September 6, 2019

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Roots: Joseph the Slave

Joseph often gets a bad rap. People believe he’s a bit arrogant and seems to relish being the favorite child, but as you read the story in the Bible, I am not sure that’s an accurate portrayal of his personality. I think this misreading of Joseph’s life is caused by us projecting our stories into his story. Everyone detests the sibling that acts like the favorite child in the family. However, when you read the rest of his story no one can question the depth of Joseph’s trials and tribulations. They are clear and accurate. Sold as a slave. Believed dead by his father and mother. Falsely accused of sexual assault. Left in prison for two years. Forgotten by a confidant in prison. These events were at the lowest point of Joseph’s life.

Indeed, probably none of us have been falsely imprisoned, believed dead by our parents, or sold into slavery, but we have certainly experienced low points in our lives. Divorces, deaths of loved ones, broken relationships, career upheavals, habits that have turned into addictions, dreams that have gone unmet. These are the low points of despair and pain in our lives. So, what does the story of Joseph teach us about those difficult times in our lives?

This Sunday at OKC First Church we will examine this dark period in Joseph’s life, how God met him in that darkness, and how God does the same with us. I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday at 10:45 as we hear about “Roots: Joseph the Slave.”

Pastor Lesly


Mark your calendars for the Women Alive spiritual retreat, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Canyon Camp! Sign-up will continue through Sunday September 8th. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.

Mark your calendars for the Women Alive spiritual retreat, Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Canyon Camp! Sign-up will continue through Sunday September 8th. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.

The Choir Review Party will be Sunday, September 8th after church in the choir room. This event is for choir alumni and for any potential new choir members that want to learn more about FC Choir. For more information, please contact Morgan Kennedy, director of music ministries.

The Choir Review Party will be Sunday, September 8th after church in the choir room. This event is for choir alumni and for any potential new choir members that want to learn more about FC Choir. For more information, please contact Morgan Kennedy, director of music ministries.

Come to the choir room on Sunday, September 15th after church, if you are interested in playing in our handbell choir. For more information, please contact Morgan Kennedy, director of music ministries.

Come to the choir room on Sunday, September 15th after church, if you are interested in playing in our handbell choir. For more information, please contact Morgan Kennedy, director of music ministries.

Teacher Appreciation Sunday is this Sunday, September 8th and we will recognize all the Sunday school teachers and have a celebration reception directly following service in the Welcome Center. We hope you can join and show appreciation for these teachers as they do so much for the life in our church!

Teacher Appreciation Sunday is this Sunday, September 8th and we will recognize all the Sunday school teachers and have a celebration reception directly following service in the Welcome Center. We hope you can join and show appreciation for these teachers as they do so much for the life in our church!

Our Fall Kick-Off will be on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 pm in Harris Hall. We are encouraging everyone to come dressed in their Western wear for this fun event!

Our Fall Kick-Off will be on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 pm in Harris Hall. We are encouraging everyone to come dressed in their Western wear for this fun event!

We want to announce Sunday, August 25, was the last breakfast we will serve at First Church on Sunday mornings. There will NOT be Youth Breakfast this Sunday, September 8. Due to multiple factors, including security concerns, we will no longer be able to provide this ministry to our congregants. Please be watching for other opportunities for Sunday morning fellowship.

We want to announce Sunday, August 25, was the last breakfast we will serve at First Church on Sunday mornings. There will NOT be Youth Breakfast this Sunday, September 8. Due to multiple factors, including security concerns, we will no longer be able to provide this ministry to our congregants. Please be watching for other opportunities for Sunday morning fellowship.

The children’s center will be implementing a new check-in system starting this Sunday. There will be two stations one is a iPad that will be in the welcome center to check-in for children’s church and one is a laptop at the front desk in the children’s area to check in during Sunday school. You will have to enter your child(s) information once and then it will save that information so next time that child in checked in you just have to click their name. Parents/guardians will check in there child and then print out a name tag to give the child. The name tags print off a smaller tag that will be given to the children's director or the adult in charge when arrived to pick up child. We are very excited about this new system and we believe it will be safer, easier, and more efficient for everyone.

The children’s center will be implementing a new check-in system starting this Sunday. There will be two stations one is a iPad that will be in the welcome center to check-in for children’s church and one is a laptop at the front desk in the children’s area to check in during Sunday school. You will have to enter your child(s) information once and then it will save that information so next time that child in checked in you just have to click their name. Parents/guardians will check in there child and then print out a name tag to give the child. The name tags print off a smaller tag that will be given to the children's director or the adult in charge when arrived to pick up child. We are very excited about this new system and we believe it will be safer, easier, and more efficient for everyone.

 

Weekly Calendar

This Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
12:00 pm - Teacher Appreciation Reception
12:30 pm - Choir Review Party
6:00 pm - Youth Faith Night at OKC Energy

Monday
6:00 pm - Board of Trustees Meeting

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

Thursday
5:30 pm - Fall Kick-Off in Harris Hall

Friday
6:00 pm - Youth Pool Party at Ruth Schwab's Home
6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Next Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship
12:00 pm - Introduction to Handbells

Family Prayer List

Nathan & Janice McGuire

Frank & Shelly McKay

Prayer for Missions
Please pray for Nicolai Smirnov and the church he pastors in Ukraine and for opportunities to share the Gospel with their community.

Prayers for the People

Don Kuntze

Dick & Rita Cavin and Family

Frank & Donna Sisson and Family
 
This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Jim Parsons

Scripture Reader:
Texye Fernandes

Greeters:
Kris & Toby Nelson

Ushers:
David Mullins, Tim Basham, 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

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