October 4, 2019

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Simple Life: Relationships

In a study of 1,000 American adults Thom and Art Rainer, researchers and authors, asked what area of life people needed simplicity.  In profound fashion the respondents gave four primary answers:  relationships, time, money, and God.  In all these areas people want less complexity to live lives that truly matter.  I know in my own life it all begins with relationships.  If my relationships are out of balance, full of complexity, and broken then the rest of my life feels out of balance, complex and broken.

From the beginning of the Biblical narrative we find that humans are created in God's image, as relational beings.  God desires relationships just as humans desire relationships.  One of the most inhumane things we can do to a person is to put them into solitary confinement, to cut off all meaningful human contact, to break all relationships with them.  It's inhumane because living a life alone is the opposite of living life.  We are all created for and yearn for deep and abiding relationships, yet our relationships are so often fraught with congestion, difficulty, and instability.

This Sunday at OKC First Church we will examine the complexity of our relationships, how we are called to simplify them, and some practical steps we can take to experience deep and abiding relationships.  We will be challenged to take some very concrete actions in the coming week.  You won’t want to miss this message and challenge.  I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday at First Church!

Pastor Lesly


World Communion Sunday is this Sunday, October 6, 2019. Everyone is invited to wear clothing or jewelry from other countries. We’re also looking for people to bake different kinds of bread for communion. If you’re interested please contact Nina Lipe or Morgan Kennedy.

World Communion Sunday is this Sunday, October 6, 2019. Everyone is invited to wear clothing or jewelry from other countries. We’re also looking for people to bake different kinds of bread for communion. If you’re interested please contact Nina Lipe or Morgan Kennedy.

The Young Adult Sunday School class will be starting on Sunday, October 13th in Room 231!

The Young Adult Sunday School class will be starting on Sunday, October 13th in Room 231!

Charge Conference   First Church's Charge Conference will take place on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone UMC, 2604 N. May Ave. All members of the Administrative Council are invited to attend.

Charge Conference

First Church's Charge Conference will take place on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone UMC, 2604 N. May Ave. All members of the Administrative Council are invited to attend.

The Fall Festival will be on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. It will be held downstairs on the 1st Floor in the Children's Area. There will be dinner, games, prizes, and more!

The Fall Festival will be on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. It will be held downstairs on the 1st Floor in the Children's Area. There will be dinner, games, prizes, and more!

Pastor Lesly is leading a study in 1 Corinthians. The study is on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Come to Harris Hall if you want to be a part of this study!

Pastor Lesly is leading a study in 1 Corinthians. The study is on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Come to Harris Hall if you want to be a part of this study!

For those that signed up for the Beth Moore Conference, the conference will be on October 11th from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm and October 12th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Cox Convention Center. Meet at the church on October 11th at 5:30 pm and on October 12th at 7:30 am to ride the streetcar down to the Cox Contention Center. Everyone will need to bring money for the streetcar rides, $1 each way or $4 total.

For those that signed up for the Beth Moore Conference, the conference will be on October 11th from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm and October 12th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Cox Convention Center. Meet at the church on October 11th at 5:30 pm and on October 12th at 7:30 am to ride the streetcar down to the Cox Contention Center. Everyone will need to bring money for the streetcar rides, $1 each way or $4 total.

 

Weekly Calendar

This Sunday - World Communion Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship

Monday
6:00 pm - SPRC Meeting

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

Wednesday
5:30 pm - Wednesday Night Dinner
6:30 pm - Bible Study in 1 Corinthians
6:30 pm - Children's Programming
6:30 pm - Youth
7:30 pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday
9:30 am - Ladies' Bible Study

Friday
6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Next Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School
10:45 am - Worship

Family Prayer List

David Mullins

Kris & Toby Nelson

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:
Christie Woodson

Scripture Reader:
Amy Broadbent

Greeters:
Steve & Sandie Blake, John & Julie Gochenour, and Evelyn Mullins


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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