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Wichita Falls MCC…You are Welcome Here!
29 September 2015


UR MCC in the Community: MSU Interfaith Celebration

Table at MSU

WFMCC joined other faith groups at Midwestern State University’s Interfaith Celebration on September 29, 2015. For two hours, the church hosted an information table in the Student Center and greeted more than 50 students! We were blessed with much interest and grace. AND, we enjoyed the space with the Islamic Society of Wichita Falls and House of Jacob Synagogue!!! It was a wonderful event! Special thanks to Cathy Youngblood who stepped into impromptu leadership to help spread the word to students about MCC!


47th anniversaryHappy Anniversary MCC Worldwide!

This Sunday is the 47th anniversary of the beginning of Metropolitan Community Churches around the world. Thanks to the generosity of a supporter of both our local church and the denomination, WFMCC is now listed as a Pacesetter church among our siblings in faith.  If you would like to bolster that gift, click here, and note your gift as “in support of Wichita Falls MCC”.  Join us after church this Sunday to celebrate together with a denominational anniversary cake and punch!

MCC is a globally growing fellowship of churches and communities of faith.  Here’s a sampling of the focus of this year’s Anniversary Sunday ministry…:

Emerging Churches

2015: 12 Emerging Churches Formed
(and the year isn’t over yet!)

Caribbean
ICM Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Cuba & ICM Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Europe
Elävä vesi MCC, Helsinki, Finland; Queersamfundet Olivträdet, Stockholm, Sweden; Soul Republic MCC, Prague, Czech Republic; The Village MCC, Brighton, UK

Latin America
ICM Florencio Varela, Florencio Varela, Argentina; ICM Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina; ICM Podemos Vivir, Bangu, Brazil; Avance ICM, Mayagues, Mexico

United States
The Beauty Way MCC, Martinsburg, West Virginia& Aloha MCC, Kona, Hawaii, US

2014: 18 Emerging Churches Formed

Africa
House of Prayer and Worship MCC, Soweto, South Africa

Asia and Pacific Islands
Open Door MCC, Seoul, South Korea & Church in Progress MCC, S. Auckland, New Zealand

Europe
Comunita Cristiana “Agape”, Florence, Italy & Internationale Roze Kerk, The Hague, Netherlands

Latin America
ICM Baixada Fluminense, São João de Meriti, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; ICM Cabedelo, Cabedelo, Brazil; ICM Joao Pessoa, Joao Pessoa, Brazil; ICM Cariri, Juaziero do Norte, Brazil; ICM Casa de Emmaus, Santiago, Chile; Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM, Cundainarama, Colombia; ICM Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; ICM Cristo en Ti, Monterrey, Mexico; ICM Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico; ICM Misión Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

United States
Empowerment Liberation Cathedral, Silver Spring, Maryland; Joshua Generation MCC, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Wasatch MCC, Salt Lake City, Utah


In Worship… “Gifted”Gift

God made human beings in God’s image and infused us all with gifts…Spiritual Gifts that are to be used to connect us with one another in ways that glorify God.  Every gift given is meant to be opened.  What is YOUR special giftedness?  

Join us for this series “Gifted” through October 25th.  Worship is a great place to step into your giftedness!

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


Spaghetti Supper a Success!

Our annual Spaghetti Supper was a raving success!  Thanks to the generosity of folks who bought plates, we did not have to turn anyone away from enjoying dinner!  In the process, we raised…dun dun DUN!!!!

$870.00

GREAT work to all who helped out at the supper!  Special thanks to Lois Wagner and Shirley Miller who tag-teamed the event’s planning.  And also to Harvey Miller (Shirley’s son) who provided us with a highly acclaimed spaghetti sauce!  BONUS: through this process we have forged even stronger ties with First Methodist, The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls, and Wichita Falls Unitarian Universalists…all of whom supported this fundraiser!


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

Starting This Week:  Genesis!

This week, we begin the story of Cain and Able and Seth…the lineage of Adam and the beginning of the greatest stories ever told! 

The stories in Genesis can be best understood in two parts, Oreo cookie style. The first part is the prequel. It’s about the origin of everything from why snakes slither on their bellies to why people speak different languages to how Superman found himself on earth. Okay, not that last one.

The second part zooms in and is more narrowly focused on one family’s long saga. A guy named Abraham is the Big Daddy of this clan, and we read all about what four generations of his descendants did after him. Seems basic enough, right?  (from shmoop.com)

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

Wednesdays, 7:15pm
WFMCC Fellowship Hall


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 October 11th 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

We need volunteersGetting Ready for Congregational Meeting…

ANNOUNCED:  Congregational Meeting, October 25th, immediately following worship.  Forum (for questions and discussion of agenda items), Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00pm.

All members are welcome to attend the forum and ask questions for clarification.  If you would like to add an item to the agenda, submit your suggestion to the Board of Trustees by emailing: board@wichitafallsmcc.org.  NO ANONYMOUS SUGGESTIONS will be considered. Suggestion must include rationale.  Those person(s) making a suggestion will be notified whether or not your item will be added to the agenda.

Active members (see the WFMCC SOP’s for requirements to be considered active) are welcome to attend Congregational Meeting to vote on the proposals on our agenda.

Serve on the Board of Trustees!
Are you gifted in the area of administration?  Consider running to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Applications avaialble in the church office, or you may request one to be sent to you by emailing Pastor Mel at PastorMel@WichitaFallsMCC.org.  Active membership is required to submit an application.

WFMCC Strategic Plan
Want to have a voice in the WFMCC Strategic Plan that will be presented for consideration at Congregational Meeting?  Our next meeting is this Thursday, October 1, 7:30pm. **this is a time change!


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!

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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