June 28, 2019

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The Art of Neighboring - Taking the Great Commandment Literally

What if Jesus really meant what He said? What if Jesus really does expect us to love our neighbors? I’ll be honest, I’ve often spiritualized that teaching of Jesus to such a degree that I’ve often missed the real point. I’ve often focused on my neighbors in faraway places like Puerto Rico, Honduras, Shiprock, and other such exotic locations. But what about my actual neighbors in my neighborhood, my circle of friends, and my family?

Growing up in a very rural area of Oklahoma our nearest neighbors lived over one mile away. Ollie and Alpha Haynes were their names. They were an older couple who lived in a little cinder block house full of farm and ranching decorations. Us kids would often help them with chores around their house like mowing their lawn and moving downed tree limbs. Our parents were adamant that we be good neighbors to the Haynes family. Up the road were the Clem, James, and Ferrell families. They were two miles away, a bit too far for us to be too terribly neighborly, but we did what we could. And certainly, anytime there was a need or tragedy in our area of the country we all gathered around the family in need and helped out. That was what good neighbors did back then.

Today, though, it’s a little different. I wave at my neighbors as I drive my car into our garage before I close it for the night. And then, I sit out on our back patio and enjoy the evening, alone, in the quiet of my own backyard. I’m not sure I know the names of the neighbors I just waved at, but at least I waved at them. To be honest I don’t think that’s what Jesus had in mind when He taught about loving our neighbors.

In our newest sermon series we are going to be examining what it means to be a good neighbor, how being a good neighbor is one of the primary keys to turnaround at First Church, how we can become experts in the art of neighboring, and some practical keys to reaching out to our neighbors. When we truly follow Jesus’ teaching on loving our neighbors our world, our community, our neighborhood, and our church will be impacted for the Kingdom of God.

I pray you will join us for this extremely important sermon series. I anticipate it will be the most critical series of sermons I’ve preached in my two years at First Church. I hope you will join us beginning this Sunday at First Church OKC.

Remember if you are out of town and want to still join us for worship we livestream our worship services on our First Church Facebook page. You can tune in live or join at a later time.


This year’s VBS will be “To Mars and Beyond!” It will be this Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Make sure to bring your kids to have fun and learn about God!

This year’s VBS will be “To Mars and Beyond!” It will be this Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Make sure to bring your kids to have fun and learn about God!

Camp Janka Boo-Chee will be July 11-12! Drop off will be at 12:00 pm and you should pick up your child by 10:00 am the next day. Registration sheets are in the Welcome Center. Contact children's director, Kendal Willis with any questions.

Camp Janka Boo-Chee will be July 11-12! Drop off will be at 12:00 pm and you should pick up your child by 10:00 am the next day. Registration sheets are in the Welcome Center. Contact children's director, Kendal Willis with any questions.

Join us July 10th at 6:00 pm for a Family Fun Night! Be sure to sign-up in the Welcome Center, so we know how may people to expect for dinner that night. We will be going down to the fire station to see the fire trucks!

Join us July 10th at 6:00 pm for a Family Fun Night! Be sure to sign-up in the Welcome Center, so we know how may people to expect for dinner that night. We will be going down to the fire station to see the fire trucks!

What a time it is in the life of the children at First Church! We just got back from taking seven kids to Growin’ in Grace camp at Canyon Camp. They had a blast worshiping, playing games, swimming, learning new songs, bonding with their small groups and so much more. We talked about our roots and the people and things in our life that help keep us grounded and help us in our faith journey. We also talked about wings and our unique gifts that help us grow in our faith. The kids absolutely loved it and cannot wait to go back! For my fifth graders I am sad to see to see them go but I know they will have so much fun next year at youth camp! And for my kids that get to go next year… get ready for an incredible time!  Camp holds a special place in my heart because it is where I accepted my calling into ministry. It is such a privilege to now be able to lead kids at camp as we grow closer to God. Big things happen at camp and I am so excited for the next camp season!  Kendal Willis

What a time it is in the life of the children at First Church! We just got back from taking seven kids to Growin’ in Grace camp at Canyon Camp. They had a blast worshiping, playing games, swimming, learning new songs, bonding with their small groups and so much more. We talked about our roots and the people and things in our life that help keep us grounded and help us in our faith journey. We also talked about wings and our unique gifts that help us grow in our faith. The kids absolutely loved it and cannot wait to go back! For my fifth graders I am sad to see to see them go but I know they will have so much fun next year at youth camp! And for my kids that get to go next year… get ready for an incredible time!

Camp holds a special place in my heart because it is where I accepted my calling into ministry. It is such a privilege to now be able to lead kids at camp as we grow closer to God. Big things happen at camp and I am so excited for the next camp season!

Kendal Willis

First Church will be having an all-church picnic this Sunday from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm! It will be at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S. Robinson. The church will provide hot dogs, and we are asking the congregation to bring sides or desserts to share. Everyone should bring their own drink. We hope to see you there!

First Church will be having an all-church picnic this Sunday from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm! It will be at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S. Robinson. The church will provide hot dogs, and we are asking the congregation to bring sides or desserts to share. Everyone should bring their own drink. We hope to see you there!

The First Church Youth Ministry is looking for a female volunteer with a love for Christ and a passion for kids to go to Dayspring, our high school camp! The camp dates are July 8th-12th. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact youth director Ridge Kennedy.

The First Church Youth Ministry is looking for a female volunteer with a love for Christ and a passion for kids to go to Dayspring, our high school camp! The camp dates are July 8th-12th. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact youth director Ridge Kennedy.

At the beginning of this month, we took three girls to Journey Camp in Tahlequah! They had a blast in worship, community time, and their small groups. They hiked up a steep trail to a beautiful natural overlook, and then they descended into the murky depths of the mud pit— I’m sure they’re still finding mud in between their toes!  The theme of this year’s camp was Engage. They learned about engaging their faiths, and how a relationship with God goes much deeper than what we could ever imagine. They learned about how important it is to consistently engage with God and to be open to His will in their lives. Through fellowship, worship, and a whole bunch of fun, these girls left camp with a heart full of Jesus and a challenge to seek God harder than ever before.  We also brought Kendal Willis, our new children’s director, who was excited to be our female leader this year. Now, we’re gearing up for Journey 2020! If you are interested in camp, please email  rkennedy@firstchurchokc.com . Onward to next year!  Ridge Kennedy

At the beginning of this month, we took three girls to Journey Camp in Tahlequah! They had a blast in worship, community time, and their small groups. They hiked up a steep trail to a beautiful natural overlook, and then they descended into the murky depths of the mud pit— I’m sure they’re still finding mud in between their toes!

The theme of this year’s camp was Engage. They learned about engaging their faiths, and how a relationship with God goes much deeper than what we could ever imagine. They learned about how important it is to consistently engage with God and to be open to His will in their lives. Through fellowship, worship, and a whole bunch of fun, these girls left camp with a heart full of Jesus and a challenge to seek God harder than ever before.

We also brought Kendal Willis, our new children’s director, who was excited to be our female leader this year. Now, we’re gearing up for Journey 2020! If you are interested in camp, please email rkennedy@firstchurchokc.com. Onward to next year!

Ridge Kennedy

 

Weekly Calendar

This Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship
12:00 pm - First Church Picnic

Tuesday
2:00 pm - Marketing Meeting

Thursday
OFFICE CLOSED

Friday
NO FRIDAY NIGHT ALIVE

Next Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship


Family Prayer List

Paul & Dottie Gillespie

John & Julie Gochenour

Pray for Missions
Please pray for the West family as they minister to unevangelized Chinese in Peru and for the Gospel to spread in China despite increased persecution.

Prayers for the People

Don Kuntze

Dick & Rita Cavin and Family

Frank & Donna Sisson and Family

This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Gayle Clark

Scripture Reader:
Rita Cavin

Greeters:
Nina Lipe and Tory Harper

Ushers:
The Janka 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, Kendal Willis
kwillis@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