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!
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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.