A message from Anthony
As with most of us this past few weeks, my mind has been overwhelmed with thoughts lately. I have prayed earnestly, felt uncertain at times, and gotten lost in my thoughts more than once. But, through all of it, I have found comfort in the Word. As I tried to get some sleep the other night, the Spirit nudged my heart, seemingly to remind me that He was there.
I was reminded of Jesus’ last meal with His disciples. It was another time of great uncertainty and questions, as the disciples tried to make sense of what Jesus was trying to tell them about the evening to come and the days that would follow. He explained the hardships that the disciples would face in the world, but He comforted them with the reminder that He is the vine from which we are all sustained. He also explained that he would have to leave them, but that another helper would come.
If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day, you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
We are never alone when we belong to God. God lives with us, within us, and guides us. His Spirit indwells within us forever. We have the Word as our standard, containing the encouragement and commands from God Himself, so that we can be sure of His direction for us. We have the example of Christ, and His teachings that reaffirm the Word’s truth in its totality, and that give us hope for a relationship with God through Jesus’ sacrifice. And we have each other, to encourage one another in these truths, and to do life together as one church family, built on Christ the cornerstone.
As we launch Thursday night Youth Group starting this month, new and returning Life Groups throughout our area, continue to fellowship with one another, learn together, and grow together; I pray that these encouraging words from Christ remind each of us that we are never alone when we belong to the Lord. God bless us as we continue to be His hands and feet in our communities.
Bryan Miller – March 2
Bethany Thomas – March 4
Jim Cavins – March 4
Jessica Riedl – March 10
Kathi Tope – March 20
Nancy Paul – March 20
Joe Romaella – March 24
Jacquelyn Thomas – March 25
Mike Tingley – March 28
Marion Thomas – March 31
The missions team met on February 15 and several updates were received from our local and international partners. Please be keeping the following items in your prayers:
- The Karamoja region in Uganda has experienced a time of famine, and then their gardens were washed away in flooding. They are in need of food, clothing, and bedding. The Meadowbrook missions fund has provided a special gift of $500.00 to offset this need.
- Lake James Camp has received a gift of a 20-acre parcel of farm land, including some buildings, which will be used to expand the programs at the camp. Praise God for this gift.
- Voice of the Martyrs is hosting an event: “Imprisoned for Christ Virtual Event” on Friday, March 5 at 7:30 pm. There will be three speakers who were prisoners in different countries, and Natalie Grant will lead worship. This is a free event but you must sign up at org/event.
- Ninos de Mexico is hosting a virtual trivia night as a fundraiser on Saturday, March 6, at 8 pm. The entry fee is $10 per person. For more information go to https://ninosdemexico.org/get-involved/virtual-trivia-night
As always, thank you for your continued financial support of missions and thank you for your prayers.
SIS is preparing Easter Baskets in March
At the Saturday, March 20th Sisters in Service meeting, the ladies will be preparing Easter baskets for Neighborhood House. Beginning at 10am, they will assemble items purchased from the SIS funds. Please contact Cathy Podvin if you have questions.
The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors
With the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors. Meadowbrook Christian Church is supporting this need by holding a blood drive on Thursday, April 8, between 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: meadowbrookchristian or call 1-800-733-2767.
Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need.
The Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and deferral times may vary depending on the type of vaccine an individual receives. If you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll need to provide the manufacturer name when you come to donate. Upon vaccination, you should receive a card or printout indicating what COVID-19 vaccine was received, and we encourage you to bring that card with you to your next donation. In most cases, there is no deferral time for individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they are symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation.