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1 October 2014
Worship This Week…

Theme:  “Holy Spirit”

Series:  “All My Days” – come experience the wonder of prayer focused through the use of prayer bead touchstones.  In a consistent prayer life, we are able to connect to the Divine, our God Creator, Christ, and Spirit with intention.


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Catalyst: a Unique Worship Experience

…for Cause, …for Community, …for Christ
Would YOU like to CHANGE the world???

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

 

“All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Jesus of Nazareth

 

Join us for a new way of worship,
to listen, pray, and be in dialogue
on ideas that apply to your life
and God’s kin-dom.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

This service will feature extensive visual art, music, Scriptural and alternative readings, open discussion, and the freedom to speak one’s mind in kindness and willingness to be changed by others’ experiences.  Be ready to enjoy the movement of the Spirit, and tackle some of your deepest questions about God and faith.  An open mind and loving heart are all that’s required!

 

6:30 p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday each month

1400 1/2 N Scott Street 

 

Hosted by Harold’s Bar

Rev. Mel Martinez, Facilitating Pastor

 

This is an extension outreach ministry by Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church.  Any questions regarding the service, its format, its speakers, or its management may be directed to WFMCC at 940-322-4100.    

 

Worship Music Help Needed!
We are seeking a fill-in Worship Music Leader for days when our Director of Music takes her much-needed and much-affirmed days off. 

If you have the ability to play piano and are willing to offer your services for a $50 stipend on weeks that require your preparation and leadership, please contact us at info@WichitaFallsMCC.org!  We need you!  (Contract is subject to an interview and audition.)

Upcoming Church Events

Board of Trustee Meeting Schedule
September 21st  |  November 16th  |  December 14th – all after church.

Congregational Meeting Forum
CHANGED!  November 4th, 6:00pm
 
Congregational Meeting (VOTING, Requires Quorum) – CHANGED!  November 9th, After Church

2Gether in Church!
Take time to read through what is expected of members and friends as part of our church!


Feature Video
Welcome in this Place
“Welcome in this Place”

Blessing of the Animals!
Saint Francis of Assisi Join us on October 23rd at 6:30pm for our annual Blessing of the Animals service in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
St. Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey. 

Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” And there was testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her little cat! 


The Goings On…
Get Busy, Live Better!

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don't do them.

We have LOTS of opportunity to get involved at WFMCC.  There’s no reason to stay disconnected from your faith community!  Take a look at how you can be involved…

Music Ministry
The choir is always seeking new voices! 
No experience required and you do NOT have to read music!  Just come with a desire to make a joyful noise! 
     Practice: 7:00pm, Wednesdays

Outreach – Serve with your church family!
Garden Care – We’ve planted our pumpkin patch!  And it’s time to till under to make room. 
     Gardening: 9:00am, Tuesdays
Downtown Dinner – Help Serve the community while you experience the benefit of sharing Christ’s love with others! 
     Service: Every third Tuesday, 5:30pm
Fall Fest Steering Committee – help plan our potential community Fall Fest in October!  
     Meeting: Sunday, September 28, 1:00pm

Social

GenderQuest – support one another as we navigate this gendered world around us!    
     Meeting: every 2nd Tuesday, 6:30pm 
     (Sept. Meeting at Harold’s on Scott St.)
Hospitality Hour – Come to church a little early on Sunday and enjoy a full breakfast and time to connect! 
     Service: Sundays, 10:00am

Education
“Enough” – Make time for lunch on FIVE Sundays (Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9) to join in discussion after worship, over lunch, to invogorate your financial health.  Even if your finances are already well tended, there’s a chance to learn more and deepen their spiritual impact in your life!

Buy your “Enough” book or CD online and pick it up at church!  Click here to order now!  ($1 surcharge for processing added)

 

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Congregational Meeting Changed!

Thanks to several members who attended our board meeting this past week!!  Those who joined us have shared their desire to participate in the Congregational Meeting, but their inability to attend the originally announced date.  The Board of Trustees has changed the dates of both our forum and the Congregational Meeting.  Please make note and reserve the dates in your calendar!  WE NEED as many members as possible to attend!

Congregational Meeting Forum 
November 4, 2014  |  6:00pm

Congregational Meeting 
November 9, 2014  |  Immediately after church!

As it has been over the past three years, the congregational meeting will be vote only.  If you have any questions or comments on voting items, make plans to attend the Forum.  Congregational meeting packets will be ready for pick up soon. 

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It’s That Time Again!!!!
Spaghetti Supper

We are welcoming not one, but TWO great artists for our Spaghetti Supper this year! Both Shelly Torres-West and Kim Wisdom are offering the best of their talents to us! 

Two Fabulous Performances…
A Full-Course Dinner…
A Worthy Cause…
Don’t Miss Out!

Tickets are $15 each! The Best Deal in Town!
November 8, 2014  |  6:00 p.m.

Buy your tickets online here! (add’l $1 processing fee)
We need your help to spread the word!  Download a copy of this year’s flyer here.  Post it far and wide.  Also, we have tickets available for members and friends to sell!  Don’t let your friends and family miss out on this wonderful event, either!

And one more thing…
This year’s supper is being held at First United Methodist Church (FUMC), in their luxurious Fellowship Hall, complete with performance stage!  The Board of Trustees at FUMC was MOST excited to sharing their space with us…and has offered it free of charge!


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Enough…Your Stewardship Campaign

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity

 

Stress. Anxiety. Fear. These words capture well the state of mind of many of us in America today. We have witnessed dramatic market losses, the collapse of the world’s largest insurance company, and many bankruptcies and mergers. Every day seems to bring another piece of economic uncertainty.

A recent survey found that over three in four Americans are stressed about the economy and their personal finances. Half were worried about providing for their family’s basic needs. Over half of respondents reported feeling angry and irritable, and reported lying awake at night worried about this. The report concludes that, “The declining state of the nation’s economy is taking a physical and emotional toll on people nationwide.”

Join us in study from October 12-November 9 for a study to enhance your financial wellness, and in worship October 19th – November 2nd for a sermon series entitled Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity.  

 

Our nation is experiencing what many have described as the “American Nightmare.” Increasing consumer debt, declines in savings, lower income growth, and a volatile stock market are all a part of our economic insecurity. We have lived in a society that tells us “you deserve it now,” whether or not we can afford it or really even need it.

All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important issues that we cannot ignore. This is why, over the course of this series, we will be having a churchwide study and worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. During this time we will explore what the Bible teaches us about financial management through corporate worship and small group study. We’ll hear expert advice and stories about what others have learned by working through financial challenges. Each week we will provide you with some practical tools you can use to assess your financial situation and develop a financial plan with a biblical foundation.

At the conclusion of the emphasis, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will consecrate these commitments in the worship service on two consecutive Sundays (see the schedule that follows).

I hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.  ~Pastor Mel  

Enough – Schedule of Events

10/12   Faith in the Midst of Financial Crisis

Small-Group Study Begins (after
               church) 

10/19   When Dreams Become Nightmares
10/26   Wisdom and Finance
11/2     Cultivating Contentment
11/9     Defined by Generosity

Small-Group Study Ends

11/16   Consecration Pledge Sunday 1
11/ 23  Celebration Sunday – Results Celebration and Consecration of Next Year’s Ministry Commitments
Enough
David Whyte, Where Many Rivers Meet
Enough. These few words are enough.  
If not these words, this breath.  
If not this breath, this sitting here.

This opening to the life  
we have refused  
again and again  
until now. 
Until now 

 

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Bring Your Donations…
Goodwill
We begin our fundraiser to benefit both our church and Goodwill THIS Sunday!  All donations are accepted. 

(AND, let’s be sure to offer goods that Goodwill will be able to sell in local Goodwill stores.)

How this fundraiser works:  Goodwill provides the bins and flyers. We collect donations.  They pick them up at the end of the fundraiser.  The church benefits in the amount of $0.10 per pound.  Goodwill benefits through the sales in local stores.  Easy as Pie!

Think Goodwill is just about the stores???  Nope!  Goodwill also provides…

  • Workforce Development Center
  • Adult Day Service
  • Career Development Center
  • Youth Services
  • Document Destruction
  • Industrial Janitorial Services
  • Goodwill Housing

Goodwill is also offering $15,000 in scholarships (of $1,000 each) to high school seniors so they may achieve their dream of furthering their education.   

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Gender Focus
…brought to you by WFMCC Genderquest & Transgender Europe
What happens there impacts us here!

NEXT GENDERQUEST Meeting: October 14th!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Transgender Day of Remembrance as part of Catalyst! November 20th at 6:30pm

Stop Hurting! Trans* Rights are Women’s Rights,
also in Europe 
Violence against women and trans people is widespread. Gender inequality, including 
gender stereotypes and negative notions of masculinity, is at the root of both violence against women and violence related to the gender identity of a person. The Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, short CAHVIO or Istanbul Convention, is a legally binding instrument and to date the most comprehensive, detailed and legally binding response to violence against women and  
gender-based violence. Once ratified, the treaty becomes binding for a state.

Istanbul Convention and Non-Discrimination of trans people. 
The specific mention of sexual orientation and gender identity among the impermissible grounds for discrimination was one of the stumbling blocks in the negotiation of the Convention. Article 4, paragraph 3 includes them and asks States Parties to implement all measures in the Convention without discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. Virtually all gender diversity is covered. Also, migrant and refugee women and those being affected by multiple discrimination are explicitly protected under the Convention.

To make the Convention practical there are two monitoring bodies (GREVIO and the Committee of the Parties) that are expected to meet for the first time in the first half of 2015. Based on information from official authorities, civil society and independent human rights institutions, GREVIO will suggest recommendations how the respective state can overcome identified problems.

Find more background information an analaysis on the Istanbul Convention on our website:  

http://tgeu.org/Protection_of_Trans_People_under_the_Istanbul_Convention
The treaty: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/standardsetting/convention-violence/default_en.asp
The Explanatory Report: http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/EN/Reports/Html/210.htm 

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Membership Renewal!
Members…it’s time to renew your covenant with YOUR church! As part of your Board of Trustees’ commitment to keeping updated records and offering excellent stewardship of the church’s resources, we need to know from you if you still intend to meet the covenant of membership.  This covenant involves your commitment to offer time, treasure, and talent to the work of this church in spreading the Good News about the inclusive love of God, Christ, and Spirit. 

We need this renewal for two important reasons:

1.  Our membership number determines a portion of our assessments contributed to the Denominational Pension Fund – a fund that provides retirement funds to all pastors in the denomination.  For many of our US MCC pastors, that fund is the only source of retirement they will have.  The fund provides for more than JUST our pastors, past and present, but for the whole family of clergy that guide our church. 

2.  Knowing our covenanted membership aids leaders in our church – Pastor Mel, the Diaconate, Board of Trustees, Staff, Worship Leaders, and Ministry Leaders – to know who they may rely on for assistance in the multitude of outreach and ministry our church provides to the community.  

To renew your membership covenant, simply reply to this email with a note to renew and the names of all those in your household who wish to renew.  If you have not signed a membership covenant since January 2012, we do ask that you download one here, sign it, and bring it to church.  This covenant offers you the opportunity to read and agree with all that our members covenant to as a part of this faith community.

If you’re not yet a member, but would like to be:  Pastor Mel will host a Membership Class the morning of September 27th at 10:00am!  Meet in the Fellowship Hall!  Join the class, and join the church!  

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Community Needs…
The following Wichita Falls causes and organizations need help, too!  Take a moment to offer them what you can.

Support our Food Bank!  Food Bank
Support the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank by voting for them to receive a $60,000 donation from Walmart. You can vote once each day through Oct. 5. What easier way is there to help the hungry in our community? Vote here. (Our Food Bank is currently in the top 50 list!  Let’s keep them there!)  Let’s work together to feed hungry people!
   Text from FUMC Weekly Newsletter…thanks!

Community Events… 

“There’s nothing to do in The Falls”????? NOT!  Check out these events!

 

Women’s Spiritual Renewal Brunch  Spiritual Renewal

First United Methodist Church’s 8th Annual Women’s Spiritual Renewal Brunchwill be Saturday, November 1, 10:00-12:00 in the Atrium. All women are encouraged to join for a delicious brunch and inspiring music followed by a message from Rev. Nancy Sherman, the Associate Pastor at Floral Heights UMC, about “Building Your Spiritual Muscles.”
Questions? Contact Georgia Harrison at 940-766-4231.

  

CaribFest 2014

Click the image to view this year’s CaribFest information!  CaribFest 

 

CaribFest  is an annual event that brings Wichita Falls, Texas alive. It is a time when the Caribbean Student Organization of the Midwestern State University comes together to celebrate and experience a dazzling fusion of colors, creativity, music, masquerades and incredible art. This melting pot of culture, resonates with the infectious tropical rhythmic sounds of REGGAE, the exciting beat of CALYPSO, SOCA, ZOUK and other Caribbean music.  

About Us
Wichita Falls MCC is an exuberantly inclusive, loving, 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.
Also at the Church…

INTO ACTION – ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Alcoholics Anonymous   

Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization of people who want to share their experiences, lend strength and help the members and others recover from alcoholism.  Into Action Meeting Mondays, 7:00pm, in the rear fellowship hall.
  This is an OPEN meeting!
 
BLENDED JOURNEY
Music Rehearsal – For information on joining or practicing with Blended Journey, please contact Karen Booth (kbooth@wichitafallsmcc.org).  Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:30pm.

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