April 12, 2019

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Forgiven By Jesus

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  Even at the time of His death Jesus was forgiving, offering grace, asking for God’s mercy, and bringing salvation.  That was the thrust of His earthly ministry, found in the climax of His death and resurrection.  And He was right.  Much of the time we do not know what we are doing.  We unintentionally harm others by what we say and what we don’t say, by what we do and what we don’t do.  We are often so spiritually dull we don’t even notice the harm we do to others or the sin that has ensnared us.  But then there are other times when we certainly know what we are doing.  Sometimes our actions, words, and even sins are indeed intentional.  We are calculated in our harming of others.  But we continue to hear those words, “Father, forgive them. . .”

This Sunday at First Church OKC we will be examining these life-giving, salvation-bringing last words of Jesus on this special confirmation Sunday.  This Sunday five of our youth will be making public professions of their faith.  Some will confirm their previous baptisms while another will be baptized.  They will also officially become members of First United Methodist Church.  This will be a day full of excitement and important decisions.  We are asking that everyone dress up (like you are going to a wedding) in order to remind us of the importance of this day.  I strongly encourage each person of First Church to attend worship with us in order to show our support and love for these amazing youth.  These will be the most important decisions they will ever make.  We want to celebrate with them so I plan on seeing each of you in worship with us this Sunday morning at 10:45 am at First Church OKC.

Pastor Lesly

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On Sunday, April 28th we will not have a regular worship service, the pancake breakfast will start at 5:30 am that morning. You are encouraged to attend our Blessing of the Shoes and Gloves service on Saturday, April 27th at 6:00 pm, this service will act as our regular worship for the week.

On Sunday, April 28th we will not have a regular worship service, the pancake breakfast will start at 5:30 am that morning. You are encouraged to attend our Blessing of the Shoes and Gloves service on Saturday, April 27th at 6:00 pm, this service will act as our regular worship for the week.

The deadline to order Easter lilies is Palm Sunday, April 14th. If you want to order Easter lilies you need to fill out the order form inside the bulletin and drop it in the offering plate. Help us make Easter even more beautiful with Easter lilies!

The deadline to order Easter lilies is Palm Sunday, April 14th. If you want to order Easter lilies you need to fill out the order form inside the bulletin and drop it in the offering plate. Help us make Easter even more beautiful with Easter lilies!

All women and children of all ages are invited to participate in our Mother’s Day sing-a-long! Brief rehearsals will begin following the worship services on April 14th, April 27th (Blessing of the Shoes), and May 5th in the sanctuary. Ladies, grab your friends and be prepared to sing it out as we celebrate all women! For more information please contact Morgan Kennedy.

All women and children of all ages are invited to participate in our Mother’s Day sing-a-long! Brief rehearsals will begin following the worship services on April 14th, April 27th (Blessing of the Shoes), and May 5th in the sanctuary. Ladies, grab your friends and be prepared to sing it out as we celebrate all women! For more information please contact Morgan Kennedy.

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 Easter Sunrise service will be at 6:45 am at the Oklahoma City Memorial Grounds on Sunday, April 21st.

The Easter Sunrise service will be at 6:45 am at the Oklahoma City Memorial Grounds on Sunday, April 21st.

We are selling tickets for Maundy Thursday! The Maundy Thursday event will be a interactive dinner theatre at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 18th. Purchase tickets outside Harris Hall this Sunday!

We are selling tickets for Maundy Thursday! The Maundy Thursday event will be a interactive dinner theatre at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 18th. Purchase tickets outside Harris Hall this Sunday!

Our Easter Egg Hunt for Gatewood Elementary will be held this Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 am.

Our Easter Egg Hunt for Gatewood Elementary will be held this Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 am.

Good Friday service is combined with The Christ Experience at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 19th.

Good Friday service is combined with The Christ Experience at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 19th.


Weekly Calendar

This Sunday - Confirmation Sunday

9:00 am - Youth Breakfast
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
12:30 pm - Farewell Reception for Kaitlyn Janka
6:00 pm - Youth

Tuesday

5:30 pm - Whiz Kids

Wednesday

7:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Dress Rehearsal

Maundy Thursday

9:30 am - Ladies’ Bible Study
6:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Dinner Theatre

Good Friday

6:30 pm - Good Friday Service

Next Sunday - Easter Sunday

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

 

Family Prayer List

Karina & Valeriy Arutyunova

Wanda Askins

Pray for Missions
Please pray for Second Wind Marathon planning and the April 13th Easter outreach to Gatewood Elementary children and their families.

This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Linda Gibbons

Scripture Reader:
Sean Walker

Greeters:
John & Julie Gochenour

Ushers:
David Mullins, Tim Basham, Nathan & Janice McGuire


Next Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Jim Parsons

Scripture Reader:
Amy Broadbent

Greeters:
Dell & Tina Logsdon

Ushers:
Don & Sue Kuntze, John Barrett, and 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

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