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Midwest City Christian

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

A Word From Mike…

Mark 16.5-8     As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

What a fabulous Easter worship! Special thanks goes to Dustin, Hunter, Michelle, our serving elders/deacons and the choir.  Really a word of thanks goes to the entire congregation and for the energy brought for both services!  Obviously the baptism of Addison, Luci and Ella brought a lot of joy to the service as well.  As amazing as all of those factors are, how can you beat the proclamation of, “He is risen! He is risen indeed!!”

I think we had a deep spirit in our worship and many of us left renewed and humming the joyous songs of Easter.  Scripture calls us to go forth and spread the good news.  Sunday may not have been THE Good News, but the worship experience was good news.  If I understand correctly, this was the largest Sunday attendance in the history of our church!  We have much to proclaim and to share with others about our congregation.  We have much to proclaim in the risen Christ!

I pray that the terror and amazement of the resurrection inspires you to speak confidently about our church, but most importantly to speak confidently about your faith.
God is worthy!

Thanks for sharing the journey!

FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, April 19th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson over Ephesians chapter 4, and the students will participate in Communion to end the service. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the lesson will start at 6:30. If possible, please try to arrive on time. We do many activities on Wednesday nights, and I want to make sure that the students get the full experience before the 8:00 p.m. pick up time.

On Sunday Evening, April 23rd, We will get back to our normal schedule of meeting for a fun activity and discussion.

Late Summer Camp Registration:

If your student did not complete their paperwork and payment on Camp Sunday, you have until April 18th to contact Dustin to register with the lowest discounted price. Please note that there is not a guarantee that a spot will be open. In addition, if you want to register your student after April 18th, you will be responsible for paying the full, undiscounted price of registration.

Thanks – Dustin

If you have any students that would potentially be interested in youth group, please contact Dustin at 918-637-4407. He would love to reach out to try to include them in the bunch, thanks!


First Feature

Lloyd & Bonnie Kitchell

We are the Kitchell’s, Bonnie and Lloyd. I was born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and raised in Kansas, Oklahoma. I am next to the youngest of eight children. I became a Christian at the age of 10. Reared in a Baptist church, I sang in the choir and taught 1st Grade Sunday School. As an adult, I realized when growing up that we were very poor. We did not know it, because so was everyone. However, I had loving parents who provided for my needs. We were never hungry and I have wonderful memories. Although I never when to college, I retired after 32 years from Aetna Insurance in Oklahoma City.

Lloyd was born in Shawnee, the youngest of three boys. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Shawnee. He excelled in basketball while in High School. He attended OBU and Oklahoma A & M where he studied figures and finance. He served 20 years in the Army and Air Force during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. After retiring, he worked for the US Postal Service in Midwest City and Carlon PVC in Del City.

We began our lives together in 1971. Together, we have three children and three grandchildren. In 1973 we joined the church on Key Boulevard. During those early years of our marriage, we made many friends of our church family. A men’s slow pitch ball league was formed and several churches participated. Lloyd was pitcher. He could hit the ball but could not run. A hit to the fence meant he got on first base and any man on base easily made it home. The women cheered the guys and the children played around our feet.

I have served the church as a Deacon, Elder and CWF President. Lloyd has served as a Deacon and Property Chair and together we worked with the Youth. Our church family continues to grow as well as our faith journey, under the leadership of Mike Snell.

Welcome New Members!
Addison Davis
Lucianna Davis
Ella Updegraff

Sunday, April 23

Department Meetings

Worship at 4:00 PM
Cabinet at 5:00 PM
Outreach at 6:00 PM

Muffins For Mission
Sunday, April 23
Donations Accepted
Proceeds benefit Outreach Ministries

Opportunity For Our
Church Veterans & Veterans Spouses

Pete Tucker is one who is setting a wonderful example for us of what it is to do ministry beyond our church walls. Each week Pete travels to Norman   to help veterans accurately review and receive their disability benefits. He volunteers his services as part of a non-profit veteran’s organization, The Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation. Pete has also worked to help multiple members of our church who unknowingly were not receiving their full benefits. These financial benefits are helpful to the veterans and of equal importance, to their families.

Pete will be in our church on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 AM to meet with veterans on a first come first serve basis. We are blessed and fortunate to have him offering this opportunity for our veterans.

Please be sure to bring your DD-214.

Dedication Ceremony For The
Hazel Craddock Memory Lane

Joe B. Barnes
Regional Park
Saturday, April 22nd
11:00 AM

You are invited to attend this special ceremony honoring
Hazel Craddock and her work with the City of Midwest City
to establish the Soldier Creek Nature Trail & Memory Lane.
There will be an unveiling of a new arch at the beginning
of the trail and a tree planting in her honor.

AARP Driver
Safety Program
Saturday ● May 6
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fellowship Hall

This course is for all adults age 50 and older. It meets insurance
company requirements for discount. Certificate is valid for 3 years.

AARP Members $15.00
Non-members $20.00

Class size is limited. To reserve your seat or if you have any questions, please call Nancy Williams at 473-8239.

Please submit newsletter announcements to the
church office no later than
noon on Mondays.
Thank you very much! 

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130

Sunday Worship Times
8:30 & 10:45 AM

Mon – Thurs

9 AM – 4 PM

9 AM – Noon


Flowers for Sunday, April 23rd are given by Louise Grace,

        In loving memory of her husband, Edward.

Thank you…

Dear Church Family,

Thank you for the lovely flowers, cards and prayers.

Your kindness to Bill and me is really wonderful. God is so good to provide us with such a wonderful church family.


Robbie & Bill McGruder


To Mobile Meals-

    In memory of Shirley Davis from Nancy Hall

    In memory of Shirley Davis from Helen Gentry

To the Memorial Fund-

     In memory of Shirley Davis from Julius & Sandra Lees

     In memory of Shirley Davis from Jim & Connie Sharp

     In memory of Shirley Davis from Bill & Nancy Graham

To the Music Fund-

     In memory of Shirley Davis from Johnnie Gasaway

To the Parlor Fund-

     In memory of Shirley Davis from Denis & Linda Harris

Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017

8:30 AM

Beverly Bonnewell
David Tiller

Serving Deacons:
Beverly Albee
Ertel Hall
Joni Tiller
Spenser Oliver

10:45 AM

Brett Moler
Roger Camp

Serving Deacons:
Barbara Brewer
Larry McKinney
Charlie Stanfill
Dona Stanfill
Donna Brubaker
Reagan Cook

William Bowman
Ella Updegraff


9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review w/Pete Tucker
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
6:30 CWF Group III

THURSDAY, April 20
9:00 Children’s Corner

SATURDAY, April 22
11:00 Dedication Service for
the Hazel Craddock Memory Lane
at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park

SUNDAY, April 23
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday  School
4:00 Worship Dept Meeting
5:00 Cabinet Meeting
5:00 Youth Group
6:00 Outreach Dept Meeting

MONDAY, April 24
8:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, April 25
9:00 Children’s Corner

9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review w/Pete Tucker
9:30 CWF Executive Meeting
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


*Imogene Nikkel
*Jacklena Whitlow
Shelby Rubino
Tom Padgham
Fern Burling (Mercy Rehab Hospital)
John Howard, Sr. (Hospice)
(Friend of Nancy Williams)
Jean Adcox (Sharon Lewis)
Al Douthitt (Virginia’s husband)
Amanda Ross (Brubaker)
Ezra Mann Family (Church visitors)
Daniel Rubino (Mike Rubino’s Father)
Gale Langston (Brubaker)
Mary Long (Albee)
Zola Lee Gaylor (Specialty Hospital)
Arlene Burkhalter (The Veradan)
Mary Nirschl
Julie Luman (Moler)
John Northcutt
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Mary Jo Albee (Beverly’s Mother in Law)
Hannah Oliver
Peggy Vorel
(Sean Dean’s Grandmother)
Brailee Tennison (Virginia Douthitt)
Melanie Voice & Family (Elyse Davis)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Tim Daniels (Anita Oliver’s brother)
Michael Crutchfield (Harley)
Grace Oliver
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Dale Acker
Coleen Crow (Lange)
Deane Upchurch (Moler)
Kathi Miller (Gambill)

*Notes a new addition

Congregation Long-Term Prayer List and/or Shut-ins:  

Nellis & Dottie Adams, Lola Jean Ashford, Arlene Burkhalter, Guy Burkhart, Loleta Clark, Betty Davis, Ken Foust, Gene & Janyce Harkins, Dona Harris, Leo & Annie Hill,  Nick Kennedy, Scott McKinney, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Eugene Mellinger, Mary Nirschl, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Nadine Richardson, Lane Ross, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley,  Shirley Tharp, Mickey Tyo, Julia Wingate, and Doris Wokaty

Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List:

Kelly Cox (Camp), Mitchell Deaton (Deaton), Sharon Delyria (Austin), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Dan Hayes (Moler), Leo Hickman (Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Wakely), Sam Howard (Howard), Esther & Kaylee Ingersoll (McMahan & Miller), Paul Johanning (Moler), Jim Johnson (Greffin), Don Martin (Spradley), Cathy Miller (Reid), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Cindy Proctor (Updegraff), Judy Raines (Gambill), Susan Saxton (Melissa Davis), Jo Schroeder (Pam & Ertel Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker), Beverly Storch (Updegraff), Juanita Taylor (Updegraff), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), Sharon Verity (Niehoff)