It’s over. I missed it again. Not a single personal Christmas card went out in the mail by my hand. Yet beautiful cards came to me from friends and family; those dedicated people who never miss a year in getting out their Christmas mailings. How do they manage it? The twinges of guilt are at times overwhelming. One of these days, I think to myself; just maybe I will get it together. Do you sometimes feel this way? Perhaps for you it’s not about Christmas cards, but other tasks or goals that you never quite seem to achieve? You are not alone. Truly, we are not alone.
As we head into 2018, Care Net Pregnancy Center has chosen Isaiah 43:19 as its theme verse.
“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (NRSV)
This verse encourages us personally as we put behind all of the unfinished business of 2017 and anticipate the “new things” that God will have for us in 2018. We can look forward to opportunities with young men and women who are facing unplanned pregnancies. Our goal is to help them understand the provision that God has given to bring them out of their spiritual wasteland; the hope of eternal life and a personal relationship with Jesus.
He becomes their “river in the desert.”
First, thank you. Just last year you assisted Care Net in giving HOPE to over 640 women in the face of uncertainty! We were blessed as our year ended strong, thanks to your continued support.
As we head into 2018, it is our prayer that each one of you will perceive the things that God is doing, in your own lives and through CareNet.
We ask that you keep the Care Net clients, board, center locations, center directors and staff in your prayers often. If Care Net may serve you in any way in 2018, please call 505-880-8373.
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MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch on January 13th after 2nd service. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! We encourage anyone who is considering making MCC their church home to attend and get connected! Contact Elizabeth to RSVP today.
For any ladies interested in prophetic literature or wanting to begin a Bible Study in the New Year, MCC is starting a new Bible Study in January! What is the heart behind the roar of the Lion from Zion? In this 16-week study through the book of Amos, beginning January 7th and meeting Monday mornings at 10 a.m., you will learn about a loving God who prepares His people to live forever. We hope you will consider joining us for this fantastic study! Child care is provided. Please contact Elizabeth Allan to learn more.
If you have ever felt like you don't fit in, that you aren't good enough, that everyone else has it together while you struggle to even show up, then we invite you to join us. We want you to learn that we have a God who lifts the pain of worthlessness and rejection! Starting Thursday, January 17th, Sara Ghormley and Elizabeth Allan will lead discussions as we prayerfully work through Ed Welch's book, "Shame Interrupted". We begin at 6:30 and end at 8, and will meet for 16 weeks. Cost is $16 per person, but scholarships are available. Please contact Elizabeth and let her know so she can order a book for you.
Would you like to learn how to respond to conflict Biblically? Pastor Frank Malizzo, Elizabeth Allan and Spencer Brown are hosting a Peacemaking as Evangelism Workshop at MCC on January 25th-26th. The class will highlight Biblical tools that can be used for work, in the community, in the home and as a tool for evangelism. “Conflict presents unique opportunities to serve other people, we can demonstrate the love of Christ and give witness to the gospel even to people who are attacking us.” Ken Sande. Contact Elizabeth to learn more.