Sharing with Steve
This will be a short article because this has been a rough month.
On Friday, February 1, a fire suppression pipe burst in the attic. The back one third of our building was flooded. We have a mechanical room in the attic area and as I was trying to get into it and inspect it, I slipped and fell. I fractured two ribs and had a minimal brain bleed. I was in the hospital for two days and have been home since. I am just now slowly getting back to doing things. I did preach last Sunday sitting in a nice soft chair. Standing for any length of time or even sitting in an office chair begins to hurt my back. When I fell I landed on my back. So I am trying to do as little as possible to aggravate anything because I want to get back as soon as possible. And that requires me to be smart. I am learning that just because you feel 20% better does not mean you can then do 80% of the work. I want to briefly share a few things that I have learned.
I have a wonderful wife. She has ministered to me and nursed me. I have gotten spoiled having omelets for breakfast. She has rubbed my lower back and has reinforced the idea that I must be careful and take care of myself.
I serve a wonderful group of people at Meadowbrook. They have sent cards, called, and texted. They have put no pressure on me to return. Their concern has been for me to get better. And when I finally did show up there was genuine joy that I was back with them and concern that I not overdo it. So many of the people offered to do things, take me places, or run errands. The people here are a joy to serve.
God is a good God. The accident could have been so much worse. Besides the pain, which is getting better, there have been no ill after affects. Now I must admit that there have been a few serious conversations with God especially in my lack of sleep, but even in those times I have been reminded that He cares. I preached on Lamentations 3 last Sunday and was reminded that God does not enjoy when we suffer. His mercies are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. His desire is for good for us. In Christ, we realize that, even more than the Old Testament people could. In Christ, even in the midst of frustration and struggle, we still have hope. We have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb. We don’t deserve it or have we earned it, but God in His love and grace gave it to us anyway. Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JIM TINGLEY
There will be a memorial service for Jim Tingley on Saturday, March 2, at 11am at Meadowbrook Christian Church. We will celebrate the life of Jim and what he meant to Meadowbrook. Jim and Joyce were one of the founding families of Meadowbrook. They were originally members of Heart of the Hills Christian Church. Jim served in many capacities. He always had a smile on his face and quick quip. He was loved by all. There will be a meal following in the fellowship hall.
MARCH PREACHING SCHEDULE
We are continuing in our study of The Real God. This month we are looking at the Goodness of God. March 3 will be a sermon from the New Testament and then March 10 will be the concluding sermon for this section. The last three Sundays of the month will be our annual Faith Promise Rally. We will have a special speaker on Sunday, March 24. After Faith Promise there will be a three week break for Palm Sunday and Easter. The next section will start on Sunday, April 28. We will be looking at the Sovereignty of God. That is chapter 5 in the book.
All men are invited to the breakfast on Saturday, March 9, at 8:30am in the fellowship hall. We will have a home cooked breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, and beverage. We will continue our video discussion on questions that men have. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. Hope to see you all then.
SIS makes jean bags for Haven
(rescheduled from January)
Sisters in Service will be meeting on Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. “Sisters of the Cloth” – our ladies sewing group – have been sewing jeans tote bags. They are calling on SIS to help braid handles to attach to the totes at the March meeting. The bags will be donated to Haven, a non-profit group in Pontiac that seeks to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault across Oakland County and the surrounding communities by empowering survivors through advocacy and social change. Look for more details in Sunday bulletins this month.
FAITH PROMISE MISSIONS RALLY 2019
Faith Promise Missions is an integral part of our church’s ministry; mission giving based on a personal commitment. In addition to regular tithes and offerings, church members are challenged during the annual Missions Faith Promise Rally to exercise their faith by making a one-year commitment to the church’s missions’ program. Meadowbrook supports 13 missions through a combination of both the General Fund and Faith Promise Fund. While specific allocations are made to each mission, funds raised through Faith Promise over the allocated amounts are maintained in a contingency fund to meet special needs of our missionaries. Last year the contingency fund was able to assist in the following ways:
- $502 towards the Fireplace project at Lake James
- $500 Latino American World Relief
- $1000 to Kerala for flood relief
- $500 to MI Christian Campus Ministries to “heat the house”
- In addition, each of our missions received $150 as Christmas gifts
This month the 2019 Meadowbrook Missions Rally will kick off on March 17. Our “focus” mission for this year’s rally is Nin͂os de Mexico, a group of homes in Mexico City for disadvantaged and orphaned children. This year we will be collecting funds to provide a new pair of shoes for every child at Nin͂os, 93 pairs in all.
Here’s what’s happening:
Sunday, March 17
“What is Faith Promise” – Cindy Gerstenlauer, Mission Committee Chair, will explain our Faith Promise Missions Program. Nathan Parker, committee member, will introduce Niños de México and the special missions project. Detailed brochures will be handed out.
Sunday, March 24
Development Director from Nin͂os, Mick O’Hanahan, will minister with us during Sunday School. A light breakfast (fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, coffee (regular & decaf), hot water for tea will be served at 9:30. Adults and youth will meet in the Fellowship Hall.
Worship Service: Sermon by Mick O’Hanahan
Sunday, March 31
Wrap up of the 2019 Missions Rally with a mission-themed Sunday service presented by Steve Martin.
Sunday, April 7
Faith Promise Commitment cards due
Plan to be blessed by stories of God’s love and the good work going on in Mexico. See you then!
Memories Are All That’s Left!
A scrapbook is like a journal or diary, but in picture-form. It allows you to place all your special memorabilia such as concert tickets, birthday cards, special newspaper clippings, and so on, in one place. Sharing your story through scrapbooking can help you not only document the important moments in your life, but help you remember and appreciate them as well. The older we get, the more we realize that life goes by so fast and our memories tend to fade. Scrapbooks can mean a lot to future generations and make great gifts.
Meadowbrook will be hosting its 5th Scrapbooking Crop on Saturday, April 13 from 9 am to 9 pm. It is a fundraiser to benefit the Teen Ministry at Meadowbrook. People tend to be much more productive at a scrapbooking ‘crop’, as it is a dedicated time to devote just to this task without the distractions of everyday life. It is also much more fun to do this in a social setting. People talk, laugh, and share, all the while being productive, and go home with a great sense of accomplishment.
You also don’t have to be a scrap booker to come. Some attendees work on other types of crafts, like card making, knitting and crocheting. Meadowbrook’s crop has become popular for a number of reasons. The meals are good, homemade foods made by members of Meadowbrook church. The raffle baskets are many, attractive, and have a variety of items in them. People also appreciate the help they receive loading and unloading their cars. (Scrappers bring a lot of stuff!)
To be successful, we need as many teens to help as possible that day, as well as adult participation. Please be watching both the bulletin and the bulletin board for more information and sign up opportunities. You can also talk to crop coordinator Cindy Gerstenlauer.
Bethany Thomas – March 4
Kathi Tope – March 20
Nancy Paul – March 20
Joe Romaella – March 24
Jacquelyn Thomas – March 25
Mike Tingley – March 28
Zachary Kapusta – March 31
Marion Thomas – March 31