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



A PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE
 
First of all, thank you all for the birthday wishes yesterday! It’s always great to spend your birthday with great people!
 
It was also great to attend the 12th annual interfaith tour with our youth and 300 others, along with their sponsors yesterday afternoon. We traveled to three different sites that reflect sacred space for three faith traditions. First, we gathered at the First OKC Church of the Nazarene, then went to the Vedic Temple, and then to the Islamic Society of Greater OKC. At each location, we learned about different religious practices, rituals, beliefs that each group upholds, and then continued to learn through question and answer opportunities.
 
The point of the event, sponsored by the Oklahoma Council of Churches is to bring our religious communities into a greater understanding of the diversity that exists in our communities, and to create opportunities for dialogue and cooperation. It was a great experience! I wish they would do one for adults! A special thanks to Julie Moler and Molly Updegraff for coordinating this trip!
 
Oh, and the board meeting that evening was awesome too! 
 
Peace!
Gary


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Music Notes

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

And now let the weak say, “I am strong.”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”


Henry Smith (composer/author) must have seen life this way: God’s side of the equation outweighs whatever is on the opposite side. At least, that’s what the words he wrote indicate. God is the ‘all’ of existence, so that we are called to ‘give thanks’ three times in the song’s opening words.

When we’re done here on planet Earth, all that will matter is what lies ahead – in God’s presence. That must have been alluring for Henry Smith, who was struggling to find steady work, despite having just earned his college degree. When he says ‘the poor’ are rich in “Give Thanks”, that’s an echo from his difficulty in finding work. His eyesight was also failing because of a degenerative condition that would eventually leave him legally blind, certainly a ‘weakness’ that he expressed in the song as his eyesight faded.

Thankfully, theological training informed him that God’s side of the equals sign was what mattered. He’d found someone to love, his future wife. And, he was grateful to be through school, which his deteriorating vision had made difficult, and to be back home in a church he loved in Williamsburg, Virginia. If God was all Henry Smith had in 1978, He could be praised, and yet He provided even more. It’s no surprise that Smith’s heart overflowed in a song.

A young Air Force couple took the song from Henry Smith’s hometown to Europe, introduced it there, and today it’s known around the globe, having been sung and recorded hundreds of times in dozens of languages and made its’ way in to 11 hymnals, including our Disciples Hymnal.

I’m not trying to be a “Sad Sack”, but sometimes life is hard. There are no good choices and all we can do is pick the best one from an array of bad choices. But, as Smith found, thankfully, that’s not all there is to life.

So as we lift our voices together in song each Sunday, let us truly be grateful for what the Lord has done, and make sure that, in all things, we … give thanks.
 
Mark Johnson 

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FCC Youth We will meet Wednesday.
Dinner starts at 6:00 pm and discussion
time will start at 6:30.

See you there!


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 Monthly Giving Summary
for AUGUST 2019*


Total Deposits for All of AUGUST……$46,159.62
We had 18 separate funds for deposit in AUGUST
 
General Fund plus Acct# 107……$22,492.62 equals 72.3% of AUGUST Budget for 2019
 
The Capital Fund Mortgage Payment due every month is $10,850.00.
 
Capital Fund Donations in AUGUST……$16,223.00 
($5,373.00 above AUGUST 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

 *This monthly giving summary will be printed in the weekly newsletter showing the previous month’s figures. If you have any questions, please contact John Northcutt.  Thank you
   

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NEW MEMBERS:

Rev. Gary & Nancy Mitchell

Welcome to First Christian Church MWC!


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Disciples Men/CMF
Breakfast


Saturday, Sept 28 at 8:00 am

We are meeting at the All American Diner located at
11201 NE 23rd in Nicoma Park.

We encourage all men of the church to join us!

Bryan Spradley, President
 
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

  
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Reconciliation Ministry Special Offering Day
Sunday, September 29

“Embodying the Call”

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 
1 Corinthians 12:26-27

 
Visit www.reconciliationministry.org for additional information
 
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CFO Planning Meeting at
Midwest Blvd Christian Church
Wednesday, September 25
at 6:00 pm
in their Activity Center

Please join us if you are interested in Christmas for Others and how it works!
  
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We are in need of volunteers to provide the Wednesday Night meal to our youth. If you can help, there is a sign up sheet in the narthex or contact the church office at 769-2717.
Thank you!
 
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Driver Safety Class
Saturday, Sept 21
9:00 – 1:30 pm
In the JCAC
 Open to all ages. Certificate for insurance discount is valid for 3 years. If interested please contact Nancy Williams at (405) 473-8239  



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First Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

11950 E Reno Ave

Midwest City OK 73130

405.769.2717


Senior Minister:

Rev. Gary Mitchell


Sunday Worship Times:

8:30 & 10:45am


OFFICE HOURS:

 Monday-Thursday: 9am – 4pm

Friday:
9am – noon

Disciples Around
The Web

www.disciples.org

www.okdisciples.org

www.weekofcompassion.org

Disciples News Service


Flowers for Sunday, September 22nd
are given by Nancy Hall in loving memory of her parents, Slade & Pearl Norman 

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MEMORIALS

To the Memorial Fund
    – In memory of Robin Williams from Carol Hamilton
    – In memory of Al Douthitt from Carol Hamilton
    – In memory of Doris Spencer from Carol Hamilton


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SERVANTS
SCHEDULED
TO SERVE

SUNDAY, SEPT 22, 2019

8:30 am
 

Elder:
Tom Hill
 
Serving Deacons:
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, Sept 18
6:00 Youth
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, Sept 19
9:00 Children’s Corner

SATURDAY, Sept 21
9:00 Driving class-JCAC
             
SUNDAY, Sept 22
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School

MONDAY, Sept 23
9:00 Mobile Meals
 
TUESDAY, Sept 24
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, Sept 25
10:00 CWF Executive Meeting
6:00 CFO Planning Meeting
at MBCC Activity Center
6:00 Youth
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
 

  
PRAYER CONCERNS

*Emily Ritchie (Moler)
*Mary Rhea (Moler)
*Family & Friends of Mozelle McKinney
  (Larry McKinney’s mother)
Family & Friends of Doris Spencer
  (Ron Howard’s aunt)
Gene Gilbert
Wanda Williams
Jordan Mitchell (Chris Miller)
Scott McCulloh (Kristyn Reid’s brother)
Gaddis Family (Bev Albee)
David Sears (Jaclyn Turner)
Mozelle McKinney (Larry McKinney’s mother)
Rita King (Brubaker)
Kristyn Reid
Jim Daly
Sue McCormick (Donna Brubaker)
Rev. Lawrence & Mary Howard (M Howard)
Tom Acree (Brandon Acree’s father)
Sam Tignor (B Bonnewell)
Vicki Richey
Joann Fritz (S Updegraff)
Jim Wylie
Tanni Jamison
Millie Sawyer
Donna Brubaker
Alyse Walker (Gambill)
Barbara Fretwell (K Reid)
Don Martin (Spradley)
Tom Henthorn (Albee)
Michael Neihoff
Jennifer Fulton (Lewis)
John Booth (McKinney)
Jim Brooks (Debbie Lloyd’s father)
Debbie Broome (Phillips)
 
*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, Virginia Douthitt, Ken Foust, 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:

Debbie Atkinson, Williams), Lori Bonnewell (Bonnewell), Randall Burnett (Gambill), Jerry Calcote (McGruder), Lisa Coffman (Stanfill), Coleen Crow (Lange), Adrienne  DiCarlo (Northcutt), Clifford Gamblin (Gamblin), Annis Hickman Miller (Gambill), Leo Hickman (Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Wakely), Sam Howard (Howard), Jim Johnson (Greffin), Amber Leamy (Niehoff), Misty Leeper (Jamison), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees), Jimmy Lonsdale (S Lange), Amy Loudermilk (S Lange), Don Martin (Spradley), Cathy Martinez (Moler), Mozelle McKinney (McKinney), Cathy Miller (Reid),   Michael Niehoff (Niehoff), Phil & Nina Patton (S Updegraff), Ann Reynolds & family (Sawyer), Richard (Jenks), Danielle Rose (Lloyd), Stephanie Rosillo (Keller), Jo Schroeder (Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker),  Susannah Smith (Lees), Judy Soltis (Lewis), Joel & Jeff Staggs (Walters), Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder), Rosa Stock (M Holt), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), DeAnne Upchurch (Moler), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Orpha Wardlaw (Pettigrew), Ronnie Watson (Howell), Lucille Williams (N Williams), Cindy Winkle (Fennell), Scott & Crystal Wyatt (Gamblin)