You know, VBS is complicated.
VBS takes months of planning, weeks of preparation, and days of setting up. There are countless details to manage, donations to organize, songs to choreograph and memorize, costumes for each volunteer to sew, and multiple areas of the church to decorate. Yet, year after year God provides for VBS in ways big and small. Somehow, we always have the right number of volunteers with just the right skills.
And God always brings the children! From our church, other churches, and around the community, families bring their children to hear the word of God and have a load of fun! When I heard that we had 146 kids registered this year, I confess that I feared it could be too crowded and too chaotic. How in the world could we manage such a large number? My heart was convinced that God could pull it off, but my head wondered about the logistics of it all. There I was down in the details and God already had it all worked out!
“Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.” – Psalm 72:18
Surrounded by precious children who are eager to listen to God’s word, bold in their singing and dancing, and fascinated by the Roman experience, I was swept away by their innocent need for love. To view the VBS experience from their eyes, when everything is fun and amazing!
The kids didn’t need perfectly organized activities that always went according to plan. They didn’t need perfectly hemmed costumes and the most elaborate decorations; they needed friends to laugh with, scripture-packed songs to sing, and VBS volunteers to shower them with a love that reflects God’s love made perfect by Jesus’ sacrifice. God already knew what they would need, he knew what I would need, and throughout this week he provided for all those needs and more!
You know, maybe VBS is simple after all.
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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.