Weekly Newsletter 05.09.2022

A Pastor’s Perspective

I’ve been battling bugs. Earwigs and others, but mainly earwigs. These creatures have a long body with what looks like a pincer…like a crab claw at the back. If I had an opportunity to ask a question of God, I might forego the big, deep question about the meaning of life and ask God “Why earwigs?”

I regularly spray a perimeter control around the outside of the house to keep them out, and many times see earwig bodies around the landings at the front door, back door, and garage door. I sprayed a few weeks back, and began to notice fewer earwig bodies at the doors. Then none. I went back to get my trusted “death to bugs” spray. Turns out what I had sprayed a few weeks ago wasn’t insecticide. It was herbicide….weed control. Weed control does nothing to control bugs.

I purchased a new container of insecticide and sprayed the outside perimeter of the house again. Earwig bodies outside the doors once again indicate I am in control!

As people of faith, we are called to accept sometimes that we are not always in control. Sometimes we apply the wrong things to our lives, sometimes without even being aware of it. And sometimes the things we can’t stand the most come back to bother us. When we most feel we have lost control, we have the opportunity to turn to the one who we profess as our hope for the world.

Jesus came to show us that even when we apply the wrong things to our lives, there is a way to overcome those things. In John chapter 13 he reminds the disciples:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I hope that in my life, I can live out these words. They give us hope, they give us peace, and help us to connect with others to fulfill the call of Jesus in our lives.

He told us to love each other! And accept that we can’t control everything. As I sweep the bug bodies from the doorways this morning, I’m praying that that love isn’t inclusive of earwigs!
Because just for this moment, I feel powerful…..and a little bit in control!


S.A.L.T. Class will not meet this Sunday, May 15th
We have several members who will be traveling this weekend.
See you all back on May 22nd!

Property Committee Meeting this Saturday, May 14th

The Property Committee will meet this coming Saturday the 14th at 9:00. All church members who desire to contribute are invited to join us! First, we’ll enjoy breakfast as we develop our plan to schedule much needed Church and JCAC maintenance and repairs.  Afterwards, we’ll tackle some of the more urgent tasks as our time and materials permit.
Mark Reid

Mobile Meals needs clean containers, like sour cream, butter, yogurt type containers with lids. If you have some to donate, please drop off them off in the kitchen. Thank You!

Happy 70th Anniversary!

Lyle & Lillian Fry will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, May 25th. If you would like to mail them a card please send to:

Lyle & Lillian Fry
13501 Three Oaks Drive
Jones, OK 73049
There’s also a memory book in the narthex so that you can leave a personal message for them. Let’s shower them with all the love they deserve! Congratulations Lyle & Lillian!

Senior Breakfast
Sunday, May 22nd at 9 am

Volunteers are needed to bring breakfast casseroles or muffins.
Please call Bev Rubino at 405-426-2685 if you can help.
Come celebrate our 2022 Graduates!

ACOLYTES! As the world continues to open up again, we’ve decided it’s time to start talking about having the Acolytes pick up their torch again. Yes, pun intended. I would like to reach out and ask any parents of K-6 children, if their child would like to serve as an Acolyte. If they have not done this in the past, I am happy to do another round of Acolyte training. If they were an Acolyte before and would like to be one again, GREAT! I’ll be making my way around to check in with parents, but if you know you would like for your child to be part of the group, please call/txt me at 405-818-8098 or just let me know in person.
Thank you, Chris Miller

Vertical Garden Planting

Multiple FCC Youth Group members & Adults came together last week to replace the artificial plants in the Courtyard Vertical Garden
(Travis Reid’s 2014 Eagle Scout Project)
with an assortment of 90 annuals and perennials. 

Our gardening volunteers pictured are:
Colby Williams, Marshall Mason, Ki Gooch, Ella Updegraff, Isaac Miller, Daniel Miller, Aidan Burk, Beverly Rubino, Tom Hill, Travis Reid, Kristyn and Mark Reid. 
Our other volunteers (not pictured) were Shauna Becker, Christy Miller, Jan Teel, Denise Jenks, Becky and Brian Searcy.

Many thanks to all of our volunteers!
We plan to purchase more plants including some hanging vines for our top rows.

Mark Your Calendar with These
Upcoming Church Wide Events!

Sunday, May 1st at 5:00 pm in the JCAC
All Church Birthday Party & Charades Night!
Sunday, May 22 at 9:00 am in the JCAC
Senior Breakfast
Come and celebrate our Graduates!

Join us for in-person worship or streaming live on Youtube: 
Sundays at 10:00 AM
Stay for Sunday School at 11:00 AM

Share the link with your family and friends!


If you would like to participate in the Sunday worship service as the
Worship Leader, the sign up is listed on MyFCC.
Go to Groups and select: 
If you have any questions about being a worship leader or with signing up, please call the church office at 405-769-2717. Thank you!

Giving Online

Log into MyFCC at: fccmwc.org/my-fcc
Select Give from the dropdown menu on the top left.
Follow the instructions to set up a
recurring gift or send a one time gift.
If you have questions, please watch this video:
Or mail your contribution to:
First Christian Church of Midwest City
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130

When dropping your offering in the church mailbox, please make sure it slides all the way to the back of the slot so that it drops down into the lock box area. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Dear Mitsy Martin-Davis
on behalf of First Christian Church of MWC, OK,

The American Red Cross is very grateful for your generous gift of $500.00 on 05-07-2022 to Disaster Relief for tornado victims in Oklahoma.

The humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross provide comfort and hope to so many during their times of need. Thank you for your commitment to this critically important work. Our mission depends on the support and compassion of donors like you.

On behalf of those we serve, thank you for standing with us.


Gail McGovern
President and CEO, American Red Cross

Thank you all for the donations that were given for the
Welcome Home Baskets. The CWF ladies will assist Outreach in assembling them on their Service Day. We’ll have six baskets overflowing with household items ready to be delivered!

Outreach Department

Please contact the church office with new prayer concerns and with updates on those who are listed.
Thank you!

Prayer Concerns

*Family & Friends of Linda Witter (Rubino); *Barbara Jordan (Gilbert); *Cate Schreiber (Christensen); *Family & Friends of Nina Mullins (Dowling); Family & Friends of Connie Sharp; Katy Benge; Susie Howard; Tanni Jamison; Tom Wood (Bonnie Kitchell’s brother); Kaylee, friend of Ella Updegraff

Congregation Long-Term Prayer List:
Fern Burling; Joyce Dowling; Lyle & Lillian Fry; Katy Givens; Joe Greffin; Bonnie Hand; Karen Holland; Tanni Jamison; Sandy Lees; Becky Long; Harold Powers; Rev. Lee & Mary Nirschl; George Pettigrew; David & Vicki Richey; Millie Sawyer; Wanda Williams; Jim Wylie

Shut-Ins Prayer List:
Lola Jean Ashford; Virginia Douthitt; Dr. Gifford McBride; Bill & Robbie McGruder; Bertha Owen; Cole Padgham; Margaret Scears; Barbara Wilson

Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List: 
Ronnie Butler (Jamison); Lisa Coffman (Stanfill); Amber Bowman Dougan (Niehoff);  Betsy Hormel (Leah Wakely’s aunt); Kathryn Jordan (Julia Jordan Gillette); Gary & Brenda LaVigna (S Updegraff); Paul Lloyd (Bonnewell); Jaye McGill (Lewis); George Niehoff; Michael Niehoff; Pat Nolen (Wiseman); Ida Lou Pettigrew; Suzanna Smith (Lees); Megan Tucker (Harley); Lucille Williams (N Williams); Cindy Winkle (Fennell)

If your prayer request is no longer listed and you would like to have it put back on, please call the office 405-769-2717 or email request to fccmwc_info@coxinet.net

Thank you!

Join us for in-person worship on
Sundays at 10:00 am
and Sunday School at 11:00!

We are also streaming live on the YouTube Channel.


Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Church Office: 769-2717
email: fccmwc_info@coxinet.net

11950 East Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130


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