|First Christian Church|
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno
Midwest City, OK 73130
A PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE
This Sunday, Oct. 6, we put on our walking shoes and walk or run the CROP walk. FCC has a rich tradition of participating in the walk, which raises funds for alleviating hunger around the world. Twenty five percent of the funds that are raised stay right here in the Mid-Del area, and benefit the Mid-Del Food Pantry. The remaining funds go for hunger aid around the world.
CROP is a program of Church World Service, and this is the 50th year these walks have been happening!
I plan on being out there and walking the CROP walk, and invite you to walk as well. We need walkers and donors to make this year’s CROP walk the best ever! I would be glad to have you sponsor me, or also encourage you to find one of our other walkers. This is a very worthy cause!
Also, we are told that the Mid-Del Food Pantry can use canned green beans and canned corn!
Let’s do our part to help with hunger issues! A special thanks to Mitsy Martin Davis and the outreach group for their passion for serving God and others!
See You Sunday!
Light a Candle for Children 2019
As we continue praying over children during this year’s prayer vigil, we focus our attention on our Vacation Bible School ministry for week 2. Please pray for the leadership, volunteers and families of VBS. I think we would be surprised what a difference a week of love can make in a child’s life.
When asked, “Why will you come to church when you are grown up?”, this is what a few of our VBS attendees said:
“Because that helps you do something good, and it helps you be good.”
Carolynn Miller – age 4
“Because that helps me learn about Jesus.”
Olivia Choate – age 4
Teach me to feel that you are always nigh;
teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
to check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
teach me the patience of unceasing prayer.
The author of the hymn text, Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart, George Croly, was born in Dublin, Aug. 17, 1780, and educated at the Dublin University. His hymns and poems were given in his collection titled Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship, London Kendrick, 1854.
And now a story . . .
I went by my in-law’s house recently to drop off some fresh garden okra. While there, Molly’s mom begin to explain that, earlier in the week, there had been an ‘incident.’ but that she was fine and there was a story:
She was at home one evening last week, watching Ken Burn’s new documentary on Country Music, and suddenly felt pain in her chest, which radiated to her shoulder, arm and upper back. As it worsened, she bent over, groaning in pain, and praying, called for my father-in-law who drove her to the ER. The docs hooked her up to every device they had and found — nothing. So, after keeping her overnight, and the pain having subsided, they sent her home.
When they walked into the house, the light was blinking on the message machine. A close friend had called and left a message to call back immediately.
When Bennye called back, the friend relayed the news that another close friend, an agnostic and atheist to whom my mother-in-law had witnessed Christ many times, had passed away with a sudden and massive heart attack the night before. When asked about the time, and the friend answered, everything suddenly became clear: it was at exactly the same hour as Bennye had experienced the acute chest pains. She wondered aloud to me: “Was this spiritual warfare?”
Immediately, two scriptures came to mind – Romans 8:26 and Galatians 6:2 – and I knew: “Yes, indeed it was,” I answered. “The Holy Spirit was calling upon you to do battle for Susan’s soul. Undoubtedly.”
While we cannot know the outcome of the battle – at least not now — as we sing this beautiful hymn together next Sunday, and stand with those in Communion around the world, may we also ever pray and also ever stand ready to ‘…bear the burden…’ for another’s soul.
FCC Youth We will meet Wednesday.
Dinner starts at 6:00 pm and discussion
time will start at 6:30.
See you there and bring a friend!
|Monthly Giving Summary|
for AUGUST 2019*
Total Deposits for All of AUGUST……$46,159.62
We had 18 separate funds for deposit in AUGUST
General Fund plus Acct# 107……$22,492.62 equals 72.3% of AUGUST Budget for 2019
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is $10,850.00.
Capital Fund Donations in AUGUST……$16,223.00
($5,373.00 above AUGUST Mortgage Payment due).
Note: An automatic 10% comes out of the General Fund (Current Expenses) for World Outreach or Missions. Also, an automatic 1.5% comes out of the General Fund for Building Repair each month.
Giving to Account 107 all goes to the General Fund with NO automatic deductions.
John D. Northcutt
Contributions and Financial Coordinator
*This monthly giving summary will be printed in the weekly newsletter showing the previous month’s figures. If you have any questions, please contact John Northcutt. Thank you
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
Join us this Sunday,
World Communion Sunday offers congregations an opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, we remember that we are part of the whole body of believers. Whether shared in a grand cathedral, a mud hut, outside on a hilltop, in a meetinghouse, or in a storefront, Christians gather to celebrate the communion liturgy as one body.
The Elders wish to announce they are receiving recommendations from the membership for officers of the congregation. The Elders in cooperation with the Minister will consider all suggested candidates, as well as others considered qualified,
and will nominate at least one qualified candidate for each office in which there will be a vacancy.
2019 CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 6
Soldier Creek Nature Trail
Meet us at the Solider Creek Nature Trail on 10th Street, just East of Midwest Blvd at 2:00. If you are not able to walk with us, you can make a donation by placing it in the offering plate. Please remember to mark your contribution as CROP Walk.
If you have any questions, please talk to Mitsy Martin Davis or any of our Outreach Department members.
Thank you for your continued support of the CROP Walk!
Thank You – World Outreach
This Sunday, October 6
At 4:00 in the Library
It’s time to start planning for the annual Halo-ween event!
The Christian Education Department is asking for donations of small toys for prizes and candy…LOTS of candy!
Also needed are baked goods separated into portion size so that they can be given away. These items can be homemade or store bought.
Donations can be dropped at the collection box in the narthex. Baked goods can be dropped off Sunday October 27th before or after church in the JCAC kitchen.
If you have any questions please contact Christi Miller.
Join us for
Where: First Christian Church MWC
Sunday, October 27
5 -7 pm
In the JCAC
*Free Kids Games * Prizes * Face Painting * Trick Or Treat * Inflatables * Food for purchase *
Take a step toward staying
HEALTHY & ACTIVE!
LifeLine Screening Coming to FCC MWC
Friday, November 1st
Pre-registration is required.
Or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners
Norman Regional Health System STAY CONNECTED:Search name: First Christian Church MWC
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First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City OK 73130
Rev. Gary Mitchell
Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 am
Monday – Thursday:
9am – 4pm
9am – noon
Disciples News Service
Flowers for Sunday, October 6th
are given by Nancy Williams in honor of
her parents wedding anniversary
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, October 2
10:00 CWF Group II
1:00 CWF Group I
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, October 3
9:00 Children’s Corner
SUNDAY, October 6
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
2:00 CROP WALK
4:00 Cabinet Meeting
MONDAY, October 7
9:00 Mobile Meals
TUESDAY, October 8
9:00 Children’s Corner
WEDNESDAY, October 9
9:15 CWF Service Day
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Emily Ritchie (Moler)
Mary Rhea (Moler)
Jordan Mitchell (Chris Miller)
Scott McCulloh (Kristyn Reid’s brother)
Gaddis Family (Bev Albee)
David Sears (Jaclyn Turner)
Mozelle McKinney (Larry McKinney’s mother)
Rita King (Brubaker)
Sue McCormick (Donna Brubaker)
Rev. Lawrence & Mary Howard (M Howard)
Tom Acree (Brandon Acree’s father)
Joann Fritz (S Updegraff)
Alyse Walker (Gambill)
Barbara Fretwell (K Reid)
Don Martin (Spradley)
Tom Henthorn (Albee)
Jennifer Fulton (Lewis)
John Booth (McKinney)
Jim Brooks (Debbie Lloyd’s father)
Debbie Broome (Phillips)
*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, Virginia Douthitt, Ken Foust, Dona Harris, Dorothy Keller, Lloyd Family, Betty Martin, Dr. Gifford McBride, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Mary Nirschl, Anita Oliver, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Vicki Richey, Lane Ross, Millie Sawyer, Margaret Scears, Ray & Joyce Shirley, Shirley Tharp, Chris & Jacklena Whitlow, Barbara Wilson, Julia Wingate.
Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List:
Debbie Atkinson, Williams), Lori Bonnewell (Bonnewell), Randall Burnett (Gambill), Jerry Calcote (McGruder), Lisa Coffman (Stanfill), Coleen Crow (Lange), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Clifford Gamblin (Gamblin), Annis Hickman Miller (Gambill), Leo Hickman (Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Wakely), Sam Howard (Howard), Jim Johnson (Greffin), Amber Leamy (Niehoff), Misty Leeper (Jamison), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees), Jimmy Lonsdale (S Lange), Amy Loudermilk (S Lange), Don Martin (Spradley), Cathy Martinez (Moler), Mozelle McKinney (McKinney), Cathy Miller (Reid), Michael Niehoff (Niehoff), Phil & Nina Patton (S Updegraff), Ann Reynolds & family (Sawyer), Richard (Jenks), Danielle Rose (Lloyd), Stephanie Rosillo (Keller), Jo Schroeder (Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker), Susannah Smith (Lees), Judy Soltis (Lewis), Joel & Jeff Staggs (Walters), Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder), Rosa Stock (M Holt), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), DeAnne Upchurch (Moler), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Orpha Wardlaw (Pettigrew), Ronnie Watson (Howell), Lucille Williams (N Williams), Cindy Winkle (Fennell), Scott & Crystal Wyatt (Gamblin)