Weekly Newsletter 12.22.2021

A Pastor’s Perspective

Once again we come to the end of a year where we have experienced both gladness and sadness. Through this time, we have experienced things through a different lens than we ever have before. The pandemic that took us completely online in 2020 still continues today, with waves and variants of the virus that have us remaining vigilant and taking precautions. Our goal all along has been to not be a spreader of COVID 19. As far as we know, we have met that goal, thanks to you!

Our pandemic response team has done a great job monitoring best practice guidelines set forth by medical experts, science, and the CDC. They continue to work, meeting last week and determining that our indoor mask policy for all should remain in effect for now due to
an increase in COVID infections in the state and the gathering of people together for the holidays. They will meet again in mid-late January to reevaluate the situation. We are all tired of wearing masks. Our team will change our response to the virus when it is convinced it is safe to do so.

As we look to 2022, we have much to be thankful for. We are able to meet in person for worship. We also have an opportunity to experience worship online, wherever we may be! That was not possible before.

As we enter into this new year, there are many things we can focus on that being darkness to our thinking. The Good News reminds us that there is a light that can overcome the darkness if we open our hearts and minds to remember the babe in the manger who grows to proclaim the light of God to the world. My prayer is that you will know that light more this year than you did the last!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

P.S. I hope to see you in person or online at our Christmas Eve service this Friday at 6 pm! Also, be with us this Sunday, Dec. 26, as Rev. Shauna Becker will bring our message!


Prayer Concerns

Family & Friends of Tom Padgham; Family & Friends of Milly Gee; Family & Friends of Justin Lathrop (Loretta Lathrop’s son); Micaela Gallegos; Johnny Satterlee (J Moler)

Congregation Long-Term Prayer List:
Julie Avants; Donna Brubaker; Fern Burling (Concordia); Lyle Fry; Gene Gilbert; Katy Givens; Joe Greffin; Karen Holland; Tanni Jamison; Lange Family; Richard Layman; Sandy Lees; Lloyd family; Becky Long; Faye Miller; Moler Family; Paul & Shirley Niehoff; Rev. Lee & Mary Nirschl; George Pettigrew; Harold Powers; Kristyn Reid; David & Vicki Richey; Lane Ross; Millie Sawyer; Jim & Connie Sharp;  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: 
Lori Bonnewell (Bonnewell); Glen & Allie Benson (Brubaker); John Booth (McKinney); Jim & Bonnie Brooks (Lloyd); Alan & Elta Bowman (mobile meals clients); Les Brown; Betty Brubaker (David’s mother); Jacob Burkhart (Avants); Lisa Coffman (Stanfill); Lori Cooney (Moler) Carter Cranford (Becker); Coleen Crow (Lange); Sue Crumrine (Gambill); Amber Bowman Dougan (Niehoff); Doug Egerer (M. Holt); Braeden Fennell (Phyllis Fennell’s grandson); Brian Foughty (Phyllis Fennell’s son-in-law); Barbara Fretwell (Reid); JoAnn Fritz (S. Updegraff); Malik Givens (Avants); Jim Graves (Moler); Bonnie Hand (Suffridge); Wayne Haney (Moler); Tom Henthorn (Albee);  Leo Hickman (Gambill); Betsy Hormel (Leah Wakely’s aunt); Rev. Lawrence Howard (M. Howard);Sam Howard (Howard); Jim & Marilou (Greffin);  Blair Lanning (Avants); Larry & Sandra (Stanfill); Gary & Brenda LaVigna (S. Updegraff); Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees); Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees); Jason Long (Long); Garrett Martin (Moler); Cathy Martinez (Moler); Sue McCormick (Brubaker); Linda McCulloh (Reid); David &  Diane McEvoy (Walters); Annis Hickman Miller (Gambill); Cathy Miller (Reid); Kathleen Miller (Gambill); Madeline Nesiba (Harley); Pete Newby (Suffridge); George Niehoff (Niehoff); Michael Niehoff (Niehoff); Kristi Reise (McMahan); Ann Simon (Lange); Susannah Smith (Lees); Jim & Betty Temple (Williams); Austin Traylor (Traylor); Megan Tucker (Harley); Alyse Walker (Gambill); Megan White (Suffridge); Lucille Williams (N. Williams); Ann Windel (Cornelius); Cindy Winkle (Fennell); Kathleen Woodruff (Burk); Kenneth Young (Harley); Jorge Zamora (Gallegos); Lori Zang (M. Holt)


Youth

Every Wednesday night
from 6-8 pm in the JCAC.
Dinner begins at 6 pm. See you there!

If you would be able to help by providing
the Wednesday night meal for the Youth Group,
please contact Bev Rubino at (405) 426-2685.
She can give you all the details!

Thank you for supporting the students at FCC MWC!


If you’d like to make a donation to the FCC MWC Youth Ministry, please take one of the envelopes hanging on the Christmas Tree in the Narthex. Donate the dollar amount on that envelope and turn it in with your offering.
Example: Envelope #45 = $45.00
John Northcutt will know this is designated for Youth.

Thank you for supporting the Youth Ministry of FCC MWC!


Christmas Eve Service
Friday, December 24
6:00 PM
In Person and Online
https://www.youtube.com/user/FirstCCMWCOK


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!
https://www.youtube.com/FirstCCMWCOK


Mobile Meals Ministry

Mobile Meals is once again asking for your help. We are approaching that time of year when the weather is unpredictable and there is always the possibility, we will not be able to deliver meals to our clients because of the weather. To ensure that none of our clients go without food, we will be preparing our Emergency Food Kits again this year.

We will be collecting food items starting Sunday, December 5th thru Wednesday, December 29th. There will be a collection box in the Narthex marked “Mobile Meals Emergency Food Kits”.

Items needed: canned goods such as soups, stews, and ravioli; ramen noodles, Macaroni & Cheese; canned meats (such as tuna, chicken, or ham); individually packaged peanut butter crackers or cheese crackers, fruit cups or pudding cups, individually packaged cookies, Ensure, or any non-perishable food item that can be eaten cold or easily heated. Please remember some of the dessert items need to be sugar free for our diabetics.

We deliver food to 52 people, some of whom are members of our Church. We can do these Emergency Food Kits every year because of the generosity of our Church Family. Please help us make our Kits a success by donating a few items from the list above.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Dottie Tucker at 405-919-4589 or 405-610-6959.

THANK YOU!


WORSHIP LEADERS NEEDED:


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
FCCMWC
NEEDS
WORSHIP LEADER SIGN UP

If you do not have access to MyFCC or need help signing up, please call the church office 405-769-2717. If you have any questions about anything, call Gary 405-245-8678.


A message from John Northcutt,
Contributions & Financial Coordinator

2022 Giving Envelopes will be available to be
picked up on Sunday, December 26th in the narthex.
Please check your giving number, as it may have changed. If you do not find a box with your name and would like to receive one, please contact the church office at 405-769-2717.

Thank you


REMINDER:

If you have any changes or additions to your contact information for the 2022 church directory, please call the church office at 405-769-2717.  Thank you!


I would like to THANK all those who have helped with
Landscaping maintenance over the past several months
(even if helping for just a couple of hours):
Jo Dee Burger, Benny Gilbert, Denise Jenks, Hank Martin,
Pastor Gary Mitchell, Bryan & Becky Searcy, Jan Teel and Pat Wiseman.
Also, a big THANK YOU to Cole Davis for replacing a module on the landscape sprinkler control box which saved our church about $600!

Tom Hill
Landscape Department Chair



A special thank you to Susie Howard and all the ladies that helped Prepare the meal for our family. It was all wonderful!

Love & Prayers
Pat Padgham & Family



Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for all your expressions of comfort and loving care after the loss of my sister, Ruth. I will miss her very much and it is a true blessing to be a part of such a loving and supportive church family.

Becky Searcy



To the Christmas Carolers and their Sponsors,

Thank you for your beautiful Christmas songs. It made my day. I’m also enjoying the sweet goodies.

Lola Jean Ashford


MEMORIALS

The following donations were given to the Memorial Fund of First Christian Church Midwest City

In memory of Tom Padgham
Given by ~
Maxine Wheelan
Joe & Charlene Cole
L.J. Nutter
Theta Bernhardt
Midwest Veterinary Hospital
Ron & Linda Licklider
Barbara Connell & Lytal
Rose Marie Rubino
Bobby & Jayne Christensen
Craig & Pat Wiseman
Judy Speck
Jack & Debra Hancock
Flinton Smallwood
Nanci Lou Fennell
Ray & Debbie Blanke

In memory of Milly Gee
Given by ~
David & Vicki Richey
Bobby & Jayne Christensen
Van Wylie
Carol Griffin
Alexandra Moore
Joy Sullivan
Lynn & Terry Morrison
Connie Siler

In memory of Renata Thomas
Given by ~
Maxine Wheelan


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:
https://player.vimeo.com/video/170043827
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!


Flowers for Sunday, December 19th
Given by Carol Hamilton
In loving memory of her parents
Clarence and Ruby Barber

Flowers for Sunday, December 26th
Given by Pat Padgham
In loving memory of Tom
and their parents
Vol & Ruth English and Fred & Neva Padgham


2022 FLOWER CALENDAR

The 2022 Flower Calendar is out in the office. You can take a look on Sunday, drop by the church throughout the week, or give the office a call.

The chancel flowers serve a few purposes. It’s a way to honor your loved one, they add to the beauty of the sanctuary, and following the service the bouquets are delivered to two of our shut in members.

Please note, the cost of the flowers will go up beginning in January to $55.00 per week. This is the first price increase in several years.
Thank you for understanding the need for the increase.



FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH MWC
(DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
11950 East Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130
405-769-2717 
fccmwc_info@coxinet.net


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