Congregational Meeting & SAFE Sanctuary! Living as the Body of Christ!

WFMCC

A CHURCH FOR YOU! 

27 Years in Ministry Together!

Wichita Falls MCC is a loving, growing, vibrant community of people. Our mission is to be a Christ-centered community of believers. We strive to provide a faith-filled spiritual experience for families and individuals of all ages. Through worship, music, play and service we acknowledge and celebrate God’s all-inclusive love. 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. 

THE SERIES CONTINUES…

Son of God

This week at Church 
9:00am – Sunday School
“Man of Sorrows”

10:00am Hospitality!!!  Yum!  Breakfast!

11:00 Worship – “The Anointed One”
Luke 4:16-30 (The Message)
Isaiah 61 (The Message)  

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
~ Albert Einstein
Lent 2014

REPENT!!!  REPENT!!!
It’s a word we’re not particularly comfortable with.  But “repent” is a necessary part of living a life dedicated to Christ.  “The Greek word for repentance is metanoia – literally, to think differently or to change one’s mind.  But it means something deeper than this in the Gospels.  It means to have a change of mind that leads to a change of heart and a change of values that ultimately leads to a changed life.” (The Way)

This season of Lent is prime opportunity to repent – to change your mind…and welcome a change of life.  In the movie “Son of God” when Jesus tells Peter that he’s going to change his life, Peter asks, “who says I want to?”  It’s a momentary eye-roll that each of us may be tempted to make in response to making change in life.  Yet, it is exactly this change that being a person of faith is all about.

Be changed.  In mind, heart, and body.  And find that life has a whole new meaning…an even better meaning than you’ve imagined before.  Join in!

Lent 2014 Programming…

Believe Believe Offerings
“Son of God” Small Groups

Join in a weekly small group to consider the Son of God – who he was in this life and who he is in your life today. 
Thursdays, 6:30pm (March 6 – April 10)

Sundays, 9:00am (March 9 – April 13)

Practice Offerings Practice

Worship – “Son of God” series 

Attend worship for an in-depth exploration of the life of Christ!  Sundays, 11:00am 

 

Public Communion 
Come share in the ritual of communion offered in the community!  Communion will be offered on Tuesdays, during the lunch hour (12:00-1:30pm) through Lent.  Location:  Harold Jones Park at 9th & Broad Streets.  Come and go communion service offered every 10 minutes.  Texts from WFMCC will share reminders.  (If you’re not already getting WFMCC texts, please let us know at 214-500-1935!)

Share Offeringsshare
Weekly Hospitality 

Come to church at 10:00am and enjoy time to get to know your church!  We’ve had MANY new folks who are seeking to create new relationships in their newfound Body of Christ.  Come meet and greet…and connect!

Lunch with the Pastor 

It’s Back!  Join in for lunch conversation with the Pastor on Wednesdays at 12:00pm!  This one-hour lunch sharing will focus on the weekly message. March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16 


Lent 2014 Programming (continued)…
 

Serve ServeOfferings 

 Downtown
Dinner

Offer your service to those in need by helping with our Downtown Dinner on March 18th, 6:00-7:30pm

Homelessness Survival Kits

Collect NOW, assemble April 11th, 3:00pm

P.E.T.S. Supply Drive!

Last month we helped the children…this Lent, let’s help the pets!  Taking donations beginning April 1 – Pillowcases, Dog houses, fencing supplies, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, clip boards, spray bottles (any size).

Community Garden

Watering and planting help needed!  Workers needed Tuesday mornings (9-11a) and Wednesday afternoons (1:30-8pm).  Also Saturdays (9-11a).

Media Service

Offer your time to edit and publish recordings of our worship moments for those who cannot join us on Sundays!  Training provided.  Schedule based on your availability.

Building TaskList

Various projects are underway to enhance our facilities for better organization and greater use.  If you have skills with a saw, hammer, drill…or even just with moving things around, help us make headway this season!  Contact the church office (940-322-4100) with your interest.

 “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

~ Albert Einstein

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – NEED ALL MEMBERS!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
Congregational Meeting Date: THIS SUNDAY – March 23!

This years congregational meetingmeeting goals will take place on March 23, immediately following worship. Members are needed to attend as we make some very important decisions about our churches future! Up for consideration:

* Board Member Elections – Beth Romm (Treas.) and Becky Rhodes (member at large) are at the completion of their terms of service. Applicants and applications for re-election will be available for consideration before the vote.
* New mission and vision statements for WFMCC
* Pastoral Measure: congregational relationships covenant
* Leadership reports
* Annual congregational meeting rescheduling
* Budget considerations for 2014/2015

PRE-MEETING QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOLLOW-UP
previously held on March 18 – 6:45pm

Thanks to those who were able to attend and participate in our forum this year!  Questions clarifying the budget lines, language of our various proposals, and the introduction of our two board of trustees applicants – Beth Romm and Mistee Parmeter – provided the basis of our discussion.  Please remember: our congregational meeting is vote-only.  We will not have lengthy discussion, outside of additional questions asked of our Board of Trustee applicants.  Thank you for your participation and please be there Sunday to help us meet quorum!

 “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

~ Albert Einstein

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS…
Help Create Safety for ALL at Church!
Safe Sanctuary

At Wichita Falls MCC, we endeavor to welcome everyone into a safe and loving space to form and deepen a relationship with God.  We do not place barriers on access to our community or to our worship.  That means, no matter how intentional we are about including anyone who would enter our doors, we do encounter situations in which people who are broken in spirit and whose history includes acts of violence also enter our flock. 

We recall that Jesus welcomed anyone who approached him, knowing that deep in their yearnings lives a desire to be healed and to be whole…to be redeemed. 

Rather than focus on who has done what in their past, or who might act out again, we are intent on building a structure of safety that focuses us on the positive aspects of being a safe place. Safety for children, for youth, for survivors of abuse, for the developmentally less-able, for the vulnerable in all ages, all genders, and all situations. 

To that end, Pastor Mel is heading up a team to develop a “Safe Sanctuary” policy and plan to intentionally create safety AS A MINISTRY of our church.  The Board of Trustees and Deacon Council will be represented in this process, and no more than five qualified, informed individuals among our membership and friends are sought.  In order to assist, some experience in dealing with civil corrections, probation, counseling, and research are helpful.

If you have interest in joining in this process, please let Pastor Mel know immediately (214-500-1935, PastorMel@WichitaFallsMCC.org).  Work on this team will begin as soon as possible and we hope to have our first level of policies in place by Easter.

We have the opportunity to create safety in such a way that no one ever need worry that those we love best are under the protection and celebration of a loving God and an attentive, loving community.  Cheers for our Safe Sanctuary!

 “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

  ~ Albert Einstein

Donate

 “It’s not that I’m so smart.  It’s that I stay with problems longer.”

  ~ Albert Einstein

Service Starts NOW!
 
PETS Clinic
 

P.E.T.S. Drive & Mission! 

 
This April, we will focus our efforts for service on P.E.T.S. (Preventing Euthanasia Through Sterilization) – a not-for-profit organization that offers low-cost veterinary care (spaying, neutering, vaccinations) for those who receive government assistance and own pets.  Euthanasia is the last stop effort for reducing the number of stray, suffering, and mistreated animals.  P.E.T.S. attempts to lower the number of animals euthanized by offering spaying and neutering and care for pets that otherwise may end up on the street due to owners’ lack of resources to care for them. 

General Supplies Needed… 

Laundry detergent (high efficiency),  Hand sanitizer,  Copy paper,   Ink pens,  Clip boards,  Towels (used is ok),  Spray bottles (any size),  Postage,  Cleaning supplies,  Trash bags (33 gal, 13 gal),  Ziplock bags (all sizes needed!),  Paper towels

URGENTLY Needed… 
Pillowcases for transport of cats!  Dog Collars (any size, used ok).  Leashes (any size, used ok).

Donations can also help with… 
Hounds Habitat Project

P.E.T.S. has  teamed up with the handy and skilled students at The Carrigan Career Center to create a steady supply of high quality large dog houses. Under the supervision of their animal-friendly leader, Scott Little, this team has agreed to build as many dog houses as they can. They are furnishing the tools, labor, and time. We just have to furnish the building supplies. We can build a large dog house for around $60.00 which is a fraction of what it would cost to buy one new. We are asking for donations to help with this project and would be happy to come and pick up any unused good condition dog house from someone that no longer needs it.

MISSION OPPORTUNITY
P.E.T.S. is actively working to end the habit of some dog owners who chain their dogs.  Operation Chain-OFF provides supplies and volunteers every Saturday.  So, as a church body, we will offer our efforts as a mission project to the least-of-these – those dogs who have no opportunity to be free to run around a yard!  Our Mission Date:  April 5th, morning.  If you’re interested in helping, let Pastor Mel know!  (214-500-1935, PastorMel@WichitaFallsMCC.org).

 “No problem can be solved by the same level of
consciousness that created it.”

  ~ Albert Einstein

GET READY TO PLAY!!!

2014 Fundraiser Golf Tournament
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Archer City Country Club

Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church is sponsoring a Scramble Golf Tournament.  The tournament will be held at Archer City Country club on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

 

Details…

Participants must be at least 16 years old to enter!!! The first 18 teams to register will be accepted.  Each team will consist of 4 players and entry fee is $60 per player. 

 

Registration Fee is due NO LATER THAN April 4, 2014.   

 

Registration…

Complete the registration form and mail to:

WFMCC Golf Tournament
c/o Sandra George
1401 Travis St.
Wichita Falls, TX  76301
Checks payable to Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church

NOTE: Golf Tournament

 

OR

 

Register Online Here! 

 

   
MORE STUFF…

Downtown Dinner

WE FED 63 PEOPLE IN MARCH!!!
Next Dinner:  April 15th
Save the Dates:  May 20, June 17

Come help us serve those in need!  Arrive at or near 5:30pm.  Dinner service starts at 6:00pm and ends at 7:30pm.

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CREATING A LIFE THAT MATTERSCreating 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 2…Rediscovering Relationship with My Self!

 

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GenderQuest GENDERQUEST 
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!

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OVEREATER’S ANONYMOUSOvereater's Anonymous

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.

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LAST CALL! 

HELP US RE-TOOL THE

CHURCH KITCHEN

 

With the increased use of our church kitchen this year for social gatherings, downtown dinner service, various meetings and ministries, we could use a revitalized set of tools for preparing food.

If you’ve collected stickers to share with the church, please get them to the church by this Sunday, March 16th!  We must turn stickers in next week to claim the cookware!  Thank you! 

 

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
~ Albert Einstein
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