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Tahlequah First United Methodist Church

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2019 Mission Opportunities

2019 Mission Opportunities

As of Dec. 10, 2018 here are the TUMC mission opportunities for 2019

Spring Break Mission Trip: March 16-22nd Cost $100. An intergenerational mission trip to work with our connection at Christ Church Sugarland UMC. There will be an info meeting on Sunday Jan. 6th following worship. For more info email Pastor Matt: franks@tahlequahumc.org

VIM Sager Brown Mission Trip: June 9-15th Cost $500 An Adult Mission trip for all skill sets to serve at the Sager Brown the UMCOR Relief-Supply Depot. Space for 8 people. Sunday Jan. 13th 3 p.m. Paperwork and Registration Meeting. For more info email James Bond at bondj1117@gmail.com

2019 Dates for Community Foodbank Serving Opportunities: Feb. 15th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 18th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., August 10th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. November 9th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for more info about these dates contact James Bond at bondj1117@gmail.com

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.

Pastor Shana’s February Reflection

Putting Love Into Action

from Pastor Shana’s Newsletter Article

30 Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. 31  Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. 32  Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. 33  A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. 34  The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. 35  The next day, he took two full days’ worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, ‘Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.’ 36  What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?”37 Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.”Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” ~Luke 10:30-37 Common English Bible

On June 17th 2015 a young man entered the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina, sat down and attended the prayer service. After about an hour of meeting with these people 21 year old Dylan Roof pulled out a .45 caliber Pistol and shot 9 church members multiple times. The next day Roof was apprehended and arrested in Shelby North Carolina. Relatives of those who were killed told suspect Dylan Roof during an initial court appearance that they forgave him. These people forgave someone who took the lives of their mothers, fathers, siblings and children. This may seem like an impossible task, but it is possible with God! The natural response would be to seek revenge. But the members of that church illustrate how to show the love of Jesus in the most difficult of times. Those people do not just attend church, they show us how to BE THE CHURCH!

Being the church is not just following Jesus in “doctrine” or “belief”…It is following Him out into the streets, among the people, mingling with them and loving them where they are.

We can preach Jesus with our words but we will reach people with our actions! Yes, we are to tell people that Jesus loves them. But we will have a greater impact when we SHOW them the love of Christ!

Obviously this “Samaritan” who showed compassion to this man was the one who acted as a neighbor.  It is not hard to love our family, our faith family and our friends. But nowhere do you find that Jesus commands us to only love those who deserve it. He says that we are to “love our neighbors as ourselves”. In His closing words to this “teacher of the Law” He says “Go and do likewise”. That is our assignment today. It is not enough for us to say we love others. We must show that love each and every day.

Love is not an option… it is a command. My prayer for you as we go into this Lenten season is to take this command to heart and put our Love Into Action.

Peace & Love Always,

Pastor Shana Dry

Shana.dry@tahlequahumc.org

Pastor Matt’s February Reflection

Pastor Matt’s February Reflection

(Here is my Reflection from this months newsletter.)

Lent is coming! Ash Wednesday is Feb. 14th The season of Lent is used by Christians as a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is also utilized as a time of self-examination and reflection.

How do you hold yourself accountable in your relationship with God?  Have you ever seen John Wesley’s Accountability questions that Wesley would use with his Holy Clubs? John would use these questions with his Holy Club over 200 years ago. I find them very helpful in centering my relationship with God. (www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/everyday-disciples-john-wesleys-22-questions)

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  4. Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
  9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  17. How do I spend my spare time?
  18. Am I proud?
  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  22. Is Christ real to me?

I want to invite you this Lent to consider these accountability questions and see where they lead you.

Lent is coming, Easter is coming. But it will all be ok, just breathe and open yourself up to the nudges and whispers that God is presenting you.

 

Peace be with you,

Pastor Matt Franks

matt.franks@tahlequahumc.org