July 5, 2019

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The Art of Neighboring - An Oasis in the Desert
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

I’ve often looked at this story from Jesus’ perspective. I’ve been deeply impacted by Jesus tearing down social barriers by publicly talking to this Samaritan woman. The power of that witness is extremely meaningful. But this week I’ve been examining the actions of the woman. When confronted with the gospel message of God’s love and forgiveness the woman believed and then immediately began telling others about Jesus. It’s as if she could not contain the message she had heard and experienced. It had to be shared with everyone, but especially with her neighbors and family.

This Sunday we are going to be examining this Scripture closely. As we look at this woman’s actions, we will see how her actions are to be our actions. We will be challenged to passionately share the message of Christ with others because we have had a radical encounter with Christ. We will look at some practical steps we can take to share this message and how we can overcome our fears and obstacles we often experience in sharing this message. You won’t want to miss this study of this important passage of Scripture this Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City.

Pastor Lesly


We will be having a Night of Worship & Prayer on Wednesday, July 10th starting at 6:00 pm. We hope you will join us for this spirit enriching event!

We will be having a Night of Worship & Prayer on Wednesday, July 10th starting at 6:00 pm. We hope you will join us for this spirit enriching event!

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.

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

Missions Week is July 28 - August 4! There will be a Stamp out Starvation Meal Packing event on Sunday, July 28 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am. The Missions Week fundraiser is a barbecue cook-off and dessert auction on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00 pm. Be looking for more information about these exciting events!

Missions Week is July 28 - August 4! There will be a Stamp out Starvation Meal Packing event on Sunday, July 28 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am. The Missions Week fundraiser is a barbecue cook-off and dessert auction on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00 pm. Be looking for more information about these exciting events!

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

Monday
6:00 pm - Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday
10:00 am - Heart to Heart Women's Bible Study at Martie Ervin's Home

Wednesday
6:00 pm - Night of Worship & Prayer

Thursday
9:30 am - Ladies Bible Study

Friday
6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

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

Family Prayer List

The Hancock Family

Tory & Laynee Harper

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:
James Rork

Scripture Reader:
Gayle Clark

Greeters:
Evelyn Mullins, Dan Mark, and Mary Nethercutt

Ushers:
David Mullins and Nathan & Janice McGuire


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