March 1, 2019

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GodIsLove.Life

God is love.  I’ve heard that all of my life.  In fact, this phrase is the mantra of modern Christianity.  And it’s the truth.  The problem is that though many of us know it’s the truth, we still struggle to believe it and live into its reality.  In our heart of hearts many of us think God is authoritarian, critical, or distant and it creates problems in our relationships with God.  It makes us distrustful and apprehensive in our relationship with God.  It creates a casual faith.  It generates a diminished sense of God’s grace.  It produces fear and anxiety.  But the fact remains, God is love and this love is no more clearly seen than in Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son. 

In this parable, the primary emphasis is on the loving father, not the prodigal son.  It is the father’s actions that are the most surprising and life-transforming and it is the father’s actions that we will study together.

This Sunday at First Church we will be concluding our series entitled One.Life as we examine GodIsLove.Life.  We will see how surrendering to the sweet embrace of our loving God changes our lives, gives us purpose, and renews our spirits.  Join us this Sunday morning at First United Methodist Church OKC at 10:45 am for GodIsLove.Life.

Pastor Lesly

Make sure you bring a special financial donation for our communion offering going to the OU Wesley Foundation, our United Methodist campus ministry on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. 


The Children’s Ministry is recruiting a few more Sunday School teachers to teach the children’s classes. Children’s ministry is such a vibrant part of First Church and kids are such a blessing! If you are interested in becoming a Children’s Sunday School teacher or would like more information, contact Kaitlyn Janka at kjanka@firstchurchokc.com.

The Children’s Ministry is recruiting a few more Sunday School teachers to teach the children’s classes. Children’s ministry is such a vibrant part of First Church and kids are such a blessing! If you are interested in becoming a Children’s Sunday School teacher or would like more information, contact Kaitlyn Janka at kjanka@firstchurchokc.com.

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 marathon sign-up table will be open through March 17th! So, if you want to sign-up you must do so by March 17th. You will have an opportunity to sign-up to help with the pancake breakfast and the expo booth. Thank you for your support of our Second Wind ministry!

The marathon sign-up table will be open through March 17th! So, if you want to sign-up you must do so by March 17th. You will have an opportunity to sign-up to help with the pancake breakfast and the expo booth. Thank you for your support of our Second Wind ministry!

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!

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!

Our Easter Egg Hunt for Gatewood Elementary will be held on April 13th at 10:00 am. We will be collecting supplies (eggs, candy, etc…) for this event. Sign-up to help with the Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday!

Our Easter Egg Hunt for Gatewood Elementary will be held on April 13th at 10:00 am. We will be collecting supplies (eggs, candy, etc…) for this event. Sign-up to help with the Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday!

We will have our Ash Wednesday Service on March 6th at 6:30 pm.

We will have our Ash Wednesday Service on March 6th at 6:30 pm.

The streetcars will be running on Sundays thanks to your use of the streetcars before and after worship! Please continue 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 streetcars will be running on Sundays thanks to your use of the streetcars before and after worship! Please continue 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 - Confirmation Class
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
12:30 pm - Painting Work Day

Monday

6:00 pm - Children’s Council
6:00 pm - SPRC Meeting

Tuesday

6:30 am - Election
5:30 pm - Whiz Kids

Wednesday

12:00 pm - Pastor’s Prayer Luncheon
5:30 pm - Wednesday Night Dinner
6:30 pm - Ash Wednesday
7:45 pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday

9:30 am - Ladies’ Bible Study

Friday

6:00 pm - Start Women Alive Retreat
6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Saturday

4:00 pm - End Women Alive Retreat

Next Sunday

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

Family Prayer List

Dean & Susan Potter

Art & Ruth Schwab

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:
Texye Fernandes

Greeters:
Evelyn Mullins, Dan Mark & Mary Nethercutt

Ushers:
Fernandes Family


Next Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Jan Chapman

Scripture Reader:
Christie Woodson

Greeters:
Kris & Toby Nelson

Ushers:
Don & Sue Kuntze, John Barrett & Dan Mark


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