In the Spring of 2016, Ellen felt like God was calling her to contribute something to the MCC family that had been her church home for just a year.
Although she had attended both Catholic and Lutheran churches, she considered herself a new Christian. After years as a nurse, always on-call, she didn’t feel like she was able to commit a huge amount of time to ministry, but she knew that she wanted to serve somehow.
And like He often does, God opened a door!
Ellen heard about the need for a volunteer at the Farmer’s Market held in MCC’s parking lot. She thought, “I love Mountain Christian Church, and like talking about tomatoes, so I thought it would be a good fit!”
She was a little nervous on her first day volunteering. She asked Pastor Frank, “Do I have to sing? Do I have to dance? What should I do? I’m not sure if I’m ready to be a witness for Christ yet!” Luckily, Frank’s response was that she just needed to be herself!
Isn’t that what God calls us to do; to be genuine, honest and available? As we allow relationships to grow, we find that by being available, we have the chance to share the Gospel.
You see, the Farmer’s Market ministry isn’t about tomatoes, farmers or selling honey. It’s about building relationships, it’s about building community, and most importantly -- it’s about allowing God to use you when the time is right!
Each week before serving at the Farmer’s Market, Ellen lifts this prayer up to God, “Guide my hands, Lord. Lead me to those you want me to speak to. Holy Spirit, open my eyes and my ears that I would be aware of how you might use me today.”
What would happen if we each lifted up that prayer every day? Imagine the ways that God would use us; if we only made ourselves available.
In the end, Ellen said that it was the Farmer’s Market Ministry that has grown her as a Christian……not the other way around!
It’s easy to enter into a new endeavor thinking we are going to completely rework it, rebuild it, or change it; and then before you know it, it transforms you! That’s God’s work in us.
Look for Ellen, and other MCC volunteers, at the Cedar Crest Farmer's Market beginning June 7th in the MCC parking lot!
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!