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“Good News” Newsletter

February 2021








Remembering Linda Tucker

     Our Sister in Christ, Linda Tucker passed from this life into eternity on January 22, 2021 at the age of 70 in Tahlequah, OK. We all have been inspired by her wonderful piano playing, and she will be missed. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and Linda’s wishes, there was only a small Memorial Service for her family in Ceiling, Oklahoma.

     Here is the obituary that was prepared for Linda’s service:


     Linda Alene Tucker, was born March 14, 1950 in Los Angeles County, California.

Linda, a resident of Cookson, OK, passed from this life into eternity on January 22, 2021 at the age of 70 in Tahlequah, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil “Jack” and Esther Riley; paternal parents, Ezra and Billie Lindsey; and sister, Diane Coe.

     She is survived by her husband, Donald Tucker; adult children, son, Tysun Riley-Chambers; daughter, Fayth Carnell; daughter, Alysa Riley-Chambers; grandchildren, Calista, Marion, and Ruger; and brother, Steve Lindsey.

    Linda’s passion was piano. She devoted herself to playing piano for churches she attended throughout her life.

    She enjoyed being outdoors, vacationing, and spending time with her family.

    Linda’s wishes were to not have a large funeral service but to simply be cremated.

Linda wanted all who knew her to celebrate her life rather than weeping over her death.

“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)

“A Right Time for Everything” So, What Time is it?

by Pastor Darell Christopher


"There is a right time for everything: 2 A time to be born; A time to die; A time to plant; A time to harvest; 3 A time to kill; A time to heal; A time to destroy; A time to rebuild; 4 A time to cry; A time to laugh; A time to grieve; A time to dance; 5 A time for scattering stones; A time for gathering stones; A time to hug; A time not to hug; 6 A time to find; A time to lose; A time for keeping; A time for throwing away; 7 A time to tear; A time to repair; A time to be quiet; A time to speak up; 8 A time for loving; A time for hating; A time for war; A time for peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 TLB)


     The 70’s band Chicago had a song that asked the question, “Does anybody really know what time it is?”

Knowing what time it is is so important. It doesn’t seem like it, but it’s been over a year since we first heard about this Covid-19 pandemic. Where has the time gone, and what should Christians be doing at this time? (I can confidently say, it’s probably not the best time to hug.)

     We are certainly experiencing a time like no other time in our lives. Many are asking if this is the new normal, or whether things will ever get back to normal. So what time is it? Here are a few things to consider doing at this time.

     It’s always a good time to repent. As we enter the season of Lent, we are reminded that a disciple’s life is one of daily repentance. Reality shows us that this has been a time of great suffering and death, and our primary response has often been grief. Repentance calls us not to avoid this reality but make room for grieving it. Lent points us to Easter, death to resurrection. We are called even in the worst times to hope in God’s deliverance from the power of sin and death. This hope against all hope is a bold confidence in God’s promises, and it is what is needed at this time.

     This is a time for Vigilance. It’s time to wake up and be alert. Many of us are very vulnerable at this time. This is when the devil and the enemy attacks. We must be vigilant and watchful. This is a time of testing. This is a time when many let their guards down and give in to temptations. 1 Corinthians 10:12 says, “Anyone who thinks they are standing strong should be careful that they don’t fall.”  In these times of temptation and testing, ask God for protection from all assaults of the devil and for guidance and strength in the Word.

     This is a time for practicing the “Golden Rule” and hospitality. A large number of our neighbors are suffering. In addition to the elderly, the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers, and the poor, we are now seeing record numbers of underemployed and unemployed neighbors. The Church is the body of Christ. We are his arms, legs, and representatives of the love He first showed us. We should be asking, what can the church do to practice and embody hospitality toward those who are suffering at this time?

     This is not the time to shrink back. Hebrews 10:38-39 says, “My righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back. 39 But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.”

     And it’s always a good time for devotion and prayer.


Exploring Oklahoma’s Historic Churches

By Judy Shade

     Greetings, Sisters and Brothers. This month’s travels bring us to nearby Fort Gibson, OK.

     First Presbyterian Church in Fort Gibson is said to be the oldest Presbyterian church in Oklahoma. As interesting as that sounds, the real story is in the bell.  The monument, as seen in the photo, is hard to read. The following is a transcription of that memorial.

     In December 1832, the Rev. John Flemming, Presbyterian missionary, arrived at Fort Gibson to take up the work of the chaplain for the soldiers at the fort and the settlers in the area of the fort and also as a missionary to the Creek Indians who were located on the Verdergris River nearby. Services began in the post chapel which was located immediately east of the stockade. The foundation of this old chapel is still in existence.

     Rev. Flemming decided that a bell was needed to call the people to services. The Presbyterian board of missions had this bell cast in Philadelphia, and shipped it by boat down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and up the Arkansas and Grand Rivers to Fort Gibson. This bell arrived at Fort Gibson some time in 1833, and was erected on the Post chapel. An old picture of the post chapel appears on page 76 in the book, “Fort Gibson, Gateway to the West” by C.W.West. It can be observed from this picture the stanchions on top of the chapel which held this bell in place. The bell had been removed when the picture was taken.

In 1873, steps were taken to organize a regular Presbyterian church, and that organization was consummated in April 1874. In about 1875, the Presbyterians built a frame church house. This building burned in 1926, and in this fire, the bell was cracked. When the new church building was constructed in 1928, a belfry was not constructed, and this bell remained on the church property until 1936 when the Presbyterian church placed this historic bell in the Fort Gibson stockade where it was exhibited to the public.

     This bell was used for nearly a century to call folks from a distance of even two miles around to worship.

     In 1986, Mr. Q.B. Boydstun* (died age 87) and his family and friends had the bell displayed at the church as a memorial to him.  The present church building is built on the site with the same floor plan as was the frame building mentioned above.

  *QB Boydstun was an attorney practicing law in Fort Gibson, and also a former member of the state legislature, who played an important part in securing funds for the revival of the old fortress buildings.














Reaching Out While We Are In – February 2021

By Eileen Mischke


     Because of Covid-19, the weather, and our church being closed to in-house worship services for the past couple of months, outreach schedules have become somewhat erratic. I’d like to hopefully get us back on track.


      Normally, we would have focused on the Care Food Pantry in the month of January, culminating in bringing cans of soup at the time of the Souper (Super) Bowl. At the present time, this is difficult, so we’d like to suggest that you might send a financial gift to benefit the Care Food Pantry at this time.

I know that we have been and will continue to encourage you to provide staple items for our own Sharing Table at the church. As you may have seen on TV, heard on the radio, and other social media outlets, the need is greater than ever these days. People are frequently coming to our church doors needing help. All of you who have been contributing to our Sharing Table, either physically or through an earmarked donation, you can be sure that it has been appreciated and put to good use. Everyone who receives food is appreciative.


    In previous years, we’ve usually designated February as the month to emphasize support for World Outreach. As the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Week of Compassion works with partners to alleviate suffering throughout the world. Through Week of Compassion, our vision is to have a world where God’s people transform suffering into hope. Even during a pandemic, disasters continue to happen. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted every area of our personal and communal lives. In the same way, it also touched every area of the work of Week of Compassion through sustainable development, disaster relief, and refugee support. Because of your faithfulness, in 2020 alone, Week of Compassion provided nearly $3 million for responses all over the world. With so many in need, your compassion is more important than ever.


     The reality is that 2021 will bring many of the same challenges—as well as some new ones. Disasters will continue to occur. Displaced populations remain vulnerable. And hundreds of millions of people around the world struggle under the weight of poverty. But thanks to your support, Week of Compassion will continue to respond.


    Events of the past year have shown us that, even in times when we cannot be physically together in one place, your offerings to support Week of Compassion continue to strengthen our church’s presence all over the world, providing water to the thirsty, food for the hungry, and hope for the weary. Please be generous with your support for this cause.









In loving memory of Linda






































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