February 1, 2019

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Eternity.Life

Matthew 18:1-9

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

This is one of the most challenging statements Jesus ever uttered.  Religious fanatics say things like this.  Zealots and extremists believe these things.  If your hand causes you to sin you should cut it off?  If your eye causes you to sin you should gouge it out?  Radicalism.  Extremism.

But as we delve deeper into what Jesus says, and the reasons he says such things, I think we will see Jesus is simply challenging his followers to see their current lives in relation to their eternal lives.  It used to be said of Christians they were so heavenly minded they were no earthly good.  But in our current culture I've experienced just the opposite.  We are often so earthly minded we are no heavenly good.  Eternal life doesn't grab our attention as it once did.  Preachers, including me, don't preach on eternity much anymore.  Churches don't have the same evangelistic vigor they once had as they've grown to ignore the eternal consequences of sin and salvation.  If we are going to truly live this One.Life we must understand Eternity.Life.

You are invited to join us this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. at First United Methodist Church OKC as we closely examine eternal life, heaven, hell, and the role eternal life should play in our daily lives.  Join us for "Eternity.Life" this Sunday at First Church OKC.

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 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! Sign-up 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! 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.

The Women Alive Painting Event will be Saturday, February 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

The Women Alive Painting Event will be Saturday, February 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.


Weekly Calendar

Sunday

9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
12:30 pm - Worship Band Rehearsal
6:00 pm - Youth

Monday

6:00 pm - SPRC Meeting

Tuesday

5:30 pm - Whiz Kids

Wednesday

12:00 pm - Pastor’s Prayer Lunch
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
6:00 pm - Worship Committee

Friday

6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Saturday

8:30 am - Whiz Kids Training Event

Next Sunday

9:00 am - Youth Breakfast
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
12:30 pm - Joint Advisory Meeting

Family Prayer List

David Mullins

Kris & Toby Nelson

Pray for Missions
Please pray for Ben West and family as they prepare to minister in Peru, for the safety and effectiveness of teams in China, and for the Chinese church to be strengthened as they face persecution.

This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Jim Parsons

Scripture Reader:
Pam Lippoldt

Greeters:
Steve & Sandie Blake

Ushers:
Martie Ervin, Linda Gibbons, Mary Nethercutt & Richard Carpenter


Next Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Gayle Clark

Scripture Reader:
Tory Harper

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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