In Europe, there are great cathedrals that once housed thousands of fervent Christ-worshippers every week. Some were even the sites of revivals and mighty works of God just a century or two ago. Now, many are closed. One, in the Netherlands, is even used as a skate park.
Some have said that Christianity is always one generation away from extinction. These empty cathedrals are a stark reminder of that.
So, every generation of believers must take up the task of passing on their faith to the next generation, because no one is born a Christian. One of the ways that we do this is to train our children in knowing the Lord. We are charged to guide them in how to be His disciples.
Scripture tells us to disciple our children throughout our days, not just by taking them to church once a week (Dt. 6:1-9). It also tells us that parents have a distinct and God-given role in nurturing faith in their children (Eph. 6:4, Col. 3:21, Ps. 78:4).
Now who doesn't hear this, and immediately feel the weight of it?! None of us is perfect; and all of us could certainly learn in this area!
Here at MCC, we'd like to take this opportunity to share some encouragement and some ideas with one another. Over the next few days, we will be posting blogs from several different families - each in different places in life - that discuss how they help encourage their children to be disciples of Christ.
We're in this together. We want every family to be faithful in making disciples. Be assured that even through our shortcomings and our imperfect efforts, the Lord is glorified.
May you be encouraged, challenged, and helped, brothers and sisters. I know that I will be!
With you for passing on the life-changing gospel in every home,
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The One to One Soul Care Conference will be held at MCC November 9-10. Are you interested in biblical counseling? Do you feel you want some training on how to walk with a brother or sister in their dark seasons? Please join us! Click here to register at or contact Elizabeth for more information.
Please note - the Sponsorship Training for the Wood Ministry will be rescheduled for a later date. Please contact Don & Ann Moore with questions.
Pull out your mixers and aprons! SHINE is looking for people who can donate cakes, or other desserts, for A. Montoya’s Fall Festival! Cakes can be dropped off at the church foyer Friday, October 26 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Questions? Click here to sign up to bring a cake!MCC is gearing up for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive! The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year MCC collected 230 shoe boxes to be gifted to children around the world! Boxes will be available this Sunday, October 21st, in the foyer and the final drop-off date is November 11th! It is a great time to start gathering items to bless children around the world!
Shine also has a unique food pantry at A. Montoya! Kids often go to bed without dinner, come to school too late for breakfast, and aren't sure if there will be dinner that night. We have been asked to create a small food pantry at the school that would contain items like tuna packets, apples, macaroni and cheese, Ensure or Boost, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and the like. The children could keep these items in their backpacks so that they would always have something to keep them going. We are working on putting together a list of items, including gluten-free ones, that we would like to stock the pantry with. Please pray about whether you would like to donate items or money to help keep the pantry stocked year-round!