ISSUE 7 VOLUME 32
ALL MY LIFE
YOU HAVE BEEN
P A G E 2
N O T T H E P R I N C E O F P A N I C
P A G E 6
K I D Z O N E
P A G E 8
in this issue
ISSUE 7 VOLUME 32
At First Jenks We Believe:
as Lord and Savior of all.
Engaging as Disciples
to reach others
Neighborly love being
lived out by serving others
Knowledge of Scripture as
the foundation of our faith
Small Groups as vital
to our spiritual health.
a word from gloria......2
united methodist women......7
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compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
Attendance: June 2020
(Only online services were held in June)
“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.”
It’s been many months in the making, but we are finally
here. The moving truck has come and gone. We’ve explored
our new community just a bit by visiting some Main Street
shops and walking across the 96th Street Bridge. (Is there
an interesting local name for that? Or is calling them 96th
Street and 71st Street Bridge correct?) We’ve even started
meeting some people around town and a few church
Carter, the girls and I are so thankful to have received
a truly warm welcome as we settle in and start to unpack.
As I said on my first Sunday, it takes some courage to load
all you own into a truck and move our entire lives to a new
town, new school, new church, new house, new routines,
new people. It feels a huge gamble, except… Except God.
American poet and author Maya Angelou once said,
“You develop courage by doing courageous things, small
things, but things that cost you some exertion—mental,
and I suppose, spiritual exertion.”
I wasn’t raised in a church-going or Jesus-following
family, so it took some courage to go against our norms
and respond to God’s prevenient grace wooing me and
working in my life by saying Yes to Jesus’ offer of forgiveness,
salvation and relationship when I was 14 years old. It
took courage to walk down to the front of the church when
a missionary invited everyone who felt God’s call on their
lives to come forward—and to be the only one to do it and
stand there, in my Yes, all alone, when I was 17.
It took courage to say Yes when I was invited to go
out-of-state for college on a military scholarship, to say
Yes to a first date and eventually a marriage proposal. It
took courage to say Yes and follow the Lord’s leading to a
Master’s program at OSU and then to seminary. It took
courage to say Yes, or rather, “I will, with the help of God”
when I was asked if I would live and work out my calling
as an Elder in the UMC.
In big ways, and a thousand small ways, I have been
working and strengthening my courage muscle. So have
It takes courage to let your parents take the training
wheels off your bike; to get on a big, loud school bus for the
first time; to try out for a new team and walk into a crowded
cafeteria day after day after day. It takes courage to study
and practice and take that driver’s test. It takes courage to
click submit on a college application or walk into a job interview
when there are 20 other candidates sitting outside the
door. It takes courage to put on a military uniform, to walk
down the aisle, to take a new baby home from the hospital,
to agree to let some of that paycheck go toward retirement
in your 20s and money is tight, and it takes courage to tithe
that full 10% even when paying for prom dresses, car insurance
for teenage boys, braces and tuition. It takes courage
to walk into a counselor’s office to fight for a struggling
marriage, to get help when needed. It takes courage to
retire, to step away from a career that has brought a sense of
identity and purpose for a lifetime. It takes courage to arrive
at the hospital in the wee hours of the morning for testing
when you’re terrified of the results or allow yourself to be
rolled into surgery when you’re just not sure how it will turn
Life takes courage. You all have also been strengthening
your courage muscles with small and large steps your
whole lives. We speak often of big steps of faith, and I, like
you, have taken many. However, I believe Maya Angelou
was correct in observing that it’s all the small steps add up
over time that make the biggest difference. Baby steps of
bravery. That’s really how we move forward in life.
You may not feel brave. You may not look back and think
of your life as one courageous adventure after another.
You may not realize just how far the Lord has brought you
and just how far you have come. The Goodness of God,
a popular worship song, says: All my life you have been
faithful / All my life you have been so so good / With every
breath that I am able / I will sing of the goodness of God.
My invitation for you this month is to spend time considering
your journey thus far and taking the time to list the
ways that God has been faithful and good, the moments
God has provided courage to take steps forward in obedience
and faith. We will be referring to these lists in the
coming weeks, and we will want the reminders of God’s
faithfulness because they will provide assurance when God
again calls on us to move forward in obedience and faith,
when God again looks for a passionate Yes from us. We will
want to constantly sing of the goodness of God and tell of
His good works to remind ourselves, one another and the
world around us that God is mighty and sovereign.
Give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make his
deeds known to all people! Sing to God; sing praises to the
Lord; dwell on all his wondrous works! Give praise to God’s
holy name! Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the
Lord! Pursue the Lord and his strength; seek his face always!
Remember the wondrous works he has done, all his marvelous
works, and the justice he declared. --Psalm 105:1-5
I look forward to getting to know all of you in the weeks to
come, and I look forward to hearing your stories of courage.
If you’d like to share some meaningful things from your lists,
please send me an email at: email@example.com.
Rev. Glorida Denton
LET US NOT BE
W E A R Y
IN WELL DOING
Well church family, it’s been quite a month at
First Jenks, hasn’t it? To be honest, I’ve felt pretty
overwhelmed at times. I mean there’s preparations
being made almost daily for our return to the sanctuary,
there’s the constant video production so we
can continue to worship together while we are apart,
figuring out ways to keep on top of office administrative
duties, and let’s not forget a new staff member
arriving the same week as a new pastor.
But last week I was reminded what the goal truly is
and why the work is so rewarding. The youth has continued
to meet weekly for our Zoom. I had set a big
goal for this year to talk about the whole Bible from
cover to cover with the youth. They were excited
about it, it’s importance goes without saying, and I
determined that no pandemic from hell would keep us
from accomplishing this idea that God had placed in
The past few weeks, instead of having lessons and
survey over a particular book, I have given them study
assignments for the week to come back and talk about
- something they could read on and study out every
day of the week. Before we left, they all had notebooks,
Bible highlighters and their Bibles. The first
book we did this with was Daniel. Friends, we have
14 year olds talking about the stories and prophecies
in Daniel in depth, remarking on where they see Jesus
and what these things mean to them. The next week
was the book of proverbs, and they were tasked with
reading a chapter of proverbs every day and selecting
one proverb from each chapter they read, then
coming back to discuss the ones they picked and why.
And again, I wish you could have listened to these kids
talk about the ways of righteousness, the words that
jumped out to them, the importance of guarding your
life from sin, or just guarding your mouth at all times.
We are preparing to do the same thing for the book
of Psalms. But I’m already seeing that this daily devotional
study time is taking root in the kids as my own
kid takes her Bible, her highlighters and a notebook
with her as she comes and goes from the house.
Upon reflecting on this, Galatians 6:9 came to me
which says, “Let us not be weary in well doing, for
in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” This
describes this month at First Jenks, and sure tells what
is to come (and what is already starting to happen).
Sure there’s been a lot of work lately, and the tireless
efforts of the leadership team have shown that true.
But there is a harvest to reap on the horizon when
the season gets here. The key is to not give up, to not
So, on behalf of the youth ministry, hang in there.
Don’t grow weary. It’s been so long since we’ve been
together for worship. Let’s not get impatient or weary.
The season for harvest is on the wayy
I am Anya
Schneider. I want to
first welcome and invite all of you into a
new journey of seeing children, families,
volunteers, congregation members, and all
connected to us, encounter JESUS through
the work He does at First Jenks UMC with
our children’s ministry.
As the new children’s director, I want to
serve you, whether you are a child, a parent,
an individual blessed with grandbabies, a
congregation member, or even if you fit
into none of those categories. How can I
show the care of Christ to you this month?
We are in an interesting time in history, and
I am sensitive to the fact that you, or some
children in your family, are possibly feeling
some of the pains it has brought, plus, in
general life can be a lot can be a lot. It can
also be great. All considered...
Can I pray for you? Can I help you in a
practical way through an act of service? Can
I connect you to someone who can help with
something specific? We will be coming back
to church soon, and my email is available,
please do not hesitate to reach out for a way
I can serve you.
My desire is that we all link arms as a church
and raise this next generation together for
the glory of Jesus. I have a task for you! Jesus
cares very much for children, and He longs
to show His glory to them, so will you join
me in praying for the infants – 6 graders
here at First Jenks UMC, as well as those
connected to them? Pray that Jesus would
release His kingdom in and through them.
Pray also that Holy Spirit would reveal His
glory to them each day, including when
they set foot on the grounds of our church.
Pray for the staff and volunteers who will be
working with them. If you are interested in
volunteering, please email me your phone
number and I will give you a call when I am
in the office during the week.
As you pray for our children and think of
how to invite others in on this journey that
I mentioned at the beginning, consider this
simple phrase: “I am with Jesus and I know
Him, so therefore I obey Him by His Holy
Scriptures, and I am called by name to let
the world know Him and obey Him.” Our
Heavenly Father longs for His children to
know Him, and to obey Him; obedience
is one of His favorite expressions of love
to Him. He is moving in hearts mightily,
and there is no limit for Jesus when it comes
to His children. No matter your age, you
are His child too and were created in His
image. While on earth, we were all born to
engage His kingdom. I am ready to pursue
JESUS together. I look forward to meeting
If you have an infant – 6 grader in the
children’s ministry, or even if you know a
child, and engage in discussion with them
about the Lord regularly, I encourage
you to read this verse to them, ask
them what they think, then
encourage them to memorize it:
Jesus answered, “If anyone loves
me, then he will obey my teaching.
My Father will love him, and we will
come to him and make our home with him.
Want to know about me?
Feel free to ask me a question
when you see me, maybe even
let me know how the memory
verse went for that child you
know! Let me help you get to
know me as I share a few of
my hobbies, tell you what I am
up to, and brief you on what
will be of our children’s ministries.
I enjoy the beach, writing
song lyrics, watching football
(Roll Tide), and being with
family and close friends.
These days, in addition to
working together to serve
our children and each other,
you will find me working on
my MDIV at Oral Roberts
University, pursuing my
chaplaincy credentials, and
continuing ministry in Oklahoma’s
Did you know that the
book of 1 John was written
directly to children?
The choir is continuing to meet every
Wednesday for Zoom sessions. Each week we
hope to encourage one another with our talks,
times of laughter, and times of prayer. And yes,
we are singing sometimes as well! Each week
we usually have a particular topic to discuss.
On May 20 our topic for discussion was "If My
Heart Could Talk....What Would It Share." On
May 27 we shared ways that we have deepened
our relationship with God during this time of
the pandemic. On June 3 we had four topics
to choose from: 1. An encouraging word, 2. An
encouraging scripture, 3. An encouraging song,
and 4. A good joke. On June 10, our topic for
discussion was "The Why Behind Choir."
Different members of the choir have continued
to share on our email loop encouraging words of
Scripture and songs.
On June 14, Rachel and Kathryne did an
outreach to the choir by delivering homemade
"Cookies for Choir." This was a special way
to stay con- nected to our wonderful
choir members while we are still apart. We
wanted to bless the choir with the sweet treats
to let them know that we loved them and missed
them. We are looking forward to the day when
we can be together again!
Associate Music Minister
Not the Prince of Panic
Flatten the curve, wear your mask, rioting, protests,
dust storms. And that is just the first half of 2020. Let’s
face it, regardless of which news story we are talking
about, the word of the year is “anxiety”. Some of us
have seen everything from a TV screen or on Facebook
feeds. Some have experienced illnesses close to us.
Others have seen layoffs, furloughs and financial struggle
that just won’t go away. And our news outlets have long
ago learned that if they can feed our anxiety, the greater
their viewership will be. Even advertisers have taken this
idea and used it nearly all of my adult life. I remember
after September 11th the idea was to go out and buy a
new car and a diamond necklace, otherwise the terrorists
win. And now it’s the same, although more subtle.
We don’t buy cars because they are fun to drive. We buy
them because there’s 27 airbags for when we are in that
“inevitable” major crash. It’s as though we are force-fed
anxiety and then we go out and buy things we don’t particularly
want or need.
The Message version of Philippians 4:6-9 reads this
way: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let
petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers,
letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a
sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together
for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful
what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center
of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do
best by filling your minds and meditating on things true,
noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the
best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to
praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you
learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized.
Do that, and God, who makes everything work together,
will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”
Anxiety is not good. Jesus himself said that there was
coming a time where men’s hearts would fail them for
the fear of what’s to come. You know we are in that time
right now? Anxiety will kill you. Worry and stress will not
only shorten your life, but will take away the joy there is to
be found in it. Jesus said the thief comes to steal, kill and
destroy… Anxiety, worry, stress steals from you, kills you,
destroys everything. Anxiety is not from God. How many
times did God tell us, Peace I give to you…? Every time
an angel appeared to a man and the man was frightened,
the angel told him, Peace… Even when the weather was
storming and about to sink the boat, and Jesus got up
out of bed to speak to the storm, the first word out of his
mouth was PEACE… It’s the same with the storms in our
God knows our futures better than we know the past. Did
you ever stop and think about that God knew exactly the
situations you were going to be in the time he said “Don’t
worry”? He knew what kind of dire straits your situation
may appear to be, and still today He’s telling you, “don’t
worry.” Why would you tell someone not to worry in the
face of disaster? Two reasons: you know how it is going
to end, or you are going to get them out of the situation.
God has promised us BOTH of those things.
Of course there are people who think that God gives us
anxiety as a warning, a sense that something isn’t right.
In scripture Jesus was given many many names, but one
of my favorite ones is how the Bible refers to him as our
Prince of Peace. Now, where would your prince of peace
get off giving you anxiety? It’s out of his character, out
of his nature, and that never changes. Besides that, He
said that his sheep know his voice. It says that the spirit of
man is the candle of the Lord. It says that his word is a
lamp unto our path. It says he is our leading shepherd. He
doesn’t need to send you some “spidey-sense” of anxiety
to warn us. He’ll tell you, he’ll guide you, he’ll lead you.
Just as you’d expect the one known as the Prince of Peace
Jesus said “Peace (not anxiety) I leave with you, My peace
I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let
not your heart be troubled, neither let it
I’m so glad that Jesus isn’t the prince
of panic. Aren’t you?
Making connections and offering opportunities for faith, love, and service.
“Time to say hello! There are so many ways
to meet and greet a new pastor to a new church
and town, but we are having to invent even
new and creative ways. Pastor Gloria Denton
and family, Welcome to First Jenks! We still do
not know when we will be able to make your
arrival a face-to-face greeting, but we do greet
you with our hearts. We will all being praying
for you as you begin your time with us.
First Jenks is a church community whose hearts
extend far beyond the walls of the church.
Inside, we are a close and loving community.
We have learned of the very powerful element
of prayer for each other. We help each other
within the church, and we also work to find
ways to help in our community and beyond.
year, summer is the quiet time. However, with
the church being shut down in early March,
this has interfered with many of our projects.
We will be working on trying to work some of
those back into our schedule in the fall.
We all look forward to meeting you in person
and hearing what you have in mind for all of us
as we move about in God’s kingdom, doing His
work. Again, Welcome, Pastor Gloria. May
God bless you as you begin this new assignment
of love and sharing.
Have you noticed that God does things a lot differently
than we would? Jesus is resurrected from the dead, and
he spends actual time in the flesh after that. Remember
Thomas? He was in His body just like we are, and Thomas
felt the holes in His hands. He was here, and having
defeated death, He could have stayed on the earth in the
flesh all the time. How powerful that would have been!
Instead of going to church and hearing about Jesus, we
would go and He would tell us directly about things sitting
right there in the room. So then, why would He ascend to
Heaven and NOT stay here on the earth with us? He very
well could have stayed, but chose not to. Why?
In John 16, Jesus told His disciples that if He didn’t go,
then the Holy Spirit would not come.
Jesus, who knows everything, knew that it would be better
for us to have the Holy Spirit come down and dwell within
us than if Jesus was here talking to us. A voice from inside
to lead us, guide us, and teach us is better than a voice
from the outside.
We’ve studied the people throughout the Old Testament
this year, the prophets, kings, judges - and none of them
could experience what we get to experience here and now.
God took all of human history before Jesus and said that
this is not good enough. He couldn’t speak to us enough,
He couldn’t teach us and guide us enough. We couldn’t
know enough about God that way. So God decided that
He was going to take Himself - His very own Spirit - and
place Him within us.
The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” The Holy Spirit is a “He”
just like Jesus, just like the Father. He’s not a feeling or an
idea. He’s an equal portion of who God is, and He lives
So while we are going about our days, we need to do so
knowing that the guide is in us. And as we continue with
our devotional and study time, the teacher is in us. No
matter how boring, no matter how serious a time we find
ourselves in, the Holy Spirit is here and living in you. So
follow His leading and His guiding you in every area of
your life. Jesus went to Heaven so the Holy Spirit could
be this big in your life. And if He chose that for us, then
we know it has to be much better for us!
First Jenks KIDZONE!
The UMW at First Jenks is composed of 2
circles, Mary’s Hope and Joy. We both meet
on the 2nd Thursday of the month, one in the
morning and one in the evening. We normally
have projects going on about 7-8 months of the
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!
Services at 9 and 10:30
return to worship
Services at 9 and 10:30
Livestream @ 10am
Vimeo and Facebook
Livestream @ 10am
Vimeo and Facebook
All Monthly Events are cancelled or Postponed due to CDC and Conference
Guidelines. Services will be livestreamed at 10AM on Sunday Morning.
Once we return to worship, we will have two identical “blended” services
at 9:00 and 10:30. (reservations will be necessary.)
Starting at 6pm
Starting at 6pm
Starting at 6pm
Starting at 6pm
Our Thursday night ZOOM meetings
have been a wonderful time of discussion and interaction.
We will resume these meetings on July 9th!
Be sure you join us every Thursday at 6 PM!
See your email for information to join.
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.
As we approach reopening day we ask that you
Help us spread the Gospel, not Germs!
“Blended” services will be at 9 and 10:30
Here’s what you need to know:
•You must wear a mask.
•Social distancing will be maintained.
•Families will be seated by an unsher, one
family at a time - please arrive early.
•Restrooms are for emergencies only, and
are limited to one occupant at a time.
•All children and youth facilities are
If you have any of these symptoms
we invite you to worship with us
online at facebook.com/firstjenks :
If you have any questions,
please contact the church office
at 918-299-5462 or
• Fever/Chills • Cough
• Fatigue • Muscle/Body Aches
• Headache • New Loss of Taste/Smell
• Sore Throat • Congestion/Runny Nose
• Nausea/Vomiting • Diarrhea
• Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing