Today was MCC’s first day of VBS 2017……it was so much more than I expected! I thought I knew a lot about VBS; how it was organized, how it was run…..and mostly from behind the scenes. After all, in the past seven years I’ve participated in VBS programs at five churches in three states! Seems like I would have a pretty good cross-section of how things work at VBS. But here at MCC, Vacation Bible School looks a lot more like a big family ministering to their children and their community than any other place we’ve been.
Before the children even show up, VBS starts with volunteers and their children. It’s more than just a planning meeting; it is a time of focused prayer, fellowship and modeled discipleship to ready our hearts and minds for the day ahead. Here, the children of volunteers get to see the inner-workings of how this ministry is organized and how this “family” works together to serve.
They get an insider’s view of ministry so that someday, when God calls them, they will be ready to serve! And I witnessed that today with a number of teams of young adults that had grown up in VBS, at MCC, and are now participating as volunteers and leaders. But it was not just the young people; we had volunteers of every age, from five to 75!
With nearly 100 volunteers, this pre-session was vital in setting the mood for the day and it impressed upon me the dedication to long term transformation and discipleship that is resident in the MCC family.
It may be cliché to say that “it takes a village to raise a child”….but today at MCC I saw the village (family) that is MCC, transported back to the Roman era and impact children in the modern age, with God’s everlasting Word.
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Please join us THIS SUNDAY for our potluck at 2:00! Meet us at Los Vecinos with your favorite side dish and celebrate with us!
International Students Inc. (ISI) has a fantastic volunteer opportunity for anyone willing to share their Thanksgiving with the students! There are options for large dinners hosted by churches, mid-size dinners hosted by smaller churches or church community groups, and several small dinners hosted by individuals or families. If you are interested in hosting one or more students for a Thanksgiving meal, contact Vince Tidwell for more information!
Shine will be putting together Winter Break boxes for A. Montoya families in need. Each box will provide breakfast and lunch items for a student every day of winter break! We will have a tree set up next Sunday, November 25 in the foyer that will have tags with specific items that we need to fill the boxes. Please take as many tags as you like and return the items on Friday, December 21. Also, please join us on Saturday, December 22 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the A. Montoya parking lot to have coffee and doughnuts with the families when they come to pick up their boxes! Contact Ashley Procter for more information.
The 2019 Clarus Conference is March 1st-3rd. The topic is “Letters to the 7 Churches” by guest speakers Kevin DeYoung and H. B. Charles Jr. There are postcards in the foyer if you want more information. If you are interested in the Early Group Registration rate of $30 per person, please let Elizabeth know by November 27th.