Garage Sale Saturday for Youth, Pride & Humility, and It Takes a Village!…This Week at MCC!


19 June 2014, In this Issue…
WFMCC


WHO WE ARE…
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.

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!!!

Extra-Ordinary Time

10:00am – Hospitality Hour

11:00am – Worship
Sermon Title: 
      “It Takes a Village (to raise a church)”

Scriptures:

Acts 3:1-10 (NRSV)
Ecclesiastes 4:7-10, 12 (MSG)      

 


RAISING FUNDS FOR YOUTH… Garage Sale
GARAGE SALE AT PASTOR MEL’S HOUSE!

Last weekend we were gifted a LOAD of stuff to host a garage sale for the benefit of the church youth.  (As you may know, our youth are hoping to do various trips this year and most are in need of funding to participate.)  So, this Saturday (7:00am-1:00pm), Pastor Mel is hosting a garage sale in their honor!  Please make time to stop by.  The youth will be helping with the sale as well.  If you need the address, text Pastor Mel at 214-500-1935!  See you Saturday!


LGBT PRIDE AT SHEPPARD AFB

Sheppard Senator - 2


This month,
Sheppard Senator - 1Sheppard 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 COMMUNITYServe One Another
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
Church-U Logo

Do you have children/youth, ages 0-17?  Then we have programming for them!  (Download the Church-U KIDZ & Youth Brochure here!)

Worshi
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!

Summer Movies! 

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!

Children/Youth Outings  

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!

 

Summer Learning…

And here are the adult-learning options for this summer!  (Download the Church-U Summer Learning brochure here!)

Confronting the Controversies Small Groups Confronting the Controversies

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!

Pharisectomy 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 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 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 


ADDITIONAL NEWS…

 

Downtown Dinner

DOWNTOWN DINNER

Next Dinner: 
July 15th  

Save the Dates:  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.
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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 3…Rediscovering Relationship with My Passion!

 

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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.


UNSOLICITED ADVICE…

From: “Ten Choices You Will Regret in Ten Years” (the-open-mind.com)

Being selfish and egotistical. – A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone.  Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired.  So carve your name on hearts, not stone.  What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.

   
Selfishness and egotism are the roots of the abuse of pride  
and the dismissal of humility.  Selflessness and shame are the results
of the abuse of humility and dismissal of pride.

For years, the church has proclaimed humility a virtue and pride a vice.  Over time, these two ideas have undergone extreme redefinitions, and the Western Church struggles today with the abuses of these ideas.  Humility doesn’t mean an absence of self.  Pride doesn’t mean pomposity.  Or, at least, they didn’t mean those things when this discussion began.

We can all probably agree that Jesus is our ultimate authority on both of these issues.  Regarding humility, Jesus certainly fit the bill.  He offered himself to others, he made time for those that the privileged had no time for, and he didn’t estimate people by their reputations or what others thought of them.  Rather, he considered all people worthy, and offered them the same blessings he received in life.  He did not consider himself so important as to live without some care for the people and world around him. 

He did all this, however, with attention to his own needs.  He slept.  He disengaged for personal time.  He sought the leading of the Holy Spirit in His every deed.  He did NOT presume His own power, but reached for the power that God imparts with the eternal assurance of God’s presence.  This is humility…to offer oneself in ways that are healthy and whole and with boundaries of self-care, with the ultimate knowledge that each person is equal in worth, and therefore worthy of every blessing.

Regarding pride, well, Jesus had LOTS to be proud of!  And there’s nothing in the Bible that leads us to believe He wasn’t proud.  In fact, He offered all blessings to God, He spoke in the face of great adversaries about His faith, and He demanded of leaders that they pay attention to the message He carried, and the deeds He did.  He wasn’t boastful about being Messiah, but allowed others to make their judgments based on what they observed in Him.  AND HE DIDN’T HIDE HIS ACTIONS AND GIFTS OF BLESSING!  Still, He lived a life as the Son of God, and we’ve every reason to believe that He was proud to do so.

Selfishness and egotism are the results of the abuse of pride
and the dismissal of humility.  Selflessness and shame are the results
of the abuse of humility and dismissal of pride.

Don’t get lodged into either of these.  Leave your mark on the people around you, and ensure that your mark is a vision of Christ’s.  In doing so, your name will be remembered in all goodness and hope, and imperfect attempts at following Jesus.  In that, you may be remembered as a true disciple.

Keep up the good Gospel, MCC!  You Are Loved!  
Let no one tell you otherwise!
Yay, God!!! 

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