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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MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch on January 13th after 2nd service. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! We encourage anyone who is considering making MCC their church home to attend and get connected! Contact Elizabeth to RSVP today.
For any ladies interested in prophetic literature or wanting to begin a Bible Study in the New Year, MCC is starting a new Bible Study in January! What is the heart behind the roar of the Lion from Zion? In this 16-week study through the book of Amos, beginning January 7th and meeting Monday mornings at 10 a.m., you will learn about a loving God who prepares His people to live forever. We hope you will consider joining us for this fantastic study! Child care is provided. Please contact Elizabeth Allan to learn more.
If you have ever felt like you don't fit in, that you aren't good enough, that everyone else has it together while you struggle to even show up, then we invite you to join us. We want you to learn that we have a God who lifts the pain of worthlessness and rejection! Starting Thursday, January 17th, Sara Ghormley and Elizabeth Allan will lead discussions as we prayerfully work through Ed Welch's book, "Shame Interrupted". We begin at 6:30 and end at 8, and will meet for 16 weeks. Cost is $16 per person, but scholarships are available. Please contact Elizabeth and let her know so she can order a book for you.
Would you like to learn how to respond to conflict Biblically? Pastor Frank Malizzo, Elizabeth Allan and Spencer Brown are hosting a Peacemaking as Evangelism Workshop at MCC on January 25th-26th. The class will highlight Biblical tools that can be used for work, in the community, in the home and as a tool for evangelism. “Conflict presents unique opportunities to serve other people, we can demonstrate the love of Christ and give witness to the gospel even to people who are attacking us.” Ken Sande. Contact Elizabeth to learn more.