Sharing With Steve
This is a “Thank You Note” to the people of Meadowbrook. Over the past year we have encouraged our people to take the spiritual gifts inventory which is located on the adult-ministries page of this website. Your responses will let the leadership know of the congregation’s strengths and how we can better use the people in areas where they are gifted. We want to encourage those who have not taken the inventory to please do so as it will help in future planning.
This got me thinking about volunteers. There is an old adage in churches that twenty percent of the people do eighty percent of the work. This often holds true. As I went through our list of people who have volunteered in the past I realized what a significant number that is according to our size. I counted at least sixty-four people who have volunteered over recent years to be involved in various activities and projects. This is almost seventy-five percent of the congregation. That is a marvelous number.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your work for the Kingdom here at Meadowbrook. I am reminded of what Paul wrote to the Corinthians concerning the Christians in Macedonia. He is talking about giving money, but he says that those Christians first gave themselves to the Lord and then their money followed. Thank you, people of Meadowbrook, for being faithful with your time and your finances. Thank you for being involved in so many ways.
Now this does not mean that we have a total handle on this “volunteer” thing. We still need additional help in the nursery. If you are interested in serving there, please see Traci Thomas. The mowing season is just about over, but Dan Bright can use more volunteers to mow the lawn next summer. We can always use substitute teachers for our elementary and toddler classes. We are always looking for new greeters and people to pass out the bulletin. We can also use extra help preparing for the communion service. There is still work to be done, but I do want to commend you on the work that you are doing. Please keep it up. Meadowbrook will be a better place because of the work that you are doing.
Celebrate Fall at Meadowbrook
Our Annual Fall Festival will take place on Friday, October 26, from 6 pm until 8 pm. There will be games and activities and hot dogs, chips, and popcorn will be served throughout the evening. All the games and activities result in candy being handed out. We need help in a couple of ways. We need candy: Please bring bags of individually wrapped candy to the office. We need volunteers: If you can help or have any questions please see Wendy Kapusta. Let’s have a great event this year.
At the October 22 Sisters in Service meeting, the ladies will be making heart pillows for heart surgery and mastectomy patients. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, a devotion, followed by the project. Neither sewing nor gluing is required. The supplies you will need are:
Two 1/2 yard pieces of fleece in contrasting color (1/2 yard print; ½ yard solid)
Polyester Fiberfill (some will be provided if you don’t have any)
Fabric cutting Scissors
Pencil or chalk
Instruction sheets are in the church lobby and will be available at the meeting. A sample pillow is on the table. Please see Elaine Bright if you have any questions.
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child begins this month
Starting Sunday, October 7th there will be a display in the foyer for Samaritan’s Purse “Operation Christmas Child” (Shoebox Ministry). Please go online to www.samaritanspurse.org for further information about this annual event.
We will have 3 different sizes of shoes boxes this year to accommodate larger items such as soccer balls or stuffed animals. Soccer balls and pumps will be available for purchase and are located in the church office. More information about those items will come later. The cost of shipping is $9 per shoebox. You are strongly encouraged to make your payment online and print your label. That way you can track where your shoebox was sent. Sisters in Service is willing to assist in paying for shipping if needed. Please return your shoeboxes to the church by November 11th. If you have any questions please contact Ruth Lindhagen.
Personal Care Items (comb, toothbrush, etc.), Clothing (flip-flops, hats/gloves, purse, etc), Crafts/activities (crayons, coloring books, notebooks, etc.), Toys (finger puppets, cars, etc.)
You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself, your family, or group. If you include your name and an address, the child may be able to write back.
Children Learn about Jesus
“The Greatest Gift” Gospel booklet, available in more than 75 languages, is given out by Samaritan’s Purse with shoebox gifts around the world. With the Apostle John as narrator, the booklet shares 11 Scripture stories and invites children to follow Christ.
Do NOT include
Candy, toothpaste, gum, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures, chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid), liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol cans.
September 2018 launched the fiftieth consecutive year of ministry to college students in Michigan at His House Christian Fellowship. “What an amazing blessing it has been to watch God work in the lives of thousands of college students over the years”, says executive director Gary Hawes who was called to be the first campus minister in 1969. Since its inception, 4,223 students have been baptized into Christ through 16 campus houses on 12 Michigan campuses.
When the ministry began in 1969, His House had three main goals: to WIN students for Jesus Christ and the gospel, to BUILD them up in their faith through teaching, small groups, prayer and retreats. And finally, to SEND them out to influence the world for Christ! Those same goals remain in effect today.
As His House enters it’s 50th year, updates leading to an anniversary celebration on July 13, 2019, at the Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University can be followed at www.hishouse50.org. The gallery of historical photos, that will grow over the next months, includes a photo with faces you’ll recognize when the mission committee worked at the Sault Ste. Marie His House several years ago!
To learn more about His House Christian Fellowship, visit their website at www.hhcf.org. Also, Ron Meegan would be happy to answers any questions you may have as he has served on the Board of Directors for 23 years, and as the chairman of the board for seven.
Bible Study and LIFE Groups in full swing
The adult Bible study and our small groups are in full swing. Currently we have three “LIFE” small groups. These groups usually use a video lesson followed by discussion. Our newest group meets in the home of Tim and Carol Howell every other week on Wednesday evenings. They will be studying ‘Thriving In Babylon”, a discussion of the book of Daniel. A second group meets at the home of Tom and Andrea Schwartzenberger every other week on Thursday. They will be studying “Crossing The Waters”, an examination of the life of Christ using the occupation of a fisherman to set the stage. A third group meets at the home of Matt and Brenda Cox the first and third Friday of each month. They will be studying “Following The Messiah”, a visual look at the life of Christ filmed in Israel.
The adult Bible study meets every other Wednesday evening led by Steve Martin.
Tom Schwartzenberger – October 2
Arleen Rossol – October 3
Kathy Couture – October 8
Denis & Kathy Couture (Ann.) – October 8
Carolyn Bennett – October 16
Norm Tope – October 16
Dan & Elaine Bright (Ann.) – October 17
Wendy Kapusta – October 20
Pat Wundrach – October 20
Ron & Theresa Meegan (Ann.) – October 21
Wayne Thomas – October 21
Jim Martin – October 24
Nona Wundrach – October 26
Jeremy & Brandy Cox (Ann.) – October 28
Mary Koster – October 31
Stephanie Ciuba – October 31