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  • Minister's Message - The Journey of Faith Is Better Together

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org
    If you're anything like me, when you get busy or overwhelmed you tend to isolate and insulate yourself from others. I'm not sure the reason many of us end up doing this. Inevitably, during periods of stress or busyness, I place myself in my own little personal silo. I know many people have similar tendencies. Perhaps there's an unconscious feeling we don't have time for social interactions in the middle of stressful points in our lives. Or maybe deep down inside there's some unfounded idea that things will happen more efficiently or will have a better outcome if we isolate ourselves from those around us and do it all on our own. The truth is, however, that the inverse is true nearly every time. If we allow ourselves an opportunity to be vulnerable, we are really affording ourselves the chance to experience support, encouragement, and love through the Body of Christ.

    While we might believe it's somehow easier or better doing things on our own, the reality is that we are better together. This is true in good times and bad; in a state of stress or in a state of comfort. We were not created to go through this life independently in isolation. We are better together.

    This year our Faith Development teams have adopted a new strategy and vision based on this very idea. Beginning this Fall, you're going to see some changes in the way we communicate and operate that are designed to incorporate the best things we all bring to the table. We believe it's better to share the journey, both in our personal lives and in our faith path. We are going to be intentional about equipping families with tools to continue the conversations that happen at church. We hope to be able to extend the exciting things happening at church far beyond our walls; we want them to be incorporated into the every-day lives of the children, students, and adults who are impacted by the Faith Development Ministries of First Christian Church. We believe we are better together.

  • Fall Kick-off: Better Together

    CONTACT: Rev. Micah James mjames@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 ext. 121
    Our Faith Development Ministry team is hosting an All Church Fall Kick-Off Event, Sunday, August 19 from 4-7pm. The theme “Better Together” will shape our year because we know we truly are better together! Everyone is invited, and families of children and youth are encouraged not to miss this gathering! Come play, eat, and celebrate all the ways we are better when we work, learn and play together. We will share a brief presentation about our new vision for Children and Youth curriculum, based on a comprehensive curriculum called Orange. If you have traditionally participated in the Youth Dive-in, this year the Youth will play right alongside "kids" of all ages. More details at www.fccedmond.org/better-together

  • Movie Nights!

    CONTACT: Rev. Micah James mjames@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 ext. 121
    To accompany three weeks of sermons on movies, we will be showing the feature film the preceding Tuesday. The movie will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Popcorn will be served!

    Tuesday, August 28 - Zootopia
    Tuesday, September 4 - Amadeus
    Tuesday, September 11 - Won't You Be My Neighbor

  • Come UNITE with us on Wednesdays This Fall

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 ext. 105
    UNITE – Join us on Wednesday nights, beginning September 5, during the school year for food, fellowship, learning, and fun! Adults, children, and youth - can UNITE for a delicious, reasonably priced 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. Everyone is invited!

    Children's Schedule - 3 years old through 5th Grade
    (Nursery available, from 5pm until 8pm, for those under 3 - Room E11 in the Children's Hallway)
    5:00 Music (1st-5th Grades) - Music Room
    5:30 Cherub Choir (3 yrs old-Kindergarten) - Room 115
    6:00 Check-in/Dinner - Fellowship Hall
    6:30 Small Groups - Children's Hallway
    7:15 Large Group Worship - Chapel
    7:30 Check-out/Pick-up - Chapel

    Student's Schedule - Youth - 6th Grade through 12th Grade 
    5:15 Youth Ensemble - Room 131
    5:45 Dinner - Family Life Center
    6:30 Chapel
    7:10 Small Groups
    7:45 Pick-up - Rotunda

    Adult's Schedule
    5:00 The Gospels Bible Study - Led by Rev. Micah James, Rm #116 - This class will take a biblical, critical look at how the Gospels were written, their similarities and their differences. This is an excellent class for Bible beginners and anyone wanting to gain more depth in their knowledge of scripture.

    5:30 Dave Ramsey's The Legacy Journey Class - Led by Cameron Woods, Rm #117 - *Starts September 12! FCC will host Dave Ramsey's "The Legacy Journey" Class. This course is taught through video teaching, discussions and interactive activities. It is a biblically-based course showing how to live and leave a legacy for generations to come. This class runs from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm (dinner at 6 pm) each Wednesday evening for seven weeks, excluding October 17 (EPS Fall Break), in room 117. Course kits are $50. Register at www.daveramsey.com/legacy/classes/1068907

    6:00 All Church Dinner - Fellowship Hall

    6:30 The Major Prophets Bible Study - Led by Rev. Chris Shorow, Rm #116 - This class will take a look at the major prophets of the Hebrew Bible: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. These prophets were active in very turbulent times in Israel's history and had much to say about justice, faith, and uncertainty in fearful times. This will be a broad study covering historical settings and essential issues of faith in each of the books.

    6:45 Chancel Choir - Led by Diane Ball, Sanctuary - Choir meets Wednesday nights to practice for services and special events. Through the Choir, you can offer your musical gifts through the year in the 11 am worship service and on special occasions.

    Fall 2018 Dates
    September 5, 12, 19, 26
    October 3, 10, 24, 31 (No Unite October 17 due to Fall Break)
    November 7, 14, 28 (No Unite November 21 due to Thanksgiving Break)
    December 5 (Children and Youth Party Night)

    Meal Options
    $4.00 per person per week / $40.00 per person per semester
    $15.00 per family of 4+ per week / $160 per family of 4+ per semester
    You may pay by cash or check (payable to First Christian Church of Edmond) or pay online via our Unite Payment Form.

  • Enneagram Journey

    CONTACT: Rev. Micah James mjames@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 ext. 121
    A 12-session curriculum designed to help participants learn about the Enneagram, a powerful ancient tool for understanding motivation, behavior, and experience. Led by Suzanne Stabile, a master teacher, and guide, on DVD. Facilitated by Erin Robertson. Materials cost $40. The class will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 8pm, beginning September 6, in Room 117. Contact Micah (above).

  • FCC Family Trivia Night

    CONTACT: Lauren VanOsdol lauren.vanosdol@gmail.com 
    Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 9 for a family fun Trivia Night from 5-8 pm in the Fellowship Hall hosted by the VanOsdol family. All proceeds go to Breakfast on Boulevard and FCC Youth Missions fund. Pre-register online at www.fccedmond.org/register for $20 per player, or pay $25 at the door. Gather a team of SIX players, and we'll provide the entertainment, childcare, pizza, drinks and maybe even some special prizes. Feel free to bring additional snacks for your table. Sign up online now! Questions? Ask a VanOsdol!

  • Women’s Connections Bible Study Begins in August

    CONTACT: Monday Evening – Jenny Wiechmann unibrow1948@aol.com 405.340.3816; Thursday Morning – Tana Stufflebean mstufflebean@cox.net 405.341.4742; or Iris Muno Jordan ijordan@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    Beginning Monday, August 27 at 7pm; and Thursday, August 30 at 9:30am

    Ladies, join us for a great opportunity to study God’s word, grow spiritually, and fellowship with each other as we experience the greatness and power of God in the study of Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus by Lisa Harper. This 7-session study shows you how Hebrews is relevant for us today by reminding us to continue walking toward Jesus regardless of our culture or our circumstances. Hebrews helps women make the connection between God the Father and God the Son and reminds us that Jesus is supreme, but also compassionate, empathetic and loving.

    There are two sessions for this study: Monday nights at 7pm taught by Jenny Wiechmann and Thursday mornings at 9:30am taught by Tana Stufflebean. 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.

  • Deepen Your Discipleship – Experience the Walk to Emmaus Retreat

    CONTACT: Kay Sullins sullins.kay@att.net 405.412.2238 
    Men's Walk October 4-7; Women's Walk October 18-21 
    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. Currently, First Christian Church has well over fifty members who have attended the Walk to Emmaus. Dates for upcoming Walks: Men's Walk - October 4-7; Women's Walk - October 18-21. Both will be held at New Covenant United Methodist Church in Edmond. If you are interested in learning more about the Walk to Emmaus, feel free to contact Kay Mades, Karla & Robert Rowley, Gayle & Jack Smith; Bev Schmoyer, or Kay Sullins (above).

  • Take a Trip with the Classics to Branson!

    CONTACT: Winnie Hall wzhall75@gmail.com or 405.659.2568
    November 5-7, the Classics plan to travel to the Ozarks for a whirlwind trip of fun! This trip includes a Christmas show by the Dutton's, a visit to the College of the Ozarks & the Ralph Foster Museum, the production of Samson, and the Hot Rods and High Heels Christmas show. Cost is $489 (dbl) with a deposit of $100 due October 1. This includes transportation, three meals and all attractions listed. For more information, contact Winnie (above).

  • Newsletter Frequency Changes for 2018

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. John Regan, Executive Minister jregan@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544
    As our Executive Committee of the Church Board implements strategies to ensure a more balanced budget, a change impacting us all is the decreased frequency of our newsletter, the Chalice Connection. We will begin sending monthly newsletters this October. This will require staff and lay leaders to submit articles earlier than in the past, but it will also conserve dollars and staff time. We ask for your patience and support as we make this transition. Newsletter publication dates for the last quarter of 2018, and their corresponding submission deadlines are as follows:

    October 4, submission deadline September 27
    November 1, submission deadline October 25
    December 6, submission deadline November 29

    Please submit news articles to news@fccedmond.org and contact Jennifer Humphrey at jhumphrey@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544, ext. 105, if you have questions about how to best share the news about your ministry area.

  • Dates to Remember

    August 16 – Lunch Bunch, Games & Fellowship, 1:00 pm, Room 131
    August 19 – FCC Board Meeting, 12:15pm, Room 116
    Children’s Promotion Sunday and Bible Distribution, 10am, Sanctuary
    Fall Kick-off Event, 4pm, Front Lawn/Gym/Fellowship Hall
    August 26 – Life After Loss, 4:30pm, Room 130
    August 27 – Connections Women’s Bible Study, 7pm, Room 116
    August 29 – Child Care Center Ministry Fall Open House & Fundraising Dinner, 6pm
    August 30 – Connections Women’s Bible Study, 9:30am, Room 116
    September 5 – UNITE Starts Back!

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Worship News

  • On the Worship Schedule

    Worship at First Christian – Sundays at 8:15, 9 & 11am

    August 19, 2018 - Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow; Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7; Children Worship & Wonder Story: Talking/Listening to God

    August 26, 2018 - Minister: Rev. Micah James; Scripture: Proverbs 22:6; Children Worship & Wonder Story: The Light

    September 2, 2018 - Minister: Rev. Dr. Chris Shorow; Children Worship & Wonder Story: The Good Shepherd

  • 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

  • Outreach Ministry Spotlight – Meet Some of Our Outreach Partners

    CONTACT: Geri Moffatt gerimoffatt@cox.net or 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 Oklahoma Disciples Foundation, Disciples Mission Fund, and Disciples Retirement Community.

    Oklahoma Disciples Foundation administers endowment funds that benefit Disciples of Christ ministers and organizations. Campers, students, senior citizens, pastors, churches, and many others benefit from these funds. 

    Disciples Mission Fund is the common fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It supports 72 ministries of wholeness as close as our church and reaching around the globe.

    Disciples Retirement Community serves the needs of senior adults in the Oklahoma regional church, especially those who were residents of Oklahoma Christian Home when it was liquidated by the National Benevolent Association.

  • Thank You from the Outreach Committee

    CONTACT: Geri Moffatt gerimoffatt@cox.net or 405.650.4970
    Thank you so much for making the 2018 School Supply Drive so successful! During the month of August, school supply donations were collected, including items such as backpacks, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, paper, notebooks, etc . We filled over 40 backpacks for residents of the Rolling Green Apartments, along with families from our Child Care Center and Church. With the additional donations provided, we were even able to give extra school supplies to nine schools in our Edmond community, plus, to the Anna's House Foundation, Refuge Fellowship Church, and our own Children's Ministry. Your generosity was overwhelming and made the beginning of the school year special for many!

  • HOPE Center of Edmond in Need of Supplies

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 ext. 105
    HOPE Center of Edmond is in need of food items and hygiene products. After a very busy summer, the supply of the following items is very low. Food items needed (non-expired): canned meals (Ravioli, Spaghetti-O’s, Progresso), canned fruit, canned meat, boxed dinners, cereal, peanut butter & jelly. Personal hygiene items needed: shampoo & conditioner (any size), bar soap, toothbrushes & toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shaving cream & feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons). Thank you! Questions – contact Denise Crozier, Volunteer Coordinator of the HOPE Center of Edmond at 405.471.8014.

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Children's News

  • Promotion and Bible Distribution Sunday

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 ext. 105
    Sunday, August 19, will be a busy day for our Children's Ministries! Here are the events happening this coming Sunday:

    Children Worship & Wonder resumes at the 9 & 11am services. Children 3 years old through 1st grade come with their parents to the beginning of our 9 and 11 worship services, then depart together to attend this worship experience designed just for them in our Children Worship and Wonder space.

    Service of Welcome – During our 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 Chapel - For all Children's Sunday school participants and their families. Bibles will be given to all three year olds and 1st Graders.

  • Children's Ministries Upcoming Events

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 ext. 105
    Ages 3 years old through 5th grade - join us each Sunday morning at 10am in the Children's Education Hallway for Sunday school.

    Preschool & PreK (3, 4 & 5-year-olds) - Room E12 (Children's Hallway)
    K & 1st Grade - Room E19 (Children's Hallway)
    2nd & 3rd Grade - Room E17 (Children's Hallway)
    4th & 5th Grade – Room A23 (Family Life Center)

    Family Fall Kickoff on Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 7pm, at FCC – go to www.fccedmond.org/better-together for more info!

    UNITE on Wednesday, September 5, beginning at 5pm – FCC's Wednesday night programming, UNITE, begins! Go to www.fccedmond.org/unite for more details.

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Care News

  • Thank You from the Faith Community Care Team

    CONTACT: Donna Clark tdscl5@gmail.com or 405.413.1954 
    On Sunday, July 1, our faith community wrote messages of gratitude to our veterans on a poster. The poster was then taken to the Military Readiness Center on Bryant in Edmond so that we could continue showing our appreciation to everyone that serves our country. They were very thankful and will hang it in their building for the service men and women to see. Thank you to all who wrote a message to our veterans!

  • Domestic Abuse Awareness Event - September 4

    CONTACT: Donna Clark tdscl@gmail.com or 405.413.1954
    Domestic abuse occurs whenever one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to dominate and control the other person. It may be emotional, verbal, or physical. Many times, abuse is hidden behind the walls of your home. We don’t talk about it so we may not know how to get help. Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear down their partner and maintain control. An abuser may also threaten or hurt the partner and those who are close to the partner.

    Abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. Everyone deserves to feel valued, respected, and safe. The first step to breaking free is recognizing that the situation is abusive. Once the reality of the situation is acknowledged, help can be found.

    To learn more, join us September 4 at 6pm at First Christian Church to hear Rev. Dr. John Regan talk about the church’s view on domestic abuse. We will also have a speaker from the YWCA share a victim's story, the signs of abuse, and how to get help. For assistance, contact the YWCA (2460 NW 39th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112) at 405.948.1770 | Rape Hotline: 405.943.7273 | Domestic Violence Hotline: 405.917.YWCA (9922)

  • In Our Prayers This Week

    THOSE IN NEED OF PRAYER Bill & Connie LaRue, John & Dot Hammond, Ed & Mary Walker, Nancy Gaines, Cathy Justice

    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!

    8/19 Naomi Harp, Fred Hepler, Margaret Hostetter, Gunner Wheeler  8/20 James Bare, Jackie Booher, Bob Griffis, Mike McKethan, Trevor Schmoyer, Russ Wood  8/21 Amanda Jennings, Sandy Mitchell, Karla Rowley  8/22 Leasha Short, Hunter Steuart  8/23 Donna Clark, Sarah Combs, Michael Hast, Kay Mades, Bonnie Smith, Christian Westhof  8/24 Sophia Endicott, Debbie Howell, Randle Lee  8/25 Anne Holzberlein, Sophia Hunt, Bria Winston  8/26 Mady Cummins, Karsen Heron, Jill Keel, Robbi Kinnaird, Herb Martin, J.D. Metcalf  8/27 Leila Coco, Aubrynn Owen  8/28 Emily Atyia, Karen Moore  8/29 Alex Peters  8/30 Carol Coats, Carol Hawkins, Kelly Phillips  8/31 Pat Garrett, Dot Hammond, Gayle Smith  9/1 Jenna Garrett, Holly Helzer, Max Speegle  9/2 Gary Allison, Rodney Helms, Marc Pate, Logan Rust

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