Midwest City Christian
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130
A Word From Mike…
2 Kings 2. 1-8 Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel. 3The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know; keep silent.’ 4 Elijah said to him, ‘Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they came to Jericho. 5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he answered, ‘Yes, I know; be silent.’ 6 Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
Today, Monday, I am writing my article from Wichita, Kansas. I am enjoying a relaxing few days with friends here and spent this morning with a senior minister I worked under for 10 years. As we shared stories of life and ministry, I realized the ways he helped mentor me both in intentional and unintentional ways.
For us to grow in our faith we have to be willing to ask questions and we must have others willing not just to help tell us answers, but to SHOW us answers. Elijah took Elisha to places of learning where they could experience learning opportunities. Can you imagine the educational dialogue they shared as they traveled from one destination to the next?
One of the great blessings we have in our congregation is that I believe we have a combination of Elijah’s and Elisha’s. Sometimes Elijah’s can be slow to want to share knowledge. Sometimes Elisha’s are confident they have “insider” knowledge already. What a blend of personalities, unselfishness and trust in God as the ultimate provider it takes for the church to truly be at its best. Thanks to each of you for your investment in our congregation!
Thanks for sharing the journey,
On Wednesday Evening, February 7th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson called “Beatitudes – The Merciful”, and the students participate in Communion to end the service. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the lesson will start at 6:30. If possible, please try to arrive on time. We do many activities on Wednesday nights, and I want to make sure that the students get the full experience before the 8:00 p.m. pick up time.
On Sunday Evening, February 11th, We will be meeting in the youth room from 5-6:30 p.m. to have a fun activity and small group discussion before the students start their busy weeks.
A Word of Thanks:
I want to take a moment and thank everyone that was involved with helping out with Super Subs this week. I heard our students did a great job, and I am so thankful for the adult leaders that stepped up in my absence. We simply would not have had the event this year without Bev Rubino. Bev, thank you so much for your graceful spirit and servant heart. Lastly, thank you to everyone that purchased a sandwich or donated. Those little subs go a long way on getting our kids to the mission trip. I am ready to be back for good, but I am so thankful for those that helped in my absence.
Hello all, I am interested in building up a team of youth volunteers to help on Wednesday nights, Sunday Mornings and Sunday Evenings. If you are interested in hanging out during Youth Group, leading Sunday school, or leading a home group on Sunday evenings, please do not hesitate to let me know!
If you know anyone who might be interested in joining us,
please give me a call! I would love to reach out to them!
Our World Outreach Department is currently chaired by that human dynamo and most organized person ever, Mitsy Martin-Davis. But these words are about the ministry not the administrator. Watch this space for her personal tribute later.
A laundry list of their programs and projects is longer than a Mike Snell sermon during second service. And some of the dormant ones have recently been resurrected to touch new lives with Christian charity and a spirit of helping others. Occasionally, our congregation needs to be re-educated on their mission and need for involvement. Additionally, we also need to be reminded that financial contributions to one of their many areas need to be over and above annual pledges. Donations should NOT be part of your commitment for the year.
In no particular order of importance (frankly, they are ALL important), they include Blanket Sunday, Muffins for Missions, Refuge Fellowship, SOAR, Week of Compassion, Mid-Del Food Pantry, Food for Eastern Oklahoma Schools Food Pantry, Youth Mission Trip, Christmas in July (which supports Christmas for Others), School Supply collection, CROP Walk, and the year always ends with Christmas for Others. (You are asked to take a breath here if you are reading this list out loud!)
The title captures most of the recipients and their purpose. Let’s look at three programs that might require additional words and music.
SOAR (Supporting Offenders in Achieving Reintegration):
At least twice a year, we load up the church bus with children of women in state confinement. One of our volunteer CDL drivers and several other volunteers accompany this group on a visit to that facility for some “quality time,” uniting mothers with their children.
Four times per year in conjunction with Nicoma Park Christian Church, we prepare nutritious meals in our kitchen, again load up the bus, and a group delivers them to a homeless shelter in downtown OKC. Meals are consumed after their church service and everyone returns with a warm feeling of Christian service.
Just before school starts in the late summer, a call for congregational support is broadcast to the masses. (Not at Mass, that would make us Catholic!) Piles of pencils, pens, crayons, paints, glue, scissors, and ruled paper are collected, divided and distributed to local classrooms. This helps defray the costs for both parents and teachers in schools that would either “go without” or dip into teacher pockets.
Outreach can always use empty prescription medication bottles, plastic and paper sacks, aluminum tabs from cans, and your outdated eyeglasses.
You can see that there really is a way for EVERYONE to get involved.