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

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Special Dates to Remember  

April 14, Palm Sunday / Easter Cantata
Combined Worship Service at 10:00 am
 
April 18, Maundy Thursday Service
The service begins at 7:00 pm.
The Prayer Vigil begins immediately following and will conclude Sunday morning with the Sunrise Service. The Prayer Vigil sign up board is posted in the narthex.

April 20, Annual Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 am until 12:00 pm

April 21, Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service at 6:30 am
Combined Worship Service at 10:00 am

   
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REFLECTIONS….

  …from the Mouth of a Child

Several weeks ago we read this scripture from John 3:14-21  “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

This is in reference to Numbers 21. The people have been complaining about God. They had become impatient. They spoke against God and Moses and because of this they were punished with poisonous serpents. Many Israelites died. Moses prayed to God on their behalf and was told to make a bronze snake, and to place it on a pole. Everyone who was bitten would be cured if they simply looked at that serpent.  

That’s all they had to do. When Jesus says he is like that serpent he means to be saved all we have to do is look upon Jesus, i.e., follow in his way. This is how one comes to salvation.  

It’s not hard. Looking upon the bronze serpent did not take a lot of effort. God is really very generous.

In an old Dennis the Menace cartoon, Dennis and his little friend Joey are leaving Mrs. Wilson’s house, their hands full of cookies. Joey says, “I wonder what we did to deserve this.” Dennis answers, “Look, Joey. Mrs. Wilson gives us cookies.”  

Understanding the deep theological and Christological meanings of scripture can be very difficult but it also is distilled in a few words. This is one of those places. The grace of God is extended to us not because we’re nice, but because God is nice. The world, our world, can be a place of peace and joy if we simply be nice to others, or as Jesus as told us “to love our enemies”.  

Again, a child can make it clear as in one of Art Linkletter’s segments of the TV show called, “Kids say the Darndest Things”. He was interviewing a girl of about 6 or 7 when he asked her “What does love look like?”

The little girl answered “It’s when I let Johnny get in front of me at the drinking fountain line.”  

Art Linkletter smiled and said “Well, you must love Johnny very much.”  

But the little girl responded, “No, I don’t even like him.”  

If we could just teach the leaders of our nation how to embrace this kind of attitude we would not be far from the kingdom of God. If WE could just embrace such a way of life.

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 ($2,413.00 below 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 vigil will begin immediately following the Maundy Thursday service and will end at sunrise on Easter Sunday. Participants are not required to be physically present at the church, however, the church will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10am – 8pm for those who want to pray in the sanctuary. As of today, there are only a few commitments on the board posted in the narthex. Next time you’re at church, please take a moment to check it out. If you are a shut in who would like to participate, please contact the church office 769-2727. We will help you select a time.

Let’s fill up every time slot!

Thanks,
Chris Miller – Worship Department  


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CWF Service Day
and Election of Officers


April 10 at 9:15am

Ladies, it’s important that everyone attend this meeting.
We are electing officers for 2019-2010 and a quorum is needed.
Also, please save the trial size toiletries you receive while traveling.
We’ll hold our “3rd Annual Mabel Bassett Women’s Prison” project
sometime after Easter. Suitable books and magazines are also welcome.
The women at the prison are very grateful for these gifts.
See you April 10th!
  
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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
 
Sponsorship opportunities
also available!

Sign up information in the narthex!
 
   
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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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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 at christinamcmahan@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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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

  Monday – Thursday:
9am – 4pm

Friday:
9am – noon

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Flowers for Sunday, April 7
   
Are given by Jim & Connie Sharp
       
Celebrating 67 years together and many blessings!
 

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MEMORIALS

To the Sound System in memory of Lisa Holland Larkin
    From Tom & Pat Padgham (correction)
 
To the Sound System in memory of Lisa Holland Larking
     From Julie Bailey Smith (correction)
 
To the Memorial Fund in memory of Kenneth Peeler
     From Maxine Wheelan
 

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THANK YOU!

We enjoyed a very successful fish fry Sunday evening! A huge THANK YOU to Larry Metzger and Chad Orgaard who fried up the wonderful fish and fries! We also thank Chad and Joyce Orgaard for their hard work in making the delicious coleslaw! With plenty of dessert to go around, it was a great meal and a nice opportunity for fellowship together. Thank you to all who helped and all who attended!!!

– The Fellowship Committee

   
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Servants Scheduled
to Serve

 
SUNDAY
April 7, 2019

8:30 am
 
Elder:
Dean Holt
 
Serving Deacons:
Vicki Richey*
Carroll Hancock
Martin Davis

10:45 am

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

Acolytes:
Isaac Miller
Cayden Wright

 
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS  

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
 
THURSDAY, April 4
9:00 Children’s Corner
                                      
SUNDAY, April 7
5th SUNDAY IN LENT

8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School            
4:00 Cabinet Meeting
5:00 Youth

MONDAY, April 8
9:00 Mobile Meals
 
TUESDAY, April 9
9:00 Children’s Corner
6:30 CWF Group III

WEDNESDAY, April 10
9:15 CWF Service Day &
        Election of Officers
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

*Mike Nagie (Moler)
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)
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)