25 July 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.
WHAT TIME IS IT????? It’s Vacation Bible School Time! Wilderness Escape is coming to Wichita Falls!
It’s FUN, it’s FOOD, it’s LEARNING, it’s JUST FOR KIDS, it’s EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK…………………and it’s FREE!!!!!!
Get in touch with your kids, grandkids, neices, nephews, siblings…and get your youth registered for Vacation Bible School! IT’S FREE!!! Learn more and Register here: www.WichitaFallsMCC.org/VBS. You may also register on Monday at 5:30pm on-site.
July 28 – August 1
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK – DEEP WELL
In July, we will be meeting Christ at the well. Like the woman who encountered Jesus at Jacob’s well, we will find ourselves approaching the well, entering the company of Christ, immersing ourselves in the gospel teaching, and emerging with renewed understanding and hope. Don’t miss this month of worship together!
10:00am – Hospitality Hour
11:00am – Worship
Week 1 – July 6 – “Come to the Water”
This deep well of living water is the source of the renewal of our faith and baptism. What will we find if we allow ourselves to come near?
Week 2 – July 13 – “Taking the Plunge”
It takes courage. To jump in. To move slowly. The how doesn’t matter as much as the doing. By entering, we must have willingness to be up to our necks in our questions, our fears, our doubts, and our longings. But it’s the deepest water that holds what we seek.
Week 3 – July 20 – “You’re Gonna Need a Bathing Suit”
We remember Jesus baptism and our own and ask ourselves what we’ve immersed our everyday lives in – messages or death and fear, or messages of renewal?
Week 4 – July 27 – “Take a Deep Breath!”
As necessary as our regular breathing, we need the regularity of spiritual renewal.
WORSHIP MUSIC ASSISTANT NEEDED!
Our church is BLESSED to have the wonderful
talents of Karen Booth as our Director of Music. Karen serves the congregation with diligence and devotion…and on occasion, Karen needs a day off!
When Karen takes such time for her family, health, and restoration, we need even further assistance to enhance worship in her absence. These are cherished shoes to fill…a privilege to be sure. Because we take our worship time seriously, the Board of Trustees, at the request of Pastor Mel, has approved the search for a Worship Music Assistant to cover Sundays and worship events that Karen is unable to attend.
Please spread the word…we are offering a $50 stipend per service covered. Qualifications are:
- Proficient with piano, able to sight read with excellence. Also, welcome a player with the ability to play via lead sheet chording for praise music.
- If needed, able to sing while playing for hymn leading. (In the absence of established music leader volunteers)
- Available via two week notice for sub gigs. Must be available for regular dates, including: Christmas Eve, Sunday after Christmas, Sunday after Thanksgiving, Sunday after Easter, Mother’s Day.
- Able to offer a special music during offertory, when needed.
- MUST be able to work with the Music Director by making time on weeks prior to Sunday coverage to go through music choices and walk through the service needs.
THIS POSITION NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CHOOSING WORSHIP MUSIC OR MAKING CHANGES TO THE MUSIC DIRECTOR’S PLANNED MUSIC CHOICES.
WICHITA FALLS WATERMELON FEST TOMORROW!
Downtown Wichita Falls Development (DWFD) and the Charlie Thornberry Farmers Market Association present the third annual Watermelon Fest, on Saturday, July 26th, at the Downtown Farmers Market (8th & Ohio St.) from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Watermelon Fest is free and open to the public. There will be free treats for the children and all the watermelon you can eat (while supplies last)!
8:00: Sidewalk Chalk Contest and Watermelon Carving Contest (awarded at end of festival)
11:00 Seed Spitting Contest
12:00 Whipped Cream Eating Contest
CONTACT THE DWFD OFFICE (940-322-4525) AND SIGN UP TODAY FOR:
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
Sidewalk Chalk Mural Contest
Watermelon Carving Contest
“When one has tasted it [Watermelon] he knows what the angels eat.”- Mark Twain
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)
Church-U Summer Learning & Fun!
Church-U KIDZ & Youth!
Do you have children/youth, ages 0-17? Then we have programming for them! (Download the Church-U KIDZ & Youth Brochure here!
Vacation Bible School! “Wilderness Escape”
Join us July 28 – August 1, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
August 17th – Pool Party at Fain Pool! Join us for an afternoon of splashing…one last hurrah before the school year! 3:00-8:00 p.m.
And here are the adult-learning options for this summer! (Download the Church-U Summer Learning brochure 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.
Offering: Thursdays, 6:00pm, July 24 – August 28
. Sign up here!
Save the Dates: September 16, October 21, November 18
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)
Settling for less than you deserve. – Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before. Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again. Don’t settle.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it…For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
(John 1:1-5, 3:16-17)
I’ve been listening to the book “Gone with the Wind” over this last two weeks. It’s a compelling story, still one of the best tales I’ve ever read, and yet I am only just now understanding its title. You see, the story focuses on a southern belle, Scarlett, and the world in which she lived. Part of the Confederate South soon overwhelmed by the Union North, Scarlett navigates a whole host of issues that someone of her breeding ought never have experienced. Her entire world was in short order, gone…with the ever passing wind…and long-held rules for the gentry of society fall quickly away.
This reading, I’m drawn keenly to the dialogue and description that seeks to amend the “good enoughs”. Specifically in regards to relationship…who exactly is good enough for friends, business relationships, marriage to young white women, and even socializing among folks of differing skin color.
In this world of evolving technology, heights of media extortion of human “beauty”, and the constant passing of cultural realities…as if our world is continually gone with the wind…our definitions of good enough tend toward whomever we believe will like us best. Teen boys and girls alike navigate thousands of more pieces of information about what makes them “good enough” and an entire adult generation already lives with the fear and uncertainty and competition to acquire enough goodness.
But we are also an impatient folk. For our estimations of good enough – whether upon someone else or ourselves – happen in instances and last lifetimes. It’s as if our estimations, our presumptions, are more important than engaging and seeking truth.
As people of faith, if we consider the lowest number of years since the dawn of creation until the time of Jesus, we must realize that good enough is hardly something that can truly be reached in a lifetime. After all, the great gift of Jesus came at LEAST 4,500 years after humanity was created. But, Jesus didn’t come when human beings became good enough to deserve him, but when God chose to teach us that we’ve been good enough all along.
And with our minds focused closely on Christ, we may find the patience to live our lives knowing already that we are good enough, and so we seek things that are good FOR us. Scarlett learned to adjust beyond the sense of good “enough” and lived life seeking out what was good “for” her and her family. Don’t settle for things that wear upon your spirit and health and sense of self. Be it an overly taxing job, or a relationship that teaches you more about your shortcomings than your gifts.
Stop being tempted by what the world convinces you will make you good enough. You’re already there. And when you live as such and with an eye to God who loves you, what is good for you will become clearer…in it’s own time.
Keep up the good Gospel, MCC! You Are Loved!
Let no one tell you otherwise!