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Connect, Serve and Grow for 3.2.2020

At Tahlequah United Methodist Church we strive to be a Church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of ourselves and the world. If you are new to Tahlequah United Methodist Church check out the I Am New page.

Sunday’s begin at 8:45 a.m. with gathering and coffee time. Then Sunday School for all ages begins at 9 a.m. Worship begins at 10 a.m.

Upcoming TUMC Opportunities

Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesday nights at 6pm

If you are interested in learning about the 12 Steps in Overeaters Anonymous, please join us.  The meetings are open and any person who wants to refrain from compulsive eating or eating behaviors is encouraged to attend.  The meetings are on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. in Room 323. Please use the side door off State Street and take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.

Help Circle of Care During Lent Lent Starts Feb. 26th

Help Circle of Care support local foster families! During Lent, there will be a pack-n-play set up in the narthex to fill up with supplies that will help families in the Tahlequah/Gore/Muskogee areas. We are looking for donations of suitcases in good condition, ethnic Barbie’s and toys, diapers, wipes, pull ups, and other baby supplies (except clothes).

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes                                                                                

The 10th Annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Norris Park. This community-wide event offers public support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and is a major fundraiser for Help In Crisis, Inc. Our church will again field a team of brave men willing to put their ankles on the line for this cause. If you want to join the team, contact Janet Stucky at 918-931-2245.

Join our Relay for Life Team

The Relay for Life will be on Saturday, May 30 (5/30/20) from 3p.m.-9p.m. at the Hulbert City Park. The Survivor Dinner will be Tuesday, April 7 (4/7/20) at 6:00 p.m. at the Indian Vo-Tech in Tahlequah. Please join our team either by becoming a team member or by supporting us financially. If you have any questions, call team captain Melanie Moden at 918-316-8179.

Wild Onion Dinner

Thursday, March 5 (3-5-20), there will be a Wild Onion Dinner at the D.D. Etchieson UMC church on W. Seneca Ave. Food will be served from 11am to 1pm. The cost is $10.00

Little Sprouts Preschool Art Show

March 5th at from 5-7:30pm in the Atrium. Each student has 3 individual pieces on display as well as some group projects. Our group pieces will be on display a few days before the Exhibit and will be set out on Silent auction the night of our Art Show. Little Sprouts staff are very proud at the artistic ability and enthusiasm of our young artists and we invite you to come experience the beautiful, creative art of our preschoolers.

Sedan Floral fundraiser!

The Youth Ministries are inviting you to keep an eye out for order forms at the church if you’d like to partner in our youth ministry by purchasing flowers from us!

Send a Youth and Child to Camp Lunch March 29th After Worship

Help send one of our Children and Youth to Church Camp this summer. For more info on camps talk to Ashley Franks or Abigail Shaw-Bolen

Week One: 3/1-3/7 Face Everything and Rise to Answer The Call

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. Use this as a guide to help you grow closer to God during Lent. To use: 1st: make time to Pray the Lenten Prayer in this guide. 2nd: Read the daily scripture. (just read it nothing more or less.) 3rd: in a journal write down what word or phrase that spoke to you. 4th: look at any notes your study bible may have if you have questions. 5th: Pray the Lord’s Prayer. 6th: Go out into the world and share God’s love.

Weekly Prayer

Jesus, you prayed and fasted. As your disciple teach me about spiritual discipline in my relationship with you. Amen

This week Scripture Readings

Sunday: Matthew 4:18-22

Monday:1 Samuel 3:1-10

Tuesday: Psalm 91:14-16

Wednesday: Acts 9:1-20

Thursday: Mark 1:16-20

Friday: Romans 8:27-30

Saturday: Rest

Lent Devotion Week 1

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave nor forsake you”. Deuteronomy 41:6 (NIV)

Last year, I received a very clear calling to “do more”. This was incredibly vague, and I was already pretty involved with my local church. I spent time with God praying with a specific focus. In a moment of frustration from a lack of clarity, I asked the most audacious thing I could think of: “God, are you calling me to go to seminary?” I received the most direct and clear response I have ever heard: “NO! You must be a layperson”.

During my discernment process, I realized I was being called to run as a delegate to Jurisdictional Conference, which made me nervous because that is a big commitment. When discussing this with my retired clergywoman mentor, she ended up telling me very directly “you are afraid and you are letting fear get in your way”. Yes, I was.

After reflecting upon this, I realized I needed to trust God more, listen better, and follow the path I was being called on. So, I submitted my paperwork, gave a 2 min speech during Annual Conference, and was elected as a Jurisdictional Delegate. The work I have been involved in since has been hard, but has been very fulfilling.

Fear is real. Fear leads us to believe lies that we are not worthy, we are not good enough, or maybe we don’t have the gifts and graces to do what we feel called to do. Fully trusting God is sometimes scary but it is an opportunity for faith to deepen. Where is God calling you to join in the work of love and grace?

“Fear, he is a liar

He will take your breath

Stop you in your steps

Fear, he is a liar

He will rob your rest

Steal your happiness

Cast your fear in the fire

‘Cause fear, he is a liar”

Chorus of “Fear” by Zach Williams

Written by Dr. Amy Go Mountain Sky Conference Jurisdictional Lay Delegate for MSC Conference and friend of Pastor Matt

For the Scripture Readings and Prayers for this week Check out our

Lenten Devotional Guide at


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