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Midwest City Christian

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

Thank you for your giving!

A Word from Mike…

Acts 4.36-5.13    There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). 37He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

5.1     But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property; 2with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3“Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?

In the oddity of this scripture both Ananias and Sapphira soon fall dead, having lied to God, the Holy Spirit and Peter. One of the important things to remember when analyzing this text is that the story takes place in the early formation of the church. A foundation is being taught and built for the immediate survival of the church and for future generations of the church. GOD IS TEACHING THE CHURCH, BUT WILL THE CHURCH LISTEN? We can always find an excuse for why we need to give less in the year ahead, but can we truly find an excuse from withholding from God?

Bryan Searcy, the stewardship department and our lay steward “witnesses” did an excellent job leading us in the stewardship campaign. Our response to a stewardship campaign is not to ask why the church is “always asking for money”, but instead asking how our financial giving is being used for the glory of God. 2016 has been a year of transition as we continue to build a budget based on true dollars. Thanks to the leaders of our church, our spending has been trimmed and our ministry has expanded. Just think of how much more our ministry can grow when we all
participate without holding back. Estimate of giving cards may be turned in again this Sunday, so it is not too late to support our ministry for the year ahead.

Thanks for sharing the journey,
Mike


Here are some pictures from Aaron’s Farewell Reception this past Sunday. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. We appreciate the influence that Aaron and his ministry had on the students and families here at First Christian Church!

May the Lord continue to bless Aaron, Debra, Zachary & Joshua!

Numbers 6:24-26
24  The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Grace & Peace to you, Aaron! We love you!



The Church Office will be closed,
Monday, September 5th,
in observance of Labor Day


2017 Stewardship Emphasis
August 7 – August 28

Please consider and pray about how you may share in the blessings that are ours through your ministry with us. You may return the Time & Talent survey and you estimate of giving for 2017 in the offering plate or by mail to the church office.


Youth & Parent Meeting
Wednesday, August 31st
6:00 PM in the JCAC

This is a very important meeting for all youth and parents. We will hand out an updated calendar and explain the direction we are headed for the immediate future for the students here at FCC MWC. We will meet in the JCAC and dinner will be provided! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


ATTENTION: Chancel Choir Members

Rehearsal has started again!
Wednesday’s at 7:30 pm

Bring a friend!

Acolytes!!!!

We’ve got several new youth in the congregation as well as some new Kindergarteners. If you have a K-5 youth that would be interested in serving as an Acolyte, please contact Chris Miller or Kristyn Reid. We’ll be putting together a new Acolyte training class soon and we’d love to have you be a member of the crew that helps bring the light into the service!


REMINDER
Wednesday Night – Adult Bible Study
Resumes September 7th at 6:30 PM


Wednesday Night Youth Meals

Volunteers are needed to provide Wednesday night meals for our youth. If you are interested in helping, there is a sign up sheet in the narthex.  Thank you!


Nominations for Elder & Deacon

The Elders are in the process of preparing the Slate of Officers for the 2017 calendar year. Members of the congregation are welcome to submit to the Elders, names of individuals for positions of Elders and Deacons. The names may be left in a sealed envelope in the church office with “Elders” noted on the outside. Nominations may also be mailed to the church office or sent by email with a special notation “Elders” added.


 Because of your donations to the Outreach Ministry,

First Christian Church was able to send the
following donations to Week of Compassion:

$100 for the Louisiana flooding victims
$100 for the Italy earthquake victims

Thank you,
Mitsy Martin-Davis


October 9th at 2 pm
Garden Pavilion – Regional Park Midwest City
* WALKERS * DONORS * VOLUNTEERS

A portion of the donations will come back to the Mid-Del Food Pantry to help
families in our area. Please make your check payable to  CHURCH WORLD SERVICE. You can give your donation to someone you know that is
participating in the walk, or you can send it to the church office.
If you are interested in participating please contact Mitsy Martin-Davis.
Additional information can also be found atcrophungerwalk.org

COMING SOON!
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH – MWC
PUMPKIN PATCH
OCTOBER 2nd – 31st / Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

Volunteer to benefit the church fund of your choice!

Things We Need Now!
· LOTS of helpers to unload the pumpkin truck
October 1st at 1:00 pm
· Wagons to haul pumpkins
· Large Tent or Canopy
· Cute Fall yard décor
· Bottled water and canned pop

Contact Ashely Dean to volunteer
405-802-0627
Ashleyrdean1@gmail.com


First Christian Church
Midwest City
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130
405.769.2717 Office
405-769-2736 Fax

www.fccmwc.org

Children’s Ministry

  

 

Flowers for Sunday, September 4th are given in memory of
Delmas and Carol Ford


MEMORIAL

To the General Fund –
In memory of Betty Mellinger from Eugene Mellinger



I would like to say Thank You to the church family for the school supplies. They came in very handy. Your kindness means so much to this mother.
May God continue to bless you all.
Shirley Niehoff


Serving Schedule

Servants
Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, September 4, 2016

8:30 AM
Elders:
Dean Holt

Serving Deacons:
Ron Howard*       Nancy Graham
Steve Oliver          Grace Oliver

10:45 AM
Elders:
Mark Benge & Jude Lees

Serving Deacons:
Dottie Tucker*   Melissa Davis
Lori Spradley   Molly Updegraff
Logan Davis

Acolytes:
Addison Davis & Daniel Miller

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PRAYER CONCERNS

*Family & Friends of Lillian Stewart
(Paul Niehoff’s mother)
*Jo Pettigrew
*Grace Oliver
*Gwen Bowman (Integris Baptist)
*Marie Reeves mother (Oliver)
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Matt Myers (Nikkel)
Ron Howard
James Jenks
Terry Spradley (Bryan’s father)
Buzz Sawyer
Kristy Lee Brubaker (Brubaker’s niece)
Martha Vogle (Mary Nicholson)
Kevin Eyster
Jim Daly
Dale Acker
Anna Ruth Powers
Guy Burkhart
Hazel Craddock (Brookdale)
Larry Howard (Ron’s brother)
Barbara Wilson
Susan Saxton (Melissa Davis’s mother)
Elizabeth Dunn-Morton (Debra’s daughter)
Doyle Williams (Nancy Williams’s father)
Paul Johanning (Julie Moler’s father)
Tiffany Ross
Teresa & Ron Atkinson (Susan Updegraff)
Coleen Crow (Lange)
Anita Oliver
Charles Mullin (friend of Jack Hancock)
Deane Upchurch (Moler)
Kathi Miller (Gambill)
Janet Dunn (Debra’s mother-in-law)
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, Mary Nirschl, Imogene Nikkel, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Nadine Richardson, Lane Ross, Buzz Sawyer, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley, Larry Springfield, Shirley Tharp, Julia Wingate, and Doris Wokaty


Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List:

Steve & Merle Daly and Laurie & Jon Dawson (Wylies), Kelly Cox (Camps), Mitchell Deaton (Deatons), 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), Donald Tennison (Farriesters), Sharon Verity (Paul Niehoff’s sister)