17 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.
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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS HERE!!!!
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: http://wichitafallsmcc.org/programs/vacation-bible-school
July 28 – August 1
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WANT TO SERVE??? We need VBS Volunteers!
All hands on deck! We need YOU to help with Vacation Bible School this year! VBS will be a bit more streamlined this year and being a teacher, a helper, a group leader…it’s all EASY! The special talent you need? Just a love for children and a desire to help out!
Please get in touch with Kelly as soon as possible with your availability and area you’re willing to help in. Email her at KellyP@WichitaFallsMCC.org or call the church office at 940-322-4100 and leave her a message! Thanks in advance for helping out!
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!
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)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES – PRAYERS APPRECIATED!
Please be in prayer now about your willingness and call to serve on the Board of Trustees! We need you! Download a Board of Trustees Application Here! 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
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!
Pastor Mel and Kelly and Linda have been hosting weekly movie outings at Cinemark’s Summer Movie Series. Meet on Wednesdays at 9:40am at the theater, and enjoy a movie with your WFMCC family!
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!)
Lunch Well-Being: Let’s get a Pharisectomy!
Have you ever run into someone who was totally cynical about church? 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! Offering: Wednesdays, 12:45pm
, 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.
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!
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)
Trying to micromanage every little thing. – Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement. Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight. Take a deep breath. When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward. You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not. It just takes some time to connect all the dots.
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
How often we forget to rest! And how much our culture desires to judge us by all we accomplish, or don’t!
Jesus, for all he accomplished in his short three-year ministry, gave us an example of a great entrepreneur. We get caught up in the stories of Jesus’ life as are told by the four synoptic gospels. Yet, we cannot lose sight of the reality that Jesus didn’t do everything that was done by his ministry. In fact, like a responsible executive director, he sent the disciples off to do their part, while he rested and took it easy. And he didn’t immediately start interrogating them when they got back!
Take a look at Mark, chapter 6, sometime. Enjoy the images of rest and delegation, of trust in his co-ministers, of joy at receiving them, and then of his desire that they take care of themselves. Had it been hugely important that Jesus know each and every detail of the disciples work, we would certainly have a group of parables just from his counsel to Peter, James, John, Andrew, Matthew and the like. But the text remains silent except for the note that they “told him all that they had done and taught.”
No advice for tone of voice or presentation. No assuaging pats on the back for uncertain outcomes. No hurrahs for a job done well. Rather, we simply move from “we served” to “now, rest”.
Of course, as happens to many of us, even Jesus’ attempt at teaching this valuable lesson of respite is interrupted by the severe need of the people. For, when they came to shore after leaving to find a deserted place to rest and eat, there stood the five thousand…yearning to hear their message. Still, Jesus let the disciples rest by taking on the teaching himself…after all, while the disciples were out, he rested. Then, together, they served when mealtime arrived among the needy.
Balance is the ultimate lesson of Christ. There will always be need…we don’t have to look far to find someone who wants what we might offer. But our incessant provision of resource and time and attention, coupled with the lack of tending to our own needs and wants, is a recipe for disaster. Surround yourself with friends to help and be of help when we struggle to balance the personal…and TRUST them. Surround yourself with coworkers to help and be of help when we struggle to balance the professional…and TRUST them. And always find time to serve outside of both, to enhance the spirit within. Yet, among all this, welcome time to rest. Welcome time to BE served.
Take that deep, cleansing breath that God gives us, and find that restoration brings you more fully to your service and more fully into life.
Keep up the good Gospel, MCC! You Are Loved!
Let no one tell you otherwise!