August 9, 2019

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Rooted: Getting Back to our Beginnings

I am continually astounded at the number of people who are getting DNA tests so they can determine their ancestral heritage. I get it, to some degree. As we become more and more fractured and distant from our extended families and as we move from town to town and state to state we don’t have a sense of “home” anymore. We want to know where we come from so we can stake our claim. But it’s gotten a bit out of hand. I know one person who learned of his ancestral heritage, began identifying with his newly discovered ancestral heritage, changed jobs, changed states, and settled among “his own kind.” I understand wanting to know about our heritage, but there is a common heritage that connects us all together, especially those who call ourselves Christians.

Throughout the next six weeks at First Church we are going to be exploring some of the great characters of the book of Genesis as we get back to our roots. We will be recounting their lives, discovering that their stories and struggles mirror our stories and struggles, and learning from these characters some of the core aspects of our faith as followers of Christ. Throughout this series we will examine important matters such as faith, sacrifice, trust, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday at OKC First Church at 10:45 as we explore “Roots: Getting Back to our Beginnings.” With school beginning back up many people are thinking about starting new things so now is the perfect time to invite your neighbors, coworkers, and family members who don’t have a church home. Invite them to meet you at First Church this Sunday!

Pastor Lesly


Mark your calendars for the Women Alive spiritual retreat, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Canyon Camp! Sign-up begins Sunday, August 18th through Sunday September 8th.

Mark your calendars for the Women Alive spiritual retreat, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Canyon Camp! Sign-up begins Sunday, August 18th through Sunday September 8th.

Alissa Wrights is moving to Northern Iraq to minister to refugees. Alissa and her family joined First Church 18 years ago and she assisted in worship for several years. Alissa discovered her passion for missions when the FC Youth Group took a trip to Costa Rica in 2015! Go to lightacandle.global, click donations and select Alissa Wrights' name to donate to Alissa's missionary work.

Alissa Wrights is moving to Northern Iraq to minister to refugees. Alissa and her family joined First Church 18 years ago and she assisted in worship for several years. Alissa discovered her passion for missions when the FC Youth Group took a trip to Costa Rica in 2015! Go to lightacandle.global, click donations and select Alissa Wrights' name to donate to Alissa's missionary work.

We are having a church yard sale in the Choir Room! Tables, chairs, lamps, clothes racks, and odds & ends will be available for viewing before and after church. Donations will be accepted. The yard sale starts this Sunday and will be available for 4 weeks!

We are having a church yard sale in the Choir Room! Tables, chairs, lamps, clothes racks, and odds & ends will be available for viewing before and after church. Donations will be accepted. The yard sale starts this Sunday and will be available for 4 weeks!

All church members are welcome to come to The Myriad Botanical Gardens to the splash pad area and bring a picnic style lunch and enjoy Gods beauty, cool off, celebrate Back to School and our newly promoted youth! The event will be Sunday, August 11th at 12:30 pm!

All church members are welcome to come to The Myriad Botanical Gardens to the splash pad area and bring a picnic style lunch and enjoy Gods beauty, cool off, celebrate Back to School and our newly promoted youth! The event will be Sunday, August 11th at 12:30 pm!

The Ladies' Bible Study will start back on September 5th from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Room 234. They will be selling the book for the study, "A Guide to Philippians: Discovering the Joy of Jesus," on Sunday, August 18th, August 25th, and September 1st for $7.

The Ladies' Bible Study will start back on September 5th from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Room 234. They will be selling the book for the study, "A Guide to Philippians: Discovering the Joy of Jesus," on Sunday, August 18th, August 25th, and September 1st for $7.

We will be having a Night of Worship & Prayer on Wednesday, August 14th 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, August 14th starting at 6:00 pm. We hope you will join us for this spirit enriching event!

Beth Moore's Conference "Living Proof Live" is coming to the Cox Convention Center on October 11-12. This will be an exciting opportunity for the ladies of First Church to attend! For a group of 10 or more, the cost is $59. Penny Anderson will begin collecting money this Sunday, August 4th and will do so each Sunday afterwards until September 1st so that we can receive our wristbands to attend the conference. We are planning to meet at First Church both days and ride the streetcar down to the Cox Convention Center. This event should be a lot of fun and it will be a chance for the ladies of First Church to hear this wonderful speaker in person!

Beth Moore's Conference "Living Proof Live" is coming to the Cox Convention Center on October 11-12. This will be an exciting opportunity for the ladies of First Church to attend! For a group of 10 or more, the cost is $59. Penny Anderson will begin collecting money this Sunday, August 4th and will do so each Sunday afterwards until September 1st so that we can receive our wristbands to attend the conference. We are planning to meet at First Church both days and ride the streetcar down to the Cox Convention Center. This event should be a lot of fun and it will be a chance for the ladies of First Church to hear this wonderful speaker in person!

 

Weekly Calendar

This Sunday
9:00 am - Youth Breakfast
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
12:30 pm - Promotion Sunday Celebration at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Monday
6:00 pm - Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday
10:00 am - Heart to Heart Bible Study

Wednesday
6:00 pm - Night of Worship & Prayer

Friday
6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Next Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
12:15 pm - Youth Parent Meeting

Family Prayer List

Michael & Barbie Lincicome

Robert & Jean Lile

Pray for Missions
Please pray for the West family to be refreshed and encouraged as they travel in the States and prepare to minister in Asia as well as for their training of teams to take the Gospel to remote and unreached places.

Prayers for the People

Don Kuntze

Dick & Rita Cavin and Family

Frank & Donna Sisson and Family
 
This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Sue Kuntze

Scripture Reader:
Dan Mark

Greeters:
John & Julie Gochenour

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, 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

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