Midwest City Christian First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130
**Ash Wednesday – Lent Begins**
Join us for
Ash Wednesday Service
DON’T FORGET TO
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Remember to set clocks
AHEAD ONE HOUR
this Saturday night!
…hiding good deeds
We are entering my favorite liturgical season: Lent. Lent is the season for contemplation, self examination and reflection. Not counting Sundays and beginning on Ash Wednesday, it last for forty days. Forty days has several meanings in scripture. Often it means a long time just as 3 days means a short time. For this season forty represents the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness.
Ash Wednesday follows what is called Fat Tuesday, so named because you eat as much as you can. The traditional food of choice is pancakes and is the last day to enjoy before ‘giving up’ something, usually certain foods. Giving up something for Lent has long been a practice among different groups and individuals.
Some people will use the time to give up smoking or chocolates or soft drinks in an effort for it to become permanent. Giving up something is a means of sacrifice helping us to get closer to Jesus and appreciating his sacrifice for us. Another practice that has been adopted is to take on something rather than give up something. Instead of giving up something for Lent, how about finding something to do to deepen your spiritual life.
And now comes the tricky part. The scripture that begins Lent (Ash Wednesday) is Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. Here is verses 1 and 2: “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.
So a spiritual discipline might be doing something for others without them knowing you are the source. The only one who will know your good act is the recipient and God. Actually, this sounds like it may be a bit difficult to do… so there is the challenge. Welcome to Lent.
Rev. Larry Metzger
FCC Youth Wednesday Night March 6
Dinner at 6 pm and then we will participate in the Ash Wednesday Service that beings at 6:30 pm.
Sunday Nights at 5:00 pm
Bring a Friend!
Calling All Singers – Buckets Provided
Ever wonder why Chancel Choir Members seem so happy and look so healthy? Go to the link below for information on why singing keeps you fit and young!
THEN — if you’ve ever thought about joining the choir, now is a really good time to do that. Lent is a great season to get started, and features some of the most beautiful music of the Church Liturgical Year.
Start off with us at our Cantata Bootcamp/Choir Social on Saturday, March 9th here at the church from 9-5. Yes, there’s food!!
Contact Mark or ask any of our handsome and lovely choir members about joining us — a for a song or for a season — all are welcome!
Oh, and can’t carry a tune in a bucket?
Come on anyway — we’ll provide the buckets!!
Director of Music
A Request from the
Sr. Minister Search Committee:
Please return your Congregational Profile Information form to the church office no later than March 17, so the data may be entered into our church records. This information gives potential applicants a broad picture of our church family and is used to fill out one section of the Congregational Survey we are to provide to the Regional Office. Profile forms can be found in the church narthex (main entry).
Please call any one of the Search Committee members if you have questions. Contact information is listed on the Sr. Minister poster in the narthex.
Meetings Sunday, March 10
Golf Meeting at noon in the Library
Board Meeting at 7:00 in the Library
AARP Drivers Safety Course
Saturday, March 9
9am to 2pm
In the JCAC Saferoom
*Adults 50 & Over
*Meets insurance requirements for discount
*Certificate is valid for 3 years
Cost: AARP Members $15
Class size is limited.
To reserve your seat or if you have an questions call Nancy Williams at 473-8239.
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.
Time to plan for the Easter Egg Hunt
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 Christy Miller or Pat Wiseman
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April 27, 2019
2019 Annual Missions
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Flowers for Sunday, March 10
Are given by Annie & Tom Hill
In memory of Leo Hill on the anniversary
of his heart transplant
To our Wonderful Church Family,
We have so much to thank you for – the cards, calls, visits, the food and the flowers. We also thank all the people who helped with the family dinner, everyone who was a part of the beautiful memorial service, and all who attended it. The thing we appreciated most was all your prayers.
Thank you so very much,
The family of Lisa Holland Larkin
SUNDAY, March 10, 2019
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, March 6
10:00 CWF Group II
1:00 CWF Group I
6:30 Ash Wednesday Service
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, March 7
9:00 Children’s Corner
SATURDAY, March 9
9:00 AARP Driving Class – JCAC
9:00 Choir Cantata Bootcamp
**TIME CHANGE – SET CLOCKS
AHEAD ONE HOUR TONIGHT**
SUNDAY, March 10
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
12:00 Golf Meeting
7:00 Board Meeting
MONDAY, March 11
9:00 Mobile Meals
TUESDAY, March 12
6:30 CWF Group III
Meeting at the church
WEDNESDAY, March 13
S.O.A.R. Bus going to Eddie Warrior
Correctional Facility in Taft, OK
9:15 CWF Service Day
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
*Senior Minister Search Committee
*Youth Minister Search Committee
*Family & Friends of Anna Ruth Powers
Family & Friends of Dwain White
(Faye Miller’s brother in law)
Eric Bates (Bryan Spradley’s cousin)
Family & Friends of Dr. Carl Bogardus (Miller)
Brian Lloyd (St Anthony)
David Little (Donna Brubaker)
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), Melanie Voice & family (Davis), Orpha Wardlaw (Pettigrew), Ronnie Watson (Howell), Lucille Williams (N Williams), Cindy Winkle (Fennell)