Tahlequah First United Methodist Church

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A few words from Pastor Matt about Special General Conference

Pastor Matt put together a little video about the start of the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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.

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

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
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