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JUNE 2020





P A G E 2


P A G E 6


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JUNE 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

meet gloria denton......3

youth 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.

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Monthly Statistics

Tithes & Offerings: May 2020

(Only online services were held in May)

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


Sunday School.......$0

“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: May 2020

(Only online services were held in May)

“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… here it is… our final newsletter article

together. Five years ago when we walked through

the doors, you nor I had any idea of the amazing

ministry God would build through our partnership.

We have laughed together; we have cried

together. We have served side by side and served

through social distancing. The Lord has taken us

on an amazing journey together, and although

we might feel as though, “how can this be?” God

is preparing you and I for the work ahead.

I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, “What,

after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only

servants, through whom you came to believe-as

the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted

the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made

it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who

waters is anything, but only God, who makes

things grow. The man who plants and the man

who waters have one purpose, and each will be

rewarded according to his own labor. For we are

God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's

building.” (NIV)

Hear this scripture a bit differently, “What, after

all, is Gloria? And what is Rudy? Only servants,

through whom you came to believe-as the Lord

has assigned to each their task. I planted the seed,

Gloria watered it, but God made it grow. So



neither he/she who plants nor he/she who waters

is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

The one who plants and the one who waters have

one purpose, and each will be rewarded according

to their own labor. For we are God's fellow

workers; you are God's field, God's building.”

The beautiful thing is that Gloria will water and

plant anew for a new season of watering, and I

will water in my new appointment and plant new

as well for a future watering. I can not even begin

to imagine the wonderful, life changing, kingdom

growing ministries that will grow out of your

partnership with Gloria. I will be watching and

thanking God for your faithfulness and the fruit

you produce.

In Christ,

See Your Email

f o r D e ta i l s !

Rev. Rudy Freese

Senior Pastor




“I’m so glad you were in my class! You are much smarter than you give

yourself credit for. Push your way through and don’t give up, you will do great.

Enjoy your summer and stop by to say hi next year.”

Love, Mrs B

What a gem this note was when it arrived in the mail a couple

of days ago! My daughter Lily has carried this note around in

her notebook since she read it, and it clearly meant a great deal

to her. Perhaps it was just the affirming word she needed as she

prepares to move to a new town, new church, new school, and

as she prepares to make new friends and discover new mentors.

Jesus was very clear in establishing our priorities for us: love God,

love others. We know the ‘what.’ It’s the ‘how’ that keeps us on

our toes, particularly ‘How do we love others in a way that feels

like love to them’?

In 1992 pastor and counselor Gary Chapman published a little

book to answer that question. The publisher only expected it to

sell about 2,000 copies, but in just two years it had sold that many

68 times over. It’s now been on the New York Times Bestseller List

since 2007 and has been adapted with a focus on singles, families

with children, in the workplace and for those in the military.

You can check out the book, website and take quizzes to determine your love

languages at

Truth be told, we are surrounded by people who need to feel

loved right now. It’s an anxious time for people of color, for

police officers, for those who are of advanced age or who have

medical complications that would make Covid-19 more dangerous,

for those who have lost jobs and business, for those who have

lost retirement savings, for those who are uncertain what the next

school year will hold for their families.

What a tremendous opportunity for the Church! What tremendous

longing there is for the very thing we offer first and foremost—love?

You can reach Pastor Gloria starting

June 22nd at

I encourage you to use the month of June to focus on that one

priority. How does your spouse or significant other feel most

loved? Find out and make it happen. How do your kids or grandkids

feel most loved? Find out and get busy. How do your brothers

and sisters in Christ--and your elected leaders, Sunday School

teachers, choir and band members--who are stretched and challenged

in the same ways you are right now, feel most loved? Find

out and show them. What can you do to show love and appreciation

to your school personnel, your medical providers, the staff

at your favorite restaurant or grocery store, to the folks who take

care of your vehicles, your property, your finances and what can

you do to support them during a challenging season? What can

you do to show love to those in the community who are struggling

most right now?

I am so looking forward to our family making Jenks and Jenks

First our home, and I am aware how hard the staff has been

working amidst such unusual circumstances to continue advancing

the gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope you’ll also take some time

to specifically show them how much you love and appreciate

them, these days in particular.

Of course, all of this makes it an even more awkward time for

transitions in leadership in our churches because our previous

communal routines and rituals aren’t available to us now. For that

reason, Rudy has worked extra hard to ensure a smooth transition

and to prepare me to water what he has planted with you all the

past five years. I am exceedingly grateful to him and to Piper, and

I am aware that the goodbye process feels strange this year.

As you send Rudy and Piper on their way to Duncan, what can

you do to show love and appreciation to them? First, tell them.

Send an email, text or handwritten card or call them and tell

them about a favorite moment or special blessing or area of

growth in your life. Second, I have it on good authority that both

of their love languages include gifts. I can speak from experience

in a pastoral family and say that a gift card to stores like Lowe’s

Here’s a very brief description of The Five Love Languages:

1. Words of Affirmation – feeling loved and cared for when others

offer verbal praise and affection

2. Acts of Service – feeling loved and cared for when others do

things to help you

or Home Depot (because moving brings projects) or restaurants

3. Physical Affection – feeling loved and cared for when others (because moving is tiring) are always welcome and it just so

offer an embrace, touch, etc

happens that Ted’s Escondido, Rib Crib, Jimmy’s Egg are all in

4. Quality Time – feeling loved and cared for when others are fully the Duncan area.

engaged in spending time with you

5. Gifts – feeling loved and appreciated when others express it That simple note from a favorite teacher means so much to my


daughter because that teacher spoke her love language with words

of affirmation. A simple gesture really does make a big impact.

The Pentecost story in Acts 2 begins with the Holy Spirit infilling

and empowering the people to hear in a language they could

understand and ends with a reporting of what happened in the

people as a result of the Holy Spirit’s leading. Acts 2:47 says: They

praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone.

The Lord added daily to the community those who were

being saved.

The Dentons are delighted to come join you, and along with

you, praise God, demonstrate God’s goodness to everyone

and see God bring people into a saving relationship and

encouraging community!


Rev. Gloria Denton

It is transition time. With General Conference scheduled in

May, I think a lot of us were preparing for one transition, and

due to the pandemic we are looking at a completely set of transitions

than we were expecting.

After they the people of Israel had left Mt. Sinai in the book of

Numbers they were ready to enter the promised land. They

did their census counts, and they were ready for the proceed

as planned. But things didn’t go as they expected. I know a

lot of it was due to their behavior and the choices they made,

but Moses certainly didn’t expect to lead a group of sinful

complainers around the desert. When they were finally ready

to enter back in, news was handed down: Moses would not be

entering into the promised land. That would fall to Joshua.

Everything that they had planned for the promised land was

still possible, but Moses would not be a part of any of it.

This didn’t mean that Moses’ influence was in any way less

meaningful, but he would not be there as they pushed ahead.

Joshua would take the reins and the people had two choices:

Push forward or give up.

This is how I feel this month. Don’t lose the momentum.

Leadership is changing, we are getting close to re-entering the

church building again. But don’t lose the momentum.

The Bible shows us over and over again how periods of transition

are routine in life, but if we are bold in our faith in God and

obedient to His Word, His Spirit and His direction, we will find

ourselves better off than we were with better days still to come.

The youth is still meeting regularly on Zoom. We have been

working through the minor prophets during the period of the

north and south kingdoms and are quickly closing in on Daniel

and the return from exile. We have been playing games that

review what we have learned so far. Be ready, I’m planning on a

fun Bible trivia night this fall during the youth fellowship dinner.

Better start studying to be ready for the youth!

Finally, as we get ready to transition, I think back over all the

work for Christ I have been fortunate enough to share with

the Freeses. All the projects, trips, planning meetings, music

and more things than I have room to write, I have learned

so much personally and ministerally. More than anything I

have learned that the ultimate objective of being in a “first

chair” position is sowing into the “second chairs.” While we

all hate saying good-bye to a pastor, I am also unhappy to lose

a mentor.

But like I said, the Bible gives us this model over and over

again. Paul and Timothy only had the success God had

planned when they separated to do the work of the ministry.

So while good-byes tend to be unpleasant, this one is met with

excitement to see what God has in store for us now!

Thank you Rudy and Piper. Duncan is in store for a huge


Welcome Gloria and Carter! I’m excited to see where God

takes First Jenks next!


Several people in the choir are still meeting

weekly for ZOOM sessions. We enjoy one

another’s company laughing, joking, and yes even

singing! You may have caught members of the

choir singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

during one of the online services. That was

recorded during one of the ZOOM meetings.

We have also sung “Amazing Grace” with several

people singing the verses and then all of us

singing at one time an added verse with just the

words “Praise God.” It turned out to be a few

seconds of continuous melodies of praising God.

Also during ZOOM, on April 29 we all shared

a favorite passage from the Book of Psalms and

told why this was a favorite. On May 6, we had

“Open Mike Nite” with six questions they could

pick from to talk about. 1. “Is there someone in

the group you would like to bless?” 2. “What

song has been rising in your spirit this week?”

3. “What is something that you’ve done during

quarantine that you never had never done


before?” 4. “What is something you’ve

done during this time of quarantine that you

were always saying before ‘I’d do that if I only

had time?” 5. “Is there something in your life

that is going on that is totally exciting?” and 6.

“Do you have joke to share with us?” On May

13 the discussion topics included “What is your

story? How did you wind up singing in a church

choir?” and “What verse in a hymn speaks to

you every time you sing it?”

Each of these ZOOM sessions have been special

with everyone sharing and usually if a song is

mentioned that person sings a little of it. We

have had some wonderful meetings and we

encourage everyone in the choir to join us either

by computer, tablet, or phone. We’ve also continued

the practice of sharing different music

recordings or videos by email.

We have been living the past two months,

in isolation, limited interaction, and some

with limited income. The stock market fell,

oil has plummeted, and unemployment is at a

historic high. Yet, I type this devotion with joy

in my heart, a song on my lips, and the peace

that comes from being a part of an amazing

church family. You see, I just returned from our

“Drive-In Communion Service”. The parking

lot was not overflowing but filled exactly right.

The contingent of “non-digital” members were

there in force. Singing from their cars, worshiping

in their own space, and experiencing fellowship.

You see, as Christians our faith gives us an advantage

over those with no faith. It is a powerful

four-letter word called hope. Ephesians 1:18-19

states, I pray also that the eyes of your heart may

be enlightened in order that you may know the

hope to which he has called you, the riches of his

glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably

great power for us who believe. (NIV)

Hope brings us a joy in the tough times because

we know it’s temporary. Whatever obstacles we

face, our hope in Christ lifts us to an understanding

that in the end, our eternal soul is going to be


Monthly Devotional

with me about week one and I have been singing

it almost daily. It is called “Waymaker” and here

are the lyrics.

“You are here, moving in our midst, I worship

you, I worship you.

You are here, working in this place, I worship you,

I worship you.

You are way maker, miracle worker, promise

keeper, light in the darkness. My God, that is who

you are.

Even when I don't see it, you’re working.

Even when I don't feel it, you’re working.

You never stop, you never stop working.

You never stop, you never stop working.”

That last section, even when I don’t see it your

working, is a powerful reminder of the hope we

have in God. Despite the news stories, despite

the fear peddled on TV, despite the thoughts

racing through my own mind, we serve a way

maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in

the darkness. That is who our God is. That is

why I have hope in times like these.

Rachel Hall

Music Minister

Kathryne Hall

Associate Music Minister

During this season, I have found a lot of reminders

of our hope in worship music. One song stuck

Rev. Rudy Freese

Senior Pastor


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

“Time to Say Goodbye”-originally the lyrics of a beautiful

song, but in the case of our First Jenks church, it is

far more poignant. Later in the month of June, Rudy and

Piper Freese will be departing for their new church assignment

in Duncan, and we have to find novel ways of saying

goodbye to two people who have spiritually and lovingly

given of themselves helping us continue to grow in Christ.

Saying goodbye is always hard when it involves love and

friendship, but this goodbye has to be said with no hugs, no

farewell dinners, no community wide outpouring of what

these past 5 years have meant to all of us.

When Rudy arrived 5 years ago, he informed the congregation

that the Freese’s were a team. Wow, was that an

understatement! Many thoughts and visions have run

through my mind in preparation for writing this column.

Going back to the beginning (5 years ago), my favorite

memory was walking into the church on Pentecost Sunday

and see Piper’s beautiful Pentecostal celebration. Being a

part of later Christmas celebrations, Easter, Vacation Bible

Schools with the church transformed, so many, many wonderful

and colorful memories.

Next, from a financial standpoint, Rudy set goals for

the church, first to pay our apportionments in full and

next to set aside a specific sum of money as a ‘rainy day

fund’. Both of those goals have been accomplished. And

during that time there have been roofing problems and

the addition of new computer systems. Another goal was

to add a second contemporary service, which was suc-

cessfully accomplished. Do we see a pattern here? Rudy

makes things happen.

Since we have been isolating, however, I think, maybe,

his greatest accomplishment was adding the technology

and expertise to prepare the church for this pandemic

(although this exact pandemic may not have been on his

mind). Where would we be on Sunday mornings without

the Sunday morning service being streamed into each of

our homes? Rudy, Piper and Phillip have worked hard

at organizing a service that is as close as possible to the

services we have enjoyed in the church itself. Although

there are a few ways the service cannot be the same, such

as no choir, there are definite pluses. Personally, I have

really enjoyed having a cup of coffee nearby, being dressed

in casual clothing, and best, no makeup. But the services

have all resulted in a very spiritual experience for me.

Another way this technology has been actualized is in the

Zoom meetings by the choir, some Sunday School classes,

an interview, the scavenger hunts and who can ever forget

“Island Guy” during the Virtual Talent Show? What great


Rudy and Piper, thank you for everything. The UMW

appreciates all of the support you have given us over

these past years. As a ministerial team, you are aces! We

wish you well in your new assignment. Consider yourselves-HUGGED!

God be with you always.

Think about it. Have you ever heard this phrase before

March: “Let me share my screen. OK. Can you see my

screen?” I think I say something like that everytime we are

on ZOOM together. But it’s not something I have ever

said before. It’s interesting how things change, and then

become just a normal part of life. You may not realize

calling someone and you asking them “where are you?”

is a new concept. When I was really, really young there

were no cell phones around. When you called someone

they were anchored into the wall of their home or work by

a cord, so when you called, you knew exactly where they

were. Yet, over time, it’s just become a normal part of our

everyday language. Something that was strange in the past

is normal today.

Chances are you have heard, at least in passing, online or

TV the phrase, “the new normal.” Schools are going to be

a lot different next year. When we finally get to go back to

church, things will be quite a bit different for a while.

But, to be honest, I don’t like that phrase “new normal.”

I get it, things need to change, and we get used to them.

But my problem with a “new” normal is that we are so

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hooked on there being a “normal.” The Bible tells us in

1 Peter 2:11 we should live as foreigners, those who are

just travelling through. In Hebrews 13:14, it says that

this world is not our home. Philippians 3:20 says that

our citizenship is in Heaven. You see, this idea of trying

to return to a normal in general bothers me because it

shows how comfortable we are here. We are just passing

through. You can’t go on vacation and expect it to be

that way every day! If we focus on things above, then it

really doesn’t matter how things look down here. We are

just passing through. When we seek things to be all in

order, it’s a sign that our attention isn’t where it belongs.

We are more interested in our routine than reaching our

world with the Gospel message.

So keep studying the Word, keep engaging in worship

whether online or in-person, keep showing Christ in your

life every day. And maybe, even rather than trying to

wait for things to fall into the old routine, do something

different. Start a Godly habit to become a new-normal.

Even do what it says in Psalm 96 and sing a NEW song

to the Lord! But first, let me share my screen. OK. Can

you see it?



Bingo! You have Oobleck!

June Memory Verse

Colossians 1:17

He is before all things,

and in Him all things hold together.


Livestream @ 10am

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Father’s Day


Livestream @ 10am

Vimeo and Facebook


Livestream @ 10am

Vimeo and Facebook

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!

Livestream @ 7pm



Our Thursday night

ZOOM meetings

have been a wonderful

time of

discussion and

interaction. Be

sure you join us

every Thursday at 6

PM! See your email

for information to


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.

All Monthly Events are cancelled or Postponed due to CDC and Conference 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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