SHARING WITH STEVE
I am at an uncomfortable place in my life, I am feeling my age. That never used to happen. I just kept going. I still do, but it is different now. I turned 65 in May. I have to sign up for Medicare and time is slipping away to get enrolled. I spent last week at church camp. It was a good week. We had sixty-nine campers and a great faculty. We had a good mixture of youth and experience. One of the faculty members and I had been at the same New Mexico church camp forty years ago this year. I have the pictures to prove it. We were young and full of enthusiasm. I have pictures of us playing basketball and softball. This year we are not moving near as fast. We have both had total knee replacements. As we watched the youth sing the songs and do all the motions we wondered if we ever had that much energy. I played dodgeball with the campers and faculty. I found out that I cannot compete like I once did. I move a lot slower and do not have the arm strength of a high schooler or a twenty something. My experience helps, but does not help when the ball comes at me so fast I can barely move.
What does this mean to me as a Christian and a minister? Can I still be effective? I still love telling the Bible stories at church camp and seeing the youth listen attentively. I can still talk to the youth one on one and help them see a specific point. I hope that I am being an example both to the campers and younger faculty on how to age and still have a desire to be at camp. I still love to preach and teach. I don’t want to give up on that. When I retire I hope to still help churches by preaching when there is a need and helping out with Bible study. There are too many people who retire from work and then “retire” from service in God’s Kingdom. They will say that it is time for someone else to do the job because they have been doing it for so many years. Yet they are still capable and probably have more time now than when they were working.
As I grow older I hope that I will continue to minister with passion and focus. I know that I will not have the same energy level that I did in my 30’s and 40’s so I may need to rest more and be wiser with my time and calendar. But I want to keep “pressing on.” I want to continue to “run with perseverance the race set before me.” I want to always be young in spirit to be an encourager and not stuck in some time warp. I want to continue to “fight the good fight.” That will probably not be easy, but “greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.” So I will try to keep moving forward. It may be slower than forty years ago, but I pray that it will remain steady. And as I age may I be an encourager and example for those who will follow.
I’m really excited for August because that means VBS is right around the corner. Is that a little scary? Yes, but it is also so energizing knowing that we are going to be working together as a church to teach kids about our magnificent Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (And we usually get to enjoy it at least a little along the way).
Our theme this year is all about winning God’s way.
Honestly, I struggled to find a scripture to use as the main theme. It had to be something simple to learn, but applicable to every kid’s life.
For the past month or so, I’ve been periodically reading James and Ephesians, each for their own unique messages of hope and challenge, then, the other day I flipped the page from Ephesians to Philippians.
I found it.
The gem I needed for VBS, the cornerstone on which everything would be built.
I know. Most of you have probably heard this passage over and over.
How could this tie together disciples being called, walking on water, the immaculate conception, crucifixion, and the foundation of the Church?
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
This may seem funny, but I had never realized that was an entire verse.
I always thought there was more. I used that verse as a prelude instead of letting it sink in.
Our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
It doesn’t matter the circumstances, whether we are being called or told to go, whether we are part of a rising movement or at the end of a long run.
Our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Really when it comes down to it, I believe that’s what VBS is always about: Having adults spend time showing kids the attitude of Christ through encouragement, fun, instruction, and correction. These are all integral parts of who Jesus was, yes, even the fun.
If you are reading this and your starting to wonder how you can work to make your attitude like Christ, I have a solution: Come help with VBS. We need help praying over it, setting it up (Aug. 5th at 9am) and all throughout its run (Aug. 7th-11th, 9am-noon) I could use helpers leading groups, helping with crafts, encouraging kids, and so much more!
Think about it.
I would love to have you join in and practice the attitude of Jesus Christ right beside me.
August 7th-11th, between 9 a.m. and Noon, Pre-K through 5th graders can join the awards ceremony everyone will be talking about to learn how to win at a Godly life. We will be talking about helping each other, trusting God, doing what He asks of us, and going where he asks us to go. We can’t wait to see you there! Sign up today. Register for VBS on-line.
During the week, we will be covering lots of different stories from the Bible, from Jesus birth through the foundation of the church and beyond. Snacks, games, and crafts will all serve to reinforce winning in a manner which pleases God.
If you are young at heart, but out of the attendance age range, come see Nathan North for volunteer opportunities, from set up and tear down to group leading. Everyone can help out!
Meadowbrook will be hosting the fourth annual Scrapbook Crop on Sat., Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. It will be open to church attendees as well as to the community. Proceeds will benefit our Teen Ministries to help finance outings like CIY. Make your reservation today on the Scrapbooking Crop Registration Form. For more information, contact crop coordinator Cindy Gerstenlauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most scrapbooking is done away from home, free from all the obligations and distractions, as that is when there is designated time to do it. When an actual date is made to scrapbook, then it is a happy event to spend time with others in a similar pursuit, and more gets done. Preparing for this event gets you organized and motivated to do something constructive with all those photos you’ve taken. Scrappers typically like to share their ideas, pages, techniques, and creations with each other. You come home refreshed with a sense of accomplishment.
How Meadowbrook Members Can Help
Even more value can be added to the event by knowing you are helping others by your attendance and participation. Volunteer opportunities are in the Sunday Bulletin and posted on the bulletin board in the foyer. It is especially important that the teens be present and willing to assist croppers as necessary, especially when unloading and loading their cars.
The theme for this year at Meadowbrook has been “We Are The Church.” We are finishing a series of sermons on images of the Church. We will be starting a new series on the measure of the Church. What makes a church great? How do you grade a church? As a guideline we will be using The Measure of a Church by Gene Getz. The back cover says this, “Imagine that the apostle Paul were to write a letter to your church–much like those he wrote to the churches of his time. Would be begin by thanking God for your church’s enduring partnership in the gospel, as he wrote to the Philippians? Or would he thank the Lord for your faith in Jesus and your love for the saints, as he thanked the Ephesians. What would he thank God for about your church? Your church centered activities and events? Your bigger budget or giving campaign? Your emphasis on spiritual gifts? Best selling author Gene Getz asks the soul-searching questions we should all ask ourselves in this completely revised and updated edition of his classic book The Measure of a Church.” This series will carry us into November. Please be praying that God will use these messages to make us stronger and the church that He wants us to be.
The SIS Garage Sale is being held again at the Brights, 2136 Oklahoma, Rochester Hills!!! All proceeds will go to support the agenda of Sisters in Service. Check the closets, basement, garages for those items to donate. We want and need lots of “stuff”. We are not doing any clothes at this sale. All gently used items are welcome, and you can take them to the Bright’s any time between Aug. 20 and 24.
For more information and if you would like to donate your treasures or time, contact Lynn Ross or Elaine Bright.
The Red Cross will be at Meadowbrook on Thursday, Aug. 17 between 12:30 and 6:15 p.m. A sign-up sheet is posted in the foyer to make a reservation or call Theresa at 248-340-9215 or email email@example.com
Right now, the American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood donations. A critical shortage of Red Cross blood donations may lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients. All donors who come to donate blood will receive an email for a $5 Target eGiftCard™ after their attempted donation.
Saturday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. in the lower level library. If you’re interested in helping, please plan to attend. Let Kathi know if you are willing to host and decorate a table. The annual afternoon tea will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, beginning at 11 a.m. – Save the date on your calendar! All ladies and girls are invited to attend and to bring your friends. The delicious food will be prepared by volunteers, and hostesses will be decorating their beautiful tables.
Sisters In Service – First Meeting
Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Sisters in Service Monthly Meeting
Meadowbrook Christian Church
RIGHT NOW MEDIA
Right Now Media is a website that offers thousands of Christian videos for adults and youth. This is up-to-date material. Most of these are used for teaching in various situations. Meadowbrook is making this available at no cost to you. On the main page of our website scroll down to the bottom and click on “Resources.” Then click on “Right Now Media.” Fill out the information setting up an account and affirm that you are related to Meadowbrook. This would include members, family members, interested people, etc. Once you have created your account, you are free to use the material. Remember to bookmark their main page. This will allow you to go directly to their website instead of always going through Meadowbrook’s website (where you will have to fill out all the information again). We hope that you will enjoy these materials.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS INVENTORY
We are now offering a spiritual gifts test link on our website that we encourage our members and interested attenders to fill out. There is a test for both adults and youth. Please go to our website and click on “Ministries” and then “Adult” or “Teen.” Then click on the Spiritual Gift Test link and follow the instructions. We want to better use our people in their gifted area. There are no right or wrong answers. This will give you a better idea of where God has gifted you and how to use those gifts in the Church.
If you have any question please call the church office.
The week of August 6 – The Orange Team
The week of August 13 – The Blue Team
The week of August 20 – The Green Team
The week of August 27 – The Red Team
We are in need of someone to co-ordinate our nursery. This would require making a list of volunteers who will serve weekly in the nursery during the worship hour. We need two people each Sunday and we usually have an adult and teen-ager serving. We have a list that goes through September so names are already available. If you are interested please see Steve or contact the church office. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Jeremiah Cox – August 4
Steve & Phyllis Martin (Ann.) – August 5
Mike & Cindy Gerstenlauer (Ann.) – August 6
Don & Ruth Edwards (Ann.) – August 10
Sean Reese – August 11
Corbin Hammond – August 13
Elaine Bright – August 14
Phyllis Martin – August 14
June Thomas – August 19
Brad & Mary Koster (Ann.) – August 24
Ron Lindhagen – August 24
Jon Reese – August 27
Ron Murphy – August 30
Bonnie Iseman – August 30