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WFMCC Weekly
5 September 2013
Wichita Falls MCC

Wichita Falls MCC is a loving, growing, vibrant community of people. Our mission is to be a Christ-centered community of believers. We strive to provide a faith-filled spiritual experience for families and individuals of all ages. Through worship, music, play and service we acknowledge and celebrate God’s all-inclusive love. 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. 


Giving Opportunities…
See below for a current list of needs at church.  And, as always…thank you!!!

  • Kitchen Items:  Sugar, Lemonade Mix (Received! Thank you!), Iced Tea Bags (Family Size) – lots of each! 
  • Storage boxes – plastic, with lids – for organization.  Small and medium sizes.
  • Plastic shopping bags (like from Walmart)
  • Nail and screw set for wall hangings   


The Cup of Freedom

Philemon 1:1-25  (read it)
Luke 14:25-33  (read it)

Sermon title:  “Freedom to Move Forward”

For I am about to create a new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind”  Isaiah 65:17


September is for Animal Lovers!

Humane Society Wish List Our supply drive for the Humane Society of Wichita County (HSWC) starts THIS SUNDAY, September 1st!  We will be collecting donations of supplies for the HSWC each Sunday until September 22nd.  For those who would prefer to offer funds to support the work of the HSWC, a change jar will be placed in the foyer for your donation. 

Click the link above to download a list of the needs from the Humane Society.  Feel free to provide as much of these supplies as you can.

On September 22, we will go as a church to enjoy a “work” day at the Humane Society, getting to spend the majority of our time entertaining and playing with the animals residing there.

If you aren’t able to participate in the collection of supplies, you are welcome to help us organize them at the church, and keep the drive in your prayers for a great success!


Overeater's Anonymous

Overeater’s Anonymous

Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of Overeaters Anonymous beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013 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.

Overeaters Anonymous is not a diet club. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively.

Founded in 1960 with three members, OA views compulsive overeating as a physical, emotional, and spiritual disease that can be arrested, but not cured. Members seek recovery on all three levels by following a twelve step program patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous.

For more information, contact Linda at 940-723-4395.


Downtown Dinner

Next Dinner: September 17
Save the Dates…
October 15
November 19

It would be a wonderful addition to our Downtown Dinner program to be able to put out a sign in front of the church for each Tuesday we serve.  If you would be interested in helping us purchase a vinyl sign to advertise in our neighborhood when the Downtown Dinner is, please let Pastor Mel know.


Missionaries at work 

We extend a HUGE thank you to our missionary guests last weekend who joined us in the following projects…

  • Painting the Children’s Room (with Kelly’s leadership)
  • Moving the rainwater barrels closer to the garden
  • Repairing the downspout and drain on our NorthEast wall of the building
  • Clearing the garden areas for Fall planting

Thank you Kessler Park UMC Youth and Volunteers!!!


Creating a Life that Matters
Creating a Life that Matters is BACK!  And it’s THREE WEEKENDS ONLY!!!


WFMCC is offering the Creating a Life that Matters curriculum beginning in September 2013.  Last year’s class, our inaugural class, completed the curriculum and will be supporting this new class through prayer and encouragement and, as able, through their leadership during courses. 

This year we are offering the class in three weekend retreats, rather than in 18 weeks!  Cost for this Class:  $65 each
Scholarships available…if you need to be considered for a scholarship, let Pastor Mel know! 

Course Dates (ALL THREE weekends must be attended for completion) are as follows: 

September 19-22, October 17-20, & November 14-17

Daily Schedule:

Thursday – 6:30-8:30pm
Friday – 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday – 8:30am-6:00pm (lunch on your own)
Sunday – 6:45pm Dinner and closing ritual

Email Pastor Mel to sign up!


Bake Sale

Bake Sale is Back!

Hosted by Sevi’s Restaurant & the WFMCC Yard Team

The bake sale has been rescheduled!  Mark your calendars and get out your goodies cookbook!  We are hosting a bake sale at Sevi’s Restaurant on the morning of Saturday, September 28th. They open at 6am so set your alarm to get the best of the best goodies!

Donations of baked goods can be brought to the church on Friday, September 27th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm.  The yard crew will be there to receive donations.  Please help us raise the final funds spent to install our sprinkler system! 

Support WFMCC by Donating Online!

Click the button below to send your tithe or donation online via debit/credit card!

In This Issue
Worship Series!
Animal Lovers…
Overeaters Anonymous
Downtown Dinner
Young Missionaries!
CLM is Back!
Bake Sale is Back
Radical Generosity
Prayers & Praises
Worship Participation
Mark Your Calendars!


Radical Generosity
Many thanks to all who have offered their time and talents to making our community strong and welcoming! 
September 1st – $924.33 (46 attendance)

4th – $1,664 (45 attendance)
11th – TBD
18th – $683.86 (54 attendance)
25th – $1,489 (53 attendance)


7th – $948.42 (25 attendance)

14th – $1215.86 (37 attendance)
21st – TBD
28th – $773 (41 attendance)
Fiscal 1st Qtr
Total:  $13,501.76 (40 avg attendance) 


Prayers and Praises


Add your Thanksgivings and Prayer Requests:

Thanksgiving/Praise for… This church & our loving savior! A fantastic new ministry serving the needy! For the 26 people who attended the HHH Camp In.  Linda and the wonderful crew who helped with the HHH.  Thanks for Becky, Cathy, Miriam, Kristopher & all who prayed for this event (HHH Camp In).   


Prayers for

The family and friends of Gabby G in Abilene who are grieving.  Debra’s mom – healing and comfort.  MJ’s Mom, Lucille – healing and comfort.     Lois W – healing and clarity.  Lois G – healing from pneumonia.  Shirley & Family.  Robyn H – comfort and company. The Waltions.  Tommy & upcoming surgery. 

Pray with Us

Loving God, surround with comfort and grace all those who suffer.  Embrace us with your constant presence and guide us along the path laid out before us.  Remind us of your ever-present Self so that we may be assured that we are never alone.  Move us in love with you so deeply that we cannot help but speak Your name to all who would listen.  In Your most holy and precious names, Amen.  




Special thanks to all of you who have volunteered to serve during worship this week!  Please remember to be at church by 10:15 (Lead Usher) and 10:40 (everyone else) to check in!  

Lead Usher/
Altar Candles – Mistee (Jaek Acolyte) 
Greeter – Mistee       

Altar Set up & Clean up – Kelly

Offering Ushers – Justin & Miriam
Invitation to Generosity – Linda

Community Prayer – Kelly
Invocation & Reader – Linda
Message – Pastor Mel
Celebrant – Pastor Mel
Co-Celebrant – Barbara
Assist Table – Kelly

Holder 1 – Beth
Holder 2 – Justin
Holder 3 – Kristopher

Server 1 – Cookie
Server 2 – Karen   

Worship Participants!!!

If you have questions about the role in which you serve, Deacon Cookie is available to help!  Just arrive at church by 10:00am and let her know you need a refresher.  She will be happy to help!


Calendar of Events


Weekly Events…     



5:30 pm – Blended Journey Rehearsal
7:00 pm – Choir Practice


9:00 am – Praise Team Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship Service  

5:00 pm – Youth Group  



Special Events/
Dates to Remember


Human Society Supply Drive

Sundays, September 1, 8, 15, 22


Downtown Dinner (to the needy)

September 17, 5:30pm (gather/setup) 6:00-7:30pm dinner service


Blessing of the Animals

September 26, 6:30pm 

Mark Your Calendars!!!

Here are a few things to watch for over the next coming months!  Mark your calendar and watch for updates!
September Focus on Pets!
During the month of September, we will be taking donations of food and other supplies that the Humane Society is in need of.  A list of items will be provided during the last weeks of August.  We will collect donations September 1, 8, 15, and 22…and on the 22nd all are invited to join our youth at a Sunday afternoon work day AT the Humane Society!  We will follow up our month of service to our furry, slimy, scaly friends with a Blessing of the Animals service Thursday, September 26th at 6:30pm!
September is Texas Pride!
Pride in Wichita Falls is tentatively planning a trip to enjoy the Dallas Pride Parade on September 14th.  Contact Pastor Mary for more info!
Also, we are considering hosting a lunch picnic for pride at our church!  If you might be interested in working with Pastor Mel to research interest, plan, and host a pride picnic in our backyard on September 21st, please email her at


Pastor’s Office…



Office Hours – Tuesdays 9am – 12pm, Wednesdays 1:30pm – 5:00pm.  

Also, Pastor Mel is often available by appointment during the week.  To make an appointment, call the church office at 940-322-4100 (leave a message!) or email Pastor Mel.  



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