First Christian Church
“Good News” Newsletter
We eagerly await the time we can meet again in our sanctuary!
Church Board Votes to Postpone Reopening
of Church Building
by Pastor Darell
Our plans were to have the building open and to resume in-person worship on June 21. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis has not let up. After prayer and discussion, our Board of Directors voted to not resume in-person worship service at this time. The decision was based on information and recommendations from the Oklahoma Region of Disciples of Christ and the guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC believes it is not safe for churches to reopen until there are 14 days of data showing a reduction in new cases of Covid-19.
As was stated in our last newsletter, First Christian Church is committed to the spiritual and physical well-being of our beloved church family. The Board continues to work on establishing criteria for a safe return to services within the church building.
It is quite evident that we all are hoping for a return to in-person worship and the opening of the building. The work of the church continues, and those in our church family are finding creative ways to keep the church family together and active in church activities.
We have started a Wednesday Night Bible Class online on “Zoom”, and we invite you to be part of our Bible study. We will continue our online live streaming of our worship services on our Facebook page, even after the building reopens. A member has generously donated a new camera, and we will continue to invest in our online streaming technology to hopefully bring the best worship service we can provide during this pandemic crisis.
As was stated in our last newsletter, we ask for your continued prayers for our church family. Congregations everywhere are struggling with these crucial decisions on when it would be best to open the church building and resume in-person worship. We need your prayers, and hopefully, we can begin meeting together again at the building.
Are We Living in the “Last Days”?
(Only God Knows When the Time Will Be)
by Pastor Darell Christopher
Whenever there is a crisis or extraordinary events taking place in the world, people start talking about this being the “Last Days”. With this Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis, I have been asked several times if this could be the end of the world. My answer might surprise you: “I don’t know.” It could be, but then again the Bible makes it very clear: “No one knows when that day or time will be.”
Jesus says in Matthew 24:6-7, “When you hear of wars beginning, this does not signal my return; these must come, but the end is not yet. The nations and kingdoms of the earth will rise against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many places.”
Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 24:36-38, “No one knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don’t know when it will be. Only the Father knows. When the Son of Man comes, it will be the same as what happened during Noah’s time. In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving their children to be married right up to the day Noah entered the boat.”
There has been a long string of predictions going all the way back to the First Century. Wikipedia lists over 170 different religiously motivated predictions of the end of the world. The first American-born end of the world predictor was Cotton Mather, a son of Puritan parents and a Harvard graduate who predicted the end of the world in 1697, 1716, and 1736.
The “Millerites” predicted Oct. 22, 1844. They eventually became the Seventh-day Adventists. The followers of Charles Taze Russell, a 19th-century preacher, believed Jesus would return in 1878. Then he changed it to 1914. They became Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Branch Davidians originally predicted April 22, 1959. Other false prophets include Harold Camping, Edgar Cayce, Sun Myung Moon, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson (at least twice) and John Hagee. Even Sir Isaac Newton, the great astronomer and mathematician, believed that Jesus would return in the year 2000.
No one knows the time, but we do know what we are to do
while we wait on our Lord and Savior’s return. Matthew 22:37-38
says you are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Nobody knows the time or day, but we do know we are to keep
expressing love for one another. Like Noah, we just have to be ready.
Some of our members still doing the work of the church – safely!
Reaching Out While We Are In: July
By Eileen Mischke
As you are aware, we are still not meeting in the church building at this time. But as you know, the church is the people, not the building. Your Outreach Committee has still been busy planning how we can be of service to our community.
We want to let you know that we appreciate how you have stepped up this past month when you found out that there was a need to keep the Sharing Table filled. I understand that a number of people have come by the church and dropped off food. It has been much appreciated. So, I would like to remind you that it is still an on-going need. There are still a lot of food-challenged people here in town and that won’t go away any time soon. So, continue the good work.
There are other groups that are feeding folks, too. Last month we focused on the Day Center here in Tahlequah. We appreciate those who contributed to that ministry. For the month of July, we’re focusing on Feed My Sheep. During this challenging time, they are providing a carry-out meal once a week. Our church has been furnishing soft fresh fruit for that ministry, once a month. Recently, they have requested that we almost double the amount of fruit. We have folks that shop and deliver this fruit to them monthly. We all have the same goal—to show God’s love to these folks. If you’d like to contribute to this ministry, mark your contribution for “Feed My Sheep” and we’ll see that they get the fruit they need.
You can give to any of our ministries besides the featured one at any time by marking your offering accordingly. It’s all appreciated.
We appreciate seeing how folks are showing their love for their fellow man even while they can’t do it in person by still doing what they can through various contributions. As you may know, you can give an offering to any of these featured ministries at any time. Hopefully, we will be back together in person soon, and in the meantime, we can continue giving, as able, and coming together by “attending” Darell’s daily devotionals and the live stream of the church service on Sundays.
Online Giving Now Available
Those who wish may now give to First Christian Church, Tahlequah online!
You may give through our website by clicking here.
If you wish to give using your Smartphone, you will need the app. Here are the instructions:
Tithe.ly Giving App:
Since this is your first time giving with Tithe.ly you will be prompted to create an account that you can use for all future gifts.
The first time you will also need to add your credit/debit card or ACH/banking info.
Once your account has been created you won’t need to enter your personal or payment information. Just enter your PIN and give!
A reminder you have the ability to set your gift up as recurring.
Daily Devotional Podcasts
Pastor Darell does a Daily Devotional Podcast on the Members of First Christian Church Facebook page. If you are not a member on this page and would like to be, please contact us at 918. 456-2415, by e-mail at , or send a message through our website here.