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


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Maundy Thursday Service
April 18 at 7:00 pm

The prayer vigil will begin immediately following this service and will end Easter Sunday morning at sunrise

 
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Easter Sunday, April 21

Sunrise Service at 6:30 am

Combined Worship Service at 10:00 am


Come, Celebrate With Us!


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REFLECTIONS

 …on Holy Week contradictions

    The name Henry Bessemer is one not generally recognized but he developed the Bessemer Process. It is a process for making steel (pneumatic conversion process). The invention was able to produce as much steel in 24 minutes that previously took 24 hours. This invention was revolutionary helping the nineteenth century to be called the “age of steel.”

    However, his first invention was the “spinning projectile.” The spinning motion of bullets and artillery shells increases their accuracy. The innovation was invented to assist the French and British during the Crimean War.

    It seems somewhat of a contradiction to produce steel for building and manufacturing and also to create something that increases the accuracy of killing. Holy Week shows us many conflicting and contradictory actions. Peter betrayed Jesus through his denials and yet he was the senior disciple. Judas the treasurer sold Jesus out to the authorities. Pilate was ruthless and yet he chose to wash his hands of whole matter.

    We are no less a contradiction. We claim to follow Jesus and want to be compassionate but will quickly find fault with another. This is a week of contradictions. Pilate coming into Jerusalem on a white horse, surrounded by an army fitted with weapons and crowds greeting the conqueror. In another part of Jerusalem is Jesus on a colt to the cheers of common folk, announcing him as their new king.

    I remember a friend of mine who years ago was visiting back in his hometown for a funeral. He and his wife stayed over for the Sunday service in a Disciple congregation. As they were leaving he noticed a large crowd exiting the Baptist church. He saw and old friend and said, “What has happened to your church? I thought the church was dying.”

    His friend looked at him and said, “A few good deaths.”

    What a contradiction to think one spent a life dedicated to the church only to find the life was resistant to change and moving on. It is my hope others would say of me that my life was one that encouraged growth and new life… and that I would be missed.

    How is your life measuring up with contradictions and a willingness to change for the good of Christ’s church. Sometimes we forget to whom the church belongs. Let holy week inspire us to be more faithful to the church of Jesus.

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.
 
Youth will not meet
Sunday night,
April 21

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Monthly Giving Summary
for MARCH 2019*


Total Deposits for All of March……$48,774.04
We had 21 separate funds for deposit in March
 
General Fund plus Account 107……$28,801.13 equals 74% of Proposed Budget for 2019.
 
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is $10,850.00.
 
Capital Fund Donations in March……$11,285.58 ($435.58 above March 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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Senior Minister Search Committee
4-14-2019 Report to Board

The Congregational Profile forms and the report of our seven Congregational Discussion groups were submitted to the Regional Office for review by Pam Holt, Regional Minister over Search and Call.  Edits and additions were made as needed and the documents were approved.  The Senior Minister Search Committee will begin receiving resumes of potential minister candidates from the Regional Office beginning on Monday, April 22nd. 
 
Christi Miller, search committee secretary, prepared the Congregational Discussion Group report and it will be available to the congregation in the near future.  Pam Holt gave the report a rave review and gave complements on the level of involvement by our congregation and for the excellent input that was shared!   
 
The Search Committee appreciates your continued prayers as we begin the process of selecting a candidate for Senior Minister and for your patience during this time.  We can share numbers of how many resumes we have received and where we are in the selection process.  Confidentiality is important, so there will be no other information shared until a final candidate has accepted a Call to be our new minister.  The congregation will be given an opportunity to meet the candidate and a vote by the congregation will complete the process.
 
Submitted by Becky Searcy, Senior Search Committee Chair
 
 
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EASTER PRAYER VIGIL
SIGN UP

Begins immediately following the Maundy Thursday service and will end at sunrise on Easter Sunday. Participants are Asked to pray in their homes, however, the church will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10am – 8pm for those who want to pray in the sanctuary. 
 

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20
at 10 am


We still need donations of little prizes and non-chocolate candies (chocolate tends to melt!) to go inside the plastic Easter eggs.

We also need help setting up the craft and game tables in the JCAC, Friday, April 19th at 6:30 pm. AND……volunteers for Saturday to help with the event! All volunteers are welcome and appreciated!

If you have any questions see Christi Miller or Pat Wiseman
Thank you! 
 

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Attention:

All Parents of Children
That Want To Go To Summer Camp!!!

Pre-registration for Camp
ends on April 19th!
All registration is ONLINE ONLY.
The link to register is:


https://okdisciples.org/news-events/event-registration/
 
The dates for 2019 camps are the following:

Discover Camp for those that have
completed 2nd and 3rd grade:
June 21-23 *Check-in is on Friday at 10-11 a.m.*
Cost is $112.50 per child.

Junior Camp for those that have
completed 4th and 5th grade:
June 17-21 Cost is $180 per child.

Chi Rho Camp for those that have
completed 6th through 8th grade:
June 3-7 Cost is $195 per child.

CYF Camp for those that have
completed 9th through 12th grade:
June 24-28 Cost is $182.50 per child.
 
Please register before April 19th!
If you need any assistance with your registration, please contact
Christina Miller via email atchristinamcmahan@ou.edu
or 405-476-2629.
 
Also, if your family needs financial assistance, please contact Larry Metzger. 
This will be confidential.


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Golf Committee Meeting
Sunday, April 21st in the Library

Immediately following the combined worship service. This will be our last opportunity to meet before the tournament this Saturday.


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2019 Annual Missions Golf Tournament 
Saturday, April 27th

Choctaw Creek Golf Course
4 Player Scramble
Registration Deadline: 21 April

  – 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!


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Take a step toward staying Healthy & Active
Life Line Screening is coming!

Where: FCC MWC
Sponsored by: Norman Regional Health System
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Pre-registration is required. Call: 1-888-653-6450

To register for your appointment and to receive a special $10 discount, please call 1-888-653-6450 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners
 
Package 1: Plaque, Vascular Disease (2) & Heart Rhythm Screening  4 tests for only $139*

Package 2: Add Osteoporosis Screening for only $10 more 5 tests for only $149*
 
*Costs are not covered or reimbursed by Medicare. Life Line Screening does not file insurance claims or provide physician/hospital referrals.
 


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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 am – 4 pm

Fridays:
9 am to noon

Disciples Around
The Web

www.disciples.org

www.okdisciples.org

www.weekofcompassion.org

Disciples News Service
  

Flowers for Sunday, April 21
   
Are given by Mary Kay Havens in memory of Jeanette Clemons and her birthday, April 29th. 
       
 
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To the Memorial Fund
   From Maxine Wheelan
 
To the Current Expenses in honor of John Clemons
   From Mary Kay Havens
  

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Servants Scheduled
to Serve


April 21, 2019

EASTER SUNDAY

COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE

10:00 am 
Elders:
Kenneth King
Kristyn Reid
 
Serving Deacons:
Denise Jenks*
Melissa Davis
Marilyn King
Pat Padgham
Jr.-Luci Davis
Jr.-Addison Davis

Acolytes:
Corbin Williams
David Wright

 
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

WEDNESDAY, April 17
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
 
THURSDAY, April 18
9:00 Children’s Corner
7:00 MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE
Prayer vigil begins immediately following

FRIDAY, April 19
10am – 8pm Sanctuary open for prayer vigil
6:30 Set up JCAC for Easter Egg Hunt

SATURDAY, April 20
10am – 8pm Sanctuary open for prayer vigil
10am – Noon Annual Easter Egg Hunt
                                      
SUNDAY, April 21
EASTER SUNDAY
6:30 SUNRISE SERVICE
10:00 COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE

Golf Meeting immediately following worship service
in the Library

MONDAY, April 22
9:00 Mobile Meals
 
TUESDAY, April 23
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, April 24
9:30 CWF Executive Day
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

*Graysen Waddle (Miller)
Mike Nagle (Moler)
Kathryn Jordan (Julia Jordan Gillett’s mother)
Anita Oliver
Steve Oliver’s mother, Laura
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
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)
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), 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)