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Wichita Falls MCC…You are Welcome Here!
12 November 2015


Welcome to Service…

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

 


 We’re in for a Miracle!

On January 17th, our church is in for a miracle…our Miracle Sunday!  Our congregation’s 29th birthday will be filled with expectation and joy, as we celebrate the culmination of a miracle for the coming year.  As many of you know, our building is our largest asset, and it’s one that we share with our community every week.  Over the last 9+ years, we have paid on the regular mortgage for a loan of $75,000.  In that time, we have paid approximatly $25,000 on the principle, and $45,000 to the bank for the privilege of having the loan.  The time to pay this debt off is NOW!  

We are working together – each person enabled with the church name and blessing – to raise money and see a miracle!  Our blessings began before we even began through $530 given prior to October for this purpose.  Since then, we have seen great momentum in fund-raising.  Here are the opportunities we know about.  If you’d like to host a fundraiser, please feel free…and let us know so we can help!  (info@wichitafallsmcc.org, 940-322-4100)

So far…

Laura Nix has launched a GoFundMe campaign.  Give to the campaign’s $5,000 goal here!

Tammy Erwin is hosting a concert, featuring Mel Martinez and community artists called “ReCollection”.  This is a free concert; a love offering will be taken for the miracle.  Download the flyer here, print, and help us promote it!  Date:  December 4th, Time: 7:00pm, Location: The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls (5023 Lindale).

Our church is both raising money and raising awareness with the WFMCC 2015 World AIDS Awareness Run/Walk/Roll/’ruff!  This fun walk will feature booths by community organizations, and each participant will receive a participant medal for AIDS Awareness.  Register via Active.com here!  It’s ONLY $20!  (T-shirts are an additional $5.)

The Garden Team harvested a LOAD of green tomatoes from the garden in preparation for the freeze this week.  With those, Pastor Mel will be canning Chow Chow, for sale for $5 per jar.  Supplies will be available this week, and we will ship to you!  Click here to order now!

Let's Do this


Thanksgiving Baskets!Give Thanks

It’s that time of year again!  We are pulling together SIX (6) deluxe Thanksgiving baskets!  Sign-up sheets have been passed out once and we are SO CLOSE to our goal already!  Join us for worship Sunday to sign up for your Thanksgiving offering to our baskets.

If you know a family in need this year, please let us know.  Send name and contact information to info@wichitafallsmcc.org, or text to 940-322-4100.  First come, first serve, so sign them up NOW!


TDORTransgender Day of Remembrance

WFMCC will recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance through an evening potluck and prayer vigil.  Join us for a potluck dinner at 6:00pm, Friday, November 20th during which we will share our own stories about what it means to be a “boy”, “girl”, or something “other.”  At 7:00pm we will move to the sanctuary for music, poetry, remembering those lost to bigotry, violence and self-hate, and a time of candlelight prayer.  Service should last about 1 hour.

It’s IMPORTANT that the community come together; much as we do for those impacted by HIV and AIDS.  Gender affects everyone, whether in line with one’s gender or struggling with identity in an over-sexed, over-gendered culture.

Spread the word and join us!


world AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day – December 1st

MCC has a long legacy of service to and with those who have lived with and died from HIV and AIDS.  When no other church would embrace the infected person; in an age when medical personnel feared even the basic human touch of an infected person; during a time in our country’s history that politicians led a campaign to further stigmatize sufferers rather than pull together to find a cure – MCC led the way in compassion, grace, God’s loving abundance, and companionship.  Today, millions of people are infected each year.  The epidemic is now a pandemic; effecting every part of our globe.  Still, stigma threatens a cure.  Still, apathy slows solutions.  But we made a promise…STOP AIDS.

Join us on December 1st, in the war memorial at the Wichita County Courthouse, at 6:30pm for a community gathering calling for the end to HIV and AIDS!


Our Plan…

Wichita Falls MCC’s congregation passed a Strategic Plan for 2015-2020.  This is what’s happening this month (November 2015) in our plan…

Teams to identify and start work:
Promote Building Rental
Bolster Social Ministry
Membership Cultivation
Rebuild Children’s Ministry
Grow Garden Ministry
After-School Program
Mission/Outreach Program w/tees
Pew repair/reupholster

Proposals due at Board of Trustees Meeting, November 15th:
Boster Social Ministry
Membership Cultivation
After-School Program
Outreach Ministry w/tees

Updates:
The team working to paint the ouside of the building has met for the first time and team members are gathering information for this project.
Outreach ministry tees are being designed!


Upcoming in Worship…

These are the Days

Sunday Breakfast Hospitality                       Worship
                  10:00am                                       11:00am

Advent will be with us before we know it!  In fact, Advent starts in three Sundays!  This Advent Season:

Saints Alive

…to Restore Hope
…to Rebuild Peace
…to Reawaken Joy
…to Revitalize Love

And in 2016…

Explore with us the world of Church Saints…and how their lives, extra- & ordinary, can help us become “Saints Alive”.  January 3rd – Coming soon!, January 10th – Coming soon!, January 17th – Coming soon!, January 24th – Coming soon!, January 31st – Coming soon!, February 7th – Coming soon!


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.  Pastor Mel is offering her service as officiant at no set fee; an honorarium of your ability is appreciated.

For more information, contact 940-322-4100 or email us at info@WichitaFallsMCC.org.


GenesisCurrent Bible Study

Genesis, Chapter 21

We’re done with the prequel…now into our family history!

Come learn about this great cast of characters and situations that form our ancestry from the beginning!

Wednesdays, 7:15pm


I am Texas Bumper Sticker

texans4christI am Texas Campaign
Do you ever get tired of not being represented in major Texas and national (and global) media outlets among “Christians”?  Ever wonder where “Christ” really is in our Christian communities?  Do you wish that a more welcoming voice, a more compassionate perspective, or a more authentically Christ-like attitude were guiding the conversation?

Here’s your chance to help build a community of Texas Christian and spiritual social justice-makers…and help our church as well!  We’re starting with Wichita Falls MCC and the bumper sticker “I am Texas”.  The website www.Texans4Christ.org is a feature website for churches and spiritual communities that follow the example of Jesus of Nazareth, Christ, through compassion and service.

This campaign is JUST BEGINNING!  Bumpber stickers, t-shirts, posters…all of these help a local church like WFMCC raise money to enhance ministries so that when communities are featured on the site and receive visitors attracted to our message, we are ready!

Support WFMCC NOW by getting your “I am Texas” bumper sticker today!  Click here!


Membership Class!!!

Are you interested in becoming a member of WFMCC?  Join us for Membership class!

The next Membership class will be November 22nd after church. RSVP to 940-322-4100!
Snacks provided…plan on staying two hours.

Agenda:

New Member Class

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.    Worship singers must be able to adequately lead the melody of selected hymns and/or praise songs.  Show up and we will do our best to find you a place to lead! Come join us!

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
Administration

Board of Trustees – CONGREGATIONAL Meeting – October 25th, 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!

INTO ACTION – OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Overeaters Anonymous is now meeting at the church during the lunch hour on Wednesdays. This is an OPEN meeting! All are welcome.


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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