Get Busy, Live Better…No More Darkness, No More Night!

 

2 May 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. 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Worship
10:00am – Hospitality Hour

11:00am – Worship
Sermon Title:  “No More Darkness, No More NIght”

Scriptures:

Acts 1:12-26 (NRSV)

Psalm 139:1-12 (MSG)

 

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!

 

 

Homelessness Survival Kits
It’s that time again!  We endeavor to provide survival kits every quarter of the year to those who live on the street in the Falls.  Each kit includes weather-specific supplies, and 50 kits is our goal!  Start gathering your donations NOW.  Deadline is May 4th…THIS SUNDAY!  Kits will be assembled on Thursday, May 8th at 6:30pm.  Please come help!

Aloe Vera (ravel size), Sunscreen, Deodorant, Ball Caps, Band Aids, Antiseptic Wipes, Bug Spray, Bottled Water, Gatorade Packets, Granola Bars, Cereal Bars, Canned Meat (with pop top), Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Chapstick with SPF, Bar Soap, Sunglasses.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

After many weeks of planning, several volunteers came together this week to put up the gutters on the back wall so we can collect rainwater!  Thank you Mistee P., Kim F., Tammy E., and John S. for measuring for us prior!  Gutters are up!  Bring on the rain!

Gutters 1 Gutters 1 Gutters 3  

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! 

  • Water the garden with our stored non-potable water.
  • Purchase supplies for a new attic door. (approx. $250)
  • Purchase supplies for extension on back gutter.  (approx. $75)
  • Install a new attic door.
  • Help attach gutter extensions.
  • Help the Hospitality Team serve on Sunday mornings.
  • Join us on May 8th, 6:30pm, to create Homelessness Survival Kits.
  • 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.
  • Help purchase supplies for, or build, a permanent ramp between the sanctuary and fellowship hall for accessibility to the back restroom.

 

NEXT FRIDAY…
WE’RE ON SCREEN!!!!  MSU/MCC Documentary is Finally Here!

Come As You Are

 

TIME TO MAKE YOUR PLEDGE!
In March, we approved our 2014 End of Year budget.  Now, It’s time to join efforts and plan how we will meet that goal!

Pledge Sunday (goal date to meet budget): May 25, 2014.

This Sunday, pledge forms will be available for you to pick up and pray over.  Alternately, you can download your form HERE and make your pledge now!  Return the form to church during worship, or mail to 1401 Travis St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301.

For your prayer time…

Click here to take some time to read our Seventh Practice of Ministry in Community: Generosity.  Pledging is a part of living a life of generosity…a goal for all who wish to follow the example of Christ.  Also, this year, rather than pledging based solely on individual financial ability, we are, as a community, going to pledge to the budget total itself. We have a common goal…and it’ll take everyone’s attention and dedication to meet it.

 

For the remainder of this year, our total goal to pledge is $57,897 to December 31, 2014. With a membership of 63 people, that represents $920 per person to meet budget over the course of 9 months; or $102 per month; or $24 every Sunday from our ENTIRE membership.

 

Of course, there are members among us who already pledge well over this amount every week. Thank you! PLEASE DON’T STOP!!! Please know you make a HUGE impact on our church’s finances.

 

If you already give over this amount per week or month, consider a 2.4% increase in your pledge. So, if your usual pledge is $300/month, consider adding 2.4% more, to totaling $308. If you have the means and would like to do even more, you might consider adding 24% more – which would take our $300 example to $372. (And of course, any amount is welcome!)

There are also those who cannot make a pledge of $24 every Sunday due to their financial means and/or their age (some members are minors without means). Additionally, households with more than one member may not be able to pledge twice and three times this minimum per capita (per person) amount.

 

For those who have pledged prior to this pledge drive and who have consistently pledged under the $102/month, I’m asking that you individually stretch your pledge to the $24/Sunday amount, if at all possible, and to be public about your decision to do so. One dollar for every hour of Sunday! Brings new meaning to the hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour!”

 

 

One more note…I know the financial status of all our households change due to many variables. If you pledged last year and either 1) cannot pledge this year, or 2) must reduce your pledge, please know that your gifts – in any capacity – are MOST welcome and MOST appreciated. This pledge campaign and our common goal to meet the budget amount is meant to bring us together, not separate us from one another. Just know that you are still and always will be a valuable part of our community. Please don’t let financial changes remove you from our church body!


Let’s pledge together to meet
the needs of our church!
 

 

ADDITIONAL NEWS…
MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Vacation Bible School is Coming…
July 28-August 1!  More information coming soon! 

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Downtown Dinner

 

DOWNTOWN DINNER
Next Dinner:

May 20th 

Save the Dates:  June 17, July 15, 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 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.

COMMUNITY GARDEN HARVESTS FEED 20 FOLKS!

This past weekend, we harvested lettuce from our community garden.  Four quart bags full went to individual garden workers…and offered some tasty salad!  Fifteen (yes, that’s 15) quart bags full went to Faith Mission and offered some tasty salad to 30 folks.  PLUS: two of our own in need were able to enjoy a healthy lunch at church.  … … …  And because of the method of harvest, the lettuce is STILL producing and will offer meals again in a few weeks.

If you’ve not taken time to work the community garden – for your own harvest, or to be of service to others – please make some time!  The garden is open on Tuesday mornings from 9am – 11am, during any church event (like music rehearsals on Wednesday nights), and by appointment.  We have plenty of folks able to open the gate for you…just let Pastor Mel know when you can make time to be there!  (214-500-1935)

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