April 19, 2019

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The Resurrection

Early on that first Easter morning all hope was lost.  Their hopes, dreams, and future had come to an abrupt stop.  Now what?  Where would they turn now?  And then it happened.  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to tomb, expecting to find the body of their crucified rabbi and friend, only to find it empty and an angelic messenger telling them that He had risen, just as He had foretold.  And that’s when everything changed.  Their despair was transformed into hope.  Their defeat was changed into victory.  Their sin was converted into salvation.  Just like that, it all changed.

At First Church we have known and have lived that reality.  24 years ago, at about the same time of the year, our hopes, dreams, and future abruptly stopped with a bomb blast just across the street from our church.  Where would we turn to now?  Where would we find hope again?  And then it happened.  That same resurrecting power from that first Easter fell upon our church and our city.  From the ashes of death came resurrecting life from above. 

I pray you will join us this Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City for our very special Easter Sunday worship experiences.  A sunrise service will begin at 6:45 am at the Oklahoma City National Memorial grounds, followed by a breakfast at 7:30 am, Sunday school at 9:30 am and an Easter celebration and worship at 10:45 am.  You will be moved by the pageantry, simplicity, and miraculous power of the morning.  You will be encouraged by special music, inspired by touching stories, and motivated by the power of the resurrection.  I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday morning at First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City.  Come and celebrate the power of the resurrection with us this Sunday!

Pastor Lesly


Marathon work night is Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm, dinner will be served at 5:30 pm. On Sunday, April 28th we will not have a regular worship service. The pancake breakfast will start at 5:30 am that morning and volunteers will be fed at 4:45 am.

Marathon work night is Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm, dinner will be served at 5:30 pm. On Sunday, April 28th we will not have a regular worship service. The pancake breakfast will start at 5:30 am that morning and volunteers will be fed at 4:45 am.

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 service for the week.

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 service for the week.

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.

The ladies are going bowling! Come and bowl and enjoy fellowship at Dust Bowl Lanes on Saturday, May 4th. It will cost $10 for bowling. Food is available on location and you can purchase whatever you want. All ladies are invited, even if you don’t want to bowl!

The ladies are going bowling! Come and bowl and enjoy fellowship at Dust Bowl Lanes on Saturday, May 4th. It will cost $10 for bowling. Food is available on location and you can purchase whatever you want. All ladies are invited, even if you don’t want to bowl!

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.

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

Next Sunday - Easter Sunday

6:45 am - Easter Sunrise Service
7:30 am - Breakfast
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship

Monday

OFFICE CLOSED

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Marathon Work Night
7:30 pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday

9:30 am - Ladies’ Bible Study

Friday

11:00 am - 7:00 pm - Marathon Expo

Saturday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Marathon Expo
6:00 pm - Blessing of the Shoes and Gloves Worship Service

Next Sunday - Marathon Sunday

5:30 am - Survivor Tree Service on OKC Memorial Grounds
5:30 am - 11:00 am - Pancake Breakfast

Family Prayer List

Sharon Austin

Bill & Doris Baker

Pray for Missions
Please pray for Second Wind Marathon planning.

This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Jim Parsons

Scripture Reader:
Amy Broadbent

Greeters:
Dell & Tina Logsdon

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


Next Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Ruth Schwab

Scripture Reader:
Mary McDaniel

Greeters:
Nina Lipe & Tory Harper

Ushers:
Fernandes Family


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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