Weekly Newsletter 9.2.2020

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


A Pastor’s Perspective
 
It’s raining.  It’s raining a lot today.  Thunder rolls and lightning lights up the sky.  The entire area is on alert for the possibility of flooding, and more rain is predicted to fall.  This weather event brings much needed rainfall, but it would be nice if the rain would come in smaller, more frequent doses.   But we can’t control that, can we? 
 
We move from drought to flooding pretty easily.  Dry spells are ended with deluges of water that overwhelm and disrupt.  Our capacity to overcome it all is tested.  It can be like that when storms roll in.
 
But storms happen in our lives that don’t involve weather.  There are storms in our lives that leave us wondering “what’s next?”  This year has left us all asking this question.  We have been through a lot.  We have endured the disruption of our daily lives, we’ve endured isolation from each other, and we’ve suffered loss.
 
It may seem like the driest times of our lives may never end, only to be replaced by that which overwhelms us… just like our storms this week.  Families in our church have faced unfathomable sorrow, the fear of serious health issues, and the uncertainty of the future.  We have gone through the storms of life together and have experienced true community.  But this is not a new thing for the faithful of First Christian Church of Midwest City.  It’s been that way since its very beginning!
 
This week marks one year since we reconnected as pastor and congregation.  We have experience joy and sorrow in this short time.  We have and continue to go through the uncharted waters of a global health crisis.  Through all of that, we continue to worship, serve, and care together. 
 
We are called to go through the droughts and floods of our lives with each other.  I am thankful for this community of faith that realizes that even though we face adversity and the storms of life, God provides an opportunity for us to endure whatever we face not by ourselves, as we proclaim faith in the One who is always with us and will not leave us desolate.  After the storms are over, the beauty of that promise is often visible!


 
Peace!
Gary



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YOUTH NEWS… The youth group has two members who have had a death in the family and two others who have a family member in ICU. Much like the congregation at large, when one member suffers we all suffer with them. This has been an exceptionally difficult time for our kids and we would greatly appreciate your prayers. We recognize that this is a hard time for the whole church and Aidan Burk offered a beautiful prayer for the youth group & the whole congregation on Wednesday evening. The spiritual maturity of our young people is such a gift to the body of Christ. Thanks to all of you who have loved and nurtured the kids of this church. The seeds God gave you to plant are blooming!

Our youth group kids are close friends and they want to support one another, but it’s hard to know what to say. Just like adults, it’s difficult for kids to find the right words to express their care and concern. Sometimes the best we can offer is to be a listener. Admitting that there aren’t words that are adequate, can be better than saying more. As we seek out ways to love one another the way Christ loves, we do so understanding that we can not be perfect. We are not even expected to be. There is only one God and we can only give our concerns over to God & ask that the right timing and right words will come. When you reach out to support those of our church family who are hurting, remember that the scriptures say to be like little children. If you don’t know what to say then be honest about that & offer to listen or just sit quietly together. 
  
We are talking about what it means to be a true friend. Last week we spoke about how Christ developed close friendships with his disciples and Lazarus. We will be continuing our friendship study this Wednesday 9/02/20. We will meet at the JCAC from 5:30-7:00.

Next Wednesday, 9/9/20 from 5:30-7:30 We will be having a pool volleyball party at Mark and Jamie Benge’s house. Supper will be served out by the pool. The kids are asked to bring a towel but nothing else is needed. 
 
In Christian Love & Prayer, 
Rev. Shauna Becker
 

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Aleatoric Version

The word ‘aleatoric’ was coined in 1921 and means “…characterized by chance or indeterminate elements.” It refers specifically to music composed entirely by chance and without order. John Cage’s “3’22” of Silence” is the most well-known example.

So – today’s music notes is also a bit random – things that need to be said, people that need to be thanked and a bad joke … not necessarily in that order.

In an age of “distancing” I was reminded that sometimes distancing can be a good thing. When Abraham set off to sacrifice Isaac, the scripture says that “…On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.” It was probably a good thing that he was three days travel from anyone who could witness what God had told him to do, but he trusted God, and God came through for him…at a distance.

The last several Wednesday nights, singers have gathered at FCC in a safely-distanced manner to record our Sunday hymns, anthems and service music. This is for two reasons: 1) so we can use the entire Sanctuary to safely distance when we sing; and 2) to allow more people to attend Sunday’s in-person services. My thanks to the faithful flock of distanced singers who offer their skills, gifts and talent weekly to facilitate worship.

Did  you hear the one about the wife who was frustrated with her husband’s eating habits, so she put him on a garlic diet? Some time later she ran into a friend at the store and the friend asked how the nutrition plan (that’s what we call a ‘diet’ these days) was going. “Oh, I’m not sure,” the wife replied, “but he sure looks smaller … from a distance.”

(I told you it was bad…..)
 
Finally, a big shout-out to Brett, Matt, Molly and Jason who have anchored FCC’s “Tech Team” since we went to online services back in March. They do a fantastic job each Sunday, mixing sound and selecting slides and images for the various elements of the “livestream.” The quality of FCC’s music and worship online is in direct relation to their hard work, and could not happen without their faithful presence (safely distanced, of course!) in the sound booth and we are so very grateful.



Have a great week, and as Yosemite Sam might say…
“Keep Yer Distance!”
Mark Johnson 

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Sunday In Person Worship Service at 10:00 AM 



* Temperatures will be taken at the entrance
 * Masks are required at all times inside the building
* Social distancing will be observed

Drive In Communion at 11:30 AM For those who choose to stay home Sunday morning, we will continue streaming services live on YouTube.

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


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OUTREACH UPDATE

This past week FCC MWC donated $200 to The Homeless Alliance of OKC. The funds will be used to purchase bus passes for clients and day shelter guests, as transportation is a huge barrier for many people in the homeless community.
 
Thank you and God bless you!
 
Misty Martin Davis and the Outreach Department
 
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In observance of Labor Day, the church office will be closed Monday, September 7th.
 
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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 MWC
(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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MEMORIALS

To the General Fund given by Marty Howard
   – In memory of Sam Ross
   – In memory of Julia Wingate

To the Memorial Fund given by Mitsy Martin Davis
   – In memory of Chris Lange
   – In memory of Don Martin
 
To the Memorial Fund given by Nancy Hall
   – In memory of Betty Martin
   – In memory of Paul Pettigrew
   – In memory of Sam Ross
   – In memory of Julia Wingate
 
To the Memorial Fund given by Tom & Pat Padgham
   – In memory of Betty Martin
   – In memory of Paul Pettigrew
   – In memory of Sam Ross
   – In memory of Julia Wingate
 
To the Memorial Fund given by David & Vicki Richey
   – In memory of Sam Ross


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Thank you all for the cards, flowers and especially your prayers for my dad, Don Martin. The support shown to our family is so special to us. 

Thank you,
Lori, Bryan & Kylee Spradley and the Martin family



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Flowers this Sunday are given by Paul & Shirley Niehoff
In loving memory of their mothers, Lillian Stewart and Hollie McCaulley

 
 
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Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 AM 

* Temperatures will be taken at the entrance
 * Masks are required at all times inside the building
* Social distancing will be observed

Drive In Communion at 11:30 AM


All other church activities are suspended until further notice. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or needs. 


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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

*Betty Brubaker (David’s mother); *Michelle Canada (Beverly Albee’s niece); *Glen & Allie Benson, health concerns (Brubaker’s neighbors); Family & Friends of Chris Lange; Lenora Greffin (Mercy NW); Donna Brubaker (reinjured back); David Brubaker (adjusting to retirement); Charlene Shirey (Jo Pettigrew’s friend); Larry & Sandra (friends of Dona Stanfill); Johnny Campbell (neighbor of Dwight & Susan Updegraff); Millie Sawyer; Mandy Rupp (Moler); Alvin Bates (Moler); Tanni Jamison;  JoEllen Rush (Searcy); John Booth (McKinney); Doug Egerer (M Holt); Angela Bruning (Martin-Davis); Jim Gladney (Moler); Wayne Haney (Moler) 

*NEW ADDITION
 
Congregation Long-Term Prayer List:
Nellis Adams; Julie Avants; Barbara Benge; Katie Benge; Ashley Dean; Gene Gilbert; Katy Givens; Karen Holland; Tom & Tanni Jamison; Nancy Hall; Lori Lange; Richard Layman; Lloyd Kitchell; Richard Layman; Sandra Lees; Lloyd family; Becky Long; Faye Miller; Shirley Niehoff; Rev. Lee & Mary Nirschl; George Pettigrew; Kristyn Reid; Vicki Richey; Lane Ross; Bev Rubino; Millie Sawyer; Connie Sharp; Nancy Williams; Wanda Williams; Jim Wylie.
 
Shut-Ins Prayer List: 
Lola Jean Ashford; Virginia Douthitt; Ken Foust; Dona Harris;  Dr. Gifford McBride; Bill & Robbie McGruder; Bertha Owen; Cole Padgham; Harold Powers; Margaret Scears; Ray & Joyce Shirley; Shirley Tharp; Renata Thomas; Barbara Wilson.

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); Sue Crumrine (Gambill); Adrienne DiCarlo (Northcutt); Michael DeGennaro (Camp); Barbara Fretwell (Reid); JoAnn Fritz (S Updegraff); Jennifer Fulton (Lewis); Malik Givens (Avants); 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); Blair Lanning (Avants); 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); George Niehoff (Niehoff); Michael Niehoff (Niehoff); Ralph Seabaugh (McKinney); 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); Alyse Walker (Gambill); Lucille Williams (N Williams); Cindy Winkle (Fennell); Wilma Wylie (Jim’s mother); Lori Zang (M Holt)
 

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