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,
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 Sunday – June 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
REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR MYFCC USERS; REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE CHURCH OFFICE AND NARTHEX.
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!
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.