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Wichita Falls MCC…You are Welcome Here!
28 June 2016


Pride Hand

Pride in the Falls 2016 Recap

Pride in the Falls took place on June 18th with the cooperation of Wichita Falls MCC, Pride in the Falls, Devoe’s, Beck’s, and Stella Wear.  We had 159 (Official count) in attendance.

The Wichita Falls MCC Praise Team provided live entertainment, followed by an open mic – which was fabulous! 

We had TONS of food…enough so that at the close of the event we were able to provide Faith Mission a large portion of their dinner meal!  

We welcomed vendors, a jump house, and we created a beautiful canvas artwork that will begin an annual trend for the event.  

Watch for updates about Pride in the Falls in future, as an official organization and board are being formed.  This is a partner organization to Wichita Falls MCC, and is not a church function.  Our community is growing!

Here are a few pics to enjoy…

Pride 1 Pride 2 Pride3 Pride 4 Pride 5 Pride 6 

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 & 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! 



Downtown Dinner

Downtown Dinner welcomed 59 folks this month (June)!  Special thanks to The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls for a FANTASTIC Taco Dinner!  July’s meal is being provided by MCC…and the regulars have requested homemade burgers!  

Want to help?  We need hamburger meat!  Call the church phone to connect with a board member to drop off your donation!  940-322-4100


In Worship…

We are in the midst of Faith Boot Camp!  Re-Encounter the basics of our faith as a community that celebrates the life of Christ and the unique gospel of God’s all inclusive love through Jesus’ ministry!

We have a SPECIAL GUEST PREACHER for the next two weeks! Help us welcome Charles Harrison to offer the Message for July 3 and July 10…wear your boot camp camo to church!

July 3 – “Tripping Over Each Other for the Glory of God”
Romans 14

July 10 – “Six Feet Under – Growing Up In Every Way”
Ephesians 4:11-16

About Charles…

Charles Harrison (Full Bio Here) has been actively involved in Ministry since 1988. After leaving a career as a Retail Sales Executive with a Flagship Department Store Chain, he served for 3 1/2 years in the area of Single’s Ministry. He started working with Youth and Families in 1991. He has served a very Small Church, a Mid-sized Church, a Large Church, and a Mega Church; Directing a program that started with 1 Youth and developing programs that grew as big as 500 active Youth. He has also helped to develop a “pre-Youth-group” for older elementary kids in two different Churches, which have gone on to fill important ministry needs in two different communities that previously offered nothing for the elementary age groups on a weekly basis.

Charles worked as part of an National Ecumenical group to help develop a Resource to educate Youth on the dangers and issues of Tobacco use. My Creator, My Life, My Choices: Nurturing Tobacco Free Kids, A Leaders Guide For Youth (ISBN 1-57895-042-2) was developed in conjunction with The Center For Tobacco free Kids in Washington D.C.


Community Building (Up)

Beginning in June 2016, WFMCC has received responsibility for a yard care contract to care for the yard at the Berry Brown house – a Wichita Falls landmark.  This contract will provide an estimated $2,400 toward our building loan payoff each year.  We’ve been working hard already to get the yard to our maintenance state, after former caretakers were unable to stay ahead of the massive growth following May rains.  

“Built in 1892, this two-story Victoria-style redwood house was built. It is believed to have been ordered from the Montgomery Ward catalog. The house got its name from one of its owners, a well-respected City Alderman in the late 1940s. The house, a Wichita Falls Landmark, sits on a lot lined with the original iron picket fencing.” preservationtexas.org

The yard at this address is substantial. Tuesday Morning Crew (meeting Tuesdays 9am-12pm) will devote at least one week’s work per month to the Berry Brown house lawn.  Volunteers are welcome to come at your convenience to help care for the yard.  As a representative of WFMCC, you are welcome to work.  The site has NO utilities.  All help is appreciated and benefits the church!


A Unique Family Opportunity…

I received a message via Facebook from a woman named Sonja who supervises the placement of youth on scholarship to study abroad.  I promised to send her message on to you…in hopes that a loving Wichita Falls family might be interested in helping out.  Please pray for the right household to come forward for this courageous young man!  ~ Pastor Mel

My name is Sonja Gray and I work with a foreign exchange student organization. My job is to find host families for foreign high school students as they study in American for one school year. I am reaching out to you asking for help with a particular student.

We have a boy from Germany that has received a full scholarship to do his study abroad. The boy is gay and I am trying to get him placed in a home where he will be comfortable and feel safe while on the program. He looks like a great kid, super smart.

“I am an optimistic and positive person who always tries to turn a bad situation into a good one. I love laughing and being active, which is why I spend most of my free time doing sports such as running, badminton, and dancing. My dream is to become an object designer, because I love drawing and creating new things. I would also like to share German culture by baking and cooking traditional food. I enjoy and am looking forward to meeting and getting to know new people.”

Call Sonja at 940-873-3573 if you are interested in learning more!


Movie Night

Our next Movie Night will be July 16th at 6:30pm.  The movie…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Star Wars Force Awakens Image


UFMCC General Conference 2016

Pastor Mel and Crys McDonald leave this week for General Conference 2016!  We held our congregational meeting for conference votes on Sunday, June 26th.  The voting tallies are as follows…

Moderator: Rev. Elder Diane Fisher
Governing Board Clergy:
Onetta Brooks, Stephanie Burns, Joe Cobb, Jakob Hero
Governing Board Laity:  Angel Collie, Mark Dalgleish

All Bylaw items Passed with “Yes”

Crys will carry these votes on behalf of the church at the Business Meeting of General Conference.  If you have any questions, or would like to be in touch with Crys, email her at wfmccav@gmail.com.  

Please send prayers through the week for a successful, innovative, and excellent conference!  We will bring back reports and pictures!


Strategic Plan Updates…

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

Currently working…

  • Promote Building Rental – We are looking for a leader who will post rental advertisements on a bi-weekly basis on free trading posts, craigslist, texhomahomepage.com, and others.  If you’re interested in helping, please let Pastor Mel know!
  • Bolster Social Ministry – Social Ministry is at work!  Movie nights are well attended (7+), our participation at Pride in the Falls garnered several visitors, and our monthly potlucks are scheduled to resume in July.  Next potluck: July 17th!  
  • Membership Cultivation – Membership is now at 42 (June), an increase of 14 since January 2016!  Next membership class:  July 23, 2016 at 10am.
  • Rebuild Children’s Ministry – Eliza (and/or Meredith) continues to offer children’s church playtime during worship every week.  Our children’s moment has had up to 8 children at once!  We will be hosting VBS the first week of August, as well.  Volunteers, contact Kelly Poer at deacons@wichitafallsmcc.org.  
  • Grow Garden Ministry – We are harvesting tomatoes and okra.  We provided several pounds of greens and lettuce to Faith Refuge in late May.  Okra has already been distributed to several households.  
  • Mission/Outreach Program w/tees – Tees are ready for pickup, if you provided your shirt.  If not, tees are available for $10 by contacting Anita and KK!  Send an email to missions@wichitafallsmcc.org.  
  • Pew repair/reupholster – This item has been moved to the 2020 goal year.  At this time, the pews are in good condition, and money raised for building improvements can be better spent elsewhere.

Stewardship Note

Change for Change is back!  We helped raise the total $1500 needed for the remainder of Crys’ travel to/from General conference, in part through your extra change.  Now we’re switching gears!  Change for Change will be dedicated to paying off the building.

Also, we are revamping Month of Sundays giving club!  Join now!  Month of Sundays is a special giving program whereby 12 individuals/households provide $50 per month OVER AND ABOVE their regular tithe specifically for paying the building mortgage.  This frees up $600 for ministry!  Want to be part of that 12?  Join now!  Send in your extra Month of Sundays donation through our offering (mark it “Month of Sundays”) or you can give online here!

Did you know???  If 20 of our folks/households gave $42 more each month in addition to their regular tithe, we would be at budget!  That’s only eight visits to Starbucks!  Can you help?  Start today!  


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
Spiritual Development 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. 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, 4:00pm


 Membership Class!!!

Are you interested in becoming a member of WFMCC?  Join us for Membership class! The next Membership class will be July 23rd at 10am. 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
Potlucks – Bring a dish to share on these days!
o July 17th
 
Administration
Board of Trustees – Next meeting on July 24, after church.

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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