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.
We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person worship service outside at 8:30am in the MCC parking lot! We can’t wait to see you! In addition, our Sunday live-stream (on Facebook and Instagram) will move to 10:00am for the foreseeable future for those who are not be able to join us.
We’ve chosen for our service to happen outdoors as there are still a number of requirements and protocol for indoor gatherings. So, we are not inviting you to join us indoors at this time. Instead, come for our outdoor gathering, or continue to join us online later from home.
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!
All MCC Ministry in person meetings are suspended at this time BUT many ministries are reaching out through phone calls, emails and digital platforms such as Skype, Zoom, and Googlemeetings. Contact your ministry leader to see if this is an option for you!