Our Missions Team is pleased to share an exciting opportunity to spread the Gospel message and to provide ways for our congregation to be involved. Working with Cooperative Outreach India (COI), we will be sending Emily, Hana, Heather, and Donna from our congregation to India to help with COI’s Vacation Bible School the first week of June. This VBS hosts 1,000 children (nearly all Hindu or Muslims) from very impoverished neighborhoods. Thirty buses will bring children to the VBS location each day where they will experience a curriculum, teaching, food, and love very similar to what we do at our MCC VBS each summer. Our church is fully funding the cost of this one-week VBS for all 1,000 and our volunteers will assist with running the VBS and sharing God’s love with the children they meet!
Many in our congregation have a heart for India. We all know that Christians are actively persecuted in India. Yet, we also know that there are many in India who yearn for the good news of Jesus Christ and the eternal salvation that He offers. We are excited to become involved with COI and the work they do in India.
COI is a good fit for our missions’ programs for the following reasons:
- COI focuses on the unreached and often forgotten in the most impoverished areas of Delhi and other locations.
- Children are a major part of the COI ministry and are reached through VBS, COI run schools, and child sponsorship programs.
- COI wants us to send volunteers from our congregation to be a part of the COI programs, whether it is participating in their VBS, teaching at one of their year-round schools, or helping to construct water wells in more remote regions of India.
As you can see, there are many "handles" for our congregation to grab hold of to get involved as we work to obey the Great Commission. We see our involvement with COI as being very complementary to our current missions programs including providing more ways that we can become directly involved with COI staff, students, and volunteers.
Please consider getting involved by joining our team traveling to India, praying for Emily, Hana, Heather, and Donna, and all of the children who will participate in VBS. If you have a heart to join our team, please contact Tom O'Brien in person or by phone at 505-350-2121.
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!
All MCC Ministry in person meetings are suspended at this time BUT many ministries are reaching out through phone calls, emails and digital platforms such as Skype, Zoom, and Googlemeetings. Contact your ministry leader to see if this is an option for you!