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Midwest City Christian

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130
405-769-2717

A Word From Mike…

Proverbs 11.24     Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. 21Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.

When tasked with writing a newsletter article on 9/11, the significance that date has held for our country since 2001, is obvious. That morning, I recall that we pulled an old TV cart into the church office, and our staff sat together trying to process what was beyond processing. The last few weeks, many of us have found ourselves “locked in” to our TVs, as we watched the coming hurricanes and the impact that followed. Experiences that are simply overwhelming.

When tragedy strikes, whether human initiated or beyond human control, we are reminded of how quickly a life can change. Oklahomans know this all too well after the bombing that took place here. Lives are changed for years. Lives are changed forever.

Disasters come and go; people proclaim them as acts of God, or proof that God does not exist.  We are challenged by the concept of God as “our help and shield” in moments where the shield does not seem to be held in a “protective” position. We believe in the ultimate shield, which comes in the grace of the cross. We believe in a type of protection, where even death does not have the final say.

Christians have the opportunity to be a light in the darkness of our world. God has provided a tangible example of grace and compassion through the cross. We have not only the calling, but the responsibly to share out of that example. Our congregation has shared more than $2,000 in recent weeks through the Week of Compassion, for emergency relief. Thanks to all of you for helping us to truly put our faith into action. May all of us share prayerful and powerful acts of grace and compassion during this week.

Thanks for sharing the journey,
Mike


FCC Youth

On Wednesday Evening, September 13th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson over “A summary of Ephesians”, 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, September 17th, We will be meeting at 5 p.m. to have a discussion and have a fun activity.

Youth Participation in C.R.O.P Walk:

I would love for all of our students to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk on
October 1st at 2 p.m. The walk is 3 miles long, and I think it is a great ministry for our youth group to support.

Refuge Fellowship:

Our church will be serving for Refuge fellowship on October 2nd. If any students are interested in going please let Dustin know.

Thank you to all our parents that attended the youth parent meeting. I think I received a lot of good feedback from you all, and I am excited for what the future will hold with our group.
  
-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


This Sunday, there will be a new sign up sheet
in the Narthex, for volunteers to provide
the Youth meal on Wednesday nights.

Thank you for your continued support of our students!


FIRST FEATURE

Lyle & Lillian Fry

Lyle was born as the second child of Ernest & Vera Fry at the family farm west of Thomas, Oklahoma on November 23, 1932. He grew up working on the family farm and attended Independence Consolidated School for all 12 years. Until his younger sister was born and grew to school age, he was assigned to help his mother in the house. He played basketball and baseball for Independence and graduated as Salutatorian in 1950. He has four brothers and one sister.

Lillian was born in the Powers family home just west of Stillwater as the third of six children to Eugene & Imogene Powers on December 24, 1933. She attended Eugene Field Grade School and Stillwater High School and where she was active in Future Homemakers of America.

Both families were active members of the Christian Church. When Lyle came to Stillwater to attend Oklahoma Agriculture & Mechanical College (which was later changed to Oklahoma State University) he attended the First Christian Church of Stillwater. He and a friend, Corky Shropshire, would sit in the balcony and pick out members of the choir they would like to date. Lyle said the black haired beauty was the only one he wanted to know. As a result of that choice Lyle and Lillian were married May 25, 1952, one week after Lillian graduated from high school. We both attended OSU and worked at the various theaters until Lyle graduated and joined the Air Force through the AFROTC program.

During the 28 years Lyle served in the Air Force, he had 14 duty stations as either a pilot or an air traffic control officer. At the time of his retirement, he had logged over 4400 flying hours earning his command pilot wings and spent 18 years earning his Master Air Traffic Control badge. The family moved with him on many of his assignments and made friends with many wonderful people. Two very special people we met here at Tinker Air Force Base were Nancy and Ronald Reagan. The children had the challenge of changing schools and friends with every move, attending the Christian Church in each location where possible and the Base Chapels at other places.

The three older children, Roger, our Okie, Rhonda and Melissa, our Texans, all graduated from Radford High School in Hawaii. Mary, born in France and therefore earned the title of “our little French Fry” had two more moves and graduated from O’Fallon, Illinois High School before moving with Lillian to Tinker Air Force Base. Although Mary was the only child with her parents when Lyle was assigned to Tinker Air Force Base the others all moved back into the area.

Lyle and Lillian became active with Midwest City First Christian very rapidly after joining the church, Lillian with CWF and Mobile Meals and Lyle with CMF and Property Department activities. Both of them served many years as an Elder, Lyle three years then Lillian three years, etc. again and again. They were both instrumental in the construction of the current Reno and Anderson church facility.

The church is the constant in which they raised their family. They now have four married children close by; 11 grandchildren (all but four are married) and now have 12 great grandchildren.

God has blessed us greatly all during our lives.



August’s Financial Look-back

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General Operating Funds Received – $20,130
General Operating Expenses – $39,520
Giving Received for Capital (Mortgage) – $7,292.50
Capital (Mortgage) Expense – $10,850
Special Giving Received – $3,843

Contact Pam Hall, Stewardship Chair, at pjohall@cox.net or
Cindy Schaefer, Treasurer, at cndysch@gmail.com


2018 Stewardship Campaign

We have completed our final week of our Journey to Generosity…the way of Jesus, 2018 Stewardship Campaign.

Thank you to those who have already returned their estimate of giving card and time and talent survey. As a reminder, it’s not too late to turn those in to the offering plate or the church office.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the ministries of  First Christian Church MWC   


MUFFINS FOR MISSION
This Sunday, September 17

All proceeds support the
Outreach Ministry of FCC MWC


OK Conference of Churches Presents
An Evening of Listening

“What’s Up in the Middle East:
Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States”

Thursday, September 28 at 6:30-8:00 pm
St. Pauls’ Cathedral – 127 NW 7th Street, OKC

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Mateo Farzaneh
Associate Professor of History at NE Illinois University

*Dessert Reception to follow until 8:30 pm*


Join us on Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 PM
At the Garden Pavilion at Regional Park in Midwest City

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

See Mitsy Martin Davis if you are interested in participating!


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.


Please join us for a Baby Shower in honor of
Tiffany & Daniel Ross
And their Baby Girl

Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 pm
at First Christian Church
Registered at Target & Babies R Us


Gift Card Shower for
Baylor & Shelby (Rulon) Morris

Please join us in celebrating the marriage of Shelby Rulon & Baylor Morris. Shelby served as a leader in our youth group as a teen and is the beautiful daughter of Karen & Kim Rulon and granddaughter of Harold & Anna Ruth Powers. The couple have established their first home in Dumas, Texas where Shelby is teaching kindergarten and  Baylor is an engineer for Valero.
Both are graduates of Choctaw High School and Oklahoma State University. Through the distance from Midwest City to Texas, we can share our Christian love and best wishes for their new life together with a Card Shower. Please join us in bringing your cards to the church office by October 1st. Those cards will be delivered to the happy couple.

Contact Mitsy Martin Davis or Beverly Rubino if you have questions. Thank you!!


A Note from the Stewardship Committee-

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

**Please note that Pete will not
be at the church on
Wednesday, September 20th and 27th.

He will be back on October 4th
at 9 AM**


Mid-Year Giving Statements are available in the Narthex.
Please help the church save on postage costs by picking yours up at your convenience.


First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130
405.769.2717

www.fccmwc.org

Sunday Worship Times:
8:30 & 10:45 AM

Monday – Thursday9:00 – 4:00 PM

Friday 9:00 – Noon



Flowers for Sunday, September 17 are given
by Walt & Katy Givens, in memory of Dorothy Givens


MEMORIALS
To the Landscape Fund –
In memory of Imogene Nikkel from the Imogene Nikkel Trust

To the Memorial Fund –
In memory of Janyce Harkins from Maxine Wheelan
In memory of David Ross from Maxine Wheelan


THANK YOU NOTES…

Many thanks for all the cards, calls and prayers during and after my hospital stay. A special thank you to Mike for his hospital visits and prayers and to Leo Holland and Pat Padgham for their visits.
So thankful for our church family.

– Jim & Becky Isaac

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Dear FCC,

Thank you for the cards, calls and prayers during my recent surgery and recovery. A special thanks to Mike for his trip to the hospital. As David and I begin the next part of this journey we’re blessed in knowing we’re not alone, but part of a strong loving church family.

– David & Vicki Richey


Servants
Scheduled to Serve

 
SUNDAY, September 17, 2017

8:30 AM

Elders:
Marty Howard & Eric Walters

Serving Deacons:
Joe Greffin
Steve Oliver
Sharon Lewis
Matt Moler

10:45 AM

Elders:
Bryan Spradley & Roger Camp

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

Acolytes:
Aidan Burk & Craighton Christensen


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, September 13
9:00 VA Disability Benefits Review
9:15 CWF Service  Day
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal

THURSDAY, September 14
9:00 Children’s Corner

SUNDAY, September 17
8:30 & 10:45 Worship Service
9:15 MUFFINS FOR MISSION
9:45 Sunday  School
5:00 Youth

MONDAY, September 18
8:00 Mobile Meals

TUESDAY, September 19
9:00 Children’s Corner

WEDNESDAY, September 20
6:00 Youth
6:30 Adult Bible Study
7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


PRAYER CONCERNS

*Family & Friends of Leo Hill
*Family & Friends of Julie Luman (Moler)
*Dona Harris (Sienna)
*Don Wright (Millie Sawyer’s son)
*Karen Holt
*Anita Oliver
Tanni Jamison
Heather Torres (Ron Howard’s niece)
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)
Vicki Richey
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)