Midwest City Christian
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130
A Word from Mike…
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
Last night I watched the final game of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Championship. As the game ended the camera turned to the winning head basketball coach, still sitting on the bench, overcome with tears. I remember this coach as the high school athlete who left his hometown for a bigger city to get more exposure and improve the level of talent he played against. I remember this coach as the great athlete who spurred his home state to play basketball in Nebraska. I remember the phase where he wore his hair long and braided, which I thought looked tacky. I remember his successful playing career in the NBA. Why did I bother? This coach, Tyronn Lue, grew up in my hometown of Mexico, MO. After winning the championship Lue stopped and gave thanks to only one of those stops in his life journey, his hometown.
If I went back to my hometown to preach, success would be difficult. Too many people would remember who I was as a young, slowly maturing, kid. Too many of my old friends would say, “Oh I remember old “Rev. Mike” (with a giggle), I know what he is really like.” If Jesus had a hard time returning home, how hard it must be for the rest of us. Even so, one of the things we cannot deny is what Tyronn said in an interview about Mexico, stating that our hometown communities shape us. We also have the chance to give back and shape others. Every year on the 4th of July, Lue hosts a community firework show. On this day he also rents out the public pool so all children can swim for free and through out the year he does various other good works for the community.
Has our church helped to shape you? Have you helped to shape our church? Regardless of our pasts, regardless of how some may perceive us, we are a blessed people and we have much to give back. This giftedness is part of how God has created us. Thanks to all of you for impacting our congregation and impacting me.
Thanks for sharing the journey,
Mission Trip 2016 was an AMAZING experience and a smashing success! I am so thankful to have had the chance to experience the beauty of Colorado with such an incredible group of youth and adults. We arrived back in Midwest City just before 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and I am certain all of our travelers were thankful to get to sleep in their own beds! I am sure that I will be sharing stories from our time in Denver for quite some time but I encourage you to ask our youth and the adults who went with them to tell you their stories. As I mentioned in my sermon a few weeks ago, I believe that Mission Trips have the potential to change lives forever and I am quite certain that held true for us last week.
Now that Mission Trip is behind us, we turn our attention fully towards Camp and Conference season that is already well underway. I encourage you to be in prayer for our campers and the adults who will help them make a connection between their spirit and the Spirit of God. All of our camp participants should have received all the necessary health forms and received a letter from the camp director. We do have additional health forms available in the church office. Please make sure that you are watching the regional webpage okdisciples.org for updated camp info.
Our CYF and Chi Rho Youth WILL meet this Wednesday, June 22 for our regularly scheduled gathering. It’s good to be home.
Grace and Peace
In need of volunteers to sign up for the Wednesday Youth meals through the summer. Open dates are June 22nd and each Wednesday during the months of July and August. If you can help, please call the church office or let Aaron know!
We appreciate your support! Thank you!
ATTENTION! YOUTH CAMPERS!
Camp information and health forms can be found at www.okdisciples.org. All health forms must be completed before leaving for camp! Please note: If you are attending Chi Rho Camp at Oakridge (Grades 6-8), there is an additional release form. Let Aaron know ASAP if you do not have yours. There are copies in the office.
JUNIOR CAMP / Camp ends Friday, June 24 at 12:00 PM
The final worship service is at 11:00 AM. Family and friends are welcome to join them. Please no not plan to leave before the final worship service has ended at noon.
CHI RHO CAMP / June 27 – July 1
Registration opens at 2:00 PM, Monday, June 27. Please do not arrive before that time. Be sure to eat your lunch before you arrive at camp. Camp ends Friday, July 1 at 12:00 PM.
CYF CAMP / June 27 – July 1
Registration opens at 1:00 PM, Monday, June 27. Please do not arrive before that time. Camp ends Friday, July 1 at 12:00 PM.