Frequently Asked Questions

January 18, 2016 by  
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Garnett Church of Christ is now The Journey: a new generation church of Christ. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you out.

Where do you meet on Sundays?
Wright Christian Academy
11391 E. Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK 74116

Where is your church office?
Our weekday location is more than a just a church office. Find us in the Briarglen Square shopping center on the southeast corner of 31st & 129th E. Ave. This is our “outpost” for ministry – where we give food & clothing, pray with you & our neighbors, & host small gatherings of children, youth, & adults. This is also the address you should use if you mail in your financial donations or have them automatically sent through your bank. We are remodeling this facility and securing city permitting, landlord approval, etc.

While we are currently occupying the space and it is functioning at a basic level, it will be 6-8 weeks before things are finished. We are working with Megan Chinowth, who is heading up the project and we will be using Helms Renovation and Bruce Judd to complete the build out.  Our goal is having Alpha and other events there after our Easter launch on March 27th.

The Journey Outpost
3171 S. 129th E. Ave, Suite D
Tulsa OK 74134
(918) 663-3000

You meet in a school and office in a shopping center. Is this permanent?
We have three year leases beginning the end of 2015, which means we intend to worship at Wright Christian Academy and office at Briarglen Square at least till 2018, and longer if these locations work well.

Why are you leasing rather than having a church building?
Simply, God has not led us to build or occupy a church building. Repeatedly God has led us toward a modest monthly lease, and by God’s grace we have monthly expenses that are much lower than when we owned a building.

Where is the baptistry?
Plans are in the works to build a baptistry in the PAC at Wright. There is already plumbing there, and it has been approved by the elders. It will take a few weeks to ship the baptistry, and get it installed. When you are looking at the stage, it will be on the right, between the stage and the doors leading to the cafe area.  In the meantime (and we have already used this once since meeting at Wright) we are able to use the baptistry at Memorial Church of Christ, just down the road.

What will happen to the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet?
We do plan to have a ministry to offer food and clothing at the Outpost location. There are some details to work out in our new space, along with some new and exciting ways we can partner with and serve our community. Our desire is to host people well, and we want to give a good first impression so we’re waiting for renovations to be done at the Outpost before we re-start this long-standing and very important ministry to our neighbors.

Were you previously another church?
Yes, our former name is Garnett Church of Christ. Garnett has a rich 46-year history and we carry that with us as we begin a new chapter as a church family as The Journey: a new generation church of Christ.

Why did you move?
In 2012 we felt God was leading us to get out of debt, so we began doing everything we could in order to pay down a decades-long debt load that most recently was $1.2 million. We did not initially intend to sell our building, but we believe God blessed us with a buyer, Union Public Schools, which paid $3.25 million for our former church property.

What are you doing with the rest of the money after paying off the debt?
After paying off our debt, the church remains with $2 million. We have established a missions foundation with $1 million of that $2 million. Our regular offerings are intended to pay our all monthly expenses for rent at Wright and church offices, salaries, and every other regular expense. The Journey does not intend to exceed our monthly giving with monthly spending, but the elders have seen fit to save additional money from the sale to be sure we have backup funds to re-launch the church over the next three years. The staff has access to limited funds each month, if overages occur where giving does not meet budget or needed spending, and this ensures the church has stability and growth in the next three years.

Were you able to keep anything from the old building?
Yes, we still have the large cross that was in the balcony of the Auditorium. It is currently at the church office, and it will be placed along with stained glass from the former Garnett Church building in a chapel in the church office building. We are even using wood from our old building to build a communion table at Wright for Sunday services.

Do you have a website?
We do! A brand new one, in fact. You can find it at www.thejourneychurch.faith On the website you’ll find recent sermons, weekly news, our mission/vision/values, staff bios, and much more!

Garnett is now The Journey

December 2, 2015 by  
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Visit our new website at www.thejourneychurch.faith

As we looked toward all the new, exciting opportunities we feel God has for our congregation, we felt it was only fitting to begin this next chapter of our journey with a new name and identity. From here on out, Garnett Church of Christ is now…

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New location. New name and logo. Same mission to “Invite all people into Christ centered life.”

You can find us on Sundays at Wright Christian Academy.
Classes at 9:30am, Service at 10:45am

Wright Christian Academy
11391 E Admiral Pl.
Tulsa, OK 74116

Wright is located near the northeast corner of Garnett & Admiral. There is a large parking lot at the back of the building (from Admiral & Garnett, go north on Garnett, take the first right on Admiral Place). There are a few handicap spots near the front of the building, accessed from Admiral St.

 

Our new office location is in the Briarglen Square at the southeast corner of 31st & 129th E. Ave.
3171 S. 129th East Ave.
Suite D
Tulsa, OK 74134
(918) 663-3000

October 30 Announcements

October 30, 2015 by  
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Sermon Audio
You can find the audio for our new sermon series, “Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John” on our website: http://www.garnettchurch.org/sermons/

The sermons are also available on Podcast through iTunes:
http://www.garnettchurch.org/sermons/?sermon_id=256

And in print form here:
http://gregtaylor.org/2015/10/19/he-must-become-greater/

Ladies Bible Class
We will meet in Room 201 for class until we move to Wright, that way we don’t have to walk all the way down hallway 2. 201 is the classroom next to the door on the other end of Hallway 2. Please let Jo Morton know if you have any questions.

GARNETT NEWS

Move Update and Timeline:

  • Move to Wright The contract with Wright has been officially approved. We have several teams of people working diligently to make sure we cover all the details of this move-and there are many!
  • The Journey Outpost We have submitted a proposal for leasing office space at 11th & Garnett. The open space we are looking at is on the southwest corner of that intersection (just north of Interstate 44), in between an Asian grocery store and a Hispanic grocery store. We see many positive things about this space, which we will call The Journey Outpost. This name will remind us that this space is for ministry outside our Sunday services-not just an office location. We will let you know when this lease has been approved by both our Elders and the landlord. The plan is to be moved in by the end of November.

Thanksgiving Worship Service: We will hold our final Worship Service at the current location on Sunday, November 29th. This will be a service of CELEBRATION of all that God has done through Garnett Church of Christ over the past 46 years. We will also be celebrating the journey we are on to continue to be a church following God’s lead as we move forward as The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ.

In order for all of our church family to participate in this worship service we will not have any children, youth, or adult classes on Nov. 29th. We will have a fellowship time in the lobby with coffee and snacks starting at 10am. Service will begin at 10:45am.

We have a great collection of files and photos from our church history, but if you have photos of any symbolic eras or events or ministries from our church family’s history-we would love to see them! You can send them to Beth West or contact the church office.

First Worship Service at Wright: We plan to start regularly holding our Sunday Worship Services at Wright on December 6th as The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ.

All Church Fall Retreat:
Coming up! Friday, November 6-Sunday, November 8th. We still have room, just contact Beth West to reserve your spot.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association
Harvest Dinner and Bingo:
When: Thursday, November 12, 6:30pm
Where: Broken Arrow Church of Christ 505 East Kenosha St.
Cost: Adult $15.00
Child (over 2yrs) $7.00
Bingo cards sold at dinner

Proceeds provide scholarships to Oklahoma Christian University. Contact Phyllis Fields for tickets or more info.

 

October 16th Announcements

October 16, 2015 by  
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Sermon Audio
You can find the audio for our new sermon series,“Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John” on our website: http://www.garnettchurch.org/sermons/

Audio of the 3rd Quarter business meeting is also available!
GARNETT NEWS
FALL FUNDRAISING FESTIVAL SATURDAY 10/17 from 5pm to 8pm at Garnett! The McIlroys and Leggs will be hosting this event to try & raise funds needed for their mission trip with Kibo Group International to Jinja, Uganda. They need to raise a remaining total of $5,000 to help send all 8 people in their team.

The event will have all of these fun activities you can participate in:
-Cory Legg & Friends will perform live music
-A Silent Art Auction
-A Bake Sale
-Kibo Coffee
-Games
-Face Painting
-Pie an Elder
-Food
-A Kibo Group Booth
-And more!

*All donations from the event will go to trip funding. If they over raise the remaining funds will be donated to Kibo.

If you can’t come but would still like to give you can mail checks to Garnett Church of Christ with the memo “Uganda Mission Trip” or donate online here: https://www.gofundme.com/tz47zzqs or here:https://www.gofundme.com/g52x8sr8

LAST CHANCE TO DONATE BOOKS!!
The Leggs and McIlroys will be headed to Jinja on October 20th. We asked Henry, the new country director for Kibo International what we could take with us to bless the staff and community of Jinja. He asked around and found out that their library located in The Source Cafe could use some books for children. Specifically, they would like Narnia, The Magic Tree House, The Famous 5 books, and any other books for kids.
If you would like to donate we will have a box in the foyer at the Fall Festival Saturday, as well as on Sunday!

All Church Fall Retreat: It’s coming up! S’mores, horseback rides, campfires, and fellowship with our Garnett family! We will be headed to New Life Ranch again this year. We will be there Friday, November 6-Sunday, November 8th. Please eat dinner before you arrive on Friday night. We will stay through lunch on Sunday before we leave to come back to Tulsa.

You are welcome to join us for the whole thing, or just part. If you are planning to just attend part of the weekend, let Beth West know & she can get an adjusted price for you based on how long you will be there (& how many meals you will be eating with us). Find the registration form here: 2015 Retreat Registration Form

Update on Hmong Shooting Lawsuit
Two years ago there was a shooting at Garnett Church of Christ building, in Phillips Hall during a Hmong family party. Six people were reported injured. Both then and now, we have prayed with and for the people injured and their families. Recently, we are being sued by a group of the injured. Our property/liability insurance provider has retained legal counsel, who will vigorously defend the lawsuit. As then so also now we are saddened about these events and pray for the victims of the shooters and all involved. We would like to request the congregation to pray for resolution and that this case will not overshadow the lives of anyone involved.
– Staff and Elders, Garnett Church of Christ

CHILDRENS MINISTRY
Volunteers: There will be a lunch for all the Childrens Ministry volunteers immediately following the service on Sunday 10/18 in the Great Room. New and Potential volunteers are welcome! We will be addressing important topics regarding our ministry.

Parents of Pre-K children: We appreciate you helping us to learn how to give to God. It will continue to be a process.

Just a Reminder that the children are dismissed from their classes at 11:45am.

YOUTH MINISTRY
We are pleased to announce that Nate Donley has accepted our offer to become the new Youth Minister here at Garnett!

I am humbled and very thankful that God has blessed me with this opportunity to work with the Garnett staff and members to lead others into a Christ centered life! I accept the offer proposed to become the new youth minister at Garnett Church of Christ. I am very excited to get out there and get working with y’all and the students! I would appreciate prayer over the next couple weeks. Telling my current students is going to be very difficult. Again, thank you for this opportunity and all praise to God.    -Nate Donley

Update on Hmong Shooting Lawsuit

October 16, 2015 by  
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Update on Hmong Shooting Lawsuit

October 15, 2015

Two years ago there was a shooting at Garnett Church of Christ building, in Phillips Hall during a Hmong family party. Six people were reported injured. Both then and now, we have prayed with and for the people injured and their families. Recently, we are being sued by a group of the injured. Our property/liability insurance provider has retained legal counsel, who will vigorously defend the lawsuit. As then so also now we are saddened about these events and pray for the victims of the shooters and all involved. We would like to request the congregation to pray for resolution and that this case will not overshadow the lives of anyone involved.

— Staff and Elders, Garnett Church of Christ

October 11th Service at Wright Christian Academy

October 6, 2015 by  
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We will hold our Worship Service at Wright Christian Academy THIS Sunday, Oct. 11th. We will not have classes for children, youth, or adults at Wright this week; it will be JUST a Worship Service starting at 10:45amWright Christian Academy is located at 11391 E Admiral Pl, Tulsa, OK 74116.
 
There will be a caravan leaving the Garnett parking lot at 10:15am, led by Todd Pitts & his big, blue pickup truck. (Don’t be late!)
 
There will be NO classes or Worship Service at the Garnett building this Sunday. We are having a trial run of our service at Wright just this week. If all goes well, and we continue to sense the Spirit leading us to Wright, we will begin having regular services and classes at that location staring in December.
 
We are also having our Quarterly Business Meeting THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 11th. immediately after our worship service at Wright. We’ll have a time for feedback on how the service went at Wright, financial update, & an update on our new church logo and website.

October 1st Announcements

October 1, 2015 by  
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Garnett News

Run Through at WrightWe will have a Worship Service Run Through at Wright Christian Academy on October 11th. There will be no classes or worship service at Garnett that Sunday, so be sure to make arrangements to meet us at Wright for service at 10:45am! There will be a caravan leaving the Garnett parking lot at 10:15am on the 11th, led by Todd Pitts. (Don’t be late!) Wright Christian Academy is located at 11391 E Admiral Pl, Tulsa, OK 74116.

Parents and Grandparents of Teenagers:
We have two youth minister candidates visiting Garnett. Spencer Bolte visited on Sunday September 28th. This coming Sunday, Oct 4 we’ll have the same kind of gathering and meal with Nate Donley. We want to invite parents and youth workers to have lunch with the candidates. We’ll have some food available for $5 donation in the youth hall after our worship service.

Our decision about whether to offer one or neither of these candidates the job will come soon after Oct 4. Hiring both won’t be an option, so each person is encouraged to think long-term about who is best fit, and we believe the consensus will agree and the Holy Spirit will help us discern what is best next step.

All Church Fall Retreat:
It’s that time of year again! Time for s’mores, horseback rides, campfires, and fellowship with our Garnett family! We will be headed to New Life Ranch again this year (though we are in a brand new set of cabins this year!) We will be there Friday November 6-Sunday November 8th. Please eat dinner before you arrive on Friday night. We will eat lunch at NLR on Sunday before we leave to come back to Tulsa.

Registration forms are available at the coffee bar. Please feel free to make copies & invite others in our Garnett family to join us! You are welcome to join us for the whole thing, or just part. If you are planning to just attend part of the weekend, let Beth West know & she can get an adjusted price for you based on how long you will be there (& how many meals you will be eating with us).

Short Term Missions:
Join us Sundays at 9:30am in the Conference Room as we study short term trips and discuss how we can all be involved in missions.

Children’s Ministry News:

Volunteer Opportunity: Help us reach our goal of 36 volunteers! We need six more. Please contact Bartola if you would like to volunteer.

Parents of Pre-K children: We encourage you to continue giving some spare change to your child so they can participate in the offering.

Community Info
There is information at the coffee bar about the Tulsa Mission Movement Forum, October 2-3, 2015. The Tulsa Mission Movement’s vision is: Tulsa churches partnering to reach, by God’s power, 100 Unreached People Groups by 2040. The Garnett Mission team attends their monthly lunches when possible. For more information on the Tulsa Mission Movement, visithttp://tulsamissionmovement.com/.

September 5th Announcements

September 5, 2015 by  
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This Sunday Bartola Kuruvilla will be speaking on HUMILITY: Psalm 131
Catch up on last week’s sermon on HOPE by Cory & Hannah Legg here: http://www.garnettchurch.org/sermons/

 

GARNETT NEWS

Short Term Missions Class starting: You don’t have to go to Uganda with the McIlroys and Leggs to learn about missions and Kibo Group! Join us Sundays (Sept. 13thSept. 27thOct. 4thOct. 11th and Oct. 18th) at 9:30am in the Conference Room as we study short term trips and discuss how we can all be involved in missions.

Location Update:
We are still looking for a separate space for offices & other weekday ministry activities. Contact Jerald Rider if you have questions or concerns.

Garage Sale:
There will be a garage sale at the church Saturday, September. 26th. The purpose is to raise funds towards upgrading the children’s toys. Donations are welcome, so if you have any, please contact Bartola or bring them by the church.
Right Now Media:
Garnett has purchased a subscription to Right Now Media-a great place for lots of Bible Study resources. (It’s like the Netflix of Bible study videos.) As Garnett members, you are receiving free access to a huge, streaming, online, access-on-any-device library of over 8,000 video Bible studies, leadership videos and kids shows. (Dave Ramsey, Andy Stanley, Veggie Tales, Adventures in Odyssey, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Jen Hatmaker, and tons more!)
Secret Sisters:
There will be a Secret Sisters meeting on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30PM in the Great Room, to discuss the future of Secret Sisters. It will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share. Drinks will be provided. All ladies are welcome to attend!

 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY NEWS

There will be NO Children’s classes offered SUNDAY, SEPT. 6TH

Volunteer Opportunity: As we start our new school year, we are in need of more volunteers to volunteer once a month for the children’s Sunday classes. Youth are encouraged to apply.

Parents of Pre-K children: We are learning the importance of giving back to God as a response of the many blessings we receive. So, we are encouraging you to give some spare change to your child so they can participate in an offering.

COMMUNITY INFO
There is information at the coffee bar about the Tulsa Mission Movement Forum, October 2-3, 2015. The Tulsa Mission Movement’s vision is: Tulsa churches partnering to reach, by God’s power, 100 Unreached People Groups by 2040. The Garnett Mission team attends their monthly lunches when possible. For more information on the Tulsa Mission Movement, visit http://tulsamissionmovement.com/.

Location & Summer Schedule Updates

July 27, 2015 by  
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Location/Move & Summer Update
July 26, 2015

 

How long will we stay at this facility?

  • We would like to move out of Garnett building by November (All operations-Sunday worship services, mid-week ministries, and offices)
  • Currently, we are leasing this space from Union Public Schools. They extended our original lease through December 31, 2015. There is no penalty for us leaving before December 31.
  • We are developing a timeline for a move, but in general we are on a 90-day countdown to moving!

 

 Where will we go?

  • Wright Christian Academy continues to seem like a great fit for our Sunday worship gatherings. Their Performing Arts Center auditorium seats 300 and  we would have classroom space available for children’s ministry, youth and adult classes on Sundays.
  • We are in the process of negotiating an agreement for leasing space on Sundays from Wright, and we are hopeful this will be a win-win for our church and the school.
  • There is no space available at Wright for our offices or mid-week ministries (food pantry, clothing closet, etc.) We are searching for space to house these things nearby Wright.

How long do we think we will be at Wright?

  • Our current plan is to start with a 1-3 year lease, with hopes that we will grow and need to find a larger space in a few years.

 

What is coming up for the rest of the summer?

  • Greg Taylor will be taking a planned study break/sabbatical/vacation for August and early September. He and his family will not be here during those six weeks. Please keep them in your prayers as they enjoy time together before Ashley & Anna leave for Harding University, and as Greg takes time to be refreshed and renewed.
  • We will continue with our summer series: No Shortcuts-Walking with Jesus in the Age of Instagram, going through the Psalms of Ascent with planned guest speakers and current Sunday Bible Classes until the beginning of September.
  • New church office hours are Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5 pm, closed on Fridays. GarnettInfo@gmail.com is monitored daily, so that is your best method for sending prayer requests or other information, but during office hours feel free to call in. If you don’t get someone, try back later or try the email method.

Thursday July 23 Announcements

July 22, 2015 by  
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This Sunday
Greg Taylor will be speaking on SECURITY: Psalm 125
Catch up on last week’s sermon by Hilton Merritt here:
PROVIDENCE. http://www.garnettchurch.org/sermons/
GARNETT NEWS

Location Update: We are considering what it would look like for us to meet at Wright Christian Academy for our Sunday worship services. They have a 300-seat auditorium, classrooms, & outdoor space. We would have to find separate space for offices & other weekday ministry activities. Contact Jerald Rider if you have questions or concerns.

Food Pantry Needs: The food pantry is in need of canned food items. We need canned corn, green beans, mixed vegetables & fruit. Also, we are always in need of plastic and brown paper bags. We thank you in advance for all your help. Contact Patty Garren with questions.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Praise the Lord in Song: Park Plaza Church of Christ will hold an area-wide singing at their 51st & Sheridan location on Sun., July 26, at 6 pm. Contact Park Plaza for more info.

Furniture Outreach Request: International Community Outreach is hosting its annual Furniture Fest at the University of Tulsa, August 22th. The nations are here at our doorstep and you can help touch them for Christ. Your furniture and presence can be a blessing to international students at TU through the Furniture Fest. Used furniture (beds, chairs, desks etc) suitable for apartments will be picked up each week on SATURDAY beginning July 25-Aug 15. To donate items contact the church office.

Citywide Mission Conference Oct 2nd-3rd: Join God & explore ways to invest your life, locally & globally, for the completion of the Great Commission. (If you are familiar with the Perspectives course, or have been interested in taking the course, this will be a very valuable workshop! ) The October 2-3 Forum includes: Claude Hickman of The Traveling Team teaching on how God speaks to each and every believer to understand his or her role in God’s Kingdom, Workshop Sessions, Exhibits. You are also encouraged to invite a mission leaders from other churches so more Tulsa area churches can be mobilized.

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