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Midwest City Christian

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

A Word From Mike…

Jeremiah 29:11    For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

 
Jeremiah 29.11 has become a very powerful passage for me over the past year.  I purchased a decorative piece with the passage on it, and it sits on my fireplace mantle.  I have given a few similar decorative pieces, with the same passage, as presents.  I have written this passage on several notes I have sent to others.

In a world of political conflict, social conflict, and weather catastrophes, this text reminds us that in God, we are always grounded in the future, and in hope.  I was reminded of this recently, when I witnessed the service affirming Dustin’s call to ministry at his home church.  The experience was very moving, especially when Dustin shared his testimony.   Powerful messages were shared by Dustin’s mentors, who helped to sculpt him and to guide him along his faith journey.  Another thing that made me feel proud and inspired, was to see the 33, yes 33, people from our church, who had made the trip to Bristow for this service.

Serving God is an intimidating call, but it is also incredibly rewarding.  Our congregation is a part of that blessed reward.  You are a reminder to others that God is a God of HOPE, and of a FUTURE.  Thanks to all of you for being such a blessing to our staff and to one another.

Thanks for sharing the journey,
Mike


FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, August 30th,There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson over “Ephesians 6 Sandals of Peace and Shield of Faith”, and the students participate in Communion to end the service. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.and the lesson will start at 6:30. If possible, please try to arrive on time. We do many activities on Wednesday nights, and I want to make sure that the students get the full experience before the 8:00 p.m. pick up time.

On Sunday Evening, September 3rd, We will have a laid back fun activity on Sunday evening in case in of our students are gone for Labor Day weekend.

A Word of Thanks:
I just wanted to say thank you so much to the youth, youth parents, and church members that attended my ordination service in Bristow. I know those are not necessarily “fun” events to attend, but it definitely meant a lot to me to have so much of my church family interact with the church I was raised up in. I appreciate you taking the time out of your Sunday evenings to show your support, and I am thankful to be in a church that truly cares for its minister so well. You all are a blessing.
                                                                                                            -Dustin


If you know anyone who might be interested in joining us,
please give me a call! I would love to reach out to them!
-Dustin  918.637.4407


This Sunday, there will be a new sign up sheet in the narthex, for volunteers to provide the Youth meal on Wednesday nights.
Thank you for your continued support of our students!


FIRST FEATURE

BRYAN & BECKY SEARCY

Each member of the 1963 class of El Reno High School (EHS) was asked to prepare a biography to be included in our 50th class reunion directory. Bryan’s intensions were good, but he procrastinated until one of his classmates said, “Bryan, you should write it to save your kids time when preparing your obituary!” On that happy thought we are using that document to guide us and to keep Linda Harris from making a similar request about our article for First Feature.

After graduating from EHS in 1963 Bryan stayed in El Reno and lived with his parents while he attended Junior College and worked part-time jobs after and between classes. It was about this time that a family of 4 beautiful girls and a little brother moved from California to Okarche and later to El Reno to attend school. The oldest of the sisters was a pretty red-head who needed a lot of help carrying her books between classes. Being the gentleman that he was, Bryan found time to help that pretty red-head (Rebecca Fish) with her books. We were married on May 31, 1968, at the El Reno First Christian Church while Becky was in X-ray training at Baptist hospital in Oklahoma City and Bryan was beginning work at Tinker Air Force Base.

We bought our first home in El Reno in 1969 where Becky worked as the hospital X-ray technician. Our daughter Shauna was born in 1971 in El Reno and then, in 1972 we moved to our home on Woodvale in Midwest City. It was great living in El Reno where our parents, friends and families were living; but we had family close when we moved to Midwest City too.  Bryan’s sister Karen Holland and husband Leo and family lived in Midwest City. It just naturally followed that we would join them in worship and service at Midwest City First Christian. (When we first moved to MWC a tall handsome couple by the name of Tom and Barbara Wilson invited us to visit Midwest Blvd Christian Church, but the family ties at FCC pulled us here.)

Our son Darin was born in 1975 so he and Shauna grew up in our Woodvale home and at First Christian Church on Key Blvd and Douglas Dr. We were blessed to have wonderful neighbors on Woodvale who were members at MWC FCC also, including Eli and Mayme Philips, Harry and Reba Proctor and later Dean, Karen, Stacey and Kara Holt.

One of our favorite stories after first moving to Midwest City FCC happened while walking down the hall at the old Key Blvd church when Shauna was about 2 years old. She recognized Tom Padgham from TV commercials for his Toyota dealership and she hollered out, “Hi, Tom Padgham !” Later Becky and Bryan sang in the “Singing Disciples” with Tom and Bryan’s sister Karen and Connie Bachman.  (Pat Padgham and Leo Holland sat in the pews as our “non-singing” groupies.)

In August 2003 Bryan & Becky moved to Harrah purchasing an acreage with Shauna, her husband Tim, and their two boys Bryan & Blake. The following December our third grandson Brock Becker graced us with his appearance. We have a Harrah address but are in the Jones school district, so all three boys have gone through their school years at Jones schools. We are regular attendees at graduations, school awards assemblies, track, football and basketball events.   (Grandpa Bryan always said that the Becker boys are the athletes that he never was and always wanted to be …. and even worse, they are smarter too!)

Our son Darin and wife Lindsey live in Sand Springs with our only granddaughter Lilli and our only Searcy grandson Quincy. We miss seeing the Sand Springs Searcy’s as often as the Becker’s, but we make it to horse shows, swimming lessons, school programs, and church Praise Band events as often as we can. Our place is “hopping” whenever we are able to have all five grands with us riding the zip line, fishing and falling into the lake, roasting hotdogs, and riding around in the golf cart.

Bryan and Karen are the last of the Searcy clan in this part of the country, but Becky has 3 sisters in El Reno and a brother in OKC. We have been truly blessed on both sides of our family with parents and siblings who always enjoyed family, fun, and being together and by our church family at Midwest City First Christian.



 

Journey to Generosity…the way of Jesus

Week 2 Focus:

 OUR CHURCH

Please return your stewardship survey and pledge card in the offering plate or drop off at the church office. If you did not receive your letter, there will be extra copies available.

                                           – Thanks for sharing the Journey


The Theology 101 class is wrapping up their study on the Holy Spirit.

The next study will be lead by Bryan Spradley

and use Joel Biergmann’s book,

Courageous Fathers of the Bible.

If you are looking for a SundaySchool class to join, now would be an excellent time

to come and join us!


     We are so thankful for the generous gift the Pettigrew’s gave replacing our New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary set with a revised version.

The Pettigrew’s also gave a cart on which to keep the commentaries. Due to our previous set mysteriously disappearing, the family has asked that for now the books be kept in my office. If you would like to use one of these excellent resources please let Mike know. We also ask that if you are going to use one of the commentaries that you do not take them away from the church campus.

    –  Rev. Mike Snell


Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

“Death and the Afterlife”

Join us in the Fellowship Hall

Child care is provided. If needed, please call the church.


WoW and MegaWow

Sunday, September 3 will be the first Sunday our promoted kids will attend their age or grade appropriate worship class during church second service. Just a reminder that WoW is for kids age 3 thru 1st grade. They meet every Sunday during second service.

MegaWoW is for kids grades 2nd thru 5th. They meet the second and fourth Sunday’s only except during Advent and Lent. During those holiday times they will meet every Sunday. It will be in the bulletin as a reminder. If there are any questions please ask Christi Miller or Melissa Davis.  Thank you!


Welcome New Baby!
Ezra Jonas Mann born August 19th

Proud parents are Ezra and Lori Mann
and big sister Lorelei!


Thank you for the many contributions to the parlor fund. The Interiors Committee has    been busy with planning and selections for the parlor. Thanks to the expertise of Johnnie Gasaway & Molly Updegraff traversing Craigslist, we have been able to purchase a beautiful  table, chairs and side table at a very reasonable cost. Also purchased from Craigslist is a welcome center, now in the Narthex. Painting of the parlor will take place within the next few weeks. Thank you for your interest and support
in making this room a reality.
Karen Holt, Chair


Opportunity For Our
Church Veterans & Veterans Spouses

 WEDNESDAYS

9-11 AM

Be sure to bring your
DD-214 form
.


Mid-Year Giving Statements are available in the narthex and ready to be picked up at your convenience.


First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City OK 73130
405.769.2717
www.fccmwc.org

Sunday Worship Times
8:30 & 10:45 AM

Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 4:00 pm

Friday
9:00 – Noon


 
 Memorials

To the Memorial Fund
In memory of David Ross from Sam & Jodie Ross
In memory of Imogene Nikkel from Ken Peeler

To the Youth Fund –
In memory of Michael Moler from Ken Peeler

To Mobile Meals Fund –
In memory of Doyle Williams from Pairs & Spares Sunday School Class
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Tom & Pat Padgham
In memory of Doyle Williams from Tom & Pat Padgham
In memory of David Ross from Tom & Pat Padgham

To the Choir Fund-
In memory of Hazel Craddock from Tom & Pat Padgham
In memory of Loleta Clark from Tom & Pat Padgham
In memory of Imogene Nikkel from Tom & Pat Padgham



Servants
Scheduled to Serve

 
SUNDAY, September 3, 2017

8:30 AM

Elders:
Elyse Davis

Serving Deacons:
Nancy Graham
Mitsy Martin Davis
Grace Oliver

10:45 AM

Elders:
Kristyn Reid & Jude Lees

Serving Deacons:
Melissa Davis
Lori Spradley
Molly Updegraff
Luci Davis

Acolytes:
Marshall Mason & Miles Updegraff


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, August 30
9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, September 1
9:00 Children’s Corner

SUNDAY, September 3
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday  School
5:00 Youth
5:00 Elders Meeting

MONDAY, September 4
LABOR DAY – OFFICE CLOSED
8:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, September 5
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, September 6
9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
10:00 CWF Group II
1:00 CWF Groups I & IV
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


PRAYER CONCERNS

*Tanni Jamison
*Ezra Jonas Mann
(infant son of Ezra and Lori Mann)
*Heather Torres (Ron Howard’s niece)
*June Wall (Nancy Harkey’s mom)
Vicki Richey
Ken Peeler
Anna Ruth Powers (Integris)
Randall Burnett (Gambill)
Judy Lakin (mother in law of Bryan Wingate)
Jim Isaac
Julie Luman (Moler)
Nancy Long (Sandy Harley’s cousin)
Lisa Larkin (Holland)
Gene Harkins
Denise Janz
(mother in law of Twila Beck) (Walters)
Dottie Adams
Mark Edmonds (Camps)
Vicki Richey
Lane Ross
Angie Reeves (Oliver)
Grace Oliver
Christi Crowder (Marty Howard’s cousin)
Katy Benge (Mark’s mother)
Anita Oliver
Susannah Smith (Jude & Sandy Lees granddaughter)
Beverly McKinney
Wanda Rickard (Moler)
Ezra Mann Family
Zola Lee Gaylor
Mary Nirschl
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Brailee Tennison (Douthitt)
Melanie Voice & Family (Elyse Davis)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Dale Acker
Coleen Crow (Lange)
DeAnne Upchurch (Moler)
Jacklena Whitlow

*Notes a new addition 


Congregation Long-Term Prayer List and/or Shut-ins:  

Nellis & Dottie Adams, Lola Jean Ashford, Arlene Burkhalter, Guy Burkhart, Betty Davis, Al & Virginia Douthitt, Ken Foust, Gene Harkins, Dona Harris, Leo & Annie Hill, Nick Kennedy, Betty Martin, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Mary Nirschl, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Nadine Richardson, Lane Ross, Margaret Scears, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley,  Shirley Tharp, Mickey Tyo, Julia Wingate, and Doris Wokaty


Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List: 

Sharon Delyria (Austin), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Josh Green (Brubaker), Dan Hayes (Moler), Leo Hickman (Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Wakely), Sam Howard (Howard), Esther & Kaylee Ingersoll (McMahan & Miller), Paul Johanning (Moler), Jim Johnson (Greffin), Don Martin (Spradley), Cathy Miller (Reid), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Cindy Proctor (Updegraff), Judy Raines (Gambill), Daniel Rubino (Rubino), Susan Saxton (Melissa Davis), Jo Schroeder (Pam & Ertel Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker), Beverly Storch (Updegraff), Juanita Taylor (Updegraff), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Peggy Vorel (Dean)