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Midwest City Christian

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

A Word From Mike…

Genesis 1.20-21      And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

If you looked at the bulletin closely on Sunday, you may have seen an odd flower dedication. Yes…I really did give flowers in honor of my beagle, Tessy, and the great gifts God gives us through our pets.

One sentimental “snapshot” moment I have from my young childhood is an image of our family dog, Frisky.  Frisky was a large collie. I had come home after a particularly bad day at school, went through the fence gate, and sat on the back steps.  Frisky came running up to me, and she let me hug her, listened to all of my problems, and let me hug her again.  In my simple childhood innocence, I was truly in a Lenten-like moment, and Frisky was the messenger of renewal and joy.

I am a firm believer that our pets are an intentional gift from God, meant to help us feel a tangible presence of God.  Who else mourns so when we leave them behind?  Who else greets us with genuine excitement when we return? God created every living creature, including us and our pets, and according to scripture, God declares these creatures are good.  Lent may challenge us to reflect on difficult days, but it also reminds us of God’s great love for us.  How blessed we are that our pets are a part of that expression of God’s love.

Thanks for sharing the journey,

FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, March 15th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, and Hunter will be leading the group this night. Please note that Youth will end at 7:30 on March 15th because Hunter will have to get over to choir practice.

On Sunday Evening March 12th, The youth will be traveling to Moore, Oklahoma to jump at Elevation Trampoline park for 1 hour. Our bus will pull out of the parking lot at 5 p.m.  so please try to arrive before then, and we will hope to arrive back home around 7 p.m. The price to participate is $11 plus tax. It does not cost anything to come watch if you would like to join your students and don’t plan on jumping.

Late Summer Camp Registration:

If your student did not complete their paperwork and payment on Camp Sunday, you have until April 18th to contact Dustin to register with the lowest discounted price. Please note that there is not a guarantee that a spot will be open. Also if you want to register your student after April 18th, you will be responsible for paying the full, undiscounted price of registration.

Youth Potato Bar Luncheon:

It is time to start mentally preparing for the Youth Potato Bar Luncheon, which is April 9th (Palm Sunday). We are asking all of our youth to be present to help that want to attend the mission trip. There, we will have the projector set up to play a couple of videos about the mission trip as well as have the youth serve the potatoes to anyone that comes!


If you have any students that would potentially be interested in youth group, please contact Dustin at 918-637-4407. He would love to reach out to try to include them in the bunch, thanks!


Marty Howard


My name is Marty Howard, and I am an Oklahoman. One of my grandmothers was an Irish immigrant who rode in the 1893 land run at 17 years old; the other was a certified teacher in the first state supported school in Oklahoma.

I was born in Oklahoma City while my daddy was serving in WWII. Since he also served during the Korean Conflict, I grew up an Army brat. We were nomads, serving with the military and Veterans Administration throughout Oklahoma and the US. I attended schools around the country, and my mom made sure we always went to church. At nine, I was baptized in the Edmond First Christian Church.

After college graduation, I began my career in state government. I worked in all areas of human resources and related fields of administrative rulemaking and policy analysis.

God blessed me with the love of my life, James L. Howard, the son and grandson of ministers. James served 20 years in the Air Force and was stationed around the globe. After he retired from his second career with the state, we traveled, gardened, and enjoyed life.

Since James passed, I’ve become active volunteering with the Salvation Army and Veterans Hospital. I still like to travel and dabble in genealogical research, and to spend time studying the Bible with my fun Sunday school class and boisterous Wednesday night Bible study group.

I’m blessed to return to my roots, the Disciples of Christ, at the First Christian Church – Midwest City. Here I’ve found kindness and warmth–good friends who have welcomed me and become my family. I believe there are many paths to the Lord. Here I’ve found the path that is right for me and the people I want to walk beside.

Piano Dedication Concert
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM

We would like to announce that an official dedication concert for the piano will be taking place on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.  We have been blessed with the ability to acquire such a wonderful new instrument, which has already contributed much to our worship experience.  As a way of saying thank you, our dear friends David Robillard, Jean Shackleton, and myself, have put together a concert full of wonderful music which should showcase the true quality of our new Yamaha piano.

The concert will include a combination of solo piano, piano/organ duet, violin with piano accompaniment, and vocal music with piano accompaniment.  The work of many composers and eras will be presented, including J.S. Bach and G.F. Händel (Baroque), Beethoven, Schubert, and Dvorak (Romantic), as well as an American Populist composer, Aaron Copland.

Further, we welcome Mr. Wally Brown to our church as well.  Wally is a fabulous pianist, organist, and conversationalist, and is the gentleman from whom we acquired the piano.  He will offer a few selections of his own, as well as a bit of testimony on the instrument.

For those in the congregation who wish to come early (or stay after our second service), the choir will be providing a light snack-lunch, which will serve as an opportunity for fellowship before the performance begins.

Finally, we would like to mention that all potential donations will be accepted during the performance.  These donations, accepted as a love-offering, will be used to perpetuate the ability of our music and worship departments to function at a high level, that we may best serve the church.  We hope you will join us! Thank you.

Hunter Birkhead

Opportunity For Our
Church Veterans

Pete Tucker is one who is setting a wonderful example for us of what it is to do ministry beyond our church walls. Each week Pete travels to Norman   to help veterans accurately review and receive their disability benefits. He volunteers his services as part of a non-profit veteran’s organization, The Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation. Pete has also worked to help multiple members of our church who unknowingly were not receiving their full benefits. These financial benefits are helpful to the veterans and of equal importance, to their families.

Pete will be in our church on Wednesday mornings beginning March 22nd from 9-11 AM and will meet with veterans on a first come first serve basis. We are blessed and fortunate to have him offering this opportunity for our veterans.

Please be sure to bring your DD-214.


Meets Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30 PM
Here at the Church

“Let’s Do This!”

Oklahoma’s 2017 Leadership Training School
Saturday, April 1st

First Christian Church
Oklahoma City
3700 N Walker

for registration forms and information.
Registration is online.

Members of FCC MWC can attend at no charge!
Child care is also available.

Details are on the website.

Choir Cantata
Sunday Unified Service
April 2, 2017 AT 10:00 AM

Sunday, April 2nd
More Details Coming Soon!


Saturday, April 8
10 AM – 2 PM 

Contact Jamie Benge to reserve
your booth or table space today!

209-6761 Cell
733-0395 Home

Proceeds will go towards the remodel
of the new church parlor!

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

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

Mon – Thurs

9 AM to 4 PM

9 AM to Noon


Flowers for Sunday, March 19th are
Given by Mark & Kristyn Reid,
emembering Gracelyn McCulloh, Kristyn’s Mom


To the Karen Gist Karr Memorial Scholarship Fund-
In memory of J.L. Gist from Fern Burling

To the Karen Gist Karr Memorial Scholarship Fund-
In memory of J.L. Gist from Jim & Becky Isaac

To the Music Fund-
In memory of Joan Johanning from the Chancel Choir

Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, March 19, 2017

8:30 AM

Marty Howard
Eric Walters

Serving Deacons
Steve Oliver
Joe Greffin
Sharon Lewis
Matt Moler

10:45 AM

Bryan Spradley
David Brubaker

Serving Deacons:
Mary Keller
Beverly Rubino
Denise Jenks
Carl Harley
Sandy Harley
Shelby Rubino

Aiden Burk
Craighton Christensen


6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, March 16
S.O.A.R. Group to Eddie Warrior
Correctional Center
No Children’s Corner-Spring Break

SUNDAY, March 19
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
1:00 Piano Dedication Concert
5:00 Youth to Elevation Jump Park

MONDAY, March 20
8:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, March 21
9:00 Children’s Corner

9:30 CWF Executive Day
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
6:30 CWF Group III Meeting
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


*Family & Friends of J.W. Long
(Father of Jerry Long)
*Family & Friends of Carolyn Lees
(Sister in law of Jude & Sandra Lees)
*John Northcutt
Nick Kennedy
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Mary Jo Albee (Beverly’s Mother in Law)
Hannah Oliver
Richard Layman
Peggy Vorel (Sean Dean’s Grandmother)
Debbie Chalifoux
Zola Lee Gaylor
Karen Holland
Brailee Tennison (Virginia Douthitt)
Melanie Voice & Family (Elyse Davis)
Billi Choate (Corbin’s Grandmother)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Tim Daniels (Anita Oliver’s brother)
Michael Crutchfield (Harley)
Grace Oliver
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Dale Acker
Coleen Crow (Lange)
Deane Upchurch (Moler)
Kathi Miller (Gambill)
Julie Luman (Moler)

*Notes a new addition

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

Nellis & Dottie Adams, Lola Jean Ashford, Arlene Burkhalter, Guy Burkhart, Loleta Clark, Betty Davis, Ken Foust, Gene & Janyce Harkins, Dona Harris, Leo & Annie Hill,  Scott McKinney, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Eugene Mellinger, 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 (Camps), Mitchell Deaton (Deatons), Sharon Delyria (Roxanne Austin), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Dan Hayes (Molers), Leo Hickman (Judy Gambill), Betsy Hormel (Leah Wakely), Sam Howard (Howards), Esther & Kaylee Ingersoll (McMahan & Miller), Paul Johanning (Moler), Jim Johnson (Joe & Lenora Greffin), Don Martin (Spradleys), Cathy Miller (Reids), Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees), Cindy Proctor (Susan Updegraff), Judy Raines (Judy Gambill), Susan Saxton (Melissa Davis), Jo Schroeder (Pam & Ertel Hall), Kyndra Slechta (Brubakers), Beverly Storch (Susan Updegraff), Juanita Taylor (Susan Updegraff), Donald Tennison (Farriesters), Alton Ray Tidwell (Paul Niehoff), Sharon Verity (Paul Niehoff’s sister)