|Worship This Week…
Theme: “When Dreams Become Nightmares”
Series: “Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity”
…for Cause, …for Community, …for Christ
“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
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!
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.
Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity – Small Group Study
AFTER CHURCH STUDY!
Join us for the second installment of our Enough series…an after-church small group/Sunday school! It’s important for each of us to grow in Christ, and this year, rather than focus our stewardship only on the financial well-being of our church organization, we are focusing on the source of our church’s well-being…on YOU!
You do NOT have to read the book or otherwise prepare to participate in this study! Try it out for a week and spread the word. When you have well-being, the church has well-being. Let’s engage in well-being together!
1:00 p.m. Sundays
Bring Your Lunch to Church!
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.)
|“On the Mountain”
Blessing of the Animals!
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!
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…
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
– Help Serve the community while you experience the benefit of sharing Christ’s love with others!
Service: Every third Tuesday,
GenderQuest – support one another as we navigate this gendered world around us! Meeting: every 2nd Tuesday, 6:30pm (Oct. Meeting at Linda H’s house. Email for address and info.)
Hospitality Hour – Come to church a little early on Sunday and enjoy a full breakfast and time to connect!
Service: Sundays, 10:00am
“Enough” – Make time for lunch on FIVE Sundays (Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9) to join in discussion after worship, over lunch, to invigorate 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!
Board of Trustee Meeting Schedule
October 19th 4:00pm | December 14th after church
It’s That Time Again!!!!
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!
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
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.
Enough…Your Stewardship Campaign
Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity
In our study last week, we considered the important revelations found in through research by the American Psychological Association. Out of 7,000 households studied…
- 80% report being stressed out and anxious about finances.
- 50% are worried about providing BASIC NEEDS for their families.
- 56% are concerned about job stability.
- 60% report feeling angry and irritable.
- 52% say they are losing sleep worrying about finances.
MORE THAN HALF of the entire 7,000 households are anxious, fearful, angry, irritable, and worrisome…JUST on the topic of finances and money. Just think…if those statistics hold true in our congregation, every time we talk about offering and tithing, we trigger anxiety in 80% of folks, anger in 60% of folks, and worry in at least HALF of our community.
How can we possibly make a difference as a healthy
Body of Christ with all that going on???
WE CAN!!! BUT ONLY BY WORKING TOGETHER! Let’s get a hold on some of that anxiety, anger and worry and work together as a family in faith to reach wellness, so we can live and work as the Body of Christ! It’s up to ALL of us, whether we are among those who suffer under the burden of finances, or are among those who flourish.
Get involved in “Enough” today!
…by Jeffrey Harrison
It’s a gift, this cloudless November morning
warm enough for you to walk without a jacket
along your favorite path. The rhythmic shushing
of your feet through fallen leaves should be
enough to quiet the mind, so it surprises you
when you catch yourself telling off your boss
for a decade of accumulated injustices,
all the things you’ve never said circling inside you.
It’s the rising wind that pulls you out of it,
and you look up to see a cloud of leaves
swirling in sunlight, flickering against the blue
and rising above the treetops, as if the whole day were sighing,
Let it go, let it go,
for this moment at least, let it all go.
Bring Your Donations…
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.
…brought to you by WFMCC Genderquest & Transgender Europe
What happens there impacts us here!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Transgender Day of Remembrance as part of Catalyst! November 20th at 6:30pm
Norway’s Ombud Declares Forced Sterilization Discrimination
On September 9, 2014, Norwegian Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud, Sunniva Orstavik, decided, in the case of John Jeanette Solstad Remo v. the Ministry of Health, that sterilization as a requirement for legal gender recognition is a breach of law. This is a landmark decision.
In order to get their gender identity officially recognized, Norway still requires transgender persons to undergo psychiatric assessment, to be diagnosed as “transsexual,” to get hormone treatment and “gender confirming surgery” including sterilization.
Transgender persons face discrimination due to the lack of legal recognition and the Ministry of Health does not act in accordance with the law on discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, paragraph 5, as states the Ombud. The ministry can appeal until the end of this week and before mid October inform the Ombud on how they will proceed from here.
Think things like this only happen outside of the US??? Please see…
“Butch” Women, “Effeminate” Men, and Transgender/Genderqueer/Androgynous Folks Beware at the Polls
The National Conference of State Legislatures has five categories to grade the ID requirements for voting in each state. The states with the most requirements fall in the “strict photo ID” category, and Georgia is one of the ten states that have that distinction.
The problem that’s causing the concern about disenfranchisement is when a transgender individual’s gender marker on their identification documents doesn’t match their gender identity or expression. So when they show up to the polls and the poll worker checks their ID and it doesn’t match, they could harass them about it and even refuse to let them vote. (read more…)
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!
The following Wichita Falls causes and organizations need help, too! Take a moment to offer them what you can.
Support our 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!
“There’s nothing to do in The Falls”????? NOT! Check out these events!
Women’s Spiritual Renewal Brunch
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.”
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 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!
Music Rehearsal – For information on joining or practicing with Blended Journey, please contact Karen Booth (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:30pm.