WFMCC eNews – 19 March 2015


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Wichita Falls MCC…You are Welcome Here! 19 March 2015

Worship this Week

The Chains that Bind Us

The Chains that Bind Us

Letting go and Letting God
We are surrounded by temptations and habits that impede our ability to stay fully aware of God in our lives. Over time (and sometimes immediately), our focus turns to these chains and we become bound to temptations and soul-searing practices. In these, we can lose ourselves. In these, the light of Christ within us can be all but extinguished.

  • February 22 – Money and Possessions This Week…
  • March 1 – CLOSED FOR WEATHER Sundays, 11:00am
  • March 8 – Fear and Depression Hospitality Breakfast, 10:00am
  • March 15 – Past Failures and Worldly Successes Theme: Gossip and Unforgiveness
  • March 22 – Gossip and Unforgiveness John 3:14-21
  • March 29 – PALM SUNDAY 1 Peter 3:18-22

Holy Week! March 29-April 5

Join us for a week of preparation and celebration leading up to Easter Sunday!

Palm Sunday
29 March 2015 – 10am Breakfast, 11am Worship
Help us welcome the coming Christ with the celebration of Palms! “Throughout the mediterranean and Near East, palm has long been a symbol of victory, peace and eternal life. It was considered sacred in various Mesopotamian religions, and to both ancient Assyrians and Egyptians it represented immortality as a ‘tree of life’.”* Bring a palm to wave in celebration! (A few palms will be available to share at church.) ALSO: bring a cloak, cape, towel…any large piece of fabric…to build our altar together!

Choir Rehearsal at 7:30pm! Join us! We are singing three songs for Easter Sunday and would LOVE to have you join in! The songs are quick to learn and listening CDs provided for home practice. Private lesson available starting at 6:45pm for those who wish to have a few moments to learn parts.

Maundy Thursday – A Christian Seder Meal
2 April 2015 – 6:00pm Gathering, 6:30pm Ritual Begins
This year, our friends at The Episcopal Church at Wichita Falls are joining us for our seder meal! Come experience this ritual meal and recall the story of Passover in our ancient Hebrew ancestry. This year’s meal is a potluck. Main meat dish to be provided…bring LOTS of sides to share! Gathering at 6:00pm, Dinner starts at 6:30pm (it’s OK to come late! Just let us know you’re coming so we save you a seat!

Good Friday Worship Vigil
3 April 2015 – 7:00pm
Need a little peace at the end of this busy-but-sacred work week? Come to church and rest in the comfort of your Creator and your family of fath! Service begins at 7:00pm. Refreshments and fellowship afterward. This year: Our Gospel Ballads. We will join our voices in singing those quiet melodious hymns from our various church (and non-churched) backgrounds. Want to sing YOUR favorites? Send them to Pastor Mel to be included! (Limited time slots, first-send-first-included!) PastorMel@WichitaFallsMCC.orgClick to download the Easter BBQ Flyer

Easter Backyard BBQ
4 April 2015 – 11:00am-3:00pm
Our Easter Backyard BBQ is BACK! This all-community potluck is open to any who wish to participate. Invite your friends and family for a day of playing, music, prizes, crafts, and more! Lunch potluck will feature chicken wings, brisket, and hot dogs…and WHATEVER YOU BRING TO SHARE! Click the image to download this year’s flyer. Help spread the word!!

38 in worship last week!


A.D. television series imageOn April 5th, Easter Sunday, NBC begins a television series titled “A.D.” This series moves through the stories held in the Biblical accounts of the Book of Acts. Watch the Preview Here! >>

Our A.D. Program

Watch the Series
Either watch at home, with a small group, or (pending confirmation) join your church family to watch A.D. in the sanctuary. (If you would like to host a small group in your home or at church, please let Pastor Mel know!

Sanctuary Watch Party – WFMCC Sanctuary – Sundays 8:00pm

Study Together
In small groups through the week, you will have the opportunity to discuss the week’s episode and the scripure that pertains to it. Learn about the major players in the book, from Peter to Paul, and their impact on the formation of the Early Church.

Study Group 1 – WFMCC Fellowship Hall – Tuesdays 10:00am
Study Group 2 – WFMCC Fellowship Hall – Thursdays 7:00pm

Lesson 1 – Hope for a New Beginning
Lesson 3 – Pentecost Power
Lesson 5 – A Bigger Picture
Lesson 7 – A Wider Circle
Lesson 9 – Let It Go
Lesson 11 – Credit the Source
Lesson 2 – Wait for It
Lesson 4 – What Matters Most
Lesson 6 – Scattered Seeds
Lesson 8 – Respond to God
Lesson 10 – Life Moments
Lesson 12 – Unstoppable

Worship Together
Join us each week for Sunday services! Discuss the week’s happenings at 10am breakfast in the fellowship hall, then engage in a sermon series based on the book of the Acts of the Apostles!

The Life of the Church

There are many wonderful things at church 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
Choir – the choir is preparing to sing for Easter Sunday! If you are interested in joining the choir, please let us know by leaving a message with the church office 940-322-4100 OR sending an email to Pastor Mel!
Outreach – Serve with your church family!
Tuesday Morning Crew – Have a few hours to devote to those necessary “odd jobs” around church? Join the Tuesday Morning Crew! 9:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesdays
Downtown DinnerHelp Serve the community while you experience the benefit of sharing Christ’s love with others! Service: Every third Tuesday, 5:30pm
Garden Team – The Garden Team is ready to work! We will (hopefully) be adding compost to our garden bed on April 4th, then planting begins! Please pray for no more freezing.
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
Board of Trustees Congregational Meeting – April 19th, after church

Renewal through Scripture

In 2015, Wichita Falls MCC will begin building a program of regular education through Bible study.
In order to ensure that as many of our community as possible can participate, Pastor Mel needs to hear from you!
We have seven nights/days to choose from, and Pastor Mel is able to meet twice a week for study.
So that everyone has a voice, please click the link below and choose from the available days/times offered for this study. More information will be released in the weeks to come. Click Here to Participate! >>

Also at 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!


Overeaters Anonymous is now meeting at the church during the lunch hour on Wednesdays. This is an OPEN meeting! All are welcome.

Church Relationship Building

Are you struggling to connect with others at church? Finding that your expectations aren’t being met? Need to speak with someone about getting and staying connected?

Review these important documents adopted by our church in March 2014. These are guiding principles that help us all know what is to be expected, what we can expect, and how we can build lasting relationships with one another.

Components of Church Relationships >>

Practices of Church Relationships >>

Expectations of Church Relationships >>

From the Blog…

A Legacy Yet Realized
One of the providential aspects of being Wichita Falls MCC is our anniversary date. Our anniversary falls only two days after the celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. It’s a period of time on the national calendar that much of our country is thinking about social justice. Rev. Dr. King made a … [Read more…]

Commitment: A Matter of Faith
Commitment to the church is something that we Christians take very seriously. We use language of possession when we have committed our lives to a particular faith community. We go to “our church”, we welcome you to “our church”, we spend “our money” on church activities, we bake “our best pie”, we share “our gifts”, … [Read more…]
Who We Are: Intentionally Inclusive

God is a great Creator with an immense love for diversity and unity. How do we know? Well, just look around you in nature and among the people in your life. As much as there is similarity in this world, there is wide diversity. Colors, shapes, sizes of everything in nature (including people) point to … [Read more…]




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