Sharing With Steve
The year of “We Are The Church” continues. We started by looking at the seven churches of Asia Minor mentioned in Revelation 2-3. We took a break for our Faith Promise Rally, but will return to our theme on April 2 as mentioned in the article below. On Sunday, March 12th, we reviewed the seven churches and applied some general principles to our lives. Each one of those churches was different. Each church was located in a town that was full of pagan culture. Some churches faced problems from without and others from within. Some churches stood strong against sin while others accepted and tolerated sin. Some churches appeared weak when they were actually strong and others appeared strong when they were actually weak. One thing was constant between all of the churches: despite their differences the Lord saw the weaknesses and strengths. He rebuked and commended depending on the situation. On that March 12th we did the same with our lives.
Each person was given two cards. On one of the cards they were to write down an area in their life that was a weakness or a struggle. On the other card they were to write down an area in their life that was a strength or a blessing. We then took those cards and “nailed” them to a cross that had been set up in the front of the auditorium. When Christ died on the cross he paid a price so that our sins might be forgiven. He paid a price to redeem us. He promised to give us the strength to endure and say “no” to temptation. He counters those weaknesses and struggles with His blood and His Spirit. We need to daily be reminded of that. But He also died to give us a victorious life. He died to make our life a joy and a blessing. He died and was raised so that we could live a full life in His name. He increases our joy and giftedness so that we can share with others and demonstrate to the world the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.
That cross in the front of our auditorium is full of note cards. It was touching to see so many people heading to the front to “nail” their cards to the cross. That cross will soon be taken down. We do not want it to become so familiar that the picture loses its power. Even when the cross is down we want you to remember that God rebukes, redeems, and restores. When we sin He confronts us, but also forgives us. We want you to remember that He has gifted you to be a servant in His Kingdom. He empowers you with the Holy Spirit. His desire and goal is to identify you as an overcomer just as He did with those churches in Revelation.
This month, as we approach Easter, I think it it’s important to remember one of my favorite verses of all time: Romans 12:1 & 2.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
It’s easy to get caught up in the pastels and bunnies; the candy and the eggs.
Our mission means more.
Our purpose is greater.
Easter is a time to remember not simply that Jesus happened to come back from the dead, but that he overcame death itself and has therefore provided a way for us as well.
It is a time to remember we know the remedy the world desperately longs to find.
We can’t keep our hope buried deep in the depths of our being, we must let it burst forth and cause change, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us.
As Paul writes later in Romans 12:
“14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.”
I don’t know about you, but that seems like a life truly different from the fake, fearful, empty lives the world offers.
Be a light this Easter.
GOD’S HELPING HANDS
Several months ago the leadership visited God’s Helping Hands. We were impressed with their desire to help the poor and needy. We want to become more of a partner with them and help them in various areas. To get this started we want to have a peanut butter drive. As we visited we noticed that their food pantry was very low on peanut butter. That is something that we can rectify. Over the next month please bring jars of peanut butter for collection to give to God’s Helping Hands. Please set the peanut butter on the small table in the foyer. Let’s fill it up.
NEW SERMON SERIES
Over the next six weeks we will be examining what the early Church did as they gathered together. This series will come from Acts 2:42, They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. This scripture reveals four things that the early Church did continually. April 2 we will be looking at the apostles’ teaching. April 9 we will look at fellowship. April 16 we will celebrate Easter. April 23 we will have a guest speaker from Johnson University who will update us on what is going on at the college. April 30 we will look at the Lord’s Supper. We will finish this series on May 7 when we will look at prayer. Please be praying about this series that we will understand and appreciate what we do each Sunday as we gather to worship
Toddlers-5 grade are invited to participate in our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on our front lawn, directly following Easter Service, Sunday, April 16th. Bring your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews!
Come Celebrate Easter with a delicious homemade Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Easter is a family and friends’ affair, and what better way to get in the Easter spirit then to join us for a truly memorable Easter Sunday Breakfast. This is a lovely time of fellowship before we join together for Resurrection Sunday Worship at 10:45 a.m. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the foyer to indicate if you plan to attend and also to volunteer your time or your food. Guests are welcome to join us. Please see coordinator Cindy Gerstenlauer for any special dietary requests or questions.
Background checks are underway. If you work with our children’s ministries and have not received an email about it, please contact Nathan to rectify the situation. “I am incredibly encouraged by the response so far,” said Nathan.
LAWN MOWERS NEEDED
It is about that time of year again. The days are starting to warm up and the grass will turn green and grow with a passion. That means that we need able bodies who will volunteer to be on a mowing team. We have four to five teams which means you will be mowing about once a month. Our teams do a great job keeping the lawn mowed and trimmed. This reflects on the whole church. If you are interested, please contact Dan Bright at email@example.com or 248-651-6484. Thanks for your help.
The annual Cycle the Campus fund raiser will take place on Saturday, June 3, at Midland. Registration is now open by going to cyclethecampus.org. There is a 25 mile ride and a 50 mile ride. Team Meadowbrook will, again, be a part of this effort. The goal is to raise $60,000 for His House Christian Fellowship. Meadowbrook has raised over $4000 each of the past several years. If you have any questions please see Steve Martin, Tom Schwartzenberger, or Ron Meegan.
ANNUAL LADIES LUNCHEON
Saturday, May 13, 2017
2225 N. Opdyke Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Guest Speaker: Debbie Potts
“Prickly People in the Bible”
Presentation of different characters in the Bible
and the prickly relationships they had, revealing
God’s plan for making peace with prickly people.
Cost: $23 per person
Tossed salad, Fettuccine Alfredo, Mostaccioli
Hot Bread and Mini Pastries
Coffee and Soft Drinks
Sisters in Service will be having our annual Salad Supper and Elections of Officers on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please note that we will be starting ½ hour earlier than our usual meeting time for this particular event. Please bring your favorite salad to share. Desserts, beverages and place settings will be provided.
This is the meeting where we elect officers for Sisters in Service for the next two years. We will be filling the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Hospitality. Please be prayerful as the Lord speaks to the heart of our sisters to volunteer of their time and talents.
We will be having some group games following the meeting. A wonderful time was had by all last year. Looking forward to repeating the side-splitting laughter and camaraderie.
Donate Blood to Help Save a Life
The American Red Cross will be here on Wednesday, April 5, between 12:30 and 6:15 p.m. Call Theresa Meegan at 248-340-9215 to schedule an appointment, or sign up in the lobby starting March 12, or go on-line to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code meadowbrookchristian.
All blood types are welcome!
True WisdomFear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgement. Proverbs 9:10 NLT
by Art Drake
One thing I have found to be true is that when I do things God’s way my life is orderly, structured, and I am at peace. When I try to do things my way my life becomes unsettled and chaotic. I discover, over and over, it seems, that living wisely only comes from living in obedience to God.
Today, we only have to watch the news, or just look around us to see the results of unwise choices. People self-impose such misery on their lives that could be changed by giving their lives to God, but they seem to choose every other path except the one that could lead them to happiness, peace, and joy.
Sometimes, even we Christians can cause ourselves unnecessary suffering by putting our own interests over God’s purpose for our life. I would encourage you today to fully examine your life and completely surrender to God’s will. Ask Him to reveal His purposes for your life and then live in obedience to His will.
I have found this to be the only path to peace, joy, fulfillment, contentment, and living a satisfying life.
It is the path to true wisdom.
Till next month, may God bless you, keep you, and guide you.
Jack Reese – April 3
Laura Hoover – April 9
Theresa Meegan – April 12
Denis Couture – April 14
Ed Parrett – April 16
Sylus Cox – April 17
Nathan North – April 18
Traci Thomas – April 22
Jessica Johnson – April 23
Ruth Lindhagen – April 25
Brian Hoover – April 26
Laura Urteaga – April 28
Bill & Patti Bradford (Ann.) – April 28
Nicholas Kapusta – April 30
Norm & Kathi Tope (Ann.) – April 30