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  • Minister's Message

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Each year as part of our Pastors’ Class, we ask participating students to draw a picture of their earliest image of God. This typically reveals two things: first, most of the kids going through Pastors’ Class have far more artistic ability than I do and therefore don’t have to adopt my practice of labeling elements of their drawings so people don’t get confused. Second, it’s not uncommon for many of these images to be pretty similar. Let me share one of my own earliest images of God. I pictured God as an old man with a rockin’ white beard sitting in an uncomfortable-looking wooden rocking chair in some far-off land in the clouds. I really couldn’t tell you what shaped that image, but there you have it.

    After our young artists re-create the ways in which they first imagined God, we ask them to do the same for the way in which they now imagine God. This task has some interesting results. For some, the two images are more or less the same. For others, there is a significant difference between early and current images of God, often with the current images being more abstract as compared to the defined, practical pictures of childhood. The whole point of the exercise is to begin to understand how our faith is dynamic and grows with us as we go throughout life.

    Would you consider doing this exercise with me? Take a moment and think back to your earliest images of God. How did you imagine God? What were God’s characteristics that stand out to you as you first began to understand the Divine? Let that sink in for a few moments.

    Then ask the same questions about how you understand God now. What images come to mind? What are the defining characteristics? Is there a significant difference between the two or are they more or less the same?

    One of the greatest and wondrous things about our faith is that God is bigger than our imagination. Though we may imagine God in a certain way as a child, that does not mean God is bound to that image. Similarly, even though we may imagine God completely different now, God is no more bound to that picture than the earlier image. As we go throughout our lives and continue to have new and different experiences, the ways we understand ourselves and the world around us changes. So, too, does the way we understand God and our faith. Let us take comfort in knowing that no matter what changes we may experience and no matter how our understanding of the Divine evolves and changes, that God is big enough for that.

    But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:13-14 (NRSV)

  • Come to an Enneagram Workshop!

    CONTACT: Rev. Micah James mjames@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Do you know your number? Come to the Enneagram Workshop with Suzanne Stabile on Friday, February 23, starting at 5:30pm and Saturday, February 24 from 9-5pm, at First Christian Church. In this workshop, Stabile introduces the nine Enneagram Types: Challenger, Peacemaker, Perfectionist, Helper, Performer, Romantic, Investigator, Loyalist and Enthusiast. Each personality type is reviewed in detail, including strengths and weaknesses, and the likely interpersonal challenges that may be involved. Register for the event at www.lifeinthetrinityministry.com/store/know-your-number-okc-ticket FCC members use coupon code fccmember ($65) and FCC couples use coupon code fcccouple ($115). Come discover your number!

  • Lenten Devotional Writers Needed

    CONTACT: Rev. Micah James mjames@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    As this Lenten season begins, we are still looking for great stories about the basics of the Christian faith. Our theme for Lent is "Back to Basics" and we are going to study the Sermon on the Mount.

    Select a date that you will write and share a story about the basic practices of your faith.
    - What do you do to connect with God?
    - What practices or disciplines are meaningful to you?
    - Have you had a special encounter or experience in some of the "basic" doings of our faith?
    - How do you practice the "Sermon on the Mount" mandates?

    Submissions need to be emailed to Micah at mjames@fccedmond.org a week before the date you select so that we have time for editing. We will edit submissions for space and grammar. Thanks for helping us with this project. The devotionals have become a very meaningful part of our liturgical seasons.

  • Spring Semester UNITE!

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Be a part of Spring Semester UNITE with food, fellowship, learning and fun! Adults, children and students can UNITE for a delicious meal, share meaningful conversation, and experience faith development in one of our classes or small groups. UNITE is a place to grow in your faith and form lasting relationships in a relaxed and welcoming environment. See www.fccedmond.org/unite for a complete list of adult, children, and student activities.

  • UCO Intergenerational Program

    CONTACT: Dr. Glee Bertram gbertram@uco.edu 405.974.5361
    Generations Learning Together is about growing connections within the community. Dr. Glee Bertram, Ph.D., a UCO professor in human environmental sciences, is leading an ongoing project that connects children at the FCC Child Care Center with older adults. The project also includes students from UCO’s family life education, nutrition, dance and kinesiology programs.

    Children ages 3-4, college students, and older adults come for a one hour event twice a month to create, build, move, and discover together. Dr. Bertram, along with several of her college students, plans activities that engage each person from various generations.

    The meeting dates scheduled for spring are: February 27; March 6 & 27; April 3 & 17. The program will start at 10am and are done by 11am.

    The group is now asking for additional older adults in the community to come and participate. There is no obligation to come to each scheduled date, but participants are encouraged to come and make connections. You won’t be disappointed! There is nothing like a smile or high-five from a young person and great conversation with a college student.

  • Walk to Emmaus

    CONTACT: Kay Sullins sullins.kay@att.net 405.412.2238
    WALK DATES: Men's Walk March 1-4, 2018; Women's Walk March 15-18, 2018
    The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour experience beginning on a Thursday evening and ending on Sunday evening. The focus of Emmaus is God as known in Jesus Christ and how that finds expression in the local church. The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work. Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders and is open to members of any denomination. First Christian Church has over fifty members who have attended the Walk to Emmaus. If you are interested in learning more or would like an application to attend, contact Kay Sullins.

  • Use Givelify to Give!

    CONTACT: Rev. Micah James mjames@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    In our ongoing efforts to be the best stewards of our financial resources, First Christian Church is switching to Givelify as our mobile platform for giving. Givelify will save us hundreds of dollars each year in software fees, plus provide you a simple way to give!

    To get started, download the Givelify app from your App Store or Google Play (Iphone/Android) – watch how here. Sign up for your account – Use Facebook or create an account using your email address. Enter the financial information you would like to use to make your gifts.  Your information will be saved for use the next time you give!

    You will soon be able to access Givelify through the First Christian Church website.  Also, because Givelify is connected with Facebook giving, all gifts made using the donate button on our Facebook page will be recorded on your giving statement. You can find the most current version of your statement anytime on the Hub under your profile.

    Pushpay, our current giving tool, has been phased out and will no longer be used.

    Note: This tool is slightly different, as it only accepts credit and debit cards. If you would like to set up an ACH (bank draft), please contact Karla Mahan, our Business Administrator, and she can help you do this through a service with our Bank.

    If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Micah James (above) for assistance.

  • Problems Getting Emails from Church?

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    We have heard multiple reports of Cox Cable email users having issues getting their emails from First Christian (via the Hub). If this issue affects you (you have a cox.net email address), please report this issue to your email provider (Cox Cable). The problem may also be eliminated by adding the following address to your email address book: notifications@ccbchurch.com. More detailed information about this problem can be found at: https://churchcommunitybuilder.force.com/s/article/393183?topicId=0TO41000000AJnHGAW&topicName=General

  • Dates to Remember

    February 19 – Youth Lunch & Movie at Mark's House, 12pm
    February 23Enneagram Event, 5pm Sanctuary
    February 24Enneagram Event, 9am Sanctuary
    February 25 – Life After Loss, 4:30pm Room 130

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Worship News

  • On the Worship Schedule

    Worship at First Christian – Sundays at 8:15, 9 & 11am
    February 18, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Lent - Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow; Scripture: Matthew 5:13-14; Children Worship & Wonder: The Good Samaritan
    February 25, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Lent - Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow; Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26; Children Worship & Wonder: Lenten Puzzle & Great Banquet
    March 4, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Lent - Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow; Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48; Children Worship & Wonder: Jesus & the Children

  • Watch and Listen to Sermons Online

    Watch and listen to sermons from our worship services anytime! To watch live streaming of our services, follow the link at www.fccedmond.org/live. To listen, visit our Sermons page at www.fccedmond.org. Tell your friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers about First Christian Church, point them to our website, and encourage them to watch and listen online!
    Need Wifi?  Be our guest! Public wifi access is available at First Christian Church. Use password “fccedmond”.
    “Like” our Facebook page - First Christian Church of Edmond - and stay up-to-date on all the latest events!

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Serve News

  • A Message From Outreach

    CONTACT: Geri Moffatt gerimoffatt@cox.net 405.650.4970
    Through your generosity, First Christian Church gives to Outreach Partners throughout our community and beyond. A goal of this committee is to provide information about some of these ministries. This month, we would like to highlight the First Christian Church Benevolence Fund. This fund gives aid to those in immediate need, most commonly rent, food or catching up on bills. Priority is given to church members, so most of the money helps our church family; although there are people who fall between the cracks of what the HOPE Center of Edmond can offer and need a helping hand as well. This fund is at the discretion of the ministers and is intended to provide short term help to people in crisis. If you would like to give to the Benevolence Fund, you may contact the church office at 405.341.3544.

  • Hospitality Ministry Needs You!

    CONTACT: Sherrye VanOsdol sherryev2@gmail.com 405.850.7286
    As we continue to offer Radical Hospitality at First Christian, we realize that we need more members welcoming attendees as they enter our building for worship. As a Door Greeter, there are three areas of need - the Fellowship Hall, the West Hall and the Rotunda entrance. Volunteers are asked to take a Sunday a month, and a specific time of 8:45, 9:45, or 10:45am (Volunteers are asked to be at the entrance 15 minutes before worship begins and stay 5 minutes after worship starts.)

    We also need Welcome Desk Greeters to answer the phone and direct any visitors to places they request. This also requires the commitment of one Sunday a month for a one hour time frame (Times available are: 9-10am, 10-11am and 11am-12pm. To serve with FCC's Hospitality Ministry, contact Sherrye (above).

  • Souper Bowl of Caring

    CONTACT: Kelly VanOsdol framinggod@hotmail.com 405.341.0922
    Thank you for your generous contributions to Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday! We collected $1,234.80, which will directly benefit Breakfast on Boulevard. Thank you! From the Cornerstone Sunday School Class and the 9th and 10th Grade Unite Boys Small Groups.

  • Troup 479 Annual Baked Potato Lunch Fundraiser

    CONTACT: Hazel Bird hazel_bird@hotmail.com 405.471.6259
    Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 4 from 10am to 1pm for the annual Troop 479 Baked Potato Lunch Fundraiser. Tickets are $5.00 each, which includes a baked potato with chili and all the fixings, drink, and dessert. And for your convenience, all potatoes can be made “To-Go”! Look for the Boy Scout table in the rotunda February 18 & 25. Thank you for supporting Scout Troop 479!

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Children's News

  • Children Collect Canned Fruit & Other Items

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against such thing.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (NRSV)

    Our children from Unite are collecting non-perishable food donations for this semester’s mission & service project. The children ask you to bring canned fruit and vegetables to show your “fruits of the spirit!” Donations can be placed in the box in Fellowship Hall and will be accepted through the end of February and will be donated to the Kids Backpack Program in Edmond Schools.

  • Children's Ministries Events

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Ages 3 -5 grade, join us each Sunday morning at 10am in the Children’s Education Building for Sunday school and each Wednesday evening for UNITE!

    Save the Date for Vacation Bible School!
    June 4-7: “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus” – registration opens in May.

    Save the Date for Summer Church Camp!
    June 4-8: Chi Rho Camp (Grades 6-8) at Oakridge Camp (near Anadarko)
    June 18-22: Junior Camp (Grades 4-5) at Central Oklahoma Camp (near Guthrie)
    June 22-24: Discovery Camp (Grades 2-3) at Central Oklahoma Camp (near Guthrie)
    June 25-29: CYF Conference (Grades 9-12) at Central Oklahoma Camp (near Guthrie)
    July 10-12: Grand Camp (Grades K-3) at Camp Christian (near Chouteau)

    Visit the Region’s website to register beginning soon at www.okdisciples.org Prices will be made available as soon as they are published.

  • Greeters Needed for Children Worship & Wonder!

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Thought about helping our children worship at Children Worship & Wonder? We are looking for a few more Greeters to assist at either the 9 or 11am services. The Greeter plays an essential role of supporting the Storyteller by greeting the children, handing out the work materials, preparing the feast, and greeting the parents at the end of worship. If you love children and would like to help build their faith formation through Children Worship & Wonder, contact Jennifer to learn more! “Children are a gift from the LORD” - Psalm 127:3

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Student Ministries News

  • Student Ministries Calendar of Events

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Join us each Sunday morning at 10am in the Family Life Center for breakfast, announcements and Sunday School classes and each Wednesday night for UNITE! 

    Monday, February 19, 12-2:30pm, Lunch and a Movie at Mark’s House - It’s Presidents’ Day! Join us at Mark’s House at 7969 Lindsay Ln for food and fun!
    Sunday, March 11, 1-3pm, Elevation Trampoline Park - Meet us at the church at 1pm and we will take the church buses to Elevation Trampoline Park. We will be back at the church at 3:00. Cost is $10. All participants must complete the Elevation Waiver prior to the event.
    Sunday, April 8, 1-5pm, Church Under the Bridge - Join us as we worship with and provide a meal for our friends at Church Under the Bridge.
    Sunday, April 15, 1-3 pm, Youth Sunday Rehearsal - Youth Sunday is May 6, and we need your help! Join us in the sanctuary as we prepare to lead worship on Youth Sunday. All youth are highly encouraged to be a part of this special worship experience.
    Sunday, April 22, 1-3 pm, Youth Sunday Rehearsal - Youth will continue to prepare to lead the 9 & 11am worship services on May 6.
    Sunday, May 6, Youth Sunday - Youth will lead the 9 & 11am worship services. More details coming soon!

    Here are some important 2018 dates to remember:
    May 27 - June 2 International Affairs Seminar
    June 4 - 8 Chi Rho Camp (Grades 6-8) at Oakridge Camp (near Anadarko)
    June 10 - 16 High School Mission Trip
    June 25 - 29 CYF Conference (Grades 9-12) at Central Oklahoma Camp (near Guthrie)
    July 15 - 21 Middle School Mission Trip
    August 19 - Fall Kickoff

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Care News

  • Faith Community Health Team Needs You!

    CONTACT: Donna Clark tdscl5@gmail.com 405.413.1954
    Do you have a passion for health and wellness? The Faith Community Health team is looking for new members. As a part of the team, you will help with one or two events per year and brainstorm ideas to support our congregation, Child Care Center and community in their goals. You do not have to be a medical health professional! We welcome anyone with interest or passion for healthy living. If interested, contact Donna (above).

  • In Our Prayers This Week

    THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER Bill & Connie LaRue, John & Dot Hammond, Betsy Jones, Ed & Mary Walker, Lorene Wilkinson, Bettye Sherwood, Michele Schlough, Gene Burleson

    OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO Judy Joy in the passing of her husband, Steve Joy, on February 9. No services are scheduled.

    Please share your prayer requests with us so we can pray for you. Contact Pastoral Assistant, Iris Muno Jordan at ijordan@fccedmond.org or 341-3544, ext. 110.

  • Happy Birthday FCC Friends!

    2/18 Dori Egesdal, Asher Jewell, Kelsey Murray, Adaya Price, Lily Stuckey, Kacy VanOsdol
    2/19 Tara Baker, Al Jantz
    2/20 Lisa Carpenter Grant, Michael Grant, Jr., Jerry Hess, Terry Kerr, Sharon McKethan, Michelle Ward
    2/21 Martha Jacobs, Andrew Woods
    2/22 Shauna Becker, London Carrington, Jim Quade, Georgia Sparks
    2/23 Jaima Carder
    2/24 Carter Coleman, Mark Mades
    2/25 B. Ann Hauser
    2/26 Judy Freeman, Oden James, Betsy Jones, Genevieve Larson, Sonja Loucks, Rita Ward, Zachery Williams
    2/27 Diane Ball
    2/28 Errol Myers, Presley Smith
    3/1 Letitia Anthony, Annette Vaught, Debbie Wilson
    3/2 Everett LoveCombs
    3/3 Phoebe Eaton, Thomas Fondren, Mac Mecoy, Leo Webster
    3/4 Christian Hammond

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