March 8, 2019

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Entry of the King

I love the season of Lent.  It is an amazing time of introspection and intense spiritual renewal.  But one of my frustrations during Holy Week, the week before Easter, is that we typically zoom through that busy week without being able to focus on the details of that week.  On most Palm Sundays we try to fit in the celebration of Palm Sunday, a quick nod to the cleansing of the Temple, a note about Jesus’ healings and teachings, and a smattering of teaching about Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, all the while looking to Easter Sunday.  In fact, many of us will attend church on Palm Sunday, in which Jesus is hailed as king, skip the Holy Week services, and then come back to church on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection.  But The Last 7 Days of Jesus’ life entailed so much more drama, pain, teaching, and meaning than many of us ever experience.

More details are known about the last week of Jesus’ life than any other time in His life because the gospel writers focus so intently on it.  In fact, 1/3 of Matthew, 1/3 of Mark, 1/4 of Luke, and 1/2 of John is spent on the last seven days of Jesus’ life.  This tells us that what Jesus said, did, and experienced during that last week is important.  So, this Lent at First Church OKC we will be examining in depth “The Last 7 Days.”  We will focus closely on the events of Palm Sunday afternoon, his teachings on Monday, the healings He performed on Tuesday, the anointing He experienced on Wednesday, the Last Supper and arrest on Thursday, the trial, crucifixion, and death on Friday, and the resurrection on early Sunday morning.  We will be examining each of these events through the eyes of history, geography, and theology to find significant meaning for our lives during this season of Lent.  This Sunday we will be focusing our attention on Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  We will look at the details behind this chaotic scene, the historical and religious background of the actions of the crowd and Jesus, and the lessons Palm Sunday teaches us. 

I hope to see each of you this Sunday at First Church OKC at 10:45 am for this exciting series on “The Last 7 Days.”

Pastor Lesly

If you have not been receiving my Daily Lenten Devotionals and would like to receive them each weekday morning during Lent let me know by replying to this email. 


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!

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour this Sunday at 2:00 am!

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour this Sunday at 2:00 am!

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 are needing more volunteers for Friday Night Alive tonight! If you are interested in volunteering, you need to be at First Church no later than 5:30 pm. Don’t miss out on helping with this rewarding ministry!

We are needing more volunteers for Friday Night Alive tonight! If you are interested in volunteering, you need to be at First Church no later than 5:30 pm. Don’t miss out on helping with this rewarding ministry!

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

9:00 am - Youth Breakfast
9:30 am - Confirmation Class
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
12:30 pm - Children’s Ministry Teacher Training
6:00 pm - Youth

Monday

6:00 pm - Board of Trustees

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
6:00 pm - Congregational Care Meeting

Friday

6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Saturday

12:30 pm - Painting Work Day

Next Sunday

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

Family Prayer List

Frank & Donna Sisson

Don & Frankie Sinclair

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:
Jan Chapman

Scripture Reader:
Christie Woodson

Greeters:
Kris & Toby Nelson

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


Next Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Barbie Lincicome

Scripture Reader:
Tina Logsdon

Greeters:
Sean & Melissa Walker

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


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