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


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Sunday, May 12

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!



Her children rise up and call her blessed.

Proverbs 31:28
  
 

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REFLECTIONS….

… Names are Important

  God is known by many names. In the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Testament there are many names, each of which depict aspects of God’s nature. Some are more characteristic like “Hiding Place” (Psalm 32:7), or “Rock” (Habakkuk 1:12). Beyond the Jewish and Christian faith, there are many other names for God. 
 
  We have many names; some very flattering and others not so much. However, when they are mentioned, we know to whom it refers. 
 
  Our names are by tribe, clans, nation or ethnicity. They are by religious tradition or certain regions. 
 
  The names are very important to us because they are more than a moniker to know when one is speaking to or about us. The names give us a great sense of belonging. 
 
  I am a Christian, a citizen of the United States of North America, a Kentuckian by birth, raised in Louisville, a large city and a person of German and Irish origins. My name is musician, preacher, father, husband, son, brother and even more. 
 
  All these are more than nouns, they are adjectival in that they give a picture of a person. 
 
  Christian is not a unique descriptor for there are many kinds of Christians. All are trying to follow in the way of Jesus, but it is in their interpretation of Jesus’ Way. 

  Some are very stern and legalistic. Others are very compassionate and forgiving. Many are somewhere in between. But it would be a great mistake to use the name Christian and think it covers all of us. There are, in fact, times I am embarrassed to be called a Christian because of behavior I witness in the name of Jesus. 
 
  There are other times I see Christ in the actions of those who wear very different names. 
 
  Billy Graham, on Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power in 1997 said the following:
 
  I think everybody who loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they are conscious of it or not, are members of the body of Christ …. That’s what God is doing today. He is calling people out of the world for his name, whether they come from the Muslim world or the Buddhist world or the Christian world or the nonbelieving world, they are members of the body of Christ because they have been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don’t have and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think that they are saved and that they are going to be with us in heaven. (Context: Martin E. Marty on Religion and Culture, November 1, 1997)
 
  (I think Franklin Graham needs to revisit his father’s theology.) 
 
  I would like for compassion, givers of mercy, peaceful, forgiving, people who show kindness to strangers, welcomers… just a few of the words I would like to come to mind when someone calls me a Christian. 

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 won’t meet this Sunday night.
Enjoy the day with you Mom!

  
 
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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 FCC MWC semi-annual Food Drive to benefit the Mid-Del Food Pantry runs through Sunday, May 12th. 

Donations of non-perishable food can be brought to the church and placed in the grocery cart in the narthes. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated. Please mark your donation for FOOD DRIVE and place in the offering or bring to the church office.

Items especially needed are those packed with protein.
Here are some examples:

Peanut Butter & Jelly
Tuna packed in water
Canned chicken
Canned chili
Pinto Beans
Black Beans


Thank you for your generosity! Outreach 


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Thank you so much to everyone who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt this year! I overheard quite a few parents from the community commenting about how nice it was and how well organized, and I am so grateful to serve with a group like you all. I want to especially thank CWF this year because of their dedication in donating funds to buy craft supplies and for taking time out of their busy schedules to help cut out paper and prep the materials needed for the crafts the kids did during the Easter Egg Hunt. I am so thankful to have a group of ladies dedicated to the children helping the Christian Education department! Thank you for those of you who had time on Friday night to help me set up, your assistance was invaluable! Thank you to everyone who helped work at the craft tables, Addison and Lucy Davis for doing the puppet show and to Addison for being our Easter bunny! Thank you to the crew who helped me clean everything up and put all the tables and chairs away. Thank you to everyone who prepared snacks for this event. I prayed and prayed for this day to be a way to show our kids and our community that they matter to us, and I was blown away by the answer I got to these prayers through your time, love, and service. Every time we choose to participate in an activity for our children, we show them that they are important, that there is a place for them here, and that this church is THEIR church family. We invest in them and pour love into them to show them God’s love. Thank you for your contributions of time, snacks, money and love. My sincerest hope is that you got to witness the kids’ wonder and joy during this event.

Christi Miller
Christian Education Chair


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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.

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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First Christian Church


(Disciples of Christ)


11950 E Reno


Midwest City, OK 73130


405.769.2717



Interim Pastor:

Rev. Larry B. Metzger


Sunday Worship Times:

8:30 & 10:45 am 

OFFICE HOURS:


Monday – Thursday:
9 – 4 pm

Friday:
9 – Noon

Disciples Around
The Web

www.disciples.org

www.okdisciples.org

www.weekofcompassion.org

Disciples News Service


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Flowers for Sunday, May 12 are given by Becky & Jerry Long and Vicki & David Richey
In loving memory of their Mothers: Evelyn Messerli, Ethel Richey and Florene Long.
Thank you for being examples of compassion, guidance and endless love.
 

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 To the Memorial Fund –
  In memory of Kenny Stanfill from Nancy Hall

To Account #107 –
  In memory of Kenny Stanfill from Faye Miller
  In memory of Gwen Bowman from Faye Miller

To the Capital Fund – 
  In memory of Anna Ruth Powers from Tom & Pat Padgham
  In memory of Kenneth Peeler from Tom & Pat Padgham

 
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Servants Scheduled
to Serve 


May 12, 2019

8:30 am 
Elders:Pat Wiseman
Nancy Williams
 
Serving Deacons:
Terry Fisher*
Maureen Fisher
Nancy Graham


10:45 am
Elders:
Bill McMahan
Kristyn Reid

Serving Deacons:
Trisha Christensen*
Charles Hargis
Barbara Hargis
Chris Miller
Scott Lange
Lori Lange

Acolytes:
Hunter Deaton
Case Lackey

 
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

WEDNESDAY, May 8
9-4 Life Line Screening (JCAC)
9:15 CWF Service Day
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
 
THURSDAY, May 9
9:00 Children’s Corner

SUNDAY, May 12
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
No evening activites

MONDAY, May 13
9:00 Mobile Meals
 
TUESDAY, May 14
9:00 Children’s Corner
6:30 CWF Group III

WEDNESDAY, May 15
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


*Bill Vaught (Masteller)
*Don Martin (Spradley)
*Erik Docken (Melissa Davis’ brother)
Jim Wylie
Julia Wingate 
Tom Henthorn (Albee)
Graysen Waddle (Miller)
Anita Oliver
Donna Brubaker
Sandra Lees
Lenora Greffin
Kristyn Reid
Tanni Jamison
Eric Bates (Bryan Spradley’s cousin)
Steve Oliver’s mother, Laura
LaDonna Johnson (David Johnson’s daughter)
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), 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)