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,
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.
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!
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.