12 June 2014, In this Issue…
WHO WE ARE…
Wichita Falls MCC is an exuberantly inclusive
, and serving
community of faith offering God’s promise
, Christ’s salvation
, and the Holy Spirit’s comfort
to all. Our mission to accomplish this vision of our church is to: Gather in compassionate kinship
with acceptance of all, Encourage awakenings
within the diverse paths of following Christ, and Celebrate
a common faith in a loving God
, endless hope
in the face of suffering and doubt, and the many gifts of the Spirit
present in the Body of Christ.
It is our sincere desire that you find a warm welcome at Wichita Falls MCC,
and a place you may want to seriously consider as your spiritual home.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SCHEDULE
The Board of Trustees will be meeting on the following days. (Dates subject to change in the event of conflicts that arise by members of the board.)
June 22nd | July 20th | August 24th | September 21st | November 16th | December 14th
Congregational Meeting Forum October 16th at 6:00pm
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING October 19th (after church)
WORSHIP THIS WEEK – EXTRA-ORDINARY!!!
10:00am – Hospitality Hour
11:00am – Worship
Sermon Title: “It’s the Simple Things”
Acts 2:37-47 (NRSV)
Ezekiel 18:19-28 (MSG)
This weekend is also Father’s Day! Don’t forget your flowers to place in the memorial/tribute garden! Honoring Our Parents!
A THANK YOU FROM…
JUSTIN AND JAEK PARMETER
This past weekend, two of our youth, Justin and Jaek Parmeter were the recipients of a gift from a sponsor who paid for their entry to the Castaway Cove Water Park. They wanted to be SURE to send a…
To the generous anonymous donor, thank you for making it possible for these two boys to enjoy a day of fun! You are GREATLY appreciated! (P.S. This note in the e-news was the boys’ idea…please help it reach the correct person if you know who they are! ~ Pastor Mel)
LGBT PRIDE AT SHEPPARD AFB
This month, Sheppard Air Force Base has approved the celebration of LGBT Pride Month! Several events have been scheduled on base through the month.
Pastor Mel has been invited to sing the National Anthem at an event on June 23, 2014. More information about any civilian-accessible events will be released as it becomes available.
In the meantime, click the images on the right to read the entire story on LGBT History Month that was released by “The Sheppard Senator” to educate base personnel. Also, please keep in prayer those who have organized this celebration. It’s been a long road, as many of us well know.
HELPING OUR COMMUNITY
Get Busy, Live Better!
An integral part of being a community of faith is founded on the ways in which we reach beyond our doors and into the community around us. As Jesus did, we best serve God when we choose serve others. Here’s what’s going on and coming up in service to others.
Get Busy, Live Better!
WANT TO SERVE???
We have plenty of opportunity! Here are a few things on our church service wish list…For all of these, contact Pastor Mel with your interest via phone (214-500-1935) or simply reply to this email!
- Purchase supplies for a new attic door. (approx. $250)
- Purchase supplies for extension on back gutter. (approx. $75)
- Install a new attic door.
- Volunteer with Vacation Bible School this summer. (contact Kelly P., or reply to this email)
- Help with plans for transforming the old baptistry into a storage closet.
ANNOUNCING Church-U KIDZ & YOUTH CHURCH-U
SUMMER SPIRITUAL LEARNING
Do you have children/youth, ages 0-17? Then we have programming for them! (Download the Church-U KIDZ & Youth Brochure here!
For children of all ages (and for the young at heart), we welcome an in-worship Children’s Moment! Also, all children and youth are welcome to complete the Worship Activity Packet to stay connected to the message!
Pastor Mel and Kelly will be hosting weekly movie outings at Cinemark’s Summer Movie Series. Movies are $1 at the door (or buy tickets for all movies in advance for $5). Meet on Wednesdays at 9:40am at the theater, and enjoy a movie with your WFMCC family!
Vacation Bible School! “Wilderness Escape” At Wilderness Escape, kids and adults get to meet Moses and learn about his faith-stretching adventures in the desert. With all the hardships he faced, Moses might have wanted to give up. But even though he was surrounded by naysayers, Moses trusted God. As we hear Moses stand up for his faith in God, we’ll discover how we can trust God in their everyday lives.
Join us July 28 – August 1, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
If you would like to volunteer…we need you! Get in touch with Kelly NOW to start getting ready! 940-631-0092 Registration opens soon!
July 12-13th – An OVERNIGHT trip to Oklahoma City to visit Frontier City and see Matt Maher in concert! See brochure for details! Fundraisers will be needed to make sure everyone who wants to go can go. Please watch for fundraiser opportunities to help with!
August 17th – Pool Party at Fain Pool! Join us for an afternoon of splashing…one last hurrah before the school year! 3:00-8:00 p.m.
It’s a GREAT time to be a part of the
children and youth at WFMCC!
And here are the adult-learning options for this summer! (Download the Church-U Summer Learning brochure here!)
Confronting the Controversies Small Groups
Death Penalty, Abortion, Separation of Church & State, Creation vs. Evolution, Euthanasia, Prayer in Public Schools…Do you have an opinion? We will navigate through questions on these topics a 1-hour small group study and dialogue. We will use Adam Hamilton’s “Confronting the Controversies: Biblical Perspectives on Tough Issues” (get yours here!
). Small group gatherings will be offered over the course of 6 weeks.
Hosted at the home of Lisa M & Shan B! Sign up to receive address and directions!
Offering: Mondays, 6:00pm, June 16 – July 21. Sign up here!
Lunch Well-Being: Let’s get a Pharisectomy!
Have you ever run into someone who was totally cynical about church? At its core, Pharisectomy: How to Joyfully Remove Your Inner Pharisee and other Religiously Transmitted Diseases (get your copy here!) is about dealing with the hypocrisy, the cynicism, and the elitism – not in others, but in ourselves!
Offering: Wednesdays, 12:30pm, during the month of July. Sign up here!
Flames of Faith
This six-week book study on “Flames of Faith: A Thumbnail Guide to World Religions” by John Cunyus (get your copy here!) considers our views of religions, including and beyond our own.
Offering: Thursdays, 6:00pm, July 24 – August 28. Sign up here!
|At this time we are not able to provide books for participants of these studies. Participants are expected to purchase their own copy, or get one from our local library. However, if you need help obtaining a book, please let Pastor Mel know, so she can seek out needed scholarships! If you’d like to offer a scholarship, simply make your offering with a note of its purpose. Thanks!
BOARD OF TRUSTEES – PRAYERS APPRECIATED!
This November, FOUR openings will need to be voted on to fill seats on the Board of Trustees. Our thanks goes out to Lois Gallenberger and Gail Murphy for their service, and we honor their need (both for health and family reasons) to resign their seats on the board at that time.
Please be in prayer now about your willingness and call to serve on the Board of Trustees! We need you! Download a Board of Trustees Application Here! Details of the seats that will be available:
1. Currently held by Gail Murphy – seat to be elected for 1 year of service
2. Currently held by Lois Gallenberger – seat to be elected for 1 year of service
3. Currently held by Shirley Miller – seat to be elected for 2 years of service
4. Currently held by John Snyder – seat to be elected for 2 years of service
Save the Dates: July 15, August 19
Come help us serve those in need! Arrive at or near 5:30pm. Dinner service starts at 6:00pm and ends at 7:30pm.
CREATING A LIFE THAT MATTERS
Pray for Your 2013-2014 Class!
The class for this year’s CLM study is 7 members strong! Please keep Kim F, Laura N, Crystal N, Shirley M, Deon W, Pam F, and Janise S as they take on this journey of rediscovery! We’ve entered course 3…Rediscovering Relationship with My Passion!
Let’s Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
Join us for our monthly meeting of GenderQuest. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the WFMCC Sanctuary. Got gender? Then GenderQuest is for you!
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting of Overeaters Anonymous on Saturdays from
9:00 – 10:00 AM at WFMCC at 1401 Travis (at 14th Street.) Please use the side door on Travis Street rather than the front door.
For more information, contact Linda at 940-723-4395.
From: “Ten Choices You Will Regret in Ten Years” (the-open-mind.com)
Keeping negative company. – Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you. Don’t let them get to you. They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun. When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.
It’s quicksand we can all get sucked into…the negative energy of a person we love, respect, or admire. And it’s quicksand that can kill passion, obliterate grace, and convince us that “negative” equals “normal, rational, protective, and responsible.”
Negativity is contagious. Negativity can so envelop our hearts and minds that it becomes our first filter for everything that happens or is said. Negativity is addictive, for in our practicing of negative thought about others, we convince ourselves that negativity creates protection and safety…and we call it pragmatism. These things are so engrained in this world that even what we call “news” programming cashes in only if what’s featured is negative!
Christ teaches us that negativity is a choice, not an obligation. At every turn, Pharisees and disciples alike attempted to get Jesus to see the world the way they saw it. Imperfect meant undeserving. Unable meant unwilling. Unwilling meant intolerant. Whether it was a prostitute or a Roman officer, a blind man or a widow, an adult or a child…Jesus chose to always look at others without negativity. In fact, Jesus sought out the positive, and in doing so, put a stop to evil actions brought forward by negativity.
To allow negative thought, words, and actions to run our lives is to invite the effects of evil into our very being. When we focus on negativity, we lose connection with grace. We get stuck in patterns of abusive speech and belittling attitudes. And we separate ourselves further and further from the Spirit that so moved and blessed Jesus’ life.
Seek out the negativity present in your life. Question it. Turn it on its head, or hold it always at a distance from your self and examine it. For, nothing of love and grace and compassion and trust and justice can come from a negative state of being.
And negativity is NOT required of you to see this world for what it is.
Keep up the good Gospel, MCC! You Are Loved!
Let no one tell you otherwise!