• Students - Connect for Coffee and UNITE

    CONTACT: Rev. Mark Taylor mtaylor@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 EXT 102 
    Hello, families - What a strange and challenging season we have entered. FCC Student Ministries is committed to providing resources and strategies to help your student grow even though right now, that looks a little different.

    The beauty of faith is that God is not bound by gathering in person! Here is how we plan to stay connected and growing in our faith: 

    UNITE by ZOOM! Wednesdays at 4:00PM  
    Here's the link to get connected https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6169867109  
    The meeting ID is 616 986 7109 
    *Download the Zoom app ahead of time so all you have to do is go to that link to join the meeting! 
    Different small groups have different methods of connecting during this time, so please contact your small group leader directly about setting up a small group time. 

    Virtual Coffee Chats - Thursdays at 10:00am 
    Grab some coffee, or beverage of your choice and a snack from your kitchen, then use this Zoom link to join our Coffee Chat! https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6169867109  
    The meeting ID is 616 986 7109 
    You are responsible for your own coffee or other beverage of choice as well as snacks! 
    *Join the zoom call and we will talk about what is on your mind.

    Parents, I want to assure you that you are not alone as you navigate these turbulent days. Here are some helpful resources. Parent Cue has several great articles on managing different aspects of parenting in the midst of this health crisis. If you're not sure where to start, I would suggest this article on managing fear and anxiety. 

    And of course, during this time of uncertainty and the unknown, if you find yourself in any type of need, please let me know. I'm here to support you in your journey and will help connect you with appropriate resources.
    Peace,
    Mark

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  • Holy Week at Home

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. John Regan, Executive Minister jregan@fccedmond.org or 405.341.3544 EXT. 111 
    On Ash Wednesday, we began a 40-day journey in the wilderness. Then suddenly, less than three weeks into Lent, we entered a dimension of wilderness we never imagined. The changes we’ve made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 have interrupted life’s normal rhythms and our plans. Now, just days from the holiest week of the church calendar, we are faced with the reality we will be spending Holy Week at home this year. But despite our physical distance, we can draw close to God and one another through worship, reflection, study, and prayer. In addition to online worship on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter, we’ve created resources for you to experience the week in new ways.  

    Palm Sunday, April 5 
    Palm Sunday Worship - Online at 11:00 AM Reprise – recording of morning worship available at 5:00 PM on our Vimeo Channel at https://vimeo.com/fccedmond 

    Wednesday, April 8 
    1. ChildrenWorship & Wonder “Jesus the King” – watch online at www.fccedmond.org/faith-development 
    2. Youth  - UNITE by Zoom! – 4:00 PM 
    3. Adults  - Unafraid: Living With Courage & Hope in Uncertain Times – 6:30 PM
    A six-week study of the book by Rev. Adam Hamilton, that explores worries and fears experienced by Americans today. We’ll consider practical steps for overcoming fears, reflecting upon fear in the light of Scripture and a faith that promises, again and again, we can live with courage and hope.

    Maundy Thursday, April 9
    1. A Wilderness Maundy Thursday Service – Online at 6:30 pm
    2. Children - Worship & Wonder Jesus’ Last Passover – watch online at www.fccedmond.org/faith-development 

    Maundy Thursday Bread & Prayer Resource (will be made available during Holy Week) This at-home resource invites you to remember that God is present at every table. Use this guide to bake bread and reflect and pray around the table. This is a family-friendly experience, including prompts for children, but also meaningful for individuals who live alone.)

    Good Friday, April 10 
    Praying in the Wilderness, Easter Prayer Vigil  - Begins Good Friday at 9:00am and continues through 6:00 am Easter Sunday morning.  
    (Prayer guide will be posted here on April 9.)

    Easter Sunday, April 12
    1. Easter Sunday Worship - Online at 11:00 AM Reprise – recording of morning worship available at 5:00 PM on our Vimeo Channel at https://vimeo.com/fccedmond 
    2. Children - Worship & Wonder Appearance to Mary Magdalene – watch online at www.fccedmond.org/faith-development
    3. Easter Sunrise Liturgy Download and use this at-home service guide with poetry, candle-lighting, prompts for journaling or conversation, scripture, and prayers. Though we can’t physically be together on Easter morning, we can celebrate the promises of resurrection through simple things, like the early morning light and the warmth of hot coffee in our hands.

  • Songs for the Wilderness

    CONTACT: Diane Ball dball@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 EXT 115 
    We have found ourselves in the wilderness of the COVID-19 pandemic. We rarely enter into the wilderness willingly, but hopefully through our wandering we can remember who we are and Whose we are. Times of wilderness are not easy and can be scary and disappointing, especially during this season of Lent. These times are particularly troubling because we can’t worship in the same room together as a congregation or meet with our small groups face to face. One of the most difficult things for me about moving to online worship platforms right now is losing the experience of singing together. Nothing can replicate the experience of singing together in one room. But through this we need to sing—sing our sorrows, sing our hopes, and sing songs that comfort us and keep us grounded when everything is shifting around us. 

    To help with the angst of these trying times, we as a staff have compiled a playlist of songs to listen to and perhaps sing along! This playlist is called Songs for the Wilderness, and you can find it on Spotify and Apple or on our Faith Development page of our website at www.fccedmond.org/faith-development Some of the songs are sacred, some secular, some fast and some slow. Hopefully you can find something among them that will help keep your focus on the One who gives you strength, hope and peace as you navigate through these trying times. We believe in singing our faith and that there is no wilderness that is so harsh or threatening that it can keep us from God’s love!

  • Worship With Us Online

    Our worship is streamed live each Sunday morning at 11:00 am at fccedmond.org/live and at facebook.com/fccedmondWe also share a recording of morning worship each Sunday evening. Those are posted on our Vimeo Channel at https://vimeo.com/fccedmond 

    We know sometimes technology just doesn't want to cooperate. If you experienctechnical issues with our live stream, use the Tech Support form on our fccedmond.org/live page to let us know. We are here to help! 

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  • Holy Week Prayer Vigil at Home

    CONTACT: Rev. Dr. John Regan jregan@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 EXT 111
    The Elders of First Christian invite you to join our annual Prayer Vigil which provides a continuous chain of prayer from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. This year, like the ancient Israelites, we find ourselves praying in the wilderness. So, for the first time since the tradition began, all prayer times will be from the shelter of our homes. While a sign-up for the chain of prayer was completed, everyone in our community of faith is invited to select a half-hour or more to pray for our church, our community, and our world during these challenging days. We encourage everyone to join in - there is power and healing in prayer! The vigil begins on Good Friday, April 10 at 9:00 am and continues through Easter Sunday, April 12 at 6:00 am. A prayer guide will be posted on our new Faith Development page  on Thursday, April 9 if you wish to utilize the guide for your prayer times. 

  • Share Hope NOW – Ways to Volunteer

    CONTACT: volunteer@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 
    During these uncertain times, many are asking “How can I give hope to others? How can I help?” Even while working hard to maintain social distancing, we are still called to care for and serve others! Some of the opportunities to serve right now include joining a calling team (to call and check in on members of our congregation), assisting with shopping for our Feeding Our Neighbors initiative (buying bread or supplies for BOB or EPS Eats) or making and handing out breakfast and lunch sacks for Breakfast on Boulevard (many of our current BOB team members have temporarily stepped down from serving and need a replacement).  

    The coming weeks will present us with new opportunities to share hope and God’s compassion to our neighbors. Let us know how you can help. Email us at volunteer@fccedmond.org or call 405.341.3544.

    Serve, give, help - we are all in this together! 

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  • Keep Your Kids Connected

    CONTACT: Jennifer Humphrey jhumphrey@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 EXT 105
    We are living through a very unusual time. We have all been told to stay home and shelter-in-place, if possible. For children, this is particularly difficult to grasp the “why” of it all. They just want to go back to school, hang out with friends and do their favorite extracurricular activity. They also crave normalcy and routine. 

    To help with the routine of it all, Children’s Ministry is offering the weekly Story and Worship video from Orange (our curriculum provider) for the kids to watch. Go to the Faith Development page on our website at www.fccedmond.org/faith-development We will also be posting our Worship & Wonder stories beginning the first week of April. Watch for those to be added the page as well! 

    Having the right attitude about this crazy time is so hardyet so important. Try to keep up a positive, happy vibe for your kids and for yourself...and we will all get through this together! I am praying for each and every one of you. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
    Blessings, 
    Jennifer H 

  • Child Care Center Closure

    CONTACT: Bonnie Miller bmiller@fccedmond.org 405.341.2626 
    It is with sadness that we share that an employee of our Child Care Center has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. On Monday, March 30 the Oklahoma Health Department directed that both I, and Kelisha Snoddy, our Assistant Directory, who work closely with the employee, go into self-quarantine. The Health Department also required us to close the Child Care Center, for a minimum of 14 days. 

    Due to the potential exposure, the Health Department advises parents to closely monitor their children for any possible symptoms related to COVID-19. This is a terrible disruption for all families and a difficult time for our staff as well. We ask for your prayers to all those affected by these events.

    As we navigate these trying times, we recognize there are many questions about family accounts and when will the Center reopen. You may direct all questions or concerns to me at the email or phone listed above. Please keep the families and staff of the center in your prayers.

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  • Thank You & Goodbye from John Riester

    A Note of Thanks to First Christian:
    Friends,
    Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of First Christian and serve as organist for the last 7-1/2 years.  I have accepted a similar position at First Christian Church in my hometown of Norman.  My last Sunday at FCC Edmond will be April 19. Goodbyes are hard enough, but the 2020 version with quarantine/social distance/virtual church will make this extra hard.  I am so thankful for the support that the clergy, staff, and members have given me over the years. I will miss making music (and having fun!) with Diane, Melissa, the Praise Band and the church choir.  Sara and I are thankful for the children’s ministry that Josh and Joy have been fortunate to experience. You will be missed, but know you hold a special place to all of us.   
    Sincerely, 
    John Riester 

  • Prayers & Stories of Hope

    CONTACT: Iris Muno Jordan ijordan@fccedmond.org 405.341.3544 EXT 110 
    Share your prayer requests and let us know about the hope you’ve seen springing up during these challenging days by using this form or emailing us at prayers@fccedmond.org  

  • Happy Birthday FCC Friends!

    4/5 Janell Duncan, Lori Hof, Brenda Peterson, Emmie Rychecky  
    4/6 Penny Dilg, Heath Helms  
    4/7 Anna Felix  
    4/8 Ayo Cassell  
    4/9 Mary Cone, Alice Davenport, Wesston Smith  
    4/10 Evelyn Baker, Judy Berry, Rose Hammond  
    4/11 Larry Ball, Marcia Moore, Collins Ryland, James "Trey" Winn
    4/12 Clark Cummins, Bradyn Havenar, Christin Mugg  
    4/13 Quade Evans, Dale Jones, Linda McDonald  
    4/14 Ben Hall, Harper Helms, Robert Hendricks, Jana Huff, Brenda Moore, Penelope Simms  
    4/15 Carol Sterling, Darrell White  
    4/16 John Kuzmicki, Jennifer O’Hagan, Anne Stone  
    4/17 Jeanie Clough  
    4/18 Donna Daniel, Austin Keel, Sage O’Hagan, Jill Raines  
    4/19 Emerson Hagy, Sophie Percival  
    4/20 JoAnn Adams, Chrisha McGann  
    4/21 Mike Johnson, Leigh Ann Robertson  
    4/22 Matthew Cave  
    4/23 Ryan Burleson, Dennis Galyon, Mike Hatley, Ethan Miller, MaKayla Weaver  
    4/24 Linda Dunlap, Lucas Huffer, Mishelleen Mecoy  
    4/25 LaVerne Fry, Vance Gregory, Charles Roach  
    4/26 Lauren Davis, Sydney Larrison, Katie Robertson, Toni Wildman  
    4/27 Blake Becker, Vicky Cauthen, Dave Hockensmith, Madison Simon, Jeff A. Smith  
    4/28 Tim Becker, Tom Dooner, Wes Moffatt, Linda Murray, Olivia Trout  
    4/30 Missy DePlois, Cathy Tompkins  
    5/1 Julie Baker, Susan Hurst, Allyson Meyer  
    5/2 Dana Shadid  
    5/3 Allen Clark, Athena Jones, Tim McFall  
    5/4 Sue Johnson, Debbie Schmoyer  
    5/5 Ella Brinkman, Bret Keel, Beatrice Wesseh  
    5/6 Alan Schmoyer, Jack Stuckey, Jim Zuckermandel  
    5/7 Teresa Earnheart  
    5/8 George Jennings, Caleb Stanley  
    5/9 James Stephens, Nikki Sutch  
    5/10 Billy Harrison, Jake Kerr, Jack Kinnaird, Chad Miller, Cindy Radford

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