As I told a friend last night, I was truly feeling like an ANCIENT Roman after the first day of VBS! But what a joyous, busy, happening place VBS is – I am so incredibly blessed to hang out with these people for a week.
There is something about seeing my brothers and sisters in a different setting than Sunday morning that makes me appreciate them even more.
I believe we have a very ‘real’ church - don’t get me wrong – we will pray and cry and rejoice right in the midst of Sunday service.
However, there is something about seeing people jump in, love on kids, give selflessly of themselves, dance and sing, and dig deep for Spiritual truth while presenting it in language that little ones understand or teens won’t roll their eyes at that makes me love them in a whole new light.
From the hundreds of hours put in by the organizational team (it definitely wasn’t built in a day), to the myriad sewing projects (whoa! not my skill base), to the prayer team covering us all, to the teens who could be doing anything else with their summer, to those dancing who never thought they’d dance (in front of people, in church, no less!), to those cutting their 1000th flatbread for snacks – every one is invaluable.
God has used each of you to transform my life and heart. I see your willingness to be humble, to work, to love, to serve, and I am filled to overflowing with gratitude and hope. I want to especially thank Frank and Paul, who live out 1 Peter 5:2-3 ("shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as lording it over a]">[a]those allotted to your charge, but b]">[b]proving to be examples to the flock.") and are examples to us all of Christ’s love and sacrifice.
MCC has a multitude of ministries, but if you haven’t participated in VBS, this ancient Roman beseeches you to try it out.
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The Women’s Serving Team is hosting a Mugs & Muffins event August 10th from 9:00 – 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Christine Leggett will be leading us in a discussion about the spiritual battle we each have with the desires of our heart. It will be a morning of fellowship, rich discussion and encouragement as we come together to study God’s Word. Praying you can join us. Don’t forget your favorite coffee mug! Please RSVP to Christine if you need childcare.
You can go on a mission trip and never leave Albuquerque. International Students Incorporated (ISI) helps international students when they arrive in the U.S. ISI has a chapter at UNM helping pick up students as they arrive at the airport, providing temporary home stays, helping find housing, English as a second language training and friendship partners. A new school year is getting started with hundreds of international students arriving at UNM. Please consider helping in one of the ways noted above. Alternatively, we will be providing lunch for students and volunteers on Wednesday, August 7 (signup sheets will be in the foyer). If you are interested in helping or just want more information please contact Vince Tidwell.
MCC’s Shine Partnership is hosting a dessert night Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00pm at Ashley Procter’s house! Current Shine volunteers, anyone curious about what Shine is, or those interested in becoming a Shine volunteer are invited! Contact Ashley if you have questions or need directions.
Save the Date: MCC Elders are hosting a 4-week Foundations Class starting September 15 and running through the first week in October. This class is designed to better help you get to know MCC - who we are, what we believe and why, and how to get connected. Please sign up with Sarah.