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  • Inspiring Young Minds - A Minister's Message

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. John Regan, Executive Minister jregan@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    So, what is an owl’s favorite kind of book? A “Hoooooo-dunnit!” This was one of the riddles we asked our campers at our inaugural Jaguar Summer STEAM Camp. Why? Because this year’s camp is designed around the children’s’ novel HOOT written by Carl Hiaasen; the story of a group of kids who band together to help save a group of burrowing owls who live on a plot of land set to be developed into a pancake restaurant.

    In collaboration with Ida Freeman Elementary, we developed this camp to help children catch up on some of the learning they may have lost during the first month of summer and inspire them to continue learning during the last weeks of summer before launching into 5th grade. It coincides with National Summer Learning Week, a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, so they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. 

    Our pilot project has 17 campers AND 30 adult and 2 teen volunteers. In our morning sessions we have Reading and STEM learning experiences that are led by professional teachers. Campers have made parachutes and measured drop rates, dissected the pellets of barn owls, and played a game of fractional dominoes. They’ve had multiple opportunities for physical exercise including tai chi, yoga, basketball and a designated PE time. We have enjoyed owl smores, pancake sausages on a stick, and delicious food prepared by our kitchen staff. Each child received a free t-shirt, their own copy of the book Hoot, and lots of attention and tender loving care! We are grateful for the many supplies, gift cards, and cash that allowed us to launch this camp. 

    The highlight of the week for me has been watching our volunteers leading these children into the joyous experience of learning together in community. We've given them the wonder of using new technology to create art through the tools of a computer and 3-D printer; the joy of learning fundamentals of reading music and playing the drums and a ukulele; and the freedom in an Arts and Crafts space to create just what they wanted, while being supported and celebrated simply for trying! We all are created in the image of God so all of us have this incredible potential to become loving and creative creatures. Most of us are simply looking for people who will take the time to not only inspire us but to go with us on this journey to find out who we are and what we might become.

    Not once this week have I heard “this is boring.” Instead campers have said “this is harder than I thought it would be”—yoga, “this is cooler than I thought it would be”—owl pellets, “this isn’t what I thought it would be," “is it really time to leave?”, and "can I come back next year?” Others reported hearing “This is the best week of the summer!" and “I wish camp was all summer long!” What better testimony could there be to the joy and curiosity we have sparked through this new camp?

    The greatest teachers in our own personal journeys were rarely the smartest or most brilliant people we met in our lives. They were, however, almost always people who were enthusiastic about what they were learning. Our leaders have inspired these campers, and given them the generous gifts of time and attention. Thanks be to God. 

  • Choose Kind. See Wonder. Movie Night - July 17

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow, Senior Minister cshorow@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 
    Midway through a summer full of learning, serving, and fun we are gathering for another dinner and movie night! Next Wednesday, July 17 we will view the film WONDER, based on the New York Times bestseller. WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Our church gave this inspiring book to every 5th grader at Ida Freeman elementary school last Christmas. Adults and children alike will love this film, staring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson!

    Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM before the film! We are serving chicken pot pie, green beans, fruit salad, and brownies. RSVP for dinner online at www.fccedmond.org/register so we have food for you!  

  • Gifts That Last Forever

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. John Regan, Executive Minister jregan@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544

    Imagine a gift that lasts not only for a day, or a season, or a year, but forever. The Endowment Fund of First Christian Church of Edmond provides our congregation with a perpetual source of income in support of the church's ministries and missions. First Christian’s Endowment was created to fund innovative programs, meet unforeseen emergencies, and to provide for the challenges of tomorrow. The Endowment allows members and friends of First Church to leave faith legacies and secure the vitality of the church for future generations.

    Our Endowment is overseen by the Endowment Investment Committee and managed by Heritage Trust of Oklahoma City. Each year Heritage Trust provides a performance update which is open for the congregation to attend. The 2019 report will be held Sunday, July 21 at 12:15 in Room 116. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Wednesday, July 17. RSVP to jregan@fccedmond.org

  • Summer Sunday School Continues Through August 4

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow, Senior Minister cshorow@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 
    Our summer of learning continues through Sunday, August 4 with Summer Sunday School in the Chapel, each week at 10am.
    -July 14 – Foster Care Panel, Coordinated by Erin Robertson
    It takes a village to raise a child and fostering makes that village even more critical. Hear personal stories from those involved in foster care, meet the leaders of groups that provide resources and services, and get the opportunity to ask a panel of experts your questions.
    -July 21 – Herb Magley, 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
    More than 64,000 Oklahomans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and over 223,000 family and friends are providing care. Alzheimer’s is one of the most demanding and stressful diseases for caregivers. Magley leads our recently established Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support group.
    - July 28 - Dan Straughn, Executive Director of the Homeless Alliance
    A lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, Straughn founded the Homeless Alliance in 2004 to build the OKC community’s capacity to better care for the homeless. This “one-stop shop” brings service providers together to present and address homelessness through collaboration.
    You'll find more details about about our speakers online at www.fccedmond.org/summer or pick up a Summer Sunday School flyer from the rotunda.

  • Experience Spiritual Renewal Through Walk to Emmaus

    CONTACT: Kay Sullins sullins.kay@att.net 405.412.2238
    The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program's approach seriously considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages Christ's disciples to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant of all." Men's Walk - September 5-8; Women's Walk - September 19-22 at Wesley United Methodist Church in El Reno.

  • Women’s Connections Bible Study Begins in August

    CONTACT: Monday Evening – Jenny Wiechmann unibrow1948@aol.com 405.340.3816
    Ladies, join us for a great opportunity to study God’s word, grow spiritually, and fellowship with each other as we study Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me by Jennifer Rothschild. This 7-session study explores the depths of God's care through the study of Psalm 23. God is the Good Shepherd whose companionship provides the comfort and confidence every woman needs. No matter what season you find yourself in, you are safe with the Shepherd.

    There are two sessions for this study: Our evening class is held at Mondays at 7pm, and will meet August 26, September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, and November 4 and 18. Our daytime class is held Thursday mornings at 9:30am, and will meet August 29, September 12 and 26, October 10 and 24, and November 7 and 21.
    Books are $16 (including DVD cost) and are available in the Pastoral Office. Please make checks payable to First Christian Church and note Connections Bible Study on the memo line.

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Worship News

  • "Elephants In The Room" Summer Sermon Series

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow cshorow@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 
    Our summer series “Elephants in the Room” continues through August 4. We’re covering those issues we often try to ignore in hopes that if we don't acknowledge them, maybe they will go away. Our faith suggests we open the conversation, and pay attention to those often controversial subjects. In the next few weeks we’ve still got these “Elephants” to tackle - prejudice, debt, abuse, and mental health.

  • On the Worship Schedule

    Worship With Us Each Sunday at 8:15 (Chapel), 9:00 (Modern), 11:00 (Traditional)

    Elephants in the Room Series Continues through August 4
    July 14, 2019 Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow, Scripture: John 4:7-15
    July 21, 2019 Minister: Rev. Dr. John Regan, Scripture: Mark 5:1-20
    July 28, 2019 Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow, Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
    August 4, 2019 Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow, Scripture: John 8:1-11

    Digital Faith Series – August 11 through September 8
    August 11, 2019 Minister: Rev. Dr. John Regan, Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
    August 18, 2019 Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow, Scripture: Matthew 13:33

  • 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

  • Loving Our Neighbors, One Meal at a Time

    CONTACT: Gayle Keeton 405.348.7888 
    When you are hungry, all of life seems more difficult. Through Breakfast on Boulevard, we provide free breakfast and a sack lunch to help our neighbors in need. Volunteers shop for groceries,cook, serve and clean. Would you like to join this effort to help those who hunger in Edmond? Sign up online at www.fccedmond.org/breakfast-on-boulevard, or contact Gayle Keeton (above).

  • Serving Our City

    CONTACT: Shelley Regan sregan@fccedmond.org 405.414.3544
    On Saturday, June 14, FCC set out to serve our city sharing God's love in several different ways. We had 24 volunteers ranging in age from 5 to over 70 who divided into teams. Some worked on the playground and lawns of Ida Freeman Elementary, filling holes in the soccer field and front lawn, and weather-proofing a pavilion on the playground. Others sorted clothing and food in the warehouse at the HOPE Center, while still others sorted clothing donations at HOPEfully Yours Resale Shop. Families with young children served alongside grandparents, single adults, and couples! Afterwards some of our crew met in Chitwood Park to share a picnic lunch while serving kiddos ran and played!
    Our Outreach Ministry Team will coordinate another Serve Our City Saturday this fall so we can continue to show Edmond that we are “Here for Good!” If you have project ideas, please send those to me at the email above. 

  • small things|GREAT LOVE: Fostering love for the foster community

    CONTACT: Erin Robertson erincrobertson@gmail.com 405.471.9386 
    Anna's House Foundation is a faith-based organization whose mission is to provide immediate, stable and loving homes for Oklahoma County's children in state custody. AHF desires to offer a future of hope and faith to foster children and foster families by providing housing, support, training, and resources in a Christian community setting. We provide an exceptional, personal network of support for families in Oklahoma County and contingent counties caring for children in foster care, and the unique needs children share. Check out more about this fantastic group at https://annashousefoundation.org/  In July, we are collecting diapers, preferably size 4 or larger. You can get a bag or box, and feel free to throw in a package of wipes too! Leave them in the Fellowship Hall donation box.

    The mission of small things|GREAT LOVE is to promote the agencies and donation opportunities already in place around the OKC metro that benefit the foster community. Each month a different group will be highlighted, and a specific need or donation request will be shared. For more info, check out our website at http://www.stglok.org/

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Children's News

  • Ways to Serve Our Children and Families

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    There are many ways to serve in Children's Ministry - your help makes a huge difference in the lives of our kids! Be a Sunday School Leader! One of the most rewarding opportunities you can have as a leader in Children’s Ministry is to teach Sunday school. As a Sunday school leader, you could open the door for a child to encounter, or re-encounter, God. By being a consistent leader, a child will find another adult with whom he/she can connect and trust within our church family. Curriculum is provided. No previous experience is required; what ARE required - commitment, patience, and a love for children! Commitment: Sundays, every other Sunday - 1-year commitment.

    Be a Children Worship & Wonder Greeter! During Children Worship & Wonder, children will hear Bible stories and learn about God while experiencing the presence of God. The children learn the meaning of church traditions and will participate in their own worship. Greeters help facilitate the service. CW&W is offered during the 9 & 11am worship services for ages 3 through 1st grade. To be a CW&W greeters, some training is required. Commitment: Sundays, during either the 9 or 11am service – approximately 1 time, every other month.

    Join in the fun of working together with other families as we serve the littlest among us. “Children are a gift from the LORD” - Psalm 127:3. Thanks be to God!

  • Children's Ministries Events

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    MOVIE NIGHT! Wednesday, July 17 at 6PM. Come watch "Wonder" with your FCC friends! We’ll have chicken pot pie, green beans, fruit salad, and brownies, then watch the movie with our family of faith. Be sure your family signs up for dinner online at www.fccedmond.org/register so we have dinner ready for YOU!

    Sunday Morning Classes
    - Littles - (3, 4, 5 & Kindergarten year olds) - Room E12 (Children's Hallway)
    - Bigs - (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade) - Room E17 (Children's Hallway)
    - 5th Graders will join the Youth in the Family Life Center

    Save these Dates!
    Sunday, August 10 Children Worship & Wonder Orientation - 10am in the CW&W room in the basement - for new or incoming CW&W children, 3 years old or older, who have not yet attended CW&W previously; Rehearsal for Service of Welcome - 10am in the Sanctuary - for all incoming 2nd graders for their orientation to Sanctuary worship from CW&W
    Sunday, August 18Children Worship & Wonder starts back at the 9 & 11am services; Service of Welcome - 9 & 11am Services - graduation for all incoming 2nd Graders to be oriented to Sanctuary worship from Children Worship & Wonder; Promotion Sunday & Bible Presentation - 10am in the Sanctuary - for all Children's Sunday school participants and their families. Bibles will be given to all 3 year olds and 1st Graders.

  • What's Happening in Our Child Care Center

    CONTACT: Bonnie Miller, CCC Director bmiller@fccedmond.org 405.341.2626
    Check out the new fencing for the big kids’ playground! It was installed in June and we think it a great visual improvement! Thank you for your continued support of the Child Care Center through our restaurant fundraisers. Because of you we have raised funds to help with updates to the center. Next up is Panera Bread, July 25, 4-8pm in Edmond. Show this flyer and our center will receive a portion back!  
    As a reminder, the Child Care Center is closed Friday, August 9 for in-service training and deep cleaning. This is just one way we ensure children have a safe, clean, fun environment to play and learn in!

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Student Ministries News

  • Follow Our “Encounter” Spiritual Mission Trip

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 
    This Sunday, 21 Middle School Students, along with nine adult sponsors are heading to Heron Lake, New Mexico for a week-long encounter with God. We invite you to keep the team in your prayers. If you would like to keep up with this spiritual retreat experience be sure to like “FCC Edmond Youth” on Facebook.

  • Student Ministries SUMMER Events!

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Find our full summer calendar of activities online at www.fccedmond.org/studentprograms
    Join us each Sunday morning at 10am in the Family Life Center for breakfast, announcements and Sunday School.

    Monday Morning Breakfast 10:00 - 11:30AM - July 22 and 29 - Gresh's House
    Come build your faith, talk about the weird God-questions you don’t know how to ask, and experience community. Where: 18542 Salvador Rd Edmond, OK 73012
    Bible Study in the Park Wednesdays July 24 and 31 - 5:30 - 7:30PM. Hafer Park
    Hafer Park at 9th and Bryant. Bring a hammock, chair, Frisbee or ball, and come share food, fun, and conversation about how to live faithfully as God’s people. Meet in the grassy area near the pond at Hafer!

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Care News

  • Thoughts from Our Faith Community Nurse - Healthy Fats

    CONTACT: Lauren VanOsdol, Faith Community Nurse, lauren.vanosdol@gmail.com 
    “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31 
    FAT- It’s a scary three-lettered word. We’ve spent years on yo-yo diets that told us fat is bad. Thankfully though, the field of nutrition has recovered from this misunderstood fat-phobia due to more recent research that has shown certain types of dietary fat can improve our health and lower the risk for heart disease. But not all fat is created equal! We’ve posted some good, bad, and ugly facts about fats this month on our faith community nurse posters in the restrooms. Check them out and get the fat facts straight!

  • In Our Prayers This Week

    THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER Ed & Mary Walker, John & Dot Hammond
    OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO Shane & Jennifer McGrew & Family in the passing of Jennifer’s father, Roger Banks, on June 5. Services were held June 18 AND TO Charles & Desi Stout in the passing of Desi’s grandmother, Nadine Jackson, on June 6. Graveside service held June 14 AND TO Jeff & Erin O’Donnell in the passing of Erin’s grandfather, Julian Zumwalt, on June 6. Graveside service held June 10 AND TO Mary Cone in the passing of her husband, Charles Cone, on June 21. Services will be held in Arkansas.
    CELEBRATING A BAPTISM Jake Privette on July 2.
    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!

    7/12 Bennett Brinkman, Alison Cave, Jaxon Humphrey
    7/13 Garry George, Dyke Moffatt
    7/14 Scott Foreman, Charlotte Larrison, Jeff Stephens
    7/15 Georgia Krywicki
    7/16 Seth Peterson
    7/17 Emma Berberet, Lillie Beth Brinkman, Alee Gossen, Jordan Lindley, Sylvia Miley Sautter
    7/18 Randy Clough, Riley Nester, Beverly Pearce
    7/20 Gary Engel, Grace Helms, Beverly Terry
    7/21 Becky Garrett, Ginger McLendon, Gabriel Robertson
    7/22Bennett Fuller, Greg Hunt, Ryan McGann, Caroline Medley
    7/23 Dee Ann Anderson, Norma Jean Kirsch, Lauren VanOsdol
    7/24 Caelan Rutledge, Missy Wilkinson
    7/25 Darcy Biby, Jennifer Gallaway, Elaine Warner
    7/26  Destiny Banuet, Blake Davis, Paul Dodson
    7/27 Brian Cain, Terry Dillon, Donni Harris
    7/28 Colton Carrington, Cathi Carroll, Gary Clopton, Cara Dutton, Emy Lawson
    7/29 Mac McElvany, Ed Walker
    7/30 Slater Fondren, Mark Hammond, Cooper Kious, Carol Wilson
    7/31 Cole Stanley
    8/1 Kyeler Benear, Jett Humphrey
    8/2 Diane King
    8/3 Don DeSpain
    8/4 Wes Combs, Debby Gresh, Betty McKinney, Rob Ryland, Jessica Sauls

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