Weekly Newsletter 3.25.20

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

A Pastor’s Perspective
 
A special thanks to all who helped bring us last Sunday’s online worship experience!  As we navigate the new world we live in, I am thankful for all who pitch in to create these opportunities for us to be in community even when we are unable to be together in person.  Once again, we will worship together online.  I invite you to prepare Communion elements where you are as we will share this time together.  If you don’t have grape juice and bread, be creative!   Jesus used the basic foods of his day…bread and wine.  What do you have in your home that can be transformed into spiritual food and drink?  Here is the link to our YouTube channel: 
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/FirstCCMWCOK

I hope we can connect this Sunday!  In the meantime, pray for those that you know, and those you don’t know. Pray for those who are taking care of others and putting themselves at risk.  Also, take care of others and yourself. Please do what you need to do to stay healthy, and if you need anything, please let us know!
 
In this time of uncertainty, it’s easy to become distressed.  I leave you with a few words I hope will help in these troubled times:
 
Me:   Knock, Knock!
You:  Who’s There?
Me:   A little old lady.
You:  A little old lady who?
Me:  Wow!  I didn’t know you could yodel!
 
You are welcome! 
 
Remember, stay home if you can, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and know you are not alone!  God gives us great ability to weather the storms of life!
  
Peace!
Gary

A Message from the Stewardship Department

Until further notice FCC MWC has suspended weekly services and activities. Here are ways to continue to give your offering while the church is closed:

To Give 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

To mail your check to the church:
First Christian Church of Midwest City
11950 E Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK  73130

Please remember that the church is more than just Sunday morning worship services. We do God’s work 7 days a week. As we closely following this rapidly changing situation, we will keep everyone informed as much as possible. If you have any question, please call the church office 769-2717.

Thank you for your faithfulness!
Julie Moler
Stewardship Chair

Giving for Week Ended 3/15/2020
Annual Budget; $401,551
Weekly Budget; $7,722
General Budget & Acct 107; $  3,477 
Diff to Budget; $ (4,245)
Capital Fund; $1,408 
Other (not Budget) ; $3,031 
Total Weekly Giving: $7,916

*For the time being, the updated Weekly Giving Report will run one week behind. Giving for 3/22/2020 will be printed in next weeks newsletter.

YOUTH NEWS…
What an unusual time. Although I’ve been listing important dates the last few weeks, this week is different. Different enough to take a break from important dates and future plans. Of course life will go on after this health crisis wanes, but until then, I’d like us to STOP.

Stop and be still & recognize this valuable opportunity to truly experience our unhurried God. Lent is a time to take stock. Get to know our selves & our God. We can squander this unusual time or use it to bless God & others.

For our youth, who are out of school and facing an uncertain return date, I pray you will take this time to reach out to your mentor. A call or a card would go a long way toward creating connection. This is a time when some of our congregation are very isolated and lonely. We are all called to love & bless one another. I hope you all find a way to reach out to others this week. Most importantly, I pray each of us will take time to stop & be still so we can know and love God more!

Blessings to you all during this unusual time.
Shauna Becker 

SCHEDULE OF PSALM READINGS FOR LENT—
Mar 25 –­­ Mar 31

Mar 25, Wednesday……Psalm 101:1-8—No one who practices deceit shall remain in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue in my presence. (V7)
 
Mar 26, Thursday……Psalm 73:21-28—My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (V26)
 
Mar 27, Friday……Psalm 107:35-43—he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes (V40)
 
Mar 28, Saturday……Psalm 108:1-13—I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations. (V3)
 
(6) Fifth Sunday of Lent—Unbinding…The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them,
Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:44
 
Mar 30, Monday……Psalm 35:17-28—How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my life from the lions! (V17)
 
Mar 31, Tuesday……Psalm 126:1-6—May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. (V5)

S.O.A.R. Update from Carol Hamilton
The last two trips to Taft Correctional Facility to carry young people to visit their imprisoned mothers have been cancelled. The March 19, 2020 trip, with Kyle Holland as driver of the church bus and Carol Hamilton as chaperone, was cancelled because of the current prohibition on visits to our state prisons. The fall trip, with Adam Davis and Carol Hamilton, was also cancelled because of statewide prison lockdowns. Thanks to willing drivers, Bryan Searcy for faithful bus preparation, and all who contribute to our funds to make the journeys possible. We pray for the families so long separated and for renewed visits for the summer prison Play Day. 

Be sure to catch the weekly worship service on
YouTube and Facebook. Search online for:

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

or on the Facebook page: FCC Midwest City

“Words of comfort skillfully administered are the oldest therapy known to man.”   – Louis Nizer
Please remember to call on your family, friends
and neighbors during the next few weeks.


FOLLOW US AND STAY CONNECTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
FACEBOOK Search name:  First Christian Church MWC
INSTAGRAM Search name: FCC Midwest City
YOUTUBE Search name: First Christian Church Midwest City

Flowers this week:
In loving memory of Naomi French
This week we celebrate with Maxine Wheelan
the memory of her dear friend, Naomi French.

Chancel Flowers Announcement
The Chancel Flower delivery has been put on hold while Sunday services are suspended. During this time, I’ll continue to list loved ones and special days in the newsletter for that week. Once Sunday services begin again, I’ll call the florist and resume deliveries.
Nancy Harkey      

Due to current events, the decision has been made to suspend all church services and activities until further notice. We will keep everyone updated as information is available. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or needs.

Church Office: 769-2717
email: fccmwc_info@coxinet.net

PRAYER CONCERNS:
*Mario Castro (Moler); Paul Pettigrew; Nancy Mitchell; Johanna Harvey (S Updegraff); Malik Givens (J Avants); Shirley Niehoff; Ralph Seabaugh (McKinney); Karen Holland; Faye Miller; Nancy Hall; Katy Givens; Sandy Lees; Becky Long; Doug Egerer (M Holt); Tom Jamison; Rev. Lee Nirschl; Lori Lange; Michael DeGennaro (Camp); Angela Bruning (Martin-Davis); Jim Gladney (Moler); Wayne Haney (Moler); Sue Crumrine (Gambill); Lori Zang (M Holt); Nancy Williams; Blair Lanning (Avants)

*NEW ADDITION

Congregation Long-Term Prayer List:
Nellis Adams; Julie Avants; Barbara Benge; Katie Benge; Ashley Dean; Gene Gilbert; Tanni Jamison; Lloyd Kitchell; Richard Layman; Lloyd family; Mary Nirschl; Kristyn Reid; Vicki Richey; Lane Ross; Millie Sawyer; Wanda Williams; Jim Wylie.

Shut-In Prayer List:
Lola Jean Ashford; Virginia Douthitt; Ken Foust; Dona Harris; Betty Martin; Dr. Gifford McBride; Bill & Robbie McGruder; Bertha Owen; Cole Padgham; Harold Powers; Margaret Scears; Ray & Joyce Shirley; Shirley Tharp; Renata Thomas; Barbara Wilson; Julia Wingate.

Family/Friends Long Term Prayer List:
Tom Acree (Acree); Jim & Bonnie Brooks (Lloyd); Lori Bonnewell (Bonnewell); Debbie Broome (Philips); Jacob Burkhart (Avants); Jerry Calcote (McGruder); Lisa Coffman (Stanfill); Coleen Crow (Lange); Adrienne  DiCarlo (Northcutt); Jere Fisher (Bonnewell); Barbara Fretwell (Reid); JoAnn Fritz (S Updegraff); Jennifer Fulton (Lewis); Tom Henthorn (Albee);  Leo Hickman (Gambill); Betsy Hormel (Wakely); Rev. Lawrence & Mary Howard (M Howard); Sam Howard (Howard); Jim Johnson (Greffin); Rita King; (Brubaker); Gary LaVigna (S Updegraff); Amber Leamy (Niehoff); Misty Leeper (Jamison); Evelyn & Norman Lees (Lees); Rod & Cathy Lees (Lees); Leisinger Family (English); Nancy Long (Harley); Don Martin (Spradley); Cathy Martinez (Moler); Sue McCormick (Brubaker); David & Diane McEvoy (Walters);  Annis Hickman Miller (Gambill); Cathy Miller (Reid); Jordan Mitchell (Miller); Michael Niehoff (Niehoff); Cindy Proctor (S Updegraff); Emily Richey (Moler); Kyndra Slechta (Brubaker);  Susannah Smith (Lees); Judy Soltis (Lewis); Joel & Jeff Staggs (Walters); Michael & Debbie Stevens (McGruder); Rosa Stock (M Holt); Jim & Betty Temple (Williams); Alton Ray Tidwell (Niehoff); Austin Traylor (Traylor); Lucille Williams (N Williams); Cindy Winkle (Fennell).

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

Senior Minister:
Rev. Gary Mitchell 

OFFICE HOURS:
Over the next few weeks, the church office hours may vary. If you need to stop by the church, please call to make sure it’s open. Thank you!

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