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Midwest City Christian

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130

A Word From Mike…

Matthew 28.19-20  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

In recent years, I have been excited by seeing the hard work of so many members, who have been updating the structure of our stewardship and finances.  Our church leaders are doing a wonderful job educating us on how our contributions are spent and about the ministries that benefit.

An additional change has been to collect our special offerings on a single Sunday, instead of over two Sundays.  I hope you take time to look at the special offering inserts in the bulletin.  In the same way our local leaders have been educating us, these inserts educate us on how our special offerings truly make a difference.

For example, this past Sunday we collected our Pentecost offering.  Money from this offering goes toward opening new churches and to train clergy for church planting. The Disciples of Christ under the direction of then General Minister and President Dick Hamm, started an evangelism effort in 2000 called the 2020Vision.  Since this program began, 980 churches have been started in the U.S. and Canada, sharing the gospel with more than 61,500 people.  Isn’t that amazing!?!

While “church” may look different than it did when some of us were growing up, there is no doubt that God is alive and well.  Our attitude and efforts make all the difference, and I am glad to be part of a congregation proclaiming that message.

Thanks for sharing the journey,

FCC Youth

Mission Trip Price:

The price for the mission trip to Kansas City with Youth Works will be $50 per student.

On Wednesday Evening,  June 7th, We will not have Youth Group. I am at Chi Rho Camp with the Junior High students. Please join me in prayer for our FCC campers; Janiece Austin, Jesse Austin and Luci Davis.

On Sunday Evening, June 11th, We will meet for Youth Group.  We continue our planning for Youth Sunday, which is the following Sunday! Thank you to everyone who is participating! It’s going to be a great day!

Youth SundayJune 18
 Youth Lock-In – June 21

The youth will have a “First Day of Summer” lock in on June 21st. Friends are definitely welcome. Get ready to celebrate the end of school, and the beginning of freedom (summer)!

Vacation Bible School

WHAT: CAMP CREATION is the theme for this year! (a summer camp type of program)

WHO: Ages 3 (and potty-trained) through completed 5th grade

WHEN: June 12-16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon


Summer is a great time to get involved in our group!

If you know anyone who might be interested in joining us,
please give me a call! I would love to reach out to them!
-Dustin  918.637.4407


 Imogene “Gene” Nikkel

A Classic First Feature

Imogene “Gene” Nikkel’s tale cannot be told without first honoring her husband of 62 years, W.O. “Lucky” Nikkel. She was 15 (her parents wouldn’t let them date until she was 16) when they met in Oklahoma City. She wrote him every day while he was in Germany during WWII. He married this Admire, Kansas native in 1946 and they started a family in 1950. As the family grew (eventually five kids), they moved to a larger home in Del City where Gene still resides. Add the fact that she is grandmother to 15 and great-grandmother to 25. Lucky worked at Tinker for 33 years. She started her work career after the youngest child was in school all day. She was hired into a new program at Crooked Oak Schools that required a teacher’s aide. After one year, she was asked to “temporarily” take a promotion to the office. That fill-in position lasted 18 more years. Gene says those were “some of the most enjoyable years of her life.” After his retirement from TAFB, Lucky was asked to help out as a district bus driver. That job lasted nine years.

First Christian Church gained the Nikkel family in 1952. With five involved children, of course they got to be youth group sponsors and church camp counselors. Both have served in a variety of roles over their long tenure at the church.

Both retired in 1990, so they could “do some traveling”. And travel they did. First stop was Lucky’s old haunts in Germany. She has great memories of spending their 60th anniversary in Italy. After Lucky’s death in 2008, her traveling companion was Fern Burling. Witnesses (okay, several in the church) report they were quite the “party girls” while cruising. One quick nap and then they helped the ship’s staff turn out the lights at the end of the evening.



It’s time for VBS!!
June 12 – 16
9:00 AM to Noon

For 3 year olds (potty-trained) through those entering 6th Grade!

Church members may register online through MYFCC or there are forms in the church office and narthex.

Important VBS Dates:

VBS Decorating/Set-up, Wednesday June 7 at 6 PM

VBS Planning Meeting,Sunday June 11 at 5 PM

Sometime in the past few weeks, ten of the twelve books from New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary have been removed.  Normally this set is kept in the church resource room (Keller/Faith Matter’s Class).

If anyone knows details about where those ten volumes might be, please contact the church office.

FCC Picnic / All Church Birthday Celebration!

When: Sunday, June 25, immediately following the second worship service

Where: JCAC

Fried chicken, drinks and a birthday cake will be provided. Please sign up in the Narthex to bring a covered dish. We will be having a “Favorite Hymn” sing-along following the meal. Please list your favorite hymn when you sign up.
Come, eat, sing and enjoy the fellowship!


Haleigh Scott
has been chosen as the
2017 recipient of the
Karen Gist Carr
Memorial Scholarship.

Haleigh is a graduate of
Carl Albert High School
and will be attending
Rose State in the Fall.

Congratulations to Haleigh and thank you to the Gist family for allowing our church to have a role with this scholarship.

If you are not currently attending Sunday School, please join us in the Theology 101 SundaySchool class. We recently started a new study on the Holy Spirit led by Joe Greffin. Our class meets in Room 149, beside the library, in the old choir room.

CMF Breakfast
Saturday, June 10
8:00 AM
at Bandana Red’s Grill
14002 SE 29th Street

Opportunity For Our
Church Veterans & Veterans Spouses


Pete Tucker is here to meet with our veterans and spouses of veterans, on a first come, first serve basis. He will be here to help accurately review veteran disability benefits.
Please contact the church office at 769-2717
if you would like to meet with Pete.
Be sure to bring your DD-214 form.

Join the G-Team…
Gardening that is!

Got tasks from light to difficult to keep our grounds looking good and costs at bay! Every Thursday 7-10 am. Can’t make it? Contact Cindy Schaefer to complete a project when your time permits!


Please submit newsletter announcements
to the church office no later than
noon on Fridays.
Thank you very much! 

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


9 am – 4 pm

9 am – Noon


Flowers for Sunday, June 11 are given by Nancy Hall in memory of Tom Hall


Thank you for the prayers, cards, calls, flowers and visits during my recent surgery and rehab. Thanks to Mike for his visits. It is a blessing to have a wonderful church family. I appreciate your concerns and thoughtfulness.

Fern Burling


To the Memorial Fund Fellowship –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Fern Burling
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Beverly Bonnewell
In memory of Abe Benge from Mitsy Martin-Davis

To Mobile Meals –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Bryan & Becky Searcy

Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, June 11, 2017

8:30 AM

Dean Holt

Serving Deacons:
Lyle Fry
Lillian Fry
Karen Holt
Hannah Oliver

10:45 AM

Pat Wiseman
Jim Wylie

Serving Deacons:
Charles Hargis
Barbara Hargis
Chris Miller
Adam Christensen
Trisha Christensen
Logan Davis

Case Lackey & Hunter Deaton


9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
10:45 CWF Group II – Meet at church then
going to Venezia-MWC for lunch at 11:30
1:00 CWF Group 1-Meet at Chequers
1:00 CWF Group IV
6:00 VBS Decorating/Set-up
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

8:00 CMF Breakfast at Bandana Red’s

SUNDAY, June 11
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday  School
2:00 Property Meeting
5:00 Youth Group
5:00 VBS Meeting – MegaWow Room
7:00 Board Meeting

8:00 Mobile Meals
9:00 VBS

TUESDAY, June 13
9:00 VBS

9:00 VBS
9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
June 14 through mid August


*Family & Friends of Abe Benge (Mark’s father)
*Christi Crowder (Marty Howard’s cousin)
*Debra Meade (Pat Wiseman’s sister)
Katy Benge (Mark’s mother)
Donna Brubaker
Betty Martin
Anita Oliver
Anna Ruth Powers
Harold Powers
Susannah Smith (Jude & Sandy Lees granddaughter)
Virginia Douthitt
Gwen Bowman
Beverly McKinney
Wanda Rickard (Brett Moler)
Imogene Nikkel
John Howard, Sr. (Hospice)
Al Douthitt (Virginia’s Husband)
Amanda Ross (Brubaker)
Ezra Mann Family
Zola Lee Gaylor
Mary Nirschl
Julie Luman (Moler)
John Northcutt
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Brailee Tennison (Virginia Douthitt)
Melanie Voice & Family (Elyse Davis)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Dale Acker
Coleen Crow (Lange)
Deane Upchurch (Moler)

*Notes a new addition

Congregation Long-Term Prayer List and/or Shut-ins:  

Nellis & Dottie Adams, Lola Jean Ashford, Arlene Burkhalter, Guy Burkhart, Betty Davis, Ken Foust, Gene & Janyce Harkins, Dona Harris, Leo & Annie Hill, Nick Kennedy, Scott McKinney, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Mary Nirschl, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Nadine Richardson, Lane Ross, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley,  Shirley Tharp, Mickey Tyo, Julia Wingate, and Doris Wokaty

Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List:

Kelly Cox (Camp), Mitchell Deaton (Deaton), Sharon Delyria (Austin), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Dan Hayes (Moler), Leo Hickman (Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Wakely), Sam Howard (Howard), Esther & Kaylee Ingersoll (McMahan & Miller), Paul Johanning (Moler), Jim Johnson (Greffin), Don Martin (Spradley), Cathy Miller (Reid), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Cindy Proctor (Updegraff), Judy Raines (Gambill), Daniel Rubino (Rubino), Susan Saxton (Melissa Davis), Jo Schroeder (Pam & Ertel Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker), Beverly Storch (Updegraff), Juanita Taylor (Updegraff), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Peggy Vorel (Sean Dean’s Grandmother)