First Jenks Messenger April 2020


APRIL 2020



P A G E 2


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APRIL 2020

in this issue


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.

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

All events have been cancelled or postponed

until further notice.

To stay up to date with everything happening

please be sure the church office has your email.

Email if you aren’t receiving

church emails.

Additionally, follow us on facebook


Monthly Statistics

Tithes & Offerings: March 2020

(Only 2 services were held in March)

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


Sunday School.......$6

“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: March 2020

(Only 2 services were held in March)


.............. 136 Avg./Sunday

Sunday School............73

.................36 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

Well… talk about a fluid situation. I

never would have imagined not having

an Easter service on Easter Sunday. Here

we are knee deep in the COVID-19

pandemic. Piper and I both suffered

through the H1N1 epidemic back in 2009,

and it was painful and life disrupting.

I am praying for each one of you during this

time as the impact will be both financial and

potentially health related. Please do your

part and stay in as much as possible and

wash your hands often. Basic precautions

will help keep you safe from catching this.

We are working to create a live stream

worship that will engage you and make

all of us feel as though we are still participating

in corporate worship together. I do

appreciate the emails, texts, and phone

calls of support for what we have been

doing this far. It is my hope, that when

this all subsides, we will have a huge fellowship

dinner and celebrate its passing.

What a joy it will be to laugh together,

My Help

Comes From

the LORD

eat together, and share together again.

I want to encourage you in these days to

look up and not out for the strength to

deal with all that comes our way. Psalm

121:1-4 reads, “I lift up my eyes to the

hills, where does my help come from? My

help comes from the LORD, the Maker

of heaven and earth. He will not let your

foot slip, he who watches over you will not

slumber; indeed, he who watches over

Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (NIV)

As Christ followers we are not guaranteed

the trials and troubles will not come our

way, but God does promise to be with us,

and provides help with us as we go through

them. That’s always been enough for me

during any life circumstance I have dealt

with, and I know it is enough for you as well.

Please let me know if you have specific

prayer requests or needs and I will

work to help. (

In Christ,

Rev. Rudy Freese

Senior Pastor

A month ago I wrote about planning season.

Now look at us. Everything is cancelled or postponed.

The timing is funny to me. The last week

we were able to have Sunday school, the youth

and I were going through the book of 2 Samuel

and the life of David.

By the time you get to chapter 7 in 2 Samuel,

David is king and is on a roll. He’s experiencing

military victories, he has set up a strong and

effective government and he has even moved the

Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Everything is

falling into place and he is moving along. Next on

his to-do list is the construction of a permanent

temple for the Lord. And the Prophet Nathan

comes to David and tells him to “God, do all that

is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” Then

the very next day, Nathan brings the news that

this isn’t going to happen. It’ll be done, but by

one of David’s sons. David didn’t get angry at

this news, and as a result Nathan conveyed that

God was now making a promise to David that his

throne would be established forever.

While David could have been defeated by disappointment,

he was rewarded and rejoiced at what

was ahead.

Your throne shall be established


2 S a m u e l 7 : 1 6

Be sure, God didn’t bring this pandemic on earth.

The Bible says that God is’t willing that any should

perish. But we can still rejoice because this is

showing us new things about First Jenks that will

carry us into the future. We can be innovative.

We can come together in all storms. And I think

that we are seeing that First Jenks is a family. One

that can do new and awesome things for God.

For the youth, we have had to postpone our next

youth night. But we will be using ZOOM to meet

once a week. It will be just like if we were still able

to be upstairs together. If you’d like to join us, or

if you know a teenager who should, we will be

“meeting” once a week in the evening, so feel free

to contact me to have an invite sent to you so you

can join us!

At the time I wrote this, school is out for the

semester. So I will also be working on some plans

for us to get together and do stuff together once

the Social Distancing doesn’t have to be so distant.

If you’d like to join us for these, send me an email!

Hang in there, church family! God is still on the

throne and we will be together to worship the

living God very soon!

Happy April First Jenks Kids!

We are in uncharted times! Pastor Rudy and the Staff have been doing all they can to keep you and your family

involved in Sunday Worship. Being inside can be trying and difficult, here are some ways to help you have some

fun using your imagination. Have some fun with your parents making these edible items. Make something

fun and have your parents take a picture and send it to or have them post

the picture on facebook and check in at First Jenks so everyone can see what you have created.

I pray you stay safe and show the love of Christ to those around you!

Edible Marshmallow Play Dough

Regular marshmallows

Corn Starch

Powdered sugar

Coconut Oil

Food Coloring


1. In a bowl mix 3 tablespoons of

cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of icing

sugar. Set to the side.

2. In a microwave safe container place

5 marshmallows, plus a tablespoon of

coconut oil and a few drops of food

coloring. Microwave in very short increments

and never take your eyes off of it.

The marshmallows expand like crazy!

As soon as they start to get too big stop,

let it cool for a moment and the marshmallows

will settle down, then start it

again. We needed about 30 seconds

in total in the microwave with about 4

“breaks” to let the marshmallows settle.

3. Using a spoon mix the marshmallow

mixture in the container

until it pulls together into a lump.

Remove the lump and place in your

cornstarch/powder sugar mixture.

Sprinkle some of the mixture on top

of your marshmallows so it is covered

completely. Let it sit for a few seconds

to cool, then lift it out with your hands

and start kneading it.

If it feels a bit sticky, press it into your

cornstarch mixture, then work it again.

It can get a little bit sticky as kids play

with it. So you might want to use it on

parchment paper, silicone mats or some

other non-stick surface. We found some

batches got sticky while others didn’t.

Probably because we needed a bit more

of the cornstarch in the sticky ones. It

didn’t slow the kids down though. They

had a lot of fun stamping, pulling and

rolling the play dough.

Edible Jell-O Slime

1 cup of cornstarch

1 3 oz pack of Jell-O mix – any

brand or color will work great

1/2 cup warm water

With just 3 simple ingredients, this

comes together for a really fun

slime activity everyone will love.

1. combine the cornstarch and

Jell-O powder mix in a large

mixing bowl until they are well


2. add in 1/4 of a cup of the

warm water into the mixture and

stir until it’s well combined. It will

be lumpy and difficult to stir once

you add water. Don’t worry, just

keep working with it.

3. After this, you’ll need to use

your hands to mix in the last 1/4

cup of the warm water. Knead

the slime with your hands until

the Jell-O is the consistency that

you prefer. I like it to be firm if

you squeeze and not drip like a

liquid. Pull it slowly and see if it

stretches if you pull. Pull it apart

fast and watch it stretch. So fun!

Tips for making Jell-O play slime:

If your slime is too sticky, add

more cornstarch. If the slime is

too firm, add more water. You can

easily work with this slime recipe

until it’s perfect

Piper Freese

Edible Finger Paint

Yogurt (I used greek yogurt to

keep things a bit healthier)

Food coloring

Small containers for the paint (I

used baby food jars- a great way

to recycle them!)

Popsicle sticks or a spoon for



1. Place about 4 tablespoons of

yogurt into each container.

2. Place 5-10 drops of food

coloring in your first container

filled with yogurt. You can add

more or less depending on

the shade of color you wish to


3. Stir well until all the food

coloring is blended into the

yogurt. Tip: use the side of your

popsicle stick to scrape the sides

of the jar so you can evenly color

the yogurt.

4. Repeat step 2 and 3 for each

additional color. I made 5 different

colors including; red, orange,

yellow, green, and blue.

5. Once all the paints are made

you can give them to your child

along with some paper and let

them have some fun with their

edible finger paint!

Edible Moon Sand

Brown Sugar (I used about half of a 2 lb bag for this)

A small tub

Cookie Sheet

Kitchen spoons, measuring cups, measuring spoons, whisks, etc.

This is great for a sensory play idea because there is no prep, and you

probably already have it in your cabinet. It’s also completely taste-safe

(even edible). The cleanup is pretty easy too since it’s in a tub. If you

put it in a tub with a lid you can save it for another day!


It Is Well

Here is a picture of the men in our choir

hard at work in sectional rehearsals. It

was Ash Wednesday which is why they

have a cross on their foreheads. Pictured

in the back row is Jack McQuire Johnny

Barnes, David Green, and Jim Wise.

Pictured in the first row is Ken March,

Mark Hall, Rudy Freese, and Roy Pike.

The men are practicing on music for

Lent and Easter. There is still time for

you to join the choir. Come help us on

this special music.


The First Jenks Joyful Ringers participated in

the Tulsa Handbell Invitational on Saturday,

March 7. Under the direction of Sheryl

Martin our group participated in 3 massed

ringing pieces. We played with at least 10

other handbell choirs and had such a great

time doing it. We learned so much and came

away better players. We were so proud to

take our whole bell choir this year. Pictured

are Jane Butler, Kathryne Hall, Vicki Mask,

Tammy Barnes, Kay Marshall, Julee March,

Rachel Hall, Johnny Barnes, Monica DeBolt,

and Mark Hall.

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.”

It is in times like these, you know that COVID-19 thing,

that I am reminded just how blessed I really am. This beautiful

Hymn speaks to my soul… it brings me peace… it fills

my spirit.

The United Methodist Discipleship Ministries shares this

about the Hymn, “It is Well”:

With this hymn comes one of the most heartrending stories

in the annals of hymnody.

The author, Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888), was a Presbyterian

layman from Chicago. He had established a very

successful legal practice as a young businessman and was

also a devout Christian. Among his close friends were

several evangelists including the famous Dwight L. Moody,

also from Chicago.

Spafford’s fortune evaporated in the wake of the great

Chicago Fire of 1871. Having invested heavily in real

estate along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, he lost everything

overnight. In a saga reminiscent of Job, his son died a

short time before his financial disaster. But the worst was

yet to come.

Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck tells the story: “Desiring a

rest for his wife and four daughters as well as wishing to

join and assist Moody and [his musician Ira] Sankey in

one of their campaigns in Great Britain, Spafford planned

a European trip for his family in 1873. In November of

that year, due to unexpected last-minute business developments,

he had to remain in Chicago, but sent his wife and

four daughters on ahead as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du

Havre. He expected to follow in a few days.

“On November 22 the ship was struck by the Lochearn,

an English vessel, and sank in twelve minutes. Several days

later the survivors were finally landed at Cardiff, Wales,

and Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband, ‘Saved alone.’”

Monthly Devotional

I can not imagine the grief and sorrow he was going

through when he wrote this Hymn. My greatest loss is

nothing compared to Spafford’s, yet his faith compelled

the heartfelt words of this Hymn. Read them… let them

soak into your mind… hear them with his grief…

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.


It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul. (refrain)

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! (refrain)

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life

Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. (refrain)

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul! (refrain)

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul. (refrain)

As we travel this current crisis… let us be reminded, that

despite our worldly struggles, it is well with our soul.

Rachel Hall

Music Minister

Kathryne Hall

Associate Music Minister

Spafford left immediately to join his wife. This hymn is

said to have been penned as he approached the area of the

ocean thought to be where the ship carrying his daughters

had sunk.

Rev. Rudy Freese

Senior Pastor


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

This is probably the most challenging of the

articles I have written. All of our lives have been

turned upside down in just these past couple of

weeks or so. But I will begin with a correction

to be made in my last article. In the newsletter, I

wrote “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…”. That is incorrect-what

was intended was to say THERE WILL

BE NO CHANGE in UMW. We will all continue

as before.

Next, I would like to express the gratitude of our

UMW to Pastor Rudy and Piper for the support

they have given to our UMW for these past 5 years.

Although I have not been a part of a time when the

pastor did not provide support, I am aware that that

does happen. We have been blessed to have Pastor

Rudy supporting us always and we are grateful.

With the churches not holding services for 10 weeks,

this effects both the monthly fellowship dinner sponsored

by our UMW and UMW Sunday in May.

Both are cancelled. Even if the crisis would end

prior to Mother’s Day, I feel it is in the best interest

of everyone in the church to return to our regular

type service and our speaker has been so notified.

However, we do have some activities we can

continue with. We need to know the names of our

college students so we can send cards and notes.

Also, we need to know names of those graduating

from college, including December graduates for their

cards. Please notify the church office or me directly

at 918-299-3363 or Your support

will allow us to continue in this mission.

Another thing we can continue, but in a slightly

altered form is the food donations for the Jenks Food

Bank. Rather than bringing the food to the church,

the food can be taken directly to them at Cedar and

Aquarium. Each time we shop we can pick up items

and deliver to them. You can choose soups, peanut

butter and jelly, mac n’ cheese, canned meats, rice,

beans, etc. when you are in one of those sections

in the store or requesting the store to gather your

supplies just add items as just mentioned and then

you can deliver them yourself - there is a box outside

for drop-offs.

We will continue to think of ways we can be of

service although we not are meeting. If anyone has

a suggestion let me know by phone or email above.

Just because we are home bound does not mean we

cannot continue to serve. And last, we can continue

to pray for this crisis to end as soon as possible. If

there is a congregation anywhere who is totally aware

of the power of prayer, it is First Jenks.

God Bless you all, may you maintain good health,

search for ways to keep smiling, and wash those


I just got back from vacation. I went to the beach and

was overwhelmed at how beautiful God’s creation truly is.

After I took my morning walk on the beach, I’d go back to

my room and get ready for the day while the TV was on

the news. It surprised me how things can be so beautiful

and so peaceful for me where I was, but all over the world

and in this country, things were in chaos and panic.

But what could I do? I mean, I’m just one guy. I had

a couple options as to how I could respond to this virus.

I could ignore it. After all, I’m young. I’m not “at risk.”

But we know that God’s love puts others first. I can’t act

in such a way that thinks only of myself. God’s love has

been put directly into my heart by the Holy Spirit. I can’t

not care about other people any time - especially now.

But what I can do is take steps in the natural and in the

spiritual to help. I can follow what experts say I need to

do - I can help keep others from getting sick by avoiding

it myself. This is why you won’t be going back to school

this semester. Just because God is a miracle-working God

doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do things in the natural. Jesus

had to pay attention to this. Remember when He fed the

multitude with a boy’s lunch? Why did He do this? He

saw they were hungry! So He stopped feeding them spiritually

to help them naturally.

I can also do something spiritual and pray. But I’m just

one person and this is a global problem. What can my prayers

do? James 5:16 tells us the prayers of the righteous are

powerful and effective. As a child of the Most High,

your prayers make a difference in everything no matter

what the problem or how big that problem is. So pray.

And when you pray, stand strong in your faith that your

prayers are helping to make a difference in this world.

And then, relax. It may seem chaotic all over the world

right now, but faith isn’t just confidence of what we are

praying for. If you study Hebrews 4, it talks a lot about

faith. And in verse 11 it says that through this faith we

labor to enter into rest. Faith enters into rest.

So, while you may feel stuck at home with scary news

updates, pray. Know that it makes a difference, and enter

into His rest and His peace in the midst of it all!

First Jenks KIDZONE!

April Memory Verse

Matthew 28:6

He isn't here! God has raised him to life,

just as Jesus said he would.

Come, see the place where his body was lying.

Our Sunday School classes are

discussing ways that they can

meet online with various means

of video/teleconferencing. If you

are unaware of what your class is

doing, or if you’d like to join a

class, please contact the church

office for information on how

you can join them!






















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.


Livestream @ 10am

Vimeo and Facebook


Livestream @ 10am

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Livestream @ 10am

Vimeo and Facebook



Livestream @ 10am

Vimeo and Facebook

Maundy THursday Good Friday

All Monthly Events are cancelled or Postponed due to CDC Guidelines.

Services will be livestreamed at 10AM on Sunday Morning.

Once Guidelines have been modified, services will resume their normal times.

Traditional at 8:45am, Sunday School at 10AM, and Modern at 11:15 Am.

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