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


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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REPORT:

We had an awesome week at Vacation Bible School! Our average daily attendance was 56! This year we combined with FCC Nicoma Park. Our congregations came together to minister and have fun with the kids.

Thank you to all our Teachers and Helpers!

Donna Bales, Beverly Bonnewell, Sarah Bonnewell,
Debbie Chalifoux, Addison Davis, Logan Davis, Luci Davis,
Myranda Faulkner, Phyllis Fennell, Kathy Husky-Paul,
McKenna Huston, Kristy Kolpin, Sandy McMahan, Christi Miller,
Matt Moler, Rev. Chris Muse, Kristyn Reid, Shelby Rubino,
Emily Scott, Cathy Sizemore, Kaitlyn Skaggs, Lori Spradley,
Dona Stanfill, Dottie Tucker, Molly Updegraff,
Zac Walters and Pat Wiseman 

A very special thank you to:

Diana Howard from Nicoma Park and our folks Benny Gilbert and Tammy Long for helping with custodial duties throughout the week.

Also, to the CWF ladies who made all of the aprons and cut out our craft shapes. You are a blessing to our church!

 

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REFLECTIONS…

…on Religion and Politics

By the time you read this I will be in Fort Smith with the youth of our congregation. We will be on a mission trip led by Beverly Rubino and Wendy Walters. I will have more to report on that next week. Keep us in your prayers. 

Also, thank you for your concern about my health. I was given a jolt to the heart and put back in rhythm (along with some more medication) and feel MUCH better. 

Diana Butler Bass is an author, progressive Christian, a scholar in the history of Christianity, a former teacher and writer for the New York Times. She can be found on Facebook and twitter.          
Her books include: Grounded: Finding God in the World–A Spiritual Revolution (Harper One, 2015), Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (Harper One, 2012), A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (Harper One, 2009), Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (Harper One, 2006). 

She was raised a United Methodist, became an evangelical Christian and is now a member of the Episcopal Church. 

Some time back she posted this on Facebook about preaching at two churches on Sunday but it is still very relevant.

Yesterday I was with a 60 yr old Presbyterian church in the morning and a 4yr old emergent/post-evangelical church plant in the late afternoon. Preached at both. 

Here’s the deal: BOTH congregations were asking the same questions — What is vibrant faith community in the 21st century? How can we connect with our neighbors? What are the theologies and stories of Jesus that make a difference in our lives? Which spiritual practices are we called to? How do we welcome the stranger? How to proclaim God’s love and justice in a world that seems ambivalent or hostile to faith? What streams of theology resonate with the world today? How to avoid the pitfalls of extreme liberalism and conservatism in theology and politics? 

But the churches were also different — the Presbyterian church was overwhelming white and mostly made up of Boomers+. The emergent church was incredibly diverse and youthful (I’ve NEVER spoken in a room with that many teenagers — and they really liked it!). The worship styles were quite different. Their politics were worlds apart. They *could* be friends on a very interesting journey together — except I suspect one would be freaked out by praise music and PowerPoint and the other freaked out by membership requirements and stewardship drives (and committee meetings). 

Are we really that committed to division on the basis of overhead screens and denominational labels?

They don’t know each other. But it was striking to me how much they shared and how much they need each other. 

I have a dream….

It seems to me, whether religion or politics, there is so much we have in common yet we focus so intently on our differences. I, too have a dream. (Oh, the title… so you would be sure to read the article.)

Rev. Larry Metzger


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 FCC Youth 

We will not meet this Wednesday, 7/24.
Please keep our Mission Team in your prayers.

See you back on the 31st!

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Monthly Giving Summary
for JUNE 2019*


Total Deposits for All of JUNE……$52,378.75
We had 16 separate funds for deposit in JUNE
 
General Fund plus Acct# 107……$34,028.25 equals 87.5% of June Budget for 2019
 
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is$10,850.00.
 
Capital Fund Donations in JUNE……$9,837.50 
($1,012.50 below JUNE 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

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NOTE: Mid-Year Giving Statements are available in the narthex. Please help keep postage costs down by picking yours up soon. Thank you!

  
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Wedding Shower

Elyse Davis & Kevin Cummings

Sunday, July 28 at 2 pm
In the JCAC

The couple is registered at 
Amazon and Target


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YOUTH ON MISSION

Our youth and adult sponsors left early Monday morning, headed to Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the week. They are assisting First Christian Church of Ft. Smith with flood relief projects in that area. They will return Saturday, July 27. 

Aidan Burk, Addison Davis, Logan Davis, Luci Davis,
Marshall Mason, Shelby Rubino, Ben Walters, Zac Walters,
Rev. Larry Metzger, Beverly Rubino, Wendy Walters.

Please keep them in your prayers this week!

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S.A.L.T

Sharing and Learning Together

Theology 101 Class has changed their name.
Feel free to join them Sunday mornings at 9:45.
They meet in Room 137 across from the church office.

See Joe Greffin or Bryan Spradley
if you would like to know more.
   
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The Summer is Heating Up!

When you’re finished using your room, please remember to raise the thermostat to 76 degrees. This helps tremendously with the electric costs during the summer.

Thank you! 

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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.

Thank you!
  
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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


OFFICE HOURS:

Monday – Thursday
9:00 – 4:00 pm

Friday
9:00 – noon


Disciples Around
The Web:

www.disciples.org

www.okdisciples.org

www.weekofcompassion.org

Disciples News Service
 
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Flowers for Sunday, July 28th
are given by Charlie & Dona Stanfill
In memory of Charlie’s brother, Kenny Stanfill.     

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SERVANTS
SCHEDULED
TO SERVE


SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019


8:30 am
 

Elder:
Dean Holt
 
Serving Deacons:
Karen Holt*
Mitsy Martin Davis
Bryan Searcy


10:45 am

Elders:
Roger Camp
Wendy Walters

Serving Deacons:
Carl Harley*
Sandy Harley
Larry McKinney
Joyce Gaylor
Jr.-Shelby Rubino
Jr.-Zac Walters

Acolytes:
Isaac Miller
Cayden Wright


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, July 24
9:30 CWF Executive Day

THURSDAY, July 25
9:00 Children’s Corner
Last day of summer camp
 
SATURDAY, July 27
Youth Mission Team returns
-time to be determined

SUNDAY, July 28
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
2:00 Wedding Shower for
Elyse Davis & Kevin Cummings

MONDAY, July 29
9:00 Mobile Meals
 
WEDNESDAY, July 31
6:00 Youth

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PRAYER CONCERNS

*Rev. Gary Mitchel and wife Nancy
as they prepare their move to FCC MWC
*Youth Minister Search Committee

*Youth Mission Team in Ft. Smith AR
*Rev. Lawrence & Mary Howard (Marty Howard)
*Zola Lee Gaylor (hospice care)
*Eric Docken (Melissa Davis’ brother)
*Tom Acree (Brandon Acree’s brother)
Faye Miller
Scott McCulloh (K Reid)
Sam Tignor, Sr. at Deer Creek HS (Bonnewell)
Vicki Richey
Joann Fritz (S Updegraff)
Jim Wylie
Tanni Jamison (McBride)
Millie Sawyer
Donna Brubaker
Sandra Lees
Alyse Walker (Gambill)
Barbara Fretwell (K Reid)
Don Martin (Spradley)
Erik Docken (Melissa Davis’ brother)
Tom Henthorn (Albee)
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)
Scott & Crystal Wyatt (Gamblin)
Rosa Stock (M Holt)
Parker Family (Walters)
Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees)
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, Anita Oliver, 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), Jerry Calcote (McGruder), 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), Phil & Nina Patton (S Updegraff), 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)