A Pastor’s Perspective
Jesus called out the religious and political leaders of his day. He tried to relocate their thoughts and actions to reflect the hope and love of kingdom of God for all people, but met resistance. He reminded them to love God, love others, and stop being so pious and judgmental. They didn’t want to hear that.
The change he proposed was so radical and threatening to the status quo that he was put to death on a cross. He called for change. He called for a relocation of the mindset and hearts of God’s people to receive more of the light of God’s love.
For years, I have tried to grow tomatoes. I don’t particularly like tomatoes, but Nancy does. I have mostly tried to grow them in above ground containers, but without much luck. The most productive years have yielded only a few of the red fruits, but none of any size. They have usually been planted around Mother’s Day.
This year, I am trying my hand at a raised garden bed in a place in our back yard that gets much more sun. I also planted the plants in April this year. Last week I harvested a few small tomatoes and a large one. The plants are producing, and it looks like, if all goes well, Nancy will have tomatoes all summer long.
The difference here is change. The plants I purchased back in April were the same plants I have purchased before. Same for the soil. The only difference for this adventure is the container they are growing in, its location, and the amount of sunlight each day they receive.
Aren’t we like that as well? Sometimes we need to change. But change can be hard. We become so accustomed to doing everything the same way that we miss opportunities to grow. There are moments to retain that which is safe and comfortable for us, and there are also times to do things differently and to maybe even step out of our comfort zones!
May God give us the ability to relocate our hearts and minds where we need to, bringing light and bearing more fruit for the reign of God in our world!
Vacation Bible School
July 25 – 29 · Mon-Fri · 9 am-12 pm
For children ages 5 through 5th Grade
Pre-registration forms are available in the narthex. Please leave in the office once completed. Thanks!
We need lots of volunteers!
If you are available to help,
contact Christi Miller or Pat Wiseman.
Here are few items needed for VBS:
- Small glass jars with lids
- Boxes – any size
- Yellow construction paper
- A variety of snacks: granola bars, rice crispy treats,
pudding cups, jello cups, small bottles of water,
small sacks of crackers, goldfish & cheese and crackers.
MUFFINS FOR MISSION
Stop by this Sunday, June 26th at 9:30 am
Donations help the Outreach Ministry fund their different projects. Thank you for your continued support!
CWF Group III
Meeting June 27th, 6:00 pm
Group III meets once a month in the evenings, but not always on the same day of the week. During the summer months we usually meet at Mitsy Martin Davis’ or Jamie Benge’s home for food and fellowship by the pool. If you’re not currently part of a CWF group and would like to join us, our June meeting will be held on the 27th at 6:30 pm at Jamie’s house. That address is 10332 SE 51st St, Oklahoma City 73150. Bring a beverage and your favorite snack. Feel free to bring or wear a swimsuit or just come soak your feet. We’ll start our new study in the fall, but that’s yet to be decided.
We hope to see you there!
CWF Service Day
Wednesday, July 13
10 am – 12:00 pm
We will receive our “Blessing Box” offerings at this meeting. All ladies are welcome to join us and we look forward to seeing you there!
First Christian Church Name Tags
Replacement name tags are $10.00 each.
It is no charge for members receiving
one for the first time. If you would like
a name tag please contact
Jamie Benge, Membership Chair.
ONGOING OUTREACH PROJECTS
Summer Supplemental Feeding Program:
juice boxes, fruit cups, pudding cups, tuna, beef jerky, peanut butter crackers
socks, deodorant, chapstick, wet wipes, granola bars, Nutri-grain bars, peanut butter crackers, band-aids, toothbrush, toothpaste, small kleenex
If you would like to contribute,
please bring your donations to the church.
Thank you! Mitsy Martin Davis and the Outreach Team
Dear Church Family,
David and I want to thank those who called, send cards and the many prayers that have come our way during this health journey. It has been long and at time very dark but the prayers have always been with us. Thank you again as we continue on this path.
Much love to all,
David & Vicki Richey
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Midwest City, OK 73130
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Received Sunday, June 12th:
To the Memorial Fund given by Mitsy Martin Davis
In memory of Don Nicholson
To Mobile Meals given by Mary Keller
In memory of Connie Sharp
In memory of Linda Witter
Please contact the church office with new prayer concerns and with updates on those who are listed.
*Mayme Philips (St. Anthony MWC); *Carol Hamilton; *Family & Friends of Don Nicholson; *Katy Givens (Emerald Care); *Leon & Mary Walters (Eric’s parents); Nell Reed, upcoming hip replacement June 28; Jodie Macdonald (Wheelan); JoAnn Procator (Dowling)
Congregation Long-Term Prayer List:
Katy Benge: Fern Burling; Joyce Dowling; Lyle & Lillian Fry; Katy Givens; Joe Greffin; Bonnie Hand; Karen Holland; Susie Howard; 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); Barbara Jordan (Gilbert); Gary & Brenda LaVigna (S Updegraff); Paul Lloyd (Bonnewell); George Niehoff; Michael Niehoff; Pat Nolen (Wiseman); Ida Lou Pettigrew; Cate Schreiber (Christensen); Jim Sidwell (Moler); Suzanna Smith (Lees); Megan Tucker (Harley); Lucille Williams (N Williams); Cindy Winkle (Fennell); Tom Wood (Kitchell)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH MWC
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11950 East Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130
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