January 25, 2019

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Church.Life

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

While growing up my family attended one church throughout my entire childhood.  In fact, the only other church I ever stepped foot in was another United Methodist Church my grandmother attended in a neighboring town.  But throughout my adult life I've been part of numerous churches.  I've pastored five different churches, attended five different churches in college and seminary, and attended dozens of churches on Sunday mornings during vacations.  I've been around lots of churches.  And throughout my years around the Church I've seen it all.  

I've seen bad church experiences.  I've seen friendship cliques.  I've seen weird, annoying people.  I've seen quintessentially boring churches.  Sometimes I've even been part of creating these types of bad church experiences.  Maybe you've had these types of bad church experiences and perhaps, like me, you've also helped create some.

But that's not what God had in mind when God created the Church.  God did not create the Church to be an hour Sunday morning service.  God did not create the church so that God's servants would spend their entire week gearing up for a one-hour performance.  God did create the Church so a pastor can preach for 30 minutes and parishioners sit and quietly listen.  God did not create the Church so people can get their itchy ears scratched, or pastors can get their egos fed, or people can gather together but still be disconnected. 

God had something totally different in mind when God created the church in Acts 2.  Author Scott McKnight characterizes the church in Acts 2 with these words:

Friendship
Teaching the Faith
Common Meals
Spirituality
Worship
Holistic Care for One Another
Integrity
Growth

That's the kind of Church I want to know, to be part of, to give my life for, to lead.  I pray First Church is becoming that kind of church.  Oh, we have our quirks, like every church.  And like every church, we've played our part in creating bad church experiences for some folks.  But I think we can take a giant step in our journey this Sunday as we examine our Church.Life.  Join us this Sunday at First Church OKC at 10:45 am as we strive to live out this One.Life in our Church.Life.

Pastor Lesly


All newer congregants and guests to First Church are invited to participate in  First Welcome , a two hour event designed to introduce you to First Church’s facilities, history and ministries. The event will be held on Sunday, February 17th at 12:15 pm!

All newer congregants and guests to First Church are invited to participate in First Welcome, a two hour event designed to introduce you to First Church’s facilities, history and ministries. The event will be held on Sunday, February 17th at 12:15 pm!

We have 8 parking spots available for rent in the upper parking lot off of 5th street. The spots cost $45 per month. Contact the church office for more info!

We have 8 parking spots available for rent in the upper parking lot off of 5th street. The spots cost $45 per month. Contact the church office for more info!

The 2019 Confirmation Class will be February 17th - April 7th. Confirmation Sunday will be on April 14th. The class is for students 6th grade and up and is only for kids that haven’t been confirmed yet. Registration and information packets will be available this Sunday in the Welcome Center. Be sure to register your students! If you have any questions contact our Youth Director, Ridge Kennedy.

The 2019 Confirmation Class will be February 17th - April 7th. Confirmation Sunday will be on April 14th. The class is for students 6th grade and up and is only for kids that haven’t been confirmed yet. Registration and information packets will be available this Sunday in the Welcome Center. Be sure to register your students! If you have any questions contact our Youth Director, Ridge Kennedy.

The First Church note cards will be sold this Sunday, January 27th in the Welcome Center. The note cards are $5.00 for a box of 10 cards. Get your First Church note cards in the Welcome Center this Sunday!

The First Church note cards will be sold this Sunday, January 27th in the Welcome Center. The note cards are $5.00 for a box of 10 cards. Get your First Church note cards in the Welcome Center this Sunday!

The Women Alive Women’s Retreat will be March 8-9 at Heartland Retreat Center. The cost is $20 - $35 dollars depending on your preferences. All meals and snacks will be provided! Be watching for more information and sign-up sheets in the Welcome Center!

The Women Alive Women’s Retreat will be March 8-9 at Heartland Retreat Center. The cost is $20 - $35 dollars depending on your preferences. All meals and snacks will be provided! Be watching for more information and sign-up sheets in the Welcome Center!

The Women Alive Painting Event will be Saturday, February 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Sign-up in the Welcome Center this Sunday!

The Women Alive Painting Event will be Saturday, February 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Sign-up in the Welcome Center this Sunday!

The OKC streetcars will be running on Sundays for the first seven weeks. They will be using the ridership of the streetcars on these first seven Sundays to determine if they will continue to keep them running on Sundays. Please join us in making use of the streetcars before and after worship to encourage the city to keep them up and running on Sundays for the future. We are so excited to have three streetcar stops around our church and we are excited about this latest improvement to our city and neighborhood.

The OKC streetcars will be running on Sundays for the first seven weeks. They will be using the ridership of the streetcars on these first seven Sundays to determine if they will continue to keep them running on Sundays. Please join us in making use of the streetcars before and after worship to encourage the city to keep them up and running on Sundays for the future. We are so excited to have three streetcar stops around our church and we are excited about this latest improvement to our city and neighborhood.


Weekly Calendar

Sunday

9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
6:00 pm - Youth

Monday

OFFICE CLOSED - MLK Day

Tuesday

10:00 am - Heart to Heart Women’s Bible Study at Martie Ervin’s Home
5:30 pm - Whiz Kids

Wednesday

5:30 pm - Wednesday Night Dinner
6:00 pm - Disciple Bible Study
6:15 pm - Children’s Programming
7:45 pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday

9:30 am - Ladies’ Bible Study

Friday

6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Next Sunday

9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
6:00 pm - Youth

Family Prayer List

The Miller Family

The Mitchell Family

Pray for Missions
Please pray for Nicolai Smirnov and the church he pastors in Ukraine and for opportunities to share the Gospel with their community. 

This Week’s Servants

Greeters:
Joel & Nancy Kintsel

Ushers:
Fernandes Family

Next Week’s Servants

Greeters:
Robert & Jean Lile

Ushers:
Kris & Toby Nelson; Tory & Laynee Harper


Church Information

Senior Pastor, Lesly Broadbent: 
pastorlesly@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Music Ministries, Morgan Kennedy: 
mkennedy@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Student Ministries, Ridge Kennedy: 
rkennedy@firstchurchokc.com


Administrative Assistant, Laci Young:
firstchurch@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Children’s Ministries, Kaitlyn Janka:
kjanka@firstchurchokc.com


Finance Secretary, Jana Simpson: 
jsimpson@firstchurchokc.com

Organist, Sharon Austin

Custodian, Tammy Rinehart

Maintenance, John Barrett


Office Hours

M - Th  8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Fri.  8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Church Phone:  405-239-6493

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