Weekly Newsletter 1.20.2021

What do I have here?

A blanket; I like several things about this blanket!

First it was made by someone that I love very much.

I appreciate that she chose such soft fabric, in a color I adore and with bicycles on it because she knows I like to ride my bike.

Looking at this blanket makes me feel that I am loved; it keeps me warm on the inside and the outside.

I bet we all have a blanket that we love.

But what if you had no blanket, no home, no place to rest at night even when it is bitterly cold?
A blanket would help wouldn’t it? To insulate your body from the cold ground.

To wrap up in to keep out the wind. To build a tent out of to shield you from the weather.

I believe that we can all support the need for a gift to an organization that provides blankets to others in need. Church World Service is such an organization.
Each CWS blanket is only $10.00 but can be a vital and powerful resource for someone needing a little support, warmth, and encouragement.
Sunday January 24, 2021 we will take an over and above offering, that means that we will give EXTRA money to send to Church World Service to buy blankets so that we can show God’s love to others by taking care of some of his children. I am hoping we can count on you to keep our neighbors’ a little warmer this year.
Please mark your gift Blanket Sunday.



The Youth have been meeting in a variety of different ways. As you continue to find new ways to stay active and involved in a life that has changed dramatically over the last year, I pray you find yourself involved with God in new ways! This is the perfect time to start a new devotional or Bible study. It’s also a great time to reach out to old friends and neighbors. Write a letter to a family member or make that phone call you’ve been putting off. You never know what a big difference one small gesture can make to someone!
Prayers of encouragement for you all! 
Shauna Becker

For the time being, Sunday Worship service has moved to online streaming only. Catch it live on YouTube at 10:00 AM or watch it later at your convenience. Share the link with your family and friends!
Drive-In Communion in the church parking lot
(enter Anderson Road) at 11:30 AM 


Cabinet Meeting
Rescheduled to
Sunday, January 24th
at 1:00 PM
This will be a zoom meeting. The email invitation will be sent this week with the meeting link information. We need all leaders to attend, as it is the first meeting of the new year and there is a lot to discuss. Your input is important!
Thank you!
Tom Hill
2021 Board Chair Elect


 Message from Reconciliation Ministries at the DOC General Office:

“We realize that we stand surrounded with the mountains of love and we deliberately dwell in the valley of hate. We stand amid the forces of truth and deliberately lie; We are forever offered the high road and yet we choose to travel the low road. For these sins, O God, forgive. Break the spell of that which blinds our minds. Purify our hearts that we may see thee.”   
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
September 6, 1953

The Reconciliation Ministry in partnership with Disciples Justice Ministries, invites Disciples to join in 21-days of prayer beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 continuing through Feb. 6.  This season of prayer is intended to honor our faithful witness and our spiritual conviction to “love one another” as Christ’s has loved us.  As we commemorate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18, we resonate with the vast repertoire of action and advocacy for racial and social justice that continues to inform our ministries of justice and racial reconciliation today.  To launch this season of prayer, we will post written and video prayers daily on the social media outlets of Reconciliation Ministry and Disciples Justice Ministries.
With the backdrop of the crisis at the Capitol Building, we will also host a virtual prayer room on Jan. 19 and 20 via Zoom from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Participants can log in to @Reconciliationministry on Facebook to sign up as well as to participate in this 24-hour vigil.   



2021 Giving Envelopes are ready to be picked up. Please stop by the church anytime during regular office hours.

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 4 pm
Friday: 9 am – noon 


To Give online:Log into MyFCC at: fccmwc.org/my-fcc.

Select Give from the drop down 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!




FACEBOOK Search name:  
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INSTAGRAM Search name: 
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YOUTUBE Search name: First Christian Church Midwest City  


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

Senior Minister:
Rev. Gary Mitchell 


Monday – Thursday:
9 am – 4 pm

9 am – Noon

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In memory of Lloyd Kitchell
    Given by Fern Burling to the Memorial Fund

In memory of Don Tiller
In memory of Dona Harris
In memory of Ron Sipes
In memory of Carla Ainsworth

    Given by Nancy Graham to the Memorial Fund


For the time being, we are not gathering for in person worship. Please join our Live Stream Worship Service on YouTube, Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM. We will have drive thru communion here at the church at 11:30 am in the Anderson side parking lot. 


Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 

Church Office: 769-2717
email: [email protected]

Rev. Gary Mitchell cell: 245-8678
email: [email protected]
For Youth related events
Shauna Becker cell: 820-3178
email: [email protected]
For Choir related events
Mark Johnson cell: 903-312-3827
email: [email protected]  


May the God of steadfastness and
encouragement grant you to live
in harmony with one another,
in accordance with Christ Jesus,
so that together you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.   
– Romans 15:5-6

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


*Colby Williams, positive for covid; *Alan & Elta Bowman, mobile meals clients, Alan has advancing Parkinson’s and Elta is his caregiver and she is exhausted; *Grace & Hannah Oliver, positive for covid; *Anita Oliver, ongoing health issues; *Anita Oliver’s mother, ongoing health issues; Mayme Philips; Jason Updegraff; Jim & Lynne Wylie; Ki Gooch; Matt Franck and daughter Sage (Be Rubino); Jude Lees; Millie Sawyer; Tom (Pastor Gary’s friend); Judy Martin (Mitsy Martin Davis’ mother); Johnny Fillips (English); Craig Wiseman
Congregation Long-Term Prayer List:
Julie Avants; Barbara Benge; Katie Benge; Donna Brubaker; Ashley Dean; Gene Gilbert; Katy Givens; Nancy Hall; Karen Holland; Tanni Jamison; Lange families; Richard & Mary Layman; Sandy Lees; Lloyd family; Becky Long; Faye Miller; Shirley Niehoff; Rev. Lee & Mary Nirschl; George Pettigrew; Kristyn Reid; Vicki Richey; Lane Ross; Millie Sawyer; Jim & Connie Sharp; Wanda Williams; Jim Wylie
Shut-Ins Prayer List:
Lola Jean Ashford; Virginia Douthitt; Ken Foust; Dr. Gifford McBride; Bill & Robbie McGruder; Bertha Owen; Cole Padgham; Harold Powers; Margaret Scears; Joyce Shirley; Shirley Tharp; Renata Thomas; Barbara Wilson
Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List:
Tom Acree (Acree); Kate Benge (Benge); Lori Bonnewell (Bonnewell); Glen & Allie Benson (Brubaker); John Booth (McKinney); Jim & Bonnie Brooks (Lloyd); Betty Brubaker (David’s mother); Angela Bruning (Martin Davis); Jacob Burkhart (Avants); Johnny Cambell (S Updegraff); Michelle Canada (Beverly  Albee’s niece); Lisa Coffman (Stanfill); Chris Cornelius (Cornelius); Coleen Crow (Lange); Sue Crumrine (Gambill); Michael DeGennaro (Camp); Doug Egerer (M Holt); Barbara Fretwell (Reid); JoAnn Fritz (S Updegraff); Malik Givens (Avants); Jim Graves (Moler); Wayne Haney (Moler); Johnna Harvey (S Updegraff); Tom Henthorn (Albee);  Leo Hickman (Gambill); Rev. Lawrence Howard (M Howard); Sam Howard (Howard); Jim Johnson (Greffin); Blair Lanning (Avants); Larry & Sandra Stanfill); Gary LaVigna (S Updegraff); Amber Leamy (Niehoff); Misty Leeper (Jamison); Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees); Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees); Cathy Martinez (Moler); Sue McCormick (Brubaker); David &  Diane McEvoy (Walters); Annis Hickman Miller (Gambill); Cathy Miller (Reid); Kathleen Miller (Gambill); George Niehoff (Niehoff); Michael Niehoff (Niehoff); Darryl Rowton (Northcutt); JoEllen Rush (Searcy); Ralph Seabaugh (McKinney); Charlene Shirey (Pettigrew); Ann Simon (Lange); Susannah Smith (Lees); Joel & Jeff Staggs (Walters); Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder); Rosa Stock (M Holt); Jim & Betty Temple (Williams); Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff); Austin Traylor (Traylor); Alyse Walker (Gambill); Megan White (Suffridge); Lucille Williams (N Williams); Ann Windel (Cornelius); Cindy Winkle (Fennell); Jorge Zamora (Gallegos); Lori Zang (M Holt)