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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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.

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