Sharing With Steve
This year has been The Year of the Church. We have looked at different aspects of the Church. Currently we are looking at the measure of a church. What makes a church great? Is it the attendance? Is it the size of the building? Is it the mission’s budget. Does growth indicate a great church? All of these may be measuring tools, but they can also lead us to look at success from a worldly standpoint. If God was to come to your church gathering what would He say? Would He commend or admonish? Would He walk away with a smile on his face or would His face reveal sorrow? Would He rejoice or be angry? In his letters Paul seems to highlight three qualities of a church that God would commend. They are faith, hope, and love. This is the main point of an excellent book by Gene Getz, The Measure of a Church. This series of sermons has covered faith and currently we are on hope. We will next look at love.
I have come to realize that even though hope is one of the “big 3″ that we rarely talk about it. We often speak of faith. It relates to our salvation (we are saved by grace through faith) and our daily walk (we walk by faith not sight). We speak a lot about love. We speak of God’s love for us and our love for God. We speak of our love for one another. But we don’t speak a lot about hope. Sermons often touch on faith or love, but rarely speak about the hope that we have in Christ. We keep reminding ourselves that “hope” in the New Testament is a concrete reality but it is hard to get that nagging sense of uncertainty out of our minds. In our daily conversations “hope” always carries a tone of not being sure. I hope it will not rain today. I hope that we have a good attendance this Sunday. I hope that we don’t get sick this winter.
Yet hope in the New Testament was a complete certainty. Hope is living – 1Pe 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Hope reflects joy – Ro 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Hope reflects the assurance of eternal salvation – Tit 3:7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Hope leads us to be bold – 2Co 3:12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. Hope gives us confidence and stability – Heb 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. We live in a world of uncertainty, but there is one thing that we can be certain of: our hope is steadfast and sure because our hope is in Jesus Christ.
All youth are invited to an activity on Sunday, October 15. Following the morning service we will be going to Wendy Kapusta’s for hot dog roast. After that we will all be going to Miller’s Big Red Farms. This is just down the road from Wendy’s place. There are activities for the youth: a straw mountain, bounce house, and petting zoo. There are other things to climb and play on. There will be no cost for this event. For an extra charge you can go pick apples. They also have delicious homemade donuts. Plan to bring a change of clothes to wear to the farm. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. For more information please see Wendy Kapusta or Steve.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
We are back into full swing with the adult Bible study on Wednesday evenings. We meet every other Wednesday. In October we will be meeting the 11th and the 25th. We will be starting a new study on the Book of Ephesians. This is Paul’s letter to a group of people who he loved dearly, the Church at Ephesus. He probably spent more time with this local church than any other. This is a marvelous letter. I was once told that this is Christ’s view of the Church. Plan to join us at 7 pm. If you want more information please see Steve.
The parking lot of the church is scheduled to be paved this month. As long as the weather holds out, Allied Asphalt Co. is scheduled to begin pulverizing (grinding up) the old asphalt on Oct. 18. After this is completed, on the 19th and 20th they will level and grade the lot in preparation for the new asphalt application. They will begin the application of 4 inches of new asphalt on Oct. 23rd and complete the job on Oct. 24th. Striping of parking locations will follow.
Allied Asphalt has assured us that there will be no interruption of scheduled evening events or meetings and that Sunday Services will not be interrupted in any way. All of their work will be done during the day, therefore entrance into the lot during this time period might be tricky. They will co-operate with anyone who needs to get into the church during their working hours, but you must remember to park out of the way of their work area. Preferably at the very back of the lot on the lower level near the basement entrance. You will also be walking on crushed asphalt so be careful. They have asked that if anyone has a question or concern, don’t address the issue with the workers, contact Rick Sipe at 248-625-2185 or 248-425-3486 and he will contact the engineer overseeing the job. Therefore there will be continuity in the communication. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Rick. Thank you all in advance for your cooperation and understanding during this major project.
SISTERS IN SERVICE
Sisters in Service Will Work on Outreach Project at October Meeting
Sisters in Service is meeting Monday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. After devotion and refreshments, the ladies will be packing “Days for Girls” feminine hygiene kits that will be shipped to young girls and women around the globe living in extreme poverty and who have limited or no access to feminine hygiene products or education. Ruth Lindhagen has been busy sewing the kits that SIS will be assembling. SIS is also contributing financially to this project.
NOTE: Meetings will begin this year at 6:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm.
Also, meeting date has changed to OCT. 30 this month.
This annual event will take place on Friday, October 27, from 6 pm until 8:30 pm. There will be games and activities. 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 also need volunteers. If you can help or have any questions please see Phyllis Martin. Let’s have a great event this year.
MISSION FOCUS – VOICE OF THE MARTYRS
The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ; his wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In 1965 they were ransomed out of Romania, and soon thereafter they established the global network of missions of which VOM is a part. The Wurmbrands based these missions on Hebrews 13:3, which instructs us to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
Prayer requests for missions Meadowbrook supports:
Voice of the Martyrs (VOM): This month focus prayer for the persecuted in India. There is a quest for a purely Hindu nation by India’s leaders. The Indian government is suppressing all forms of Christian missionary, social and charitable work. Please pray for VOM to provide the medical and spiritual support to those Christians who are being persecuted in India.
Kerala Christian Mission: Also in India, pray that the application to the government for the ability to receive funds from outside of India be accepted as well as for the government to allow funds for support from outside India. Pray for the Christian churches established by Kerala in India to be financially self-supporting.
Ninos de Mexico: Praise – none of the homes for children were affected by the earthquake in Mexico City. An additional praise: Ninos was able to provide some supplies and encouragement to those in need.
Great Lakes Christian College: Pray for professors and the classes they teach to be effective in training “servant” leaders for the church and the world.
International Conference of Missions (ICOM): Pray for the organizers, presenters and those attending this year’s conference on November 16-19.
Taking Christ to the Millions (TCM): Pray for funds to be provided for roof repair and the replacement of two large ovens.
Johnson University: Pray for a smooth transition of Johnson’s newest president, L. Thomas Smith.
Michigan Christian Campus Ministries: Praise for an alumni who was impacted by a late night ministry of giving out hot dogs and hot chocolate to students. Pray for this specific ministry to continue to have an impact on students and introducing them to the message of Jesus Christ.
Asia Christian Services: Pray for funds to be provided to build 10 buildings which would serve as a preschool weekdays and place of worship on Sundays in Buddhist communities. Pray for preschool staff and evangelists to teach and preach at these locations.
I.D.E.S.(International Disaster Emergency Service: Pray for people involved in continuing to supply disaster relief.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Sisters in Service and the Leadership of Meadowbrook Christian Church would like to invite you to join in Operation Christmas Child. This is an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse. 100 shoe boxes have been ordered. You can choose to fill a shoe box as individuals or as a family or you can donate items (list is in the foyer of acceptable items and is also available on samaritanspurse.org/occ). Sisters in Service will pack the donated items into shoe boxes. The National Collection Week is November 13-20. The shoe boxes will be brought to a regional collection center and will be sent to one of the national processing centers and sent overseas to be distributed by local churches. For more information please see Ruth Lindhagen or Steve Martin.
Franklin Graham is President of Samaritan’s Purse. This worthy project has been providing millions of gifts to needy children around the world for 24 years. In the hands of local churches, every gift-filled shoe box is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ! After receiving shoe box gifts, boys and girls are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program where children learn to faithfully follow Christ and share their faith with others. Learn more about Operation Christmas Child at samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Operation Christmas Child – Here’s the Process:
Get a “Samaritan’s Purse” shoe box (as noted above)
Select a quality WOW item
Fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies
PRAY for the child who will receive your gift
Include a personal note and photo
Include $9 to send your gift overseas
Bring your shoe box to MCC by November 12
What goes into the box is fun…What comes out is eternal.
Select items that are appropriate for a specific age group and gender:
2-4 years old boy or girl / 5-9 years old boy or girl / 10-14 years old boy or girl
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
Winona Wundrach – October 26
Jeremiah & Brandy Cox (Ann.) – October 28
Mary Koster – October 31
Stephanie Ciuba – October 31