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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 4.23-24     But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’

Being a minister, the opportunity to sit with my mother or father in a worship service is extremely rare.  While the focus is not on either parent, there is something special about sharing such the moment.  This weekend, I had the opportunity to sit beside my dad for a Sunday morning service.  What a gift, right?  Well yes, but…

What is worship?  This is an import question and one that I unexpectedly wrestled with this past Sunday.  As a little boy, I wanted to be a cowboy and would sometimes dress up as one.  There is a photo of my brother and me in my office, ready for the next cattle drive.  What could be more exciting than a cowboy worship service, right? Can’t you smell the horses; see pictures of Jesus with spurs on his sandals; and a hat passed at offering time?

What is worship?  As I sat there by my father, the worship experience started with a normal welcome and a prayer update.  Then a special guest singer was introduced.  He was a George Jones impersonator, who did a great job singing the gospel favorites (tongue in cheek!) “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.  The minister stood up and shared about his book that was for sale….then Elvis showed up! He shared a Gospel song, and said that his concert that night would be all gospel hymns.  The offering was taken, and we were told that none of the offering would go to charities associated with one former presidential candidate.  Finally, when it was time for the sermon, Romans 13 was read.  The focus was obeying governing authorities.  Soon, the scripture was left behind and the political speech began.

Don’t get me wrong, I am sure that this minister had the best of intentions.  I am also sure that there are Sundays when I miss the mark, or am distracted by my own agenda.  However, if the name of George Jones is spoken more than the name of Jesus, it is not likely worship.  If the flag of the United States is more of the focus than scripture, it is not likely Christian worship.  I found myself wishing I could hear Dustin’s preaching on my cell phone.

During the passing of the peace and prelude each week, I pray for each person involved in the worship service.  My intention is to pray for the sharing of their gifts that morning, and for their individual faith journey.  I am blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people each Sunday.  As wonderful as you are, I hope that what you really come for is to celebrate the opportunity to worship God.

Thanks for sharing the journey,

FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, October 4th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson called  “What are your roots”, 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, October 8th, We will be meeting at 5 p.m. to have a discussion and have a fun activity.

– Dustin

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


Nellis & Dottie Adams

(With only one “d” and no Cousin Itt)

Excerpt taken from First Features May 2011 – August 2012

Don’t think you know a rocket scientist? Now you know two! Nellis and Dottie Adams came to Oklahoma in 2000 after long careers with the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, California. These two Purdue University grads (Go Boilermakers!) worked on military programs from the very early days of the space era. Nellis, from Maroa, IL, and Dottie, from Indianapolis, met and married while at Purdue over 50 years ago. She dropped him off for Marine training at Quantico on the last day of their honeymoon. Ouch!

Dottie sang a lot in the Chancel Choir and was coordinator of the Mobile Meals Program while Nellis was a driver. He has also been Elder, Chairman of the Board and a Trustee. Their son Steven, daughter-in-law Carol, two granddaughters and one great granddaughter all live in the local area.

Did you know that Dottie is a licensed pilot? Did you know that Nellis turns ugly hunks of wood into beautiful pieces of furniture in his elaborate home workshop? Another hobby includes their constant companion Tiger – a yellow lab with a metronome tail! Dottie sews and swims. Well known veteran travelers, they have taken trips to Europe, including Russia and many other places. Another resume entry reports that Nellis taught at Cal Tech.

Both were raised Disciples and Dottie says that Mike McShan’s organ prelude told them they were in the right church after arriving in Oklahoma. She also says much of the social aspect of their lives involves friends from church.

Elders Meeting
Saturday, October 7th at 8:30 AM
At the church

Meetings for Sunday, October 8th

Christian Education at 4 PM in the MegaWow Room

Board at 7 PM in the Library



Proceeds benefit Outreach Ministries of FCC MWC

Children’s Corner

Birthday Party Fundraiser

Sunday, October 8th

I’m so excited to announce that Children’s Corner will have a special spotlight on Sunday,  October 8th to increase awareness of the program and the ministry it provides to the community.  You will find information about Children’s Corner in the Sunday bulletin and suggested ways you can be involved if you’d like.

The service will be immediately followed by a BIRTHDAY PARTY in the narthex!  Cookies and Juice pouches will be served, and you will have the opportunity to give monetary gifts toward needed items for Children’s Corner.

Your generous donations make children’s corner more affordable to young families and enrich the classroom experience for teachers and children.  Your gifts multiply in unexpected ways and are greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for your support,
Molly Updegraff
Children’s Corner Director

Thank you everyone who donated and came out to support the CROP Walk this year!

Together, we can help end hunger in
our community and around the world!

FCC MWC had a great time serving at

Refuge Fellowship this past Monday!

If you’d like to join us next time,

contact Mitsy Martin Davis.

AARP Driver Safety Program
Monday ● October 9 ● 9:00 am – 2:00 PM
At FCC MWC Fellowship Hall

Adults age 50 & older and meets
insurance requirements for a discount.
Certificate is valid for 3 years.
Cost:  AARP Members $15.00
Non-members $20.00
*Class size is limited*
To reserve your seat or if you have any questions, please call Nancy Williams at 473-8239.

OK Conference of Churches
Presents An Evening of Viewing
Showing the film


Thursday, October 5th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street, OKC


October 15 at Frontier City – 12:00 to 10:00 PMAdmission Ticket: $14.00

Meal: $11

Haunted House: $4

A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated

to Make Promises Happen

Call 800-299-2811 or 405-282-2811 or email for more


*No tickets will be sold at the Main Gate for this event*

Join us for

Where: First Christian Church MWC (JCAC)
When: Sunday – October 29
Time: 5-7 PM

Free Kids Games – Prizes – Face Painting – Trick or Treat – Inflatables – Food for Purchase

Halo-Ween is fast approaching and we need candy donations for our trick or treating. Donations can be dropped off in the collection box in the narthex. We will also need baked good donations. These can be homemade or store bought. We ask that they are broken down into smaller portions some we can give more away. For example divide a dozen cupcakes into two separate containers. Baked goods can be dropped off on Sunday Oct 29thbefore or after church to the kitchen in the JCAC. You can also bring them between 4-5pm. If there are any questions please let Melissa Davis or Christi Miller know.
Thank You!!

2018 Giving envelopes will soon be ready to disperse to our members. Just a reminder, we ask everyone to donate $5 towards the cost of this purchase. For 2019, the Stewardship Committee has decided to offer the box sets for our members and not the mailable, booklet style. This change still serves the needs of our congregation, while at the same time reduces cost and eliminates unneeded waste. See Cindy Schaefer if you have any questions.

Church Veterans and Spouses of Veterans
Wednesdays at 9 AM
Please remember to bring your DD-214 form

First Christian Church-MWC
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City OK 73130
Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 AM

Monday – Thursday9:00 – 4:00 PM

9:00 – Noon

Flowers for Sunday, October 8 are given by Craig & Mitsy Davis
Honoring the birthdays of Elyse & Cole Davis


To the Memorial Fund –
In memory of Leo Hill from Ray & Debbie Blanke

Thank you –

To First Christian Church,

We want to say a special “Thank You” to Pastor Mike for all his time, caring, and ministering to us during Leo’s recent hospital/hospice stays and Leo’s passing and celebration of life service. Also “Thank You” to Hunter and Neil for their wonderful musical offerings during the service, and to the CWF for the great food before the service. And “Thank You” also to our church family for all your love and support during of time of sadness. All of you have been a blessing to us.

With Love,
Annie, Leo Jr., and Tom Hill

Scheduled to Serve

SUNDAY, October 8, 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

Case Lackey & Hunter Deaton


WEDNESDAY, October 4
9:00 Veteran/Spouse Benefits Review
10:00 CWF Group II
1:00 CWF Group I
6:00 Youth
6:30 CWF Group III – Library
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, October 5
9:00 Children’s Corner

SATURDAY, October 7
8:30 Elders Meeting at the church

SUNDAY, October 8
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:45 Sunday School
12:30 Children’s Corner Birthday Party
4:00 Christian Education Dept – MegaWow room
5:00 Youth
7:00 Board Meeting – Library

MONDAY, October 9
8:00 Mobile Meals
9:00 AARP Driver Safety Class

TUESDAY, October 10
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, October 11
9:00 Veteran/Spouse Benefits Review
9:30 CWF Service Day
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Tanni Jamison
Kinsey Howard (Ron & Susie’s daughter)
Karen Holt
Dottie Adams
Andrea Kintzinger
Dona Harris (Sienna)
Don Wright (Millie Sawyer’s son)
Anita Oliver
Vicki Richey
Ken Peeler
Randall Burnett (Gambill)
Judy Lakin (mother in law of Bryan Wingate)
Nancy Long (Sandy Harley’s cousin)
Lisa Larkin (Holland)
Denise Janz (mother in law of Twila Beck) (Walters)
Mark Edmonds (Camps)
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)
Zola Lee Gaylor
Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder)
Brailee Tennison (Douthitt)
Melanie Voice & Family (Elyse Davis)
Misti Leeper (Jamison)
Lisa Coffman (Stanfill’s daughter)
Dale Acker
Coleen Crow (Lange)
DeAnne Upchurch (Moler)
Jacklena Whitlow

*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, Nick Kennedy, 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, Mickey Tyo, 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), Beverly Storch (Updegraff), Juanita Taylor (Updegraff), Donald Tennison (Farriester), Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff), Sharon Verity (Niehoff), Peggy Vorel (Dean)