The Chapel Digest - JUNE 2024

Memory Makers

What are some of your favorite summer memories from your childhood and teenage years? Is it the unmatchable joy of the end of a school year? Endless hours at baseball or softball games? Perhaps it was meeting your friends to swim at pools, lakes, creeks, or ponds? Maybe it was extra time with your parents or grandparents? If you grew up in church, your summer memories might include vacation bible school, summer day camps, overnight camps, or mission trips. 

As kids and teenagers, we probably did not recognize or appreciate how each of those memories depended on an adult or a team of adults to make them possible. Our favorite moments were made possible by those who gave time, energy, and resources to create experiences for us. Parents and grandparents paid for our activities, arranged their schedules to haul us around, and often volunteered to make these fun things possible. Other adults stepped in to lead games and events as coaches, referees, day camp volunteers, lifeguards, camp counselors, and so many other roles. 

We may not remember the names or faces of most of those volunteers, but our happy memories are the direct result of their investment. Many of our experiences were more than fun events. They were opportunities to build friendships, discover new skills, develop character, and grow in our relationship with God. We are who we are because of the service of others. 

As we head into another great summer at Christian Chapel, I’m grateful for the memory-making opportunities that our Chapel Kids and Chapel Youth have over the next few months. Chapel Kids Mega Summer Camp, Royal Family Kids Camp, Chapel Youth Missions Trip, Chapel Youth Senior Trip, Chapel Kids Camp, and Chapel Youth Camp are all incredible opportunities for the next generation to experience God, enjoy friendships, and create positive memories. 

Each event requires an army of behind-the-scenes memory-makers. Each moment involves adults who are willing to serve and lead. When you serve, lead, pray, or give, you help create experiences that turn into life-long positive memories. Thank you for all you do! It makes a long-term difference. Decades from now, our kids and grandkids will look back fondly on this season of life. Your faithful giving, serving, and praying will be an unseen but vital component of that memory.

If you would like to learn more about how you can serve, give, or pray for our Chapel Kids and Chapel Youth this summer, please email

Chris Dow

Lead Pastor

'There are only 18 summers in childhood … make this one count.'

- Unknown -


SUNDAY Morning Services - 8:15AM, 9:30AM & 11:00AM

Sunday, June 2nd

8:15am, 9:30am & 11:00am I Donut Sunday

6:00pm - 8:00pm I Home Groups I Chapel Kids I Nursery I Chapel Youth D-Groups  [get involved]

Sunday, June 9th

9:30am I Next Steps Group (Learn More & Get Involved at Christian Chapel) [sign up]

Monday, June 10th - Thursday, June 13th

6:00pm - 8:00pm I MEGA Summer Camp [sign up]

Saturday, June 15th - Friday, June 21st

Chapel Youth Missions Trip [More Info]

Sunday, June 16th

8:15am, 9:30am & 11:00am I Fathers Day (no HomeGroups)

Wednesday, June 19th

6:30pm - 8:00pm I Chapel Men Leadership Summit

Monday, June 24th - Thursday, June 27th

Chapel Youth Summer Outreach

Wednesday, June 26th

6:30pm - 8:00pm I Chapel Men Leadership Summit

Sunday, June 30th - July 5th

Royal Family Kids Camp [more info]



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Local Missions

John 3:16 Missions

John 3:16 Mission endeavors to be the hands and feet of Christ to the homeless, hungry, and at-risk in Tulsa. The organization strives to meet physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs by providing emergency overnight shelter, residential recovery programs, youth intervention, grocery support for families, free household items, and much more.

John 3:16 Mission is funded by donations from supporters like Christian Chapel and others throughout the Tulsa community. Our combined efforts make relief and recovery programs more accessible to our community. John 3:16 adheres to the highest standards of quality of care. They work hard to treat each person or client with dignity and respect, regardless of race, gender, creed, or faith background.

John 3:16 Mission was founded in 1952 in a converted fish market in downtown Tulsa. The founder, the Rev. Bob Geisinger, chose John 3:16 as the Mission's name because this scripture is, "the Gospel in a nutshell… the lighthouse of the scriptures. It knows no color, creed, or class, and its promise is the true purpose of this Mission." John 3:16 Mission's central focus has always been to introduce the Tulsa community's hungry, homeless, and at-risk to the life-transforming good news of Jesus Christ. These life-changing ministry moments are made possible through the bridges built by ministries of compassionate care.

Through the decades and several location changes, John 3:16 has earned a reputation as one of Tulsa's most trusted and effective ministries to Tulsans struggling with hunger, poverty, and homelessness. In the last 71 years, the Mission has provided millions of meals and individual overnight stays. Along the way, countless lives have been redeemed and transformed. 

Dave Kadlec serves as Christian Chapel’s Team Lead for John 3:16 Mission. Dave has a background working among the poor and marginalized in Europe, India, and Africa. He is now using his background to build ministry opportunities for Christian Chapel members with John 3:16. If you would like to learn more about serving with John 3:16, please email You can see a few options below. Let’s make a difference together!

John 3:16 Ministry Volunteer Opportunities

Shelter Ministry

Serving meals, cooking, cleaning, clothing distribution, chapel speaking, housekeeping, and facility maintenance

Men’s Ministry

Mentoring, tutoring, devotions, Bible studies, life skills guidance, and fellowship

Women’s Ministry

Leading Bible studies, arts and crafts, life skills guidance, and fellowship

Family Ministry

Stocking the food pantry, helping families find appropriate clothing, filling food basket orders, and conducting onsite chapel speaking.

Children’s Ministry

After-school tutoring, creative arts, monthly outreach, and summer literacy programming

Youth Ministry

Weekly Bible studies, participating in open gym activities, monthly outreach events, and creative art classes.

Distribution Center and Maintenance Crew

Sorting and preparing clothing and food for each ministry location. Our Maintenance Crew uses volunteers in our garden and with special projects around the mission.

Recipe of the month

Christian Chapel started in 1974 and since then, the traditions and community has grown into the wonderful church it is today! Through the years, we have released cookbooks at different anniversary points. You might remember the 25th anniversary cookbook, or the 35th anniversary cookbook, or even more recently the 40th anniversary cookbook! We are thrilled to announce we will be releasing the 50th anniversary cookbook this year in September and from now until then, we will be publishing a Recipe Of The Month in each Digest. 

Click Here To Add Your Recipe To The Christian Chapel Cook Book


Recipe By: Jacky Kraft and Diane Stephens


2 c. Pretzels, crushed

1 tbsp. Sugar

¾ c. Butter, melted

8 oz. Cream cheese, softened

2 3 oz. Strawberry gelatin powder

1 c. Sugar

8 oz. Whipped cream

2 c. Boiling water

2 10 oz. pkg. Frozen strawberries


  1. Heat oven to 400°
  2. In bowl, combine pretzels, butter and 1 tablespoon sugar.
  3. Press mixture into bottom of 9x13 pan
  4. Bake 8 minutes. Cool.
  5. Beat cream cheese, gradually adding sugar.
  6. Fold in whipped cream
  7. Spread on cooled crust.
  8. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
  9. Stir in strawberries.
  10. Refrigerate until slightly thickened.
  11. Pour gelatin mixture over cream cheese mixture in pan.
  12. Refrigerate until firm.