What would you say to someone who doesn’t feel equipped to serve?
I do not feel equipped to serve. I am disorganized, anxious, and unwise. But God’s glory, goodness, and grace shine through my weakness ALL THE TIME. If I’ve learned anything about serving in ministry, it’s that it really isn’t about me, my skills, my preparedness, or my personality. It’s ALL about God…His goodness, His grace, His mercy, and His love. I’d say: “Say yes; and prepare to be humbled beyond your comfort level, and thrilled beyond your greatest expectations.”
Why should people get involved in ministry?
If it is true that God manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Christ in every place (2 Corinthians 2:14), how can we possibly keep from wanting to carry His scent everywhere? Additionally, we’ve been commissioned to go out into the world and make disciples. Whether we counsel people, deliver meals, chop wood, preach, or volunteer in a classroom, God is able to manifest the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Christ through our actions in every place. A fish can’t help but swim; a bird can’t help but fly; and a Christian can’t help but minister. It’s what we were made to do.
Can you share a ministry success from 2018?
Liz teaches the class for non-verbal kids with special needs at A. Montoya. I’ve helped in her classroom for a few years and come to know her well. Over the summer, Liz incurred massive flood damage to her home, and especially to her well. She lived without water for months, trying to get her homeowners’ insurance, lawyers, and others to help with the cost. In September, A. Montoya’s principal let me know that no help was coming for this young woman, and asked if we might be able to see about helping her. Shine volunteers jumped at the chance and donated money toward the cost of fixing the well. She couldn’t believe we were willing to help her. She gathered quotes, did some of the work herself, and found a great contractor. The contractor did the work for a fraction of his normal cost, and Shine volunteers had amassed more than enough money to cover the bill.
Liz and I got to have the sweetest conversation about God’s goodness and grace. She didn’t believe she deserved such a gift, and felt guilty receiving it. We talked of grace through Christ, about how none of us are saved by works, about how this was all part of God’s plan to draw her to Himself. Neither of us had dry eyes by the end of it. What an incredible privilege it was to get a small glimpse into the big work that God is doing in her heart, and to be part of His demonstration of love for her!
What do you want your volunteers to know?
I’m so, so grateful for them. I began as the Shine coordinator for our church with one thought: “Even if no one else does this, I’m going to do it.” What a sorry ministry it would have been indeed if it had just been me! MCC’s Shine volunteers continue to go into the uncomfortable, the messy, the scary, and the unpredictable with open hearts and willing hands. I marvel as God puts them in places where the gifts He’s given them really shine, and truly are used of Him to minister to others. They continue to encourage me in countless ways; and their selfless, joyful service spurs me on. I tend to be a one-woman team in many areas of life, not wanting to trust or lean on anyone. God has used my Shine team to show me what joy and abundance is found in serving alongside my family in Christ, and how much I really do need them!
I hope they know how much their prayer, willingness to serve, encouraging words, and bold faith have impacted our community for the kingdom of God!
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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.