What a year it’s been at MCC! Here is the third installment of what God has done to transform us and use us this past year. Enjoy, and thank God together with us!
MOPS had a very blessed year, and its impact upon the community has grown. Over 30 moms helped to kick off the fall semester! Topics like prayer, managing clutter (actual & metaphorical clutter), and loving husbands God's way & through scripture, have deepened friendships. Celebrations for new mamas, gatherings for the holidays, and helping out moms in need have brought laughter and fellowship. A single mom with 9 kids who had little to nothing at all was showered with food, clothing and household goods. God has loved and served moms, and even mobilized them to be a blessing to others.
Our Greeters and Connectors teams sought out and welcomed dozens of MCC guests on Sunday mornings.
And the friendship and openness have started to spread! Many people beyond these teams are looking for newcomers now, and reaching out to people that they don’t know.
We are also being more intentional about serving our visitors through welcome bags and our new Starting Point Lunches. These lunches help us get to know them, fold them into small groups and ministries and answer questions. One attender at the Lunch told about her first experience at MCC: “The first week, I was greeted by so many people that it was overwhelming! When I came back the next week, people kept coming up to me and saying ‘hello’, and they all remembered my name!” She has since come forward for membership.
The Meals Ministry served dozens of families at times of critical need. One couple who was helped said they were amazed that they were so well cared-for during their physical trial. Melissa spearheaded coordination within small groups, ministries who serve together, and through other affiliations, to help bring them friendly visitors and fresh-baked goodness when they were sidelined.
At Villa Santa Maria, God re-opened a door for ministry to youth who face steep challenges. While we’ve met one-on-one with different residents in the past years, for the first time we have two separate Bible studies with 8 different residents being involved regularly. We got to partner with one of our own sisters, Melissa, who serves there as a therapist, and who weekly invests in these precious children. Now, each week, we read the Bible together, and share prayer requests for God to bring breakthroughs and new hope.
Through CareNet, we’ve helped to offer young women a choice for life, and a path of hope. Several babies, whose Mothers have been blessed by CareNet, have been born just in the last few weeks, and even one born on Christmas Day! Through Adoption Assistance Agency, we’ve helped 12 families to adopt for life this year, including one from our own church.
Maybe one of the best glimpses of God’s glory at work in our midst comes from the brother who reminds us of how faithful God has been to all of us, as seen in his own trials.
“God has been teaching me through a crushed vertebra, spinal cord surgery, a heart ablation and subsequent nerve recovery process that I can trust Him. My Good Father has provided brothers and sisters to help me in so many ways through my ordeal. I have been blessed and continue to thank Him. The Lord has served me through my wife, my family, and His faithful servants. Thanks goes to so many of you here at MCC."
What a year it has been at MCC.
As the world we live in seems to move at a whirlwind pace we can be steadied that the Lord always remains the same (Psalm 102:24-27) and secure in the knowledge that He works everything together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Please join us in giving thanks for 2017 and stay attentive in watching how He works, how He transforms and how He moves in our lives and through MCC in 2018!
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!