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Midwest City Christian

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

A Word From Mike…

John 19.25b-27     Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’27Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Being at my hometown and home church two weekends ago gave me the opportunity to reflect and appreciate how blessed I was growing up.  I was blessed to have two parents who loved me and were invested in the best for my future. As I gathered in worship with both of my parents, I was reminded of what a great blessing they continue to be.

In addition to the nurture of my parents, I have been blessed with a wide variety of mother/father types in the church.  People who have been kind enough not only to be accepting of me, but also to be invested in the best for my future.

Jesus clearly appreciated the value of both parents and parent figures, as displayed in this text from John.  As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, may we all be intentional in thanking God for our parents and others who have been a positive parent like influence.

Thanks for sharing the journey,

FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, May 10th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson over Ephesians chapter 5, 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, May 14th , The students will have an evening off to celebrate Mother’s Day! Cook your Momma a nice dinner!

Mission Trip Price:
The price for the mission trip to Kansas City with YouthWorks will be $50 per student.

Thanks – Dustin

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!


Sunday, May 14th


There will be no evening activities

CWF Men’s Breakfast
Saturday, May 13
8:00 AM

Meet at Bandana Red’s Grill
14002 SE 29th Street, Choctaw

Opportunity For Our
Church Veterans & Veterans Spouses

Pete Tucker is here to meet with our veterans and spouses of veterans, on a first come, first serve basis. He will be here to help accurately review veteran disability benefits. If you are planning to meet with Pete, please be sure to bring your DD-214 form.

Join with friends at WOCC to help
“Stamp Out Starvation”
(Kids Against Hunger with a new name)
to package food for folks in need locally
and around the world.

June 10, 2017
9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 4 pm

Contact Tom Russell by June 3rd, so we know how many are coming. Plan to car pool with friends to Western Oaks (8100 NW 23rd). We have tasks that are done standing and other jobs that can be done sitting. Most anyone can come and help. Gifts of money for food purchases are always needed. You can make your check out to “Stamp Out Starvation” and mail it to Tom Russell, 5112 NW 20th, Oklahoma City, OK 73137. To register or for questions, call Tom Russell at405.650.3335 or

Outdoor Family Movie Fun Night!

Saturday, May 20th

(license #504087142)

Arrive starting at 8:00 PM. Movie will begin at 8:30/dusk. Popcorn and drinks will be available for donation.
You can also bring your own snacks. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets!

The movie will be shown in the parking lot off Anderson. All parking will be in the lot off Reno. There will be NO cars allowed in the Anderson parking lot.

Memorial Day Service
Sunday, May 28

The Sunday before Memorial Day, FCC will recognize our members that have passed in the last year.

If there is anyone that has passed away in the last year that you would also like to recognize, please let the church office know by Wednesday, May 24, so those names can be included in the service.

Thank you
Chris Miller
Worship Department Chair

It’s time to
begin planning
this year’s
pumpkin patch!

Last year FCC MWC had their very first pumpkin patch, and under the organization of Ashley Dean and many volunteers, it was a big success! This year we are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator, to work with Dustin Parish who will be the Co-Coordinator.

Planning needs to begin soon, as the pumpkin supplier has asked for an estimate of the pumpkins we will need. If you are interested, please contact the church office 769-2717 or Dustin Parish (918) 637-4407.

Jean Shackleton and family
at Jean’s recent ordination ceremony

In 1984, Martin took the year off from his high school teaching for our family to travel and concertize in churches around the USA traveling in our motorhome.  The ministers in Southern California talked to Martin about being ordained for this Music Evangelism ministry, so he was ordained by the Assembly of the state of California ministers.  I had felt a call before he was ordained before my youngest child was born, but I was a good rationalizer and didn’t think I needed to also be ordained since we were a team in this ministry, so I put this call on the back burner.  It was 3 years ago when a series of events happened, including the death of John and Carol Blackwell, that I felt like God was reminding me of the call 30 + years ago and what was I going to do about it?  I couldn’t sleep well fighting this feeling every night, so I finally decided to talk to some ministers about it, including Martin and son Aaron.  Out of all 5 ministers I talked to, they all encouraged me to go through with this, so I went through the process with the State Assembly of the Church of God in Oklahoma, met with committees, was licensed last year, ratified by the committee 2 months ago, and ordained last Friday night in Music Evangelism at the Ministers Meeting.  One of the last things Martin was excited about the day he passed away was that I was getting ordained, as he told my friend. He had talked to me several times asking if I was going to go through with it, and I assured him I would.  I was so humbled that my children and 6 of my grandchildren came as well as other friends and pastors around the state.

-Written by Jean Shackleton

Oklahoma Conference of Churches

An Evening of Listening:
May 11, 2017

Immigration and Refugee Issues
Affecting Oklahomans

This “Evening of Listening” will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral (127 N.W. 7th, Oklahoma City) from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Join us as we discuss the complex issues facing immigrants and refugees here in Oklahoma, especially as a result of the impact of recent presidential Executive Orders and the court decisions regarding those Executive Orders.

At least an hour will be devoted to the listening to those present and determining practical steps which we can all take to address the issues discussed. The session will be moderated by Shirley Cox, Legal Services Developer DHS Aging Services.

Panelists will include the following:

Richard Klinge, Senior Director of Advocacy and Legal Services,
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of OKC

Rev. Lori Walke, Associate Minister, Mayflower United Church of Christ, OKC

Rex Friend, Immigration Attorney, OKC

Please submit newsletter announcements to the church office no later than
noon on Mondays. Thank you very much! 

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

Sunday Worship Times
8:30 & 10:45 AM

9:00 – 4:00 PM

9:00 – Noon


Flowers for Sunday, May 14 are given by David & Vicki Richey and Jerry & Becky Long
In loving memory of their mothers, Evelyn Messerli, Ethel Richey
and in honor of Florene Long. Thank you for your example of compassion, guidance and endless love. 

Thank You Notes…

We want to thank the church and Mike for the nice Easter gift left for us and the letter wishing us a wonderful holiday. That was very special of the church and Mike to remember us. Thank you all so much for all the prayers for us. God bless the church,  all of you and thank you Mike.
In Christian love,
Gene & Jan Harkins


Dear Friends,
Thank you for all of your prayers, thoughts, and condolences. I’m so glad to see how my Mom brightened so many lives. And it makes this difficult time easier knowing so many people care as much as she.
Ozsie Davis (son of Shirley Davis)


To the Memorial Fund-
In memory of Horace Wylie from Carol Hamilton
In memory of Loleta Clark from Carol Hamilton
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Bill & Nancy Graham
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Julius & Sandra Lees

To Mobile Meals –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Lyle & Lillian Fry
In memory of Loleta Clark from Lyle & Lillian Fry

To Christmas For Others –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Nancy Hall

To the Parlor Fund –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Denis & Linda Harris
In memory of Loleta Clark from Denis & Linda Harris

To the Music Choir Fund –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Johnnie Gasaway

Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, May 14, 2017


8:30 AM

Dean Holt

Serving Deacons:
Lyle Fry
Lillian Fry
Karen Holt
Hannah Oliver

10:45 AM

Pat Wiseman
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
9:15 CWF Service Day
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

9:00 Children’s Corner

8:00 CWF Men’s Breakfast – Bandana Reds
14002 SE 29th St, Choctaw

8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday  School

MONDAY, May 15
8:00 Mobile Meals

9:00 Children’s Corner

9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
6:00 Youth Group
6:30 Adult Bible Study
6:30 CWF Group III
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


*Family & Friends of Dan Bonnewell
*Tamra Nesiba (Carl & Sandy Harley’s daughter)
*Eugene Mellinger (St. Anthony)
*Ruth Bracht
*Virginia Douthitt
Gwen Bowman (rehab from hip surgery)
Marilyn King
Joyce Springer (Becky Searcy’s Sister)
Beverly McKinney
Wanda Rickard (Brett Moler)
Anna Ruth Powers
Imogene Nikkel
Jacklena Whitlow
Shelby Rubino
Fern Burling (Baptist Village Rehab)
John Howard, Sr. (Hospice)
Jean Adcox (Sharon Lewis)
Al Douthitt (Virginia’s Husband)
Amanda Ross (Brubaker)
Ezra Mann Family (Church visitors)
Daniel Rubino (Mike Rubino’s Father)
Gale Langston (Brubaker)
Mary Long (Albee)
Zola Lee Gaylor (Specialty Hospital)
Mary Nirschl
Julie Luman (Moler)
John Northcutt
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Mary Jo Albee (Beverly’s Mother in Law)
Hannah Oliver
Peggy Vorel (Sean Dean’s Grandmother)
Brailee Tennison (Virginia Douthitt)
Melanie Voice & Family (Elyse Davis)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Tim Daniels (Anita Oliver’s brother)
Grace Oliver
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Dale Acker
Coleen Crow (Lange)
Deane Upchurch (Moler)
Kathi Miller (Gambill)

*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, 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 (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), 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)