First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno
Midwest City, OK 73130
405-769-2717 

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All Church Fellowship

Fish Fry


This Sunday,
March 31

6:00 pm 

Come join us for great food and fellowship!
We look forward to seeing everyone there!


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
cover expenses.

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REFLECTIONS

 …Searching for Clarity

   Margaret Lally Murray was from Kansas but moved to Lillooett, British Columbia (population today 2,322) and married publisher George Murray. She was the editor of the town newspaper and known as “Ma” Murray. 
   
   “Ma” Murray was kind of a tiger, in her own way. She was a social activist. And every issue of her paper rode concerns about labor and about human rights and about native issues.

   She always wrote in a frenzy. So much so that she didn’t pay much attention to punctuation. She wouldn’t put quotation marks around the things that other people had said. She’d run sentences on and on, without throwing in a period now and again. And people criticized her for it. She was told if she was going to publish a newspaper, she should do it right. Put the punctuation marks where they belong! Apparently Ma Murray didn’t much care what people thought about her style and this is what she did.

   On the first issue each year she covers the whole front page with nothing but punctuation marks! Commas, and colons, and exclamation points, and quotation marks, and periods, and question marks….They’re all there! The whole front page! “There!” she’d say, “I’ve given you all the punctuation marks you’ll need for the whole year! Just use them whenever you think they’re necessary!” (Ma died in 1982 at the age of 94.)

   I believe we often do Bible study in somewhat the same manner. We just take the stories and plug in our particular slant (believing it is the intended revelation from God) and stick to it come whatever.

   I want to suggest something for those who are truly interested in Bible study with integrity and faithfulness to scripture. A great investment and addition to any Christian library is the Tanakh. It is the Hebrew Bible (what most inaccurately refer to as the ‘Old Testament’).

   What makes this a prized addition to study is that it is translated from Hebrew (and Daniel and Ezra in Aramaic) by Jewish Scholars. It is their language and their history and is free of Christian bias. One has to be careful in using the Christian Testament to reinterpret the Hebrew Scriptures. One just can’t put commas, quotation marks and periods wherever they want, Ma Murray. It changes meanings.

   The first translation of the Hebrew Bible was in Greek (actually Koine Greek). That version is known as the Septuagint and would have been the scriptures used by the Apostles and mostly quoted by Jesus.

   This is just to say all three of the languages used in both scriptures are now dead languages. They are similar, but like old English, they are very different.

   You can actually read the scriptures onlinehttp://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0.htm. You can even see the Hebrew next to the English.

   Good reading! I think one will find a real blessing when reaching out to an enlarged vision and understanding of scripture. 
 
Rev. Larry B. Metzger


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FCC Youth

Wednesday Nights
Dinner at 6 pm and discussion time will start at 6:30 pm.
 
Sunday Nights at 5:00 pm

Bring a Friend!
 
  
 
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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
 
 
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EASTER PRAYER VIGIL
SIGN UP


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!

Thanks,
Chris Miller – Worship Department 


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2019 Annual Missions
Golf Tournament
 
Saturday, April 27th
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
 
Sponsorship opportunities
also available!

Sign up information in the narthex!
 

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Christian Education Department Meeting

Sunday, March 31
at 4 pm 

We will meet in the Mega Wow room to plan the annual Easter egg hunt that is happening April 20th! All department members are asked to attend. 
 

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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.
 

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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!
  

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First Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

11950 E Reno Ave

Midwest City, OK 73130

405.769.2717


Interim Minister:

Rev. Larry Metzger

Sunday Worship Times:

8:30 & 10:45 am


OFFICE HOURS:

Monday – Thursday:
 
9 – 4 pm

Fridays:

9 – Noon

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www.disciples.org

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www.weekofcompassion.org

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Flowers for Sunday, March 31
   
Are given by Faye Miller
       
In remembrance of her husband Karl and their wedding anniversary
 

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MEMORIALS

To the Memorial Fund in memory of Kenneth Peeler
   From Paul & Debbie Chalifoux
 
To the Memorial Fund in memory of Anna Ruth Powers
   From Bill & Nancy Graham
   From Beverly Bonnewell
 
To the Memorial Fund in memory of Dwain White
   From Carol Hamilton
   From Beverly Bonnewell
 
To the Memorial Fund in memory of Lisa Holland Larkin
   From Arlene Grimsley
   From Tom & Pat Padgham

To the Sound System in memory of Lisa Holland Larkin
   From Leo & Karen Holland
 

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Servants Scheduled
to Serve


SUNDAY
March 31, 2019*


*Fifth Sunday:
  Team One Elders/Deacons

 
8:30 am
 
Elder:
Tom Hill
 
Serving Deacons:
Vicki Richey*
Carroll Hancock
Martin Davis

10:45 am

Elders:
Becky Searcy
Pat Wiseman
 
Serving Deacons:
Mona Lange*
Chris Lange
Jude Lees
John Northcutt
Jr.-Colby Williams
Jr.-Marshall Mason

Acolytes:
William Bowman
Ella Updegraff


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, March 27
9:30 CWF Executive Day
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, March 28
9:00 Children’s Corner
                         
SUNDAY, March 31
4th SUNDAY IN LENT

8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
4:00 Christian Education Dept Meeting
5:00 Youth
6:00 All Church Fellowship Fish Fry Dinner

MONDAY, April 1 
9:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, April 2
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, April 3
10:00 CWF Group II
1:00 CWF Group I
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
 
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PRAYER CONCERNS

*Senior Minister Search Committee
*Youth Minister Search Committee

*Kathryn Jordan (Julia Jordan Gillett’s mother)
*Anita Oliver
Gwen Bowman
LaDonna Johnson (David Johnson’s daughter)
Donna Brubaker
Melissa Richey (David & Vicki Richey)
Eric Bates (Bryan Spradley’s cousin)
Sandra Lees
Brian Lloyd
Lenora Greffin
Stephanie Fry
Millie Sawyer
Kristyn Reid
Tanni Jamison
Steve Oliver’s mother, Laura
Ann Reynolds and family (Millie Sawyer)
Michael Neihoff
Jennifer Fulton (Lewis)
John Booth (McKinney)
Jim Brooks (Debbie Lloyd’s father)
John Martinez (Moler)
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)
Richard (Jenks)
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)