A Church 4 All…Wichita Falls MCC
Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church is a Christ-centered community of believers. We 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. Join us!
Now in Worship…
As the world gets more and more hectic around you, GATH’r in this special place, this house of God, and root yourself more deeply in your faith.
GATH’r with Gratitude, Appreciation and Thanksgiving, GATH’r in hospitality…and learn what it is to truly live as a resurrection people.
GATH’r for the here and now, GATH’r for the future, GATH’r for those who GATH’r with us in Spirit around the world.
Whatever you do this November……GATH’r!
This Week…GATH’r in Appreciation!
Ever seen someone add a status to their Facebook that says something like, “Thanks to all those who gave me trouble in life, for I would not be who I am without you.” That sentiment is appreciation…but for something we do not usually appreciate. Truth is, all that we’ve ever been through – good and torturous – helps craft who we are today. But it’s the ability to have that appreciative perspective for all of life and one another that exhibits our growth in faith. Where does that perspective come from? Well, come to church and let’s talk about it!
Luke 6:20-31 & 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
BLENDED JOURNEY BAND PLAYING THIS WEEKEND!
ARRIVE FOR PRE-WORSHIP CONCERT AT 10:30AM
GOSPEL SINGER KIM WISDOM – SPECIAL MUSIC
SPAGHETTI SUPPER IS SATURDAY!!!
Our annual Spaghetti Supper benefit is happening on Saturday, November 9th at 6:00pm. Ticket sales are closed, but if you have a BURNING desire to attend, please get in touch with Pastor Mel (PastorMel@WichitaFallsMCC.org) and we will see what we can do! We DO still have comp tickets available due to the generous donations of others who cannot attend! Remember: A love offering will be received for our special guest singer during the event.
Don’t miss this exciting event!
Support Our Presence in the Community…
SERVICE FOR SERVICE MEMBERS
Help us Send Holiday Mail for Heroes
Beginning this Sunday, we will have Christmas and Holiday cards available for you to fill out with a short note of encouragement and love to be sent to military service members. Many men and women in military service will spend the holidays apart from their families. This small effort on your part can bring some joy to the many tough situations and places our military folks work in. Please look for the cards and take one – or more! – to fill out before and after church! Turn in cards to the church office to be sent out!
Want to offer cards and/or postage to help with the effort? Bring them to church this Sunday!!! (or mail to 1401 Travis St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301). Special thanks to our own service veteran John Snyder for the idea!
Let’s Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
Join us next Tuesday for our monthly meeting of GenderQuest. We will meet at 6:00pm in the WFMCC Sanctuary. We’re in the middle of viewing a documentary about Tennis Champion Renee Richards who transitioned in the 1970’s…PLUS, we will be discussing the upcoming Day of Remembrance service on November 20th. Got gender? Then GenderQuest is for you!
Bidding has BEGUN!!! Remember to bring your dollars and quarters (or really any amount of cash) to church to vote for your favorite pet friend!
You can still enter!
DEADLINE TO ENTER YOUR PET: NOVEMBER 17th
VOTING CLOSES: DECEMBER 1st
pssssst…..ALL pets submitted for consideration will at LEAST be pictured on the back cover of the calendar so nobody feels left out!
A Unique Opportunity to be “Enlightened”
November 20th, 2013
Join us for the 2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance service, “Enlightened”, and become part of a global community that honors all lives lost to hatred and violence. While gender identity may come as second nature to you, the truth is that all around this country and the world people who just don’t fit in suffer the consequences of being different. Many are hunted and killed because of the insecurity, hatred, and malice of others. Come experience this service of music, prayer, memorial, and celebration of lives that have made a difference in our world.
We are collecting donations to fill our Family Thanksgiving Baskets. Contents of baskets will be delivered to families in need who are unable to purchase the additional groceries associated with a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal. Last year, we provided 9 baskets…this year, our goal is 15!
Help gather the contents of a basket by choosing from the list of basket items. Bring them to church to be added to our altarscape. Download the list here. >> Also, if you’d like to fund an entire basket, offer your donation of $40 and we will buy the contents for you! Donate Online Here! >>
Together, we can make this Thanksgiving miracle happen for families in need! Questions? Email Cookie (Cookie@WichitaFallsMCC.org)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: CANTATA 2013
WFMCC’s Annual Showcase is Back!
Mark your calendar for December 8th at 6:00pm and make plans to attend the WFMCC Cantata & Christmas Showcase! We have some impressive talent sharing their gifts this year. And WFMCC’s Voices in Praise Choir has been busy preparing a high-energy, fun cantata “God Speaking” for your enjoyment! And our handbell choir begins rehearsal NEXT WEEK! Come hear how God is speaking through the many gifts in your faith community!
Want to perform??? Let Karen know of your interest! (Karen@WichitaFallsMCC.org) Time for the showcase is limited, so putting your name in to participate isn’t guaranteed, but we will make room for as many as possible to show off their talent!
| Prayers and Praises
Add your Thanksgivings and Prayer Requests:
Thanksgiving/Praise for… This church & our loving savior! For a new job!!!! Starting a new job!
Cary C – recovery from surgery and for continued healing. Debra’s mom – support for care. MJ’s Mom, Lucille – healing and comfort. Robyn Hering – for healing, safety, understanding and that all her needs, known and unknown, are met. Our CLM class to continue being a success! Our Change that Counts drive! The church Thanksgiving Basket drive.
Billy – following the loss of his father, that he and his family navigate their grief with gentleness and patience for one another.
Pray with Us
Loving God, surround with comfort and grace all those who suffer. Embrace us with your constant presence and guide us along the path laid out before us. Remind us of your ever-present Self so that we may be assured that we are never alone. Move us in love with you so deeply that we cannot help but speak Your name to all who would listen. In Your most holy and precious names, Amen.
Special thanks to all of you who have volunteered to serve during worship this week! Please remember to be at church by 10:15 (Lead Usher) and 10:40 (everyone else) to check in!
Altar Candles – Ronda
Greeter – Justin
Altar Set up & Clean up – Cookie
Offering Ushers – Miriam & Lindsey
Invitation to Generosity – Martha (testimony)
Community Prayer – Barbara
Invocation & Reader – Linda
Message – Pastor Mel
Celebrant – Pastor Mel
Co-Celebrant – Cookie
Assist Table – Sandra
Holder 1 – Becky
Holder 2 – Shirley
Holder 3 – Kristopher
Server 1 – Barbara
Server 2 – Kelly
Diaconate Ordination: Barbara Mann
After continual study to meet the requirements
of our 2-year Deacon preparation program, I am pleased to announce that Barbara Mann will stand before the congregation of Wichita Falls MCC to receive a blessing of ordained ministry in the office of Deacon. The service will take place on Sunday, November 24th, at 11:00am (the start of Sunday worship). Congratulations Barbara! And thank you for investing so much hard work and self awareness in order to serve!
HOT AND HEARTY!
2013 Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, November 24th (pre- & post- worship)
WFMCC is taking entries into the 2013 Chili Cook-Off! It’s time for someone to take the winning title from Pastor Mel!!! Cost to enter is $10, but the reward from winning is PRICELESS! Get your favorite secret recipe out and start refining for this fun-filled church family competition. Goal is to get at least FIVE chili’s in the running, so step into the culinary limelight and sign up! You can put your name in the ring by emailing Karen (Karen@WichitaFallsMCC.org) or signing up on the bulletin board in the church foyer. Entries are complete when your entry fee is paid! Just put your $10 in an envelope marked “Chili Cook Off” in the offering on Sunday…it’s easy!
Judging of the chili will be anonymous. Want to judge? Let Karen know!
Just want to eat? Join us after worship on the 24th for a phenomenal, spicy, and hearty potluck! As you’re able, bring an accompanying dish for the competing chili entries. See you November 24th!
Next Dinner: November 19
Save the Dates…
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 8 members strong! Please keep Kim F, Laura N, Crystal N, Cathy Mc, Shirley M, Deon W, Pam F, and Janise S as they take on this journey of rediscovery!
Veteran’s Day Parade – Send Your Pictures
We had a WONDERFUL time participating in the Veteran’s Day parade last Saturday. If you were there and have pictures of our float or our participants, please send them to Pastor Mary via Facebook!
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new 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.
Overeaters Anonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.
For more information, contact Linda at 940-723-4395.
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