A New Season of Partnership

A New Season of Partnership

In 1994, under the leadership of Dr. Connie Cole Jeske, First United Methodist Church of Tulsa began a relationship with Eugene Field Elementary School. This relationship has now seen over 25 years of love, prayer, support, encouragement for students and staff, and tangible acts of love and service.
Through much change in the school and surrounding neighborhood, one thing has remained constant and that is God’s faithfulness. God has been faithful to continually provide everything needed in the way of resources and people power. He has also been faithful to affirm his movement in the neighborhood and his call for us to pray and be available to the work he is doing in West Tulsa.
This is a year of change as the neighborhood around Eugene Field is changing with redevelopment. Another change is that first nine weeks of school will be virtual learning. Teachers and school administration are feeling the pressure of learning new skills and being stretched to be creative with ways to engage their students without having them physically in the school building.
Another significant change for Eugene Field is that Gloria Newman, who has been teaching there for 24 years, retired this spring. Gloria and her husband David have been members of FUMC and the One in the Spirit Sunday School Class for many years. In many ways, Gloria was our “insider” in the Eugene Field community and her faithful love and service to the school and its families took the love of Jesus to the school in so many tangible ways.
As one season ends with Gloria’s retirement, another season is beginning in our relationship with Eugene Field. Sheri Carpenter, another longtime FUMC member, has been hired as the Assistant Principal for the 2020-21 school year. When her kids were young, Sheri spent countless hours volunteering in the FUMC children’s department with Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. We are so excited to welcome Sheri to the Eugene Field community and to see what God has in store for FUMC’s partnership with the school and through Sheri’s leadership!
Connie and Shelli welcome Sheri Carpenter to the Eugene Field Staff.
Dr. Connie Cole Jeske and Shelli Pleasant honor Gloria Newman for 24 years of faithful service at Eugene Field.

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