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Midwest City Christian

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

A Word from Mike…

Mark 6.1-3 

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,
Mike


YOUTH YAK
Hello FCC!!!!

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
Aaron


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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.  


Capital Fund Campaign
“Glory to Glory:  Staying the Course”

Additional Prayer Covenant Cards and Pledge Cards are available on the desk in the narthex.


Games & Goodies – Church Fellowship
Sunday, June 26th
Immediately following 2nd Service in the JCAC

Everyone is invited to join us for good food, fellowship, and fun. Please bring snack foods/finger foods and a friendly competitive spirit! We will eat lunch together and then play an assortment of board games, dominoes, and more.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!


    OUTREACH MINISTRY
REQUESTING VOLUNTEERS

Needing volunteers to attend Refuge Fellowship and assist with serving food Monday, June 27. Leaving from FCC MWC on the bus at 5:00 PM. Contact Mitsy Martin Davis if you are interested!


It’s that time of year again!


Ever wondered what the view was like from the front of the sanctuary instead of your chair? Find out! We are seeking volunteers for Laity Sunday, which will be July 10. It’s wonderful if you can serve at both 8:30 and 10:40 but if you cannot, we would still love to have you. Please contact Chris Miller at 818-8098 or email at bombermwc@cox.net 


Disciples Men

Our newly formed younger men’s group, Disciples Men, will be going to the OKC Dodger baseball game on Thursday, July 7th.  Our target audience is men 22-50 and we hope to use this social outing to simply get to know one another a little better.  If you are interested in attending please contact Bryan Spradley at (405) 249-5294 or bkspradley@hotmail.com.


First Christian Church of Midwest City
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130
405-769-2717 office
405-769-2736 fax
www.fccmwc.org

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Flowers for Sunday, June 26th are given by—
Jeanne Shirley in memory of her mother, Frances Rodgers’ birthday.


Memorials

To the Memorial Fund –
In memory of Clair Callahan from Chuck Robertson


Dear FCC Church Family,

I just wanted to thank you all for your beautiful cards, messages and sweet prayers. Thank you to Mike especially, for his calls and messages. I am feeling stronger every day and am looking forward to good results in a few months. I will keep you all posted when the time comes. Until then, please know how much I love each of you and how much you mean to me.
Love,
Lane Ross


Dear First Christian Church of Midwest City

Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient for the Karen Gist Carr Memorial Scholarship. I’m very grateful for it and it’s really going to help me out a lot!
God bless you all,
Breanna Richardson

Serving Schedule

SUNDAY, June 26, 2016

8:30 AM
Elders:
Beverly Bonnewell & David Tiller

Serving Deacons:
Ertel Hall*          Beverly Albee
Joni Tiller         Logan Davis

10:45 AM
Elders:
Brett Moler & Susie Howard

Serving Deacons:
Julie Moler*          Larry McKinney
Barbara Brewer       Charlie Stanfill
Dona Stanfill        Reagan Cook

Acolytes:
Ella Updegraff & Daniel Miller

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PRAYER CONCERNS

*Friends and Family of Ertel Hall, Jr. (Ertel’s father)
*Ken Foust
*Dottie Adams
Friends and Family of Gerold Peeler (Ken’s nephew)
Lillian Stewert (Paul Niehoff’s mother)
Philip Butler (Mary Butler’s son)
Buzz Sawyer – VA Center in Norman
Madison Rubino – traveling in Spain
Donna Brubaker
Paul Johnanning (Julie Moler’s father)
Gerold Peeler (Ken Peeler’s nephew)
Tiffany Ross
My Nguyen
Zola Lee Gaylor
Beverly Albee
Anna Ruth Powers – Kindred Hospital
Lane Ross
Teresa & Ron Atkinson (Susan Updegraff)
Carroll Hancock
Madison Rubino
Barbara Wilson
Steve Walker (Pettigrew)
Cooper Davis
Coleen Crow (Lange)
Virginia Douthitt
Ken Peeler
Anita Oliver
Hannah Oliver
Charles Mullin (friend of Jack Hancock)
Carol Hamilton
Robert Daughtry (Judy Loessin’s brother)
Mary Nirschl
Taytum Davis (Loessin, Davis & Lackey)
Deane Upchurch (Moler)
Kathi Miller (Gambill)
Elizabeth Dunn (Debra’s daughter)
Janet Dunn (Debra’s mother-in-law)
Charley Smith (Lorene McMahan)
Julie Luman (Molers)

*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, Hazel Craddock, Ken Foust, Janyce Harkins, Dona Harris, Leo & Annie Hill, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Eugene Mellinger, Imogene Nikkel, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Nadine Richardson, Lane Ross, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley, Ron Sipes, Larry Springfield, Shirley Tharp, Wendy Walters, Julia Wingate, and Doris Wokaty


Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List: Laura Adams (Pat Adams), Steve & Merle Daly and Laurie & Jon Dawson (Wylies), Kelly Cox (Camps), Mitchell Deaton (Deatons), Brian Enright (Susan & Dwight Updegraff), Jim Johnson (Joe & Lenora Greffin), Ertel Hall, Jr. (Ertel’s father), Dan Hayes (Molers), Leo Hickman (Judy Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Leah Wakely), Sam Howard (Howards), Joan Johanning (Moler), Don Martin (Spradleys), Parker Mayfield (Padghams), Cathy Miller (Reids), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Judy Raines (Judy Gambill), Buzz Sawyer (Millie’s husband), Martin Shackleton (Jean Shackleton), Jo Schroeder (Pam & Ertel Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubakers), Dorothy Snell (Mike Snell), Donald Tennison (Farriesters)

Schedule of Events                                 
 

WEDNESDAY, June 22
9:30 CWF Executive Day
6:00 Youth Groups
6:30 Adult Bible Study

THURSDAY, June 23
9:00 Children’s Corner-Summer Camp

SUNDAY, June 26
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
“GAMES AND GOODIES”
Church Luncheon – In the JCAC
immediately following 2nd Service

MONDAY, June 27
8:00 Mobile Meals
5:00 Refuge Fellowship-Depart church

TUESDAY, JUNE 28
9:00 Children’s Corner-Summer Camp

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
No Youth Groups
6:30 Adult Bible Study