2020 Year In Review
Do you remember the beginning of 2020? Just 10 months ago, well over 3,000 people from our church and community came to hear Lee Strobel make the case for Christ. It was a fantastic high – the largest event in Memorial Road’s history. We were completely unaware that the world was about to experience one of the most memorable years in living memory.
Much has happened since then, and it’s so easy to fixate on the negative. That’s certainly understandable; Covid-19 has been devastating to so many, including members of our family. And we remain incredibly concerned about the challenges the world faces and how we as believers should be responding.
Yet one doesn’t have to look hard to see the church at work in a powerful way during these anxious, momentous times. As you look at the stories, images, statistics, and testimonies that follow, you’ll see God acting through His people. You’ll see evidence that even in – and perhaps, especially in – times of trouble, there is more than enough reason to have hope.
Adult Education Classes Online
Amplify Live Stream Event
Summer Speaker Series
online classes or groups
Rob Harmon has been teaching one of our Sunday adult classes. Once a meet, some meet at MRCC in person, while others join via Zoom. The Zoom participants are on one of the screens where they can be seen, heard, and included in class. Rob has done a great job of intentionally including all kinds of learners in his classes.
When all our students went home for the semester, we spent a lot of time and effort staying connected with them through a strange transition. We focused on encouraging them mentally and spiritually while away from us. As a ministry we called, texted or hand-wrote letters to 344 students, all to stay connected and apart of their lives.
Care & Counseling
COVID Relief Fund
Donations to date are:
Total Numbers of MRCC Families assisted March 11 to November 30
Total Unique families Assisted:
Auto related expenses:
bags of food and/or gift card for perishable items
“We are so blessed to have a wonderful church family in MRCC. Many have reached out to offer comfort and support with prayers on our behalf.”
“Thank you so much for all you have done for my family, and please let those around you know we are grateful for them as well. We know the donations are from generous and hard working members of the church, and I hope they know how much it has helped relieve financial stress for my family as I searched for a new job.”
“It has meant a lot to us as we lost our source of income due to Covid-19 to know that our church family stood by us and offered to help with living expenses and other needs as we figured out our plan. It’s sure powerful to know we’re not alone, that many others care and have shouldered this burden with us. God’s care for us has flowed through our church family.”
The Care/Counseling ministry has been in high gear through the pandemic. Our counseling functions have moved primarily to Telehealth.
We started watching mental health needs change early in the pandemic. Our team of MRCC staff and referral counselors is prepared to respond as this unusual year continues.
January-November 2020 MRCC members
CARE programs meeting virtually in 2020
- MERGE Marriage Prep Class
- Alzheimer’s Caregivers
- Grief Support
- Divorce Support
The biggest thing for Celebrate Recovery was moving to and sustaining online groups as part of Celebrate Recovery Crisis Response (CRCR).
Normally online groups are against the DNA of Celebrate Recovery, but obviously we are in unprecedented times.
Because large, in-person groups had become unsafe, we started a private Facebook page to stay connected as a large group before splitting up into our smaller Open-Share Groups.
This Facebook page had a good following. It allowed Chellie and I to share weekly devotional thoughts that were intended to help our participants stay focused on their recoveries and maintain important connections with one another.
Being online has its drawbacks, but one of the blessings is that it provided an opportunity for those who were homebound due to health concerns and those who have moved away from the OKC Metro area to reconnect to our/ their support community.
Although many of our Open-Share groups have moved back to in-person meetings on Friday nights, we remain committed to maintaining a Thursday night online group throughout the duration of the pandemic.
We also have a large number of people participating in Step Studies. We currently have 2 Men’s Step Studies and 2 Women’s Step Studies ongoing. We are finding that, with all the stress and changes brought on by the pandemic, more and more of our participants are making it a priority to work the 12 Steps/ 8 Principles in these smaller, committed groups. We believe work being done in these Step Studies will allow our participants to develop deep connections and find healing despite all of the collective challenges we are facing in 2020.
- Summer Blast- Backyard Boxes
- 50 boxes, potential to reach 750 children
- Blast from the Past
- Wednesday Online Devotionals
- Preschool Birthday Cards
- Drive Thru
- Drive In Movie
- Kids Devo at Summit
- Visit Nursery Nana’s
- Weekly Family Movie Night Devo guide
- Journey Land Pen Pal with Village of Hope students
- Every school-age child in our ministry received a package in the mail for the return to school
- Drive thru to receive MRCC kids yard signs and t-shirts
- Family Fun night with Putt-putt and other yard games
- Trunk or Treat
- Scissortail Park Roller skating
- Drive-in Polar Express at the Beacon Theater in Guthrie
Bible Class Learning:
- Sunday morning monthly Bible class offering
- Video links for online learning
- Bible class boxes available for check-out for small groups, q-groups, neighborhood friends
Weddings to Date
Babies to Date
Baptisms to Date
General fund contributions are around 88% of budget.
meals prepared for Orvis Risner students
Orvis Risner teachers adopted by MRCC Bible classes
Staff members served lunch at Orvis Risner Elementary school
MRCC was recognized on October 5 by the Board of Education for Edmond Public Schools for contributing and supporting EPS families with the lunch program in the spring as well as continued support.
care packages for elderly and medical professionals
Meals provided to medical professionals
masks made for OU medical
“ear savers” made for OU medical
Monday, October 26 an ice storm hit the metro area. By Wednesday, October 28 MRCC had a site up through the CCB where members could either submit a request or volunteer to help.
original requests for assistance to remove broken tree limbs from members and a few who were recommended by members.
home sites completed by Disaster Relief and other MRCC groups. The remaining either had jobs that required professional removals, did it themselves, or hired someone.
individual volunteers and the Young Professionals Class and Campus Ministry served. Volunteers had two organized Saturdays where teams met at the church, took assignments, and then completed work sites. Some volunteers worked during weekdays.
Sunday morning class groups have transitioned from meeting around tables in the gym for a cup of coffee or tea and a Bible discussion. Now the table groups meet virtually on Zoom video. Most of these meetings are well attended by MRCC members. A few of our regular visitors join in. The online streaming of Sunday worship has been a real blessing.
Christian living and ministry is dependent on relationships. I hear repeatedly how much everyone misses seeing one another. While we are trying to stay connected in the current situation, we desperately need face to face fellowship. We pray fervently for an end of being socially distant.
Speaking of prayer, our ministry is growing. We keep a list of ongoing prayer needs and stay in contact with others by praying for them and communicating to see how God is answering. Every Thursday night, a small group meets over Zoom to pray together. This has been a tremendous encouragement to those who take part. We have shared in the sorrows of many who have suffered loss, yet we have had many wonderful answers to our petitions for others. Praise God for powerful and loving ways we see the Lord working! Even when we cannot see it or do not feel it, we know God is still working.
International Thanksgiving Blessing Bags
A team of more than 30 volunteers helped to assemble and deliver 288 blessing bags to international students, refugee families and immigrants living in the area.
Responses to this project have been great. Several people have requested help with conversational English and are beginning to develop friendships with MRCC members as they practice English by reading and discussing the story of Jesus.
One man responded to receiving the gift by requesting our prayers. He has found refuge in the U.S. though he had to leave his family behind as he fled. He has asked for our prayers as he hopes to be able to arrange for his family to join him
We praise God for the good things yet to come and pray that many people will continue to be blessed!
In Matthew 25:40, we are told that “whatever you do for the least of these, you did it for me.” With the arrival of COVID-19, we recognized quickly that we were essential caregivers in our city. We had to reorganize how we would have clinic, but we never stopped having clinic. Continuing to build wellness for those who can’t afford their meds, dealing with issues like high blood pressure, seizures, low or high blood sugars, as well as working with those who had wounds that were not healing.
We kept doing what we were doing by taking the clinic outside and into the parking lot. We gowned up with full PPE and began triage patients for COVID as well as the other problems they came seeking help for. We found out quickly that PPE heats up when in a parking lot and the Oklahoma sun is shining. If they needed a phone consult in the beginning, they were brought in one at a time. With a very meager staff, we continued to serve those in need. By late May, a lot of our doctors returned to the clinic and we still see patients one at a time to provide safety for them as well as us. Of course, our populations miss catching up with one another and often they ask “when can we all return inside?” And we reply, “once 50 % of us have been vaccinated.”
patients seen total
physical therapy visits
wound care visits on Sundays
32 Missionary Families and Programs encouraged during pandemic. Click here to see Contact Sheet.
I am so touched by the video MRCC sent. What a wonderful surprise to be thanked and encouraged in such a personal way. In these crazy times it is hard to know what to write about in newsletters and reports. For MRCC to send something TO me means so much and demonstrates your love for me and confidence in the work I do. That really lifts me and lifts my game!
Your video has been followed by personal emails from a number of MRCC members. All of this is encouraging in a way that I can’t even explain.
With all of these recent curve balls for all of us it is wonderful to feel our connection through Christ and to know his path is always straight.
Sending my love to MRCC!
$807,862 raised on Missions Sunday, 2nd highest Mission Sunday total
Missions Sunday 2020 was definitely one to remember! In the midst of a global pandemic and an economic downturn, God moved the hearts of our congregation to give our second highest special contribution amount ever, completely obliterating the goal we set. As a result, not only were we able to fully fund every proposed project; we were also able to support 16 additional projects from the overage. Praise God!
We also celebrated the day in a completely unique, very 2020 way. Hundreds of cars lined up after parking lot worship to drive through our Missions Sunday Reverse Parade. Each of eleven different stations represented a different country or mission effort in a creative, fun display. There were decorations, food items, live animals, demonstrations, information about our missions, and live Zoom interactions with our missionaries from all over the world. The lines were long, but our youth group did a superb job keeping those waiting entertained with live music, exotic animals, snacks, and general silliness. What a wonderful way to celebrate God’s blessings and to encourage those we partner with who are sharing his story to people around the globe!
The sending and receiving of lessons have stayed around 2,000 lessons each month. This is both before and since COVID-19.
Currently, there are 31 souls waiting to be baptized at the Oklahoma County Jail. Jerry is once again able to visit Oklahoma County Jail, but does not know when baptisms will be allowed.
completely online services
parking lot services
average views on youtube
pandemic baptisms and counting
We had 150+ that traveled to the mountains for Summit 2020. It was different in some ways, but we had a wonderful week full of hiking, rafting, horseback riding, a 5K, ultimate frisbee, train rides, bumper boats, mountain coaster rides, and more. We gathered each evening in a beautiful outdoor setting (socially distanced, of course!) for singing, conversation, devotional thoughts, fun games, our first ever Summit kids’ talent show, and our traditional Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament (congratulations to our 2020 champion, Lisa Bialon!). It was a great week with family and friends old and new. Can’t wait for Summit 2022!
Despite having to quarantine much of the year, many women have chosen to be involved in some way, whether it’s a small group Bible study, Secret Sisters, or sharing their favorite verse through our social media. There is a lot of good being done individually and behind the scenes! Through God’s power in us we will continue!
Women’s Brunch in January
Secret Sisters encouraging each other this fall
CWBS participants this fall
Participating in Bible studies, both in-person and Zoom this year
Like most everything else in our world today, Worship Ministry has been a challenge. Do we meet? Do we not meet? Where do we meet? Where can we meet? Indoor? Outdoor? Livestream only? So many things have changed over the past months. What hasn’t changed is our desire to do our best to offer the safest, most meaningful worship experience for our church family and for so many others watching from literally all over the world. We have learned to be flexible and creative in ways we never thought we’d need to be. That’s probably a good thing.
Here are some highlights from the past year:
- Outdoor Worship was blessed with reasonably nice weather. We consistently had anywhere between 500-800 in attendance. Several have stepped up to volunteer to help with setup, etc.
- Our live streamed Worship continues to be a vital part of the Sunday worship experience. Our A/V team has done an amazing job of stepping up our livestream presentation and are offering a high quality experience for our home viewers. Our livestream service is averaging somewhere between 1,600-1,700 views each week.
- WOW Worship on Wednesday nights was a huge success this summer. We met 5 times in the outdoor Forum on the OC campus. It was the perfect venue for WOW. We averaged right at 400 people each week, and learned three new songs we think will become staples in our corporate worship times.
- We taught news songs “Waymaker” and “Prayer for Peace”. Both songs are timely and impactful. Both were arranged by Stefanie Anderson. Prayer for Peace was written and arranged by Stefanie Anderson and Jessica Tate.
- Many of the worship songs from our online services from the past couple years are archived on our YouTube channel. Those are the songs you heard early on during our livestream only worship when the pandemic began. Those recordings have been a blessing to other churches from around the country which asked permission to use them for their online worship services as well. It’s very likely, that as an extension, your voice is blessing people each Sunday and you didn’t even know it.
WOW in the OC Forum
Average Attendance each Wednesday Night:
2020 has been full of so many challenges…but God is good! He has provided what has been needed for us to worship Him!
- This summer the Young Adults/Campus Ministries have offered a combined Wednesday evening series on the book of James with an average of 75 people in attendance weekly.
- Each of our young adult classes have either met in-person or online for a Sunday Bible Class. The Launch class has met on the Deck outside the summit building, the Reach class has met at Hartman Place and online via Zoom, and the Young Professionals class has met weekly on Zoom.
- The Young Professionals class has been meeting on Sunday evenings for De-volleyball (volleyball with a devotional at the end).
- Most of our young adult Q Groups have met weekly either in yards, parks, or on the OC campus.
adults involved weekly this year
students engaged weekly
Lawn Chairs in lost & found
- Drive-In Movie Nights
- Weekly Announcement Videos
- Zoom Hang Out, Break Out Sessions/Activities
- Zoom Family Dinner Meeting
- Youth Group on YouTube
- Zoom Huddles
- Zoom DGroups
- Quarantine Playlist created by the youth group
- Sold Honduras shirts to support Breaking Chains
- Sold Camp shirts to support Camp Pettijohn
- Youth Group By Grades-Summer Schedule-Each grade functioned as it’s own youth group this summer to keep numbers to a minimum.
- Jr. High Adventure Week-Top Golf & Zoo
- Sr. High Camp 2.0
- Jr. High Camp 2.0
- Our Field of Entertainment that sits west of the church has been a safe haven for our students as we’ve been able to play safely and enjoy each other’s presence outside. We’ve added things such as 9Square, Gaga Ball Pit, Volleyball court, Ultimate Frisbee/Flag Football Field and a golf hole!
- This summer and fall we have heavily relied on host homes for our students to meet at and are so thankful and grateful for all of the families that opened up their front and back yards for our students to hang out at!
- Sunday– Devo Time
- Monday – Mail Time Monday
- Tuesday – Teaching Tuesday
- Wednesday – Wildcard Wednesday
- Thursday – Together Thursday
- Friday – Family Friday
- Saturday – Saturday Sabbath
- Sunday– House2House
- Monday – Mission Monday
- Tuesday – Taco Tuesday
- Wednesday – Wildcard Wednesday
- Thursday – Thursday Adventure
- Friday – Family Friday
- Saturday – Saturday Sabbath