In 1954, Midwest Boulevard Christian Church in Midwest City came into being. Two and a half years ago the members begin the prayerful discernment process of closing their congregation. When COVID-19 hit in March of 2020, they determined that April of 2020 would end their time together as a worshiping community. In September of 2021, they sold their building to another congregation who was needing more space. We lament that a church with faithful, hard working Disciples has closed, and yet we celebrate that their ministries continue in a variety of ways.
Throughout this process, the remaining members have worked together to create a beautiful legacy story for Midwest Blvd. They followed the Christian Church Foundation‘s resource called “Sacred Story,” and they met regularly with Eric Gray from the Oklahoma Disciples Foundation and Pam Holt, the Regional Minister. They prayerfully and thoughtfully determined how to disperse their assets, both physical and financial, and they have been quite generous to the church in many ways and to the local charities they have supported for years. They gave 10% of the sale of the building to Disciples Mission Fund to close the covenant they have had for years with the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They gave a generous contribution to the Oklahoma Christian Church Commission who originally granted dollars to purchase the land for Midwest Blvd. to build their church upon. They gave a generous contribution to the Oklahoma Regional Church, some undesignated and some designated for youth ministries. They also will establish an endowment fund with Oklahoma Disciples Foundation to continue to support the Oklahoma church and its ministries.
We give thanks for their many years of making Disciples who were joyful witnesses of the Good News in Midwest City, the Region, the denomination, and the world. Thanks be to God!
Pictured left to right: Van Wylie from Midwest Blvd. CC presents checks to (l) Regional Minister Rev. Pamela Holt and (r) Regional Moderator Jacqueline Bass.