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First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno
Midwest City, OK 73130
A PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE
A special “THANKS!” to all our CROP walkers and all who have donated! If you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late! Twenty – five percent of the monies raised will stay here and benefit the Mid-Del food pantry. The remaining funds go around the world to help those in need! Thanks for your support!
A PRAYER FOR THE SEASON…
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.
As we welcome the autumn months, may the earlier setting of the sun remind us to take time to rest.
May the brilliant colors of the leaves remind us of the wonder of your creation.
May the steam of our breath in the cool air remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.
May the harvest from the fields remind us of the abundance we have been given and bounty we are to share with others.
May the dying of summer’s spirit remind us of your great promise that death is temporary and life is eternal.
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever. AMEN.
He leadeth me: O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
Pastor Joseph Gilmore intended to speak on the 23rd Psalm during a Wednesday evening service at the First Baptist Church in Philadelphia. As he reflected on that Psalm, the words “He leadeth me” kept coming to his mind. “He leadeth me beside the still waters (Psalm 23:2). “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:3).
“He leadeth me.” After the Wednesday evening service, Pastor Gilmore went to Deacon Watson’s home for refreshments and pleasant conversation. While there, the words, “He leadeth me,” continued to come to his mind. He took out paper and pen and quickly jotted the words to the hymn that we know and love. He handed the paper to his wife, and quickly forgot about it.
Without consulting him, his wife submitted his verse to a publication called Watchman and Reflector. They published it without his knowledge.
Several years later, Gilmore was preaching at a church in Rochester, New York, so he pulled out a hymnal to see what they would be singing. The hymnal opened to the hymn, “He Leadeth Me” — his own hymn. He said of the incident, “That was the first time I knew that my hymn had found a place among the songs of the church.”
During his lifetime, Gilmore wrote several other hymns, but only this hymn, “He Leadeth Me,” became well known and widely sung. We can be thankful that God led Pastor Gilmore to write it, and we can be thankful that God led his wife to submit it for publication.
This is also a wonderful example of the Christian principle of ‘invisibility’ that is, as Christians we sometimes do our greatest work not when we’re aware of it, but when we are not. The secret is to follow the leading of God’s Spirit, allowing him to guide us in service and ministry, and that allows us to remain unaware!
Edited and adapted with permission from Sermonwriter.com
Wednesday AT 6:00 PM
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 SEPTEMBER 2019*
Total Deposits for All of SEPTEMBER……$41,886.10
We had 20 separate funds for deposit in SEPTEMBER
General Fund plus Acct# 107……$20,312.50 equals 52.2% of SEPTEMBER Budget for 2019
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is $10,850.00.
Capital Fund Donations in SEPTEMBER…$11,735.00
($885.00 over SEPTEMBER 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
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.
Children’s Corner 17th Birthday Party Fundraiser
I’m so excited to announce that Children’s Corner will have a special spotlight on Sunday, October 20th to increase awareness of the program and the ministry it provides to the community. You will find information about Children’s Corner in the Sunday bulletin and suggested ways you can be
involved if you’d like.
Both worship services will be immediately followed by a BIRTHDAY PARTY for Children’s Corner in the narthex! Cookies and Juice pouches will be served, and you will have the opportunity to give monetary gifts toward needed items for Children’s Corner.
Your generous donations enrich the children’s corner experience for teachers and children. This year, we are raising money to purchase a mud kitchen for the playground. Your gifts multiply in unexpected ways and are greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much for your support,
Children’s Corner Director
Meeting Reminders for this
Sunday, October 13
Christian Education at 4:00 pm in the MegaWoW room
Worship Department at 4:00 pm in the Library
Elders at 5:30 pm in the Library
Board at 7:00 pm 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 HALO-WEEN!
Where: First Christian Church MWC (JCAC)
When: Sunday, October 27
from 5-7 pm
* Free Kids Games * Prizes *
* Face Painting * Trick Or Treat *
* Inflatables * Food for purchase *
Coming to FCC MWC Friday, November 1st
Pre-registration is required.
Or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners
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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:
9 am – 4 pm
9 am – noon
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Flowers for Sunday, October 13th are given by Pat and Craig Wiseman, in memory of their mother’s on their birthdays
To the Outreach Ministry
In memory of Al Douthitt from Paul & Jo Pettigrew
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2019
8:30 am Elder:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, October 9
9:15 CWF Service Day
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, October 10
9:00 Children’s Corner
SUNDAY, October 13
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
4:00 Christian Education Dept
4:00 Worship Dept
5:30 Elders Meeting
7:00 Board Meeting
MONDAY, October 14
9:00 Mobile Meals
TUESDAY, October 15
9:00 Children’s Corner
WEDNESDAY, October 16
No Youth – Fall Break
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
*Greg Leisinger – ICU
(Margaret English’s son in law)
Emily Ritchie (Moler)
Mary Rhea (Moler)
Jordan Mitchell (Chris Miller)
Scott McCulloh (Kristyn Reid’s brother)
Gaddis Family (Bev Albee)
David Sears (Jaclyn Turner)
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), 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)