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

A Word from Mike…

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one indissoluble bone the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

– John Quincy Adams

“Hey preacher, what did you think of that election debate last night?” Such a question is a staple in land of making small talk. Sometimes church folks or others in the community want to know which candidate a
clergy supports and why. I kindly shy away from the conversation. For clergy to endorse a candidate is not lawful under the guidelines of a church’s 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS:

According to the IRS, “In 1954, Congress saw the need to separate charities and churches from politics. An amendment was offered on the floor of the Senate by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson.

The Johnson amendment is found within the well-known section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In its present form, the law states that charities, including churches, are not allowed to “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” 

I am blessed to be employed by a congregation of people from different political parties. I would like to keep that employment! I do have a confession, however, I am a member of the frustrated party. I agree and disagree with issues and agendas of multiple parties. I have both liked and disliked people from multiple parties. While I would like to say John Quincy Adams words, which I found in Christianity Today, are spot on…I am afraid that the reality is that they are a spot off.

We tout ourselves to be a Christian nation, but there are many differences among groups of Christians about what “principles of Christianity” even represents. So out of the options I have, I choose to celebrate July 4th, thankful for our nation and thankful for those that are willing to serve and work within the
government. I choose to pray for GOD’S WILL to prevail in our nation and not the will of our human nature.

Thanks for sharing the journey,
Mike


YOUTH YAK
Hello FCC!!!!

It’s July!  I hope that everyone had a  happy Independence Day weekend and that those who are traveling are doing so safely.

As we are just now easing into this new month together and our Chi Rho and CYF have just recently returned from camp and other summertime adventures, this will be a pretty short note from me.

Our youth will get together for our regularly scheduled Wednesday night gathering on July 6.  We are still in need of some volunteers to help provide dinners for our youth.  If you are willing/able to bless our ministry in this way, please let the office know.  On behalf of our youth, THANK YOU!

Grace and Peace
Aaron



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

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


Dear First Christian Church of Midwest City,
Thank you for your generous donation to the Ecuador Earthquake
Appeal. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake has caused widespread damage and displaced up to 73,000 people from their homes. Your gift will help with immediate relief assistance.

Your gift will go to ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) partners working in Ecuador to provide immediate relief. At the end of April they distributed 360 water filter systems to families in Montecristi and are working to improve access to safe water and sanitation for 4,000
families. Without safe water, Ecuador risks further outbreaks of diseases like Zika and malaria.

ACT Alliance will also distribute food kits to 6,000 families and non-food items like kitchen equipment to 4,000. Local members will help with
temporary shelter and train local people to provide psychosocial support within their communities.

Your gift will mean our partners can get vital supplies to families in need. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Pauline McKay – National Director
Christian World Service
CWS Action Against Poverty

Gift Amount: $271.22 for Ecuador Earthquake Appeal 2016


THANK YOU

Dear FCC MWC,
Thank you for all the cards and prayers as our family grieved the death of nephew Gerald Peeler.       -Ken Peeler

   


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’s Night at Dodgers Game

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. Game time is 7:05 PM, we will meet at the stadium between 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm to get our tickets.


CMF Men’s Ministry

The breakfast for this Saturday 7/9 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be Saturday 8/13. Please plan to come for breakfast and fellowship! 


Church Meetings for Sunday, July 10
Elders Meeting at 4 PM
Board Meeting at 7 PM


On The Horizon

This Month
2/13 

Next Month
3/3

JCAC Calendar

Women’s Fitness
6:30 pm M, Th

Women’s Bible Study
5:30 pm, T

Children’s Ministry
News

   

 

Flowers for Sunday, July 10th are given by—
Louise Grace in memory of her husband, Edward Grace


Serving Schedule

SUNDAY, July 10, 2016

8:30 AM
Elders:
Susie Howard

Serving Deacons:
Lyle Fry*        Lillian Fry
Denis Harris       Hannah Oliver

10:45 AM
Elders:
Michelle Holt & Jim Wylie

Serving Deacons:
Roger Camp*     Johnnie Gasaway
Alan Vaughn           Vicky Vaughn
Wendy Walters         Matt Moler

Acolytes:
Carla McKinney & Benjamin Walters

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PRAYER CONCERNS

*Donna Brubaker (St. Anthony’s)
*Paul Neihoff (OK Heart South)
*Jean Shirley (OK Heart South)
*Hazel Craddock (Bellvue)
*Zola Lee Gaylor
*Ken Foust
*Elizabeth Dunn-Morton (Debra’s daughter)
*Susan Saxton (Melissa Davis’s mother)
Becky Isaac
Doyle Williams (Nancy Williams’s father)
June Wall (Nancy Harkey’s mother)
Mark Reid
Steve Oliver’s Grandfather-had a stroke
Madison Rubino – traveling in Spain
Paul Johanning (Julie Moler’s father)
Tiffany Ross
My Nguyen
Anna Ruth Powers (Bellvue)
Lane Ross
Teresa & Ron Atkinson (Susan Updegraff)
Carroll Hancock
Barbara Wilson
Steve Walker (Pettigrew)
Coleen Crow (Lange)
Virginia Douthitt
Anita Oliver
Charles Mullin (friend of Jack Hancock)
Mary Nirschl
Deane Upchurch (Moler)
Kathi Miller (Gambill)
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, Betty Davis, Ken Foust, Gene & Janyce Harkins, Dona Harris, Leo & Annie Hill, Jim Isaac, 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, 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), Dan Hayes (Molers), Leo Hickman (Judy Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Leah Wakely), Sam Howard (Howards), Joan Johanning (Moler), Jim Johnson (Joe & Lenora Greffen), 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), Logan Shadrick (Ross), Jo Schroeder (Pam & Ertel Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubakers),  Lillian Stewart (Paul Niehoff’s mother), Donald Tennison (Farriesters).

Schedule of Events                                 

 

WEDNESDAY, July 6         
6:00 Chi Rho & CYF Groups
6:30 Adult Bible Study

THURSDAY, July 7
9:00 Children’s Corner

SUNDAY, July 10
LAITY SUNDAY

8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
4:00 Elders Meeting
7:00 Board Meeting

MONDAY, July 11
8:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, July 12
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
9:15 CWF Service Day
6:00 Chi Rho & CYF Groups
6:30 Adult Bible Study