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Midwest City Christian

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

A Word From Mike…

The value of laity…and the priesthood of all believers…

In my four years in Midwest City we have had two stretches of eight or more deaths in a short period of time.  I am continually impressed by the laity of our congregation who rally together and truly minister to one another.  We mourn together, we love together.  As well as any congregation I know, our congregation has found that balance of not smothering, but being very present for one another.  I want to express how blessed I am to serve this congregation and to work with the FCC-MWC staff.

LAITY SUNDAY is another opportunity for us to see how dedicated our non-clergy members are and to follow under their leadership for an authentic moment of worship.  Jo Pettigrew will be bringing the message on Sunday, so you know it will be a strong sermon! Chris Miller and other members of the worship department will be working to organize this service.  I will be gone for General Assembly in Indianapolis, but will look forward to watching the recording of the service.  You all get to watch it live at both 8:30 and 10:45!  Jo is so good, you may want to attend both services!!

Thanks for sharing the journey,

Please pray for our General Assembly
Indianapolis, Indiana
July 8 – 12

FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, July 5th , There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with David Tiller coming to have a discussion with the group, and the students will 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, July 9th, We will have a parent and student meeting for the Mission Trip at 5 p.m.

Mission Trip Price and paperwork:

The price for the mission trip to Kansas City with YouthWorks
will be $50 per student. Please have your paperwork and money to Dustin
by Wednesday, July the 5th!

 Summer is a great time to get involved in our group!

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

Wilma Maxine Dryden Beaver Wheelan
I was born in Cestos, OK and began my school years at Richmond,
a consolidated school. However, my family soon moved to California due to my father’s health. He passed away a few years later and we returned to Oklahoma to live with my grandparents.

My mother remarried and we moved to a farm ¼ mile from Cestos where I continued my education at Richmond. After graduation, I moved to Woodward to become a telephone operator but after 6 months relocated to Oklahoma City. There I graduated from Draughon’s Business College and accepted a job with American National Insurance.

Being the busy mother of two boys, Dennis, now the curator for the Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West, Fl and Larry, a retired MWC policeman and now an officer for the Citizens Review Board in Key West, I still had time to work. While they were attending Eastside Elementary I actively worked and supported the school as PTA president as well as playing on the PTA basketball team while John Woods was principal.

After working 24 years as Payroll Clerk for the City of Midwest City, it was time to retire. However, total retirement was not in my future. Instead, I went into the Real Estate business under the name of Century 21 Riviera. After marrying Don Wheelan in 1981, we had several rental properties that kept us busy. Don passed away August 19, 2005.

I joined the First Christian Church in Seiling, OK in February 1948 with Gene Stump, Minister performing the baptism. My mother and I transferred our membership to First Christian Church MWC December 10, 1995. My grandson, Lee Beaver made his confession of faith the same day and was baptized the following week by Rev. Les Brown.

My mother and I were very active in church. We delivered mobile meals and attended study groups as well as workdays for the church. Mom passed away Christmas Eve, 2005.

I continue to be active in CWF Group I, delivering flowers, used medicine bottles to the Healing Hearts Free Clinic, pull tabs to the Ronald McDonald House, eye glasses to the optometrist and clothing to the “Suited for Success” program. I am also a big supporter of St. Jude Hospital and work the radio and telethons as well as the Dream Home each year. Along with knitting hats for the HUGS, I am on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Del Food Pantry and the Citizens Police Academy Alumna.

After writing for the Midwest City Sun and Eastword before they went out of business, I now keep busy as a freelance writer for the Choctaw Times and the Midwest City Beacon. I fell people should know what is going on in their community and know that people are helping others and making things happen for the betterment of everyone.

Last but certainly not least, I am also the proud grandmother of Lee Beaver and his wife Jessica and great grandmother to Jaylen (8) and Lenix (almost 3).

Welcome to our newest member at FCC MWC

Rachael Moler

We’ve still not recovered theten missing books from theNew Interpreter’s Bible Commentary set.The 12 book set waskept in the church resource room (Keller/Faith Matter’s Class).  If anyone knows details about the locations of these ten volumes,please contact the church office.Thank you

CMF Breakfast this SaturdayJuly 8th at 8:00 AMMeet at Bandana Red’s Grill14002 SE 29th Street – Choctaw

Hillwood MBC Prison Ministry Community Workshop When: Saturday, July 8,10 am – 3 pmWhere:  Hillwood Missionary Baptist Church7901 John Street, Spencer OK 73084 There is a $10.00 fee to cover the cost of lunch. If you have not yet mailed your registration form, please be sure to RSVP with Cynthia Thompson 863-6540.You can bring your registration form and pay at the door.

A Conservation Note for all

FCC Department Leaders & TeachersSummer is here and so is the heat!Please help to conserveenergy and keep our expenses down, by remembering to turn off the lights and set the thermostats to 75 whenfinished with the room.Thank you! Property Department

Opportunity For OurChurch Veterans & Veterans Spouses


Please contact the church office at 769-2717.
Be sure to bring your
DD-214 form

Gardening that is! Join the G-Team…

Got tasks from light to difficult tokeep our grounds looking goodand costs at bay!Every Thursday 7-10 am.Can’t make it?Contact Cindy Schaeferto complete a project whenyour time permits!

Meetings for Sunday, July 9thParent/Student for Mission Tripat 5 PMElders at 5 PMBoard at 7 PM

Please submit newsletter announcements

to the church office no later thannoon on Fridays.Thank you very much! 

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130


Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 AM


9 – 4 pm



Flowers for Sunday, July 9th
are given by Jude & Sandra Lees,
celebrating our families


To the Memorial Fund –  In memory of Imogene Nikkel
From Maxine Wheelan
From Bill & Nancy Graham

To the Youth Fund – In memory of Michael Moler
From Barry Bergstrom
From Beverly Bonnewell
From Phyllis Fennell
From Lyle & Lillian Fry
From Bill & Nancy Graham
From Nancy Hall
From Carol Hamilton
From Carl & Sandy Harley
From Martha Howard
From Ron & Susan Howard
From Julius & Sandra Lees
From Tammy Lehmberg
From Jerry & Becky Long
From Fay Miller
From Don & Mary Nicholson
From Lee & Mary Nirschel
From Audrey Olson
From Paul & Jo Pettigrew
From David & Vicki Richey
From Mildred Saywer
From Brian & Becky Searcy
From Jim & Connie Sharp
From Deniece Vardamen

Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, July 9, 2017

8:30 AM


Dean Holt

Serving Deacons:
Lyle Fry
Lillian Fry
Karen Holt
Hannah Oliver

10:45 AM

David Brubaker
Jim Wylie

Serving Deacons:
Charles Hargis
Barbara Hargis
Chris Miller
Adam Christensen
Trisha Christensen
Logan Davis

Addison Davis
Daniel Miller


9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
6:00 Youth Group

9:00 Children’s Corner

8:00 CMF Breakfast – Bandana Red’s

8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday  School
5:00 Parent/Youth Mission Trip Meeting
5:00 Elders Meeting
7:00 Board Meeting

MONDAY, July 10
8:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, July 11
9:00 Children’s Corner
6:30 CWF Group III-Meet at church

9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
9:30 CWF Service Day
6:00 Youth Group


*Family & Friends of Imogene Nikkel
Vicki Richey
Wendy Walters
Josh Green – Middle East deployment (Brubaker)
Lloyd Upchurch – father in law of DeAnne Upchurch
Lane Ross
Angie Reeves (Anita Oliver)
Grace Oliver
Sharon Delyria (Roxanne Austin)
Doyle Williams (Nancy Williams’s father)
Christi Crowder (Marty Howard’s cousin)
Debra Meade (Pat Wiseman’s sister)
Katy Benge (Mark’s mother)
Anita Oliver
Susannah Smith (Jude & Sandy Lees granddaughter)
Virginia Douthitt
Beverly McKinney
Wanda Rickard (Brett Moler)
Al Douthitt (Virginia’s Husband)
Amanda Ross (Brubaker)
Ezra Mann Family
Zola Lee Gaylor
Mary Nirschl
Julie Luman (Moler)
John Northcutt
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Brailee Tennison (Virginia 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, Ken Foust, Gene & Janyce Harkins, Dona Harris, Leo & Annie Hill, Nick Kennedy, Betty Martin, Scott McKinney, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Mary Nirschl, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Nadine Richardson, Lane Ross, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley,  Shirley Tharp, Mickey Tyo, Julia Wingate, and Doris Wokaty

Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List: 

Kelly Cox (Camp), Mitchell Deaton (Deaton), Sharon Delyria (Austin), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), 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 (Sean Dean’s Grandmother)