First Jenks Messenger - March 2020





Reflection, Sacrifice,

& Fresh Infilling

of the Holy Spirit

P A G E 2



P A G E 6


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MARCH 2020

in this issue


rudy’s reflections......2

youth ministry......3

children’s ministry......4

music notes......5

monthly devotional......6

united methodist women......7


youth devotional......8

church calendar....10

take note

Philippines Mission Information Meeting 12pm - Feb 29

Election Day - March 2

Fellowship Dinner (FJKids Hosting) - March 4

Daylight Saving Begins - March 8

At First Jenks We Believe:

Jesus Christ

as Lord and Savior of all.

Engaging as Disciples

to reach others

Neighborly love being

lived out by serving others

Knowledge of Scripture

the foundation of our faith

Small Groups as vital

to our spiritual health.

Monthly Statistics

Tithes & Offerings: February 2020

(at time of printing - 3/4 Sundays)

Monthly Anticipated Giving.......$25,893


Sunday School.......$11

“Each of you should give what you have decided in

your heart to give, not reluctantly or under

compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:7

Attendance:February 2020

(at time of printing - 3/4 Sundays)


.............. 101 Avg./Sunday

Sunday School............91

.................30 Avg./Sunday

“Not giving up meeting together,

as some are in the habit of doing,

but encouraging one another - and all the more

as you see the day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:25


Ref lect ions

Lent... No not the extra stuff you find

in your belly button once in a while,

rather, the Christian season of Lent.

I hope you just took a second and laughed at

my opening. Lent is such a somber time and

when we can take a breath and laugh it does the

spirit well. Like you, I am deep into my fasting

ritual and am finding this first week of Lent to

be a struggle. The first week of Lent is always a

struggle for me as I rewire my brain to give up

the things that take most of my time away from

God. The key is to then fill that space with something

that brings us closer to God. It is my prayer

that your Lenten journey is full of reflection, sacrifice,

and a fresh filling of God's Holy Spirit.

During Lent, the entire church is doing a devotional

called, "Listen To Him" and each Sunday

school class has lessons related to the sermons

each week. There is no better time to "Listen

to Him" than during Lent. If you are interested

in a devotional book you can get one in

the office for $11, and we do have several schol

arships if you need one. I really look forward

to doing this study together and watching

God move as we lean in and "Listen To Him".


Reflection, Sacrifice, & Fresh Infilling of the Holy Spirit

This year we are making a year old vision come

to life as we host our first ever "Special Needs

Easter Egg Hunt" for the families in Jenks. Often,

families with special needs children are unable to

participate in community events due to sensory

overload. This special event will help create an

environment where families and their children

feel safe to enjoy an amazing event put on by

you. There will be many opportunities to donate

and volunteer so keep an eye out for those.

Holy Week will be full with Jews For Jesus on

Monday, a Maundy Thursday service, a Good

Friday service, the Special Needs Egg Hunt

on Saturday, and then Easter Sunday! Each

event will be special and lead us up to the Resurrection

of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Whew, now back to Lent, and yes you can

check your belly button if you feel the need to.

In Christ,

Rev. Rudy Freese

Senior Pastor



Spring may be just around the corner, but for

the staff at First Jenks, planning season is in full

force. While we all work together for things like

the Special Needs Egg Hunt, Touch-A-Truck,

Elevate, and so many other things, I have had the

opportunity to go to Ardmore already this year

in the early planning stages of Youthforce 2020.

Perhaps shamefully, I was unaware that some of

the living conditions I witnessed last year existed

so close to home. Whether you’re aware of them

or not, there’s something to be said when you are

there in person. In talking to the youth about the

upcoming trip this summer, I was surprised about

the total change in attitude of the kids from last

year to this. Last year, not a lot of interest. This

year, they are all very interested, and some eager

to participate this year.

Well, what does a June mission trip have to do

with this time of year? Like I said, it’s planning

season. And I have a challenge for you. Consider

getting involved this year. We’d certainly be happy

to have you with us. I’d love to talk to you about

going if you have any interest or would like more

information. If you’re a parent of a teenager,

encourage them in going this year. It’s not only a

week spent serving others in ministry, but it’s also

a week filled with powerful times of prayer and

worship. Let’s open their eyes and their hearts to

how great our God is. And if you are not able to

go, if you aren’t a parent of a teenager, would you

consider helping to sponsor one of our kids financially.

While the cost is rather low for a trip like

this compared to other options, I will not let financial

restrictions keep our kids from taking part in

something so potentially transformative.

Our study of the Bible has been going extremely

well. We are well into the “history” portions of

the Old Testament right now with March being

spent on the books of Samuel and Kings. We

will then be moving into some of the prophecy of

the Old Testament. In fact, we will begin Holy

Week looking at the book of Isaiah - a fitting book

that told of the sacrifice to come. As summer

approaches, I have talked to some of the kids

about teaching some of their own Sunday School

lessons and we are planning those out as well.

We are also planning some of our youth nights

and events for this year. If you are at all interested

in coming and geting to know our amazing teenagers,

contact me, and we will find some fits for

you. Go ahead. My email is listed below. You

can go ahead, take 3 minutes and send one right

now. I’ll wait.

Spring is here and the First Jenks Kids are MARCHing on towards Easter, continuing our Books

of the Bible Challenge! Our goal is to learn all 66 books by Easter. We are learning to separate

Old and New Testament, we are also learning which category they belong to: history, law, poetry,


Please take the time to encourage them- and quiz them!

If you would like to join us I have materials and ideas to share, just let me know !

February was a big month for our kids, we had Superstart weekend and our 2nd Annual Dinner

& Dancing- dinner together at church and then we went to see "Dorothy and the Prince of Oz".

At SuperStart, our 5th and 6th graders joined thousands of others- some who travelled from

Texas and Missouri- to praise and worship together, and to learn all about God's promises.

Dinner and Dancing was for all ages- it was a fun time of just being together.

Thank you, Church Family, for making these events possible. Thank you for your gifts, your

encouragement and your support. These kids know they are loved.

Sheri Osborne

Children’s Ministry


Singing to the Lord


The choir and the handbell choir is rejoicing with Johnnie and

Tammy Barnes on their return to the music program here at First

Jenks. Johnnie's recovery has been nothing but a total miracle

that we witnessed. Recently the choir wanted to dedicate one of

our songs as a special time of praise for God's glorious touch on

Johnnie's life. The choir sang on Jan 19 "How Can I Keep from

Singing." When we were rehearsing it we all agreed that this song

was perfect for expressing our gratitude to almighty God for this


First Jenks Joyful Ringers will be participating in the Tulsa Handbell

Invitational on March 7. This year it will be held at Harvard Avenue

Christian Church, located at 5502 S. Harvard Ave. You are invited

to come hear First Jenks Joyful Ringers as they participate in a mass

ringing concert. The concert start at 12:00 noon and will only last an

hour. Please come to support our wonderful handbell choir as they

participate in this event.

The choir is already working hard on music for Lent, Palm Sunday,

and Easter. If you would like to sing with us please come join the

choir. We would love to have you. We have some wonderful music

coming up that you won't want to miss. Lisa Kleefeld will be with

us on Feb. 26 to play her violin. and look for Kathryne Hall to be

playing the flute on March 1.

Save the


Montly Devotional

Lent is coming upon us very soon,

and March 1 is the first Sunday of

Lent. I love the season of Lent, and

through the years I’ve observed it in

various ways. One thing that I love to

do as a minister of music is guide the

choir and congregation into singing

songs about the Cross. When we sing

songs like “The Old Rugged Cross” I

find myself reflecting more about what

Christ’s atonement truly means. The

first verse of this old hymn says so much:

On a hill far away stood an old rugged


The emblem of suffering and shame

And I love that old cross where the

dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain

by Rachel Hall

What happened on that Cross was an

act of total love for humanity. When

Christ died, he did it for the whole

world. He did it for even me and you.

What can we do as we sing this hymn and

others like it during Lent. When you sing

you are “making melody to the Lord with

your heart” (Eph. 5:19b). The Apostle

Paul is reminding us to sing and praise

Jesus for what He did for us on the Cross.

In doing so we are participating in an

act of worship by singing unto the Lord.

Rachel Hall

Music Minister

Join the Choir!

Rehearsals are

Wednesday Evenings

Email Rachel for

more information

Rachel Hall

Music Minister

Kathryne Hall

Associate Music Minister


Making connections and offering opportunities for faith, love, and service.

During the month of January one of the functions

of the President of UMW is to submit an

annual report for the immediate preceding year.

In a few words, it was a busy and successful year

and I thank each and every one of you who

helped making it so. There are some UMW

groups who work to win awards, but that is not

true at our Jenks church. The impetus for our

actions and projects is simple: attempt to meet

identified needs in our community. We believe

that is what God calls us to do.

In 2019, we also reached out in some new ways

beyond the usual projects and events. Of particular

note, our UMW totally funded Project

Transformation in July. We also provided $1000.

To help the church hold the Elevate church camp

through 2 funds. In August almost everyone

in the church really pulled together to hold the

Back-To-School event at the Summit Apartments.

Sheri asked that we (UMW) provide 100

pairs of socks in addition to any other personal

items being donated, which we did.

Our 2020 calendar is beginning very soon,

with the Teacher Wish Tree going up. The

purpose being to help our teachers in purchasing

supplies for their classroom, rather than the

teachers having to purchase them themselves.

Judy Thomas and Julee March are in charge of

this project. This congregation has always been

so helpful in meeting their needs. Bless you all!

I would like to end with a note about UMW

and the future. With all of the discussions and

plans being made for a split in the church, it is

strongly felt that there will be change in UMW at

all. We will continue to serve as in the past and

most likely the organization will not be making

any changes. UMW has now been functioning

extremely well for over 150 years, and it is anticipated

it will continue to meet needs recognized

anywhere around the world.

“...and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,

and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.?”

Teacher Wish Tree

Forms are available

in fellowship hall.

Please return them by

March 13.

Feel free to start picking

apples on March 15, and

return items by March 29.

Lent has offically begun. Hopefully on Ash Wednesday

you took the opportunity to choose at least one thing

you’ve decided to fast from this season. It may not seem

like that big of a deal, but let me tell you a couple of

things that may show you that it is. And, if you haven’t

already decided upon something to fast from, it isn’t too

late to start. Maybe even adopt fasting as something you

do more than once a year.

In Matthew 6, Jesus gave instructions to His disciples

about fasting. He starts the instructions with the phrase

“When you fast.” He didn’t say, “If you fast.” Fasting

was expected to be a normal part of the life of the disciples.

To fast from something just means to intentionally go

without it. As disciples of Jesus, we periodically choose

to go without something for many different reasons, but

it is something that we do.

One of the reasons we do this is seen in 2 Timothy 2:21.

It talks about how if we will cleanse ourselves we will be

“instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the

March Memory Verse

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Master and prepared to do any good work.”

Sometimes we give things too much attention. And that’s

different for everyone. Phone, TV, even time with friends.

But we need to cleanse ourselves from things that steal

from our ability to deepen our relationship with God.

And if we cleanse ourselves from these things we will

become instruments for special purposes. We will become

holy. We will become useful to Jesus. And we will become

prepared to do any good work. I don’t know about you,

but I like the way that sounds. I’d sure like Jesus to find

me useful. I’d like to be prepared to do any good work.

It doesn’t take a huge sacrifice to get started with. Find

something to deliberately change. Use that as a way to

grow closer to God. I promise you, once you get started

in that, you’ll find yourself with a deeper relationship with

God. You’ll find that bigger things become easier to fast

from. You’ll find that sin is easier to say no to. You’ll even

find God using you in new and different ways.

So be intentional this season. Find something to fast from.

And watch God get bigger in your life!

First Jenks KIDZONE!


2. The book where the promised land in


5. Epistle written by a pastor

6. A talking donkey is found in this book

8. The entry of the Holy Spirit happens


10. Gospel written by a physician

14. Book where rainbows first appeared

15. Book of the first Passover

16. A book where everything goes wrong

for one guy

18. An angel visits Joseph in this book

19. Where one finds the fruit of the



1. Paul's longest letter

3. A book of poetry and songs

4. A book of wisdom

7. A book with the fourth man in the fire

9. The book with a blind strongman

11. A letter written from prison

12. Who would steal from God?

13. The Alpha and the Omega

16. This Gospel focuses on things the

other 3 didn't

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their

lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching how to live right. 17 Using the Scriptures, the person

who serves God will be ready and will have everything he needs to do every good work..

17. The only Gospel that doesn't tell of

Jesus' birth

Meeting in the classroom

in the sanctuary,

join this group of

seniors for thoughful

discussion in their current

study: Listen to


Worship - 8:45 am

Sunday School - 10 am

Worship 11:15 am

Lai Christian Church 3pm

Worship - 8:45 am

Sunday School - 10 am

Worship 11:15 am

Lai Christian Church 3pm

Worship - 8:45 am

Sunday School - 10 am

Worship 11:15 am

Lai Christian Church 3pm

Worship - 8:45 am

Sunday School - 10 am

Worship 11:15 am

Lai Christian Church 3pm

Daylight Saving Begins

Worship - 8:45 am

Sunday School - 10 am

Worship 11:15 am

Lai Christian Church 3pm

Meeting in Fellowship Hall, join this group for their current study:

Listen to Him.

Election Day

Fellowship Dinner

(FJ Kids) -


Friends of Jenks


UMW Mary’s HOpe 10am

Dementia Webinar 1pm

UMW Joy 6pm

Happy mealers 12pm

Thursdays @ 1:00pm

This group of knitters and crotcheters gather every

Thursday to make hats for those in need,

plus they knit together a special fellowship time.

Join them this and every Thursday.

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