When the Community Comes to Us
Dec 8 11:07 AM

When the Community Comes to Us

Dec 8 11:07 AM
Dec 8 11:07 AM

As we come together on Sunday morning, it strikes me that God is often at work in ways that don’t receive a lot of attention. Sometimes, we just don’t realize how God is using our brothers and sisters.

Did you know that there are small groups that enter the public schools on a weekly basis to teach children about our Savior through His Word? Bible Club incorporates songs, snacks, and silliness for sure, but there is a desperate dedication to impart the beautiful Truth that impacts eternity.

Pamela Oliva is one of these gentle attendants. But the love blazes out when she talks about these little ones is contagious. She speaks of foster children, children being raised by grandparents, children whose lives are in turmoil, who for one hour each week have an anchor in their storm. They come, they hear, and sometimes God will open their eyes to see Him.

Celestial (not her real name) is one such child. Raised by Wiccans who were eager to have one more hour for her to be occupied elsewhere, she started coming to Bible Club. At first, it may have been for the candy. But Pamela noticed a change in her. There was a lightening in her spirit and her temperament. She hated to leave when the time finished. The Word was at work! And Bible Club didn’t just minister to her; her teen brother felt the impact of Christ’s love when he would sullenly show up to fetch her. It started with Pamela offering him a lollipop while he waited for them to finish, and with a pastor taking a sincere interest in him and engaging him in conversation. By the end of the year, both Celestial and her brother had changed radically. Did they accept the Lord as their Savior? Pamela does not know for sure, but she can attest that there was a real transformation.

The most difficult aspect of Bible Club is that it is hard for the leaders to interact with the parents. Other than a quick greeting at the pick-up, there is just not a lot of time to build relationship.

So, we invited them to dinner and a puppet show … and they said YES!

Would you like the chance to meet, love, and show hospitality to families in the community? This is the most amazing part – God is bringing the community to US! The dinner is this Tuesday night here at MCC and we would love if you would partner with us!

There are three ways that you could participate:

  1. Do you want to come and break bread? Please contact Elizabeth and RSVP so we know how many to plan for!
  2. Not able to come? Can you help provide the food? We are doing a taco bar and need a variety of things to make it happen. Please sign up Sunday so we know what we will have.
  3. Most importantly – will you join us in prayer?

Pray for the Lord to prepare hearts to hear the Gospel on Tuesday night. Pray that we will be a blessing, that we will serve them in a way that reflects the love of our Savior. Pray that we will be transformed by our interactions.

Pray for protection for the club leaders – physical, mental, and spiritual. Pray for their stamina and strength as they continue to humbly serve in His name through His Word.

Pray for the children who come. Pray that they will grow in the Lord, pray that their parents will come to Christ and that families will be drawn to worship the Lord in churches on Sunday mornings.

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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.  


 

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