Sami Gutierrez here. As many of you know, I am a leader with MCC’s Fire and Ice middle school youth group. This spring, we feel God has called us to endeavor to grow our little group of students in leadership, discipleship, and in love of the church. We have a few strategies in place that have been extensively planned and prayed over.
One area I know we’d like to grow in is church engagement. At MCC we have this incredible body of Christians, each of whom God is at work in, equipping and growing in ways only He understands. He promises to complete the good work He has started in us. I believe this promise holds true for each of us, no matter our age or spiritual maturity level. I believe it holds true for the middle-schoolers of our church. But I also believe it’s our duty as a church to intercede daily and beg God to complete this work in them. I don’t know about you, but there has been few times in my life I needed spiritual protection more than when I was in middle school. Thus the idea of prayer partners was born. Or reincarnated, more accurately, as there have been several attempts to initiate them in the past.
Basically, the idea is for the adults of the church to commit to regular prayer on behalf of a student. Cover them as they go forth into the world. Ask Christ to reveal himself to them, to give them courage and peace as they deal with the craziness that is adolescence. Ask that God would fill them with His spirit, challenge them, commission them for His service. Let the student know that no matter where life takes them in the next year, you will be in their corner praying for them.
Imagine a group of students, equipped with God’s truth and ready to unleash it on the world. Imagine the boldness they could have in confronting all the spiritual warfare that’s out there, knowing that they are backed by a congregation that prays for them. It’s like walking into a gunfight knowing somebody’s got your back. We can’t miss an opportunity like that to equip our church for the future.
I’ve started the process of matching willing prayers with students from youth group. I’m incredibly excited about how God is going to use this in our body. If you’re interested in participating, or would just like some more information, please feel free to contact me, Sami Gutierrez. Thanks for prayerfully considering this opportunity. Thank you for all the support MCC already gives our youth ministry!
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!