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!
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Men’s Bible Study Fellowship starts THIS Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30pm in the MCC Library. This year they will be studying “Acts and Letters of the Apostles”. BSF provides an in-depth, international Bible study that helps people know God and equips them to effectively serve the Church. Contact Tom Young.
Women’s Community Bible Study begins this week; September 10th and 11th! The evening group meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall beginning September 10 and the morning group meets Wednesdays at 9:15am beginning September 11! Childcare is provided for the Wednesday study only. Contact Pam Cravens.
The Women’s Peacemaking Study is Thursdays at 10:00am in the Conference Room beginning September 19. This study offers a meaningful, lasting message to lead you out of conflict and into a state of peace where you can live as a representative of Christ to other women and unbelievers. Contact Christine Leggett.
MCC Elders are hosting a 4-week Foundations Class starting September 15. This class is designed to better help you get to know MCC - who we are, what we believe and why, and how to get connected. Please sign up with Sarah.
With winter coming the Wood Ministry is already getting calls requesting wood but we need men, women, and couples to serve as sponsors! For those interested in learning about Wood Ministry sponsorship, there is a training Saturday, October 12th at 9:00am in the conference room. We would love to share what it means to be a sponsor and how sponsorship through the wood ministry changes lives by helping people see their own value and build their own support systems by sharing our time and a few cords of wood. Contact Sarah at the church office.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Are you interested in being a witness for Christ in a remote part of the world? Have you wondered if a short-term mission trip is right for you? If so, join us for an informational meeting to discuss our Spring 2020 Bolivia Mission trip with Food for the Hungry next Sunday, September 8th after 2nd service in the Youth Hall. Contact Jennifer Ward.
Sisters in Stitches is meeting Wednesday, September 11 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Halll. All SIS and interested women are encouraged to join us to fellowship and discuss on-going plans for this ministry. Snacks will be provided. Contact Davra Clayton for more information and to RSVP .
ABQ Biblical Counseling is hosting "A Biblical Response to Mental Health Conference” September 13-15 at Desert Springs Church. Registrations will be accepted until September 12th! Visit abqbcc.com for more information.