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WFMCC Weekly 16 August 2013
Wichita Falls MCC

Wichita Falls MCC includes people of all ages, races, and sexual orientations. We come from a variety of faith traditions and denominations, or
no religion at all.  All are welcome and we are a community that is Abundantly Blessed!

 


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


Needed: 
  • Storage boxes – plastic, with lids – for organization.  Small and medium sizes.
  • Plastic shopping bags (like from Walmart)
  • Dish Towels
  • Nail and screw set for wall hangings   


Texoma Prays

prayer
Sunday, August 25
6:00 – 7:00pm
at Wichita Theater

Pastor Mel joined in a discussion about hosting a community prayer service in mid July.  From that meeting of clergy and church leaders, this prayer service is being offered as an opportunity for those from all Christian walks of faith to come together and pray for rain. 

If you would like to attend and sit with your MCC family, meet Pastor Mel at the door of Wichita Theater at 5:30pm.  We will enter the prayer service together at 5:45pm. 

Prayer is an important part of our lives as people of faith, no matter what differences our faith communities may have.  Please, take this opportunity to be a larger Christian community and embrace the power of prayer.  Service will be led by radio station KMOC 89.5.

 
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Worship this Week…

Worship Scriptures:
Hebrews 11:32-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

Sermon title:

“Do Diligence”

 
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Who We Are: Our Relationships
Written by Rev. Mel Martinez
15 August 2013

The core of the Christian message is relationship. The whole of the Bible gives insight into the internal relationship of our triune God and speaks to the relationship between God and human beings; God’s beloved creation. Relationship with God defines the work of the prophets, the kings, the judges and all the peoples who form the ancestry of our faith.

 

The Bible also offers a window into the relationships between human beings…both good and destructive. Countless stories speak to the reality of the brokenness of our world and human interrelations.

 

Our relationships tend to mark the various stages of our lives.

 

Parents and guardians define our growing up. From them we learn what our limits are as children. We learn how to keep our rooms, how to dress and take care of our bodies. We learn how to be a part of a family. …if we’re fortunate in that relationship…

 

Peer relationships take over in adolescence. What was once the job of parents to guide the forming of our self-identity becomes the co-operative influence of…

 
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Downtown Dinner

Next Dinner: August 20th
Save the Dates…
September 17
October 15
November 19

Volunteers needed to help set up, serve, and clean up.  Please let us know you’re planning to come help!  Email:

 
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HHH Camp IN!

HHH Camp IN 2013!

More than 10,000 people arrive in the Falls and need a place to stay overnight Friday, August 23, in preparation for the ride on Saturday.  This year, we are offering indoor camping to individuals and families for the night!

Cost to stay at the church is $25/person and we can accommodate up to 55 people.  This fundraiser will go to support the ministries of our church.  Register to camp IN at the church here! >>

The primary contact for this effort is Deacon Candidate, Linda Hoagland. Volunteers are needed to help plan, set up, stay overnight, and clean up…any offer of time (an hour – all day) is welcome!  Please let Linda know you would like to help. 
Email:  Volunteer@WichitaFallsMCC.org

 
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Creating a Life that Matters
Creating a Life that Matters is BACK!
 

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. 
QUOTE:  I found the CLM class to be amazing on several levels.  I feel like I got to know people better than I could have in any other setting.  It’s also true that my faith expanded exponentially based on the studies and exercises we undertook with the class as well as the examples of faith lived through fellow classmates.  I know I have much more work to do to hone my understanding of the Sacred, Self, and Passions that make up my best life. ~ Linda Hoagland, Deacon Candidate & WFMCC CLM Graduate 2013


Registration is Required!  Class size is limited, so get registered as soon as you can!  Scholarships will be available on an as-needed basis. 

Cost for this Class:  $99 individuals, $175 couples
Scholarships available…if you need to be considered for a scholarship, let Pastor Mel know! 
Course Dates to be determined BASED ON PARTICIPANT SCHEDULES.  Anticipated start date is September 29th.  18-week course, with planned breaks, should be completed in February 2014.  Certification of completion is provided.

Join this amazing group of CLM Grads!!!

Barb M. Beth R. Cookie C.
Karen B. Kelly P. Linda H.
Lois G. Ronda H. Sam C.
Tammy E. Trish D.


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In This Issue
Texoma Prays
Worship this Week
Who We Are: Our Relationships
Downtown Dinner
HHH Camp IN!
CLM is Back!
Radical Generosity
Prayers & Praises
Worship Participation
Mark Your Calendars!
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Generosity

Radical Generosity
Many thanks to all who have offered their time and talents to making our community strong and welcoming! 
August  
4th – $1,664 (45 attendance)
11th – TBD

July  

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) 


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Prayers and Praises
  

Add your Thanksgivings and Prayer Requests:

Thanksgiving/Praise for… Our wonderful church! This church & our loving savior! A fantastic new ministry serving the needy!  A place of welcome where God loves me.   
 
Prayers for
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. 


Pray with Us
Sweet and Gentle Creator, guide us along the path laid out before us.  Where there are struggles, Lord, hold our hands and comfort us.  Where there are joys, Lord, embrace us in constant celebration.  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.  

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THIS WEEK – WORSHIP PARTICIPATION
  
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 – Ronda
Greeter – Ronda      

Altar Set up & Clean up – Sandra

Offering Ushers – Brylee & Crystal
Invitation to Generosity – Ronda

Community Prayer – Cookie
Invocation & Reader – Lois
Message – Pastor Mel
Celebrant – Pastor Mel
Co-Celebrant – Barbara
Assist Table – Sandra

Holder 1 – Crystal
Holder 2 – Kristopher
Holder 3 – Trish

Server 1 – Cookie
Server 2 – Laura 


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!

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Calendar of Events

 


Weekly Events…     

  

Wednesdays

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

  

Sundays 
9:00 am – Praise Team Rehearsal

11:00 am – Worship Service  

5:00 pm – Youth Group  

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

  

Special Events/
Dates to Remember
 

 

Downtown Dinner (to the needy)

August 20, 5:30pm (gather/setup) 6:00-7:30pm dinner service

 

Hotter’N Hell Hundred Camp IN
August 23-24  (see our website) 

Contact Linda H to volunteer   

 

Texoma Prays 

August 25 – 6:00-7:00pm 

 

Human Society Supply Drive

Sundays, September 1, 8, 15, 22

 

Blessing of the Animals

September 26, 6:30pm 

 

 
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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 PastorMel@WichitaFallsMCC.org.

  

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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