First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno
Midwest City, OK 73130
A PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE
It is important for you to be here! You help to make up the community of faith that calls itself First Christian Church of Midwest City. Whenever you are gone, there is a space left open that only you can fill. That is how important you are in this place!
We gather to give praise and thanks to God. We open ourselves once again to hear the message of Jesus Christ for our lives. We encounter the Spirit through prayer, scripture, song, Word, and community.
We are part of a congregation that is very mobile. Our participants travel extensively. I know that our people are busy. In all of that busy, the community of faith gathers each week. to pray, sing, hear, recharge, renew, and connect.
Sometimes we have difficulty connecting in our everyday lives. FCC is a place to connect. Sometimes, in the course of a continual bombardment of life, we choose to disconnect. That disconnect can leave us feeling desolate and apathetic.
The promise for us all is that we will not be left desolate (orphaned). While I believe it is true that God’s presence is with us always, that presence can be better experienced in community. Your church community. When you are not here, we are less complete.
First Christian Church of Midwest City is special. It is a welcoming place and seeks to reach out to the greater community. It also is a place where I feel a greater connection to my faith as we gather together to worship and live out being the body of Christ to our world.
We hear in Scripture “For where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18.20). It is uplifting when those worshippers are joined by many more! We do ministry better together, and your presence is important!
I look forward to seeing YOU in church very soon!
Light a Candle for Children 2020
Over the next 40 days leading up to Children’s Sabbath on Oct 20, we are celebrating children and the children’s ministries of our church. Each Sunday, a different children’s ministry will be highlighted during the children’s message. Additionally, there will be some words written by our children included in the weekly newsletter.
You will find more resources at https://lightacandle.blogspot.com/ where they have posed the question, “Will the children of our churches continue their faith journey into their adulthood?” We have asked the children of our congregation this question. Here are some words and insights from a few of our youth group members.
“Why wouldn’t I?”
-Ella Updegraff, first year in youth group
“I think I will attend church as an adult because church to me means being part of an amazing family that is created by many types of people that come from different backgrounds. No matter where we come from, we all come back to the 2 most important things: loving God with our whole selves and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Everyone is there for each other at anytime and knowing that I will always have them to fall back onto no matter what happens, gives me a sense of peace.”
-Shelby Rubino, last year in youth group
In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
From time to time, a choral anthem inspires a hymn. “Hymn of Promise” was first conceived as an anthem in 1985, performed at the Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, during a festival concert on Natalie Sleeth’s music. Long known as a composer of anthems, especially for children, Natalie Sleeth (1930-1992) contributed one of the favorite new hymns to The United Methodist Hymnal, and it has since spread to other denominational hymnals, including our own (#638).
While it carries the promise of spring and the hope of Easter in its beautiful metaphors, it is a very appropriate hymn for the ‘winter’ of life as well: shortly after its composition, the composer’s husband was diagnosed with what turned out to be a terminal malignancy. Ronald Sleeth requested that “Hymn of Promise” be sung at his funeral service.
A wonderful child-like simplicity permeates “Hymn of Promise.” Famed for her anthems for children’s choirs, Natalie Sleeth had a gift for composing texts on complex theological ideas that were still accessible to children (and to children of all ages!). Her melodies seemed totally natural and therefore effortless for people to learn. “Hymn of Promise” is one of the most memorable hymns written by an American in the last part of the twentieth century, and it promises to be sung for many years to come.
The story is told that for a full hour before Sleeth’s funeral in Denver in 1992, the church’s choir, soloists and organist performed her songs, hymns and anthems. It was a great tribute to her writing legacy. Of course, Hymn of Promise was one of the many songs heard that day.
This coming Sunday, as we lift our voices together and sing this beautiful hymn, I encourage you to feel how it expresses life and how it expresses that, eventually, life moves into Eternal Presence with God.
Music comforts us, and helps us see that no matter what is before us on this earth, death need not be feared. It is, rather, to be understood as giving way to eternity, and to the ultimate victory for those whose doubt has turned to faith.
We will meet Wednesday.
Dinner starts at 6:00 pm and discussion
time will start at 6:30.
See you there and bring a friend!
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
The Elders wish to announce they are receiving
recommendations from the membership for officers of
the congregation. The Elders in cooperation with the
Minister will consider all suggested candidates,
as well as others considered qualified, and will
nominate at least one qualified candidate for
each office in which there will be a vacancy.
Disciples Men/CMF Breakfast
This 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.
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
Muffins for Mission
Sunday, September 29
at 9:30 am
Outreach Ministries of FCC MWC
2019 CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 6
Soldier Creek Nature Trail
Meet us at the Solider Creek Nature Trail on 10th Street, just East of Midwest Blvd at 2:00. If you are not able to walk with us, you can make a donation by placing it in the offering plate. Please remember to mark your contribution as CROP Walk.
If you have any questions, please talk to Mitsy Martin Davis or any of our Outreach Department members.
Thank you for your continued support of the CROP Walk!
Thank You – World Outreach
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|First Christian Church|
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City OK 73130
Rev. Gary Mitchell
Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 am
Monday – Thursday:
9am – 4pm
9am – noon
Disciples News Service
Flowers for Sunday, September 29th
are given by Marty Howard in loving memory of her father,
Phil Rodgers on his birthday
Charlie & Dona Stanfill, celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary
To the Memorial Fund
– In memory of Mozelle McKinney from Carol Hamilton
SUNDAY, SEPT 29, 2019
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, Sept 25
6:00 CFO Planning Meeting
at Midwest Blvd CC Activity Center
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, Sept 26
9:00 Children’s Corner
SATURDAY, Sept 28
8:00 Disciples Men/CMF Breakfast
Meeting at All American Diner
11021 NE 23rd Street, Nicoma Park
SUNDAY, Sept 29
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:30 MUFFINS FOR MISSION
9:45 Sunday School
MONDAY, Sept 30
9:00 Mobile Meals
TUESDAY, Oct 1
9:00 Children’s Corner
WEDNESDAY, Oct 2
10:00 CWF Group II
1:00 CWF Group I
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Emily Ritchie (Moler)
Mary Rhea (Moler)
Family & Friends of Mozelle McKinney
(Larry McKinney’s mother)
Family & Friends of Doris Spencer
(Ron Howard’s aunt)
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)
Sue McCormick (Donna Brubaker)
Rev. Lawrence & Mary Howard (M Howard)
Tom Acree (Brandon Acree’s father)
Joann Fritz (S Updegraff)
Alyse Walker (Gambill)
Barbara Fretwell (K Reid)
Don Martin (Spradley)
Tom Henthorn (Albee)
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)