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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,

FCC Youth

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!
-Dustin  918.637.4407

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.


Annual Congregational Meeting

This Sunday, November 12th
at 10:00 am

On October 8th, the Board met and made an small amendment to the church’s By Laws. That amendment is found in Section III, paragraph C.3. The last line is amended as follows:

Furthermore, directors shall “NORMALLY” serve no more than three (3) consecutive years.

The revised document has been added to FILES in MY FCC. You may also contact the church office for a copy.

Terry Brewer
Board Chair


CMF will not meet this Saturday for their monthly breakfast

Mark Reid

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 15th

6:00 PM in the JCAC

There will be a charge
of $5 per person.
Children 5 and under eat free.

Turkey, Ham, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Rolls, Cranberry Sauce, Tea and Water will be provided by the church.

There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex for attendees, as well as a poster to sign up to bring
pot-luck dishes.

Items needed are salads, vegetable dishes, casseroles or dessert.


Children’s Christmas Program

We will meet in the sanctuary every Sunday
from 5-6 PM until the program on
December 10th.

All ages are welcome to join in!


World Outreach is coordinating our annual food drive in support of the Mid-Del Food Pantry. We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food, plastic and paper bags from November 12-19.  You may bring your donations to church or to the Thanksgiving dinner. We will have the grocery cart available for you to place your donations in. The food pantry volunteers emphasized the need for peanut butter and jelly buy they are thankful for non-perishable food donations or monetary donations that you are willing to give.

Thank you for supporting the Mid-Del Food Pantry!

– World Outreach


FCC of MWC will participate with MWBCC and other area churches to provide Christmas to 72 families in Eastern Oklahoma County.

This year’s date is 12/9/17 –
ONLY 5 short weeks away!

What can you do now….when shopping purchase a small gift or two for the Parent Gift Room. The gift room is a place that each child or teen goes to shop for a gift for the adults in their home. The gifts are then wrapped and tagged so that the child has something to give the adults in their life on Christmas. Good selections are coffee mugs, flashlights, small hand tools, lotion and soap sets, pot holders, kitchen towels.

Bring them to the JCAC or drop them by MWBCC. Make sure they are clearly marked as PARENT GIFT ROOM.

Thank you,
Outreach Department

Benefits Review for Veterans &
Spouses of Veterans

Wednesdays at 9 AM
Please remember to
bring your DD-214 form

First Christian Church
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130

Rev. Mike Snell

Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 AM

Monday – Thursday    9:00 – 4:00 PM

Friday 9:00 – Noon

Flowers for Sunday, November 12th
are given by Sandra Lees, in honor of Jude’s 83rd birthday


To the Music Fund
In memory of Nick Kennedy from Carol Hamilton

To the Parlor Fund –
In memory of Larry Springfield from Carol Hamilton
In memory of Mickey Tyo from Carol Hamilton

To the Memorial Fund –
In memory of Mickey Tyo from Martha Howard
In memory of Larry Springfield from David & Vicki Richey
In memory of David Ross from Sam & Jodi Ross
In memory of Mickey Tyo from Sam & Jodi Ross
From Maxine Wheelan

To the General Fund –
In memory of Mickey Tyo from Don & Mary Nicholson
In memory of David Ross from Don & Mary Nicholson

Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, November 12, 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


WEDNESDAY, November 8
9:00 Veteran/Spouse Benefits Review
9:30 CWF Service Day
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, November 9
9:00 Children’s Corner

SATURDAY, November 11
9:00 Meet at Church
Depart for Koinonia Retreat

CMF will NOT have their monthly breakfast today

SUNDAY, November 12
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
5:00 Youth
5:00 Rehearsal Children’s Christmas Program
7:00 Board Meeting

MONDAY, November 13
8:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, November 14
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, November 15
9:00 Veteran/Spouse Benefits Review
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


*Melissa Davis
*Bette McCoy (Tammy Cook’s grandmother)
*Family & Friends of Larry Springfield
*Ron & Cathy Lees (Lees)
*Scott McCulloh (brother of Kristyn Reid)
*Richard (brother of Denise Jenks)
*Marla Martin (friend of John Howell)
*Betty Gardner (Brewer)
Family & Friends of Mickey Tyo
Mozelle McKinney (Larry McKinney’s mother)
Stephanie Alexander (friend of John Howell)
Debby Alkinson (Nancy Williams)
Steve Birkhead (Hunter’s dad)
Perry Mercier (Corbin Choate’s step father)
Cindy Winkle (Phyllis Fennel’s daughter)
DJ & Family (Oliver)
Barbara Benge (Mark’s sister)
Patty Mallory (Christi Miller)
Vernon Noble (Chris Miller)
Karen Holt
Anita Oliver
Vicki Richey
Randall Burnett (Gambill)
Nancy Long (Sandy Harley’s cousin)
Lisa Larkin (Holland)
Mark Edmonds (Camp)
Angie Reeves (Oliver)
Grace Oliver
Christi Crowder (Marty Howard’s cousin)
Katy Benge (Mark’s mother)
Susannah Smith (Jude & Sandy Lees granddaughter)
Beverly McKinney
Wanda Rickard (Moler)
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Brailee Tennison (Douthitt)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Coleen Crow (Lange)

*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, Al & Virginia Douthitt, Ken Foust, Gene Harkins, Dona Harris, Betty Martin, Bill & Robbie McGruder, Mary Nirschl, Bertha Owen, Cole Padgham, Ken Peeler, Harold & Anna Ruth Powers, Nadine Richardson, Lane Ross, Margaret Scears, Oliver Ray & Joyce Shirley,  Shirley Tharp, Jacklena Whitlow, Julia Wingate, and Doris Wokaty

Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List: 

Sharon Delyria (Austin), Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt), Josh Green (Brubaker), 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), Joel & Jeff Staggs (Walters), Beverly Storch (Updegraff), Juanita Taylor (Updegraff), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), DeAnne Upchurch (Moler), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Melanie Voice & Family (E Davis), Peggy Vorel (Dean)