Midwest City Christian
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130
A Word From Mike…
Romans 12.1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
One of my favorite songs from church camping days is one that our youth have sung on Youth Sunday, “Lord, Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary”. The song is simple, but has a fabulous theology. Sanctuary is about place, but is also about our identity. Our identity is marked by bringing a Godly goodness in the world. Our identity is marked by being a “living sanctuary”.
I believe the first time I heard of a church killing was in the late 1990’s. The city was Fort Worth, TX, where I had recently lived. The location of the church was near the home of a minister I had served with on a church staff. The event was a youth event. The method of killing was a pipe bomb in the sanctuary. Young people and a sanctuary, how more sacred ground can you find? Yes, we mourn now with and for those in Sutherland Springs, TX. Also, we remember that the sanctuary is not limited to a building, it is all of God’s creation.
I often wish I had just the right words to ease pain of personal loss and the suffering of mass tragedies. Sometimes, maybe it is enough to embrace the reality of a moment. To shed a tear. To hold a loved one a little tighter. To dedicate as a part of our Godly renewal to make a vow, to let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Thanks for sharing the journey,
On Wednesday Evening, November 8th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson called “Why bad things happen”, 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, November 12th, We will be meeting at 5 p.m. to have a discussion and have a fun activity.
Some CYF members will be leaving from the church at 9 a.m. on Saturdaymorning to attend Koinonia
Serving for the Thanksgiving Dinner:
In place of youth on Wednesday night, November the 15th, Fellowship will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving dinner in the JCAC. Fellowship has asked that the youth group help to keep up with the trash and clean up duties.
A word of thanks from Dustin:
I just wanted to take a second and say thank you so much for all of the cards I received for Minister Appreciation. I am a blessed minister to be on staff at this church, and you all continue to bless my life. If the goal was to make me feel “appreciated,” you all definitely succeeded!
If you know anyone who might be interested in joining us,
please give me a call! I would love to reach out to them!
Classic First Feature
Charlie & Dona Stanfill
Excerpt taken from First Features May 2011 – August 2012
Charlie and Dona sometimes welcome guests to their home with the smell of baking zucchini bread. Then comes the best part. Dona sends those folks home with a sample size loaf. You have probably already figured out that this will be a three-part interview requiring multiple visits to Dona’s kitchen.
Dona is a “crafty” person who gives Martha Stewart a challenge with her domestic talents. The current theme, of course, is autumn, but there’s plenty of Christmas finery waiting in the wings. You can save a trip to Talimena Drive by visiting Charlie’s backyard. The reds, yellows and oranges are spectacular.
After graduating from high school in Allen, Kansas, Dona trained as a nurse at OKC’s St. Anthony’s School of Nursing and was immediately hired at the brand new Midwest City Hospital. The rest of her career was spent at the Oklahoma Blood Institute and Oklahoma County Public Health. Charlie hails from Calvin (near McAlester), and arrived in Del City in the 10th Grade. After a two-year hitch in the Army, he spent 31 years in Aircraft Maintenance at Tinker picking up an OU degree along the way. They married in 1962 and have two married daughters (Lisa and Connie) and a grandson, Mason. Together they like to go dancing and have been avid SCUBA divers. Oh yes, they love to go “car traveling” too!
Dona’s aunt took her 15 year old niece to be baptized at University Place Christian in OKC. She and Charlie came to FCC in 2004 and immediately found places to use their talents. And, if you don’t know this already, Dona’s sister is Phyllis Fennell, a new member in our congregation.
They especially love our four ministers: Mike, Dustin, Hunter and Neil.