quarter Stewardship Letter for 2018

Church Family,

Monday a memo that it is 99 days until Christmas alerted me. 99 days and it is still 90+ degrees. A lot can happen in those 99 days. Here are some highlights that I want to share with you from 2018.

  • In March: We responded to Hurricane Harvey by taking a multigenerational mission trip that sent 15 people to serve in the Houston area.
  • Camp Wesley was held in response to the teacher walk out. It was met with great response from the community and people were so thankful that we were willing to be a Church with Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. We have continued to be a blessing to those families and some are attending our Wednesday Night Children’s program. One family even joined our Church family in July.
  • We sent 18 Children, Youth and Adults to various Church Camps at Camp Egan this past summer.
  • The Youth Summer Mission Trip to St. Louis was a time for being educated on poverty and helping around the St. Louis area.
  • Vacation Bible School this year was a great time of learning, fellowship and fun events with over 50 children, youth and adults participating.
  • Back to School Blessings took on a different shape this year. We responded to Zoe Institute taking a break and made sure that 200 kids were able to receive a backpack, basic school supplies, haircut and a free meal. Our Church and Community partners had a great time; many people commented how thankful they were that we stepped up and how they loved the open and loving atmosphere we created.
  • As of September 16, we have had 21 people join our Church and our average weekly worship to date is 158.

All of this is a microcosm of what happens at Tahlequah First United Methodist Church. Week in and week out our Church offers something that helps people connect to God. In some cases, we are just sowing seeds with excellent hospitality and congregational care. In other cases, we are there to be a shoulder to cry on or a gentle hug during a difficult time. We offer times of learning about our faith. In addition, there are those times we are just here to fellowship and have fun together as we did a few weeks ago at Camp Egan.

We are coming into the last quarter of the year and I want to paint a picture of our Church finances. As of September 16, our Church budget is $36,880.06 behind for the year. As of September 13, our mortgage is $561,198.82. First, will you join me in prayer that we are able to be faithful stewards of the money we are given so we can be the Church God has called us to be. Second, will you look over your giving statement to make sure you are current. If there are corrections, please contact the office.  Then ask yourself, would you be willing to give a little more. Your giving is helping us live into this mission of being a Church of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. Thank you for all that you do.

 

God Loves You and So Do We,

Rev. Matt Franks                    Rev. Shana Dry

Lead Pastor                            Associate Pastor

 

Pastor Shana’s September Reflection

Called to Love

Ephesians 1:10-14 CEB. “10 This is what God planned for the climax of all times to bring all things together in Christ, the things in heaven along with the things on earth. 11 We have also received an inheritance in Christ. We were destined by the plan of God, who accomplishes everything according to his design. 12 We are called to be an honor to God’s glory because we were the first to hope in Christ. 13 You too heard the word of truth in Christ, which is the good news of your salvation. You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory.”

A group of professionals asked some children from age four to eight, “What does love mean?” Here are some of the answers the children gave.

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Kari, age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy, age 6

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.” Noelle, age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”  Mary Ann, age 4

I wonder sometimes what does people’s love look like? I see it in some of their faces, I see it in some of their actions. The question that comes to my mind is are we living in love?

 

The above scripture comes from Paul; he is writing this letter from a prison cell. Some scholars believe that it is written not just to the Jewish community but also to the Gentiles of the area who have become united in Christ. Paul seems overwhelmed by the magnitude of the gift God has lavished on us. And we, of course, want to know what we need to do to deserve or pay for this gift. And the answer of course is nothing.

 

I do believe there is something we can do for this miraculous gift, and that is live in love. Have you ever given a gift and known that your gift will be appreciated and enjoyed for days, months, years? That knowledge is your reward.

 

Have you ever danced with a baby, or sung to a baby, or played silly games with a baby and been rewarded with a bright, beaming smile? That experience is the closest I can get to understanding why God showers us with love and grace. God doesn’t want flattery or promises. God wants a bubbly grin and a kicking of legs in delight as we enjoy simply being together in LOVE.

 

As you go about your day, ask yourself this question? What does my love look like? Do people see my love when they see me?

 

Remember, God loves you and so do I!

Peace & Love Always,

Pastor Shana

shana.dry@tahlequahumc.org

Pastor Matt’s September Reflection

Finding Peace Through Letting Go

The first time I read Adam Hamilton’s book Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go it opened me up to practice of forgiveness. Practicing forgiveness has helped me let go of some things that could keep me from being the person whom God created me to be. I found peace in some broken relationships when forgiveness was practiced and my relationship with God was strengthened. In order to practice forgiveness, we need to be honest and open about who we are and the mistakes we have made and the mistakes that may have been made against us.

Psalm 32:5 says, “So I admitted my sin to you; I didn’t conceal my guilt. “I’ll confess my sins to the Lord,” is what I said. Then you removed the guilt of my sin.

Forgiveness takes practice. It is not a concept that we master overnight. I am still working on it.  Hamilton’s goal for the book is that we might find help and encouragement as we seek reconciliation and healing through the act of asking for, and extending, forgiveness. That is my goal as well as we study this as a whole Church.

Christian Rapper Toby Mac has a song called Forgiveness, and there is one line that sticks with me.

‘Cause we all make mistakes sometimes
And we’ve all stepped across that line
But nothing’s sweeter than the day we find
Forgiveness, forgiveness

We all need forgiveness and I invite you to come and learn how we can practice forgiveness better. Join us on Sunday September 9th as we begin our study on Forgiveness. If you are looking for a small group to study, it with our Sunday School classes will start on September 9th and if you are looking for another night I will be leading a small group Starting September 5th at 6 p.m. in room 301. We still have copies of the book in the office for $11.00

Peace be with you,

Pastor Matt

Lead Pastor

matt.franks@tahlequahumc.org

August Reflection from Pastor Shana

August Reflection from Pastor Shana

Can you believe school is about to start? Wow! Time seems to be moving so fast that I can’t seem to catch up. With school starting back and people getting back into a routine, I want to personally invite you to join us in Sunday School, in one of our upcoming Bible Studies, or if you have been out of town or out of routine a bit, come on back to worship with us on Sunday morning. We have several dates coming that offer us the opportunity to be in learning, mission and fellowship:

On July 29th we had a Sunday School teacher training following the worship service. It was a great conversation on how we can make our Sunday School work better for building community to help people grow in their faith.

August 5th is our Tulsa Driller game night. There are still tickets available and still time to get signed up for this fun evening of entertainment and fellowship. Tickets are only $11, give me a call so I can reserve you a ticket.

August 12th is our time to be in service with the community. First, we will be in worship with the United Methodist Women Sunday morning, following lunch we will be working to set up the Activity Building for that evening’s mission project. We will open our doors and serve hot dogs, chips, and love to 200 children who need school supplies. We will also be offering haircuts that day as well. This will be a great day of service and love in our community of faith.

August 26th will be a fun filled day with worship, food, fellowship and play. We will gather together at Camp Egan at 5pm to share in a potluck with the grill, hot dogs and hamburgers provided. The swimming pool will be available along with horse shoes and volleyball. Plan now to attend this great time to fellowship together.

September 9th we will kick off our church wide study that is entitled “Forgiveness” written by Adam Hamilton. If you want to purchase a book, you can in the office for $11.00. As you can see we have several things scheduled and many more to come. If you would like to lead a small group, volunteer at the church, or help with any of these events please don’t hesitate to call me or stop by and let’s work together for “Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors”. God loves you and so do I!

Peace & Love Always,

Pastor Shana

shana.dry@tahlequahumc.org

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