30 May 2014, In this Issue…
WHO WE ARE…
Wichita Falls MCC is an exuberantly inclusive
, 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
10:00am – Hospitality Hour
11:00am – Worship
Sermon Title: “Great Expectations”
Acts 1:6-11 (NRSV)
Isaiah 11:1-5 (MSG)
HELPING OUR COMMUNITY
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!
This week’s Downtown Dinner hosted 76 – yes seventy-six – people, including families! Whoop! Make plans to help with next month and be blessed by this wonderful ministry!
Homelessness Survival Kits
We have 24 Homelessness Survival Kits available to give to any who may be in need. Don’t forget to stop by the Fellowship Hall to pick one up and have it available to give away through the week!
SUMMER SPIRITUAL LEARNING
As you are making your plans for summer getaways, rest and relaxation, consider getting involved in a summer of learning and connection! Why? Because peace of mind and peace of spirit are closely connected to a life filled with well-being
…and you get BOTH from study into the nature of God and your faith.
Here’s what’s coming up this summer!
Confronting the Controversies Small Groups
Do you have an opinion on the death penalty? Do you feel strongly one way or another about abortion? What are your views on the separation of church and state? creation and evolution in the public schools? euthanasia? or prayer in public schools? …Chances are you do have strong feelings about some of these subjects. Regarding others you may have opinions, but perhaps you have not spent a great deal of time thinking through the issues.
We will navigate these questions together through 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 (with a special all-church seminar on the topic of Homosexuality in August).
Offering: Mondays, 6:00pm, June 16 – July 21. Sign up here!
Lunch Well-Being: Let’s get a Pharisectomy!
Have you ever run into someone who was totally cynical about church? They were fed up with the hypocrisy, the fighting, the legalism, and everything else in between. Maybe they were hurt by believers when they were young. Or maybe they tried to give church a chance at one point in their lives, only to find out that there was little love or acceptance to be found.
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!
If you have ever been hurt in a church, or even if you were the one [told you were] doing the hurting, …this book has the potential to radically impact your life. A Pharisectomy is an operation that all of us need…[and we have one another] to walk us through the procedure. (from the Forward by Greg Surratt)
Offering: Wednesdays, 12:30pm, during the month of July. Sign up here!
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. The horrific events of September 11, 2001 forever shattered the illusion that the only religion which matters is our own. When the hijacked airliners flew into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a lonely Pennsylvania hillside that morning, the world realized with chilling clarity that the religious imaginations of people in far away lands now mattered to all.
Some sort of understanding of the world’s great religious traditions is now essential to our political security, perhaps even to our own survival. We need to understand, roughly at least, what other people believe and why they act the way they do, if nothing else to defend ourselves from future attacks. Comparative religions is no longer an academic endeavor.
In our world today, we watch the spectacle of nuclear- armed India and Pakistan, divided fiercely by religion as well as other issues, facing off over the “line of control” in Kashmir. We see the continuation of the centuries-old conflict between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Ireland. We see a religious element in the standoff between Israelis and Arabs in the Middle East. And around the periphery of the world, countless fires are fueled at least in part by religious extremism. Understanding what’s going on may hold one very important key to the future. We see all too plainly the results of failing to understand.
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 UPDATE
This past Congregational Meeting we were unable to fill by election both available seats on the Board of Trustees. The result is a board appointment, affirmed by all the Board of Trustee members. Also, a recent resignation opened another seat on the board, and while between congregational meetings, the Board of Trustees needed to fill that seat by appointment.
Thanks to their willingness to serve, the Board of Trustees welcomes Shirley Miller and John Snyder to fill the two vacant seats on the Board of Trustees until November 2014.
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! 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
A Few Updates from our meeting last Sunday…
— Thanks to the generosity of OTHER MCC CHURCHES, we will be ordering and placing a port-a-potty on our church property for use by the homeless. This will have little to no impact on our budget lines. Reasoning: Our homeless community utilizes the shrubs on the side of our building for cover to defecate. Our yard crew has had to clean up the effects. We are hopeful that the port-a-potty will deter the homeless from such activity and 1) remove the need and risk of disease from our yard crew, and 2) no longer place the homeless in danger of a public exposure charge.
— Finances: The approved financial report is on the entry way bulletin board for review.
— Utilities: Our AT&T bill for internet and phone is being reviewed for potential money-saving changes. A quote from Time Warner has been received and a six-month review of current services will be compared and presented in order to determine the viability of a switch in providers.
— Fund Request: The Yard Crew requested funding for the purchase of a new weed eater. Funding was approved unanimously up to an expense of $300 for the purchase.
$33,000 of Goal is Promised…
First, let’s celebrate! We pledged 58% of our budget! That means, when everyone meets their pledge amount every month, we are able to meet our most basic expenses for building, insurance, and utilities. Plus a little more toward personnel. We have the remainder of salaries and any additional ministry expenses yet to cover.
Soooo…we will need every hand to help out with FUNDRAISING! Our Stewardship Team has openings and is need of your ideas and your passionate money-raising plans. Already, we’ve received a heads up about a personal fundraiser that one member is planning on our behalf! Do you have ideas? Get them to us now! Do you have time? We need it! Let’s work together to meet our goal! Send ideas to info@WichitaFallsMCC.org
Missed your chance to pledge??? You still 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. We have a common goal…and it’ll take everyone’s attention and dedication to meet it.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Vacation Bible School is Coming…
July 28-August 1! More information coming soon!
Save the Dates: 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.
CREATING 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!
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 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.
From: “Ten Choices You Will Regret in Ten Years” (the-open-mind.com)
Wearing a mask to impress others.
– If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people
. Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.
We can be fooled into believing that it’s easier to just do and be what others want us to do and be. But after awhile it starts to get plain exhausting. You see, one person’s expectations of us won’t be the same as another person’s expectations. So, if we are constantly wearing that mask of “what-they-want” we develop some really bad habits.
First, we begin to believe that we know what they want without even asking them. This is a recipe for us always being confused and most of the time being wrong!
Second, we begin to forget that we are wearing a mask. Have you ever seen the movie “Mask” featuring Jim Carrey? Every time he put on the mask, his character’s entire…well…character changed…and not for the better. For during that time, the mask took over and the sweet man underneath disappeared.
Finally, we try to make the mask sufficient for ourselves. Yet, not only are we obsessed at meeting everyone else’s expectations, we lose sight of the expectations we have/had for ourselves. And so, no matter what, we are always disappointing the self that is “me”…and we deny God’s creativity in who we really are.
Let go of the masks. Though they might seem to bring peace, they create uncertainty, turmoil, and falsehood. They prevent you from being who God created you to be. Others will either fall into understanding and enjoyment of you, or they will go on their way. Even the pain of losing them will not be as great as losing yourself.
Keep up the good Gospel, MCC! You Are Loved!
Let no one tell you otherwise!