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30 October 2014
volunteer heart! Volunteer Appreciation!

Pastor Mel announced that we would celebrate Volunteer Appreciation this coming weekend, but has been reminded that many of our folks will be away this Sunday.  Soooo…Volunteer Appreciation has moved!  We will celebrate volunteerism in our church on November 9th, as part of our worship service!  As this is also congregational meeting Sunday, please plan to attend!  And in advance…
Thank You for all You Do and Are
in our Faith Community! 

Worship This Week…

Theme:  “Cultivating Contentment”

“Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity”

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…for Cause, …for Community, …for Christ

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi


“All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Jesus of Nazareth





6:30 p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday each month

1400 1/2 N Scott Street 


Hosted by Harold’s Bar

Rev. Mel Martinez, Facilitating Pastor


This is an extension outreach ministry by Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church.  Any questions regarding the service, its format, its speakers, or its management may be directed to WFMCC at 940-322-4100.


Small Group SUNDAY!

Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity – Small Group Study

 1:00 p.m. Sundays  

Bring Your Lunch

Join us for the third installment of our Enough series…an after-church small group/Sunday school!  You do NOT have to read the book or otherwise prepare to participate in this study!  Try it out for a week and spread the word.  When you have well-being, the church has well-being.  Let’s engage in well-being together!
Worship Music Help Needed!
We are seeking a fill-in Worship Music Leader for days when our Director of Music takes her much-needed and much-affirmed days off. 

If you have the ability to play piano and are willing to offer your services for a $50 stipend on weeks that require your preparation and leadership, please contact us at!  We need you!  (Contract is subject to an interview and audition.)

2Gether in Church!
Take time to read through what is expected of members and friends as part of our church!

Feature Video

“Forgiveness” by Toby Mac
See Toby Mac live at Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium on November 8th!  >>

The Goings On…
Get Busy, Live Better!

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don't do them.

We have LOTS of opportunity to get involved at WFMCC.  There’s no reason to stay disconnected from your faith community!  Take a look at how you can be involved…

Music Ministry
The choir is always seeking new voices! 
No experience required and you do NOT have to read music!  Just come with a desire to make a joyful noise! 
     Practice: 7:00pm, Wednesdays

Outreach – Serve with your church family!
Garden Care – We’ve planted our pumpkin patch!  And it’s time to till under to make room. 
     Gardening: 9:00am, Tuesdays
Downtown Dinner – Help Serve the community while you experience the benefit of sharing Christ’s love with others! 
     Service: Every third Tuesday,


GenderQuest – support one another as we navigate this gendered world around us!     Meeting: every 2nd Tuesday, 6:30pm  Location: TBA

Hospitality Hour
– Come to church a little early on Sunday and enjoy a full breakfast and time to connect! 
     Service: Sundays, 10:00am


– Make time for lunch on FIVE Sundays (Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9 – after luncheon) to join in discussion after worship, over lunch, to invigorate your financial health.  Even if your finances are already well tended, there’s a chance to learn more and deepen their spiritual impact in your life!
Board of Trustee Meeting Schedule
December 14th after church

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It’s That Time Again!!!!

Spaghetti Supper

We are welcoming not one, but TWO great artists for our Spaghetti Supper this year! Both Shelly Torres-West and Kim Wisdom are offering the best of their talents to us! 

Two Fabulous Performances…
A Full-Course Dinner…
A Worthy Cause…
Don’t Miss Out!

Tickets are $15 each! The Best Deal in Town!
November 8, 2014  |  6:00 p.m.

Buy your tickets online here! (add’l $1 processing fee)

We need your help to spread the word!  Download a copy of this year’s flyer here.  Post it far and wide.  Also, we have tickets available for members and friends to sell!  Don’t let your friends and family miss out on this wonderful event, either!

And one more thing…
This year’s supper is being held at First United Methodist Church (FUMC), in their luxurious Fellowship Hall, complete with performance stage!  The Board of Trustees at FUMC was MOST excited to sharing their space with us…and has offered it free of charge!

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Board Meeting Recap

The Board of Trustees met on October 26th following our “Enough” small group study.  Here is a summary recap of the topics and decisions covered.
  • Congregant Discussion – A group of congregants (members and friend) were in attendance to have a discussion in hopes of resolving some issues.  The group requested that the Board agree to contact the denomination and ask for a mediator to be sent to address clergy competency issues.  The Board of Trustees, after discussion and at the recommendation of Pastor Mel, agreed unanimously to reach out to the Office of Church Life and Health at MCC for this assistance.  If you have general questions or comments please send those to the Clerk of the Board of Trustees, Lois Gallenberger (email here) to be shared.  NOTE: All complaints, questions, etc. MUST be submitted with the interested party’s name and contact information, or they will not be considered. 
  • Financial reports for both August 2014 and September 2014 were reviewed and approved.
  • Board Member John Snyder will be looking into corrections needed to fix a water leak in the sanctuary.
  • Spaghetti Supper ticket sales deadline is November 4th.  Ticket money may be turned in to Karen Booth or directly to a member of the Board of Trustees.  Please be sure to get a receipt when you turn funds in!
  • Pastoral Contract Review – the revised pastoral contract, including a reduction in salary and removal of unattainable benefits (all due to financial adjustments in our upcoming budget year), has been submitted to Pastor Mel for review.  The anticipated contract effective date will be January 1, 2015, when signed.  At that time, a total of approximately $11,400 in unpaid benefits will be due to Pastor Mel.  A plan for payment will be drafted.
  • We are investigating refuse charges with the city to determine if we can lower our bill.
  • The Congregational Meeting packets have been distributed to all who have been in attendance at church or church functions, as possible.  Any unclaimed packets are being mailed this week.
  • We will be making payment to UFMCC for Pastor Mel’s clergy license, as is part of her contract with the church.  Because payment is being made early, the cost is $175, rather than $300.
  • Pastor report was given, accounting for a variety of tasks and accomplishments in the last several weeks.  Acknowledgement made of sick time taken during the week of October 20-24.
  • Ministry reports received from A/V Team, Music Ministry, and the Deacon Ministry.


REMEMBER: This is a recap, not a detailed report of the meeting!  For full details, see the minutes of the meeting posted in the foyer as soon as they are available.

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Congregational Meeting

The Board of Trustees has announced the dates of both our forum and the Congregational Meeting.  Please make note and reserve the dates in your calendar!  WE NEED as many members as possible to attend!

Congregational Meeting Forum 
November 4, 2014  |  6:00pm

Congregational Meeting 
November 9, 2014  |  Immediately after church!

As it has been over the past three years, the congregational meeting will be vote only.  If you have any questions or comments on voting items, make plans to attend the Forum.   

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Enough…Your Stewardship Campaign

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity


 We are halfway through our churchwide emphasis Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. Last Sunday, our topic was “Wisdom and Finance.” We looked at the biblical principles of money management and learned how they apply to our daily lives. We also reviewed some common pitfalls and cultural traps and discovered how we can avoid them. 


This Sunday our topic will be “Cultivating Contentment.” If you ever feel a strong desire to have more, or if you ever look at your surroundings and feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things, then you don’t want to miss this message! We will address head-on our human tendency to accumulate possessions and wealth and learn how to consciously change our ways. We also will be handing out a special tool that will help us to re-focus daily on contentment and simplicity. I hope you will join us!


How can we possibly make a difference as a healthy
Body of Christ with all that goes on in our financial lives???
WE CAN!!!  BUT ONLY BY WORKING TOGETHER!  Let’s get a hold on some of that anxiety, anger and worry and work together as a family in faith to reach wellness, so we can live and work as the Body of Christ!  It’s up to ALL of us, whether we are among those who suffer under the burden of finances, or are among those who flourish. 

Get involved in “Enough” today!
Leo Tolstoy, from “Family Happiness”

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor – such is my idea of happiness.”  

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Bring Your Donations…

We begin our fundraiser to benefit both our church and Goodwill THIS Sunday!  All donations are accepted. 

(AND, let’s be sure to offer goods that Goodwill will be able to sell in local Goodwill stores.)

How this fundraiser works:  Goodwill provides the bins and flyers. We collect donations.  They pick them up at the end of the fundraiser.  The church benefits in the amount of $0.10 per pound.  Goodwill benefits through the sales in local stores.  Easy as Pie!

Think Goodwill is just about the stores???  Nope!  Goodwill also provides…

  • Workforce Development Center
  • Adult Day Service
  • Career Development Center
  • Youth Services
  • Document Destruction
  • Industrial Janitorial Services
  • Goodwill Housing

Goodwill is also offering $15,000 in scholarships (of $1,000 each) to high school seniors so they may achieve their dream of furthering their education.   

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Gender Focus
…brought to you by WFMCC Genderquest
What happens everywhere impacts us here!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Transgender Day of Remembrance as part of Catalyst! November 20th at 6:30pm

marineUS Marine will face Philippine Court for Killing Transgendered Woman   The US Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino woman in that country will face trial for her death, but prosecutors have not decided on a charge yet. The defense team did not respond to the government’s preliminary probe.

Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton failed to answer a murder complaint filed by police on Monday, the deadline set by prosecutors, leaving it to the prosecution to determine what charge he faces. His lawyer, Rowena Garcia-Flores, did not file a counter-affidavit in the case, instead filing three separate motions for clarification of the murder complaint, declaration of the absence of probable cause for murder or another crime and the reduction of charges to homicide, the Philippine Star reported. Garcia-Flores said that any planned murder charge should be reduced to homicide, or killing without intent.

You have waived your rights to file a counter-affidavit. You have not presented any evidence on your behalf,” Olongapo City Prosecutor Emelie Fe De Los Santos told Flores during the televised proceedings on Tuesday afternoon. “We will base our resolution on the evidence that we’ve gathered. We should respect the process.”

We will rule on probable cause after we complete the process. Don’t teach us what to do,” she added. “The bottom line is we will go on with the preliminary investigation,” she said.

Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipino, in a motel room October 11 in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila Bay. Laude was apparently left strangled and drowned next to a toilet bowl. The Marine was initially been held on a US Navy warship at the Subic Bay Freeport, northwest of Manila, but on Wednesday Pemberton was transferred to the Philippine military’s main camp, where Filipino troops and two of his fellow Marines continue to guard him, the Associated Press reported.

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Membership Class!
Are you ready to join our church?  Then make plans to attend Membership class!  These are the next offerings of the class for Membership…

Wednesday, October 29th
5:30pm – in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday, November 2nd
3:00pm – in the Sanctuary 


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Community Needs…

The following Wichita Falls causes and organizations need help, too!  Take a moment to offer them what you can.

Support our Food Bank!  Food Bank
Support the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank by voting for them to receive a $60,000 donation from Walmart. You can vote once each day through Oct. 5. What easier way is there to help the hungry in our community? Vote here. (Our Food Bank is currently in the top 50 list!  Let’s keep them there!)  Let’s work together to feed hungry people!
   Text from FUMC Weekly Newsletter…thanks!

Community Events… 

“There’s nothing to do in The Falls”????? NOT!  Check out these events!


Women’s Spiritual Renewal Brunch  Spiritual Renewal

First United Methodist Church’s 8th Annual Women’s Spiritual Renewal Brunchwill be Saturday, November 1, 10:00-12:00 in the Atrium. All women are encouraged to join for a delicious brunch and inspiring music followed by a message from Rev. Nancy Sherman, the Associate Pastor at Floral Heights UMC, about “Building Your Spiritual Muscles.”
Questions? Contact Georgia Harrison at 940-766-4231.


About Us
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.
Also at the Church…

Alcoholics Anonymous   

Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization of people who want to share their experiences, lend strength and help the members and others recover from alcoholism.  Into Action Meeting Mondays, 7:00pm, in the rear fellowship hall.
  This is an OPEN meeting!
Music Rehearsal – For information on joining or practicing with Blended Journey, please contact Karen Booth (  Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 5:30pm.

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