Midwest City Christian
First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno
Midwest City, OK 73130
All Church Fellowship
Sunday, March 31
6:00 pm Enjoy fresh fried fish and all the fixin’s!
(we will have a chicken alternative)
There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex
if you plan to attend.
Also, if you can provide a dessert, please note that
on the sign up sheet. Donations will be accepted to
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
…..Taking the Bible Seriously
“If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?” James 2:15-16.
Who takes the Bible literally… I mean really? Oh, there are those who want the 10 commandments posted everywhere but do they actually practice them. Besides there are 613 commandments taught in Judaism. Taking into account the destruction of the Temple and 26 that apply only with the Land of Israel, there are still 245 observable commandments.
There are those who would say the Christian Testament replaces the Hebrew Scriptures and laws. However, Jesus was Jewish and never suggested anything to eliminate the Jewish faith. Jesus’ ministry could be easily understood as the reformation of the Jewish Faith.
However, even what Jesus taught is not taken literally by most of Christendom. Few of us “have sold everything and given it to the poor” or cut off a hand or plucked out an eye.
Taking the Bible seriously is another matter. I think many Christians read scriptures within their context and find the connections to today’s world. We do try to align ourselves with the teachings of Jesus.
The teachings often call for radical change in our lives. This is difficult for anyone but it seems to be a requirement not a request. When Jesus calls for repentance the meaning is one of turning around or turning away from what we are doing.
Today our congregation is doing about as much as one congregation our size can do. We have the Children’s Corner, Mid-Del Food Pantry, Christmas for Others, Mobile Meals, CROP Walk, Refuge Fellowship, Supporting Offenders in Achieving Reintegration, and the many uses of Activities Building, help with gas and other needs and I am sure I have left something out. This does not even take into account of what individuals are doing or our search for a remedy to the homeless problem in our city.
As a city and nation we are not fairing so well. When people are in need of health care, when people are being shot and killed on a weekly basis (dare I say ‘daily’), when children are facing many dangers from less and less money for services to children, that is a problem of following in the way of Jesus.
When leadership, from all parties and levels of government simply say “we offer our thoughts and prayers” it smacks at the criticism of James: “‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?”
Prayers are never meant to control the will of God. Prayers are for us, to change us. Often good meaning Christians say, “Just turn it over to God.” Maybe God is turning it over to us. Maybe God is waiting for us to figure it out and do something. Maybe God depends on us to conform to God’s will and commandments.
Right now it is difficult for people to talk to one another. A few words from the mouth and we make instant judgments. “Oh, you are for Trump.” Or “Oh, you are against Trump,” and from that point on we turn off our ears and open our mouths. The question for each of us should be are we for or against the Way of Jesus and how do we implement the changes needed?
I have my doubts about the rest of our nation but I know First Christian Church is working hard to help others and walk in the Way of Jesus. (And I thank God for each of you.)
– The Rev. Larry B. Metzger
Dinner at 6 pm and discussion time will start at 6:30 pm.
Sunday Nights at 5:00 pm
Bring a Friend!
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
We finished our exploration of the Gospel of John!Wednesday March 20th, since several participants will be unable to attend, we will not meet.
March 27, we will begin a study of John’s epistles. Come join us! We read, discuss and discover God’s good news in his Word. The group is currently self-led, but if anyone feels inspired to take the reins and assume the task of teaching, we would love to have that discussion with you. If you want to join in a relaxed, relatively unstructured Bible study, come join us at 6:30 on (most) Wednesday nights. We have a fun and friendly group and we’d love to include you!
Monthly Giving Summary
for February 2019*
Total Deposits for All of February……$37,023.50
We had 24 separate funds for deposit in February
General Fund plus Account 107……$18,319.00 equals 58.9% of Proposed Budget for 2019.
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is$10,850.00.
Capital Fund Donations in February……$8,437.00 ($2,413.00below February 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
It’s about that time again!
The Easter Prayer Vigil will be starting before you know it. It’s an event that is always changing, looking for a method that fits better. So this year, we’re going to work to include ANYONE from ANYWHERE that wants to participate.
Shut-Ins, Homebound, Hospital, just don’t want to drive at night…you’re all encouraged to participate. The vigil will go much longer than it has in recent years, but there will no longer be a request that you be physically present at the church. However, the church will be open on Friday and Saturday (10am-8pm) for those that wish to be present at the church. The full vigil will start immediately following the Maundy Thursday service and will end at Sunrise on Easter Sunday.
Please watch for the signup board. And if you’re not able to come up and sign in, please let the office know and we can sign you up!
Chris Miller – Worship Department
2019 Annual Missions Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 27th at
Choctaw Creek Golf Course
4 Player Scramble
Registration Deadline: 21 April
– Early Bird Entry Fee
paid by 7 April:
$70 per person (under 18: $50)
– Entry Fee paid after 7 April:
$85 per person (under 18: $60)
Entry fee includes Green Fees, Cart, Two Mulligans, Ditty Bag,
Lunch and Door Prizes
Sign up information in the narthex!
Sunday, March 24th
All men of the church are invited to attend!
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20
at 10 am
We are asking for donations of little prizes, non-chocolate candies (chocolate tends to melt!) and plastic Easter eggs. We are hoping this years event is the best one yet! If you have any questions see Christi Miller or Pat Wiseman.
Church Prayer Concerns List
We would like to update the current PRAYER CONCERNS list.
Several names have been on the prayer list for several months. If you have an update regarding someone listed, or if you know of someone who could be moved to the Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List, please call the church office. Thank you!
A Message from the Kitchen –
There are an abundance of dishes in the kitchen from dinners. They will be placed on the kitchen island on Sunday. Please check to see if any of these belong to you. After two weeks, what is left will be taken to Goodwill.
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First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City OK 73130
Rev. Larry Metzger
Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 am
Monday – Thursday:
9 to 4 pm
9 to Noon
Disciples News Service
Flowers for Sunday, March 24
Are given by Becky Isaac
In celebration of her three grandchildren
and their birthdays
THANK YOU NOTE…
Dear FCC Family,
Thank you all so much for all the cards and food and prayers during my recovery.
Still have a ways to go to be 100% but with such loving support from our wonderful church family, I’ll get there.
Thanks again for all your support.
March 24, 2019
Mitsy Martin Davis
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, March 20
SUNDAY, March 24
3rd SUNDAY IN LENT
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
12:00 Golf Meeting
12:30 CMF Luncheon
MONDAY, March 25
9:00 Mobile Meals
TUESDAY, March 26
9:00 Children’s Corner
WEDNESDAY, March 27
9:30 CWF Executive Day
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
*Senior Minister Search Committee
*Youth Minister Search Committee
*LaDonna Johnson (David Johnson’s daughter)
Melissa Richey (David & Vicki Richey)
Eric Bates (Bryan Spradley’s cousin)
Lynn Miller, Chris Miller’s mother
Steve Oliver’s mother, Laura
Ann Reynolds and family (Millie Sawyer)
Jennifer Fulton (Lewis)
John Booth (McKinney)
Jim Brooks (Debbie Lloyd’s father)
John Martinez (Moler)
Jola Oliver (Steve Oliver’s stepmother)
Debbie Broome (Phillips)
Annis Hickman Miller (Judy Gambill’s niece)
Amy Loudermilk (coworker of Scott Lange)
Jimmy Lonsdale (coworker of Scott Lange)
Stephanie Rosillo (Keller)
Kenny Stanfill (Charlie Stanfill’s brother)
Danielle Rose (Lloyd)
Jerry Calcote (Robbie McGruder’s brother)
Scott & Crystal Wyatt (Gamblin)
Rosa Stock (M Holt)
Cathy Martinez (Moler)
Parker Family (Walters)
Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees)
Scott McCulloh (Reid)
Debbie Atkinson (Williams)
Randall Burnett (Gambill)
Susannah Smith (Lees granddaughter)
Wanda Rickard (Moler)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Coleen Crow (Lange)
*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, Al & Virginia Douthitt, Ken Foust, Zola Lee Gaylor, Dona Harris, Dorothy Keller, Lloyd Family, Betty Martin, Dr. Gifford McBride, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Mary Nirschl, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Harold Powers, Vicki Richey, Lane Ross, Margaret Scears, Ray & Joyce Shirley, Shirley Tharp, Chris & Jacklena Whitlow, Barbara Wilson, Julia Wingate.
Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List:
Lori Bonnewell (Bonnewell), Lisa Coffman (Stanfill), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Clifford Gamblin (Gamblin), Dan Hayes (Moler), Leo Hickman (Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Wakely), Sam Howard (Howard), Jim Johnson (Greffin), Amber Leamy (Niehoff), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Don Martin (Spradley), Mozelle McKinney (McKinney), Cathy Miller (Reid), Michael Niehoff (Niehoff), Jo Schroeder (Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker), Judy Soltis (Lewis), Joel & Jeff Staggs (Walters), Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder), 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)