Weekly Newsletter 7.15.2020

First Christian Church of Midwest City
(Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Ave
Midwest City, OK 73130
405-769-2717
 


A PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE

Monday night our Pandemic Response Group met online to discuss whether or not we will begin in-person worship services this Sunday.  The group decided, in light of continuing spikes in the numbers of cases here in central Oklahoma and around the state, that it would be advised to postpone our in-person worship experiences and has set our next hopeful date to be here together on Sunday mornings to Sunday, August 9th.  Until then, we will continue our live-stream Sunday mornings at 10 am.  Here is the link:
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/FirstCCMWCOK
 
Last Sunday’s drive-in Communion was well received, and the group decided that we should continue to invite everyone to share  the elements of the Lord’s Supper each Sunday at 11:30 am.  Participants drive up to the South circle drive to receive the elements,  go to a parking space, and tune their radios to 93.1 FM.  An invitation to the Table, words of institution, prayers and a benediction will follow.
 
Each and every one of us can’t wait to return to in-person worship, but our goal is to not have FCC be a source of COVID -19.  We are thankful for those who help make our live-stream and now our drive-in communion happen each week!  Thank you one and all!
 
Many thanks to our worship team for last Sunday! 

After our 10 am livestream, we took our worship outside to our parking lot, where around 40 people experienced our first drive -in Communion experience. Our junior deacons served the elements to persons in each car as they drove up to our circle drives at the front of the church. After that, each car was invited to find a parking place in the parking lots, tune their radio to FM 93.1 and hear prayers, words of institution, and a benediction.  For the “amen” of the benediction, participants were asked to honk their horns and flash their lights!  Many thanks to those who made this happen!
 
Worship Leaders and Children’s Moment Leaders Needed! We need persons to be Sunday worship leaders and others to do children’s moments for July and August.  Volunteers can be present for the livestream at 10 am Sunday mornings or video their parts and have them to us by Friday each week.  I am thankful for those who have been taking on these roles in the past and look forward to having new faces as well!

  

Join us Sunday mornings at 10 AM for the live streaming service.
This link will take you directly to YouTube: 
https://www.youtube.com/user/FirstCCMWCOK  

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YOUTH NEWS…

The youth had a wonderful mission trip last week! We are so grateful for all of you who loaned us camping and fishing gear! We want to give a special thanks to Mark Reid for the Dutch oven pizza and Beverly Rubino for sponsoring and cooking all week! Thank you Mark and Jamie Benge for coming out and making sure we had everything we need and Gary Mitchell for playing guitar by the campfire and making our worship so meaningful! We are so blessed to have such a supportive church family.

The youth anticipated starting regular Wednesday night meetings back this week, but with the numbers rising so significantly there are a lot of factors to weigh. For the remainder of the summer it has been determined that we will meet every other Wednesday and that we will Wear masks when together. This will be good practice for school. Our youth have the same responsibility as the adults when it comes to safety. We must all consider our families especially those who are in the high-risk categories. 

The youth were asked to help with the First drive-through communion. They enjoyed that moment of community and it was clear that  the Spirit of God was present in our time together. I am so grateful for the group that we have in youth. These young people are thoughtful and considerate of one another and they have a lot of fun together. The opportunity to take time away and be with them for this concentrated time allowed me to get to know them better. With every youth event, I love each of them even more.
 
 With love and prayers, 
 Shauna Becker
  
  


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This link will take you directly to YouTube on Sunday Morning at 10 AM: 
https://www.youtube.com/user/FirstCCMWCOK

Then come to the church for Drive-In Communion at 11:30 AM!  

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Fun Facts for CFO and Christmas in July

· 2020 will be the 50th year of the CFO program.
· FCC of MWC pays $2,974 each year for our portion of the groceries for CFO.  This buys 50 lbs. of food for each family. If they have a cat or dog the pet receives a bag of food also.
· CFO served 3,809 persons in the last 10 years.
· 1994 is the first year that FCC of MWC partners with Midwest Boulevard for Christmas for Others.
· Please let an Outreach committee member know if you want to help.  Make donations out to FCC with a memo for CFO.

Gratefully,
Outreach


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CWS KITS / CWS BLANKETS
MID YEAR IMPACT REPORT: JANUARY – JUNE 2020


The CWS kit and Blanket Programs are two of the many ways Church World Service shares in a hope-filled tomorrow. Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of children and families all over the world. Given the current world situation, CWS is attributing these numbers to a miracle and are so thankful for your faithful contributions! Here’s how CWS has provided kits and blankets through your support of this program.
 
Since January CWS has distributed 20,428
Blankets and Kits in the USA:
1,800 School Kits
1,188 Emergency clean up buckets
11,640 Hygiene kits
5,800 Blankets

Since January, CWS has distributed 19,522
Blankets and Kits internationally:
Bahamas: 750 Blankets / 720 Clean Up Buckets
Cuba: 4,800 School Kits / 9,600 Hygiene kits / 2,352 Clean Up
Mexico: 1,300 Blankets
 
Total Kits and Blankets distributed globally since Jan 2020: 39,950 
 

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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

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! 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS! 

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

Senior Minister:
Rev. Gary Mitchell
  


OFFICE HOURS:
Monday – Thursday:
9 am – 4 pm

Friday:
9 am – noon


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Tom & Tanni Jamison
In celebration of their 30th Wedding Anniversary!
 


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All church services and group activities are suspended until further notice. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or needs.
 
Church Office: 769-2717
email: fccmwc_info@coxinet.net

Rev. Gary Mitchell cell: 245-8678
email: gmitchell22@mac.com
 
For Youth related events
Shauna Becker cell: 820-3178
email: shauna.02becker@gmail.com
 
For Choir related events
Mark Johnson cell: 903-312-3827
email: mark.fcc.choir@gmail.com

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


PRAYER CONCERNS

*Family & Friends of Paul Pettigrew; *Tanni Jamison (surgery); *Connie Sharp (replaced pacemaker), *Julie Wingate (Integris Norman); *JoEllen Rush (Becky Searcy’s sister); *George Niehoff (stroke-Paul’s brother); Crystal Wyatt & baby boy due in August (Michael & Dawn Gamblin); Richard Layman (shoulder surgery); John Booth (McKinney); Alyse Walker (Gambill); Betty Martin (palliative/hospice care); Sandy Lees; Debra Philips; Wilma Wylie (Jim’s mother); Julie Avants; Bev Rubino; Nancy Hall; Mario Castro (Moler); Malik Givens (J Avants); Shirley Niehoff; Ralph Seabaugh (McKinney); Karen Holland; Faye Miller; Katy Givens; 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; George Pettigrew; 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); Barbara Fretwell (Reid); JoAnn Fritz (S Updegraff); Jennifer Fulton (Lewis); Johnna Harvey (S Updegraff); 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); 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); 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).

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