|First Christian Church|
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno
Midwest City, OK 73130
Sunday, June 30 at 9:45 am
FCC MWC members will be voting on the Senior Minister Candidate. All members are encouraged to come and take part in this important day of our church! For members who know they will not be able to attend the meeting, there will be absentee ballots available in the church office. Members must come to the church office to vote by absentee ballot. Please keep in mind, if you are able to attend the Congregational Meeting, early voting is not encouraged. We hope to see everyone there!
If you have any questions, please call the
church office at 769-2727.
There are so many inconsistencies in our world today. Actually, there are inconsistencies in the United States’ brand of Christianity that boggle the mind.
There is this segment of Christianity claiming to be persecuted in our country for their beliefs which gets translated to their faith. It is a strange claim to me. While I have not experienced any government prohibition I cannot say with certainty there have not been such cases of persecution of some sort. But if it does exist, it is not the large scale being claimed by some.
One of the most glaring discrepancies has to do with the assertion that serving people who are deemed ‘sinners’ violates their religious freedom.
It more often comes across as pure and simple prejudice and discrimination. The much publicized case in Colorado of the same sex couple who were refused the purchase of a wedding cake is an example.
The legalities are complex, however, the religious example is an abomination. Even if one deems something is inappropriate or digs at one’s faith as a moral issue, one only has to look at the example of Jesus (not to mention Paul or Peter).
Jesus told his disciple to put away the sword, told the people without sin to cast the first stone, said to give the occupying oppressor your shirt as well as your coat if asked. Jesus said to love our enemies, pray for them and set the example with our living.
The case was brought to the Colorado Supreme Court in 2016 and would not overturn the ruling of a lower court that the couple’s civil rights were violated.
Both Peter and Paul seem to be unequivocal in their interpretation of our faith that we are subject to the state. I know this is both complicated and fraught with nuanced arguments. However, to live in a civilized society, there must be laws with which we must conform.
But it seems to me there is an overriding concern. How are we perceived by the unbelievers? When we fail to love our enemies, or simply those who disagree with elements of our faith, does it not seem we are ignoring the example of our faith?
Each Sunday we come to the Table to be fed by Christ because he loves us in spite of who we are, or what we have done (or even failed to do).
I think it would be more precise to say the bakers and others who refuse to provide services for others has little to do with their faith and more to do with the failure to practice their faith.
I recall an aged minister tell the story of how one of his parishioners, during the First World War, angrily informed him after morning worship, “I want you to know, Pastor, that every time you pray for the Kaiser and those Germans, I open my eyes.” Not a very good example of walking in the way of Jesus who said to pray the enemy.
How are you seen by the unbelievers when it comes to practicing your faith? A worthy question I hope we can answer with integrity: “I follow Jesus, even when it is uncomfortable”.
We will not meet next Wednesday Night
July 3rd. Hoping everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July!
See you back on Wednesday, July 10th!
Dinner at 6 pm and discussion time
will start at 6:30 pm.
Monthly Giving Summary
for MAY 2019*
Total Deposits for All of MAY……$45,005.23
We had 20 separate funds for deposit in MAY
General Fund plus Acct# 107……$27,107.48 equals 87.1%
of May Budget for 2019
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is $10,850.00.
Capital Fund Donations in MAY……$10,106.25
($743.75 below MAY 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
Muffins for Mission
Sunday, June 30
All proceeds benefit the
Outreach Ministry of FCC
Saturday, July 13
Workshop: A Healthier Lifestyle…Mind, Body, & Soul
10 am – 3 pm
7901 John Street
Registration fee is $10 to cover the cost of lunch. Registrations are due by July 5th. Forms are available in the church office of from Carol Hamilton at 732-4336.
Hello All Church Attendees,
We are still needing volunteers to help take care of custodial duties on July 17, 18 & 19. If you are available would be willing to help, please call Nancy at the church office at 769-2717.
Johnnie Gasaway, Personnel Dept.
CWF SUMMER PROJECT
CWF will be collecting toiletries, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc., for the women at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. There will be a container in the Narthex under the TV as a collection point.
Thank you for your donations.
CWF Service Director
WEED – NEED HELP!
The Landscape Department needs help with the ongoing maintenance of the flowerbeds (weeding, laying mulch, etc.). If you can help just 1-2 hours a month or week, your work would be greatly appreciated. Please call Tom Hill at 226-8140 or Ron Howard at 401-7616.
All VBS Volunteers!
We will have a meeting on Sunday, June 30th at 4:00 pm in the MegaWoW room. Please try to attend!
SAVE THE DATE!
Let’s get cookin’ at VBS!
The Education Department needs monetary donations for snacks and supplies. When donating please mark your envelope: VBS Supplies. Remember, there is no amount too small and all donations are greatly appreciated!
Church Wide Picnic
Sunday, July 7 at 5:00 pm
Fried chicken will be provided. Please bring sides and desserts. We will have games and Lucky “Nikkel” Bingo!
Come join us for great food and fellowship!
Hope to see you there!
Reminding the Choir –
Just want to remind the Chancel Choir to please, have your choir robe dry-cleaned to begin afresh when we start up again in August.
FACEBOOK Search name:
First Christian Church MWC
INSTAGRAM Search name:
FCC Midwest City
YOUTUBE Search name:
First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City OK 73130
Rev. Larry Metzger
Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 am
Monday – Thursday:
9:00 – 4:00 pm
9:00 – noon
Disciples News Service
A BIG THANK YOU –
To Misty Martin Davis, Becky Searcy, Jan Teel and Pat Wiseman for your help to beautify our church grounds last Saturday.
Tom Hill (226-8140) & Ron Howard (405-7617)
P.S. Ongoing help is still needed, please call Tom or Ron if you are available.
To My Church Family,
Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers during my recent surgery and recovery. Your phone calls, cards and food have been a blessing to me and my family. Our church is made up of wonderful, caring people and I am very thankful to be a part of this Church Family.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019
8:30 am Elders:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, June 26
9:30 CWF Executive Day
THURSDAY, June 27
S.O.A.R. Trip to Eddie Warrior Correctional Center
9:00 Children’s Corner
SUNDAY, June 30
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:30 MUFFINS FOR MISSION
9:45 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
to vote on Senior Minister
4:00 VBS Volunteer Meeting
MONDAY, July 1
9:00 Mobile Meals
TUESDAY, July 2
9:00 Children’s Corner
WEDNESDAY, July 3
No Evening Activities
*Senior Minister Candidate and family
*Youth Minister Search Committee
*Family & Friends of Dale Acker (K Reid)
*Joann Fritz (S Updegraff)
Tanni Jamison (McBride)
Orpha Wardlaw (Jo Pettigrew’s sister)
Alyse Daria Walker (Gambill)
Phil & Nina Patton (S Updegraff)
Barbara Fretwell (K Reid)
Don Martin (Spradley)
Erik Docken (Melissa Davis’ brother)
Tom Henthorn (Albee)
Eric Bates (Bryan Spradley’s cousin)
Steve Oliver’s mother, Laura
Ann Reynolds and family (Millie Sawyer)
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)
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, 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), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Orpha Wardlaw (Pettigrew), Ronnie Watson (Howell), Lucille Williams (N Williams), Cindy Winkle (Fennell)