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


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Sunday, May 19

Graduate Recognition Day

Logan Davis

Carl Albert High School


 Senior Breakfast at 9:30 am

 
Congratulations Logan!


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REFLECTIONS…

 … on Debating God

Debates will soon be hot on most of our minds. As I listen to debates, my mind wanders to my relationship with God. I wonder what it would be like to debate God!

Actually, that is a ridiculous thing to say because I debate with God all the time. I have a hunch many good people of faith debate with God. 

“What is really important in life? How should I treat my enemy? Who is my enemy? How is it that good people suffer and many bad people seem so successful? Let’s talk about this and hear my case.” 

Actually, over a third of the Psalms are complaints, pleas for God’s help in overcoming the enemy. The enemy being a nation, a person, or the torture of one’s own mind. 

Moses, Abraham, Mary (the mother of Jesus) and King Hezekiah all argued with God, debated and God complied. 

The parable of Lazarus and the rich man, found in Luke (16:19-31) raises some interesting questions. 

Now on the surface of the story, that is if we read it in a literal way, we can say that if you do not give money to the poor you will go to hell. That is as simple and straight ­forward as I can see of any of the stories in the Bible. 

I might want to defend the rich man.  Frankly, there are those times I have not helped the poor as I could. 

I would debate in this way: First, the rich man did feed Lazarus… that is he fed him the crumbs from his table, like one feeds a dog, nevertheless he did get something to eat. 

Besides, maybe Lazarus did not want to work. Maybe he left his family because he knew they would be better cared for if he left his hometown. Maybe, he was just satisfied eating the crumbs from another’s table and that’s all he wanted. 

However, Jesus makes no distinction. Jesus seems to indicate this information that seems so necessary to us in making decisions, is not of importance to him. 

Feed the poor. That’s all. He doesn’t appear concerned how they got that way, simply feed them because they are poor. 

Guess I lose this one. 

Oh, I debate God all the time… I complain, I plead my case and in the end I simply realize that it is me that comes up short. Funny how God always wins the debates with me. 

Maybe I should just listen more carefully. I think in losing I learn some very important lessons. 

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.
 
We will meet this Sunday night at 5:00 pm

  
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Monthly Giving Summary for APRIL 2019*

Total Deposits for All of APRIL……$49,017.87
We had 21 separate funds for deposit in April
 
General Fund plus Account 107……$27,864.32 equals 89.6%
of April Budget for 2019
 
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is $10,850.00.
 
Capital Fund Donations in APRIL……$6,567.50 
($4,282,50 below April 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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The second annual Baby shower for female veterans was hosted by the OKC VA Health Care System! In 2018 the VA reported that women make up approximately 10% of the veteran population in the United States, and nearly half of our nation’s 2 million women veterans are of reproductive age. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers comprehensive primary care, prenatal and preconception (pre-pregnancy) care, infertility services, maternity care services, and the first seven days of newborn care. However, many women veterans are unaware of these VA services. The OKC VA continues to expand its services available to female veterans!

On May 10, 2019, the OKC VA Health Care System hosted the 2nd annual Baby Shower. Among the approximately 25 excited guests were at least two new moms expecting twins. Guests received a wide variety of gifts such as diapers, wipes, blankets, and clothing. There were drawings for bigger ticket items such as, car seats and strollers.

The CWF of FCC MWC was one of the community organizations contributing gifts for the Shower. In addition to baby blankets handcrafted by Lenora Greffin, they donated a jogger-stroller, car seat and other items.


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From the Worship Department

Memorial Day is coming up this month.
We want to remember all of those who were dear to us that have passed in the last year. If there is someone you would like for us to remember, please let the office or myself know by May 17th.

Thank you
Chris Miller – Worship Department


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Books Needed:

The Monk and The Merchant


If you have this study book and would be interested in selling or donating your book, please contact the church office at 769-2717. Thank you!

 
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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

MAY 31

Starts at 7 PM

More details coming soon!


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First Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

11950 E Reno Ave

Midwest City OK 73130

405.769.2717


Interim Pastor:

Rev. Larry Metzger


Sunday Worship Times:

8:30 & 10:45 am


Monday – Thursday:

9 – 4pm

Friday:

9 – noon


Disciples Around
The Web

www.disciples.org

www.okdisciples.org

www.weekofcompassion.org

Disciples News Service
  

Flowers for Sunday, May 19 are given by Carol Hamilton
In memory of her father Clarence Baker
On his birthday, May 22nd

  
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THANK YOU NOTE

First Christian Church,

Thank you for the beautiful flowers Wendy brought and I really enjoyed her visit as well. Again, Thank you.

Virginia Douthitt



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Servants Scheduled to Serve

May 19, 2019 

8:30 am 

Elder:
Sharon Lewis
 
Serving Deacons:
Margaret English*
Joe Greffin
Jr.-Aidan Burk


10:45 am

Elders:
David Brubaker
Julie Moler

Serving Deacons:
Denise Jenks*
Melissa Davis
Marilyn King
Pat Padgham
Jr.-Luci Davis
Jr.-Addison Davis

Acolytes:
Addie Deaton
Kylee Spradley

 
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

WEDNESDAY, May 15
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
 
SUNDAY, May 19
GRADUATE RECOGNITION DAY!
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:30 SENIOR BREAKFAST
9:45 Sunday School
5:00 Youth

MONDAY, May 20
9:00 Mobile Meals
 
WEDNESDAY, May 22
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


*Alyse Daria Walker (Gambill)
*Phil & Nina Patton (S Updegraff)
*Travis Reid (in Houston for summer job)
*Barbara Fretwell (K Reid)
Bill Vaught (Masteller)
Don Martin (Spradley)
Erik Docken (Melissa Davis’ brother)
Jim Wylie
Tom Henthorn (Albee)
Graysen Waddle (Miller)
Millie Sawyer
Anita Oliver
Donna Brubaker
Sandra Lees
Kristyn Reid
Tanni Jamison
Eric Bates (Bryan Spradley’s cousin)
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)
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)
Danielle Rose (Lloyd)
Jerry Calcote (Robbie McGruder’s brother)
Scott & Crystal Wyatt (Gamblin)
Rosa Stock (M Holt)
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, Millie Sawyer, 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), 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)