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Midwest City Christian

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

From the Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)…

Rev. Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens 
2017 General Assembly Nominee for
General Minister & President of the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The General Board voted to forward the name of Rev. Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens to the 2017 General Assembly as the nominee for General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

 A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens is currently dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL.

Search Committee Chair Jackie Bunch reviewed the process for the General Board before the members of the board had the opportunity to meet Hord Owens in small groups and in the plenary. Of more than 40 people recommended last summer, nine were screened in accordance with the executive search process. Four were then interviewed in person in October by the search committee. Just prior to the General Board meeting, three candidates were interviewed by the Administrative Committee to determine which candidate to recommend to the board.

 Rev. Owens is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multi-cultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, May 17th  , There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson over Ephesians chapter 4 part 4, 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 21st , We will be meeting back up at 5 p.m. to have a discussion and study over friendship and have a fun activity.

Mission Trip Price:

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

Drive in Movie Night:

We would love to have our Youth Assist pass out popcorn and beverages for our drive in movie night. Please arrive at 7:30 and enjoy the movie with the rest of the congregation.

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!



Loleta Clark

Excerpt taken from First Features
May 2011 – August 2012

This spry (almost) charter member of FCC came to Midwest City in 1945. She has vivid memories of walking to the old church with her mother and sister from their home eight blocks away because “nobody had a car back then.” She had recently returned from two years as a Navy Wave. Most of her time was spent at Treasure Island, (near Alcatraz) California. World War II (you probably heard about it — it was reported in all the newspapers) was in full swing.

Born in Dustin, near Henryetta, she was the third youngest of six girls and two boys. Her family ran the depression era general store until Loleta joined an older sister in California. All those sailors running around Sacramento convinced her that enlisting would be the thing to do. Single girl, guys in uniform, sense of patriotism–we get the picture.

Another returnee from the war, Dave Clark, married her at our church in 1949 and they spent 43 years together. Their two boys, both OU grads, have given her to much loved daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren. Dave joined the 45th Infantry and went back into the service during the Korean War.

Loleta is most proud of her service as a Mobile Meals cook and years and years of putting the FCC Newsletter to bed and in the mail. She is equally proud of her time in CWF and can be found at early service and Keller’s SundaySchool Class almost every Sundaymorning. Loleta, we all thank you for your service to God and country.

In loving memory of Mary Loleta Clark
September 15, 1918 – April 25, 2017


The Theology 101 SundaySchool class will be starting a new study this Sunday, May 21. This study on the Holy Spirit will be led by Joe Greffin. If you are not involved in a differentSunday School class, please come and join us. Our class meets in Room 149, beside the library, in the old choir room.

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.
Please contact the church office at 769-2717
if you would like to meet with Pete.
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.

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

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



9 AM – 4 PM

9 AM – Noon


Flowers for Sunday, May 21 are given by Lyle & Lillian Fry,

In celebration of their 65th wedding anniversary.

Thank You Notes…

First Christian Church ,

Our sincere thanks go to the staff and congregation for their support as we prepared for the memorial service for our Mom, Loleta Clark. Mike was so kind to change his travel arrangements to make it back for the service, and to work with us by phone and email during the trip.

The music was perfect and wonderful and exactly what Mom loved. The lunch was excellent, and we heard many compliments. Thank you for the personal touch in the service. It was appreciated by many.

With Gratitude,
Darrel & Lucy Clark and Dave & Carol Clark

Thank you all for your thoughts, cards, hospital visits, and the many prayers onmy behalf during my recent hospitalization. It means so much to Larry and I to have your loving support.

Beverly McKinney

I just wanted o say thank you to everyone for praying for me. I know they made such a difference for me. My rehab is going very well and I am back home. I am so thankful for this church and all of your prayers.

Gwen Bowman

Friends of First Christian Church,

Thank you for your recent gift of $1,466.00 to Church World Service. We are grateful to partner with you and put your gift to good work. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors near and far.


Rose Sharp
Associate Congregational Engagement Specialist – CWS


To the Memorial Fund-
In memory of Loleta Clark from Bill & Nancy Graham
In memory of Loleta Clark from Ann G. Taylor
In memory of Loleta Clark from Darrel Clark
In memory of Loleta Clark from Charles Clark

To Mobile Meals –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Santa Fe High School

To Christmas For Others –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Marilyn Butler
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Faye Miller

To the Parlor Fund –
In memory of Jeanne Shirley from Mayme Philips

To the Music (Director) Fund –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from David & Vicki Richey

To the Capital Fund –
In memory of Dan Bonnewell from Carol Hamilton

Servants Scheduled to Serve
SUNDAY, May 21, 2017

8:30 AM

Marty Howard
Eric Walters

Serving Deacons:
Steve Oliver
Joe Greffin
Sharon Lewis
Matt Moler

10:45 AM

Brett Moler
Roger Camp

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

Aidan Burk & Craighton Christensen


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

9:00 Children’s Corner-No Classes
Teacher Work Day

8:00 Outdoor Family Movie Fun Night
-Movie begins at dusk
-Bring your lawn chairs!

SUNDAY, May 21
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday  School
4:00 Education Dept-MegaWoW  Room
5:00 Youth Group

MONDAY, May 22
8:00 Mobile Meals

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


*Family & Friends of Jean Adcox (Sharon Lewis)
*Betty Martin (Deaconess)
*Brett Moler
*Anna Ruth Powers (Integris Baptist)
*Harold Powers
*Ryan Henderson for his Stepfather Ron –
recovery from his hip replacement surgery
Family & Friends of Dan Bonnewell
Tamra Nesiba (Carl & Sandy Harley’s daughter)
Eugene Mellinger (St. Anthony)
Ruth Bracht
Virginia Douthitt
Gwen Bowman
Joyce Springer (Becky Searcy’s Sister)
Beverly McKinney
Wanda Rickard (Brett Moler)
Imogene Nikkel
Jacklena Whitlow
Shelby Rubino
Fern Burling (Baptist Village Rehab)
John Howard, Sr. (Hospice)
Al Douthitt (Virginia’s Husband)
Amanda Ross (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), 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)