Sharing with Steve
We have started a new sermon series, A Blueprint To Investing In Christ. This will take us through November. This is the year of investment at Meadowbrook. We have talked about how God invested in us by sending His Son to earth, to be crucified and raised from the dead. We have talked how we can invest back into Christ. We have talked about good and bad investments. This was a look at the seven deadly sins and the quality that works against each sin. As I thought about investing I realized that to do it effectively you must know what you are doings. Many people have lost tons of money simply because they invested without any knowledge. I thought it would be good to examined the plan that we follow as we invest in Christ. What are the guidelines? Can we trust the blueprint? How detailed is the blueprint? What areas does the blueprint cover? I hope to answer these and other questions. We started the series by examining the Church and guidelines that must be used as we invest in Christ, in the world, and in each other. We will look at the integrity of the blueprints. Who is this Jesus and how am I to respond to Him? We will examine relationships: our relationship with Christ, our relationship with the local church, our relationships at home, our relationships at work, and our relationships with those outside the church. We will close by examining Paul and how he did his work. Our blueprint for this sermon series will be the Book of Colossians. We will be looking at chapters 2-4. As far as we know Paul never visited the church in Colossae, yet it is obvious that he loved the community and the people. He had close friends who ministered here. As usual whether he was there in person or just writing a letter, Paul put his heart and soul into the matter. We have much to learn from this letter and I believe that this series will not only open Paul up to us, but will equip us for the journey ahead.
A Word from Philly-D: Our fall programming here at MCC Teen Ministries is in full swing. Each Sunday we are meeting for Sunday School in the mornings and Engage Gatherings in the evenings. Right now we are studying the minor prophets for Sunday school and are in the middle of a series called “Unsung Heroes” for Engage. The hope is that this fall we will refocus and realize our call from God to serve Him wherever we may find ourselves. Integrity runs much deeper than what people see and God challenges us to worship Him not just in church but EVERYWHERE and with our whole lives. That’s what our fall teachings are seeking to do!
MCC Children’s Ministry is seeing growth and excitement in both the kids and the families. We have received quite a few testimonies about children praying and asking questions at home. Each week we send out a Parent Cue via email that summarizes what the children learned the previous Sunday so parents can use it in the home. Our desire is for church not to stop at the building, but spread into the home and into everyday life.
JR. CHURCH: In October we launch a brand new theme for the month. We are heading back to the beginning of time and talking about CREATIVITY! We will look at God’s creativity and see how He has also made us to be creative. We start with a blank page and fill it by honoring God in all we do.
SMALL GROUPS: Every other Wednesday evening during adult Bible study, 7th-12th graders meet in small groups where they study Scripture, pray, and share life together. These are designed for those students who want to go deeper and take the next steps in discipleship. Boys meet in Philip’s office and girls meet in Steve’s office.
ENGAGE GATHERINGS: These are our Sunday night teen gatherings mentioned in the above article. We will be kicking off the year on September 7th with a party and “water baseball.” All our students are encouraged to invite their friends for this fun evening and celebration of the year to come.
- Tom Schwartzenberger – October 2
- Arleen Rossol – October 3
- Kathy Couture – October 8
- Carolyn Bennett – October 16
- Norm Tope – October 16
- Elaine & Dan Bright (Ann.) – October 17
- Wendy Kapusta – October 20
- Ron & Theresa Meegan (Ann.) – October 21
- Jim Martin – October 24
- Nona Krupa – October 26
- Jeremy & Brandy Cox (Ann.) – October 28
- Mary Koster – October 31
The adult Bible study continues in October. We will be meeting on October 1, October 15, and October 29. We are in a good study of the book of Nehemiah. This is a study of the Jewish return to Palestine after the Babylonian and Persian captivities. We study the scriptures and then close with a time of prayer. This is a great way to get into the Word and understand different areas of the Bible. There are also classes for the youth going on at the same time. This can be a family event. Bible study starts at 7pm and we are usually done by 8:15pm. If you have any questions please call the office.
Sisters in Service
Sixty ladies enjoyed a delightful Afternoon Tea in September hosted by Sisters in Service. Eight hostesses decorated charming tables, and the beautiful buffet table was loaded with delicious tea sandwiches and desserts prepared by many volunteers. President Elaine Bright gave a report on the many services that Sisters in Service provide for the church and community and invited all the ladies to join this year on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
On Monday, October 27, we will be having a guest speaker, Kathy Riggs, director of the Clothes Closet of Neighborhood House. Kathy will tell us how the Clothes Closet functions and how we can help. Be sure to join Sisters in Service on Monday at 7 p.m.
We have one month of lawn mowing left. We want to thank all of our teams for the good work that they have done this year. We appreciate your hard work. The lawn has looked very good. The Red Team will be mowing the week of October 5. The Blue Team will mow the week of October 12. The Orange Team will mow the week of October 19. The Green Team will mow the week of October 26.