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 Hospitality!
Hospitality is the active condition of humility. Much of Christian thought today is focused on the lack of pride…then defined as “humility”…as if to be humble is to be lacking a sense of self. Yet, humility is situated within a person, in all that the person is and hopes to be. Humility ought never be a state of constant being un-human, but a state of constant human activity…for to be humble is to be willing to put others’ needs ahead of our own. When that willingness is put to action, it is hospitality. When we gather as a body of believers – the Body of Christ – we are both a proud people of faith, and a people willing to put others’ needs ahead of our own (humble), and ready to act for the healing into wholeness (salvation) of others by welcoming them and offering them the comforts needed to grow (hospitality). Constant hospitality in giving and receiving the blessings of God brings us closer to our God.
Luke 23:33-43 & Colossians 1:11-20
Embracing Awe, Being Totally Odd
Awed and Odd
Beginning on December 1, 2013, we embrace the Advent season with a series called “Awed and Odd”…for we Christians are in awe of a God that loves us so much as to send the Son to us in the birth of Jesus, and we are an odd bunch, called to act and live in contrast with the values of the world. Join us for a new understanding of the classic themes of Advent: Peace, Love, Joy, and Hope as we prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Christ.
Advent programming will begin the week of December 2nd!!! Watch for a separate announcement and calendar!
Get immersed in your faith, and involved in your faith community!
Support Our Presence in the Community…
THIS SUNDAY! HOT AND HEARTY! CHILI & POTLUCK!
2013 Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, November 24th (pre- & post- worship)
DeThrone Pastor Mel!
It’s time for someone to take the winning title from Pastor Mel!!! 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.
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! Bring a dish to share! See you Sunday!
We fed 78 people this week!
Next Dinner: December 17
Save the Dates…January 14, February 11
Come help us serve those in need! Arrive at or near 5:30pm. Dinner service starts at 6:00pm and ends at 7:30pm.
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!
VOTING CLOSES: DECEMBER 1st
LAST SUNDAY TO BRING YOUR OFFERING!
2013 Thanksgiving Basket Drive!
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! 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! Family & Friends. This church. Pam, my love. No injuries in the fire of McCloud’s home.
Dan & Cindy – healing. Tiffney. Heidi – safe travel & mended relationship. Job stresses. Doris McCloud Family – lost home & possessions in a fire. Reeca Hall – grief for mother in law. 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.
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 – Miriam
Altar Set up & Clean up – Melvin
Offering Ushers – Taylor & Miriam
Invitation to Generosity – Linda
Community Prayer – Cookie
Invocation & Reader – Linda
Message – Pastor Mel
Celebrant – Pastor Mel
Co-Celebrant – Linda
Assist Table – Sandra
Holder 1 – Laura
Holder 2 – Tammy
Holder 3 – Crystal
Server 1 – Cookie
Server 2 – XXXXXX
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!
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!
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!
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.
For more information, contact Linda at 940-723-4395.
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