Midwest City Christian
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130
A Word from Mike…
Matthew 13.31-32 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’
In 2014, I had the opportunity to see reproductions of the Niña and the Pinta. The Niña was reported as Columbus’s favorite ship, and the reproduction I boarded was the most accurate ever built. I was amazed by the small size of the Niña. As my friend Tim and I did the short tour, my imagination drifted to what the anticipation, journey, and arrival would have been like for those who traveled. Despite the risks, they pursued large dreams, crossing vast oceans aboard small ships.
I am reminded of my early dreams of going into ministry. After learning the process meant four years of college and another three plus years of graduate school, the journey seamed as vast as the oceans to me. Do you have dreams that you were afraid to put into action? Dreams that seemed too large to pursue?
The parable of the mustard seed is not only an inspiration for us during our faith journey, it is also a reminder of what God can do with small dreams. Something I love about this passage is that not only does the mustard seed realize it’s great potential, it becomes a blessing to others as well.
As we celebrate our blessings this Thanksgiving, I pray that both as a congregation and as individuals, we continue to dream big. I have no doubt that God has equipped us, and called us, to chase dreams that are larger than we can imagine. I pray that God might bless our dreams, so that we might bless others in ways far beyond our imaginations.
Thanks for sharing the journey,
On Wednesday evening, November 23rd, There will be no Youth Group services for Thanksgiving.
On Sunday evening, November 27th, The youth will meet back after the Holidays at 5 p.m. for Bible Study and a fun activity.
If you have any students that are interested in youth group, Dustin would love to talk to them about what is going on. Also, if you have any bright ideas for ways that the youth experience can be improved for students, he is all ears. Dustin’s number is 918-637-4407. Please feel free to reach out!
If you are interested in helping with the Wednesday night Youth meal, please contact Beverly Rubino at 426-2685 for details. Thank you!
See You There!
National Youth Workers Convention
Dustin here, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about the convention that I was at this past weekend. Thanks to you, I was able to attend the National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) in Cincinnati Ohio. The NYWC has helped train and encourage youth workers for more than 45 years as part of Youth Specialties organization. The weekend event draws youth workers from around the world and from every denomination and consisted of 50 different seminars, worship, entertainment, and talented speakers from all over the United States.
For me, it was an opportunity to learn from experienced youth workers about how to lead a successful youth ministry. The schedule started at 7:30 in the morning and ended at 10:30 at night. As you can imagine, the weekend was physically tiring, but spiritually rejuvenating. I was able to attend 7 different seminars during the week. (Examples: Your first two years in Youth Ministry, How to get your students to think intellectually, Innovation in your Youth Group, etc.). It was a beautiful picture to see Youth Workers from around the country that were so dedicated to the youth of this country. It also didn’t hurt that I was able to receive teaching by Albert Tate, worship by Rend Collective and entertainment by the Skit Guys.
I cannot thank the church enough for allowing me to attend this conference. It was a great opportunity to educate myself and change some of my perspectives. It was my first time to attend the conference, but I would recommend it to any youth worker from now on. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am very thankful for a church body that is dedicated to my education both spiritually and intellectually.
Looking for a “Few Good Volunteers” to be formally trained in the absence of the Administrative Assistant. It would require a commitment of 1 day every 2 months for continuation training and less than another 5 days to fill in during vacation/sick days. If you’re interested or have any questions, please call Cindy Schaefer @ 259-9377.
Christmas For Others will be here soon!
How Can YOU Help?
· Pray the families have a change in their situation.
· Give $$ to CFO. Monetary donations are needed.
· Clean out gently used toys, books, clothes and games for CFO.
· Purchase and donate items to be place in the parent gift room such as
perfume, flashlights, small tools, or toiletries.
Sunday, November 27th at 4:00 PM
All current and recently elected Deacons are asked to attend – Thank you!
WORLD OUTREACH says a BIG thank-you to everyone who
donated cash, food, or bags to our food drive to benefit
Mid-Del Food Pantry.
Thanks too to those that supported Muffins for Mission this
Lastly, thanks to all those who helped with the toy shopping for 117 children of our CFO families.
We appreciated it so much!
CWF Quilt Fundraiser for Church Piano Fund
$1 donation = 1 chance OR $5 donation = 6 chances
If interested, contact a CWF member, Dona Stanfill, or Jo Pettigrew.
All donations will be given towards the purchase of a new piano.
HOPE—Branching Toward a New Way
This year I hope for many things. I hope for civility among all people, for peace and love to prevail over conflict and hatred and for health and well-being for everyone. I hope to not be frazzled, rushed or annoyed during this holiday season. I hope to miss those who are gone without feeling so sad. I hope to inhabit the light that darkness will not overcome.
Then, when I leave church and return to the “real world,” I hope to branch out carrying Advent with me. Advent is both beginning and eternity, the light beckoning in the shadows and the voice echoing in the wilderness. When news reports tell us of hunger, war, atrocities and death (as you know, they don’t take a holiday) Lord, remind us that you have come, you are with us and you will be born in us again.
This is the world you gave us, the only one we have. It appears at times like a world in crisis, besieged by nature and battled over by nations. This season, don’t let us be noisy gongs and clanging cymbals, quarreling about petty details—let us be givers of your love.
The one who comes brings a gift of hope for us all. Isaiah tells of a future when people will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. I hope for that future! So how do we get from here to there?
This advent, I hope to change a few attitudes, including my own. I do not presume upon any status as a child of Abraham, God or the Church to exempt me from the calling to be an acolyte of hope in this dark world.
Calling all Children!
The Children’s Christmas play rehearsals have begun!
Rehearsals are every Sunday from 5-6 pm until the play, which is Sunday, December 11th.
We need all children starting at age 1 through 5th grade.
We are very excited about our play this year!
Come join the fun!