WFMCC News: Congregational Meeting & Rocky Horror!

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Wichita Falls MCC…You are Welcome Here!
21 October 2016


Congregational Meeting

Every year, our church gathers together to make decisions regarding our business and administration of the church.  This year, our meeting takes place this Sunday, October 23, after church.  Active members are encouraged to join us this Sunday and engage in the voting process for the various considerations before us as a community.  This year’s meeting will include:

  • Approval of the 2017 budget, proposed at $43,237 for the year.  That’s $24 per week per member at 35 members.  To date we have 39 members!  We can DO this!  (This budget includes an increase to 5% from 1% of our assessment offering to the denomination.)
  • Receive this year’s Pastoral Report and Lay Delegate Report
  • Approve our Year-to-Date Financial report (Profit & Loss)
  • Approve a bylaw amendment to include the Membership Covenant all members sign during our membership class.  
  • Adoption of a new Children’s Safety policy
  • Receive updates to our Strategic Plan – we’re doing GREAT!
  • …and of course, the election of Board of Trustee Members and Lay Delegate/Alternate Lay Delegate officers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved in the inner workings of church administration, so we can all move forward together in accomplishing our mission to share the all-inclusive message of God with the world!


Paint BucketHelp Paint the Church

We are all set to paint the church on October 29th!  Thanks to the leadership of KK and Anita, we will see this church building we love get a facelift!  A $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart was received to purchase paint.  We need your help to make this project happen!

We are part of the “Teens Make a Difference” work day, so we will have some young, energetic folks to help…but we still need YOU!

Join us at 9am, Saturday, October 29th to begin work!

If you would like more information, please contact Anita & KK at Painting@WichitaFallsMCC.org.


Rocky Horror Picture Show Lips

2nd Annual Rocky Horror Film Screening!

Let’s do the Time Warp again!!!  It’s that time of year, friends, for the hilarious, nefarious tradition of Rocky Horror Picture Show!  

Costumes are ENCOURAGED!  Dancing and Singing along are too!  RHPS Participation bags are provided.  Join us on October 28th, 8:00pm for the screening (and screaming) fun!

Concessions available for donation. All funds received will be applied to our church buildling loan principle!  


Downtown DinnerDowntown Dinner welcomed 81 folks this month (October)!  Special thanks to the volunteers who made EXCELLENT homemade burgers, per the request of our Downtown Dinner “regulars.”  ~ WFMCC, First United Methodist Church, The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls 

Your Church Leadership…

Board of Trustees Members
Wendy Boone, Kristen Kleist, Shirley Miller, Beth Romm, Gary White
To contact the board: Board@WichitaFallsMCC.org

Lay Delegate
Crys McDonald

Deacon Council
Kelly Poer, Gail Murphy, Laura Nix, Cathy Youngblood, Lois Wagner

Youth & Children Ministry
Kelly Poer

Hospitality Ministry
Lois Wagner

LGBTQIA Programs
Anita Higgins

Membership Development
Kim Haskin & Beth Romm

Safety Team
Anita Higgins, Kristen Kleist, Crys McDonald

First Aid Team
Anita Higgins, Kristen Kleist, Selese Regouby


YouTube

WFMCC on YouTube!

Our church is on the ‘net!  Check out our YouTube Channel and watch worship online!


Upcoming In Worship…

This Sunday wraps up our series “Holy Name-Calling” in which we considered various names for God, including: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and this week – Jehovah!

We welcome and support Kelly Poer as our preacher for October 30th.

Then, we will begin a three week series “A Season of Thanks.”

Week 1- November 6, 2016
“Thanks4Life – L’Chaim!”
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:12-24, 35-58  

Week 2 – November 13, 2016
“Thanks4Love”
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13  

Week 3 – November 20, 2016
“Thanks Stories” – TESTIMONY SUNDAY
Scriptures: Acts 2:1-21


Strategic Plan Updates…

Wichita Falls MCC’s congregation passed a Strategic Plan for 2015-2020.

Currently working…

  • Pay off building mortgage
    • UPDATE: We refinanced with a private lender the amount of $45,000 at a lower interest rate of 3%. To date, we have provided $4,900 toward principle in addition to our regular monthly payments.
  • Paint the building – outside
    • Plans are under way to accomplish this October 29, 2016. A $1,000 grant from Walmart was secured for this purpose.
  • Reorganize office and storage space in the church
    • While this may be an ongoing process, we currently have moved the Board administration office to the rear of our building for security and filing.
  • Pew repair and either reupholster or replacement
    • It was determined by volunteer leadership mid-year that this goal should be pushed to year 2 or 3 as other goals took priority.
  • Acquire 2 grants for areas of ministry
    • Grant of $1,000 from Walmart secured in June 2016. o Grant of $500 received from Kohl’s for Christmas Angel Program. o Grants will continue to be sought for ministry.
  • AV improvements o The AV system is expecting a grant of $250 toward a new microphone set.
    • AV volunteers have rewired and reset our sound board to eliminate problems with sound during worship.
  • Promote rental of the church building
    • NO UPDATE – Need a Volunteer Leader Community Building
  • Begin Parent Night Out (with appropriate childcare)
    • NO UPDATE – Need a Volunteer Leader
  • Bolster social ministry activities
    • Regular potlucks and movie nights have been added to our monthly programming. More to come!
  • Rebuild children’s ministry with focus on ages present in the congregation
    • The former administrative office has been changed to a cry room for parents with infants and toddlers.
    • Volunteers Eliza Cameron and Meredith Cameron (non-members) have provided childcare during worship on a weekly basis for most of the year.
    • Weekly Children’s Sermon is now a part of worship.
    • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • Additional worship service
    • No Update – NEED VOLUNTEERS – Please see Pastor Mel
  • Grow garden ministry for better service to the neighborhood and potential income supplement
    • We have identified that Okra is the most resilient planting in our established garden. We will plant a larger crop next year in hopes of beginning sales in 2017.
    • One external garden bed has been constructed. Need a watering system for it to flourish.
  • Grow active membership to 65 (presumes 85% multiple ministry involvement)
    • Membership is growing steadily at approximately 10% growth per month.
    • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • Prison ministry
    • NO UPDATE – Need a Volunteer Leader
  • Create mission/outreach ministry with work tees for easy identification of our church
    • Tee design has been completed, and tees printed for several volunteers.
    • Team to find opportunities for mission work – See KK for more information.
  • Mobile church ministry
    • NO UPDATE – Need a Volunteer Leader
  • College ministry
    • WFMCC had presence at this year’s Faith Day on the MSU campus.
    • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • LGBT programs
    • NO UPDATE – Need a Volunteer Leader

Stewardship Note

Dedicated volunteers have supported a yard care agreement with the owner of the “Berry Brown House,” the property across Travis Street.  This is an historic landmark in Wichita Falls, and was in need of some tender loving care.  The work thus far has provided an additional $1,000 in 2016, paid directly on the principle of our building loan!

Our other fundraising efforts have exceeded a matching grant offer toward the building loan for the 2016 calendar year.  That matching grant is in the amount of $1,500.  More recently, a crew of 18 of our members came together on a landscaping job, netting $900 paid directly to the lender.  Therefore, our fundraising altogether accounts for an additional $4,900 paid down on our original $45,000 principle amount.  As of this October, our loan balance is approximately $37,000.  In SIX MONTHS since the loan origination at $45,000 in May! 

Miracles are indeed among us!


Get Married @ WFMCC!

Members of WFMCC may reserve the church building for free.  Non-Members are asked to provide a $100 donation for building use. For more information, contact 940-322-4100 or email us at info@WichitaFallsMCC.org.


Book Cover - Workbook of Living PrayerSpiritual Development Study – The Workbook of Living Prayer

Let us take a journey into the world of Prayer – communication with God.  The Workbook of Living Prayer, by Dr. Maxie Dunham, will be our guide into this six-week prayer adventure!  Join us and see how the power of prayer truly changes our lives, and brings us ever closer to God who loves us!

Class materials provided.

  

Sundays, 4:00pm
WFMCC Fellowship Hall


Membership Class!!!

Are you interested in becoming a member of WFMCC?  Join us for Membership class! The next Membership class will be November 13th after church. RSVP to 940-322-4100! Plan on staying two hours.

New Member ClassAgenda:

Documents…these will be provided at class, but in case you’d like to preview them:

  1. Spiritual Gifts Inventory (adult & youth, password: gospeloflove)
  2. WFMCC Bylaws & SOP’s
  3. WFMCC Membership Covenant

The Life of the Church

Music Ministry

WFMCC Praise Team – We practice on Wednesdays, 5:45-7:00pm.   

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

Downtown Dinner – Help Serve the community while you experience the benefit of sharing Christ’s love with others! Service: Every third Tuesday, 5:30pm
Community Garden Team – The Community Garden Team is already being harvested.  The strawberries are in season!  Come join us in working the garden! 
Cleaning Crew – We need a team of folks dedicated to cleaning the church each week for worship, and deep-cleaning about once per quarter.  Please let Pastor Mel know if you’re willing to lend a hand!
 
Social
Hospitality Hour – Come to church a little early on Sunday and enjoy a full breakfast and time to connect! Service: Sundays, 10:00am

Also at our Church…

INTO ACTION – ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

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!
ALSO – An open potluck and speaker meeting happens every 2nd Saturday of the month, beginning at 5:30pm.  Join us!

INTO ACTION – OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Overeaters (or Compulsive Eaters) Anonymous is an organization of people who want to share their experience, strength and hope as we recover from compuslive eating.  Compulsive eating refers to both over-eating, and under-eating…and all who experience trouble with food are welcome.  Thursdays, 5:45pm, in the Fellowship Hall.  This is an OPEN meeting!


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 >>


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