Weekly Newsletter / January 16, 2019
Midwest City Christian   First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130

From Your
Senior Minister Search Committee…
The Committee will be scheduling small discussion groups over the next few weeks. Seeking a new minister is about finding the person who best matches our congregation. The more members, participants and visitors we have participating in these discussions the better our committee will understand the hopes an dreams we share here at First Christian Church. As we prepare for these discussions, take time to reflect on the three following questions:
· What are your three most important reasons for attending church?

· What do you personally hope will happen  in your life by attending church?

· What services or activities help fulfill these important desires and why?
Please feel free to reach out to a committee member if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Becky Searcy, Chair



    …on Budgets and Ministry

   I was so very much impressed with the FCC Board Meeting on Sunday evening. It was a real glimpse into the workings of the church. It has also been very encouraging as I have met with various committees to see the commitment of the members and their desire to build on the firm and faithful foundation.
   Budgets are interesting documents, often confusing and not understood. They are often thought to be a ‘business’ document. But they are truly a theological document for they indicate where we put our heart. They indicate where our commitment lies, what we treasure and also what we want to protect.
   Another way to understand a ‘budget’ is to see it as a plan or vision for ministry. Take World Outreach as an example. The ministries here give support to Disciples Mission Fund, Philips Theological Seminary, Central Christian Camp, Christmas for Others, Love Fund, Mid-Del Food Pantry, Mobile Meals, Refuge Fellowship dinner, Children’s Corner, Eastern Oklahoma County School Homeless, and the Good Samaritan Fund. Each of the above represent viable, needed ministry. Each ministry also represents people. While we give money to these areas, we also have members who give time and energy to the ministries.

   Younger generations do not want to be a part of much organized religion because they see only sermons and meetings. They have a perspective that craves to be involved, to do and be. The ministries listed above are the kinds of things they can sink their teeth into and be a part of the work.

   It is my view that FCC has a bright future as we reflect on God’s vision for us, finding glimpses here and there in the work we do for others. 

Rev. Larry Metzger


FCC Youth Wednesday Nights

Dinner at 6 pm and group time at 6:30. 
Please try to be on time so that you don’t miss anything!

Bring A Friend – See You There!

2019 Executive Committee of the Board

Roger Camp
Board Chair

Brett Moler
Board Chair – Elect

Mona Lange
Secretary of the Board

Eric Walters
2019 Trustees
Randy Ross, Terry Brewer, Michelle Holt
2019 Elders

Pat Wiseman, Chair
David Brubaker, Roger Camp, Tom Hill, Dean Holt, Marty Howard, Kenneth King, Sharon Lewis, Bill McMahan, Julie Moler, Kristyn Reid, Becky Searcy, Wendy Walters, Nancy Williams


Senior Minister Search Committee   

Becky Searcy – Chair
Adam Davis, Joe Greffin,
Tom Hill, Christina Miller,
Pat Padgham, Bryan Spradley, Susan Updegraff & Pat Wiseman

Youth Minister Search Committee

Chris Miller – Chair
Beverly Rubino, Wendy Walters, Molly Updegraff & Logan Davis

You’re Invited!

Join us for
Lorene McMahan’s
90th Birthday

Saturday, January 19
Come & Go from
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Arbor House
9420 E Reno Ave

Cards can be sent to Lorene:
c/o Bill & Sandy McMahan
1229 Sunvalley Drive
Midwest City, OK 73110
  Planning Ahead to 2019
I will be updating the list of members who have keys to the church property. If you currently have keys, please call the church office at 769-2727.

Thank you for your help!

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First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City OK 73130

Interim Minister:
Rev. Larry Metzger

Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 am

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The Webwww.disciples.org



Disciples News Service

Flowers for Sunday, January 20
are given by Brett & Julie Moler
In memory of Michael Moler on his birthday

Thank you all for your prayers and phone calls. My surgery is scheduled for this Friday, 1/18. As soon as I am recovered I will be back at church with you all.       

In Christian Love,
Millie Sawyer 

Thank you for the lovely flowers. Also for your continued prayers for my brother Jerry who is still having heart problems. I appreciate all your loving kindness and support.

In Christian Love,
Robbie McGruder

2019 Flower Calendar 

There are a few dates still open. The 2019 flower calendar is available in the office. The cost is $45 for each Sunday that you select. If possible, please pay for the flowers when you sign the calendar. The flowers are displayed at the entrance to the sanctuary every Sunday. Following worship service, they are delivered to two of our shut ins to enjoy throughout the week.

Please remember, there will be no flowers for dates that are not selected on the calendar.
ServantsScheduled to ServeSUNDAY, January 20, 2018
8:30 am
Marty Howard
Sharon Lewis

Serving Deacons:
Margaret English
Joe Greffin
Jr. – Aidan Burk

10:45 am

David Brubaker
Kenneth King

Serving Deacons:
Melissa Davis
Denise Jenks
Steve Oliver
Jr. – Logan Davis
Jr. – Luci Davis
Jr. – Hannah Oliver
Lauren Bowman
Cooper Davis
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, January 17
9:00 Children’s Corner

SATURDAY, January 19
1:30 – 3:30 90th Birthday Party
Lorene McMahan
At Arbor House  

SUNDAY, January 20
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:30 Sunday School

MONDAY, January 21
9:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, January 22
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, January 23
9:30 CWF Executive Day
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal



*Senior Minister Search Committee
*Youth Minister Search Committee

*Family & Friends of Mary Boaz (Brubaker)
*Paula Pettigrew Payne (Jo & Paul’s daughter)
*Kathy Metzger (Rev. Metzger’s wife)
*Gene Gilbert
*Lynn Miller, Chris Miller’s mother
*Millie Sawyer
Shirley Neihoff
Alan Lloyd
Dorothy Keller
Wendy Walters
Kristyn Reid
Tanni Jamison
Lori Lange
Donna Brubaker
Anita Oliver
Steve Oliver’s mother, Laura
Dwain White (Faye Miller’s brother in law)
Ann Reynolds and family (Millie Sawyer)
Michael Neihoff
Lori Bonnewell
Orpha Wardlaw (Jo Pettigrew’s sister)
Jennifer Fulton (Lewis)
John Booth (McKinney)
Jim Brooks (Debbie Lloyd’s father)
John Martinez (Moler)
Jola Oliver (Steve Olivers stepmother)
Debbie Broome (Phillips)
Annis Hickman Miller (Judy Gambill’s niece)
Artie Howell (Willkerson)
Amy Loudermilk (coworker of Scott Lange)
Jimmy Lonsdale (coworker of Scott Lange)
Stephanie Rosillo (Keller)
Kenny Stanfill (Charlie Stanfill’s brother)
Danielle Rose (Lloyd)
Dawn Henderson (Moler)
Jerry Calcote (Robbie McGruder’s brother)
Scott & Crystal Wyatt (Gamblin)
Rosa Stock (M Holt)
Cathy Martinez (Moler)
Parker Family (Walters)
Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees)
Scott McCulloh (Reid)
Richard (Jenks)
Debbie Atkinson (Williams)
Perry Mercier (Corbin Choate’s step father)
Randall Burnett (Gambill)
Susannah Smith (Lees granddaughter)
Wanda Rickard (Moler)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Coleen Crow (Lange)

*Notes new addition
Congregation Long-Term Prayer List and/or Shut-ins:  

Nellis Adams, Lola Jean Ashford, Julie Avants, Barbara Benge, Katy Benge, Ashley Dean, Al & Virginia Douthitt, Ken Foust, Zola Lee Gaylor, Dona Harris, Dorothy Keller, Lisa Larkin, Lloyd Family, Betty Martin, Dr. Gifford McBride, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Mary Nirschl, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Vicki Richey, Lane Ross, Margaret Scears, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley, Shirley Tharp, Chris & Jacklena Whitlow, Barbara Wilson, Julia Wingate.
Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List: 

Lisa Coffman (Stanfill), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Clifford Gamblin (Gamblin), Dan  Hayes (Moler), Leo Hickman (Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Wakely), Sam Howard (Howard), Jim Johnson (Greffin), Amber Leamy (Niehoff), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Don Martin (Spradley), Mozelle McKinney (McKinney), Cathy Miller (Reid),  Michael Niehoff (Niehoff), Jo Schroeder (Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker), Judy Soltis (Lewis), Joel & Jeff Staggs (Walters), Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), DeAnne Upchurch (Moler), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Melanie Voice & family (Davis), Ronnie Watson (Howell), Lucille Williams (N Williams), Cindy Winkle (Fennell)