WFMCC News – Living Questions, Board Meeting, New Members!

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Wichita Falls MCC…You are Welcome Here!
26 February 2016

BOARD MEETING is this Sunday after church.
Please join us as we consider our next steps with our church mortgage!


handchimesLove Music? We Need You!

Calling all music lovers who love to make a joyful noise!  We are breaking out the handchimes for Easter!  Join us on Wednesdays at 7:15pm, beginning NEXT WEEK, March 2nd, to prepare our two Easter selections.  No experience required. Come and have a GREAT time!

EasterEaster Commeth!

Yes, that’s right, EASTER is almost here!  Take a look at the amazing experiences you and your friends and family can have by joining in the Easter experience at WFMCC!

March 23rd – Musicality!  Join us in making a joyful noise!

  • Praise Team meets at 5:45pm
  • Handbells meets at 7:15pm

March 24th – Our Church Seder – Join us for a meaningful “ordered” meal as we remember where we came from.  This year’s meal will have elements taken from a traditional Jewish Seder meal and some elements of Christian tradition.  DON’T MISS IT!  6:30pm gathering, 6:45pm Seder begins, approximately 7:45pm DINNER!  We will wrap up at about 8:30pm.  Come anytime!

March 25th – Good Friday Service – this is a jewel among Christian worship, as we remember the pain Jesus suffered in giving up his life for us.  It’s not about guilt… it’s about gratitude.  We’ll experience music from the Taize tradition, some visual art, and readings.  7:00pm

March 26th – Easter Backyard BBQ!!!  Don’t miss this year’s fun!  Carnival games, clothes pantry giveaway, food pantry giveaway, dessert auction, deviled egg contest, potluck and more!  Let’s have a wonderful time with our neighbors!  11:00am – 2:00pm  Want to help?  Contact Lois Wagner!

New Members

We have two new members joining our church family this weekend!  Don’t miss their ceremony of welcome!

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
Youth Deacon Candidate
Dominique Murphy

Youth & Children Ministry
Kelly Poer

Hospitality Ministry
Lois Wagner

LGBTQIA Programs
Anita Higgins

Membership Development
Kim Haskin & Beth Romm 

YouTube

WFMCC on YouTube!

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


 Library Update

church library

Our church library has been organized a bit and we now have a VIEWING AREA for our collection of VHS and DVD videos!  Come by the library and enjoy a video of Rev. Elder Troy Perry (Founder of MCC), past anniversary celebrations for our church, PFLAG videos, and even some top billing Hollywood movies!  And, of course, enjoy any of our books at home, or in our library reading nook.  All FREE for your use!

You may also donate books and videos to the library.  Just bring your donations to the church on Sunday and our librarian, Laura Nix, or Tuesday Morning Crew will get them shelved. All topics welcome.

Would you like to help with the library?  Please contact Laura Nix at Deacons@WichitaFallsMCC.org.


Upcoming in Worship…

Questions

Lent 2016 – Nurturing Our Questions

We live in a world of history and fact and the presumption that there’s an answer for every question.  If we can ask it, there must be an answer somewhere.  Yet, at the same time, bad things happen to good people, we suffer pain and sickness, and we struggle to make ends meet.  The bigger questions, like “What am I here for?” and “Why do I suffer so?” are left unanswered.  Since we don’t have many answers, let’s journey together to find truth in the questions themselves!

Join us for worship February 14th – March 20th!

10am – Hospitality Hour (Free Breakfast)
11am – Worship

o  Week 1 – Nurturing Questions of Meaning and Purpose
o  Week 2 – Nurturing Questions of Lamentation and Doubt
o  Week 3 – Nurturing Questions of Suffering and Evil
o  Week 4 – Nurturing Questions of Belonging and Community
o  Week 5 – Nurturing Questions of Fear and Faith
o  Week 6 – Nurturing Questions of Where and How God Works
 


Saint PatrickSaint Patrick’s Day Potluck!

Join us on March 13th after church for a Saint Patty’s Day potluck! Bring a dish to share and bring a friend along, too! We will enjoy our potluck together after worship. Those interested in joining our Lenten Study will adjourn to the sanctuary after lunch.  Want to bring a “Traditional Irish” dish?  Take a look at these recipes!

From ReligionFacts.com:  In the Christian faith, Saint Patrick’s Day honors the 5th century missionary to Ireland. It is celebrated by different branches of the Church, including in Roman Catholicism and in Protestant Christianity. Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17, and because of it’s Irish roots, the holiday often incorporates elements of Irish culture such as the color green as well as traditional Irish foods.

Saint Patrick (387-461 AD) was an English (or perhaps Scottish) missionary to Ireland. Scholars agree that he is a historical figure and that he converted many of the pagans on the island to Christianity. The feast day of Saint Patrick has been observed in Ireland on March 17 for hundreds of years. The date falls during the fasting season of Lent, but on Saint Patrick’s Day the prohibitions against eating meat were lifted, and the Irish would celebrate their patron saint with dancing, drinking, and feasting on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.


Movie Night

Our next movie night is March 19th at 6:30pm!  Bring a Friend!  Come and enjoy…

West Side Story


Strategic Plan Updates…

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

Currently working…

  • Promote Building Rental – Awaiting proposals
  • Bolster Social Ministry – Social Ministry is at work!  Our first movie night went very well.  Watch the calendar for more opportunities!
  • Membership Cultivation – Team identified and will begin work together.  
  • Rebuild Children’s Ministry – We have restarted children’s moment in worship and have welcomed 9 new children in our midst.  Keep coming back! 
  • Grow Garden Ministry – The Board of Trustees will review the proposal again this weekend at board meeting.
  • After-School Program – Awaiting proposals.
  • Mission/Outreach Program w/tees – The Board of Trustees has received one estimate for tees.  Two additional estimates will be sought before tees printed. Orders will be taken once a printer has been chosen.
  • Pew repair/reupholster – Awaiting proposals.

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.


Living the Questions
Lenten Study – Living the Questions

LtQ is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what’s next for Christianity. LtQ features thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians, and experts. Each session will be one hour, plus lunch together each week. The 20-minute video segments include conversations with leading voices of faith, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices and disciplines.

Sundays after church (approx. 1:15pm)
Bring Lunch!
February 14th – March 20th


 Membership Class!!!

Are you interested in becoming a member of WFMCC?  Join us for Membership class! The next Membership class will be March 19th at 10am. RSVP to 940-322-4100! Snacks provided…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! 
 
Social
Hospitality Hour – Come to church a little early on Sunday and enjoy a full breakfast and time to connect! Service: Sundays, 10:00am
Potlucks – Bring a dish to share on these days!
o  March 13th (St. Patrick’s Day)
o  April 17th
o  May 15th (Pentecost!)
o  June 12th
 
Administration
Board of Trustees – Next meeting on February 28th

Also at 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!


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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