Luke and Melissa Feldner have been attending MCC for 16 years and have two beautiful children; Zoe and Josiah who are 4 years old and 5 months old. Zoe was adopted in 2013 and Josiah just 5 months ago. Both children were adopted by the Feldner’s at birth. The Feldner's have a heart for adoption and seeking and sharing God's Word. Adoption is beautiful, life-changing, and filled with a roller-coaster of joyous emotions and challenges. It also plays an integral part in God's plan for our salvation, and has a solid foundation in Scripture. Here, Luke Feldner tells us a little more about that foundation.
God created literally everything and everyone, but He doesn’t call us His children by virtue of Him being our Creator alone. He gives those who receive Christ – who believe in His name – the right to be called God’s children (Jn 1:12). Before the foundation of the world He predestined some to be adopted as His children, and therefore become heirs of His kingdom (Eph 1:4,5, Gal 4:5-7).
So, if we are in Christ we are already children of the eternal God (Rm 8:16). Yet scripture says we also wait eagerly for the finalization of our adoption as his children (Rm 8:23). Being adopted into God’s “forever family” is both our present reality and our future hope!
When God brings earthly families together through adoption, it is a small picture both of what God has done and is doing for those of us that believe in His Son.
It is a reminder of how abundantly gracious He is, and that His provision and promises are our only hope. It can also be a reminder that many things of eternal value come at a very tangible cost. Our salvation cost God something, and when we pursue things of eternal value it can cost us in many ways – but it is always worth it!
For this and many other reasons, we should support, encourage, and come along side those families God is building through adoption – especially those families that are part of our own body at MCC. The Grays (Jake, Emily, Verity, Hana, and Killian) are currently blessed with the opportunity to adopt another child – a 7 month old boy from India. Please join us in supporting and praying for them during this journey. If you are interested and able to offer financial support, click here to do so.
MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch this Sunday, January 12 after second service in the Fellowship Hall. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! No RSVP needed. Contact Sarah with questions.
It’s time for The CareNet Baby Bottle drive! Please take a bottle off the table in the foyer, fill it with your spare change or cash, and return it to the table by January 19! Contact Joann Tallant with any questions.
The MCC Missions Team is hosting "Missions in Focus" Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 at MCC! It is a family-friendly, interactive event celebrating what God is doing locally and internationally! Enjoy a cultural meal, hear speakers active in local and foreign missions, and participate in activities for a chance to win prizes. Each night will be unique, educational and fun! Contact Emily Gray to RSVP or get involved!
The Women’s Community Bible Study resumes Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30pm AND Wednesday, January 15 at 9:15am with Max Lucado’s “Unshakable Hope” study. Childcare is available for the Wednesday morning study only. Contact Pam Cravens for Wednesday mornings or Sharon Albonico for Tuesday evenings.
Praying with others in community is rich! Join us any weekday morning for prayer at 6:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Scott Walker for more info.
We are updating the church directory and will be taking new directory photos January 19 and 26 in the Fellowship Hall! Please make sure to update your contact information and your photo if A) we don’t have it in the current directory or B) you look different than you did 3 years ago! Either way, we’d like a new photo and updated contact for you so please stop by and update your info!
Looking for some Biblical financial tools for 2020? Come join us for the Living Debt Free Workshop on February 1 from 9:00am – 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall! Practical topics including what the Bible says about money, how to set up a spending plan, saving, debt payoff, and more! Lunch and child care provided! Sign up in the foyer or call Elisa Trullinger.