She was smiling behind an oxygen mask and extending a cup of coffee to me. “Here,” she shouted above the grumble of chainsaws, “you look a little cold.” I was grateful for the warmth on that chilly fall morning, but more grateful that she was here. Her oxygen tank was propped against a stump.
Why would such a woman be out cutting firewood? Well, she wasn’t cutting wood; but she was taking care of a bevy of people who were cutting, splitting, and stacking. And she was joyous!
One of my favorite things about the Wood Ministry is that we have the privilege of reminding people that they are created with purpose and dignity. As a church, we don’t just give wood, we use the wood God has given us to share the Gospel for His glory.There was the man who loved trains, not physically able to cut or split, but a wonderful host and a fascinating story teller.
One year, there was a family of Wiccans who came. They loved being part of the cutting parties and rubbing shoulders with our quirky church family. The more they came, the more they heard about a God who loved them. A God they didn’t need to clean themselves up for. A God who sent His Son to die in their place. And they humbly saw their need for Him. I think they go to church in Moriarty now.
You see, as a church, we don’t just give wood, we use the wood God has given us to share the Gospel for His glory.
Suddenly, I found that it did make perfect sense: to be in the middle of the Manzanos, with a woman on oxygen handing out warm drinks and water. We took the wood back to her house and she gratefully warmed soup for us. Soup that warmed our souls as much as our bodies. It was a day of God’s grace.
The Wood Ministry is so much more than most people realize! God uses this ministry and His people in mighty ways when allow ourselves to be available and utilized by Him.
The Wood Ministry is hosting a Sponsorship Training on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00am-11:30pm at MCC. Sponsors are vital in building last relationships with Wood Ministry beneficiaries and are key to helping beneficiares see how they can be important, contributing members of the wood cutting, processing and delivering process.
Contact Don and Ann Moore to get involved today!
On Sundays, we have three options for Worship & Praise! Please join us:
- Outdoors at 8:30am in the MCC Parking Lot
- Indoors at 10:00am (due to limited seating, please register in advance)
- Via live-stream at 10:00am on Facebook
For the Indoor Worship & Praise:
We are looking forward to seeing you! As you sign up, request one ticket per family member! Make sure that you also check out our updated Guidelines for Gathering to Worship at MCC below before you come.
Outdoor Worship does not require registration
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!